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When their radical parents are imprisoned for domestic terrorism, sisters 1, 2, and 3 are sent to live with different foster families. 1 loses herself in history, 2 dances, and 3 captures all of it—and more—on video. But will they be able to hold together when Mom is released from prison? 1 2 3 is a dark, funny drama about a rift between sisters and what it takes to grow up.
Can we find redemption? Whatever happened to Abigail Williams? It's 1702, a decade after The Crucible's infamous seductress danced with the devil in Salem. Imagining the destiny of the immortal stage villain who cried "Witch!," this thrilling next chapter by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Fox's Glee, Broadway's Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark) finds Abigail living under an assumed name in a village far from Salem, trying to start afresh. But now her past is about to catch up with her.
After their father dies in the decaying plantation mansion the family has held for generations, the three grown Lafayette children return to Arkansas to battle over their inheritance. Soon after uncovering a gruesome relic buried deep in the recesses of their father's haunted past, decades of family resentment burst through centuries of historical sin in this outrageous and entertaining family drama.
Oy Vey! Have you ever had a battle with a family member? Meet Daphna Feygenbaum and her cousin Liam. These two couldn't be any different from one another on the spectrum scale. She swears she's more Jewish than him. He couldn't care less. But when a family heirloom gets between these two, the stakes run high.
This searing and seductive look at values and cultural collisions bursts through the backdrop of Gaudi's beautifully unfinished Sagrada Familia Cathedral. This new play's biting humor uncovers the individual tragedies and triumphs that have the power to build us up as well as tear us down.
Celebrating over 15,000 performances and seen by nearly six million people from around the world, this internationally acclaimed musical revue continues to delight audiences at Club Fugazi in the City's North Beach district with its hilarious spoofs of pop culture, spectacular costumes and outrageously gigantic hats! Beach Blanket Babylon follows Snow White as she takes a fast-paced journey around the world in search of her "Prince Charming." Along the way she encounters a star-studded, ever-changing line-up of hilarious pop-culture characters, including Taylor Swift, Pharrell, Kim Kardashian, Vladimir Putin, Frozen, Iggy Azalea, Hillary & Bill Clinton, Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Governor Jerry Brown, Nicki Minaj, The Royal Family, Game of Thrones, Miley Cyrus, Orange is the New Black, President Barack & Michelle Obama, Oprah, Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Kim Jong-un & the World Champion San Francisco Giants.
Within war-torn Baghdad, lives a tiger – a wild, captive beast within a man-made cage. Through the power of theatrical imagination, we are allowed a peek inside the mind of this quick-witted and well-spoken "animal," as the lives of two American Marines and an Iraqi translator are forever changed by the mayhem surrounding them in the midst of war. Violence, anger, greed, forgiveness, and redemption are examined in funny, touching, and insightful exchanges between man and beast; the living and the dead. Rajiv Joseph's groundbreaking new American play explores both the power and the perils of human nature, the search for freedom, and the existence of the after-life.
Martin Sherman's profound love story takes audiences into the deepest, darkest moments of two gay men's struggle to survive in Nazi Germany. In the first major U.S. revival since its Broadway premiere in 1979, Moisés Kaufman directs this startling and moving play that illustrates how love can transcend persecution, no matter the cost.
Tony Award winning director and Geffen Playhouse alumni John Rando helms this brilliant new family comedy from Pulitzer nominee Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros.
Searching for salvation…
A man attempts to reunite with family he never knew. Little does the man suspect that this experience will test the man's endurance, his love, and, most potently, his faith. At once darkly comic and deeply moving, this Obie Award winning play takes a sardonic yet empathetic tone as it delves into conviction, redemption, and the opening of minds in the Midwest.
Over 13 days in September, 1978, three world leaders came together to attempt the impossible: a negotiated peace in the Middle East. Journey to the secluded presidential retreat in the Maryland hills near the nation's capital, where President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn host Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat for a marathon fortnight of debate, arm-twisting, cajoling, stratagems, charm offensives, proposals, and counter-proposals. Camp David, based on first-hand accounts and never-before-seen documents, is Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright's (The Looming Tower, HBO's Going Clear) most recent play, from which his New York Times bestseller Thirteen Days in September emerged. Camp David offers a you-are-there view of a great historical achievement whose legacy continues to resonate and tantalize nearly 40 years later.
From four time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein, the iconic playwright of the Broadway hits Torch Song Trilogy, La Cage Aux Folles, Newsies and Kinky Boots comes the West Coast Premiere of Casa Valentina, the recipient of four 2014 Tony Award nominations. Directed by nine-time Emmy Award-winner David Lee of NBC's Frasier and director of the acclaimed Pasadena Playhouse productions of Can-Can and Art, this moving and insightful play is nestled in the Catskills in 1962 - land of dirty dancing and borscht belt comedy. But an inconspicuous bungalow colony is more than a place to escape the sweltering summer heat. For a group of heterosexual men it is a place to escape something else entirely: being men.
The writer of In the Red & Brown Water returns with an intimate coming-of-age story threaded throughout with haunting a cappella gospel music. When Pharus and Bobby compete for lead tenor in Drew Prep School's legendary choir, their afterschool battles lead to huge revelations about love and hate.
Recommended for mature teens and up.
Pick your head up and sing.
The writer of the popular Brother/Sister Plays trilogy – In the Red & Brown Water (MTC), The Brothers Size (Magic Theatre) and Marcus, or the Secret of Sweet (A.C.T.) – returns with an intimate coming-of-age story threaded throughout with haunting a cappella gospel music. When Pharus and Bobby compete for lead tenor in Drew Prep School's legendary choir, their afterschool battles lead to huge revelations about love and hate.
On the anniversary of the megachurch he himself founded, Pastor Paul feels called to deliver a new message, though he knows it will shake the foundation of everything he has built. No matter your faith, or lack thereof, The Christians — a play with a full, live choir — compels a conversation that attempts to bridge the seemingly insurmountable distance between us. Do you have the courage to change your heart?
Welcome to John's life. Having taken a break from his relationship with his somewhat controlling boyfriend, John has managed to fall in love with someone else… a woman. In this edgy, raw, and witty look at a new kind of love triangle, Mike Bartlett tackles the concepts of sexual identity, commitment, self-knowledge, and family obligations in a way never before seen on stage. In this intensely gritty and naturalistic production four actors will introduce you to the pain of finding out who and what we all might be and the importance, or lack thereof, of a definition of love, lust, and need. 2010 Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement.
When football and dance collide, you get more than you bargained for. Start with four full quarters and a half-time show, complete with a dance company, a drum corps, and a fully-padded cast: what have you got? Grace and violence, victory and defeat. Is football a metaphor for life, or just the bread and circuses of our time? Colossal is an epic event that impossibly merges the worlds of football and dance, loss and recovery, and the toughest act of all: being yourself.
Joseph Alsop, America's most powerful political commentator, is the subject of The Columnist, a new play by the Pulitzer- and Tony Award–winning author of Proof. Dominating Washington's political scene in the years between World War II and the Vietnam War, Joe is both feared and admired. But as America enters the turbulent 60s, his unyielding political views and dark personal secrets threaten to destroy his influence. Opened on Broadway in 2012 with John Lithgow.
Physicist Marianne meets beekeeper Roland at a party. They go for a drink ... or perhaps they don't. Marianne's engaged ... or perhaps Roland is married. Or maybe they're both single. Nick Payne's smash Broadway hit play Constellations takes this chance encounter between two lost souls and opens the door to the infinite possibilities of their relationship.
Breathlessly navigating through the spellbinding and romantic journey of being in love, Constellations looks at how the tiniest change in the detail of our lives can lead us on completely different paths. Old Globe favorite Richard Seer returns to direct this exciting new play that the NY Times called "Sexy. Sophisticated. Gorgeous. This story of parallel universes is universal in every sense of the word."
Eddie and Rose: What happens when trouble meets tender? Three young marines are going to war. But before they go they've got one last night. One night to party and play, to tease and taunt. Eddie takes on a cruel bet with his buddies, and Rose is his victim. But she's more than he bargained for. What's Eddie going to do when Rose rewrites the rules and his last night turns into a lesson on the power of compassion?
Will you wait for me?
At once fanciful, timeless, yet starkly contemporary, this brand new romantic tale follows one Dragon, her need for freedom, her desire for human love, and the men who get trapped in between. Emergent artist Davis brings a uniquely simple voice to a centuries old myth, clashing lore with love, and eternity with yearning.
Sex, Lies, and Money, a true story of false profits! ENRON follows the astounding rise and fall of the Enron Corporation and of it's charismatic leader, Jeffrey Skilling. The Texas-based energy company ascended to great heights (and a staggering stock price) before declaring bankruptcy in 2001 amid one of the largest financial scandals in history. Focusing on the transformation of the company's president Jeffrey Skilling—from intelligent schlub to charismatic leader—the show illuminates how the whole mess unfurled. If you've ever wondered how Enron managed to deceive its 20,000 employees, Wall Street, and the public, it's all razzle-dazzle; and ENRON wickedly lights the way.
With Entropy, Bill Robens has once again applied his comic gift to another significant period in history when the women's rights movement was coming to the forefront, the arms race between the USSR and US was exploding, and all the traditional values from the 50s were making way for a new era. Against this backdrop a team of US astronauts take off on a secret mission that will take them on a journey of universal discoveries and hilarious insights on the power of photosynthesis and love.
A sophisticated evening for the fancy side in all of us
Fancy Nancy and her friends Bree, Rhonda, Wanda, and Lionel are going to be performing in their very first show, "Deep Sea Dances." Nancy is positive, that's fancy for 100 percent sure, that she and Bree will be picked to be mermaids. When another girl wins the coveted role of the mermaid, Nancy is stuck playing a dreary, dull tree. Can Nancy bring fancy flair to her role, even though it isn't the one she wanted?
Enjoy the irreverent fun of this "fresh-as-a-daisy comedy," (New York Daily News) where, during an ostentatious wedding reception in Knoxville, Tennessee, five reluctant bridesmaids take refuge in an upstairs bedroom, to avoid the proceedings below. They are Frances, a sweet and sheltered fundamentalist; Mindy, the wise-cracking lesbian sister of the groom; the heartbroken and outrageous Georgeanne; Meredith, the bride's precocious lil' sister; and the jaded bad girl Trisha. As the afternoon wears on, these five very different women discover a bond that goes beyond the dress in this wickedly funny and "wonderfully entertaining play" (The New York Post).
With a focus on hope, endurance, and accomplishment, Fly tells the story of the first African-American Army Air Corp fighters known as the Tuskegee Airmen who flew over the skies of Europe and North Africa during World War II. Featuring a cast of eight men, including "Tap Griot," a dancer who uses tap dance steps to set a mood that is part sublimated anger, part empowerment, Fly was hailed by The New York Times as "a superior piece of theatrical synergy." Co-author and director Ricardo Khan is Tony Award-winning co-founder and former artistic director of the Crossroads Theatre Company, known as one of the nation's foremost African-American theater companies. In honor of Black History month, The Pasadena Playhouse and Crossroads Theatre Company's production of Fly dramatizes the historic contributions made by the Tuskegee Airmen to the desegregation of the American military and the furthering of civil rights.
Oscar and Tony Award winner Mercedes Ruehl (The Fisher King, Lost in Yonkers) brings "The Empress of Fashion" back to The Old Globe! Before Anna Wintour or The Devil Wears Prada, there was Diana Vreeland, larger-than-life doyenne of American taste. Unceremoniously fired as editor of Vogue, she hunkers down in her famous all-red New York apartment and plans her comeback: a magazine of her own. The path to get there is as complicated and outré as Vreeland herself. Full Gallop, which premiered at the Globe in 1995, is a witty one-woman tour de force about the fabulous style icon who forever changed the way Americans experience clothing, art, and life.
Set in the Great Depression on the brink of WWII, The Glass Menagerie tells the gripping story of The Wingfield family. The mother Amanda, a remnant of her gentile, southern past, fights to prepare her fragile daughter and restless son for the harsh world that awaits them. A former classmate of the siblings comes into their home for a brief, magical evening that will alter their lives forever.
Gritty, poetic, and occasionally hilarious, The Glass Menagerie was Tennessee Williams' first major hit and remains to this day one of the greatest dramas in history. The Greenway Court Theater is proud to present the 70th Anniversary production of Williams' masterpiece. Be sure to experience this revealing, new take on this American classic.
Shelton Theater present's David Mamet's 1984 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Glengarry Glen Ross, which follows the lives of four real estate salesman who viciously struggle for money, power, and the American dream.
Considered a masterpiece of poetic theatrical language, Glengarry Glen Ross is a cunning, chilling and comedic tale of the dark underbelly of the American dream. In Mamet's own words; "To me the play is about a society with only one bottom line; How much money you make."
Now considered an American classic, thirty years later Glengarry Glen Ross continues to inspire audiences worldwide as we witness men struggling and competing for survival in an economic system that is inherently violent.
Compared to Miller's Death of a Salesman (1949), Glengarry Glen Ross (1984) still resonates a cautionary morality tale about the behavior of desperate men in a capitalistic system. The play is immediately, funny, cold, vicious, and true.
Pulitzer Prize finalist and Ovation Award winner Rajiv Joseph (Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo) brings a violently beautiful, gruesomely funny comedy to the intimate Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater at the Geffen Playhouse.
MacArthur "Genius" Award-winning Tarell Alvin McCraney pens a poignant and poetic new play about the journey of family and faith, trial and tribulation. In a dilapidated house near the ever-shifting source of the Mississippi, Shelah's family gathers on a stormy night for her birthday—bringing ghosts and secrets of the past with them. As her roof buckles under the weight of the rain, Shelah's convictions begin to wash away, leaving her to excavate the truths buried below. Directed by the preeminent Tina Landau in her Berkeley Rep debut, the riveting Head of Passes comes to the Bay Area straight from its acclaimed world premiere in Chicago.
Hershey Felder brings to life the remarkable story of Irving Berlin, "America's Composer." From the depths of anti-Semitism in Czarist Russia, to New York's Lower East Side, and ultimately all of America and the world, Berlin's story epitomizes the American dream. Featuring the composer's most popular and enduring songs from "God Bless America," to "White Christmas" and beyond, Hershey Felder's masterful creation of character and musical performance makes this evening with Irving Berlin an unforgettable journey.
Freshman year at college is hard when your roommate is weird, you're feeling homesick, and a hook-handed serial killer is slashing girls' throats. But if Lexi can discover what really happened to her high school best friend on that car ride to the movies, everything will be okay. In this existential slasher comedy, Lexi and her friends learn what it means to grow up—and it's not pretty.
Hookman is a meditation on what it means to be young and female in a world that seems—at times—hostile, lonely, and dangerous.
Artistic director of the Zephyr Theatre Lee Sankowich directs the 25th Anniversary revival of The House of Yes – Thanksgiving, 1983. As a violent hurricane swirls outside the Pascal's Kennedy estate-adjacent home in McLean, VA, the storm of the century — brewing since JFK's assassination — is about to erupt inside. Mrs. Pascal, daughter Jackie-O and younger son Anthony await the arrival of Jackie's twin brother for the holiday. But when Marty brings along his new fiancée, secrets unravel and the family's elegant veneer begins to crack. Lee Sankowich directs a 25th anniversary revival of the viciously entertaining black comedy that became a cult classic indie film.
The Bryant family reunion takes a comedic turn when the middle son brings home his Swedish boyfriend and tosses him into a stew of family dysfunctions. Race, sexuality and religion are on the menu as Modern Family meets Guess Who's Coming to Dinner in this "timely and important American play" (Chicago Tribune), directed by Tony Award® winner Phylicia Rashad.
A voyage of solitude and tenacity…from the mountains of Guatemala to the streets of Los Angeles. This remarkable true story chronicles the journey of Lorenzo, an 11-year-old K'iche Mayan homeless orphan, from Guatemala City to Los Angeles. With the help of Ofelia, a tortilla maker escaping an abusive relationship, the lively duo brave many dangers in a 13-month epic trek while attempting to cross two borders. Like millions of migrants facing dangers and predators of all sorts, will their optimism and will carry them to a better life?
The US Open tennis semifinals are underway. Russian phenom Sergei Sergeyev and American superstar Tim Porter do battle under the lights on center court. Their wives Galina and Mallory cheer them on anxiously from the stands. As the back-and-forth action unfolds, The Last Match journeys inside the minds of these two extraordinary players to reveal the lives that led to this defining moment. Before it's game, set, and match, four good people win and lose more than just a championship. Developed in the Globe's 2014 New Voices Festival, Anna Ziegler's energetic and moving new play is a funny and visceral look at the sacrifices we make to stay on top.
The Group Rep presents the world premiere musical Love Again, book by Doug Haverty, music by Adryan Russ, lyrics by Russ and Haverty, directed by Kay Cole, features a series of three engaging musical playlets, each with its own storyline about making difficult choices in love with a brand new pop/Broadway score from the creative team of the well-received Off-Broadway hit Inside Out.
From iconoclastic playwright Caryl Churchill (Cloud Nine, Top Girls) comes Love and Information, an acclaimed new play that features 57 brief yet memorable scenes that make up a world where data inspires obsession, and FaceTime conversations and celebrity selfies threaten to replace human contact IRL. Premiering as the inaugural production at A.C.T.'s new Strand Theater—located in the heart of San Francisco's tech community—this sharp yet tender theatrical kaleidoscope plays out like a fragmented newsfeed of moments, examining "our civilization's lust for information, our inability to process it, and our loss of secrecy and privacy" (Gothamist.com). Churchill challenges audiences to consider the fateful, intimate dance between the virtual and the real, and the ways we filter data in the Information Age. In this provocative and fast-paced world of mysterious conversations, populated by 140 characters hungry for understanding, Churchill reminds us that no matter what the latest gadgets and hottest Internet memes are, the primary currency of choice will always be connection.
Spring, 1940. Mickey and Worm are best pals and partners in grifting, gambling, and all kinds of shady deals. Mickey is a failed boxer who took a fall for a big payoff; Worm is the brains to Mickey's brawn, but is tired of scraping by for a living and wants a regular job. Night club singer Maddy is Mickey's long-time moll, but she's got aspirations for Broadway -- and even a chance to pursue her dream, if she's willing to leave Mickey for Lou, a rich and shady night club owner. Giselle, a seemingly innocent young nightclub singer, is more a femme fatale than anyone suspects and becomes intertwined amongst them all. Lou has a fortune in cash ripe for the picking and somebody is going to get it -- leaving some dead, some disappointed, and some a whole lot richer..
Two prominent American figures. One parcel of land. All share a history that reaches across time from the genesis of the Civil War to the aftermath of the War on Terror.
On a plantation called "Mount Misery" in a small Maryland town, a teenage Frederick Douglass once fought his overseer and triumphed. This moment would permanently alter the course of Douglass' life, freeing him from fear and building a new sense of agency.
Over 150 years later, former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld bought the mansion and property to use as a vacation home. Andrew Saito's new play, Mount Misery, juxtaposes Douglass and Rumsfeld's life works and philosophies. This satire examines the United States' inconsistent progress on issues of human rights and race by imagining the two men interacting across time.
Cutting Ball's resident playwright Andrew Saito examines the United States' inconsistent progress on issues of power and race through the colliding histories of two prominent American figures on one shared tract of land. On a plantation in a small Maryland town, a teenaged slave named Frederick Douglass once fought and triumphed against an overseer named Edward Covey. The moment would permanently alter the course of Douglass' life, freeing him from fear and building a new sense of agency. In 2003, Covey's home, "Mount Misery," was purchased by former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld for $1.5 million. In Mt. Misery, Saito imagines Rumsfeld and Douglass' interactions across time. Mt. Misery was commissioned by Cutting Ball and developed as part of the 2014 edition of RISK IS THIS… The Cutting Ball New Experimental Plays Festival.
One long night in a grungy chain hotel room near O'Hare Airport is enough to make anyone question their aspirations in life, but for middle-aged flight attendants Beth and Sam, it's just part of a never-ending layover that goes with the job. When Beth's 18-year-old pot dealer shows up in full prom gear in the parking lot offering a new perspective, she begins to doubt her twilight existence between time zones. Mud Blue Sky is a comedy about how the small kindnesses we afford each other can inspire us to grab onto life before it flies by.
Pulitzer Prize, Tony and Academy Award winner John Patrick Shanley sets this modern romantic comedy in the Irish countryside. Los Angeles audiences will be treated to this heartwarming love story after a successful Broadway engagement.
The fantastic story includes shipwrecks, pirates, a king who uses the skulls of his victims as interior design, an abandoned baby, and a knight in rusted armor fighting for love. At every turn, Pericles confronts events both grotesque and miraculous as his long and brilliant history unfolds. This is one of Shakespeare's strangest plays and includes adult themes and situations.
Gidget, beach blankets, and Hitchcockian psychological suspense thrillers are tossed around in the comic mind of playwright Charles Busch and they emerge as a rollickingly wild ride through split personalities, brutal murders, and the challenges of finding your true surf-buddy. Chicklet Forrest, a teenage tomboy, desperately wants to be part of the surf crowd on Malibu Beach in 1962. But the brutal murders plaguing her seaside town just might be the doing of one of her hidden personalities. Hilarity ensues as murder, madness, and the passionate pursuit of the perfect wave and world domination come crashing over the heads of the audience.
Set in a tiny sewing factory in East L.A., this award-winning comedy from acclaimed playwright Josefina López is the story of five full-figured women racing to meet an impossible deadline to keep their tiny sewing factory in East L.A. from going under. The basis for the award-winning film of the same name starring America Ferrera, Real Women Have Curves is a microcosm of the Latina immigrant experience, and celebrates real women's bodies, the power of women, and the incredible bond that happens when women work together.
London, 1833. No black man has ever starred on a British stage—not even as Othello—until tonight. Ira Aldridge, a young black American, breaks more than the color barrier as he battles the entrenched social and theatrical norms of his day, going on to become a living legend, lauded from the footlights of Stratford to the halls of Saint Petersburg.
Set in the East Village of New York City, RENT is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the TONY Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Price for Drama, RENT has become a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates.
Based loosely on Puccini's La Boheme, RENT follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. The physical and emotional complications of the disease pervade the lives of Roger, Mimi, Tom, and Angel. Maureen deals with her chronic infidelity; her partner, Joanne, wonders if their relationship is worth the trouble. Benny has sold out his Bohemian ideals in exchange for a hefty income, and Mark an aspiring filmmaker, feels like an outsider to life.
How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves, and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical.
The title says it all - or does it - in this provocative new work about two writers approaching love, sex and literature in comically different ways.
Playwright Joe Calarco says, "Just because Shakespeare understands the human condition, it doesn't mean it can't be a good time." And so he takes the audience on a theatrical adventure of a lifetime, presenting a version of the well-known teen passion-fueled tragedy as an undercurrent to the emotional growth and challenges faced by four young Catholic schoolboys. In meeting clandestinely to read the classic play together, these boys are invited to examine, not only the insightful brilliance of the Bard, but also the rigidity of their lives. Perceptions and understanding are upended as play-acting turns serious and universal truths emerge.
MacArthur "Genius Grant" recipient and Pulitzer finalist Sarah Ruhl's new comedy follows former spouses and actors on and off-stage (and script) - helmed by Ovation Award winner and Geffen alumni Bart DeLorenzo.
Art imitates Life imitates Art. And the dance continues. Prepare yourself for a frothy farce mixing stage drama and backstage lives into an intoxicating delight. This semi-romantic comedy delivers the laughs, tripping lightly through a playground of desire and sexual fantasy. Is this kiss for real?
Powerful and poignant, heartfelt and humorous, it's a special one-night-only engagement of film, television and stage personality Stogie Kenyatta's NAACP Solo Show Award-Winning show about African-American artist-activist Paul Robeson, memorializing a great American hero. Robeson – internationally renowned actor, recording artist, concert singer, football player, All-American athlete and Phi Beta Kappa Society laureate at Rutgers University, was witness to the artistic wonders of the Harlem Renaissance and the Jazz/Be-bop era, the horrors of the slave trade, the shame of the Holocaust, McCarthyism, blacklists, racism and oppression. His life's work celebrates our common humanity as he fought globally for social justice. "Armed with nothing more than the strength of his convictions and his vision of a world where men live as brothers, his message was his life," says Kenyatta. "He shows us that in spite of our differences, we still have more in common than we do in conflict."
In Straight White Men, written and directed by Lee and co-commissioned by CTG, Lee offers a traditionally structured take on the classic American father-son drama. Ed and his three adult sons come together to celebrate Christmas. They enjoy cheerful trash-talking, pranks, and takeout Chinese, and find themselves confronting a problem that even being a happy family can't solve: when identity matters, and privilege is problematic, what is the value of being a straight white man?
It's the 4th of July, 1944 in Lebanon, Missouri. After a lifetime of believing they'll never truly belong in the world around them, Matt, a liberal Jewish immigrant, has worked up the courage to ask well-to-do gentile Sally Talley for her hand, and convince her that they do belong—as husband and wife. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the first entry in "The Talley Trilogy."
Bill has just moved from the city to a new condo in the suburbs, and is awaiting the arrival of his furniture and his (unfaithful) wife. He meets Jack, a brash, irreverent, and divorced neighbor who drops by for a visit and simply will not leave. In this off-beat comedy by the author of The House of Yes, two regular guys form an unlikely bond as they debate the meaning of marriage, commitment, and mortality.
Pastor Elias and his wife Esther have returned to Delano to take over a congregation that is struggling: crumbling traditions, broken marriages and somebody keeps forgetting the salt for the tamales. In Part One of the This Golden State Trilogy, co-commissioned with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Magic's beloved Luis Alfaro (Oedipus el Rey, Bruja) uses music, myth, and his undeniable mix of humor and heart to look at our search for meaning of faith and community.
A lecherous goat, Pentecostals on the radio, a house full of dogs, cats, and Febreze and Daddy's .38 special. These are just some of the ingredients in a delicious and magical stew of stories about a singular childhood in Grady County, written and performed by Lucy Alibar, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of the hit film Beasts Of The Southern Wild. See a landscape you won't soon forget.
Master sushi chef Koji built his successful career on respect—for tradition, fine ingredients, and the legends who came before him. But now his restaurant, considered one of the greatest in Tokyo, is losing its customers to newer and flashier places. It's time for a new generation to take over. Koji's brilliant protégé Takashi might know how to save the restaurant, if only he could find a way to tell his mentor. Kimber Lee's beautiful play will take audiences into the mind of the chef-as-artist and bring to vibrant life the sheer exhilaration of creating bite-sized masterpieces. toyko fish story is a gorgeous meditation on work, legacy, and the art of perfection.
A comic thriller about a reality TV show where the boundaries between fiction and fact, life and death, are dangerously blurred. Also skewering the effect of the information age on the nature of identity.
The Underpants, adapted by Steve Martin from an early 20th century German play, takes broad, physical comedy to the extremes!
TE San Pedro Rep's production infuses passion and performance zeal into the story of Louise, a 1960's housewife who has the whole town in an uproar when her underpants fall off during the King's parade. From her befuddled husband Theo, to a long line of hilarious suitors, The Underpants offers audiences an evening of giddiness and laughter sure to have you falling out of your "seat."
The Vanek Trilogy by Vaclav Havel follows the character of Vanek (Havel's literary alter ego) as he emerges from prison in late 1970's Czechoslovakia.
A hilarious window into society at the height of Cold War paranoia, the Vanek Trilogy will bring you on a jorney unlike any other!
Three scenes take Vanek from his job in a beer factory, to a dinner party with the bourgeois elite, and finally to the top of the political infrastructure itself. Each stop reveals a searing (and often hilarious) window into the effect a society at the height of Cold War paranoia, has on its people. Havel, the longtime critic of the Soviet state and eventually the first president of the Czech Republic uses humor and his unique wit, to carry audiences on an unforgettable journey.