Brent Bernasconi

Theatre Thursday: Live and Upcoming in San Diego

West Coast Premiere of Moby Dick

You can always count on San Diego for good weather and spectacular beaches. But if you’re looking for something a little different, the San Diego theatre scene does not disappoint. With blockbuster Broadway shows, Operas, and award-winning performance incubators, theaters from downtown San Diego to La Jolla are pushing the boundaries of live and interactive productions.

Below are a highlights of new theater performances coming to San Diego in the next few months. You can find even more live theater and performing arts in the Arts section of

West Coast Premiere of Moby Dick

West Coast Premiere of Moby Dick. Photos Courtesy of Karen Almond/The Dallas Opera.

Moby Dick

San Diego’s rich maritime history makes it the perfect place for the west coast premiere of Moby Dick by Jake Heggie at the San Diego Opera. The actions of this large and emotionally irresistible work are played out against a multimedia-enriched staging that ranges from striking to near miraculous. This is one opera you don’t want to miss.

Guys and Dolls at the Lamb's Player Theatre

Guys and Dolls at the Lamb's Player Theatre. Photos courtesy of J.T. MacMillan.

Guys & Dolls

Walking through downtown Coronado is like going back to a simpler time. Coronado’s Lamb’s Player Theatre presentation of the American classic, Guys & Dolls, will transport you back to the glory days of New York in the 1950s, when fedoras were a must and traveling to Havana was a possibility.

Next Falls at Diversionary Theatre

Next Falls at Diversionary Theatre

Next Fall

Diversionary Theatre’s Next Fall, is a gripping tale told of two men and the complex issues of faith, sexuality and family. In 2010, Next Fall received Tony Award nominations for Best Play and Best Director and won the Outer Critics Circle’s John Gassner Award for “Best New American Play.”

The Car Plays: San Diego at the La Jolla Playhouse

The Car Plays: San Diego at the La Jolla Playhouse. Photos Courtesy of JayPG Photography

The Car Plays: San Diego

La Jolla Playhouse is known for their bold and progressive performances. In The Car Plays: San Diego the audience explores five different stories, revealed in a one hour production. Once seated, the car door is closed and the first story begins, unveiling a drama or comedy. Ten minutes later, audiences move on to a next car for a whole new story. This is a great way to experience live theater in a whole new way.

A Room with a View

Join the Old Globe Theatre and Lucy Honeychurch in the violet-covered hills of Tuscany as she battles with the decision between two men. Will she yield to Edwardian conventions? Or will she give up everything she knows to be with the free-thinking George Emerson. A Room with a View is a timeless story presented in the perfect setting of historic Balboa Park.

Disney’s Peter Pan

Another premiere in San Diego! San Diego Junior Theater’s young actors will bring the epic battle between the evil Captain Hook and the forever youthful Peter Pan and his Lost Boys to life in this pilot of Disney’s newest production, Peter Pan.