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Performing Arts

The California Center for the Arts, Escondido recently announced its 25th anniversary season, which runs through 2020. Featuring an exceptional line-up of acclaimed performers, events take place in the 1,523-seat Concert Hall, 404-seat Center Theater and new outdoor 3,500-seat Great Green and 388-seat Lyric Court. Performances include Renee Fleming with special guest Inon Barnatan; An Evening with Sophia Loren; Napoleon Dynamite: A Conversation with Jon Heder, Eferen Ramirez & Jon Gries; Joan Osborne and the Weepies; The Villalobos Brothers, and more. Through its presentation of internationally renowned talent, the center is a premier performing arts venue in Southern California.

The Old Globe theater in Balboa Park continues its exciting 2019–2020 season. Productions include Shakespeare’s magical comedy Twelfth Night, Nov. 2–10, 2019; the holiday classic Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Nov. 3–Dec. 29, 2019; Ebenezer Scrooge’s BIG San Diego Christmas Show, a fast, funny, and highly theatrical reimagining of one of the most beloved holiday stories ever told, Nov. 23–Dec. 24, 2019; Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson’s Jitney, about unlicensed cab drivers in 1970s Pittsburgh fighting gentrification, Jan. 18–Feb. 23, 2020; Hurricane Diane, about Greek god Dionysus who returns disguised as gardener Diane to seduce four real housewives from New Jersey, Feb. 8–Mar. 8, 2020; Little Women, a brand-new version of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel about Jo March and her three unforgettably distinct sisters, Mar. 14–Apr. 19, 2020; Faceless, about an American teenager who joins ISIS and the Muslim prosecutor who takes the case, Mar. 28–Apr. 26, 2020; The Gardens of Anuncia, inspired by the life story of American stage icon Graciela Daniele, May 8–Jun 14, 2020; and What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, a story of two high school friends whose adult lives have taken them to opposite ends of the earth, May 28–Jun. 28, 2020.

The Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse recently announced the final two productions of its 2019/2020 season. On stage Nov. 12­–Dec. 15, 2019, the play/rock concert Cambodian Rock Band follows the life of a young woman trying to piece together her family history 30 years after her father fled Cambodia. From Feb. 18–Mar. 29, 2020, Fly is an exciting new musical based on the cherished tale of Peter Pan, which brings a whole new Neverland to life. 

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