San Diego Repertory Theatre Presents the San Diego Premiere of the National Hit and Pulitzer Prize Finalist Production of:

‘Rapture, Blister Burn’

By Gina Gionfriddo

Directed by Sam Woodhouse

April 21 – May 15, 2016 (Press Opening: Wednesday, April 27, 2016)

An electrically smart hit comedy that centers on three generations of women who examine life, love, sex and happiness as they try to answer the question, what do women really want?

SAN DIEGO – March 14, 2016 – San Diego Repertory Theatre (San Diego REP) presents “Rapture, Blister, Burn,” the 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist hit comedy from “House of Cards” writer Gina Gionfriddo, for its sixth and final show of the 40th anniversary season. REP Co-Founder and Artistic Director Sam Woodhouse directs this play that the New York Times calls “intensely smart and immensely funny,” and has been called “a smart, funny, and lightning-paced look at feminism” by New York Daily News. The show’s run begins on Thursday, April 21, 2016 and plays through Sunday, May 15, 2016 with an opening night on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 7 p.m. in the Lyceum Space Theatre at San Diego REP in Horton Plaza.

“The multiple waves of the feminist movement in America and the social backlashes that followed each have been part of my life since I first went to college in the 1960's,” says Woodhouse. “In 2016, by all reports, there is a dramatic rise in interest on campuses throughout the country as to what contemporary feminism actually is today in the 21st century. ‘Rapture, Blister, Burn’ is a brilliantly written play which dives deep and wide into the conversation with much wit and social commentary that is a delight to witness.”

Single tickets are now on sale and begin at $33. Student tickets for $20 are also available for all performances. Tickets can be purchased online at SDRep.org, by phone at 619-544-1000 or by visiting the box office at 79 Horton Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101.

“Rapture, Blister, Burn” centers on three generations of women, girlfriends Catherine and Gwen, who chose dramatically different paths after graduate school. Catherine built a career as a rock-star academic. Gwen became a homemaker. Decades later, when Catherine returns home to live with her ailing mother, each woman covets the other’s life. And so commences a radical game of musical chairs–the prize being Gwen’s Peter Pan-like husband, Don.

Catherine starts hosting a weekly seminar on feminist theory. Her students are her mother Alice, Gwen and a sexually-free college student named Avery. Martinis and debate begin to flow. Three generations of American women try to decide how women’s lives have and have not changed since the 1970s. They find themselves swimming in a full range of philosophies and choices as they search for that elusive goal… happiness.

Hailed as a “genius” by Variety for her writing, Gina Gionfriddo is an award-winning playwright and television writer, most notably for her work on the Netflix series, “House of Cards.” Her play “Becky Shaw” was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. She has received an Obie Award, the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the Helen Merrill Award for Emerging Playwrights and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Paige Lindsey White and Jenn Paredes will take on the two women at the center of this critically acclaimed play. White, playing “Catherine,” has worked in many theatres across the nation, including South Coast Rep (“Abundance”), Pasadena Playhouse (“Pygmalion”), Boston Court Theatre (“Richard II”) and more. Paredes, a graduate of University of San Diego and a San Diego native, takes on “Avery.” She originated the role of “September” in “September and her Sisters” at Scripps Ranch Theatre and has also worked with the Playwrights Project and ion Theatre in addition to multiple film credits. Joining them will be Sandy Campbell (“Zhivago,” “A Little Night Music”) as “Gwen,” Shawn Law (TV’s “Grimm,” “Criminal Minds”) as “Don,” and Susan Denaker (“My Fair Lady,” “Emilie,” “In The Heights”) as “Alice.”

The creative team also includes Robin Roberts (Scenic Designer), Jennifer Brawn Gittings (Costume Designer), Lonnie Alcaraz (Lighting Designer), Kevin Anthenill (Sound Designer), Heather M. Brose (Stage Manager), James Ramirez (Assistant Stage Manager), Stephanie French (Assistant Director/Dramaturg), Dawn Moore (Dramaturg) and Jacole Kitchen (Casting Director).

Gina Gionfriddo (Playwright) is an award-winning playwright and accomplished television writer. Her play “Rapture, Blister, Burn” was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Drama. The show had a twice-extended run off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons and also recently had a successful run at the Hampstead Theatre in London. Gionfriddo’s play “Becky Shaw,” also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama, enjoyed a long off-Broadway run at Second Stage (Outer Critics Circle Award) and in London at the Almeida Theatre, where it received two Evening Standard Award nominations. Her other plays include “After Ashley” (Vineyard Theatre, Obie Award), “U.S. Drag” (Clubbed Thumb and the stageFARM), “Squalor” and “America’s Got Tragedy” (one-acts at the stageFARM) and “Guinevere” (O’Neill Playwrights Conference). Gionfriddo received a Guggenheim Fellowship in Playwriting, as well as the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the Helen Merrill Award for Emerging Playwrights and an American Theatre Critics Association/Steinberg Citation. She has worked as a writer and producer for “Law & Order” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” and as a writer for “Cold Case.” Her other TV work includes “Borgia” and “House of Cards.” Gionfriddo is a graduate of Barnard College and Brown University’s MFA playwriting program. She has taught at Brown University and Providence College.

Sam Woodhouse (Director) co-founded San Diego REP with D.W. Jacobs in 1976, and has since worked as a director, producer or actor on more than 260 productions. As an actor, he has performed on The REP stages in “The Seafarer,” in the title role of “King Lear,” “Proof,” “Hamlet,” and with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra in the title role of Stravinsky’s “L’Histoire du Soldat.” His recent directorial work with The REP includes: “The Oldest Boy,” “Violet,” “Oedipus El Rey,” “Honky,” “El Henry” (with La Jolla Playhouse), “Detroit,” “Venus in Fur,” “In the Heights,” “Federal Jazz Project,” “Clybourne Park,” “The Who’s TOMMY,” “In the Next Room or the vibrator play,” “Threepenny Opera” and “Water & Power.” In 2011, he directed “American Night: The Ballad of Juan José” for the Denver Center Theatre Company. In 2003, he was awarded the Patté Shiley Award for Lifetime Achievement by KPBS and the prestigious Alonzo Award by the Downtown San Diego Partnership. In 2006, he and Jacobs were honored with the Craig Noel Award by the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle for 30 years of artistic dedication to downtown and diversity.

“Rapture, Blister, Burn”

By Gina Gionfriddo

Directed by Sam Woodhouse

Previews: Thursday, April 21 – Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Opening Night: Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Closing Night: Sunday, May 15, 2016

Cast (in order of appearance)

Sandy Campbell as “Gwen”

Paige Lindsey White as “Catherine”

Shawn Law as “Don”

Jenn Paredes as “Avery”

Susan Denaker as “Alice”

Production Team:

Sam Woodhouse, Director

Robin Roberts, Scenic Designer

Jennifer Brawn Gittings, Costume Designer

Lonnie Alcaraz, Lighting Designer

Kevin Anthenill, Sound Designer

Heather M. Brose, Stage Manager

James Ramirez, Assistant Stage Manager

Stephanie French, Assistant Director/Dramaturg

Dawn Moore, Dramaturg

Jacole Kitchen, Casting Director

Performance Schedule:

Previews:

·         Thursday, April 21 at 8 p.m.

·         Friday, April 22 at 8 p.m.

·         Saturday, April 23 at 8 p.m.

·         Sunday, April 24 at 7 p.m.

·         Tuesday, April 26 at 7 p.m.

Opening Night:

·         Wednesday, April 27 at 7 p.m.

Regular Performances:

·         Thursday, April. 28 at 8 p.m.

·         Friday, April 29 at 8 p.m.

·         Saturday, April 30 at 8 p.m.

·         Sunday, May 1 at 2 p.m.

·         Sunday, May 1 at 7 p.m.

·         Wednesday, May 4 at 7 p.m.

·         Thursday, May 5 at 8 p.m.

·         Friday, May 6 at 8 p.m.

·         Saturday, May 7 at 2 p.m.

·         Saturday, May 7 at 8 p.m.

·         Sunday, May 8 at 2 p.m.

·         Wednesday, May 11 at 7 p.m.

·         Thursday, May 12 at 8 p.m.

·         Friday, May 13 at 8 p.m.

·         Saturday, May 14 at 4 p.m.

·         Saturday, May 14 at 8 p.m.

·         Sunday, May 15 at 2 p.m.

Closing Night:

·         Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 7 p.m.

Ticket Information

Tickets range from $33 to $66 and can be purchased in-person at the San Diego REP Box Office, by calling 619-544-1000, or online at sdrep.org. Active military, teacher and senior discounts are available. Student tickets are available for all performances for just $20 each. Prices subject to change.

Location:

Lyceum Space

San Diego Repertory Theatre

79 Horton Plaza

San Diego, CA 92101-6144

San Diego Repertory Theatre is pleased to announce that work is in progress on a $3 million renovation of The Lyceum Theatres, including the lobby, concession, restrooms and Lyceum Stage Theatre. The remodel work is occurring in phases. Estimated completion is January 2017.

During construction, San Diego REP patrons will be able to access all normal amenities of The Lyceum Theatre complex. Ample parking will still be available in the Horton Plaza parking garage and the Box Office, elevators, restrooms and concession areas will be easily accessible unless otherwise noted. San Diego REP’s House Management staff will keep patrons updated on renovation activities with signage posted in and around the facility as well as send e-mail communications to maintain the venue experience. For additional information, please contact the Box Office at 619-544-1000 or visit sdrep.org.

About San Diego Repertory Theatre

San Diego Repertory Theatre (San Diego REP) produces intimate, exotic, provocative theatre. 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 and celebrates the multiple voices of our region. The company produces and hosts over 300 events and performances year-round on its three stages at the Lyceum Theatre. Since moving to the Lyceum, The REP has produced 45 main stage productions by Latino playwrights, and more than 40 world premieres. 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 (http://www.facebook.com/sandiegorep) and follow us on Twitter (@SanDiegoREP). 

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