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The New Play Reading Festival presents readings of exciting new works-in-progress that are in keeping with Boston Court's mission, which urges artists to fearlessly and passionately pursue their unique voice and vision. Play selection encompasses a wide variety of genres, with a special emphasis on works that are inherently theatrical, textually rich, and visually arresting.
From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of Aladdin, a thrilling production filled with beauty, magic, comedy, and breathtaking spectacle. It's an extraordinary theatrical event in which one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite. Aladdin features songs from the film as well as new music written by Tony and Academy Award winner Alan Menken (Newsies). The lyrics are by Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast), Tony winner Tim Rice (The Lion King), and book writer Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer).
Allegiance tells the story of the Kimura family, whose lives are upended when they and 120,000 other Japanese-Americans are forced to leave their homes following the attack on Pearl Harbor. Sam Kimura seeks to prove his patriotism by fighting for his country in the war, but his sister, Kei, fiercely protests the government's treatment of her people. An uplifting testament to the power of the human spirit, Allegiance follows the Kimuras as they struggle between duty and defiance, custom and change, and family bonds and forbidden loves. George Takei leads the cast of this revival.
Danny and Laura are a typical modern couple; she is a dedicated, hard-working lawyer, while he, an underemployed actor, is a stay-at-home dad. Their marriage has been shifted to autopilot as both of them strive for the American dream. But all is brought to a dead, frightening stop when their seven-year-old daughter's teacher suggests that the child is most likely transgender. What follows is a fierce and sometimes hostile battle with Danny and Ms. Spencer advocating acceptance and pre-emptive reassignment and Laura adamantly refusing either action. This highly relevant issue of our time is the battleground for this emotional and heartbreaking story of fierce love and dreaded loss.
Annie Korzen, best known for her role as the Seinfeld parents' obnoxious Boca Vista neighbor, has written and will perform an original show about her hectic, eclectic, and electric life on the big and small screens. Producers from Jane the Virgin to Brooklyn Nine-Nine call Korzen in when they need someone who can get a laugh on one line. Jill Soloway, creator of the Emmy-winning Transparent, says, "Annie Korzen is a force of nature — hilarious, brilliant, and a true inspiration." An evening of laughs, tears, music and more!
It's the heartwarming musical comedy that offers great audience interaction as they boo the villain and cheer the heroine in the true spirit of the American Melodrama. Annie Oakley was a champion for women's rights as far back as 1898, and now she's back, coming to the aid of a single mom and her daughters, struggling to find a balance between the bottom-line temptations of modern living and the comforting solid roots of tradition. Should Annie's Place, passed down through the generations of women in Kat's family, become the newfangled Princess Café? Is the "out with the old, in with new" mentality the right one? Should princesses replace cowgirls? Or is there a way to unite the old and the new? Audiences help Annie, Kat, and her girls hold their own against svelte but smarmy villain Mable Q. Moneypots, and create a whole new family tradition.
It's the heart-warming musical comedy that offers great audience interaction as they boo the villain and cheer the heroine in the true spirit of the American Melodrama. Annie Oakley was a champion for women's rights as far back as 1898, and now she's back, coming to the aid of a single mom and her daughters struggling to find a balance between the bottom-line temptations of modern living and the comforting solid roots of tradition. Should Annie's Place, passed down through the generations of women in Kat's family, become the new-fangled Princess Café? Is the "out with the old, in with new" mentality the right one? Should Princesses replace Cowgirls? Or is there a way to unite the old and the new? Audiences aged 2 to 102 help Annie, Kat, and her girls hold their own against svelte but smarmy villain Mable Q. Moneypots and create a whole new family tradition.
"A hilarious musical melodrama!" (LA Parent) "Best Bet!" (Our Times)
When a troubled young dancer moves into a new apartment, she finds herself inexorably drawn into the world of her seductive upstairs neighbor. Soon she begins to suffer from nightmares and strange behaviors in her sleep. Any Night is a through-the-looking-glass psychological thriller about love, trust, and the immeasurable power of the subconscious.
Unable to act on their feelings and forced into exile in the Forest of Arden, lovers Rosalind and Orlando become entangled in a beguiling game of love, lust and mistaken identity. One of Shakespeare's great comedies, As You Like It subverts the traditional rules of romance, confusing gender roles, nature and politics to reflect on how bewildering — yet utterly pleasurable — life can be.
It's a tale as old as time, but the show continues to make headlines as one of the biggest box-office hits of the year! The Disney classic tells the story of Belle, an adventurous young girl, and the Beast, her hideous captor who is actually a young prince trapped under a spell. In order to break the spell, the Beast must learn to love another and earn her love in return — before time runs out. With the help of the castle's enchanted staff, including a loving teapot, a charming candelabra, and a nervous mantel clock, Belle and the Beast find a beautiful friendship and love that neither knew was possible. Beauty and the Beast Jr. features classic songs from the Academy Award-winning film score such as "Be Our Guest" and "Belle," as well as original songs from the 1994 Tony-nominated Broadway musical. The dynamic 90-minute musical, seamlessly adapted for young talent (ages 9 to 17), is based on the 1994 Broadway production and Disney's 1991 animated feature film.
Beauty and the Beast, A Christmas Rose is an updated version of the classic tale in the style of a traditional British family pantomime. The show features family-friendly magic with a comedic twist, dancing (with So You Think You Can Dance alums), contemporary music, and more.
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.
Show begins when the director asks the audience to suggest a popular film title and then the cast, right there on the spot, improvise the "black version" of that film complete with its improvised soundtrack, dance numbers, DVD extras, audition reels & more.
The Black Version is a completely improvised show that started at The Groundlings Theatre in LA in 2010 to sold out crowds and great reviews. Rolling Stone magazine calls the show "Hot" and the cast a "Comedic A-Team", LA Weekly says the show is "Red Hot" and "Scores more than it's share of belly laughs" while the LA Times calls the show "A Winner"!
Seventeen years ago, Donald walked in on his mother in bed with someone other than his father. Whatever he saw that day was so devastating that his psyche refused to see another thing from that moment on. At 35, the hysterically blind Donald visits New York City's best shrink, Bob Schneiderman, Donald's last-ditch hope before throwing in life's towel. However, the doctor's highly unorthodox remedy includes an affair with Schneiderman's younger, beautiful wife, Bridget. There's only one caveat: Bridget can never find out Donald is blind.
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.
The soul of the blues wails out full and strong in Blues in the Night, the scorching Tony and Olivier Award-nominated musical. The 26 hot and torchy numbers — by icons Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, and more — tell of the sweet, sexy, and sorrowful experiences that three women have with a lying, cheating, snake of a man who represents all the men who do them wrong. The Wallis is honored to have Los Angeles theater luminary Sheldon Epps return to his breakout hit. Staged in the intimate Lovelace Studio Theater, Blues in the Night will leave audiences energized, inspired, and ready to wail.
In Born for This, Detroit teenagers BeBe and CeCe Winans experience the ultimate in culture shock when invited to join Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker's Praise the Lord Network in Pineville, North Carolina. Jim and Tammy become an unlikely surrogate family as the two teenagers emerge as the hottest stars in televangelical America. Eventually winning mainstream recognition, Bebe must learn to reconcile the temptations of fame and fortune with the things he ultimately values more. Born for This is a wildy funny yet emotional journey toward self-discovery. A new musical, it features original music by multi-Grammy Award-winning artist BeBe Winans and a book by Charles Randolph-Wright (Motown: The Musical) and BeBe Winans. Randolph-Wright also directs.
The moving new musical by Grammy, Emmy, and Academy Award winner Steve Martin and Grammy winner Edie Brickell, Bright Star is directed by Tony winner Walter Bobbie and choreographed by Josh Rhodes. It won the 2016 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music and the Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical and Best Score. It also received five Tony nominations, including one for best musical.
Inspired by an actual event, Bright Star tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and '40s. When literary editor Alice Murphy meets a young soldier just back from World War Two, he awakens her longing for the child she once lost. Haunted by their connection, Alice sets out on a journey to understand her past — and what she finds has the power to transform both of their lives.
Propelled by an ensemble of onstage musicians and dancers, the story unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion, beautiful melodies, and powerful performances. An uplifting theatrical experience that holds the audience tight in its grasp, Bright Star is daringly hopeful.
Written by David Williamson, the most produced playwright in the history of Australian theater, this razor-sharp work centers on Susy, an attractive young woman who, after losing her job, accuses her boss of sexual harassment. A mediator is called in to find out the truth — only to discover that the truth is not so easy to find.
Broadway actors, dancers and producers from Tony-Award winning and fan-favorite shows including South Pacific, The Producers, The Book of Mormon, Motown the Musical and Les Misérables have assembled the highest caliber of Los Angeles-based Broadway performers to offer Angelenos an intimate and heart-stopping taste of Broadway. The show features a live band, rotating program and special celebrity guests. The producers intend to continue the show on a weekly basis at W Hollywood.
Debra Jo Rupp (That '70s Show) stars as Della, a baker who makes cakes, not judgment calls — those she leaves to her husband (Joe Hart, recently seen on Broadway in Bonnie and Clyde). But when Jen, the girl Della helped raise (Shannon Lucio of American Horror Story), comes back home to North Carolina to get married and the fiancé turns out to be another fiancée (A Noise Within resident artist Carolyn Ratteray), Della's life gets turned upside down. She can't really make a cake for such a wedding, can she? For the first time in her life, Della has to think for herself.
In this world premiere musical with songs written by Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Tyne Daly stars as a woman not quite ready to let go of the life she's loved and the love of her life.
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.
Hilarity knows no hours! The Completely Different Late Show is an all-star extravaganza featuring Main Company Groundlings. The show is different every week, and it features the perfect blend of various sketch & improvisation styles all in one night!
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."
Since 1992 The Groundlings Main Company, Alumni and Sunday Companies have played together every Thursday night in the all-improv explosion that has become almost as much of an institution as the Groundlings Theatre itself! Based entirely on audience suggestions, the comic daredevils invent custom-made satire and song. Each week features a new surprise guest.
16 and over only. Management reserves the right to refuse admittance to anyone who appears younger than 16 years of age with no ticket refund or exchange.
A musical-loving banker sent to foreclose on a small-town theater decides to revive it instead with the magic of the Follies, some slapstick comedy, and a whole lot of charm. With mistaken identities, a classic love story, and 1930s glamour, Crazy for You radiates playful humor and high-energy showstoppers. A wealth of Gershwin tunes, including "I Got Rhythm," "Someone to Watch Over Me" and "Nice Work if You Can Get It" fuse with exhilarating tap numbers in this triumphant musical celebration.
Susan Stroman, who won the first of her five Tony Awards for choreographing the original 1992 Broadway production of Crazy for You, will also direct and choreograph this revival.
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.
Upon arrival you'll be greeted by Dan Chan's award winning close up magic. You'll enjoy a Chinese banquet meal followed by an unforgettable magic act by Dan and his team of performers.
Rich with mystery and metaphor, The Devil's Wife is a harrowing comedy that goes to hell. A handsome and wealthy landowner who woos three sisters isn't what he seems. But neither are they. After July 29, The Devil's Wife will run in rep with The Lost Child, an emotional thriller that follows an estranged couple as they return to their deserted cabin in the woods to pack it all up. When a storm moves in, they find themselves stranded. A mysterious child appears at their door…could this be their lost child?
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!
Elliot Ortiz is a young soldier, like his pop was before him, like his abuelo before that. But despite the things they share — their love of music, their love of one another, and their experiences of war — they can't communicate, even when they desperately need to. This powerful portrait of a Puerto Rican military family by Pulitzer Prize winner and Tony Award nominee Quiara Alegría Hudes (In the Heights) is a breathtaking symphony of music, memories, and the things that mark our bodies…and our souls.
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.
Music director and master of ceremonies Brad Ellis (Glee, Forbidden Broadway) and producer and cabaret artist Dianne Fraser welcome a new cast with each edition of the popular concert series presented by Fraser Entertainment Group.
Scheduled to appear on July 31 are Jennifer Bennett, Zachary Ford, Damon Kirsche, Katharine McDonough, Emily Morris, Lilli Passero, Quinn VanAntwerp and Lisa Vroman.
Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic is a visually breathtaking cinematic shadow play for all ages. Inspired by the 10th-century Persian epic Shahnameh ("the book of kings"), this action-packed tale follows star-crossed lovers Zaul and Rudabeh, who triumph at the end against all odds. Hamid Rahmanian's graphics, derived from the visual tradition of the region, are rendered as puppets, costumes, masks, scenography, and digital animation, all of which come to life in a "live animation" on a cinema-size screen.
Note: This show is suitable for ages five and up.
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.
In this charming musical adaptation of Frederick, the award-winning book by Leo Lionni, summer is quickly turning to fall and all the mice are out collecting supplies for the cold winter that lies ahead — all except for Frederick, who seems to have his head in the clouds, or so it would appear. When winter finally arrives, it is Frederick who has stored something special that helps save the day. With a foot-tapping score that adds to the fun, Frederick is a perfect introduction to musical theater for our youngest audiences.
Every once in a while a Broadway musical comes along that surprises, moves, and excites audiences in ways only a truly landmark musical can. Enter Fun Home. The show received raves from critics and audiences alike, won five 2015 Tony Awards — including Best Musical — and made history along the way. Based on Alison Bechdel's best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home introduces audiences to Alison at three different ages as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood. This exploration makes for a refreshingly honest musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.
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.
Michael Feinstein delivers treasures from his personal archives, such as "Someone to Watch Over Me," "I Got Rhythm," and "Embraceable You," plus gems from Gershwin's contemporaries like Kern, Bernstein, and Copland.
The ever-charming Tovey leads an all-American program focused on the extraordinary music of George Gershwin. We're delighted to have 29-year-old jazz virtuoso Aaron Diehl as soloist for Gershwin's tricky Variations.
DANTE, a contemporary hip-hop adaptation of Dante's Inferno, is the coming of age story of a kid in LA facing all of the modern temptations the city has to offer.
DANTE mixes classic poetry, spoken word, music, and choreography to engage with the past and delve into timeless themes of greed, love and longing… with inspiration from Hamilton's and Get Lit's former mentor, Daveed Diggs. DANTE is written by and stars the Get Lit's Literati Fellows, a troupe of young poets who serve as ambassadors for education and arts empowerment across Los Angeles and beyond.
Seven-year-old orphan Pip's encounter with an escaped convict begins a series of events that will change his life forever. Some of Charles Dickens' most memorable characters are vividly brought to life in this anarchic and joyful one-man adaptation of the classic tale.
Note: This show is suitable for ages 10 and up.
Hamilton is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation's first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, Hamilton is the story of America then, as told by America now.
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.
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."
Hershey Felder, a Steinway artist, returns to the Wallis, bringing Ludwig van Beethoven to life through the eyes of a Viennese doctor who spent his boyhood by the maestro's side. Featuring some of the composer's most famous works, including the "Moonlight" Sonata, the "Pathétique" Sonata, and selections from his fifth and ninth symphonies, Beethoven is a journey through time that will bring audiences closer to the essence of a genius.
Move over, Thelma and Louise!
When Lana Mae Hopkins, owner and proprietress of the Wishy Washy Washateria, hires Katie Lane Murphy to help out in the Laundromat, they soon find themselves up to their elbows in soap, suds, and cheatin' hearts. Watch these two country angels join forces to turn their good ol' Laundromat into a boot-scootin' honky-tonk, exacting a touch of revenge against those that done 'em wrong, and all while guaranteeing each and every customer a good, clean time! Take a ride to Nashville heaven in this new musical from Roger Bean (The Marvelous Wonderettes, Life Could Be A Dream, The Andrews Brothers).
Honky Tonk Laundry features music made famous by country stars Reba McEntire, Sara Evans, Carrie Underwood, Dixie Chicks, Dolly Parton, Jessica Andrews, Martina McBride, Pam Tillis, Terri Clark, Chely Wright, Trisha Yearwood, Gretchen Wilson, Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette, and Loretta Lynn.
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.
Improv Olympic West, the Los Angeles arm of the world-famous ImprovOlympic in Chicago, presents the best improvisation west of the Windy City. There are shows every night. It's always something new, fresh...and funny!
Only persons 21 and older will be admitted into Improv Olympic shows.
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.
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 is a provocative theater event that fuses poetry, prose, movement, and video imagery, taking us on a sometimes tantalizing, sometimes titillating, often terrifying look at our search for fulfillment and the desperate desire for completion that hovers always at the edge of our awareness. After a sold-out world premiere in the spring, In Search of Intimacy returns for one performance only.
From the composer and lyricist of Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda's In the Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York's Washington Heights neighborhood — a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It's a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams, and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind.
World-renowned magician Ivan Amodei stars in his critically acclaimed Intimate Illusions show at the famed Beverly Wilshire at the most glamourous address in the world Rodeo Drive and Wilshire Blvd.
A celebrity favorite, Ivan has entertained in luxury venues throughout the world. Expert sleight of hand, original and mind bending illusions all while accompanied by a concert cellist that scores the show with great classics. BroadwayWorld calls his hit show "Spectacular' " and the L.A. Times named it a "Top Pick."
Here's what you will experience:
• Witness Ivan Amodei recreate the famous story of William Tell with a surgically sharp darts and a unsuspecting volunteer from the audience • Ivan will disclose Houdini's biggest kept secret • Watch him unleash the power of the mind of a mega-savant
• A World Class magic show for only 60 guests • Set at the famed Beverly Wilshire in Ivan's private luxury suite • Décor styled after a Ralph Lauren Madison Ave Apartment • A concert cellist accompanying Ivan like the score to a great movie • Hear the music of Vivaldi, Bach, Mission Impossible, James Bond, The Pink Panther and other famous classics played live
Don't miss Ivan's witty humor and interactive style that leaves audiences wanting more!
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.
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.
It's Only Lipstick is acclaimed actress Claudia DiMartino's inspiring, heartwarming and hysterical story of surviving the dysfunction of an Italian-American family in Brooklyn to weathering the instability of being a marketing executive in the beauty industry in corporate America. A hit of the 2017 SoloFest, where it made its one-night-only premiere, It's Only Lipstick also takes patrons though a surprising and dramatic event that led DiMartino to her destiny and the belief that it's never too late to go after your dreams.
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 powerful and bold theatrical experience that was an overwhelming success off-Broadway, this revue of Belgian singer-songwriter Jacques Brel's songs pays tribute to his unique genius. Naughty, funny, dark and romantic, Brel's songs brim with flair, attitude, and European sophistication, retaining their edgy vibe over half a century after they were written. While Brel is no longer alive nor living in Paris, his legendary vision of romance, humor, and moral conviction endures.
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.
Los Feliz, CA – It's the end of the world as we know it - and the brain, the athlete, the basket case, the princess, and the criminal are still stuck in that damn library! The Fuse Project and Rockwell Table & Stage are proud to present the brand new musical parody of The Last Breakfast Club.
It's musical theatre in a world which the most beloved cinema characters from the 1980's era barricade themselves inside the library because the world as we know it has ended. But don't fret, their teenage angst and in-depth exploration of youth continues inside Shermer High School.
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.
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.
An immersive four-day, five-performance festival of magic featuring a rotating roster of over 25 world-class master magicians and outstanding variety acts. Showstopping feats include amazing sleight of hand, interactive parlor magic, and mind-blowing illusions. Each performance is different — no repeats. Performers include Jon Armstrong (two-time Magic Castle "Close-up Magician of the Year"), Dana Daniels (Broadway's The Illusionists 1900 and five-time Magic Castle "Magician of the Year"), Andrew Goldenhersh (two-time Magic Castle "Parlour Magician of the Year"), Christopher Hart (award-winning magician who played The Thing in the Addams Family films), Pop Haydn (seven-time Magic Castle "Magician of the Year"), Ivan Pecel (nine-time world champion juggler), Naathan Phan (Masters of Illusion, Wizard Wars, America's Got Talent) and Joel Ward (Penn and Teller: Fool Us), plus the Bistrevsky Brothers, the Bornsteins, Simon Coronel, Derek the Mime, Bruce Gold, Chris Juggerio, Matt Marcy, and more.
Mamma Mia! is the 2001 international phenomenon about a young woman's plot to uncover the identity of her father among three of her mother's former loves, all invited to her wedding on a Greek island. This show — filled with ABBA's timeless songs, including "Dancing Queen" and "Voulez Vous" — may well get you singing, dancing, and having the time of your life!
Starring Jaime Camil (Jane the Virgin), this production is directed and choreographed by three-time Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall.
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.
A glimpse into the life of Martha Graham, the legendary pioneer of modern dance and the fierce, witty, trailblazing feminist who refused to let age define or confine her. An electrifying performer who danced into her 70s and choreographed into her 90s, she was a major artist of the 20th century, who possessed a gift for revealing emotion and the complexities of humanity through the dances that she created. For an artist like Graham, a life away from the arts feels impossible, but when is it time to say..."when?"
Celebrating Swing, the Rat Pack, and more!
It's quintessential Feinstein singing the best songs from the Kings of Swing: Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and more.
When Kris Kringle, a nice, old man from a retirement home, gets a job working as a Christmas Santa at Macy's, his honest and generous spirit unleashes waves of goodwill throughout New York City, and a hint of magic in the heart of a very practical little girl. Seen as deluded and dangerous by Macy's vocational counselor, Kris ends up in a court competency hearing where his freedom and the joys of childhood fantasy are at stake. This holiday tale is one we want to believe in, where love and decency and generosity of spirit are their own rewards. Share this perennial holiday favorite with the entire family this season!
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!
Based on historical events, Oh Freedom! tells the story of the greatest collaboration against racism in American history before the civil rights movement. Combining stories of the men and women who were active in the fight against slavery with songs of the period, it reminds us that it took the cooperation, conviction, and bravery of many people, both black and white, to help hundreds of enslaved people make their way to freedom.
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.
Amid religious intolerance, political injustice, and racial tension, this stirring Tony Award-winning musical explores the endurance of love and hope against all the odds. In 1913, Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-raised Jew living in Georgia, was put on trial for the murder of a 13-year-old girl. Armed with a rousing score and a powerful script, Parade takes an unflinching look into the darkest corners of America's history.
This exciting new adaptation of the classic Italian story incorporates the audience's imagination to reinforce the universal importance of telling the truth. Desperate for a son, lonely puppeteer Gepetto crafts a wooden boy. Pinocchio, however, is not content with his stilted life, so after making a promise to his father, he heads off to school, believing that's the key to becoming a real boy. Along the way, Pinocchio is easily sidetracked by diversions that he hopes will result in more money, friends and fun. Though he gets tricked out of his only possessions, Pinocchio eventually overcomes his scheming foes with the help of a clever cricket and a helpful fairy.
Craving a delicious gourmet meal, but also want to deal with those pesky emotional scars? Then Psyche on Vine is the place for you! It's the only restaurant of its kind where waiters are trained counselors, psychologists, and life coaches. Why spend an hour in a bleak doctor's office when you can sit back and relax as our caring staff of servers caters to your every culinary and psychological need? At Psyche on Vine, the only thing that's crazy is how much we care about customer service.
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.
Fun (and appropriate) for everyone from 2 to 200 years old, The Really Awesome Improv Show features improv games that rely on audience suggestions and participation. Because there's a rotating cast, audiences see different performers and games each week.
A beloved fairy tale and Academy Award-winning movie, The Red Shoes has seduced audiences and inspired generations of dancers with its tale of obsession, possession, and one girl's dream to be the greatest dancer in the world. Victoria Page lives to dance, but her ambitions become a battleground between the two men who inspire her passion. Tony Award-winning choreographer Matthew Bourne is the guiding force behind this magical new adaptation of The Red Shoes.
Richard II Richard has been king his entire life. Now, his cousin Henry Bolingbroke is seeking Richard's crown, England is in turmoil, and all his subjects seem to be siding with Bolingbroke. Faced with losing everything that defined him, Richard must finally learn what it means to be a human being and not just a king.
Henry IV Henry Bolingbroke has been king eight years, and still finds himself haunted by the death of Richard. His nobles have begun a rebellion, led by the young and fiery warrior Henry "Hotspur" Percy. Moreover, his own son Hal has run away and taken up with the drunken thief Sir John Falstaff. As the rebellion intensifies, Hal must choose whether to abandon his royal duties in favor of the affection and friendship he's found with Falstaff, or to abandon his friends and embrace his destiny as the future Henry V.
Billy Hayes recounts the true story of his arrest in 1970 at the Istanbul Airport with two kilos of hashish taped to his body, his time in Turkish prisons, and his brazen, harrowing escape from Imrali Island prison in the dead of night. It's an epic journey of self-discovery: a cautionary yet uplifting tale of desperation, determination, and personal transformation. If you've seen the movie, you might think you know Billy's story. But you probably don't.
Billy Hayes recounts the true story of his arrest in 1970 at the Istanbul Airport with two kilos of hashish taped to his body, his time in Turkish prisons, and his brazen, harrowing escape from Imrali Island prison in the dead of night. It's an epic journey of self-discovery: a cautionary, yet uplifting tale of desperation, determination and personal transformation. If you've seen the movie, you might think you know Billy's story. But you probably don't.
Limited 3-performance engagement following smash-hit West End and off-Broadway runs.
This faithful adaptation of the classic Dahl story pits a young boy against child-hating witches who are holding a conference at an English seaside hotel. During their struggle, the boy is turned into a mouse, but with the help of his loving grandmother, he manages to spoil the witches' evil plot, saving the rest of the world's children from suffering the same fate!
Scot Nery's Boobie Trap is an acclaimed variety show that features big names in cirque, variety, comedy, magic, and music. In it's second year of weekly shows, Scot Nery presents a hilarious cirque, magical, musical party-show like nothing you've seen before. See great comedy, stunning circus arts, jaw dropping magic and, just maybe, a guy spinning a cheeseburger atop an umbrella. Accompanied the national sensation Fire Leopard house band, this is good stuff!
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.
Seussical the Musical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza!
Tony winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including The Cat in the Hat; Horton, the elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing the Whos, vowing to protect them from naysayers and dangers; the irresponsible and lazy Mayzie; the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz; and Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many "thinks." These colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.
Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community are challenged and emerge triumphant. Seussical the Musical is fun for the whole family!
Highly acclaimed and very Interactive Murder Mystery Dinner at various restaurants throughout Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. This evening of intrigue, suspense, laughter, and murder includes a 3 course gourmet dinner with salad, choice of entree and dessert. Guests may be implicated in the crime. Audience has the opportunity to solve the mystery and win a prize.
Why do we know more about Kim Kardashian than Abigail Adams? Amy Simon knew something needed to be done when her 10-year-old daughter came home from school stating she was planning on doing her women's history project on Janet Jackson. Combining theater, history, multimedia, audience interaction, and good old-fashioned storytelling, She's History! brings to life the true tales of fabulous females then and now.
The writer, performer, and cultural "herstorian" spent years researching diaries, letters, publications, and biographies and created this unique "herstorical" edutaining theatrical presentation. Going back and forth from the past to the present, this Mom On A Mission poignantly finds the funny as she chronicles the struggles and accomplishments of our unheralded, unknown, and forgotten heroines whose courage and strength inspire her as she raises two daughters.
Shout Sister Shout! is a musical about the life and music of legendary gospel singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe, whose hits include "Down by the Riverside," "This Train," and "Strange Things Happen Every Day." Tharpe, known as The Godmother of Rock 'n' Roll, was a trailblazer in the history of American music and influenced some of the greatest rock 'n' roll and R&B singers of all time, including Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Little Richard, Bob Dylan, Tina Turner, and Johnny Cash. Shout Sister Shout! was created and directed by Randy Johnson, who wrote and directed the Broadway hit A Night With Janis Joplin. Its book is by Cheryl West (Play On!).
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.
Hilariously provocative, what begins as a contemporary play slowly becomes a play with music set 150 years in the future in this seductive world premiere by Tony Award winner David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly). A beloved East-meets-West musical, China's 21st-century rise, and a theater company gala collide to make mayhem — and some beautiful music. Inspired by the West's often ridiculously inauthentic portrayals of Asia, Soft Power is the first collaboration between two of America's great theater artists: Hwang and Tony-winning composer Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home).
With 10 Tony Award nominations (including best musical) this hilarious musical comedy tells the story of brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom, two playwrights stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star Will Shakespeare. When a soothsayer foretells that the next big thing in theater involves singing, dancing, and acting at the same time, the Bottom brothers set out to write the world's very first musical.
From Follies and Into the Woods to A Little Night Music and Sweeney Todd, Stephen Sondheim's umpteen Broadway masterpieces assure him a permanent spot in the top tier of American musical creators. Sondheim on Sondheim is a musical revue-style journey through Sondheim's extraordinary life and career.
Spamilton, the acclaimed parody of Broadway smash Hamilton, was created by Gerard Alessandrini, the mastermind behind Forbidden Broadway. With a cast of five, Spamilton celebrates, roasts, and eviscerates the Broadway blockbuster. In addition to Alessandrini, the creative team includes Gerry McIntyre (choreography), Dustin Cross (costume design), Fred Barton (musical director), and Richard Danley and Fred Barton (musical arrangements).
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.
While there are plenty of entertainment venues in SoCal for children and families, there are very few for just grown ups. Teatro Martini is a new, edgy, fun, interactive experience for grown-ups that merges upscale dining with spicy, but not too spicy, entertainment for couples and groups. Grown-ups love the spicy non-stop comedy, fun interactive experience and fantastic dining. Acrobatics, world class magic, great singing and dancing for the demanding Southern California entertainment marketplace were also added. The food is grown-up gourmet, too, served in a cozy, dinner cabaret environment for just 200 people.
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.
Embark on a campy musical voyage led by Celine Dion impressionist Marla Mindelle as she recounts her version of the tale of the Titanic. This quick-witted theatrical company of beloved Broadway, TV, and social-media stars somehow manages to turn one of the greatest tragedies of modern times into a side-splitting, ridiculous romp. Backed by a live band and thrilling music arrangements, this uniquely immersive experience will take you down memory lane with all of your favorite Celine hits. Three Clubs also provide "Drunken Theater" libations and light bites right at your seat throughout the show.
Tomorrow's Voice, a new, contemporary eight-person vocal group, is performing six benefit concerts to promote and inspire peace, compassion, and social responsibility. We will be performing music by Colbie Caillat, Rachel Platten, Carrie Underwood, Fleetwood Mac, Simple Plan, and many others in six concert-style performances. We have created new and exciting arrangements of several songs including a doo-wop version of Jessie J's "Price Tag," a rap version of Jewel's "Hands," and a mash-up of Swedish House Mafia's "Save the World" and Nickelback's "If Today Was Your Last Day."
All proceeds from these performances will be donated to The PeaceJam Foundation, an international organization whose mission is to create young leaders committed to positive change in themselves, their communities, and the world through the inspiration of Nobel Peace Laureates who pass on the spirit, skills, and wisdom they embody.
In Transmission, Trinity is on a mission to love and accept herself. The only problem is that she has a penis, and everyone thinks she's a boy. Aided by her Tranny Godmother Madonna, her alter ego LaJina Jones, Punany Poet, and her secret lover codenamed "James Franco," Trinity comes to accept her transgender reality and is faced with a choice: Live free or die. Taking a ride on the trans train unmasks a universal commonality: Each of us is struggling to transition from a life of self-doubt and condemnation to one of internal happiness and peace.
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.
We close the summer with the songs and scores of Universal Studios, from the early days of "The Bride of Frankenstein" and "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" to "E.T.," "Jaws," and more!
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.
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.
Take the edge off your week with a bracing tonic of laughter and lunacy! Highlights in this evening of interwoven one-acts and sketches include a liberal journalist working for a right-wing news program, an octogenarian stressing about the future of the planet, high-level government leakers in love, and a dry cleaner who might be our next president. What do they all have in common? Each is stuck in this strange new post-election world we live in.
Powerful and poignant, heartfelt and humorous, it's a special one-night-only engagement of film, television, and stage personality Stogie Kenyatta's NAACP award-winning solo show about African-American artist and 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/bebop 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.
In 1995, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, the architect of the Oslo Accords, was assassinated. Acclaimed Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai blends the words of Rabin's widow, Leah, with live music and projections as a theatrical counterpoint to his 2015 investigative film Rabin, the Last Day. Seated at either end of a table, two actresses (Einat Weizman and Sarah Adler) read from Leah's memoirs. Together, they travel back through time to explore the violence that led to Rabin's assassination, traumatizing a country and sending shockwaves around the world. Premiered at the Festival d'Avignon last summer and coming to the Ford directly from the acclaimed Lincoln Center Festival, the piece exists between elegy and lullaby, "reconstructing the past and renewing the conscience of humanity." - Inferno Magazine