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Babbitt at La Jolla Playhouse

November 7, 2023 - December 10, 2023

You can’t always get what you want, but you might get what you need.


Multi-award-winning star of stage and screen Matthew Broderick and Tony Award-winning playwright Joe DiPietro (Diana, Memphis) join forces with our own Christopher Ashley and a stellar cast for this remarkable theatrical event.

Babbitt entered the zeitgeist in 1922 as a novel by white-hot satirist Sinclair Lewis, the first American Nobel Laureate. An instant literary classic, Babbitt has been a stalwart on ‘best ever’ lists for over 100 years, and is now adapted for the stage.

George F. Babbitt is a middle-aged real estate broker in the Midwestern city of Zenith. By day, he has a prosperous, respectable middle-class existence. By night, he’s plagued by the thought that he has amounted to nothing. Searching for more to life than his top-of-the-line toaster and hickory golf club ― more meaning ― Babbitt leaps with abandon into the most spectacular rebellion of his life ― one that could end up costing him everything.

Led by Matthew Broderick in the title role, the cast bringing this world premiere to life features Emmy Award nominee Anna Chlumsky (Veep), Ann Harada (Broadway’s Avenue Q) and Julie Halston (Sex and the City).

Details on more exact times, dates and specifics can be found at:

Performance Times:

Tuesday and Wednesday: 7:30pm

Thursday, Friday: 8:00pm

Saturday: 2:00pm and 8:00pm

Sunday: 2:00pm and 7:00pm

*Performance times subject to change.


November 7, 2023
December 10, 2023
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La Jolla Playhouse
2910 La Jolla Village Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037 United States
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