Source: Valley Roadrunner

Escondido history on stage

October 03, 2013

Who are you? Where are you from? Does it matter? “Excavating Escondido” delves into these issues and more, as viewed through the unique lens of local high school students.

Working in partnership with the La Jolla Playhouse and its theater artists, students and teachers from Escondido, Orange Glen and San Pasqual high schools have joined forces to create an original play that addresses issues of identity, perspective and civic responsibility. On Oct. 12 and 13, the community is invited to take part in the theatrical event, unlike any experienced before.

In the production, audience members become adventurers who are led on a quest exploring Escondido’s past and present. The audience and cast will travel around the distinct architecture and hidden corners of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido campus, as well as the neighboring Escondido History Center and Grape Day Park. The interactive performance brings history to life on a journey where anything can happen and history can be made.

The high school students have worked for the past year, both in class and after school, with professional actors to create “Excavating Escondido.” More than 40 teens from the three schools will participate, and the two-day event will serve as their fall theater shows.

Tickets are free and issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to the intimate nature of the performance, space is limited to 50 audience members per performance. In order to ensure equitability, tickets are limited to two per patron per order.

Advanced reservations are required and are filling up fast. Visit to make your reservation.

This in an outdoor performance where some walking is required. Audience members must be comfortable standing for portions of the performance. If you have any mobility concerns, please contact La Jolla Playhouse at 858-228-3045 to make arrangements at least 24 hours in advance.

With a mission of bringing people together to discover, create and celebrate both the visual and performing arts, the California Center for the Arts, Escondido is the cultural center of North San Diego County.

The Center’s unique campus includes a 1,523-seat concert hall, a 404-seat theater, a contemporary art museum, art and dance studios, and a full-service conference center with meeting and banquet facilities. The center also runs an extensive education program and produces free community events, such as the Jazz Jam Sessions, Holiday Tree Lighting, Day of the Dead, 4th of July and WOW First Wednesdays performances.

The Center is located at 340 N. Escondido Blvd. in Escondido. The box office can be reached at 800-988-4253. Tickets can also be purchased online. To learn more, including performance dates, times and ticket information, visit

Connect with the Center on Facebook at or follow @theccae on Twitter. Also find us on Instagram at @artcenter340.

La Jolla Playhouse, a Tony Award-winning professional nonprofit theatre, is located in La Jolla.

Founded in 1947, its mission is to advance theatre as an art form and as a vital social, moral and political platform by providing unfettered creative opportunities for the leading artists of today and tomorrow. With a youthful spirit and eclectic, artist-driven approach, the Playhouse cultivates a local and national following with an insatiable appetite for audacious and diverse work.

The Playhouse has received more than 300 awards for theatre excellence, including the 1993 Tony Award as America’s Outstanding Regional Theatre. La Jolla Playhouse is nationally acclaimed for its innovative productions of classics, new plays and musicals. The Playhouse also presents a wide range of education programs that enrich the community and serve the maximum number of children, students and adults.

Correction: 'Escondido' in the headline of this article was amended as it was spelled incorrectly.