Grossmont College Theatre Arts Program Presents The Hatmaker’s Wife

 October 5 – 14, 2023

Press Release 

Hatmaker's Wife cast. Photo by Stephen Harvey

The award-winning Stagehouse Theatre at Grossmont College is set to launch its 2023-2024 season with Lauren Yee’s The Hatmaker’s Wife, directed by Jason Heil.

When a young woman moves in with her boyfriend expecting domestic bliss, their new house reveals the magical tale of its previous inhabitants: an old hatmaker and his long-suffering wife, who runs away with his favorite hat. This sweet and surreal story bends time and space to redefine the idea of family, home, and true love itself.

Director Jason Heil, known for his visionary approach to storytelling, shares his thoughts on the production, saying, “The Hatmaker’s Wife is a delightful fable. The story is simple. A hatmaker has lost his hat and his wife. He is trying to find the hat. But really, the play is so much more than that. There is a talking wall and a golem, as well as a young couple moving into their first home together and trying to find themselves.”

The cast of The Hatmaker’s Wife includes Knight Padilla as Hetchman, Ava-Marie Esser as Hetchman’s wife, Blake Brown as Meckel, Aubrey Schreier as Wall, Sarah Grubstad as Voice, Ali Al-Sudany as Gabe, Joe Provo as Golem, and Ruby Van Rhyn, Em Danque and Timothy Webb as understudies.

Performances will run October 5 - 14, 2023. The performance schedule is Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available online at or by phone at (619) 644-7234. Ticket prices are $18 for the general public, $14 for seniors, military personnel, and educators, and $10 for students. For those interested in securing season tickets, packages can be purchased for $60 each.

The Theatre Arts Department at Grossmont College is renowned for its critically acclaimed productions at the Stagehouse Theatre. It provides a professional entry to practice their craft both on stage and behind the scenes and has instructors with credits at prestigious theaters such as La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, and original Broadway productions, including the Tony Award-winning Come From Away.

Guests can enter the Stagehouse Theatre through the Performing and Visual Arts Center at Grossmont College, 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020. Guest parking is free until further notice.

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