Mike Daisey
(© Ursa Waz)
Mike Daisey
(© Ursa Waz)
Center Theatre Group has announced selections for its "DouglasPlus" series of additional programming at the Kirk Douglas Theatre.

DouglasPlus shows will range from fully-staged or minimally-staged events to workshops and readings that will utilize both traditional and non-traditional performance spaces and seating configurations within the theatre.

The series will kick off with the family-oriented show, Darwin (March 14), created by Corbin Popp and Ian Carney. Utilizing a blend of puppetry, technology, and dance, the show tells the story of a dinosaur named Darwin, who is created piece by piece by a famous scientist with magic powers.

Acclaimed monologist Mike Daisey will present his solo show How Theater Failed America, directed by Jean-Michele Gregory, March 21, and will participate in a roundtable discussion about the general state of theatre, presented in conjunction with LA Stage Alliance, after the March 20 performance. There will also be a workshop presentation of Daisey's newest work, The Last Cargo Cult, on Sunday, March 22.

The series will continue with the world premiere of Los Angeles playwright Michael Sargent's The Projectionist (March 26-April 3), directed by Bart DeLorenzo. The comedy is about an unlikely hero living and working in a seedy, second-run movie house on the edge of Hollywood and Vine.

The final presentation will be staged public workshops of Venice by Matt Sax and Eric Rosen, the team who brought the West Coast premiere of Clay to the Douglas in the 2007-2008 season. This Hip-Hop musical about betrayal and politics in a post-Apocalyptic world is loosely based on Shakespeare's Othello.

For more information visit www.CenterTheatreGroup.org.