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An Accident follows the story of a woman who is struck by a car, leaving her severely injured and with little memory of her past. Her sole visitor is the man who hit her. Critically acclaimed, this powerful drama explores how small decisions can change the course of a life and how the body and mind heal in unexpected ways.
As rich in imagery as it is unsettling in tone, afterlife: a ghost story explores the fragility of the human psyche and the lingering effects of great loss framed by a chilling tale. An impending storm forces troubled couple, Connor and Danielle, to return to their beachfront home for the first time since they lost their son. While they reluctantly attempt to secure their house and also try to pick up the pieces of their fractured lives, they are welcomed by dead fishes littering the shore, enormous black birds that appear to be waiting and watching, and a familiar voice whispering from the waves…calling to them. When the storm hits sooner than expected, they are thrust into another dimension, where they must confront their tragedy and learn how to cope with the pain of remembering before they are swept away forever. This hauntingly beautiful play asks the question: What do you do when the hardest part of living is remembering?
As rich in imagery as it is unsettling in tone, afterlife: a ghost story explores the fragility of the human psyche and the lingering effects of great loss framed by a chilling tale. An impending storm forces troubled couple Connor and Danielle to return to their beachfront home for the first time since they lost their son. While they reluctantly attempt to secure their house and also try to pick up the pieces of their fractured lives, they are welcomed by dead fishes littering the shore, enormous black birds that appear to be waiting and watching, and a familiar voice whispering from the waves…calling to them. When the storm hits sooner than expected, they are thrust into another dimension where they must confront their tragedy and learn how to cope with the pain of remembering before they are swept away forever. This hauntingly beautiful play asks the question: What do you do when hardest part of living is remembering?
Neil LaBute's first published work, Bash, is the story of ordinary people hiding a monstrous secret. This trio of unforgettable personal accounts resulted in LaBute's excommunication from the Mormon Church. In "iphigenia in orem," a Utah businessman confides in a stranger in a hotel room, confessing a most chilling crime.
In "a gaggle of saints," a young Mormon couple separately recounts the violent events of an anniversary weekend in New York City.
In "medea redux," a woman tells of her complex and ultimately tragic relationship with her junior high school English teacher.
Is it a boy…or is it a girl? It is definitely a Como-ette in the 1957 world of The Perry Como Show live television and what it is like for a 10-year-old. This child has taken the reins and travels into Manhattan three times a week to take her voice, personality, drama, and dance classes…all the while auditioning for everything possible. Her mother, of course, was a Rockette and still wants her 15 seconds of fame…if only through her daughter. At the age of 11, the little star gets ill and struggles with the complications and drugs of the time. There is a secret desire lurking deep in this little banana-curled, crinoline-skirted starlet and that is to be…what else…a BOY. And it's all told through comedy, tap dance, and mime. FREE for one night only!
Lynchburg, Virginia. The former site of a thriving cotton mill is now an impoverished neighborhood. Deeply affected by all of the recent killings of young black men like himself, Ruffrino, a 14-year-old "militant," incites riots at school and online. More and more at odds with his mother and grandfather, the boys' anger grows beyond containment, while the family home literally sinks into the cotton field, and no one seems to notice but him.
A deliciously dark, relentlessly brutal, and fiercely funny look at love everlasting. Military captain Edgar and his wife Alice, a former actress, live a bitter life on an isolated island, their marriage soured by hatred. As their 25th anniversary approaches, the two face off in a fierce battle of wills. When Alice's cousin, Kurt, arrives, he is quickly ensnared in the couple's wicked game. A new version of August Strindberg's biting black comedy by celebrated Irish playwright Conor McPherson.
Haunting and humorous, Daytona is a play with two love stories at its heart. Joe and Elli were childhood friends who survived the Holocaust. They found each other after the war and have been married almost 50 years and living in New York. The couple created a comfortable world for themselves to forget the past…until the day an unexpected visitor arrives, fracturing the relationship that took a lifetime to build. How do we forgive ourselves, and others, and live with the parts of our past that are better forgotten?
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!
Just back from Edinburgh, where it played to standing-room-only audiences, The 730 Review hails it as "an extraordinary exploration into the world from a female perspective. An outspoken and unashamedly feminist production, portraying a female perspective on issues with a sharp, brutal honesty. From bereaved families to broken relationships, The Emotional Immune System explores moments of intense emotion, whether they be sorrow, anger, joy or anything in between. [Mary Ann] Pianka's writing crafts every monologue with a rhythmic beauty, with luscious, flowing language conveying each emotion with intricate nuance, proving deeply human and recognisable. It packs the punch of a big-hitting, established professional production."
Free for one night only as part of the Binge FREE Festival of Theatre — your new BFF — the second annual Santa Monica Fringe Festival.
Dually inspired by Calderón's Spanish Golden Age drama The Physician of His Own Honor and the 1990 documentary Paris Is Burning, which detailed New York's then-underground drag queen "ball culture," this fierce and funny new play by Boni B. Alvarez is set in the heart of LA's historic Filipinotown. Miracles Malcañang is a ladyboy masseuse who "walks" for Filipinotown's infamous House of Malacañang. When Miracles's forbidden love affair sparks tensions between the city's hottest political family, two families must come together to understand the power of desire, identity, and honor.
Samm-Art Williams's brilliantly inventive, lyrically expressive play was first produced to great acclaim by the Negro Ensemble Company. Cephus Miles is an orphan who leaves his family's farm in North Carolina to seek refuge and prosperity in the North. Three actors portray more than 25 characters over the course of Cephus's epic journey from adolescence to adulthood as he struggles to stay true to himself amid a rapidly changing and turbulent America. Spanning the 1950s through the Vietnam War and Civil Rights eras, hurdles and setbacks continuously obstruct his road to happiness. But Cephus perseveres and always manages to remain upbeat. In the end, when he finally learns to love himself, Cephus is able to accept the bounty and riches that have been given to him. After all, there's no place like home.
The House on Mango Street centers around the life of young Latina Esperanza Cordero, as she undergoes her personal journey into adulthood. As she matures, Esperanza encounters the harsh realities of puberty as well the hardships witnessed in her family and her Mango Street neighborhood. Despite all she witnesses and endures, Esperanza seeks hope and persists toward a better future.
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.
Paul Linke, best known for his role as Officer Arthur "Artie" Grossman in CHiPs and his acclaimed play and HBO special Time Flies When You're Alive, takes you on a journey about the enormity of life, the power of love, and the importance of acknowledging all those who have helped along the way. In 60 minutes, Paul will have you laughing, crying, clutching the hand of your loved one, and longing to reach for the phone to make amends. It's Time is free as part of the BFF Binge Free Festival of Theatre — the second annual Santa Monica Fringe Festival, offering over 40 plays, workshops and family-oriented events, October 16-29, all FREE, thanks to generous grants from the City of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Arts Commission, Pearl and Bill Bordy, the Cotkin Family and Playhouse PALS.
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.
Mercurial Chilean playwright and director Guillermo Calderón, who is described as "an authentic genius of the theater" by the New Yorker, confronts urgent questions about the complex relationship between artists, truth, and reality in this new work having its U.S. premiere at REDCAT. In Mateluna, a perceived act of injustice raises questions about how artistic activity relates to political violence, and what guilt and justice might mean in a post-Pinochet era. While creating his acclaimed production Escuela, Calderón consulted closely with Jorge Mateluna — a former guerrillero in the Chilean FPMR, who spent 14 years in jail for his activities. During the run of those performances, Mateluna was jailed again and is serving 16 years for his alleged participation in a bank robbery that he says he had nothing to do with. The Supreme Court is being urged to determine if he is a political prisoner.
Ayushi and Grace have just met. Both are pastor's wives from the Midwest. Both are being held captive, locked in the basement pantry of a serial cannibal. But today, food isn't the only thing on his mind. If Ayushi and Grace are to survive, they must win a series of mind games with their captor — a man with a peculiar, and frightening, dogma all his own.
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.
After three sold-out, award-winning runs in international Fringe Festivals (NYC, Edinburgh, and Chicago), a critically acclaimed off-Broadway run, and a featured performance at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska, Valerie Hager's autobiographical solo play about her years stripping in the Alaskan frontier will open at Bootleg Theater. This is the first time Valerie will perform her story in the very city where her life as a stripper violently collapsed.
Naked In Alaska follows Valerie, a latchkey teenager with a meth addiction as she fights to break through into her own coming-of-age story. When her new start spirals out of control shortly after becoming sober, she runs to her childhood best friend Raven for help. An evening that begins at a strip club to make some easy cash turns into a 10-year career that tests the limits of friendship and her will to survive. Told with a rockin' '90s playlist, live pole dancing, and over a dozen characters.
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.
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.
Two new plays offer radically different takes on the search for redemption when IAMA Theatre Co. opens its 10th season with two company member-written world premieres.
In the fast-paced, edgy sci-fi comedy Sinner's Laundry, the residents of Newport Women's Correctional Facility have all mysteriously vanished. Jess and Sam are the only two inmates who remain — and they are locked in Rec Room No. 4 with nothing but some crappy board games and their imaginations. Waiting for Godot meets Orange Is the New Black meets the book of Revelations as they navigate their way towards salvation in this funny, poignant exploration of the power of redemption and the divinity within us all.
Meanwhile, engines and heart rates explode on a journey towards redemption in the haunting and provocative Redline. A father's moment of road rage along a frigid eastern Sierra highway shattered his relationship with his family forever and the ripples through the years.
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.
Rubicon Theatre launches the company's 20th anniversary season with Taking Sides, a provocative and gripping drama based on the true story of German conductor and composer (and accused Nazi sympathizer) Wilhelm Furtwängler. Written by Academy Award winner Sir Ronald Harwood (The Pianist) and directed by Ovation Award winner Stephanie Coltrin, the play explores the terrible collision between art, power, politics, and personal responsibility. Harwood's dramatization of the investigation into Furtwängler (Peter Van Norden) is set in 1946 in the American Zone of occupied Berlin. Major Steve Arnold (Patrick Vest) interrogates Furtwängler following the war in preparation for his de-Nazification tribunal. Why did Furtwängler remain in Germany while many of his colleagues fled out of protest or because of persecution? Did he naively believe that art was above politics? Did he allow himself to be manipulated by the Nazi propaganda machine? Or was he, in fact, a collaborator?
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.
A deep, painful, joyful story about one extended California family with roots in different parts of the world, who make their home on the same plot of Southern California land over 150 years. Los Angeles native and Mexican-American playwright Evangeline Ordaz crafts a rich and complex web of diverse characters from Los Angeles's Latino, African-American, Anglo, and Native American communities who coexist as if time were a wheel that constantly doubles back on itself. Through triumph and despair, these families discover how deeply they are rooted in the dreams of their ancestors and the land on which they stand. Directed by Company of Angels artistic director Armando Molina, This Land debuts at Company of Angels, Los Angeles's oldest professional theater.
Time Alone traces parallel journeys: that a young man convicted of killing a gang rival and that of a woman whose son, a police officer, is murdered in the line of duty. Both end up in places of extreme loneliness: a solitary confinement prison cell and the silent house of the bereaved. As time itself seems to unravel, their tales both contrast and mirror each other, providing answers to each other's questions — until they find new doors to life. This premiere production, directed by Alessandro Camon (Academy Award nominee for The Messenger) stars Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins (Jelly's Last Jam) and Alex Hernandez (Peter and the Starcatcher)
Billy, the only deaf child in a family that could hear, was raised inside the family's fiercely idiosyncratic and politically incorrect cocoon. Though his family attempts to raise him like a normal child — training him to read lips instead of learning sign language — Billy adapts brilliantly to his family's unconventional ways without truly feeling what it's like to be heard. It's not until Billy meets Sylvia, a young woman on the brink of deafness, that he is finally introduced to the deaf community that his family sheltered him from his entire life. As Billy tries to find his identity among his true family, his interactions with the deaf community reveal that they are the ones who truly understand how important it is for him to be understood.
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.
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.
An immersive theatre event staged in and around Mountain View Mausoleum and cemetery! Wicked Lit has sold out every performance since 2013.
Don't miss all new adaptations staged in, around, and throughout the grounds:
Ambrose Bierce's The Damned Thing Adapted by Jeff G. Rack, directed by Sebastian Munoz
Thoth's Labyrinth Adapted by Jonathan Josephson, directed by Darin Anthony Inspired by the Egyptian legend The Book of Thoth
Margaret Oliphant's The Open Door Adapted by Kirsten Brandt, directed by Paul Millet
The frame for Wicked Lit 2017: Liliom By Kerry Kazmierowicztrimm, directed by James Castle Stevens Inspired by the play of the same name by Ferenc Molnár (pre-show and interval performances)