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Mare Winningham and Marti; photo by Joan Marcus

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Julia Duffy, Mark Blum, and Mark Zeisler; photo by Joan Marcus.

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Company of ‘Rancho Viejo’; photo by Joan Marcus

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Mare Winningham, Mark Blum, Ruth Aguilar, and Lusia Strus; photo by Joan Marcus

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Mark Blum, Mare Winningham, Marti, and Tyrone Mitchell Henderson; photo by Joan Marcus

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Dan LeFranc; photo by Zack DeZon

Rancho Viejo


Mainstage Theater

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NOV 13
7:30 PM
NOV 14NOV 15
7:00 PM
NOV 16
7:00 PM •
NOV 17
7:00 PM
NOV 18
8:00 PM
NOV 19
2:00 PM
8:00 PM
NOV 20
2:00 PM
7:30 PM
NOV 21
7:00 PM •
NOV 22
7:00 PM
NOV 23
NOV 24NOV 25
8:00 PM
NOV 26
2:00 PM
8:00 PM
NOV 27
2:00 PM
7:30 PM
NOV 28NOV 29
7:00 PM •
NOV 30
7:00 PM
DEC 1
7:00 PM
DEC 2
8:00 PM
DEC 3
2:00 PM
8:00 PM
DEC 4
2:00 PM
7:30 PM
DEC 5
7:00 PM
DEC 6DEC 7DEC 8
7:00 PM
DEC 9
8:00 PM
DEC 10
2:00 PM
8:00 PM
DEC 11
2:00 PM
7:30 PM
DEC 12DEC 13
DEC 14
7:00 PM
DEC 15
7:00 PM
DEC 16
8:00 PM
DEC 17
2:00 PM
8:00 PM
DEC 18
2:00 PM •
7:30 PM
DEC 19
7:00 PM
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7:00 PM
DEC 21
7:00 PM
DEC 22
7:00 PM
DEC 23
8:00 PM
 
Post-Performance Discussion Open Caption performance 


The show runs 3 hours including 2 intermissions.

SubPlus and Artistic Director's Circle/Patrons/Gen PH may book beginning Sep 12.
Subscribers and Friends may book beginning Sep 19.
FlexPass holders/Members/Young Members may book beginning Oct 3.
Tickets go on sale to the public Oct 11.

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Trailer

Rancho Viejo Trailer

Go inside Rancho Viejo, where every day is 70 degrees and every night's a party (with your awkward neighbors).

Interview

Rancho Viejo Artist Interview

Dan LeFranc: For a long time, it was really like a thousand pages of scenes. It didn’t have a story engine, necessarily. It just felt like more of an Ionesco play or something where we’re just here and this is what we’re doing and there’s no rhyme or reason to why certain scenes happen after other scenes. And there was a lot of fun in that. It was a lot of fun to read around a table. And I think Adam was also interested in that. Which is great.

Playwrights' Perspectives

Playwright's Perspective: Dan LeFranc

The people who populate the fictional suburb of Rancho Viejo would probably never seek out, let alone read, a “Playwright’s Perspective” about a play called Rancho Viejo. Like most Americans, I’d guess, they’re only vaguely aware that playwrights still exist, and they’d only be moderately interested in hearing from one’s “perspective.” Not because they’re incurious, but because they prefer to watch television at home or read books or magazines and hang out with one another at the occasional get-together or barbecue.

Essay

From the Artistic Director: Rancho Viejo

In his playwright interview with me for ‘The Big Meal,’ Dan talked at some length about his insecurity as a writer in mining the territory of his youth, Southern California, as a setting for his literary endeavors. As a result, he said, he set his early work in abstract locations, à la Beckett. In time, Dan embraced his background and made it his own, but he has never quite embraced the ethos of Southern California as wholeheartedly as he does in Rancho Viejo.

Essay

The American Voice: The (Anti) Hero’s Journey

In Dan LeFranc’s masterful new comedy of anxiety, Rancho Viejo, the question of whether or not we are living as we ought, or as we might, whether other people in other places might be living more nobly, expansively, joyfully, vitally, truthfully, creeps discomfitingly beneath the surface of a succession of backyard barbecues and suburban domestic gatherings, in an affluent Southern California town where nothing much ever seems to happen.

Essay

Backstory: Behind the Orange Curtain

Rancho Viejo isn’t a real place. It is, as Dan LeFranc describes in the opening stage directions of his play, “a fictional affluent suburb in a temperate climate.” But while visiting my parents this past summer in the rolling, expansive suburban vistas of south Orange County, California, somewhere between Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita, I was pretty excited to stumble upon a road sign [lower photo] because a few years back, the first time Dan let me read a draft of Rancho Viejo, the world of this play instantly transported me back to the landscape I grew up in.