Art & Architecture in La Jolla: Collection No. 4

Posted by Dennis DeSouza on Sunday, April 24th, 2016 at 11:09am.

Native Voices at the Autry La Jolla Playhouse 

L-R: Román Zaragoza (Pima) and Duane Minard (Yurok, Piaute) in Native Voices at the Autry’s production of “They Don’t Talk Back,” by Frank Henry Kaash Kataase (Tlingit), directed by Randy Reinholz (Choctaw); photo by Craig Schwartz and courtesy of La Jolla Playhouse.

Art and architecture in La Jolla never fails to impress. This year, a chorus of new voices will perform at La Jolla Playhouse as their recently appointed resident company, Native Voices at the Autry, takes the stage. In addition, architecture in La Jolla is so distinctive and beautiful that it sometimes inspires fiction, as evidenced by an oceanfront home in La Jolla Farms that may look remarkably familiar to some moviegoers.

La Jolla Playhouse welcomes Native Voices at the Autry

La Jolla Playhouse recently announced that Native Voices at the Autry was appointed as the theatre’s resident company for the 2016/2017 year. According to La Jolla Playhouse’s site, the annual appointment is part of their Resident Theatre Program, which encourages the artistic development of performing arts organizations that are gaining prominence while making noteworthy contributions to local and regional theatre scenes.

According to their site, Native Voices at the Autry was founded in 1993 and is the only Equity theatre in America dedicated exclusively to producing new works by Native American, Alaska Native and First Nations playwrights. In 1999, Native Voices at the Autry became the resident theatre company at the Autry Museum and has since produced 22 critically acclaimed plays, including 15 world premieres.

Native Voices at the Autry’s first production at La Jolla Playhouse will be “They Don’t Talk Back,” by Frank Henry Kaash Katasse, which will run from May 26th through June 5th. Per La Jolla Playhouse’s site, the coming-of-age story follows a troubled teen who experiences culture shock when he moves to a Tlingit fishing village to live and work with his grandparents.

La Jolla Playhouse is a Tony Award-winning, nationally acclaimed nonprofit theatre that has received more than 300 awards and entertains 100,000 patrons annually. To date, La Jolla Playhouse has launched 75 world premieres and moved 26 productions onto Broadway, where they have earned a total of 35 Tony Awards.

The Razor’s architecture inspires

Seated upon a cliff in La Jolla Farms is a testament to what can happen when unapologetically beautiful natural surroundings are complimented by incredible architectural design. The Razor is a contemporary home designed by Wallace E. Cunningham, who has been recognized as one of “Architectural Digest’s Top 100 Designers.” Five years in the making, The Razor is an oceanfront home with floor-to-ceiling glass walls that boasts panoramic views and more than 10,000 square feet of living space. The Razor is perched above Torrey Pines Preserve and features a glass elevator, subterranean garage and private access to Black’s Beach.

The Razor’s site states that the home's name is a result of its location near Razor Point. The site also relays that the home's architect possessed one primary objective: capture incredible views of the Pacific Ocean while extending the home’s functional spaces.

Crafted with polished white concrete, functional steel supports, travertine and solid walnut flooring, engineered stone surfaces and accent walls, and state-of-the-art smart technology, The Razor is contemporary in nature, yet distinctive in design. The multi-level home boasts two master suites, two additional bedrooms, a separate guest suite, a theater, gym and rooftop deck complete with a summer kitchen.

The Razor’s remarkable architecture and surroundings have set the stage for Calvin Klein and Visa TV ads, per The San Diego Union-Tribune. The Pinnacle List also stated that the Aston Martin V12 Zagato was revealed at The Razor. The architectural marvel is also thought to have been the real life counterpart to a fictional home with breathtaking views and gorgeous contemporary architecture. About three years ago, The Huffington Post published a story suggesting that The Razor may have been the inspiration for Tony Stark’s impressive home in the “Iron Man” movies.

For more information about homes in La Jolla Farms, visit our La Jolla Farms page or contact DeSouza Select Properties.

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