SAN DIEGO – Dec. 3, 2014 – San Diego REPertory Theatre (San Diego REP) presents “Steal Heaven,” a world premiere production by Herbert Siguenza and directed by Todd Salovey and Siguenza. Previews begin Jan. 3, 2015. Opening night is Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 and runs through Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 in the Lyceum Space.
Herbert Siguenza plays the bad-boy social activist, Abbie Hoffman who co-founded the Youth International Party (“Yippies”) in 1968. In this comedy written by Siguenza, the icon of youthful rebellion now serves as the patron saint of radicals. In his little corner of heaven, Hoffman conducts a boot camp for activists who have the chutzpah required to go back to Earth to become new agents of change.
Trish, played by Summer Spiro, is a young veteran-turned activist, who finds herself at the pearly gates. Hoffman senses he may have finally found the right combination of anger, courage, and cunning wit, to make change and take on the challenges of the 21st century. He calls in his comrades John Lennon and Albert Einstein, performed by the versatile Mark Pinter, to see if Trish has what it takes.
Salovey, who celebrates his 25th year as San Diego REP’s associate artistic director, directs this world premiere comedy with Siguenza.
San Diego REPertory Theatre’s production of “Steal Heaven” is a recipient of a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Art Works Grant program. NEA Art Works grants support the creation of art, public engagement with art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancement of the livability of communities through the arts. The NEA received 1,474 eligible applications under the Art Works category, requesting more than $75 million in funding. Of those applications, 919 are recommended for grants for a total of $26.6 million.
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Calendar Listing for
By Herbert Siguenza
Directed by Herbert Siguenza and Todd Salovey
NOTE: 90 minutes running time, no intermission
Dates: Jan. 3 to Jan. 25, 2015
(Opening: Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015)
Performances are Tuesday (first week only) at 7 p.m., Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Thursdays at 8 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., and Saturdays at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Theatre: The Lyceum Space
San Diego REPertory Theatre
79 Horton Plaza
San Diego, Calif. 92101-6144
Prices: Tickets start at $31 to $75 / Students $18
Discounts for groups, seniors and military available.
For group sales, call Kristen Schweizer at (619) 231-3586 ext. 617
San Diego REP Box Office (619) 544-1000.
Four hours free parking in the Horton Plaza Garage with validation at the theatre.
Surround Events Schedule for “Steal Heaven” as of Dec. 2, 2014
Calling all curious souls! Join us in the lobby of the Lyceum Theatre for a mixture of entertainment and enlightenment before (and sometimes after) the show. These Surround Events are free and open to the public. Grab a beverage or a snack from our bar, soak in the activities, and then enjoy the show.
Radical Dreams: Stanley Levison to MLK to Abbie Hoffman
Sunday, Jan. 4 at 6 p.m. (Before the 7 p.m. show)
Ben Kamin, a nationally-known clergyman, teacher, counselor, and the author of ten books on human values, civil rights, and spirituality joins us for a conversation on some of the most famous activists in American history. Kamin is a dynamic speaker who appears frequently on radio and television and serves on national boards dealing with interfaith relations and promises a conversation worth partaking in!
Trivia Night: Pop Culture of the 1960s and Today
Wednesday, Jan. 7 at 6:30 p.m. (Before the 7:00 p.m. show)
Sending a 2014 protestor to heaven to learn from the 1960s radical Abbie Hoffman meant there was some trouble in communication. Trish does not know what “That’s a gas!” means, but Abbie is not sure if “My phone is dead” is a scary thing or not. Come combine your 1960s and present day trivia knowledge in a smorgasbord of nostalgia and quick-answer fun.
Talkin’ Theatre with Todd
Thursday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. (Before the 8 p.m. show)
Join Todd Salovey, associate artistic director, San Diego REP, as he sits down with Herbert Siguenza, playwright and actor of “Steal Heaven,” and Tom Hayden, longtime activist and former California Senator. Siguenza is a co-founder of Culture Clash, producer, advocate, actor and artist. Hayden has over 50 years of activism, politics, and was named “the single greatest figure of the 1960s student movement” according to The New York Times
book review. This is sure to be a fascinating conversation!
Live Piano: Music of the 1960s
Friday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. (Before the 8 p.m. show)
Be transported to a groovier decade before the play takes you there. Enjoy talented local teachers and aficionados from AmateurPianists as they take you on an extraordinary journey of music written during music’s golden era.
Sam’s Salon: Activist San Diego
Thursday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. (Before the 8 p.m. show)
We have studied famous activists and protests from the past, some of us followed the 2011 Occupy Movement, but what activist activity is happening in San Diego today? Leaders and members from Activist San Diego and the network for social justice at KNSJ 89.1 FM join Sam Woodhouse, artistic director, San Diego REP, for a look at how San Diegans are working today to promote and facilitate the development of a more progressive community.
Meet the Artists
Friday, Jan. 16 After the 8 p.m. show
After the show, join the stars of “Steal Heaven” for an open discussion of the work onstage. Bring your questions and comments. Hosted by Jacole Kitchen, casting director, San Diego REP.
Amigos Del REP Poetry Slam
Saturday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. (Before the 8 p.m. show)
Join Amigos del REP as they rise up together in a spoken word, poetry jam! Hear their rhythmic angst as they slam against establishment, against the man, against this, that and anything else that comes to poetic mind of this incredible group.