Our colleague, Welton Jones, was recently interviewed by Jeff Smith, and he detailed his choices for his most vivid theatre experiences in a two-parter run by the San Diego Reader. Here’s a link to Part 1, which contains his national and international picks, and another to Part 2, which has his local picks. To save you a little time looking here’s a summary of the two parts:
National/International, in chronological order:
1.) The Visit, by Frederick Durrematt (1958) at the renovated Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on Broadway.
2.) The Threepenny Opera, Marc Blitzstein’s adaptation of the Brecht/Weill “play with musical elements,” Theatre de Lys, off-Broadway (1958).
3.) West Side Story, by Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents, and Stephen Sondheim, staged by Jerome Robbins, Winter Garden Theatre, Broadway (1958).
4.) La Plume de Ma Tante, Royale Theatre, Broadway (1958).
5.) Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Momma’s Hung You in the Closet and I’m Feelin So Sad. Phoenix Theatre, New York (1962).
6.) Baby Want A Kiss (Broadway, Little Theatre, 1964).
7.) Hair, James Rado, Gerome Ragni, and Galt McDermott’s “American Tribal Love-Rock Musical” (off-Broadway, 1967, Broadway, 1968).
8.) A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Royal Shakespeare Company (1970).
9.) The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (1980).
10.) The Mahabarata (1985).
And, his local productions:
1.) Twelfth Night, Old Globe Theatre, directed by Edward Payson Call (1967).
2.) Plymouth Rock, written and directed by Scott Busath, Earth (former Pacific Beach concert venue), directed by Christopher R, (1971).
3.) The Tempest, Old Globe, directed by Ellis Rabb (1974).
4.) Tartuffe, Old Globe, Cassius Carter, directed Charles Vernon, (1974).
5.) The Exchange, Crystal Palace (1975).
6.) Salad Daze, by Joe Hogan, Crystal Palace (1976).
7.) A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Old Globe Theatre (1978).
8.) Uncommon Women and Others, by Wendy Wasserstein, directed by Will Simpson, Second Avenue Theatre (now a Horton Plaza parking lot), downtown (1979).
9.) Albington Square, written and directed by Maria Irene Fornes, San Diego Repertory Theatre (1992).
10.) Jersey Boys, La Jolla Playhouse, music by Bob Gaudio, lyics, Bob Crewe, book, Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, directed by Des McAnuff (2004).
Read both pieces for an explanation of why he made each selection.
Of course, theatre is personal, and we are all moved in different ways. What are your favorite theatre experiences? Put them in the comments below.