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The next performance is Pippin, September 6-October 14, 2012. The Diversionary’s Pippin is a reimagined, innovative staging of a musical favorite that captivated Broadway audiences and continues to appeal to the young at heart everywhere.

Next up is the West Coast Premiere of When Last We Flew, November 8 – December 9, 2012. Inspired by Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, When Last We Flew is a moving and often humorous look at life in small town America from a contemporary teenage perspective. In 2013, Diversionary Theater will feature Birds of a Feather, January 31-March 3, 2013, and The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabbler, March 21-April 4, 2013. For more information, visit www.diversionary.org.

The Tony Award-winning Old Globe theatre in Balboa Park presents a rotating repertory of three classic plays during its Shakespeare Festival, now through September 30, 2012. The plays include William Shakespeare’s As You Like It and Richard III and Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee’s Inherit the Wind. All three shows play under the stars in The Old Globe’s beautiful outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre.

The Old Globe theatre is also presenting Divine Rivalry, through August 12, 2012. The play transports the audiences to 16th-century Florence where two of the world’s greatest artists, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, face off in a painting competition orchestrated by political mastermind Niccolò Machiavelli (The Prince).

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Also, The Old Globe is presenting God of Carnage, July 27-September 2, 2012. Two sets of parents gather in an upscale Brooklyn home to discuss a playground altercation between their sons. At first civility is upheld, but as the conversation goes off track and the rum bottle opens, decorum flies out the window and leads to a hilarious afternoon of name-calling, tantrums and tears. The Old Globe then presents Allegiance-A New American Musical, September 7-October 21, 2012. This new production is an epic story of family, love and patriotism set during the Japanese-American internment of World War II. Lastly, The Old Globe theatre presents Good People, September 29-October 28, 2012. Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole) explores whether everyone can have the American Dream in this funny and insightful new play. For more information, visit www.oldglobe.com.

As part of the Page To Stage Play Development Program, The Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse presents The Nightingale now through August 5, 2012. This compelling contemporary musical based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale, The Nightingale, tells the story of a young emperor in ancient China whose luxurious but constricted life inside the walls of the Forbidden City is upended by the song of an extraordinary bird that lives beyond his reach. The next performance is An Iliad, based on Homer’s The Iliad, August 11-September 9, 2012. On a bare stage, a storyteller emerges from the back of the theatre to re-tell The Iliad, one of the oldest stories in Western civilization. The elements are familiar-the 10-year siege of Troy, the Greeks and Trojans locked in a brutal combat, the heroic and final battle between Achilles and Hector; however, this storyteller points at something more in the epic text. In this eye-opening version, audiences are on the front lines of every major war in history, reliving a futile struggle that has replayed itself over thousands of years. For more information, visit www.lajollaplayhouse.com.

The La Jolla Music Society presents SummerFest 2012, July 31-August 24, 2012. An internationally renowned chamber music festival, this year’s highlights include evenings with saxophonist Branford Marsalis, musical-comedy duo Igudesman & Joo, tango-master Pablo Ziegler, Oscar-winning composer Tan Dun’s Water Passion after St. Matthew, and All-Beethoven, All-Brahms and All-Schubert performances. For more information, visit www.LJMS.org.

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