SAN DIEGO – June 24, 2015 – San Diego REPertory Theatre (San Diego REP) announces the return of Mona Golabek in “The Pianist of Willesden Lane,” July 8-26, 2015 on the Lyceum Stage at San Diego REP. Set in Vienna in 1938 and in London during the Blitzkrieg, “The Pianist of Willesden Lane” tells the true story of Lisa Jura, a young Jewish musician whose dreams are interrupted by the Nazi regime.
In this poignant show, acclaimed concert pianist Mona Golabek returns to the Lyceum Stage to perform some of the world’s most beautiful piano music as she shares her mother’s riveting story of survival. Adapted and directed by Hershey Felder, “The Pianist of Willesden Lane” is infused with hope and invokes the life-affirming power of music. For her awe-inspiring performance, Golabek was the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Solo Performance award from The San Diego Theatre Critics Circle. “The Pianist of Willesden Lane” is July 8-26 on the Lyceum Stage at San Diego REP. Tickets are $45 to $95. For available show times and tickets, visit www.sdrep.org or call (619) 544-1000.
In addition to the Lyceum Stage performances, Golabek will perform a special presentation at the Encinitas Library on July 6 at 6:45 p.m. This intimate introduction and sampler of the story and music from her award-winning performance is free. For more information about this one night only presentation, visit www.encinitaslibfriends.org or call (760) 753-7376
The three-week schedule of “The Pianist of Willesden Lane” extends the festival, which historically has ended each year in June. The The Lipinsky Family San Diego Jewish Arts Festival, which began May 21, 2015, is curated, organized and directed by Todd Salovey, associate artistic director, San Diego REP. In it’s 22nd year, festival performances were staged at various venues throughout San Diego County including San Diego REPertory Theatre, the historic Balboa Theatre, Encinitas Library and the AVO Playhouse. The festival is a celebration of artistic expressions of Jewish history, traditions and ideas, and throughout its history has brought together artists from 13 different countries, produced numerous world premieres, and presented work in seven languages.
About San Diego REPertory Theatre
San Diego REPertory Theatre (San Diego REP) produces intimate, exotic, provocative theatre. We promote a more inclusive community through vivid works that nourish progressive political and social values and celebrate the multiple voices of our region. Founded in 1976, San Diego REPertory Theatre is downtown San Diego’s resident theatre, promoting a more inclusive community through work that nourishes progressive political and social values. The company produces and hosts over 300 events and performances year-round on its three stages at the Lyceum Theatre. In 38 seasons, we have produced 48 world premieres. We have produced 46 main stage shows by Latino/a playwrights and more than 22 plays written by or about African-American artists. The company has received more than 200 awards for artistic excellence from the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle, Patté Theatre Awards, NAACP, Backstage West, Dramalogue, and StageSceneLA. In 2005, the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle presented the REP with the Craig Noel Award “For 30 Years of Artistic Dedication to Downtown and Diversity.” San Diego REPertory Theatre feeds the curious soul. To learn more about San Diego REPertory Theatre, to purchase tickets, or make a donation, visit www.sdrep.org. Join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.