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Black Séance mingles magic and mixed drinks for an intoxicating, immersive experience that celebrates Black icons. Ushered into a dark, back-alley bar like those you might find in New Orleans, patrons are invited to participate in a transformative ritual that finds Francis, their bartender and amateur magician, channeling some of his heroes. Frederick Douglass, Josephine Baker, and James Baldwin are invoked as Francis investigates his mysterious family history. While encountering the humor and humanity of figures like Eartha Kitt or Redd Foxx through their own words, one never knows who will make an appearance and who will ghost in this visceral examination of generational trauma and triumph.

This show contains mature language and alcohol will be served during the performance. All patrons must show valid ID and be 18+ to attend.  

Black Séance is presented by La Jolla Playhouse as part of the 2022 Without Walls Festival. 

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All tickets for Black Séance are general admission and seating is provided. Please note that this is a ticketless event and you must display your ticket confirmation for entry. Because alcohol is served, all patrons must show valid ID and be 18 or older to attend.

Thursday, April 21 at 7:00 PM
Friday, April 22 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 23 at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM
Sunday, April 24 at 5:30 PM

All tickets are $20 and sold by

La Jolla Playhouse.

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Written & Directed by Richard Allen

Starring Nathan Nonhof


Co-created by Richard Allen & Nathan Nonhof

Developed in partnership with Blake McCarty & Blindspot Collective

Produced by Blindspot Collective


Production Designer: Jacob Sampson

Lighting Designer: Bryan Ealey

Media Designer: Blake McCarty


Composer & Musician: Ahmed Alabaca

Barback & Production Assistant: Cavin Mohrhardt

Host: Joe Kao

Voice & Movement Coach: Monique Gaffney

Vocal Coach: Taran Gray

Dramaturg: Lilia Porter

Assistant Stage Manager: Mashun Tucker

Associate Producer: Nathan Wetter


This production is made possible by generous support from Canyon Crest Academy, Coronado Playhouse, Cygnet Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Lamb’s Players Theatre and Heather & Justin Tjalma



All performances of Black Séance will take place in the Loma Room at the Dick Laub Command Center in Liberty Station.


The Dick Laub Command Center is located at 2460 Historic Decatur Road, in the Central Promenade. The entrance to the venue is located on the southwest side of the building.


We strongly encourage guests to arrive early. Doors open 30 minutes before the published showtime. Latecomers may not be admitted. 

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FREquently asked questions

How long is the show?

The performance will run approximately 90 minutes without an intermission. However, we encourage you to arrive early as doors will open 30 minutes before the published show time. Audiences are also welcome to stay for another round of drinks after the show.


Are the performers going to interact with me?

While your bartender will periodically speak to you directly, the experience is no more interactive than any other night at your favorite bar. However, we ask that audience members do not interrupt or touch the

performer at any time.


Why is the show 18+?

Because alcohol is served during the performance, all attendees must be 18 or over and show valid identification to enter.

What are the COVID regulations for this event?

In accordance with the La Jolla Playhouse's guidelines, this performance requires a mask plus proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID test to attend. 

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Black Séance is presented by

Blindspot Collective, a performing arts organization in San Diego, California.

Blindspot Collective develops transformative theatre that amplifies marginalized voices, illuminates untold stories, bridges disparate experiences, and energizes vulnerable communities.

If you have questions or wish to learn more, please email us at

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