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Newly produced works of one-act treasures, written by some of L.A.'s top playwrights, will be presented this summer throughout June and July. EST/LA is curating an inspiring variety of plays staged by award-winning producers, directors and actors.
Playwrights include Tom Baum, Katherine Cortez, Mary Forster, Tony Foster, Elin Hampton, Tony Pasqualini, Deborah Pearl, Carole Real, Karen Rizzo, Thomas Stringer, Nicholas Ullett, and Ian Patrick Williams.
Meg just left a man. Lenny never had a man. Babe just shot a man. Warm-hearted, irreverent, funny and touching, Beth Henley's first play examines the plight of three Mississippi sisters betrayed by their passions as each is forced to come to terms with her "crimes of the heart." Winner of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best American Play.
When seven strangers — CEO Woman, Business Man, Office Temp, Hot Girl, Musician, Maintenance Man, and Goth Girl — get stuck in an elevator, it's only a matter of time before the truth comes out. When forced together and given nothing but four walls and each other, these stereotypes prove to be anything but typical. The strangers' preconceived notions and judgments are challenged at every turn as, one by one, they remove their masks and reveal their truths.
Laced with musical sequences and cinematic elements, Elevator is a comedic and emotional ride into the human psyche that asks a fundamental question: Who are people behind closed doors?
An 11:11 Experience's production of Elevator, written and directed by award-winning filmmaker and playwright Michael Leoni, has been playing to sold-out crowds with lines wrapping around the Coast Playhouse nightly. As a matter of fact, the show's run has just been extended!
An evening of fictional short plays, monologues, and music that center around the iconic King of Rock 'n' Roll. From aging Elvis Impersonators to an Elvis Imitator, from a gay teenage boy growing up in small town Texas to the (apparent) invention of the famous Fried Peanut Butter and Banana sandwich, the short plays stretch the imagination of the six playwrights to include Elvis-themed pieces. The plays are intermingled with song and dance, commemorating the 40th anniversary of the legend's death.
A smart bomb destroys a village. A middle name sends up a red flag at the airport. A teacher goes postal. A husband and wife come clean. Dancing the eternal dance of lies and truths, hiding behind walls of our own making, battling the ever-present prejudice that threatens to drown our sensuality, our search for intimacy, and our very souls — how do we find our place, our position, our passion in a maze as vast as Los Angeles or as intricate as the highways and byways of our own inner being? In Search of Intimacy: Make Love, Not Walls is a provocative theater event that fuses poetry, prose, movement, and video imagery, taking audiences on a sometimes tantalizing, sometimes titillating, often terrifying look at the human search for fulfillment and the desperate desire for completion that hovers always at the edge of awareness.
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was hailed as an icon of style, grace, and strength, famous for her allure and piercing sensuality. Much has been written and said about the woman who was arguably America's most popular first lady — though one detail is usually omitted: She was human. From the creative team of Wiesenthal, award-winning playwright Tom Dugan's newest one-woman drama explores the life of America's most private public figure.
A tale of exploding colonial tensions and lost fathers, Les Blancs reveals the impossible moral choices faced by individuals who must reconcile personal happiness with idealism. Lorraine Hansberry considered this her most important play.
On the 40th anniversary since the release of The Clash's first album in 1977, London Calling, a new musical with book by Peggy Lewis and the music of The Clash premieres at The Hudson Theatre during the Hollywood Fringe Festival.
London Calling is a gritty new rock musical inspired by music of The Clash. The lyrics of the songs are the dialogue that propel the story forward - a story of aspirations, disappointment, and redemption. The Clash's impact on a generation cannot be disputed, and their music continues to influence and inspire.
"If you're a fan of The Clash, British culture, or just really good musical theatre, you need to see this." - Michael Fontaine, My Haunt Life
Mrs. Warren's Profession, written by George Bernard Shaw in 1893 and first performed in London in 1902, is about a prostitute-turned-madam who attempts to come to terms with her disapproving daughter. The daughter, Cambridge-educated Vivie, lives a comfortable middle-class life shielded from her mother's source of income. Vivie envisions herself a pragmatic and open-minded 20th-century woman until she discovers that her entrepreneurial mother, Kitty, is an unapologetically successful madam. Sensibilities clash in this character-driven dramedy about the business of pleasure, the economics of necessity, and the ties that bind…or don't.
In A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, which debuted on Broadway in 1959, the prospect of life insurance money from their late father offers life-changing options to the Youngers, an African-American family living in a cramped apartment on Chicago's South Side. However, competing visions of how to use the money — for the grandmother Lena, her son Walter (with wife Ruth and son Travis), and her daughter Beneatha — threaten to tear apart a family already facing a pre-civil-rights-era America.
On a cool Cape Cod night, Ben, an aspiring writer, pulls a mysterious woman out of the ocean near his beachfront cottage. When she awakens on his couch, her restless disposition and suspicion of others rapidly surfaces. As they become acquainted, another thing becomes evident: the mutual attraction is undeniable.
Can Tracy learn to trust despite her painful past and allow herself to be loved? Can Ben weather the tumultuous nature of their relationship and Tracy's instinct to constantly spar? The challenges of relationships, love, and trust are explored in this play by Don Nigro.
In the overwhelming quiet of the woods, six runaways from city life embark on a silent retreat. As these strangers confront internal demons both profound and absurd, their vows of silence collide with the achingly human need to connect. Filled with awkward humor, this strange and compassionate new play asks how we address life's biggest questions when words fail us.
Adapter Mike Poulton has given the theater a bold, fast-paced dramatization that deftly transforms Charles Dickens' epic story into a taut political thriller. His A Tale of Two Cities gives a new sense of urgency to the intertwined fates of two men during the bloody, turbulent time of the French Revolution.
The original A Tale of Two Cities (1859) is a novel by Charles Dickens, set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. The book depicts the plight of the French peasantry demoralized by the aristocracy in the years leading up to the revolution, the corresponding brutality demonstrated by the revolutionaries toward the former aristocrats in the early years of the revolution, and many unflattering social parallels with life in London during the same period.
Theatricum's summer season at its spectacular outdoor venue in the heart of Topanga kicks off with William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice. Also on the mainstage: Theatricum's signature production of A Midsummer Night's Dream (opening June 4); Sir Peter Hall's adaption of George Orwell's Animal Farm, with music by Richard Peaslee and lyrics by Adrian Mitchell (opening June 17); Other Desert Cities, the Pulitzer Prize finalist by Jon Robin Baitz about unruly family politics (opening July 8); and Trouble in Mind by pioneering African-American playwright, author, and actor Alice Childress (opening July 29). Theatricum performs each of the plays in repertory through October 1 using a single company of actors — making it possible to see all five plays in a single summer weekend. Come early and picnic before a performance.
Turn Me Loose is a new comedic drama about the extraordinary and explosive life of Dick Gregory — starring Tony Award winner and Scandal star Joe Morton — that shines a light on the first black comedian to expose white audiences to racial comedy. Gregory confronted bigotry with shockingly disarming humor, marched alongside Martin Luther King Jr., and deeply influenced comics from Richard Pryor to Chris Rock. He was a prolific writer, muckraker, provocateur, and candidate for mayor of Chicago as well as for president of the United States. He was singled out by President Obama as one of his all-time favorite comedians. Experience the comic genius of Dick Gregory and the poetic final words of his mentor, the slain civil rights activist Medgar Evers: "Turn me loose."
Note: This show contains strong language.
What if the fate of your favorite video game characters rested in your hands? Take control as they take the stage in The Video Games! Princess Zelda, Queen of the Console, is celebrating the 64th Annual Video Games and needs the audience's assistance (through social media) to ensure that this year's games are bigger, badder, and bloodier than last year's! It's a different show every night as iconic pixelated heroes and villains — such as Donkey Kong, Lara Croft, and the Master Chief — compete to win the coveted title of Player One.