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Moss Hart's classic stage autobiography is brought to life in a story that illuminates the early years of one of Broadway's great humorists. Written by James Lapine from the autobiogrpahy by Moss Hart.
"The only credential the city asked was the boldness to dream. For those who did, it unlocked its treasures, not caring who they were or where they came from." — Moss Hart, Act One
Actually is the story of Amber and Tom, who, finding their way as freshmen at Princeton, spend a night together that alters the course of their lives. They agree on the drinking, they agree on the attraction, but consent is foggy — and if unspoken, can it be called consent? Playwright Anna Ziegler investigates gender and race politics, our crippling desire to fit in, and the three sides to every story.
A rare departure from Eugene O'Neill's darker oeuvre, this comedy is unabashedly nestled in the halcyon days of turn-of-the-century Americana; a gentle, loving, and boldly optimistic study of a deeply bonded family as they navigate the youthful indiscretions of their wayward son.
In Allen Wilder 2.0, a director of soft-core porn returns from Hollywood to his dead parents' house to sort through his belongings and reexamine his life. Can a chance meeting with his former babysitter and his estranged niece soothe the wounds of the failure he feels? Is it too late? His search for redemption gets comic treatment in this new play.
Belgrade, 1914. Three strangers, poor, alone, and adrift, each receive a death sentence in the form of a tuberculosis diagnosis. But being young men with nothing to lose makes them the perfect recruits for The Black Hand — a secret organization looking to strike a blow in the name of Serbian nationalism. Set against the backdrop of the 20th century beginning to discover its identity — and with playwright Rajiv Joseph's signature dark humor — Archduke draws parallels to our own troubling times and asks: How (and when) does a century define itself?
Archduke is a new play from Pulitzer Prize finalist and Obie Award winner Rajiv Joseph, one of the most exciting playwrights of our time. Joseph (Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Guards at the Taj) returns to the Taper with this world premiere that poetically traces a group of young men along their unlikely path to terrorism at the onset of World War One.
The internationally renowned team of Peter Brook, Marie-Hélène Estienne and Jean-Claude Carrière together revisit the great Indian epic Mahabharata thirty years after Brook's legendary production took world theater by storm. The devastation of war is tearing the Bharata family apart. The new king must unravel a mystery: how can he live with himself in the face of the devastation and massacres that he has caused. An immense canvas in miniature, this central section of the ancient text is timeless and contemporary, asking how we can find inner peace in a world riven with conflict.
Los Angeles is home to over 250 theatre companies, featuring an abundance of talent, diversity, and ingenuity. To celebrate the vibrant theatre of our city, we're premiering Block Party—three recent productions from local theatre companies, highlighting some of the best work our town has to offer. We will announce the three productions in the fall. Help us celebrate L.A. theatre and join the Block Party!
The newest play by Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan (All the Way) was written in direct response to the immigration policies of the Trump administration and is an urgent call to action. In the very near future, the Trump administration has carried out his campaign promise to round up and detain millions of immigrants. As a writer interviews the former supervisor of a private prison, it becomes clear how federal policy has escalated to a terrifying, seemingly inconceivable, yet inevitable conclusion. The Fountain premiere is the first in a series of productions set to take place at theaters across the U.S. as part of a National New Play Network rolling world premiere.
The Antaeus Theatre Company inaugurates the new Kiki and David Gindler Performing Arts Center in Glendale with a fully partner-cast production of this Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece by Tennessee Williams. In the steamy Mississippi Delta on a hot summer evening, members of a prominent Southern family are pushed to the brink when tender memories are relived and life-altering secrets are revealed. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a sexy, smoldering descent into a world choking on mendacity.
What do you do when your enemy may be smarter than you? Torn from today's headlines, William Mastrosimone's gripping drama is about a terrorist who has wreaked madness and destruction on America and is about to use a news reporter to exploit just one more valuable hostage — the world's supply of clean water.
Note: This show is for mature audiences.
A Noise Within's delightfully festive, musically merry holiday tradition returns. Families love the inspirational story of Bob Crachit, Tiny Tim, and Scrooge — the perfect burst of boundless good cheer for the season.
Producing artistic directors Geoff Elliott (who adapted the play directly from the Charles Dickens' novella) and Julia Rodriguez-Elliott codirect this masterpiece about the redemptive and transformative power of love. In this production, Dickens' poignant tale is matched by evocative original music by composer Ego Plum.
Roland is a beekeeper. Marianne is a quantum physicist. What are their odds of falling in love? With infinite moments that can change the trajectory of a life, it's anyone's guess how cosmic collision is possible. Nick Payne's Olivier and Drama League-nominated hit is a charming, devastating, and profound exploration of the universal truth of finding and losing love. A play that balances on the question of "what if," Constellations is, at its core, a poignant picture of "what is."
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a Tony Award-winning play by Simon Stephens, adapted from Mark Haddon's best-selling novel and directed by Tony winner Marianne Elliott.
Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion of killing his neighbor's dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.
Winner of five 2015 Tony Awards, including Best Play!
Audience advisory: This production features moments of loud music, bright lighting, and strobe effects. Please also be aware that the show contains some adult language and themes.
A Delusional Affair will make you question everything you ever thought you knew about love, marriage, fantasy, and reality, coupling and uncoupling, and come away with a new and surprisingly uplifting perspective on it all. Helmed by award-winning director Chris DeCarlo (Aspirin & Elephants, Climax), Albert James Kallis's delightful and biting world premiere comedy features stage and screen personalities Gregg Berger (The Garfield Show, Loose Lips), Rachel Galper (Turning Thirty, How to Love a Republican), and Albina Katsman (Piper the Movie, Raise Me Up). Note: This show is rated R.
Down the Road, written by Lee Blessing, centers on a convicted serial killer and the husband-and-wife writing team hired to help him craft an account of his crimes. The killer, Bill Reach, has admitted to the murder of 19 women, but there may have been more. Over many weeks of interviews, the couple — Dan and Iris Henniman — grow more and more uncertain of the ethics of what they are doing. Are they simply relating terrifying events, or are they helping readers consume rape, murder, and mutilation as if consuming any other product of our society? Are they, in fact, helping to turn Reach into a celebrity?
Written by Ruby Rae Spiegel and directed by Alana Dietze, Echo Theater Company's Dry Land is a haunting play about female friendship and an abortion that takes place in the locker room of a central Florida high school. Written when Spiegel was just 21 years old and still an undergraduate at Yale, the play is a deeply truthful portrait of the fears, hopes, and bonds of teenage girls — as gut-wrenching as it is funny.
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?
The story unfolds at a fishing lodge in rural Georgia that is often visited by "Froggy" LeSeuer, a British demolition expert who occasionally runs training sessions at a nearby army base. This time, Froggy has brought along a pathologically shy young man named Charlie who is overcome with fear at the thought of making conversation with strangers. So Froggy tells everyone that Charlie is from an exotic foreign country and speaks no English. The fun begins when Charlie overhears more than he should — hilarious and damaging revelations delivered on the assumption that Charlie doesn't understand a word of English. The fact that only Charlie and the audience are in on the joke fuels the nonstop hilarity of the play and sets up the wildly funny climax in which things go uproariously awry for the "bad guys," and the "good guys" emerge triumphant.
The Foreigner won the 1985 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Play.
A bride. A groom. A maid of honor (who just happens to be the bride's ex-lover). What could possibly go wrong? When the road to normal is getting you nowhere, maybe it's time to take a detour. Bisexual, gay, straight, spiritual, atheist — all need apply because Wendy Michaels' God and Sex has something for everyone.
An astonishing, deeply moving new drama about family, acceptance, and the power of faith from MacArthur "Genius Award"-winning playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney (The Brother/Sister Plays), featuring Tony Award® winner Phylicia Rashad. At the mouth of the Mississippi River, Shelah's family and friends have come to celebrate her birthday and save her from a leaking roof. But in this contemporary parable inspired by the Book of Job, unexpected events turn the reunion into the ultimate test of faith and love. As her world seems to collapse around her, Shelah (Rashad) must fight to survive the rising flood of life's greatest challenges in this poetic and piercing new play.
Amid the bustle of a crowded London train station, Georgie spots Alex, a man much older than she is, and plants a kiss on his neck. This encounter thrusts the two strangers into a fascinating and life-changing game. Heisenberg brings to life the uncertain and often comical sparring match that is human connection. This production of Tony Award winner Simon Stephens' new play stars Denis Arndt and Tony, Emmy, and Golden Globe Award winner Mary-Louise Parker. Drama Desk Award winner Mark Brokaw directs.
The dogs of war are unleashed, and a charismatic warrior king emerges in Shakespeare's breathtaking depiction of the Battle of Agincourt. But the events before and after the decisive victory temper the fervor of nationalism — and paint a nuanced portrait of the introspective Henry, who learns that the attributes that make an inspirational leader often come into conflict with those that make a good man.
Henry V, the history play by William Shakespeare written around 1599, tells the story of King Henry V of England, focusing on events immediately before and after the Battle of Agincourt (1415) during the Hundred Years' War. The play is the final part of a tetralogy, preceded by Richard II; Henry IV, Part 1; and Henry IV, Part 2. Audiences may know the title character from Shakespeare's earlier Henry IV plays as a wild, undisciplined lad called "Prince Harry" or "Hal."
Stephen Karam's The Humans is an uproarious, hopeful, and heartbreaking play that takes place over the course of a family dinner on Thanksgiving. Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate and give thanks at his daughter's apartment in Lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle prewar duplex and eerie things start to go bump in the night, the Blake clan's deepest fears and greatest follies are laid bare. Our modern age of anxiety is keenly observed with humor and compassion in this new American classic that won the 2016 Tony Award for best play.
The gut-wrenching devastation of Lear encompasses more than one man's trajectory through power and hubris; it is an affecting, unflinching chronicle of a family as that family disintegrates around the mental illness of its patriarch. To add a deeply personal dimension to Shakespeare's themes of madness, frailty, and love, this production is set in a memory care facility. The show invites you to experience, in the midst of tragedy, the healing and transcendent nature of great art.
For nearly 20 years, playwright Lauren Yee's father Larry has been a driving force in the Yee Family Association, a seemingly obsolescent Chinese American men's club formed 150 years ago in the wake of the Gold Rush. But when her father goes missing, Lauren must plunge into the rabbit hole of San Francisco Chinatown and confront a world both foreign and familiar. At once bitingly hilarious and heartbreakingly honest, King of the Yees is an epic joyride across cultural, national, and familial borders that explores what it truly means to be a Yee.
After years of struggling at a small-time club in the Florida Panhandle, Casey realizes it's now or never for his career as an Elvis impersonator. Enter Miss Tracy Mills, a self-proclaimed grande dame of drag who guarantees Casey's life is about to get "all shook up." Matthew Lopez's hip-shakin', heartwarming tale explores what happens when one man trades in his blue suede shoes for platform pumps and discovers he ain't nothing but a drag queen.
Ted L. Nancy is a customer in need of service. He writes to the city of Huntington Beach requesting a permit for operating his Electronic Nose Blowing Machine, invites Czechoslovakian President Václav Havel to become Treasurer of Ted's Vacuum Club, asks Nordstrom about buying a mannequin that looks like his deceased neighbor to present to the grieving widow, and more. Time after time, well-meaning representatives offer earnest replies to his letters. Nancy brings his madcap collection of correspondence to the Geffen stage for a one-of-a-kind show that is both outlandish and uproarious.
Wanna make six million dollars the easy way? (Okay, maybe not so easy.) The Tony Award-winning writing team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime) has created a hilarious musical murder mystery farce that mixes diamonds, mistaken identities, and a body in a wheelchair (oh, and puppies!).
In this scathingly funny look at a family in crisis, the Lyons family is falling apart just when it needs to pull together. Rita Lyons, in a heroic effort to keep the family united while her husband, Ben, is dying of cancer, has called their grown children together to say goodbye around his hospital bed. In the ensuing maelstrom of kvetching, guilt-giving, and recriminations, they discover that despite being a family, each of them is utterly isolated. Afraid of closeness and afraid of solitude, the Lyons are unexpectedly propelled into foreign territory — human connection.
The Madwoman of Chaillot is a two-act play, a poetic satire by French dramatist Jean Giraudoux. It was written in 1943 and first performed in 1945, after his death. The story concerns an eccentric woman (Countess Aurelia), her coterie of eccentric friends who live in Paris, and her struggles against the straitlaced authority figures who want to drill oil wells and destroy the City of Light, the center of culture. Stephanie Shroyer, who recently gave A Noise Within audiences a comic You Never Can Tell (spring 2016) and a dark The Maids (fall 2016), directs the production.
Mary Swanson just moved to Middletown, eager to start a family and enjoy the neighborly bonds a small town promises. When she befriends resident John Dodge, she quickly discovers that below Middletown's flinchingly honest exterior lies something much more complex. Middletown is a wry, human portrait of a town with two lives — one ordinary and visible, the other epic and mysterious.
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.
A Noise Within's most requested production returns! ANW favorites are ready to rein in the chaos of this joyfully out-of-control British farce about the auspiciously titled play-within-a-play Nothing On. Noises Off invites the audience to step backstage and meet the under-rehearsed, overworked cast and crew with a penchant for drama more personal than professional. As the production progresses, the bumbling cast brings down the house — literally!
When a bright, liberal law school graduate embarks on a nerve-wracking clerkship with Justice Antonin Scalia, she discovers him to be both an infuriating sparring partner and an unexpected mentor. As the country waits for Scalia's seat to be filled, The Originalist looks into the complexities of one of the most polarizing Supreme Court Justices of all times. This powerful work portrays the passionate people risking heart and soul to defend their interpretation of the truth, and the constitution.
Phalaris's Bull is the story of a philosopher's quest for a solution to all of life's problems, a solution based not on belief or faith but on logical rigor, a solution to what Einstein called "the riddle of the great big world." Harvard-educated molecular biologist, visual artist, and provocative visionary philosopher Steven Friedman has the answers to life's big questions. Using personal narrative, poetry, art, and science, he delivers a spellbinding performance reflecting his prismatic, eclectic, transformative, and deeply consoling vision of the world.
The Pride is a gorgeously-drawn drama alternating between two very distinct time periods and sets of characters whose fate is written by their eras. In 1958, Philip is married to Sylvia, but is secretly attracted to her colleague Oliver. In 2008, Philip lives with his boyfriend Oliver, who continually destroys their relationship with his addiction to casual sex and turns to their friend Sylvia for guidance and support. As the past and present worlds collide, The Pride's complex love triangle provides a provocative, humorous and insightful look at fidelity and forgiveness.
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.
Red Helen rules her three grown daughters with a powerful fist. The oldest, Astrid, craves appreciation. The middle one, Max, brings home money in wee bloody fistfuls. And the youngest, Bebe, has returned from her travels abroad with a fiancé, seeking her father's approval. But the father is traveling indefinitely, their family steakhouse is in crisis, and Helen's speech is deteriorating into manic loops. As her daughters try their best to break free, Helen pulls out all the stops to keep them in her grip. Red Helen is a dark and twisted comedy about bloody money, bloodred meat, and blood relations.
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.
When the worlds of bears and people collide, everyone learns that girls and bears aren't as ferocious as they may seem! Featuring an unforgettable score and some fun twists to a classic story every child knows and loves, this humorous adaptation is "just right" for the whole family! For ages 4 and up.
The Koch brothers are infamous, super-rich, right-wing reactionaries from Wichita, Kansas. Trained in business and politics at their father's knee and bestowed with his oil wealth and his company, Koch Industries, the brothers are litigious multibillionaires who fund ultra-right-wing causes and candidates in an attempt to shape America in their image. This play is definitely NOT about the Koch brothers.
Back by overwhelming popular demand is Rubicon Theatre Company's Sylvia, a howlingly funny canine comedy with a lot of doggone heart. Written by the award-winning A.R. Gurney (Love Letters), this 1995 comic masterpiece follows the love triangle connecting a couple of empty nesters (Greg and Kate) and an adorable mutt named Sylvia. Man's best friend, however, may not be exactly what a wife has in mind. Greg and Sylvia bond, leaving Kate to feel like a third wheel in her own home. As Kate and Sylvia fight for "top dog" status, Greg comes to terms with his own dissatisfactions and shortcomings. This love story offers insights into the nature of love, marriage, jealousy, and of course, dogs. Directed by Ovation Award-winning Stephanie A. Coltrin, the play stars Joseph Fuqua, Ashley Fox Linton, Stasha Surdyke, and Kevin Symons.
The dog days of summer arrive early this year, as Rubicon Theatre Company presents a contemporary updating of the 1995 comedy Sylvia, a howlingly funny canine comedy by Drama Desk, Obie and Lortel Award-winner A.R. Gurney (Love Letters, The Dining Room). Considered a comic masterpiece, this hilarious and heartwarming comedy follows a love triangle that forms between empty-nesters Greg and Kate (Kevin Symons and Stasha Surdyke) and an adorable mutt named Sylvia (Ashley Fox Linton). Greg discovers Sylvia on a visit to Central Park and brings her home without asking for Kate's consent, causing friction in their marriage. Greg and Kate confer with friends, strangers and therapists (all played by Rubicon company member Joseph Fuqua), and ultimately Greg must make a difficult choice. Ovation Award-winning director Stephanie Coltrin has set the play in 2017 in multiple locations in New York City which will be effected by an automated turntable and projections designed by Mike Billings.
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.
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is Russia's most famous composer and one of the greatest composers of all time, known for his beautiful lilting melodies from the ballets Romeo and Juliet, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and the ferocious brilliance of his symphonic works. At the age of 53, Tchaikovsky conducted the premiere of his enigmatic Symphony No. 6, "Pathétique," of which he said, "Let them guess what it means..." Nine days later he was dead. To this day, how and why he died are still a mystery. The extraordinary Hershey Felder returns to The Wallis for the Los Angeles premiere of his newest work, Tchaikovsky, which unveils the life of one of the most beloved and tormented composers of all time.
In today's "age of anxiety," two couples tell two more-or-less modern love stories: They fall in love, fall apart, and fail to connect in this thoroughly millennial exploration of defense mechanisms. The nameless characters are the archetypes of young people today: They simultaneously hope for the future and fear it while trying to build lives in a world where nothing is certain — even themselves.
What does it mean to be human? Sometime in the not-too-distant future, a neuroscientist works closely with an artificial being to teach him how to become more human and to grow beyond the "uncanny valley" — a term used to describe the discomfort we feel when we see electronic re-creations of human beings that are oh-so-close, but just not quite right. A chilling jaunt into the future.
Her post-mortem instructions were hidden in a very specific place - but in the time leading up to her mom's death, a woman (Jennie Fahn) uncovered more about her than could be contained in any envelope. A comedy about life, loss, and being of sound mind and body.
A janitor. A software mogul. A college grad. An IRS paper-pusher. Although they live thousands of miles apart, these four people share a secret: they're recovering addicts who have found a safe haven in an online chat room. There, with liberal doses of jokes and bullying, they help each other navigate the broken terrain of their lives. But when an Iraq War veteran's tragedy spills over into their cyberhome, everything changes. In this fearless Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Quiara Alegría Hudes (In the Heights), worlds virtual and real unfold onstage, challenging our notions of family, forgiveness, community, and courage.