San Diego's La Jolla Playhouse (LJP) thinks of itself as a research and development lab for new American plays headed for Broadway. Shows have to be big, high-tech, fast-moving, and done in the theatre's 500-seat house, most of the time on a not-for-profit budget. “It's a trick for us to do the work we do here and serve the project's future,” says Peter J. Davis, the theatre's production manager. Last season, LJP mounted the world premiere of Carmen, a new adaptation of Mérimée's novella, ...
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