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AN Ancient Greek tale WITH A FRESH PERSPECTIVE

Theatre Arts School of San Diego presents PANDORA AND THE JAR OF HOPE, a world-premiere immersive play with music for La Jolla Playhouse’s Without Walls (WOW) Festival 2019. Created by Courtney Corey and Wendy Maples, with original music by Matthew Armstrong, the company will feature Andréa Agosto, Alex Guzman, Cory Hammond, and Patrick Mayuyu. Student theatre artists at Theatre Arts School of San Diego, as well as Monarch School, will collaborate with the professional company members, providing behind-the-scenes creative support. 

 “In looking at scripts for our 2019-2020 season which centered on modern day issues kids and teens encounter, we found that many of the already published pieces did not seem like they truly had the perspective of young people in the San Diego community today. Being surrounded by kids and teens on a daily basis, Courtney and I knew that we need to include their voice in a fresh, new piece that would be relevant, important, and inspiring,” said co-creator Wendy Maples. “We have developed a piece with the voice of today’s young people at its foundation and are excited for WOW audiences of all ages to experience.”

Theatre Arts School of San Diego was founded in 2012 in Liberty Station by Courtney Corey, (whose credits include the original Los Angeles and Chicago productions of “Wicked,” the 1st and 2nd Broadway National Tours of “Rent,” as well as La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe). “We have been producing innovative, outside-the-box theatre pieces and experiences for diverse young theatre artists for the past seven years and are proud to present our first professional piece for the San Diego theatre community,” said Founder Courtney Corey, who has co-directed and co-authored several theatre projects with Wendy Maples.


ABOUT PANDORA AND THE JAR OF HOPE

In PANDORA AND THE JAR OF HOPE, Pandora has opened the jar given to her by Zeus, inadvertently unleashing Ambition, Competition, Greed, Envy, Jealousy, Hatred, Injustice, Treachery and Disease into the world. These spirits are bound to haunt the earth for eternity. Luckily, Pandora closed the jar before its contents were completely released, leaving one element to remain: Hope. This immersive piece will engage WoW audiences through large scale puppetry, dance, music, spoken word and forum-style theatre.

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ABOUT THE TEAM

Courtney Corey (creator) founded Theatre Arts School of San Diego (TAS+SD) in 2012. Acting credits include the original Los Angeles and Chicago companies of Wicked, 1st and 2nd National Broadway tours of Rent, as well as roles at La Jolla Playhouse, Old Globe Theatre, San Diego Rep, North Coast Rep, to name a few. San Diego Magazine named Courtney Corey as one of “50 People To Watch in 2013.” As a playwright, original musicals include The Sky Has Fallen, Pinocchio Versus The Whale, La Grande Bataille Culinaire, The Queen of Hearts. Directing credits include Cabaret, Evita, The Tender Trap, The Test ("Best Musical" at the San Diego International Fringe Festival), and multiple projects at TAS+SD. www.TheatreArtsSD.org

Wendy Maples (creator) Originally from New York, Wendy holds a B.F.A. in Theatre Education from Arizona State University and a M.A. in Theatre from San Diego State University.  Throughout her studies, she served as a teaching artist, and has directed a variety of student work, one-act and full-length plays.  In 2006, Ms. Maples founded Step UP Theatre, in which she also served as artistic director, continuing her commitment to provide children with an early exposure to the performing arts.  In 2009, Wendy was one of thirty directors selected nationally to attend the Directors Lab West in Pasadena.  Her stage credits include Dog Sees God (InnerMission Productions), Fair Use, PIPPIN (Diversionary Theatre), the world premiere of Orange Julius and the upcoming west coast premiere of Dance Nation (MOXIE Theatre).  She is a founding teacher at High Tech Middle in Chula Vista, teaching theatre in a Project Based Learning environment to students in grades 6-8.  Wendy has directed and mentored many projects at TAS+SD, including Animal Farm, The Bully Plays, The Comedy of Errors, and The BFG Project.

Matthew Armstrong (music) has coordinated the Visual and Performing Arts in the San Marcos Unified School District, as he leads top music programs (Jazz, Percussion Ensemble, Music Production, as well as Salsa, Samba, and Steel Drum ensembles) at San Marcos High School. In 2014, he was awarded "Teacher Of The Year" for the San Marcos Unified School District, and in 2015 received the CEMA Southern Border Section Outstanding Music Educator Award. A highly sought after performer, clinician, and arranger, he performs as percussionist for the Camarada Chamber Ensemble, has held the position of principal percussionist with the California Chamber Orchestra, and is a guest conductor for Banda Nacional de Conciertos de Cuba.

Andréa Agosto (actor)  is an award winning filmmaker (Kansas City Film Fest) and actress (International Model & Talent Association). Ms. Agosto is thankful for each performance opportunity. She recently co-directed Straight. Her favorite credits include: Significant Other (Vanessa), Bull in a China Shop (Pearl), The Magic in This Soul (Grant/John), Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley: From Slavery to Modiste (Elizabeth Keckley), Cardboard Piano (Adiel/Ruth), Homos, or Everyone in America (Laila), Avenue Q (Gary Coleman), The Best Goodbye (Sabina), Cell (Gwen), You Can’t Take it With You (Rheba), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Nina), Bare (Tanya), Flyin’ West (Minnie), Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters (Manyara), Working (Maggie Holmes), Big River (Alice), High School Musical (Taylor), and Grease (Rizzo). For more information, please visit: www.andreaagosto.com

Cory Hammond (actor) is a local actor, improviser, playwright, arts educator and director.  She earned a BA in Theatre from San Diego State University. She also studied Shakespeare and Clowning at the British American Drama Academy in Oxford England and improv at The Groundling’s School in Hollywood. You may have seen her in Circle Circle dot dot’s productions of Derbywise and Bearded, or more recently in Bocon’s Self Conchas. She has also appeared in several award winning short films with Jabronie Pictures and Almost Good Films. Cory also performs regularly in Dr. OTIC’S Miraculous & Audience Powered Showdown at Old Town Improv Co. 

Alex Guzman (actor) Favorite acting credits include:"Native Gardens" (Old Globe Theatre), “Bachelorette” (Backyard Renaissance Theatre), “Homos, or everyone in America” (Diversionary Theatre), “Awake and Sing” (New Village Arts), “The Normal Heart,” “Lydia,” (ion Theatre), “La Posada Magica” (Hispanic Arts Theatre), “The Dark at The Top of the Stairs,” "Move Over, Mrs. Markham" (Scripps Ranch Theatre), “Seminar,” “The Taming of the Shrew” (InnerMission Productions), “The Lion in Winter” (Moonlight Stage Productions), “ENRON” (Moxie Theatre), and “Angels in America: Part 1 & 2” (Palomar College). He will next be seen in New Village Arts production of "Around the World in 80 Days" this winter. www.alexanderxguzman.net

Patrick Mayuyu (actor) is a native San Diegan actor, singer, dancer, choreographer with a background in modern dance and pageantry arts. As an actor, he has performed on many stages including The Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, San Diego REP, Diversionary, Coronado Playhouse and OnStage. In 2018, Patrick won the San Diego A.C.T. Aubrey Award for Outstanding Choreography for his work on Spring Awakening (OnStage Playhouse). He occasionally serves as a design consultant for the SDSU Aztec Color Guard and as a proud member of InnerMission Productions. Patrick is also one of the founding members of MaArte Theatre Collective.

2019 WOW Festival DATES AND Location

October 17-20, 2019
ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station / Festival Hub: North Promenade on Dewey Rd, between Truxton Rd. & Historic Decatur Rd.
PANDORA AND THE JAR OF HOPE WILL BE PRESENTED AT THE SPACE @ TAS+SD 

Tickets/Information

Tickets will go on sale September 13! Information for the WOW Festival is available online at wowfestival.org or by calling (858) 550-1010.
Many productions are free; others are just $20. 
PANDORA AND THE JAR OF HOPE WILL BE PRESENTED AT NO COST TO THE PUBLIC, BUT YOU MUST RESERVE A SEAT IN ADVANCE THROUGH THE WOW FESTIVAL BOX OFFICE.

Press Inquiries

Please direct all press inquiries to Becky Biegelsen, Director of Public Relations at La Jolla Playhouse, at bbiegelsen@ljp.org or (858) 228-3092.