Film of JQA Premieres Tomorrow!
Available on Demand From October 16th to November 5th
“The Democratic and Republican conventions made it clear how differently the two political parties look at the role of government in the lives of the American people. Playwright Aaron Posner asks us to consider what the Founding Fathers and their successors thought about what a government should do for its people. I cannot think of a more important conversation to be had in the weeks leading up to one of the most significant races for President in my lifetime.“
-Sam Woodhouse, REP Artistic Director and Director of JQA
John Quincy Adams, child of the American Revolution, son of a Founding Father, President, Congressman, and one of the greatest diplomats in American history, had an incredible political career that spanned 54 years. The play JQA takes us inside the rooms where history happened to witness a series of imagined conversations between John Quincy and the brilliant minds of extraordinary Americans like George Washington, Frederick Douglas, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln and others.
While brimming with provocative insights into the ideas that forged the American dream, award-winning playwright Aaron Posner is not writing a story that is just about the past. His moving and inspiring JQA is very much about the challenges America faces right now as we choose our next President. His play asks us to confront what we want from our government today. What kind of America do we want to make for our children and grandchildren?JQA is just the play to elevate the conversation during this election season about what government should do for the people of America.
Similar to the record-breaking Broadway musical Hamilton, the cast of JQA at San Diego REP looks like America today. The company of four includes an African American woman, an African American man, a Latinx man and a white woman. The four actors all play President John Quincy Adams at different points in the play. The women play men and the actors of color play white characters. This purposeful casting invites the viewer to embrace the diversity of America’s contemporary culture and to look at race and gender in casting with a 21st century eye.
This week, enjoy reading about our talented cast members, hearing from the playwright, and diving into some thought-provoking articles inspired by the play through our Curious REPort!
Meet the JQA Cast! Comprising the diverse four-person ensemble is (pictured left to right from top left) Crystal Lucas-Perry (2019 Lucille Lortel Award Winner for Ain’t No Mo’ at The Public Theatre, Bull in a China Shop at Lincoln Center Theatre), Jesse Perez (Seize the King at La Jolla Playhouse, Director of The Old Globe/USD MFA Program) , Larry Bates (The Mountaintop at San Diego REP, HBO’s Big Little Lies), and Rosina Reynolds (The Humans, Uncanny Valley). Read Each Actor’s Bio
Watch an Interview with JQA Playwright, Aaron Posner
Back in June, REP Associate Producer and Casting Director Kim Heil interview Aaron Posner over Zoom. Watch the recording and learn a bit more about the playwright and his thoughts and process behind the creation of the play! Watch The Interview
The Curious REPort: An Inside Look at JQA
Every show, our Literary Manager edits a magazine-like document written by dramaturgs and others exploring interesting tidbits and thought-provoking articles related to the play. Discover what we’re excited about in JQA and more in this latest edition! Read The Curious REPort
San Diego REP Dinner Club – brought to you by
Enjoy a special prix fixe dinner created especially for REP audiences while you view JQA on your home screen!
Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday while JQA is streaming, we are partnering with Cutwater Spirits to offer you a $57.99 multi-course meal for two custom created for REP audiences by Cutwater Spirit’s Tasting Room chef. Choose from mouth-watering menu options such as Flatbread with roasted butternut squash sauce, provolone, goat cheese, kale, Cutwater Bourbon maple glaze, or an Autumn Harvest Salad with cranberries, pumpkin seeds and a maple vinaigrette! Plus, all orders come with a 4 pack of your choice of Cutwater Spirts’ award-winning canned cocktails!
Orders are for pick-up only and must be made 24 hours in advance.
JQA XTRAs Events
Join us for these FREE Virtual Events coming up, meant to build on and enhance your experience of JQA!
Do Good. Do More. Do Right: Conversations with San Diego Public Servants, Inspired by JQA
All conversations will be held at 7 PM PDT on Zoom.
October 20 – Assemblymember and San Diego Mayoral Candidate Todd Gloria, hosted by SD REP Associate Producer and CAsting Director Kim HeilSign-Up HERE
October 28 – Councilmember and San Diego Mayoral Candidate Barbara Bry, hosted by SD REP Associate Artistic Director Todd SaloveySign-Up HERE
October 30 – Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher, hosted by Artistic Director Sam WoodhouseSign-Up HERE
Talkin’ Theatre with Todd: Turning REP Plays into REP Films
October 19 at 7 PM PDT on Zoom
Because of COVID-19, many theatres, including The REP, have had to pivot to primarily producing digital content. What is it like to plan, prepare and direct a filmed version of a stage play? REP Associate Artistic Director Todd Salovey is joined by Tim Powell, the filmmaker behind “A Weekend with Pablo Picasso” and “JQA” to discuss.
Sam’s Salon: Why Write a Play about John Quincy Adams?
October 23 at 7 PM PDT on Zoom
Playwright Aaron Posner is nationally acclaimed for his smart and savvy adaptations of classic plays and classic characters. JQA is a special project for Posner. Find out why he wrote the play and why he believes historical fiction can be so powerful. Dramaturg Joel Costelaw shares his unique insights on the story and the film. Join REP Artistic Director Sam Woodhouse and his guests for a one of a kind conversation with the artists who made this new piece of historical fiction on film.
Are You Ready to Vote?
This election is one of the most important in modern history. As we look forward to producing a play that asks audiences to examine our definition and relationship with and to government, we wanted to continue to provide resources and information to help you make your voice heard this November.
How We’re Staying Curious and Entertained – Additional Virtual Events Coming Up in the Next Couple Weeks
The Breath Project Festival
October 24 and 25, 2020 via FREE Ticketed LiveStream links.
In partnership with San Diego REP and 23 other theater companies across the country, this free festival will feature 24 world premiere works created by multidisciplinary theater artists of color that are all 8 minutes and 46 seconds in length. RSVP To Attend
San Diego Repertory Theatre -79 Horton Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101-6144