February 22, 2002

La Jolla Playhouse Presents Three Free Public Performances of Luis Alfaro's "LADYBIRD: The Life and Times of a Roller Derby Queen"

La Jolla Playhouse continues to make a difference to the youngsters of San Diego and their families by presenting three free public performances on February 23, March 2 and March 6, of Luis Alfaro's LADYBIRD: The Life and Times of a Roller Derby Queen, having its world premiere as the Playhouse's 2002 Performance Outreach Project ("POP") Tour. "LADYBIRD' has already performed in thirteen schools and due to overwhelming demand has been extended for two additional weeks. The Playhouse's Artistic Director Des McAnuf explains, "This extraordinary comedy continues to tour schools in San Diego County through March 22, but we wanted to simultaneously bring it directly into the community to give parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts an opportunity to bring their children to see first-class, professional theatre."

McAnuff continues, "Here is a chance for us to reach out to a younger audience and introduce them to live theatre, teach lessons and provide an entertaining experience for everyone. Afterall, these younger people will be the audiences of the future. Our first POP Tour was in 1987, and I am delighted we are continuing this tradition."

LADYBIRD is a delightful comedy about a young girl who is embarrassed that her grandmother is a roller derby queen. This action-packed show is directed by Robert Castro. Featured in the cast are San Diego actors Linda Castro (as Abuelita, the grandmother), Jennifer Cruz (as Rosie, her granddaughter) and Carmen Taylor (as Flaca, Rosie's friend). The set is by Rachel Hauck (who designed Be Aggressive at the Playhouse last season), costumes by Liam O'Brien, sound design by Casi Pacillio and stage management by Kevin Katan.

LADYBIRD: The Life and Times of a Roller Derby Queen free public performance schedule: February 23, 2002, 2:00 p.m., at The Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, (858) 457-3030. No charge for performance, first come first served.

March 2, 2002, 2:30 p.m. at The Malcolm X Library, 5148 Market Street, San Diego. (619) 527-3405. No charge for performance, first come first served.

March 6, 2002, 1:30 p.m. at The Children's Museum, 200 W. Island Ave., San Diego. (619) 233-5437. Performance is free with entry into the museum: $6 for adults and children 4 and over; $3 for seniors; free to members and children under 4 years of age.

The POP Tour, conceived and created by Des McAnuff in 1987, is a professional Playhouse outreach program that brings bold new theatre to San Diego schools and communities. The program is part of the Playhouse's extensive Education and Outreach department, which reaches over 50,000 San Diego and Imperial County children and adults annually.

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