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Season Mainstage Productions

Season 33 Mainstage Productions

North Coast Repertory Theatre’s 2014-15 roster of plays promises to engage audiences with an intriguing mix of San Diego Premieres including comic gems, absorbing dramas and delightful musicals.

David Ellenstein, Artistic Director of the intimate Solana Beach theatre, selected plays for Season 33 that celebrate the joy, pathos and resiliency of the human spirit. “We chose plays that we believe not only reflect the tastes of our loyal subscribers, but will also appeal to a wide spectrum of theatre lovers throughout the county,” he said.

Fallen Angels

The season opens September 3 with Fallen Angels, an irresistibly witty romp penned by the superbly droll Noël Coward. The story involves two slightly bored British women, an amorous Frenchman, clueless husbands and one cheeky maid. Rosina Reynolds directs the laugh fest which plays through September 28.

Freud's Last Session Ellenstein directs the San Diego premiere of the off-Broadway hit, Freud’s Last Session, scheduled for October 15 to November 9. Nearing the end of his life, Sigmund Freud has a final visitor, the writer and former atheist C.S. Lewis. The result is a lively debate touching on love, religion, politics and life. A must-see for the discerning theatre-lover.
WhoGunmetal Blues Am I This Time

Gunmetal Blues, a wildly entertaining musical spoof of 1940s film noir, kicks off the new year. Andrew Barnicle directs the San Diego premiere, which runs January 14 to February 8. Fresh, funny and thoroughly inventive, the show is laced with mystery, music and demolished dreams in the best Raymond Chandler tradition.

Chapter Two

Neil Simon’s Chapter Two, the first play ever produced by North Coast Rep, will make its second appearance from February 25 to March 22. Ellenstein helms the romantic, rueful, touching and funny production that is based on events from the playwright’s life.

Unnecessary Farce

The third San Diego premiere, Unnecessary Farce, debuts April 15 to May 10. Matthew Wiener directs the zany, fast-paced escapade that involves an embezzling mayor, his female accountant who can’t stay dressed, two undercover cops, nefarious hit men, and of course, videotape.


Betrayal, considered one of Harold Pinter’s most innovative and influential works, explores the shifting balance of power within a love triangle. Frank Corrado directs this passionate, explosive and surprisingly funny play that runs from June 3 to 28.

Side By Side By Sondheim

Season 33 concludes with Side by Side by Sondheim, playing from July 15 to August 9 and directed by Ellenstein. Musical theatre fans will revel in the sophistication, wit, insight, heart and genius of Broadway’s most innovative and influential artist, composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim.

Our Holiday show will be the San Diego Premiere This Wonderful Life by Steve Murray and starring James Leaming from December 10 to 28. James Leaming (“Who Am I this Time?) returns to North Coast Rep with his dazzling one-man tour-de-force based on the perennial favorite, “It’s a Wonderful Life”.

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