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MOXIE Co-Production Reaches Young People Across Counties
During Pandemic with Latest Digital Offering

January 2021 – MOXIE Theatre in San Diego is announcing its next filmed live production: I and You, by Lauren Gunderson (America’s most produced living playwright), directed by Associate Artistic Director Callie Prendiville, and Co-Produced with the Los Angeles area Electric Company Theatre March 4-28, 2021. Winner of the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award and finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, I and You is a dazzling and profoundly moving play about the connections between us all. MOXIE Executive Artistic Director Jennifer Eve Thorn says, “We asked ourselves what our community needs most. Many of our staff are also mothers guiding our kids through distance learning. A common refrain has been heard amongst the young people in our home who are disconnected from their peers AND our Subscribers, many of whom are seniors. ‘This isolation is getting harder as this goes on. What better time to produce this play about human connection? We’ve decided to use this opportunity to create a truly unique interactive experience which invites young people to play a role in our production and to come together with MOXIE and Electric Company audiences  for specially scheduled performances online to enjoy theatre and to discuss this play.”

Just as the two characters in I And You scramble to complete an English assignment about Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself”, the interactive experience will include a call for high school students to submit their own poem inspired by Whitman’s piece for MOXIE’s “Song of Yourself Virtual Poetry Slam” contest. Winners will witness their poems streamed before performances of the play. After the performances, MOXIE will welcome live guest speakers to discuss the importance of human connection during interactive post-show discussions.

The show will be a co-production with The Electric Company Theatre, a new Los Angeles area company with a mission to create future artists through innovative programs for youth. MOXIE Theatre and Electric Company Theatre’s production of I And You will stream March 4-28, 2021. MOXIE is keeping this experience user-friendly by streaming the production filmed on their stage through Zoom, where many students are already attending school and which audiences of all ages have begun to master during the pandemic.

By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Callie Prendiville
Starring Miles Henry and Justine Sombilon

October 2019 – West Coast Premiere Brings Queen Elizabeth II and the Iron Lady to San Diego 
Olivier Award-Winning HANDBAGGED Opens October 25

October 2019 – From London’s West End to NYC and now in its West Coast Premiere at MOXIE Theatre comes a whip smart comedy that goes behind palace doors with 2 of the most powerful women in the world. Playwright and screenwriter, Moira Buffini (co- creator of the Hulu Series Harlots) delivers a fast-paced and unforgettable theatrical event that will dazzle lovers of “The Crown” and “Downton Abbey.” Margaret Thatcher was England’s first female Prime Minister, knick-named The Iron Lady, she was known for her ruthless pursuit of her political ideology and it’s rumored that she and the Queen were opponents on many issues.
But the press weren’t recording and broadcasting conversations between leaders. There were no cameras present. Nobody knows what was said behind closed doors during eleven years of weekly meetings between the Prime Minister and the Queen. Buffini imagines what might have been said and indeed takes the theatrical convention one incredibly imaginative step further.
Handbagged features not two but FOUR actors playing Queen Elizabeth and Margaret Thatcher…all on stage at the same time. The characters are aware of and address their older and younger selves in a conversation with the audience as they battle for the hearts and minds of their country and the audience alike. Meanwhile two male actors play all the other important figures of the historical period, including Ronald and Nancy Reagan.

MOXIE’s Production contains royalty of its own, San Diego Theatre Royalty that is. Playing Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is Craig Noel Actor of the Year 2013, and Bravo San Diego’s 2016 “San Diego Theatre Icon” Linda Libby AND San Diego favorite Lisel Gorell-Getz who is also a Master Teaching Artist at the Old Globe. And on the other side of the ring playing her majesty Queen Elizabeth II is 3 time San Diego Critics Circle Award-Winner, Sandy Campbell AND Billie Award Winner Debra Wanger. The dynamic quartet of theatre divas is aided by two incredibly versatile San Diego actors, Max Macke and Durwood Murray who play a dozen other characters. The cast is helmed by director Kim Strassburger, in her MOXIE directorial debut, who is also San Diego Critics Circle Award Winning Director.

Starring: Sandy Campbell*, Lisel Gorell-Getz*, Linda Libby*, Max Macke, Durwood Murray and Debra Wanger

Directed by Kim Strassburger. The Design and Production Team includes: Set Design, Julie Lorenz; Costume Design, Danita Lee; Lighting Design, Cynthia Bloodgood; Sound Design, Mason Pilevsky Properties Design, Angelica Ynfante; Stage Management, Danielle Dudley.

Moira Buffini (Playwright) was born in Cheshire to Irish parents, and attended Northwich County Grammar School for Girls. She studied English and Drama at Goldsmiths College, London University (1983–86). She subsequently trained as an actor at the Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Moira Buffini’s plays include Blavatsky’s Tower (Machine Room), Gabriel (Soho Theatre), Silence (Birmingham Rep), Loveplay (Royal Shakespeare Company), Dinner (National Theatre and West End), Dying for It, adapted from The Suicide by Nikolai Erdman (Almeida), A Vampire Story (NT Connections), Marianne Dreams (Almeida Theatre) and Welcome to Thebes (National Theatre). She lives in London with her husband and children.

Kim Strassburger (Director) is thrilled to working with Moxie Theatre for the first time. Directing credits include Bull in a China Shop, A Civil War Christmas, and A New Brain (Diversionary); Romeo, Romeo, and Juliet (Roustabouts); 8 Songs for a Mad King (2017 Craig Noel Award for Outstanding Special Event and 2017 Best of Festival-San Diego International Fringe Festival/Bodhi Tree Productions); Sunday in the Park with George (2016 Craig Noel Award-Outstanding Direction of a Musical), Master Class, Passion (2014 Craig Noel Award Nomination-Outstanding Direction of a Musical), Grey Gardens, Gypsy (2011 Craig Noel Award Nomination-Outstanding Direction of a Musical) and Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (Ion Theatre); Gutenberg The Musical! (Backyard Renaissance Theatre); Seascape (New Village Arts) and The Woman in Black with Jason Heil (CSU San Marcos). Acting credits include The Moors at Diversionary Theatre and The Normal Heart at Ion Theatre (2016 Craig Noel Award-Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play). Kim is a graduate of Catholic University of America, studied at LAMDA, and is a 2014 member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. Kim has also served as an Artistic Trustee for Diversionary Theatre and has taught at the Coronado School of the Arts since 2006.

The Cast

Linda Libby (Margaret Thatcher) is delighted to play with the Moxies! Her recent San Diego credits include: Put Your House In Order (La Jolla Playhouse), A Doll’s House Part 2 (San Diego Rep), Guys & Dolls (Old Globe) and Hedwig & the Angry Inch (Diversionary). Linda is a Resident Artist at Cygnet Theatre: Gypsy, The Importance of Being Earnest, Company, My Fair Lady, Man of La Mancha and Man From Nebraska. She is an Associate Artist at Lambs Players: Persuasion, South Pacific, Pump Boys & Dinettes and original cast of Boomers. As a founding member of Ion Theater: Gypsy, Grey Gardens, Request Program, Body Awareness, and composer for Sea Of Souls. Regional: Clarence Brown, Barter, Stage West (Ontario, Canada) Arizona Theater Company. Tours: Edinburgh Fringe, Far East Russia w/ Beth Henley. Linda is the proud founder of the Bayfront Charter High School theater program. Coming up – a wild, dark, hilarious holiday reading of David Sedaris’ Season’s Greetings at Diversionary.

Sandy Campbell (Queen Elizabeth II) is thrilled to be making her MOXIE debut!  Most recently, she portrayed Mother Superior in Sister Act at San Diego Musical Theatre and Mrs. Fitch in Mr. and Mrs. Fitch with Backyard Renaissance.  She is a Resident Artist at Cygnet Theatre where she has performed  in Parade (Lucille), The Norman Conquests (Sarah) and  A Little Night Music (Charlotte) to name a few. She is also an Associate Artist with Lamb’s Players Theatre where she has been seen in The Music Man, The Light in the Piazza, Fiddler on the Roof and many more. Other favorites include Fosca in Passion , Maria Callas in Master Class (both with Kim Strassburger at the helm), Bev/Kathy in Clybourne Park and Lucy Simon’s Zhivago at The La Jolla Playhouse. Sandy is a multiple Craig Noel Award winner, a cabaret artist and a proud member of Actors’ Equity. Solo CD Crazy World at iTunes &

Debra Wanger (Liz) Moxie Debut! Cygnet: Angels in America, A Little Night Music, On the 20th Century, Spring Awakening, My Fair Lady, and Dogfight. SDMT: Hairspray, Billy Elliot, Footloose, Sound of Music, La Cage Aux Folles, White Christmas. San Diego highlights: God of Vengeance at La Jolla Playhouse, Hamlet (Gertrude) at Intrepid; Titanic & Sunset Blvd. at Moonlight; Permanent Collection at Mo’olelo; Full Monty (Vicki) at New Village Arts; Sleeping Beauty at North Coast Rep; Anything Goes! (Reno) Oliver! (Nancy) at Lyric Opera San Diego; Carousel and Sound of Music at Lawrence Welk; My Nights With George, Kurt & Cole (NCRT & 6th@Penn, AASD & Billie Awards); Debra studied at Tufts and Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and holds a M.F.A. from SDSU. Her CD, Driving My Own Heart and The Resilient Actor series are available on Amazon & iTunes.  She is also a certified coach, best-selling author & proud mama of 3.  XOXOCMG

Lisel Gorell-Getz (Mags) is thrilled to be returning to MOXIE’s stage. Lisel’s previous credits at MOXIE include Marie Antoniette in The Revolutionists, Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible, Enron, Skinless, Dead Man’s Cell Phone. Recent credits: Eleanor in The Virgin Trial (Cygnet) and This Random World (North Coast Rep). Other San Diego credits: Measure for Measure (Old Globe); Current Nobody, Counterweight (La Jolla Playhouse); Sex with Strangers, Detroit, Exit Interview, In the Next Room, Intimate Apparel (San Diego Rep)Now or Later, Valhalla, Cloud 9, Psycho Beach Party (Diversionary); Macbeth, Valparaiso (Sledgehammer); Twelfth Night (New Village Arts); 9 Parts of Desire (Mo’olelo). Lisel received her BFA at Ithaca College and trained at the British American Drama Academy. She is Master Teaching Artist with the Old Globe Theatre’s Department of Arts Engagement where she is committed to advocating for the arts and encouraging the creative artist within everyone.

Max Macke (Ensemble) is thrilled to be back at Moxie, previously seen here in Voyeurs De Venus, Enron, & Eurydice. Most recently, Max was in Servant of Two Masters at NVA. Other favorite credits include Way Downriver, Of Mice And Men (NCRT), Awake and Sing, The Weir, To Kill A Mockingbird, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Much Ado About Nothing (NVA). The Birthday Party (New Fortune). Edward II (Diversionary). Max was also a founding member of Poor Players Theater Company with whom he appeared in Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, Hamlet, Henry IV pt.1, Anthony & Cleopatra among others. Max would like to thank his wife and daughter for their love and support.

Durwood Murray (Ensemble) is so happy to be returning back to Moxie, previously appearing in Our Lady of Kibeho. He’s also appeared at New Village Arts in The Servant of Two Masters and To Kill A Mockingbird, at Diversionary Theatre in Well and A Civil War Christmas, and Intrepid Theatre in Father Comes Home from the Wars Parts I, II, and III. Durwood would like to thank The Usual Suspects, Wondrous Strange, and all The Partners for their love and support.

*Appearing through an Agreement between MOXIE Theatre, and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

FACTS ABOUT Handbagged
WHATHandbagged by Moira Buffini
WHERE: MOXIE Theatre, 6663 El Cajon Blvd Suite N, San Diego, CA 92115
Run Dates: Oct. 19 – Nov.17. Opening Night: October 25. Thursdays at 7:30pm; Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm; Sundays at 2pm

Preview: $23 – $28
Opening: $43 – $48
General: $33- $41
Senior/Student Matinee – $15 (no other discounts apply)
DISCOUNTS: Seniors, Students, and Military receive $5 off general admission Group rates = 10+ tickets 25% off | 15+ tickets 35% off

Friday, October 25, 2019 @ 8pm – Opening Night: Handbagged
Join MOXIE for the Opening Night performance. Afterward, attend a post-show party to celebrate with the cast, enjoy libations catered by Garden Kitchen, and mingle with MOXIE VIPs.

Sunday, November 3, 2019 @ 2pm – Second Sunday Q & A: Handbagged – Join the actors from Handbagged for a post-show discussion to learn more about the play and enrich your theatre going experience.

Thursday, November 7, 2019 @ 10am – Senior/Student Matinee: Handbagged

The following photos were taken by Daren Scott:

DANCE NATION Opens August 23

Success, ambition, desire: Somewhere in America, an army of pre-teen competitive dancers (played by mature adults) plots to take over the world. And if their new routine is good enough, they’ll claw their way to the top at the Boogie Down Grand Prix in Tampa Bay. But in Clare Barron’s raucous pageant of ambition and ferocity, these young dancers have more than choreography on their minds, because every plié and jeté is a step toward finding themselves, and a fight to unleash their power. MOXIE Executive Artistic Director Jennifer Eve Thorn directs this Pulitzer Prize for Drama Finalist, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize winning West Coast premiere about ambition, growing up, and finding our souls in the heat of it all. “After it’s West Coast premiere at MOXIE, this exciting new play will premiere at Steppenwolf in Chicago,” Thorn says. “It’s exciting to have our finger so squarely on the pulse of what’s ‘NOW’ that we’re programming work alongside companies as respected as Steppenwolf and Playwrights Horizons in NYC who produced the Wold Premiere of Dance Nation in 2018.” 

*This play contains mature language and content and is not appropriate for young audiences or fussy fun haters. 
Parent Advisory Warning: Recommended for age 18+

Directed by Jennifer Eve Thorn. The Design and Production Team includes: Set Design, Reiko Huffman; Costume Design, Kate Bishop; Lighting Design, Nate Parde; Sound Design, Lily Voon; Properties Design, Angelica Ynfante; Stage Management, Nicole Ries.

Clare Barron (Playwright) is a playwright and actor from Wenatchee, Washington. Her plays include You Got Older, which received its world premiere with Page 73 and will appear at Steppenwolf in 2018 (Obie Award for Playwriting, Drama Desk Nomination for Outstanding Play, Kilroys List, and Susan Smith Blackburn finalist);  I’ll Never Love Again (The Bushwick Starr, NYTimes & Time Out Critics’ Picks); Baby Screams Miracle (Woolly Mammoth, Clubbed Thumb); and Dance Nation, which appeared at Playwrights Horizons in 2018 and won the Relentless Award established in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. She is also the recipient of a Whiting Award, the Page 73 Playwriting Fellowship and the Paula Vogel Award at the Vineyard. 

Jen Thorn (Director) is a Co-founder and Executive Artistic Director of MOXIE Theatre. Recent directing credits include: The Revolutionists, Our Lady of Kibeho, Lesson 443, Mud Blue Sky, Hickorydickory, Coming Attractions, The Crucible, Drink Me (with Delicia Turner Sonnenberg), Expecting Isabel, The Sugar Syndrome, Victoria Martin: Math Team Queen (Patte Award for Outstanding Direction), Devil Dog Six (with Esther Emery), Fall, and Dog Act (with Delicia Turner Sonnenberg). She was nominated for San Diego Magazine’s “Woman of the Year” award for her work at MOXIE.


Andrea Agosto (Ashlee) MOXIE Debut.  She is an award winning filmmaker (Kansas City Film Fest) and actress (International Model & Talent Association). Ms. Agosto is thankful for each performance opportunity. She recently co-directed Straight. Her favorite credits include: Significant Other (Vanessa), Bull in a China Shop (Pearl), The Magic in This Soul (Grant/John), Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley: From Slavery to Modiste (Elizabeth Keckley), Cardboard Piano (Adiel/Ruth), Homos, or Everyone in America (Laila), Avenue Q (Gary Coleman), The Best Goodbye (Sabina), Cell (Gwen), You Can’t Take it With You (Rheba), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Nina), Bare (Tanya), Flyin’ West (Minnie), Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters (Manyara), Working (Maggie Holmes), Big River (Alice), High School Musical (Taylor), and Grease (Rizzo). For more information, please visit:

Farah Dinga (Connie) MOXIE debut. She recently graduated from UCSD with a B.A. in Theatre. Credits include;  80 Days Around the World (Upcoming, New Village Arts), Monster (WNPF, UCSD), SERE (WNPF, UCSD), Our Town (UCSD), (OnTheLine Collective), 2×2 (Cat and Crow), and many more.  

Joy Yvonne Jones (Zuzu) MOXIE: Saartjie Baartman in Voyeurs de Venus (Craig Noel Award Winner). Originally from Houston, Texas Joy Yvonne Jones attended The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and went on to study at the University of Minnesota in the Guthrie Theatre BFA Actor Training Program. Joy first discovered her passion for Acting at the age of 10, when she was given the role of Harriet Tubman in the Black History Program at her church. She believes that every story has a purpose, and as an actress, she is responsible for giving it breath. Her most recent credits include Hall in Men on Boats at New Village Arts Theatre, Saartjie Baartman in Voyeurs de Venus at MOXIE Theatre and Jane in Pride and Prejudice at Cygnet Theatre. She has also been a teaching artist at the Neal Hamil Center in Houston, Texas as well as the Texas Shakespeare Festival for several seasons. Joy is currently working on her revolution at the speed of inspiration.

Wendy Maples (Amina) MOXIE: Orange Julius. Stage credits include Orange Julius (MOXIE Theatre) PIPPIN, Fair Use (Diversionary Theatre) and Dog Sees God (InnerMission Productions)  Additionally, she has directed & performed with New Village Arts, Playwrights Project, InnerMission Productions and the Theatre Arts School of San Diego.  Wendy is a founding theatre teacher at High Tech Middle Chula Vista.

Li-Anne Rowswell (Maeve) MOXIE debut. Theatre credits include Inspector Harriet Goring in The Games Afoot (The Grand Tea Room in Escondido), Helga ten Dorp in Deathtrap (Oceanside Theatre Company), Mary in Women in Jeopardy (Broadway Vista), Nurse Preen in The Man Who Came To Dinner (Welk Stage) and Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret (Ion). Other favorite roles include Cassandra in Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike (Scripps Ranch Theater), Mrs. McAndrews in Sons of the Prophet (Cygnet Theatre), Lou in 1940’s Radio Hour (New Village Arts), Clara in The Magic Fire.  Li-Anne is a proud member of Storytellers of San Diego and The San Diego Performing Arts League. And a Volunteer House Manager for Moxie Theatre.

Sandra Ruiz (Sofia) MOXIE: The Madres, Enron, Expecting Isabel. Additional credits include: Venus in Fur (Onstage Playhouse), Beachtown, In the Time of the Butterflies, Corridos/ Remix, Earthquake Sun (San Diego Rep.), The Motherf**ker with the Hat (Cygnet), A Permanent Image (Pt. Loma Playhouse), Lydia (Ion), Seven Spots on the Sun (InnerMission), Our Lady of the Tortilla, As Bees in Honey Drown (Onstage Playhouse), James & the Giant Peach (Coronado Playhouse), 4.48 Psychosis, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (UCSD). Born and raised in San Diego, Sandra received her BAs in Theatre & Human Development from UCSD. 

Daren Scott (Dance Teacher Pat) Daren Scott (Dance Teacher Pat) Last seen in North Plan and The Normal Heart at Ion Theatre where he also co-directed Sex Drugs Rock And Roll. As a founding member, Daren has almost exclusively worked at New Village Arts Theatre now in its 20th season.  With NVA he has been an actor, director, assistant director, and since 2009 has photographed almost all of the productions. As an actor he has worked at many other San Diego theatres including Diversionary, Intrepid, Vantage, Ion, Cygnet, and now Moxie. As a photographer he has worked for almost every performance space in town doing press and production photos. His work is regularly published in the UT and many other publications. His “day” is as a casting associate at Candis Casting working alongside the fantastic D Candis Paule, CSA on film and television projects.

Sarah Karpicus Violet (Vanessa/The Moms) MOXIE: The Kid Thing.  Additional credits include Karen, Speed the Plow (San Diego Actors Theatre), Marianne, Playing for Time (Raymond Hodges Theatre), and Echo, Eleemosynary (Shafer Street Playhouse). She holds a BFA in Acting from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Masters Degree in Expressive Arts Therapy from the European Graduate School. Sarah is the cofounder of Yellowbird, an organization dedicated to building personal and community resilience in and through the arts.

Eddie Yaroch (Luke) MOXIE: The Diary of Anne Frank, The (curious case of) Watson Intelligence, Enron (Craig Noel Award). Additional credits include: NVA/Intrepid: Buddy Holly Story; La Jolla Playhouse: The Car Plays; New Village Arts: Miss Firecracker Contest, Circle Mirror Transformation, Wait Until Dark; Intrepid: Midsummer, Hamlet, Richard II, King John; Cygnet: Our Town; Diversionary: Now or Later, Side Man.

FACTS ABOUT Dance Nation

WHAT: Dance Nation by Clare Barron 
WHERE:​ MOXIE Theatre, 6663 El Cajon Blvd Suite N, San Diego, CA 92115 
SCHEDULE:​ ​Run Dates: August 17 – September 15. Opening Night: August 23. Thursdays at 7:30pm; Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm; Sundays at 2pm

Friday, August 23, 2019 @ 8pm – Opening Night: Dance Nation
Join MOXIE for the Opening Night performance. Afterward, attend a post-show party to celebrate with the cast, enjoy libations catered by Garden Kitchen, and mingle with MOXIE VIPs.

Sunday, September 1, 2019 @ 2pm – Second Sunday Q & A: Dance Nation
Join the actors from Dance Nation for a post-show discussion to learn more about the play and enrich your theatre going experience. 

The following photos were taken by Daren Scott.

May 2019 – An Electrifying Anniversary Season is Announced at MOXIE Theatre
5 Premieres to Celebrate 15 Years. MOXIE is Here to Stay.

MOXIE Theatre is announcing its highly anticipated fifteenth anniversary season with five electrifying premieres, each shedding new light on this gutsy San Diego company’s mission to put women’s work in the spotlight. “The theme for MOXIE’s 15th Anniversary Season is ‘Room at The Table,’ says co-founder and Executive Artistic Director, Jennifer Eve Thorn. “We’re reaching further than ever before at MOXIE to include diverse stories and perspectives in our programming while bringing San Diego the hottest new plays sweeping across the country and overseas in 2019/2020.”

Executive Artistic Director Jennifer Eve Thorn helms the inaugural production in August 2019 with the West Coast Premiere winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, Dance Nation by Clare Barron which the New York Times calls “GLORIOUS.” Dance Nation is tale of success, ambition, and desire. Somewhere in America, an army of pre-teen competitive dancers plots to take over the world. “After it’s West Coast premiere at MOXIE, this exciting new play will premiere at Steppenwolf in Chicago,” Thorn says. “It’s exciting to have our finger so squarely on the pulse of what’s ‘NOW’ that we’re programming work alongside companies as respected as Steppenwolf and Playwrights Horizons in NYC who produced the Wold Premiere of Dance Nation in 2018. “

In October, Kim Strassburger will direct The Olivier Award-winning, West End Hit Comedy Handbagged by Moira Buffini. The Guardian called Handbagged “A very funny portrait of a relationship between monarch and prime minister that clearly wasn’t made in heaven.” Born six months apart, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Queen Elizabeth II both ruled with a handbag over their wrist. But who had the upper hand behind closed palace doors? In this unforgettable evening, the audience is invited to tea with two powerhouse icons who stayed in the public eye for nearly a century.

San Diego favorite Lisa Berger will direct Red Bike by Caridad Svich in January, fresh off its National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere which opened the play in Salt Lake City, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Ohio and Providence last year.  Playwright Svich, OBIE Award Winner for Lifetime Achievement, explores growing up and living in small town America, figuring out where you stand in a divided country and the universal hunger we all feel for that “shiny red bike.”

And then MOXIE co-founder and Artistic Director Emeritus Delicia Turner Sonnenberg caps the anniversary season off with Manahatta by Mary Kathryn Nagle, celebrated playwright, activist and attorney, in May 2020. A gripping journey that spans from the fur trade of the 1600s to the stock trade of today, Manahatta tells the story of a brilliant young Native American woman working on Wall Street and the true and hidden history of the land underneath her feet.

And as a special bonus, MOXIE has programmed an on-going fifth production for its fifteenth anniversary season which will be performed at elementary schools, community partner locations, and at MOXIE. The G.E.W. (Gender Equality Workshop), an original TYA by Associate Artistic Director Callie Prendiville and directed by Education Programs Manager Nicole Cantalupo has been commissioned by MOXIE Theatre in collaboration with The San Diego Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, with support from the Creative Projects, Programs, and Services Grant from the City of San Diego. This engaging and imaginative performance is about gender equality, the power of speaking up and the opportunity to make a difference, however young you might be. The G.E.W. (Gender Equality Workshop) is an interactive experience.Students are encouraged to pause the performance and form groups in which they’ll use critical thinking and communication skills to determine solutions for a more equitable future for “Monica”…and us all.

MOXIE Season 15 Dates and Details
Dance Nation by Clare Barron
Directed by Jennifer Eve Thorn
August 17  – Sep 15, 2019
Opening Night: Aug 23

Handbagged by Moira Buffini
Directed by Kim Strassburger
Oct 19 – Sep 17, 2019
Opening Night: Oct 25

Red Bike by Caridad Svich
Directed by Lisa Berger
Jan 18 – Feb 16, 2020
Opening Night: Jan 24

Manahatta by Mary Kathryn Nagle
Directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg
Apr 25 – May 31, 2020
Opening Night: May 1

The G.E.W. (MOXIE’s Gender Equality Workshop) by Callie Prendiville
Directed by Nicole Cantalupo
Performing at schools and at MOXIE Theatre
Dates TBA 2019-2020

All performances, with the exception of in school performances of The G.E.W. take place at MOXIE Theatre
6663 El Cajon Blvd
Ste. N. San Diego, CA 92115

an 18 – Feb 16, 2020 Opening Night: Jan 24

The G.E.W. (MOXIE’s Gender Equality Workshop) by Callie Prendiville Directed by Nicole Cantalupo Performing at schools and at MOXIE Theatre Dates TBA 2019-2020 Location:  
All performances, with the exception of in school performances of The G.E.W. take place at MOXIE Theatre
6663 El Cajon Blvd
Ste. N. San Diego, CA 92115

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May 2019 – Playwright Dipika Guha sets her comedy Yoga Play at Jojomon, a yoga apparel company similar to Lululemon – both in name and in a scandal resulting from a CEO blaming the size of women’s thighs for the transparency of their famed pants. Athleisure, the yoga pant and designer tank look favored by yogis and soccer moms across the United States, is slated to be an $83 billion industry by next year. Americans already spend over $10 million on yoga classes a year.

Guha, who was born in Calcutta, and raised in India, the UK, and Russia, was intrigued by the collision of corporate success and spiritual practice: “I had just moved to Berkeley and had begun thinking about California as a destination for wealth seekers as well as truth seekers. Yoga – as a spiritual practice – and now multi billion dollar business sat at the intersection of these interests. So my research consisted of surreptitiously going to yoga classes: In one particular class I found myself sitting opposite a straight white man playing on a harmonium with incredible depth and sincerity. His breadth of knowledge about yoga and deep affinity with Hinduism gave me an opening – a way to think about cultural appropriation in a way that surprised me and made me laugh – a lot. So that became the seed of the piece.”

Associate Artistic Director Callie Prendiville, making her MOXIE directorial debut, picked the piece after scouting it at the Pacific Playwrights Festival at South Coast Repertory in 2017: “I hadn’t laughed that hard at a play in a long, long time. It hits on so many issues: identity, cultural appropriation, and women in power – but it’s so irreverent. At intermission I thought, ‘MOXIE has to do this and Jo Anne Glover has to star in it.’” Glover, MOXIE co-founder and celebrated San Diego actress, plays Joan, Jojomon’s newly hired CEO. She is also, in her real life, a popular yoga teacher.

Directed by Callie Prendiville. The Design and Production Team includes: Set Design, Divya Murthy Kumar; Costume Design, Danita Lee; Lighting Design, Christopher Loren Renda; Sound Design, Matthew Lescault-Wood; Properties Design, Angelica Ynfante; Stage Management, Alyssa Swan.

Dipika Guha (Playwright) Dipika Guha was born in Calcutta and raised in the United Kingdom, Russia and India. Her plays include Yoga Play (South Coast Rep, Upcoming: Gateway Theatre Vancouver, Moxie Theatre & SF Playhouse), The Art of Gaman (Theatre 503 London, The Kilroys List, Relentless Award semifinalist), Unreliable (Upcoming: Kansas City Rep) and contributions to You Across From Me (Humana, Actors Theatre of Louisville). Recent works includes Azaan, a play written for an orchestra commissioned by Oregon Symphony, Elizabeth for the McCarter Theatre’s Princeton and Slavery Project, In Braunau, for Playwrights Horizons Theatre School (SF Playhouse workshop production) and Malicious Animal Magnetism with Jeremy Cohen for ACT/Z Space in San Francisco.For television, Dipika wrote for American Gods on Starz and for Paradise Lost on AMC and for Sneaky Pete on Amazon.

Callie Prendiville (Director) is Associate Artistic Director of MOXIE Theatre and an actress, writer, educator and director. Her play, Blamed: An Established Fiction, won Best Drama at the San Diego Fringe Festival in 2015 (performed in Tijuana and San Diego), and the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival Scholarship, funded by the NEA. Blamed was then selected to perform Off-Broadway at the Soho Playhouse. Callie’s play, The Plummer Project, about the history of Orange County and the illegal deportations of Mexican-Americans during the Great Depression, received a California Stories Grant from the California Humanities Association. As an actress she has performed at MOXIE, South Coast Repertory, La Jolla Playhouse, North Coast Repertory, Los Angeles Opera, Long Beach Playhouse, Chance Theatre, Downey Civic Light Opera and Lyric Opera San Diego. She holds a BA in Theatre from the University of San Diego, an MFA in Performance from CSU Los Angeles.

Run Dates: May 5 – June 2. Opening Night: May 11.
Thursdays at 7:30pm; Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm; Sundays at 2pm


Saturday, May 11, 2019 @ 8pm – Opening Night: Yoga Play Join MOXIE for the Opening Night performance. Afterward, attend a post-show party to celebrate with the cast, enjoy libations catered by Garden Kitchen, and mingle with MOXIE VIPs.

Thursday May 16, 2019 @ 11:30am – Student and Senior Matinee A special daytime performance open to any students and seniors (open to the public).

Sunday, May 19, 2019 @ 2pm – Second Sunday Q & A: Yoga Play Join the actors from Yoga Play for a post-show discussion to learn more about the play and enrich your theatre going experience

The following photos were taken by Daren Scott.



January 2019 – With her debut Herland at MOXIE Theatre, Grace McLeod is the youngest person ever to receive a prestigious Rolling World Premiere from the National New Play Network. McLeod’s comedy follows a trio of lady septuagenarians who hire a high school intern to hatch a bold plan for a utopian alternative rather than move in to a retirement home. After its premiere at MOXIE, the play, which deals with coming out and being true to yourself at all ages, will receive separate productions at Red Twist Theatre in Chicago and Greenway Court Theatre in Los Angeles as a part of the Rolling World Premiere.

In a culture that’s ever obsessed with youth, Herland challenges the idea that young people are the only ones living the most important time of their lives. Like the central young character, high school graduates are constantly being told that that singular moment is the time to decide what to do with the rest of their lives; the older characters in the show prove that we keep deciding and making choices at every age.

Executive Artistic Director Jennifer Eve Thorn, who also helms this production, loved the opportunity to hire a variety of actresses: “It’s at the very moment women are feeling the most brave and sure of themselves as artists that our culture writes them off as secondary characters.

Some of the best talent in San Diego theatre is over 65 and female. Those women don’t have the opportunities they should. Herland is a showcase for some of my favorite young and mature actresses in San Diego. It’s about women. Being together. And liking it. I love that.”

Thorn isn’t the only one loving the play’s focus. Council President Georgette Gómez (District 9) will be joining Herland playwright McLeod for a post-show discussion after the Friday January 25th performance. The talk will be titled “Queer Role Models in Fiction and Flesh.”

Directed by Jennifer Eve Thorn. The Design and Production Team includes: Set Design, Julie Lorenz; Costume Design, Anastasia Puatova; Lighting Design, Ashley Bietz ; Sound Design, Lily Voon; Properties Design, Angelica Ynfante; Stage Management, Megan Ames.

Grace McLeod (Playwright) is a Chicago-based playwright and screenwriter. She has developed her full-length plays with First Floor Theater, Greenhouse Theater Center, The New Colony, and Commission Theatre, and has had the pleasure of writing short plays for Chimera Ensemble, American Blues Theater, and the Victory Gardens College Night series, among others. Grace was the recipient of the 2018 Olga and Paul Menn Foundation Prize for Playwriting and a 2017-2018 playwright-in-residence at the Greenhouse Theater Center as part of the Trellis Residency Initiative, where she developed her play Herland, which will have its National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere this year at MOXIE Theatre in San Diego, Redtwist Theatre in Chicago, and Greenway Court Theatre in Los Angeles. She was a 2013-2014 Tribeca Film Fellow and wrote and directed the short film “Under the Table,” which premiered during the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. Grace is a recent graduate of the University of Chicago.

January 20 – Feb 17
Opening Night: Jan 26
Thur @ 7:30pm, Fri & Sat @8pm, Sun @2pm

Important Links and Articles

Download the HERLAND_MOXIE_Press Release
Preview Article in the San Diego Union-Tribune

The following photos were taken by Daren Scott.

October 2018 – Showrunner for Starz hit TV Series VIDA gets San Diego Premiere at MOXIE

She was named “Best New Playwright” by Chicago Magazine and she’s a writer for Vida (Starz), How to Get Away with Murder (ABC), Girls (HBO), Devious Maids (HBO) and Looking (HBO), and a founder of Teatro Luna in Chicago. Tanya Saracho is a queer Latina with a remarkable voice, a massive fan following, and her finger on the pulse of audiences across the country. Saracho’s play, Fade opens at MOXIE Theatre and is produced in Association with TuYo Theatre Oct 14 – Nov 11, 2018. Fade delves into territory Saracho knows well. It tells the fictional story of Lucia, a young Latina just hired to write for her first TV show and painfully aware she’s the “diversity hire” at the writing table.

MOXIE Theatre, now in its 14 season of producing award-winning theatre that creates more diverse images of women for our culture, will produce Fade in Association with TuYo Theatre. TuYo, whose debut season is launching in 2018, is dedicated to telling stories from diverse Latinx perspectives. TuYo Co-Founder, Maria Patrice Amon directs. This isn’t Amon’s first time helming a show at MOXIE;  she recently co-directed MOXIE’s Rolling World Premiere of The Madres with MOXIE Executive Artistic Director Jennifer Eve Thorn. “When Amon passed me the script for Fade,” Thorn reflects, “I could tell by the way she talked about it that it spoke to her as a director. I also understood she was in the early stages of launching TuYo Theatre with other artists. I wanted her voice as a director on this show, and I felt strongly about supporting the launch of TuYo. So, I proposed a partnership that would be a win for everyone. Fade fits the mission of both our companies and MOXIE is honored to be working with TuYo.”

Saracho’s play is a witty comedy that explores class and culture. The play is tightly focused, almost as if being watched through the lens of a camera, on two characters in one space over a series of evenings. Both are Mexican. Both work in the same building. Both are surviving in the same oppressive system, but they are on different rungs of the ladder. How they deal with the inequality they face has a lot to do with the access they have to power and how they choose to use it.

“I just hope they take away the complexity of what it’s like to be Mexican right now. How we have to navigate and code switch in a way that maybe your average American doesn’t have to. I just hope that they get that when they’re thinking about us on an everyday level.”

-Tanya Saracho, The Interval

Directed by Maria Patrice Amon. Starring: Javier Guerrero (Abel) and Sofia Sassone (Lucia.) The Design and Production Team includes: Scenic Design, Kristen Flores; Costume Design, Carmen Amon; Lighting Design, Mextly Almeda; Sound Design, Lily Voon; Properties Design, Angelica Ynfante;
and Stage Management, Jessamyn Foster.

Tanya Saracho (Playwright) was born in Sinaloa, México. She is a playwright who writes for Television   (HBO’s “Looking,” “Girls,” “How To Get Away With Murder,” and “Devious Maids.”) and is the creator of Pour Vida on Starz. Named “Best New Playwright” by Chicago Magazine, Saracho is an ensemble member at the Tony Award winning Victory Gardens Theater, the founder of the Ñ Project, founder and co-director of ALTA (Alliance of Latino Theater Artists) and founder and former Artistic Director of Teatro Luna: Chicago’s All-Latina Theater. PLAYS PRODUCED AT: Denver Theatre Center, Primary Stages, Second Stage, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Goodman Theater, Steppenwolf Theater, Teatro Vista, Teatro Luna, Fountain Theater, Clubbed Thumb, NEXT Theater and 16th Street Theater. PLAYS INCLUDE: Fade; Hushabye; Mala Hierba; The Tenth Muse; Song for the Disappeared; Enfrascada; El Nogalar (inspired by The Cherry Orchard); an adaptation of The House on Mango Street for Steppenwolf; Our Lady of the Underpass; Surface Day; Kita y Fernanda, and Quita Mitos. Saracho is a winner of the Ofner Prize given by the Goodman Theater, a recipient of an NEA Distinguished New Play Development Project Grant and a 3Arts Artists Award. NEW WORK DEVELOPED AT: South Coast Rep., Denver Theatre Center, Two River Theatre, Steppenwolf, Goodman, Sundance Theater Lab 2012, Hedgebrook Women’s Playwright’s Festival 2012, Ucross/Sundance 2011, Martha’s Vineyard Arts Project 2011, Superlab with Clubbed Thumb/Playwrights Horizon, Ignition Festival at Victory Gardens, Latino Mixfest at Atlantic Theater, and XYZ Fest at About Face Theater. Saracho was named one of nine national Latino “Luminarios” by Café magazine and given the first “Revolucionario” Award in Theater by the National Museum of Mexican Art. IN DEVELOPMENT WITH: HBO, Goodman Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre, Two Rivers Theatre, Denver Theater Center, South Coast Rep. Tanya is a proud member of SAG/AFTRA, and the Writer’s Guild.

A San Diego Premiere produced in Association with TuYo Theatre
Fade by Tanya Saracho
directed by Maria Patrice Amon

Oct 14 – Nov 11
Opening Night: Oct 20
Thur @ 7:30pm, Fri & Sat @8pm, Sun @2pm

Important Links and Articles

Download the FADE_MOXIE_TuYo_PR
Preview Article & Interview with Maria Patrice Amon in the San Diego Union-Tribune

The following photos were taken by Quasi Studios


In 1810, a Khoikhoi woman named Saartjie Baartman left her home in South Africa only to spend the rest of her life as a side show display in England and France as “The Hottentot Venus,” where spectators would pay to see her voluptuous body. In Lydia R. Diamond’s Voyeurs de Venus, a modern day pop culture academic struggles with how to tell Saartjie’s story without continuing to exploit the exploited. The result? A fun, dance-filled spectacle tackling gender, race, and class making its San Diego debut at MOXIE. Voyeurs de Venus stars MOXIE veteran Cashae Monya as Sara, the hotshot young cultural anthropologist and professor who is being courted by a lucrative book deal that would require her to sell out her integrity – and images of Saartjie in various states of undress – in order to make the book sell. As she struggles with how to write the book without losing her soul, she’s haunted by dance-filled nightmares, white women named Becky, and Saartjie herself. Founding member and former Artistic Director Delicia Turner Sonnenberg returns to direct, marking the second collaboration between Sonnenberg and Diamond (2013 San Diego Critic’s Circle Best Drama winner, The Bluest Eye). Joy Jones, making her MOXIE debut as Baartman, says “I wasn’t expecting there to be so much comedy in this show. It’s really funny. I really hope the audience isn’t afraid to laugh. Historically Saartjie’s story has been told by the men who exploited her, but in this show, we get see her speak for herself. I love getting the opportunity to show her strength and resilience. To show her power. If you look at the sketches of her story most often people only see the victim. She fought back. She spoke up.”

A San Diego Premiere
Voyeurs de Venus
by Lydia Diamond

directed by
Delica Turner Sonnenberg

Aug 12 – Sept 9
Opening Night: Aug 18
Thur @ 7:30pm,
Fri & Sat @8pm
Sun @2pm

They called her The Hottentot Venus, but she had a name. Based in part on the unbelievable true story of Saartje Baartman, an indigenous woman from southern Africa woman who was captured and displayed on the streets of 19th-century London and Paris. Fast forward to the turn of the millennium in Chicago. Pop-culture expert, Sara Washington, is offered the book deal of a lifetime if she’s willing to tell Saartjie’s story. As bizarre dreams and the ghost of Saartjie come to life, Sara is tempted by more than fame and fortune. A provocative, profound, and unapologetically funny tale race, class, and gender.

Directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg. Choreographed by Michael Mizrany. The Design and Production Team includes: Set Design, Justin Humphres; Costume Design, Shelly Williams; Lighting Design, Nate Parde; Sound Design, Matt Lescault-Wood; Properties Design, Angelica Ynfante; Wig Design, Missy Bradstreet; Stage Management, Nicole Ries.

Starring: Fred Harlow (Alexander Dunlop), Cortez Johnson (James Booker), Joy Jones (Saartjie Baartman), Justin Lang (James Bradford/Georges Cuvier), Max Macke (William Bullock/Carl Richards), Nancy Ross (Millicent Ducent/Becky), Cashae Monya (Sara Washington), Lesa Green (Dancer), Jocelynn Johnston (Dancer), Ashley Stewart (Dancer).

Lydia Diamond; Playwright

Award winning Plays include: Smart People, Stick Fly, Voyeurs de Venus, The Bluest Eye, The Gift Horse, Harriet Jacobs, The Inside, and Stage Black. Theatres include: Arena Stage, Cort Theatre (Broadway), Chicago Dramatists, Company One, Congo Square, Goodman Theatre, Hartford Stage, Huntington Theatre Company, Jubilee Theatre, Kansas City Repertory, Long Wharf, Lorraine Hansberry, McCarter, Theatre Mo’Olelo Performing Arts Co., MPAACT, New Vic Theatre, Playmakers Repertory, Plowshares Theatre Company, Second Stage Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company and TrueColors. Commissions include: Arena Stage, Steppenwolf (4), McCarter, Huntington, Center Stage, Victory Gardens and The Roundabout Theatre Company.

Important Links and Articles

Download the Voyeurs de Venus Press Release

Press Photos
The following photos were taken by Daren Scott.


An NNPN Rolling World Premiere
The Madres
by Stephanie Alison Walker

directed by
Maria Patrice Amon and
Jennifer Eve Thorn

May 13 – June 10
Opening Night: May 19
Thur @ 7pm, Fri & Sat @8pm
Sun @2pm

It’s 1978 in Argentina and people are disappearing off the street. Belén is pregnant and has been missing for twelve weeks. When her mother and grandmother receive a surprise visit from someone who may have the key to finding her, they’ll stop at nothing to get her back. This Rolling Word Premiere is based on the true story of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, whose protest forced the world to recognize the violence and murder happening in Argentina.

Directed by Maria Patrice Amon and Jennifer Eve Thorn. The Design and Production Team includes: Set Design, Alondra Velez; Costume Design, Danita Lee; Lighting Design, Alex Crocker-Lakness; Sound Design, Haley Wolf; Properties Design, Angelica Ynfante; Stage Management, Megan Ames. Starring María Gonzaléz, John Padilla, Sandra Ruiz, Markuz Rodriguez, and Laura Jimenez.

Stephanie Alison Walker (Playwright) is an L.A.-based award-winning playwright. Her full-length plays include The Madres, The Abuelas, Friends With Guns, The Art of Disappearing, American Home, The Sister House, Three Fittings and The Box Jumper. Stephanie’s work has been produced and/or developed at Los Angeles’ Skylight Theatre, Moving Arts, Antaeus Theatre Company, The Road Theatre, The Blank Theatre, San Diego Rep, 16th Street Theater in Chicago, Chicago Dramatists, Boulder Ensemble Theater Company, American Blues Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville and more. Awards include: Finalist for the 2016 Saroyan/Paul Playwriting Prize for Human Rights, Winner of the Ashland New Plays Festival, Blue Ink Award, the Generations Prize, Jane Chambers Award Runner-Up, finalist for the O’Neill Playwrights Conference and the CTG/Humanitas Playwriting Prize, Four-time Finalist for the Heideman Award. Stephanie is a proud member of the Playwrights Union and Antaeus Playwrights Lab. You can follow Stephanie on Twitter @littof and read her plays on the New Play Exchange.

Important Links and Articles

Download the MOXIE Press Release Madres

Press Photos
The following photos were taken by Daren Scott.


A Joint World Premiere
BLISS (or Emily Post is Dead!)
by Jami Brandli

directed by
Delicia Turner Sonnenberg

Jan 28 – Feb 25  |  Opening Night: Feb 3
Thur @ 7pm, Fri & Sat @8pm & Sun @2pm

Housewives are dutiful. Husbands are brawny. It’s 1960 and Emily Post’s guide to etiquette is keeping America “great.” But in a delicious turn of events, a stranger materializes who might end life as the citizens of North Orange, New Jersey know it. This audacious Joint World Premiere, with Moving Arts (Los Angeles) and Promethean Theatre (Chicago), reimagines the tragic heroines of Greek Mythology as pill-popping housewives in a cautionary tale with deadly consequences.

Directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg. Written by Jami Brandli. The Design and Production Team includes: Set Design, Victoria Petrovich; Costume Design, Shelly Williams; Lighting Design, Christina Martin; Sound Design, Matt Lescault-Wood; Properties Design, Angelica Ynfante; Wigs and Makeup Missy Bradstreet; Stage Management, Nora Kessler. Starring Morgan Carberry, Steve Froehlich, Taylor Linekin, Lydia Lea Real, and Alexandra Slade.

About the Playwright

Jami Brandli plays include Technicolor Life, S.O.E., M-Theory, ¡SOLDADERA!, Sisters Three, A Merry Little Christmasand BLISS (or Emily Post is Dead!) which was named in The Kilroys Top 46 List in 2014. Her work has been produced/developed at New Dramatists, WordBRIDGE, The Lark, New York Theatre Workshop, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Launch Pad, The Antaeus Company, Chalk REP, The Road, among other venues. Winner of John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award, Holland New Voices Award and Aurora Theatre Company’s GAP Prize.  Technicolor Life premiered at REP Stage as part of the 2015 Women’s Voices Theater Festival.  BLISS (or Emily Post is Dead!) will receive a joint world premiere with Moving Arts, MOXIE Theatre and Promethean Theatre starting this fall, 2017.   She’s been a finalist for the 2016 PEN Literary Award for Drama, Playwrights’ Center Core Writer Fellowship, Princess Grace Award, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and the Disney ABC TV Fellowship and was also nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award.  Her short works are published with TCG and Smith & Kraus. A proud member of the Playwrights Union, the Antaeus Playwrights Lab, and The Dramatist Guild, Jami teaches dramatic writing at Lesley University’s low-residency MFA program. She is represented by the Robert A Freedman Agency and Fourth Wall Management and is currently developing a TV project with Quaker Moving Pictures.

Important Links and Articles

Download the MOXIE Press Release BLISS

Press Photos
The following photos were taken by Karli Cardel Photography.

The following photos were taken by Ash and Arrow Photography.


Adapted by Wendy Kesselman

from the original stage play by Francis Goodrich and Albert Hackett
directed by Kym Pappas
Nov 12 – Dec 17 / Opening Night: Nov 18
Thur @ 7pm, Fri & Sat @8pm & Sun @2pm

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About the Play

This is a new adaptation for a new generation. Containing newly discovered writings from Anne Frank’s diary, this is the unforgettable true story of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic from 1942-1944. THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence—their fear, their hope, their laughter and their grief. Anne confronts her rapidly changing life and the increasing horror of her time with astonishing honesty and determination.

About the Adapter
Besides her Tony-nominated adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank, Wendy Kesselman’s plays include The Executioner’s Daughter; The Notebook; The Foggy Foggy Dew; The Last Bridge; I Love You, I Love You Not; Maggie Magalita; Merry-Go-Round; The Shell Collection; My Sister in This House, A Re-imagined Version (Deaf West Theatre); The Graduation of Grace and Spit. She also wrote the book, music and lyrics for The Juniper Tree, A Tragic Household Tale; A Tale of Two Cities; Becca and The Black Monk: A Chamber Musical, which will have its CD release in fall 2015.

Among other honours, she has received the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize; the AT&T Onstage Award; The New England Major Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement in the American Theatre; the first annual Playbill Award; the Roger L. Stevens Award; the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award,; the Lecomte du Noüy Annual Award; Meet the Composer Grants; Guggenheim, McKnight and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships; and a Writers Guild of America Award for her screen adaptation of John Knowles’s A Separate Peace. Her other screenplays include Sister My Sister (adapted from My Sister in This House) and I Love You, I Love You Not.

Important Links and Articles

Download the MOXIE Press Release THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK

Press Photos
The following photos were taken by photographer Darren Scott.

The following photos were taken by Sean Fanning.

IRONBOUND by Martyna Mayok

directed by Jennifer Eve Thorn
Sep 17 – Oct 22 / Opening Night: Sep 23
Thur @ 7pm, Fri & Sat @8pm & Sun @2pm

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About the Play

At a bus stop in a run-down New Jersey town, Darja, a Polish immigrant and factory worker, is done talking about feelings; it’s time to talk money. Spanning 22 years and three relationships, Ironbound is a darkly funny portrait of a woman for whom love is a luxury–and a liability–as she fights to survive in America.

Important Links and Articles

Download the MOXIE Press Release IRONBOUND
Read an interview with playwright Martyna Majok in the New York Times

Press Photos
All photos were taken by photographer Daren Scott.

About the Playwright
Martyna Majok was born in Bytom Poland, and aged in Jersey and Chicago. Her plays have been performed and developed at The O’Neill Theatre Center, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Manhattan Theatre Club, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre/Women’s Project Theatre, ensemble Studio Theatre, Round House Theatre. LAByrinth Theatre Company, The John F. Kennedy Center, Dorset Theatre Festival, Marin Theatre Company, and New York Stage & Film among others. Awards include The Dramatists Guild’s Lanford Wilson Award, The Lilly Awards’ Stacey Mindich Prize, Helen Merrill Emerging Playwright Award, Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding Original New Play or Musical (Helen Hayes Awards), the Ashland New Plays Festival Women’s Invitational Prize, The Kennedy Center’s Jean Kennedy Smith Award, Marin Theatre’s David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize, New York Theatre Workshop’s 2050 Fellowship, Aurora Theatre’s Global Age Project Prize, National New Play Network’s Smith Prize for Political Playwriting, Jane Chambers Student Feminist Playwriting Prize, and The Merage Foundation Fellowship for the American Dream. Commissions from Lincoln Cneter, The Bush Theatre in London, The Geffen Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, South Coast Rep, and Manhattan Theatre Club. Publications by Dramatists Play Service, Samuel French, TCG, and Smith & Kraus. Residencies at SPACE on Ryder Farm Fuller Road, Marble House Project, and Ragdale. BA: University of Chicago; MFA Yale School of Drama, The Juilliard School. She has taught playwriting at Williams College, Wesleyan University, SUNY Purchase, Primary STages ESPA, NJRep, and as an assistant to Paula Vogel at Yale. Alumna of EST’s Youngblood and Women’s Project Lab. Martyna is a Core Writer at Playwrights Center and a member of The Dramatists Guild, The Writers Guild of America East, and New York Theatre Workshop’s Usual Suspects. Martyna was a 2012-2013 NNPN playwright-in-residence and the 2915-2016 PoNY Fellow at the Lark Play Development Center. 

Developing Leadership at MOXIE

MOXIE Theatre is welcoming in a new era of leadership as founding members Delicia Turner Sonnenberg and Jo Anne Glover transition into advisory roles. Founding member and new Executive Artistic Director Jennifer Eve Thorn has surrounded herself with new and returning MOXIEs, all of whom have a former connection with the company. Thorn herself was originally an intern for Sonnenberg at the San Diego Rep, then a partner at MOXIE, and is now succeeding Sonnenberg as Executive Artistic Director.

“MOXIE is developing future leaders,” says Thorn. “We’re growing leadership from the ground up. We believe this strengthens our community and encourages talent to stay local.”

Thorn first met new Associate Artistic Director Callie Prendiville in 2010 when she cast her in the MOXIE production of The Crucible. “From my first read at the auditions, I was in love with the MOXIE philosophy,” says Prendiville. “These women were creating incredible art, they had babies and families, and there was never a sense of having to choose between making theatre and making a family. As a young woman starting out in the professional theatre, it was really a revelation.” Since her time with MOXIE during The Crucible, Prendiville received a Master’s of Fine Art in Los Angeles and returned to the University of San Diego to teach, often sending her students to write about MOXIE shows. “I’m thrilled that my relationship with MOXIE has come full circle in this exciting way.”

Nicole Ries also worked with Sonnenberg in her San Diego Rep days, and returns to MOXIE as Production Manager. “MOXIE was a big part of what made my plan to start a family while still working in theatre possible,” says Ries. She started with MOXIE as a stage manager and her roles grew: “I started as Associate Production Manager in 2013 before taking the reigns July 2015 after the birth of my second daughter Rosalind. I never had to choose family or career with MOXIE.” Ries is also the resident Production Stage Manager for the Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program and the Ben Vereen Awards (Broadway/San Diego) and has stage managed extensively around San Diego.

Christine Nathanson, the new Business Manager, was an assistant stage manager for Ries in MOXIE’s JadeHeart in 2014 after interning with the company during a summer break from her theatre studies at Westmont College. She assistant directed the recent MOXIE hit The Revolutionists. A San Diego native, Nathanson won a double Santa Barbara Indy Award for her directing and acting work at Westmont.

Another former assistant director stepping in to a leadership position, Elizabeth Corrow (Trouble in Mind, The [curious case of the] Watson Intelligence, Our Lady of Kibeho) is the new Development Programs Director. Says Corrow: “I can’t wait to see where MOXIE’s energy and excellence take it in this time of increased attention to women’s rights.” Corrow grew up in Puerto Rico and came to San Diego by way of the Midwest. She has a graduate business degree from SDSU.

Nicole Cantalupo has been MOXIE’s Education Coordinator since 2015. She has utilized the Inspiring Future Leaders Grant from SDG&E to create a program that brings high school students from all over the county to MOXIE to be mentored by production team members. Additionally, Nicole is one of the founding members of MOXIE’s Bechdel Brigade.

Rounding out the returning MOXIEs are longtime company members Missy Bradstreet as Associate Production Manager and Jennifer Berry as Casting Director.

Thorn is looking forward to the future with gratitude to the past: “It’s a testament to the leadership and community support that MOXIE has had for the past 12 years, that we’ve attracted such an incredible team for this next chapter of MOXIE history. I am ready to learn from these women and honored to lead them. The new MOXIEs have a vision for the future of this organization, they see it as their own and that means my founding partners and I achieved our number one goal. We founded this company for the generations that would come after us with the clear intention of passing it to them. MOXIE’s ‘Second Generation’ is ready to build on the foundation we’ve inherited. We can’t wait for our fans to see what comes next.”


Jennifer Eve Thorn, Executive Artistic Director

Nicole Ries, Production Manager

Christine Nathanson, Business Manager

Callie Prendiville, Associate Artistic Director

Elizabeth Corrow, Development Programs Director

Missy Bradstreet, Assoc. Production Manager

Jennifer Berry, Casting Director

Nicole Cantalupo, Education Coordinator

Up Next at MOXIE:

IRONBOUND by Martyna Mayok

directed by Jennifer Eve Thorn
Sep 17 – Oct 22 / Opening Night: Sep 23
Thur @ 7pm, Fri & Sat @8pm & Sun @2pm

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About the Play

At a bus stop in a run-down New Jersey town, Darja, a Polish immigrant cleaning lady, is done talking about feelings; it’s time to talk money. Spanning over 20 years, three relationships, and three presidents, Darja negotiates for her future. A darkly funny, heartbreaking portrait of a woman for whom love is a luxury–and a liability–as she fights to survive in America.

Location: MOXIE Theatre
6663 El Cajon Blvd Suite N
San Diego CA 92115

Ticket Pricing:
Opening Night-$40
General Admission-$30
*Please note there is a $3 handling fee for each ticket purchased. This fee is waived for groups of 10 or more and for Subscribers.

Group Rates and Discounts:
Groups of 10 or more -$20
Groups of 15 or more -$15
Seniors, Students and Military- $5 off General Admission

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