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A defining moment. Something as momentous as a rape, a beating, a murder. Or as seemingly innocuous as the time your beloved first grade music teacher told you, "You're a great kid, but you'll never be a singer, that's for sure!"
- Oklahoma City. The Watts Riots. The assassination of Archduke Ferdinand. The eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Moments that changed the course of history. And what are the defining moments of a single life? Are they any less significant?
Baltimore is a ShortBurst® Theatre Collaboration in which professional artists, tyro performers and members of the community have created a sometimes tantalizing, sometimes terrifying look at one particular Defining Moment, comparing a troubled Baltimore with a troubled Los Angeles, the prejudice prevalent in both, and how this one moment in time evoked the personal memories of each ensemble member and how those memories affected the course of their lives. One encore performance only.
Internationally praised Brazilian author and director Christiane Jatahy expertly negotiates the boundaries between cinema and theater while exploring the reality of Brazil's current society in her award winning work Julia, an adaptation of the classic August Strindberg work Miss Julie. With a contemporary lens, Jatahy integrates film technique on stage, to break down boundaries between past and present, actor and character, and reality and fiction to create unusual encounters between actor and audience.
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.
Come and see one of L.A.'s longest running long-form improvisation shows! Watch as the Groundlings Players begin with three suggestions from the crowd, and then proceed to weave the stories together, travelling back and forth through time, playing different characters in many different situations. AND, they keep it up for an uncanny 40 minutes straight. AND, after a brief intermission, they come back and do it all over again with three new suggestions!
In this re-envisioned telling of Echoes by N Richard Nash, Sam and Tilda know the only way to fill the blank spaces in their memories is to play make-believe. They strive to create a world for themselves full of fun & love while trying to trigger each other into remember their true lives outside of the padded cells they call home. Noisy Nest invites you to be bold, think with your heart and feel with your mind.
Blending poetry, song and humor, Ella Turenne unlocks the history of "locs" experienced by Black women, revealing mishaps and triumphs. Through the eyes of 21 different characters, including a 5th grade bully and Madam CJ Walker, she exposes the hair connection - to politics, identity and culture, illustrating why hair is an intimate and essential part of Black life. Ella Turenne's World Premiere production weaves together stories of struggles with identity and beauty. From rituals that Black women hold in relation with their hair, to Ella's experience as an American woman with strong ties to her Haitian culture.
A provocative & seductive night of music and dance. The longest running hit & critically acclaimed musical returns!
In this original performance work by Shelby Brage [Experimental Bitch Presents], the audience is immersed within the turbulent world of mid-life sex offender Alan. Set in the dark corners of sunny LA, the characters and the audience find their conceptions of normalcy violently destabilized. Touching poignantly - and painfully - on dilemmas of sexuality, mental health, attachment, and familial love, this piece upends notions of sanity with moving flair.
A consummate raconteur and undisputed triple threat, Orson Bean has become a familiar name in entertainment to families all over the country, for decades. His "up close and personal" story gives audiences not only a look into the heart of this multi-awarded entertainer, but into a generation that created the foundation for Broadway and Hollywood as it is today.
On October 3, 1995, tensions ran high across Los Angeles as people awaited the verdict in the O.J. Simpson murder trial. Twenty years to the day, David McMillan's new play returns to the scene with a passionate, multi-racial perspective on that crucial day. As the play's characters patronize the Perfect Fit Cleaners and neighboring businesses, a volatile discussion about race and social class bubbles to the surface, one that is more relevant than ever.
The world's most influential theater ensemble premieres their version of Harold Pinter's The Room, the first play by one of the most important playwrights of a generation. Directed by Elizabeth LeCompte, the compelling theatrical experience builds on the Group's goal to create "a theater that encompasses all forms of the arts and has an architecture that isn't located in a naturalistic place: a theater which integrates music, dance and text into the final art form without privileging one over the other." They approach Pinter's 1957 play through a range of comedic forms, including American vaudeville and comic routines (duos like Abbott and Costello or the Smothers Brothers), and the ancient form "cross talk" or xiansheng, a two-person comedy style popular in China since the Qing Dynasty.