OnStage Playhouse, the beloved and long-standing theater institution serving the Southbay area for nearly four decades, is in dire need of community support as it opens its latest fundraising production, "Lonely Planet," a compelling comedy/drama written by Steven Dietz. 

The COVID-19 pandemic and the impact of a tight economy have dealt a severe blow to OnStage Playhouse. The decrease in donations has jeopardized the theater's future, posing a threat to the vibrant cultural landscape of Chula Vista. As the only playhouse in the area, OnStage Playhouse has become a cherished institution that brings the magic of theater to the community.

From Friday, June 23rd, until July 16th, OnStage Playhouse will welcome theater enthusiasts to experience the captivating story of Jody, a man whose life revolves around his map store, leaving him disconnected from the outside world. As a haunting reminder of mortality, Jody's friend, Carl, introduces chairs from departed friends into the store, igniting a journey of introspection and the pursuit of one's true potential.

This emotional rollercoaster of a play delves into the power of friendship and self-discovery and is a perfect blend of humor, heartache, and introspection.

The urgency to fill seats and rally around OnStage Playhouse is heightened by its recent recognition for outstanding achievement by a small theater at the esteemed San Diego Theatre Critics Circle awards earlier this year. This prestigious award highlights the significance of the theater's contributions to the arts scene.

In addition to attending the production of "Lonely Planet," community members are encouraged to consider making donations to OnStage Playhouse. Every contribution, no matter the size, will make a significant impact in preserving this treasured institution and its invaluable contributions to the cultural fabric of Chula Vista and the surrounding areas.

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The entire run of ''Lonely Planet'' will be donation-based, allowing patrons to secure their seats online for any amount they wish to contribute, with a minimum of $10 due to ticketing site fees. Pay-what-you-can seats will be available at the door for each performance, operating on a first-come, first-served basis until the venue reaches full capacity.

By joining forces and attending the upcoming run of "Lonely Planet," the community can help preserve this cultural gem and ensure that the curtains of OnStage Playhouse rise for many more seasons of artistic brilliance.

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