What a great idea! If local critics sing the praises of San Diego theater, well, that's just what they (we) do.
D. Candis Paule, president of the San Diego Performing Arts League, and Gary Kramer, executive director, have a better plan: come see for yourself.
From February 22 through February 28, the SDPAL will host “San Diego Theatre Week, 2016.” Thirty-seven participating organizations will offer discounts on tickets (20 percent or more) and concessions, special events, talkbacks with the cast, after-parties, and more.
And not just theater: “We include performances from the world of dance, music, and comedy as part of the week,” says Kramer.
The San Diego Performing Arts League acts as a liaison and advocate for arts organizations and runs the ArtsTix Center at downtown’s Westfield Plaza.
“I don’t know who thought of it first,” says Paule, “but Gary [Kramer] and I talked about it over a year ago and thought if anyone did it in SD it should be the Performing Arts League.”
“We started developing the idea last summer,” says Kramer.
They kicked ideas around and explored what other cities were offering — Chicago and Washington DC have a theater week, and New York has Broadway Week. They called a meeting of the theater companies in San Diego and, says Kramer, “they jumped at the idea.”
“SDPAL doesn’t charge a participation fee,” says Paule. “The organizations involved are getting a tremendous amount of media attention without having to spend anything.
“It is all about exposure to the incredible variety of arts San Diego has to offer. We know how much we have. But the average San Diegan might not. Here’s a chance for them to try something they might not have before, whether it be a venue or a discipline, and discover for themselves.”
Different Stages, Duck Variations
Balboa Theatre, California Dreamin’
Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Choir, All ‘Bout the Blues
Broadway San Diego, The Book of Mormon
POWpac Poway’s Community Theatre, Private Eyes
SDSU School of Theatre, Television, and Film, The Drowsy Chaperone
North Coast Repertory Theatre, Now You See It
J*Company Youth Theatre, Annie Warbucks
La Jolla Playhouse, Guards at the Taj
STAR Repertory Theatre, Seussical, The Musical
Lamb’s Players Theatre, The Miracle Worker
Mesa College Theatre Company, Barefoot in the Park
Mojalet Dance Collective, Somebody Somewhere
National Comedy Theatre, improvisational comedy
New Village Arts, Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight
Diversionary Theatre, Now or Later
Old Globe Theatre, The Metromaniacs; The Last Match
Lyceum Space, Waist/Watchers the Musical
OnStage Playhouse, Blithe Spirit
Young Actors’ Theatre, Snoopy!
Moxie Theatre, Brownsville sSong (b-side for tray)
PGK Dance Project, Mashed up Songs & Dances
Visionary Dance Theatre, The Taylor Smith Project
Intrepid Theatre Company, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; Three Days of Rain
Point Loma Playhouse, Circle Mirror Transformation
SDSD School of Music and Dance, Mozart Requium
San Diego Junior Theatre, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
Ion Theatre, The Jacksonian
San Diego Repertory Theatre, R. Buckminster Fuller: The History (and Mystery) of the Universe
Fruitless Moon Theatreworks, Waiting for Godot
San Diego Symphony, Symphonie Fantyastique
Scripps Ranch Theatre, Skin Deep
UC San Diego Department of Theatre and Dance, The Venetian Twins
Vantage Theatre, Rasheeda Speaking
Welk Resort Theatre, Fiddler on the Roof
For information: SanDiegoTheatreWeek.com