Theatre Alumna Tyne Rafaeli '14 Directs World Premiere at La Jolla Playhouse

Pie Alexandra Sota
March 05, 2019

For its 2019-2020 season, La Jolla Playhouse will present the world premiere of The Coast Starlight by Keith Bunin, directed by alumna Tyne Rafaeli '14, beginning August 20th thru September 15th at the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre.

This play is a La Jolla Playhouse Commission originally developed in the 2018 DNA New Works Series. The play tells the story of a young man who boards the Coast Starlight, the long-distance train that runs from Los Angeles to Seattle. He’s got a secret that can land him in terrible trouble, and he has roughly one thousand miles to enlist the help of his fellow travelers – all of whom are reckoning with their own choices in search of a way forward. 

For more information on The Coast Starlight and to purchase tickets visit the La Jolla Playhouse.

Tyne Rafaeli is a British-American Director based in New York. She directs classics, new plays and musicals in London and the US. Recent productions include Usual Girls by Ming Peiffer at Roundabout Theatre Company and I Was Most Alive With You by Craig Lucas at Playwright's Horizons. Her work has also been seen at: The Geffen Playhouse, Playwright's Realm, Classic Stage Company, The Atlantic Theatre, Cal Shakes, Two River, PlayMakers Rep, New York Stage & Film, Goodspeed, Juilliard, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Great Lakes Shakespeare, American Players Theater, Idaho Shakespeare Festival and the O'Neill Playwright's Conference among others. Tyne is a 2016-18 Time Warner Directing Fellow at the Women's Project Theatre and received the 2014 SDC Sir John Gielgud Fellowship for Classic Direction. She previously served as Associate Director to Bartlett Sher on various Broadway and West End productions. She trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and Columbia University.