By SDCN Editor
Chula Vista, CA–OnStage Playhouse will launch a special fundraising run of the critically acclaimed “Lonely Planet” by Steven Dietz from June 23 to July 16.
The entire run of “Lonely Planet” will be donation-based, allowing patrons to secure their seats online for any amount they wish to contribute (with a minimum of $10 due to ticketing site fees). Pay-what-you-can seats will be available at the door for each performance, operating on a first-come, first-served basis until the venue reaches full capacity. By offering this unique opportunity, OnStage Playhouse aims to make the play accessible to a wide audience while supporting the theater’s ongoing fundraising campaigns.
“Lonely Planet,” set during the height of the AIDS crisis, follows the story of Jody, a devoted map store owner who finds solace within the confines of his shop, disconnected from the outside world. As a haunting reminder of mortality, Jody’s friend Carl brings in chairs from departed friends, adding a poignant layer to their friendship. This gripping play will leave audiences with a profound realization: they possess the strength to overcome their greatest fears.
“Mr. Dietz has crafted a tremendous conversation piece with his 1993’s ‘Lonely Planet.’ He skillfully guides us through the complexities of love, loss, hope, fear, and ultimately acceptance of the unknown,” commented Artistic Director James P. Darvas. “Each and every page of this production offers theatre worth talking about.”
In a reunion, OnStage Playhouse welcomes back Teri Brown, former artistic director at OnStage Playhouse, as the director for “Lonely Planet.” Darvas, known for his remarkable talent, will also return to the stage, portraying the character of Jody. Salomon Maya will accompany him in the role of “Carl.”
For more information and ticket reservations, visit the OnStage Playhouse at www.onstageplayhouse.org or call (619) 422-7787.