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LADY FROM THE SEA Cast - by Henrik  Ibse

John Tessmer and Davida Huchel co-founded the La Jolla Theatre Ensemble in 2010. Previously known as the Riford Readers Theatre, the company has presented over 75 staged readings primarily at La Jolla Community Center.

John Tessmer directs most of the plays and casts some of San Diego's finest professional actors, although several guest directors have also been featured.  The plays range from classical to modern, comedy to drama, and include those internationally recognized as well as contemporary writers living in San Diego. 


The Ensemble has presented plays by Mitch Albom, Lee Blessing, Mary Chase, Anton Chekhov, Liz Coley, Kim Cromwell, Delia & Nora Ephron, Horton Foote, Herb Gardner, Paul Halem, Werner Hashagen, Henrik Ibsen, Stephen Metcalfe, Arthur Miller, Steven Oberman, Clifford Odets, Eugene O'Neill, Alexa Samaniego, Gary Seger, Neil Simon, George Soete, Connie Terwilliger, Matt Thompson, Alfred Uhry, Tim West, Tennessee Williams, and many more.

Recent Performances

John Tessmer &members of The La Jolla Theatre Ensemble Cast Performed Shorts by Simon & Chekhov this summer and recently provided an exciting adaptation of Orsen Welles' War of the Worlds.


Audiences enjoyed the scenes and short plays by renown playwrights Neil Simon and Russian playwright, Anton Chekhov.  Some of the plays included The Harmfulness of Tobacco, The Bear and Swan Song by Anton Checkhov and The Governess, The Arrangement, and A Quiet War by Neil Simon. The performances were directed by John Tessmer. 

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In October, audiences were spellbound by the the Orson Welles' adaptation of the H.G. Wells novel "The War of the Worlds."  The radio drama and original live broadcast of Orson Welles' adaptation of the H.G. Wells novel was 81 years ago this month and was The Mercury Theatre on the Air's Halloween episode in 1938.  A very exciting production!

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Coming Up

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