La Jolla Playhouse
La Jolla Playhouse is a place where artists and audiences come together to create what's new and next in the American theatre, from Tony Award-winning productions, to imaginative programs for young audiences, to interactive experiences outside our theatre walls. Founded in 1947 by Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire and Mel Ferrer, the Playhouse is currently led by Tony Award winner Christopher Ashley and Managing Director Debby Buchholz. Internationally renowned for the development of new plays and musicals, the Playhouse has sent 33 productions to Broadway, garnering 38 Tony Awards, as well as the 1993 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre.
The theme for our tree is centered around La Jolla Playhouse's world-premiere musical Come From Away, which shares the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded airline passengers and the small Newfoundland town that welcomed them on the days following 9/11. The tree celebrates the show's spirit of generosity, of finding friendship, joy and commonality among strangers, and of taking care of each other during challenging times. This Playhouse-born production, written by David Hein and Irene Sankoff, went on to Broadway, where it received nine Tony Award nominations including a win for director Christopher Ashley, the Rich Family Artistic Director of La Jolla Playhouse. Before the pandemic, five productions of the musical have been running on Broadway, London's West End, Toronto, Australia and on U.S. Tour (including the Segerstrom Center for the Arts), playing to sold-out audiences around the world.
The tree ornaments include several items of value, such as a subscription to an upcoming La Jolla Playhouse season, a complimentary night at The Lodge at Torrey Pines for each subscription production, as well as a selection of Playhouse merchandise and artist memorabilia.