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The newest play by Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan (All the Way) was written in direct response to the immigration policies of the Trump administration and is an urgent call to action. In the very near future, the Trump administration has carried out his campaign promise to round up and detain millions of immigrants. As a writer interviews the former supervisor of a private prison, it becomes clear how federal policy has escalated to a terrifying, seemingly inconceivable, yet inevitable conclusion. The Fountain premiere is the first in a series of productions set to take place at theaters across the U.S. as part of a National New Play Network rolling world premiere.
Filled to the brim with painful secrets and desperate longings, Tennessee Williams' masterwork is the story of a family breaking down. With iconic roles and beautiful poetry, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a sexy, smoldering descent into a world choking on mendacity.
It was time to speak up. When LAUSD teacher and playwright Alan Aymie was given his second pink slip from the school district that he had worked in for a decade and was later "graded" by the Los Angeles Times, he decided it was time to provide a voice for the teaching professional. While painting a dynamic and powerful portrait of the daily challenges teachers face in L.A., Aymie also takes a poignant look at his own experience trying to teach his son, who was recently diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome. A dramatic response to the Los Angeles Times' value-added teacher ratings, A Child Left Behind is about a teacher trying to be an effective educator while parenting a special-needs child and learning what it takes to be taught.
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?
Set during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Fairly Traceable follows the journeys of a young Ponca man and a Chitimacha woman as they juggle personal and career ambitions with advocacy for the environment and the people they love. In this romantic dramedy, award-winning Cherokee playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle reveals the culpability of corporate polluters and climate change deniers in environmental disasters.
Note: This show is recommended for ages 13 and up.
A bride. A groom. A maid of honor (who just happens to be the bride's ex-lover). What could possibly go wrong? When the road to normal is getting you nowhere, maybe it's time to take a detour. Bisexual, gay, straight, spiritual, atheist — all need apply because Wendy Michaels' God and Sex has something for everyone.
The Elephant Theatre Company presents Robert Austin Rossi's heartfelt world premiere drama God's Waiting Room, where prejudices collide with the past and present in issues of sexuality, religion, intolerance, and love. Renowned Los Angeles theater director David Fofi directs this award-winning cast. L.A. stage veteran Kathleen Garrett stars along with Jeremy Glazer, Mark Adair-Rios, Randy Vasquez, and Charlie Pacello.
Master pianist and storyteller Hershey Felder embodies the life and music of beloved Russian master composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky.
During the Playwrights' Arena production of The Hotel Play, audience members join the class of 1992 for the class' 25th high school reunion. In Act 1, the audience travels through six different hotel rooms and watches as estranged classmates reconnect. Memories begin to surface of the year they graduated — the year of the Rodney King riots — and in Act 2, the classmates come together by the hotel pool, where each of their stories, past and present, is revealed. The new piece looks back on a part of Los Angeles' tumultuous history while simultaneously showing the progress that still needs to be made in the present. It is a play that is as diverse as L.A., with characters who differ in race, sexual orientation, gender identity, and physical ability.
You say you want a revolution? The story of this country's struggle for independence is told with a fresh slant and theatrical inventiveness. As Thomas Jefferson struggles to find the right words to frame a nation, a young Quaker must weigh his desire to participate in the struggle against his pacifist beliefs.
Gregory Harrison stars as Thomas Jefferson in a gripping, powerful, and timely play by internationally acclaimed playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker (Our Country's Good) that brings a fresh slant and theatrical inventiveness to the story of the American Revolution. Martin Jarvis, OBE directs five performances of Wertenbaker's stirring, action-packed tale about the elusive nature of freedom that was a smash hit at England's Watford Palace Theatre. Each of the five performances at UCLA's state-of-the-art James Bridges Theater will be recorded live in front of an audience for future radio broadcast, distribution on CD, digital download and online streaming.
Tracy is in her prison cell telling her roommate Angel her life story of how she endured abuse as child from her mom and her moms boyfriend and the mistakes she made that guided her down a path of destruction that lead to a life sentence. Tracy lived in shelters with her abusive mom Mildred until she was 7 years old. Mildred meets an older man named James at a bar and moves in with him after dating for one month. James keeps Mildred intoxicated and torments Tracy physically until she reaches puberty. Tracy meets a guy named Tayvon at age 17 and becomes pregnant with his child. She doesn't want the baby, but he convinces her to keep it. They have a daughter named Treasure, but their relationship deteriorates leaving Tracy to raise a kid she didn't want. Tracy takes her frustration out on Treasure punishing her severely causing her untimely death which lands Tracy in prison.
The gut-wrenching devastation of Lear encompasses more than one man's trajectory through power and hubris; it is an affecting, unflinching chronicle of a family as that family disintegrates around the mental illness of its patriarch. To add a deeply personal dimension to Shakespeare's themes of madness, frailty, and love, this production is set in a memory care facility. The show invites you to experience, in the midst of tragedy, the healing and transcendent nature of great art.
Nicky Silver's dark comedy of passions explores the intertwining of five lives as they learn the difference between needing someone and loving them.
Mary Swanson just moved to Middletown, eager to start a family and enjoy the neighborly bonds a small town promises. When she befriends resident John Dodge, she quickly discovers that below Middletown's flinchingly honest exterior lies something much more complex. Middletown is a wry, human portrait of a town with two lives — one ordinary and visible, the other epic and mysterious.
This hilarious sketch comedy show is the apex ultimate grand mega-supreme! It stars A.J. Achinger, William-Patrick Coleman, Alex Dominguez, Chevonne Hughes, Trey Martin, Carly Oros, Mike Shoukry, and Jen Starr. Amanda Blake Davis directs; musical direction is by Scott Passarella.
Of Mice and Men — John Steinbeck's immortal tale of two migrant field workers looking for work on the California coast during the Great Depression — the intelligent but frustrated George, and Lennie, a sweet, strong man with a mental disability and a knack for getting into trouble. As they continue to chase the American dream of settling down on their own piece of land, the unlikely pair soon comes across other characters who share in their desperate search for companionship and something greater out of life.
Not Man Apart Physical Theatre Ensemble, in association with Greenway Arts Alliance, presents a movement adaptation of John Milton's epic poem Paradise Lost. The innovative vision, adapted by NMA co-artistic director Jones (Welsh) Talmadge and codirected with NMA co-artistic director Laura Covelli, blends dance, acrobatics, dynamic partnering, and NMA's unique brand of physical storytelling in an original version of this iconic tale of Adam and Eve's temptation and the war in heaven.
Paradise Lost: Reclaiming Destiny features bodies flying across the stage on harness and chains, augmented by the stunning and unique live digital animation effects of J-Walt Adamczyk and video installation artist Hannah Beavers. While the performance ensemble battles as angels and demons, powerful visual images of the creation of the universe and the Garden of Eden are projected onstage to weave an emotional tale surrounded by evocative original music and costumes.
Honor! Madness! Blood! Obie Award winner Jo Bonney directs the world premiere of an edgy, intense, and darkly comic new play by John Pollono. Amy Brenneman (The Leftovers), Jamie Harris (AMC's Turn), and Josh Helman (Mad Max: Fury Road) head the cast of this highly dramatic and very funny play set in 1855 Boston, where the local citizenry mingle, love, and fight with regularity. When Nathaniel "Wings" Leeds is challenged to a duel by the most dangerous man in the city, he asks his estranged brother to be his second. Deep family tensions and old rivalries resurface as the brothers struggle to follow the hundreds-of-years-old "code of dueling."
Playwright Sharr White conjures an American family at the end of an era. On November 1, 1917, the newly widowed Elizabeth Gaesling (Melissa Chalsma) gathers her family together for a final shooting party before her charismatic eldest son heads off to war. By the next morning, the champagne's all gone, the secrets are all out, and their world will never be the same.
Academy Award winning writer (Birdman) and Broadway playwright (On Your Feet!) Alexander Dinelaris examines the causal link between ethics and success, life and death, art and redemption. How do we endure loss and rediscover the will to make something of our lives? Living at an emotional crossroads, with her career on the rise, celebrated photographer Carrie Ann scrambles to reconnect with her passion for the work. An unexpected inspiration arrives in the form of a trend analyst who becomes determined to help her move forward, even while facing his own uncertain future.
Kennedy, Khrushchev and the brink of WWIII. October 1962. As Soviet nuclear missiles move ever closer to Cuba, President John F. Kennedy draws on intimate exchanges with his brother Robert and meetings with an inner circle of advisers to face down the Kremlin and prevent global holocaust.
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.