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Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots on Stage at La Jolla Playhouse

The La Jolla Playhouse opened "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots" with music by The Flaming Lips on Tuesday.

Robots took over the stage at the La Jolla Playhouse Tuesday night. The local playhouse held the world premier of Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, a musical with lyrics and music by The Flaming Lips.

The play was written and directed by Playhouse Director Emeritus Des McAnuff (Jesus Christ SuperstarJersey Boys) and features a 14-foot robot and songs familiar to fans of The Flaming Lips.

The La Jolla Playhouse explained that Yoshimi is a young Japanese artist "facing the battle of her life: the battle for her life."

Adrift from her family and lover, Yoshimi journeys alone into a fantastical robot-world where she wages a war with fate. Will her will to survive be powerful enough to master the evil forces that threaten to destroy her? Inspired by the whimsical and psychedelic music of Wayne Coyne and The Flaming Lips, this world premiere musical integrates music from several albums (“Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots,” “The Soft Bulletin,” “At War with the Mystics”) with multiple Tony Award-winning director Des McAnuff’s poignant, humanistic story about the triumph of love and optimism over the mystery of our own mortality. The result is dazzling, multi-media experience that offers an allegory of our modern battle for progressive thought and individuality in the face of blind acceptance and conformity.

In addition to the giant robot puppet, the musical features dancers in LED costumes and projections.

Playhouse artistic director Christopher Ashley told the UT San Diego that Yoshimi is the most technically complex production the theater has undertaken since he arrived five years ago. 

Yoshimi battles at the La Jolla Playhouse through Dec. 14.

Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Box Office at 858-550-1010.

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