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This World Premiere is a darkly satiric look at America's True #1 National Religion - Sports!
A Los Angeles Dodgers game is broadcast by a blithely detached announcer during the onset of nuclear winter. The Grand Kleagle of the Ku Klux Klan prefers to learn golf fully hooded and robed. All-American football great Conquistador O'Malley abandons the gridiron for the seductive, near-naked sport of springboard diving. The Jewish captain of the American Olympic field hockey team resists a TV producer's idea that she was inspired by an anti-Semite war hero. A sports commentator copes with gender transition. Hey, it could happen - and it actually does - in this delightfully quirky, surreal play.
It's the night of the Oscars, and a working actor-turned-Oscar nominee knows that his life is about to change — he just doesn't know how profoundly. His transgender nephew has plans for his speech, his young agent has plans for his future, his unstoppable mother has plans for the catering, and his partner is nowhere to be found. Obie-winning playwright and master satirist Paul Rudnick blends deep humanity with hilarity in this play about family and fame, the personal and the political, and the drive to stand up and speak out.
Join the second annual Center Theatre Group Block Party and discover exceptional new theater from the past year that you may not even know you missed.
Every night, performers take the stage at over 250 theaters across Los Angeles. The abundance of talent and innovative work being produced is a theater lover's dream. To celebrate all that L.A.'s intimate theater scene has to offer, CTG is once again presenting encore productions from three outstanding companies — showcasing their remarkable work at the Kirk Douglas Theatre.
The plays selected for the inaugural Block Party were Coeurage Theatre Company's production of Failure: A Love Story by Philip Dawkins, the Echo Theater Company's production of Dry Land by Ruby Rae Spiegel, and the Fountain Theatre's production of Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine and adapted for the stage by Stephen Sachs.
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.
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.
Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for 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.
A dramatic Christian comedy about a newlywed couple named Shane and Olivia McQueen. Fresh off their honeymoon, they begin to face opposition. They don't recognize that they are being attacked by outside forces that have one goal in mind: to destroy their covenant.
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!
Partners in life and on canvas, Marc and Bella Chagall are immortalized as having one of the most romantic marriages of the 20th century. The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk traces the young couple as they navigate the pogroms, the Russian Revolution, and each other. Following the artistic heights of Brief Encounter and 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, the Kneehigh theater company and director Emma Rice return to the Wallis with a production that combines the visuals of Chagall's paintings with the music and dance of the Russian Jewish tradition.
Sitting bedside at Memorial Sloan Kettering has never been so entertaining. While their ailing mothers share a hospital room, Karla and Don discover truth in the old cliché that opposites attract…and repel…and attract.
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.
A classic tale goes rogue in Vesturport's bold new twist on the world's most infamous outlaw. Forget everything you ever knew about Robin Hood. In writer David Farr (The Night Manager) and acclaimed directors Gisli Örn Gardarsson and Selma Björnsdóttir's reimagining, Robin and his unmerry gang of cutthroats steal from the rich, but it's never occurred to them to give anything back to anyone. When wicked Prince John threatens all, bold Marion steps in to protect the poor and transform a thuggish Robin from hood to good.
Note: This show is suitable for ages 10 and up.
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.
Today is the two-year anniversary of Fiona's son's disappearance, and still, nothing makes sense to her — not her blasé husband, the incompetent detective, or the neighborhood kidnapper who keeps introducing himself in the checkout line. As Fiona delves back into her memories of that fateful day to uncover that crucial missing piece, grief and comedy collide, and ordinary turns of phrase take on dangerous new meanings.
How much of our identity is created by our minds and our memories? Award-winning playwright Nick Payne (Constellations) explores this question in the Southern California premiere of his dazzling new play about what it means to be human. Four actors play 21 characters in interwoven stories (some based on true events) that examine the extent to which our identities and choices are governed by the complex and delicate mechanisms of the brain. Payne's moving and deeply profound play seeks to make sense of the relationship between the physical and metaphysical.
Santa Monica Playhouse introduced the works of the iconic playwright to Los Angeles, and now they're back to commemorate the Playhouse's 57th anniversary. The Bald Soprano, a hilarious comedy of mishaps and manners, plays in tandem with The Lesson, a bizarre and darkly humorous indictment of language cum power cum bourgeois education.
As the Greek army lies stagnant on the silent shores of Aulis, King Agamemnon is faced with a harrowing decision. In return for the winds that would carry his army to victory over Troy, the goddess Artemis has demanded the impossible: the sacrifice of the king's own daughter, Iphigenia.
Humorous and heartrending, Ironbound spans 22 years in telling the story of Darja, a Polish immigrant getting by on a cleaning job, aggressive pragmatism, and sheer will. Through this wry drama, award-winning playwright Martyna Majok points out that sometimes survival is the only measure of success.
This sublimely witty and provocative play, written and directed by Argentine playwright Arístides Vargas, was triply inspired by the classic novel Don Quixote by Cervantes, The Truth About Sancho Panza by Franz Kafka, and testimonies from Chico Vargas and other political prisoners held in Rawson Prison during Argentina's "Dirty War" of the 1970s. Jesus Castaños Chima and Tony Durán reprise their roles as political prisoners who are allowed to interact with one another for one hour a week — but must remain in their chairs and never stand. As they entertain each other with stories of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, we witness the power of theater to transport them, and us, into the realm of the imagination, despite repressive conditions and even as we remain bound to our seats.
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.
Marlene tells a true story. In May 1960, Marlene Dietrich returned to Germany to perform on stage for the first time since fleeing the Hitler regime in 1939. The play is set in Dietrich's dressing room at Berlin's Titania Palast theater, where she is trying to decide whether she should go through with the recital. Threats have been made on her life by Nazi sympathizers who still resent her for having spent much of World War II entertaining American soldiers on the front lines. In their eyes, she is a turncoat, a traitor, and should be killed.
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.
An evening of five world premiere short plays by female writers that explore the treatment of women in today's political climate: yajū, written and directed by Mary Laws; Sherry and Vince, written by Charlotte Miller and directed by Tara Karsian; At Dawn, written by Calamity West and directed by Ahmed Best; Violet, written by Jacqueline Wright and directed by Teagan Rose; and Do You See, written and directed by Sharon Yablon.
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!
A classic dysfunctional family is the vehicle for a descent into chaos, and this viciously hilarious yet touching story addresses the age-old question, "Why are we here?" Pterodactyls suggests that our extinction is beginning not with an asteroid or an ice age, but rather with a severed connection to the ones closest to us. Nominated for various awards, including a Drama Desk award for Best Play, Pterodactyls is an unmissable adventure by the award-winning writer of The Lyons, Nicky Silver — one the freshest new playwrights of this generation.
At the intersection of satire and reality, Jerry struggles to keep moving forward in his life while haunted by the ghosts of his family's past. This fearless new comedy mercilessly seeks out and pushes any of those psychological hot buttons that aren't hidden. Be brave, and you just may enjoy a good cry while you're laughing.
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.
In her new solo show, Tony Award-winning writer, performer, and chameleonic comedian Sarah Jones brings to life an entire cast of characters, all of whom have something to say about gender, sex work, and the times in which we are living.
Significant Other, a dark comedy by Bad Jews playwright Joshua Harmon, is the story of twentysomething Jordan, who's the life of the wedding party until it dawns on him that he is "always a groomsman, never the groom."
As the Great Recession begins, a makeshift family of four factory workers in Detroit toil while their industry flirts with failure. With their future uncertain, Faye, Shanita, Dez, and Reggie, the foreman, must decide how they will balance their own desires, their loyalty to one another, and their survival. More than half a century after Willy Loman struggled for success, this fresh, off-Broadway play shows audiences that the quest for the American Dream endures.
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.
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.
When a reclusive librarian discovers a 113-year-overdue book in the night slot, curiosity compels him to pursue the borrower. His search for answers leads to a worldwide whirlwind journey, during which he discovers instead the great mysteries of humanity. Glen Berger's Underneath the Lintel reminds viewers that the joy is in the journey itself.
A protean comedy with shattering consequences. When Schiller and Arjay take Schiller's parents to Europe, both couples learn what it means to be American in a world that no longer admires the U.S. Guinea pigs playing cricket, dead bodies that talk and an unexpected trip to a concentration camp lead to a shocking yet poignant conclusion.
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.
Complete with the humor, confusion, and excitement that follows great sex, Neil LaBute's surprisingly sweet comedy brings audiences Beth and Doug, an unlikely pair who struggle to find common ground in an uncommon conundrum.