Written by Kristen Schweizer
February 19, 2022
San Diego Theatre Week approaches! The San Diego Performing Arts League’s seventh annual event offers a variety of special promotions to see live theater during the month of March 2022. Tickets are offered at $15, $30, and $45 levels to dozens of theaters, including the La Jolla Playhouse, Broadway San Diego, San Diego Musical Theatre, and the San Diego REP.
“San Diego Theatre Week moved to a primarily virtual format in 2021 due to the pandemic, but this enabled audiences from all over the world to participate,” shares Jacole Kitchen, Executive Director of SDPAL. “We’re excited to welcome back audiences to the theater and share the magic of live performance.”
Get the full list and buy tickets at www.sandiegotheatreweek.com.
“It is truly is a celebration of the arts; an opportunity for visitors and locals to experience our incredible performing arts scene,” agrees SDPAL president Jay Henslee. “The discounts offered through Theatre Week allow someone to see two or three shows for the price they might normally pay for one. It’s a great deal and a great way to support the arts!”
My stand-outs within this year’s line-up include:
While East Lansing University senior Mary Darshini Clarke has spent her entire life trying to figure out where she fits in, she has always found community dancing on the school’s prestigious bhangra team. Bursting with vibrant dance and electrifying music, Bhangin’ It: A Bangin’ New Musical is an exhilarating and joyous new musical comedy for America today.
The San Diego REPertory Theatre’s The Great Khan
Featured in the San Diego REP’s Black Voices 2021 Play Reading Series, The Great Khan is a hilarious, moving, and deeply profound story about a young Black boy trying to define himself in a world desperate to do it for him.
Short Stories and Poetry about powerful and surprising women read aloud by San Diego actors.
A memory play about belonging, family, and creating something beautiful out of nothing. This fictionalized historical story about a young orphan and a Japanese immigrant who forge a friendship in the Topaz War Relocation Center in 1943 reveals the inherent human ability to transform nothing — loneliness and barren desert — into something long-lasting and precious. February 19th, 2022 marks the 80th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066 resulting in the forced removal of 120,000 men, women and children of Japanese ancestry to incarceration camps across America.
San Diego Performing Arts League supports over 70 arts organizations with audience development, marketing, and programming, and nearly 200 performing arts professionals with ongoing education, training, and job placement.
“As we emerge from the pandemic, our primary goal is to help our arts organizations bring audiences back safely, and help performing arts professionals get back to work.” Henslee aims to “continue focus on fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in the arts through ongoing roundtable sessions and professional enrichment.”
San Diego Performing Arts League also manages www.sdartstix.com, San Diego’s only nonprofit online ticket service.