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Today Latinos are the majority in California but back in 1964 that was not the case! Nine year old Junior's "Old World" Mexican dad drove his 57 Chevy and picked up his family from Mexico moving them to diverse South Central and then to the eerily homogenous San Fernando Valley. Ric Salinas performs this hilarious one-man play written by Emmy Award winning writer/comedian Cris Franco, which explores the immigrant mis-adventures of "double immigrants" who first moved from their homelands to the U.S. barrios in search of opportunity – then moved on up into the suburbs in search of color TV and the middle-class American dream. Take that Trump!
James Lecesne portrays every character in this play of a small Jersey shore town as they unravel the story of Leonard Pelkey, a tenaciously optimistic and flamboyant 14-year-old boy who goes missing. A luminous force of nature whose magic is only truly felt once he disappears, Leonard becomes the unexpected inspiration for a town as they question how they live, whom they love, and what they leave behind.
"And I do believe Jim cared just as much for his people as white folks does for their'n. It didn't seem natural, but I reckon it's so." -Huckleberry Finn
Knapsack stories and songs for our service men and women, including...
The Duke and the Dauphin by Mark Twain
Address Unknown by Kathrine Kressmann Taylor
The Declaration of Independence
Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Dana
The Skylight Room by O.Henry
I Hear America Singing!
This searing and seductive look at values and cultural collisions bursts through the backdrop of Gaudi's beautifully unfinished Sagrada Familia Cathedral. This new play's biting humor uncovers the individual tragedies and triumphs that have the power to build us up as well as tear us down.
A darkly comic tale of Maureen Folan, a plain and lonely woman in her early 40s, and Mag, her manipulative, aging mother, whose interference in Maureen's first and potentially last loving relationship sets in motion a train of events that are as tragically funny as they are horrific. Garry Hynes, who won a Tony Award® for her direction of The Beauty Queen of Leenane on Broadway, revisits this black comedy by Martin McDonagh (The Lieutenant of Inishmore) with the renowned Druid Theatre Company.
Tony Award winning director and Geffen Playhouse alumni John Rando helms this brilliant new family comedy from Pulitzer nominee Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros.
From four time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein, the iconic playwright of the Broadway hits Torch Song Trilogy, La Cage Aux Folles, Newsies and Kinky Boots comes the West Coast Premiere of Casa Valentina, the recipient of four 2014 Tony Award nominations. Directed by nine-time Emmy Award-winner David Lee of NBC's Frasier and director of the acclaimed Pasadena Playhouse productions of Can-Can and Art, this moving and insightful play is nestled in the Catskills in 1962 - land of dirty dancing and borscht belt comedy. But an inconspicuous bungalow colony is more than a place to escape the sweltering summer heat. For a group of heterosexual men it is a place to escape something else entirely: being men.
On the anniversary of the megachurch he himself founded, Pastor Paul feels called to deliver a new message, though he knows it will shake the foundation of everything he has built. No matter your faith, or lack thereof, The Christians — a play with a full, live choir — compels a conversation that attempts to bridge the seemingly insurmountable distance between us. Do you have the courage to change your heart?
"...Sucking-pigs, wreaths of sausages, mince-pies, plum-puddings, barrels of oysters..." Parson's Nose's annual celebration of the English language when we revel in Dickens' own words, the delicious description of Victorian London we skimmed in high school but now can enjoy over a cup of wine or cocoa. "Scrooge lived in a gloomy suite of rooms, in a lowering pile of a building up a yard where it had so little business to be that one could scarcely help fancying it must have run there when it was a young house, playing at hide and seek with other houses, and forgotten the way out again."
Identity, heritage, and passion collide in this riveting exploration of the stories we tell our friends, the secrets we tell our lovers, and the lies we tell ourselves to find our place in the American Dream. Ayad Akhtar's 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning play Disgraced—a potently funny tale of big-city aspiration and cultural assimilation—dares to face the truth hiding just below the deception.
In this hilarious holiday farce, Dean and Joanne want one perfect family Christmas before they retire to Florida but are surprised to find Grandpa Logan dead at the same time their children arrive. Their daughter, Christine arrives home with her Jewish fiancé but is afraid to tell her mother she is converting. Adam, the middle child brings a girl Katie home with him only to seek revenge, and their youngest son arrives with a big bag of grudge. Chaos ensues when the parents attempt to hide Grandpa's recent death by dragging his body from room to room.
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.
"Nothing is funnier than unhappiness" in the absurdist world of Samuel Beckett. Such is the case in Endgame, considered to be his greatest single work. Told with Beckett's signature macabre humor, this "grim joke on the futility of life" (The New York Times) finds four characters somewhere between life and death as they prepare for oblivion.
An epic tale about holding on to who we are and what we love in a country that forces us to fight battles we would not have chosen for ourselves, Father Comes Home From The Wars is a devastatingly beautiful dramatic work filled with music, wit, and great lyricism. Winner of the 2015 Kennedy Center Prize for Drama, this explosively powerful play set throughout the Civil War from Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks reveals the burden of history and its effect on an individual's ability to transform.
With a focus on hope, endurance, and accomplishment, Fly tells the story of the first African-American Army Air Corp fighters known as the Tuskegee Airmen who flew over the skies of Europe and North Africa during World War II. Featuring a cast of eight men, including "Tap Griot," a dancer who uses tap dance steps to set a mood that is part sublimated anger, part empowerment, Fly was hailed by The New York Times as "a superior piece of theatrical synergy." Co-author and director Ricardo Khan is Tony Award-winning co-founder and former artistic director of the Crossroads Theatre Company, known as one of the nation's foremost African-American theater companies. In honor of Black History month, The Pasadena Playhouse and Crossroads Theatre Company's production of Fly dramatizes the historic contributions made by the Tuskegee Airmen to the desegregation of the American military and the furthering of civil rights.
Set in a warped time in maybe-Euope / maybe the Americas, If the Impossible Were Then Possible is the story of a girl, Lenah (Blake Harrisson) who is diagnosed by a witch doctor (Wyatt Bunce) with a misunderstood bacterial infection.
Given instructions to resort to the emotional afflictions of her past in order to cure herself of her illness, Lenah becomes obsessively reflective of her relationship with her deceased father (Johan Stein) and rogue mother (Rachel Amundson).
A Jr. Broadway Interactive Original Show
Spend your holidays in Bedford Falls with George Bailey and his loved ones as they take you through the heartwarming tale of his life. Start by enjoying some holiday cheer with Mr. and Mrs. Martini as they host you at their place, and then get swept away as you watch over George on his journey to understand how much he impacted the world around him. This tale of love and dreams is the perfect way to celebrate the season with your family, and acts as a reminder to us all that no one is a failure who has friends! This show is a special CAC Studios-Creating Arts Company Family Show. It's perfect for ages 5 and up.
A gift of love, hope and faith to the City of the Angels. La Virgen de Guadalupe, Dios Inantzin is the story of an indigenous peasant's vision of the Virgin Mary that has become a theatrical cornerstone at Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral for over a decade. This beautiful pageant play, with music, dance and a universal message of faith, love and perseverance, appeals to many people, regardless of race, language or religion. Join the tens of thousands who have become transfixed by the story of Juan Diego, a peasant from Tepeyac.
You thought your holidays with the family were dramatic? Try these three hilarious, touching and surprisingly personal Christmas stories of holidays past told by acclaimed Latina comedians, Sandra Valls, a Mexican American from Laredo, Texas (Showtime's "Latin Divas of Comedy"), Diana Yanez, a Cuban American from Miami ("Margaret Cho Sensuous Woman Show"), and Maria Russell, the daughter of an over-dedicated Mexican mother and compliant Lithuanian father (TBS' "Deal With It"). As they share their sassy tales of the season as first generation Americans, they'll deck the halls with guacamole! Come see why LatinHeat.com says "You must treat yourself!" to The Latina Christmas Special.
An American masterpiece, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom is an incredibly powerful depiction of rage, racism, and exploitation set in 1927 Chicago during a recording session at a white-owned studio with the legendary singer—inspired by real-life Mother of the Blues Gertrude "Ma" Rainey. Tony Award® winner Phylicia Rashad directs this groundbreaking play from Wilson's celebrated Cycle chronicling the African-American experience of the 20th century.
A minefield of intimacy and identity is set for one modern family when a generational gap between parents and their daughter is blown wide open—extending far beyond culinary tastes and into race, ambiguous sexuality, and faith. Profoundly insightful and funny, The Mystery of Love & Sex offers a contemporary look at romance, relationships and our connections to each other in a world full of tangled and complicated differences.
Lilly and Steven are smart, talented and charming. Their next-door neighbor is not. After moving into a new apartment, they meet the man they now share a wall with — Mark Manners, an aspiring fiction writer and longtime tenant of the building. The couple proceeds to Google-stalk Mark and have a field day mocking his website…until they realize the walls are thin. Did he hear everything they said about him? When they try to resolve the newfound awkwardness, tensions escalate in ways none of them could ever have predicted.
Pulitzer Prize, Tony and Academy Award winner John Patrick Shanley sets this modern romantic comedy in the Irish countryside. Los Angeles audiences will be treated to this heartwarming love story after a successful Broadway engagement.
Professional actor and CSULB faculty member Andrea Caban once again leads student actors from CSULB and local high schools through a process that culminates in an original, authentic, and moving new work this time connecting the audience to voices from throughout the world.
Flash back with all of your favorite holiday special characters and watch your children light up with this fun show that has all your favorite songs and characters. When Santa Claus goes missing Rudolph, Frosty, Kris Kringle and their friends set off to find him before Christmas is lost forever. Along their journey they run into The Grinch, The Bumble and their friends who have decided to put a stop to the entire holiday season until a surprise visit from a superhero and princess saves the day! This show is a Creating Arts Company Original Mini-Musical and is a one hour interactive-cinematic-theatrical-musical experience that is fun for the entire family!
"I must find out from Agnes what I want to know about him, without her knowing that I'm trying to find out from her what she knows about him, and of course, without him knowing what I know about her. Here she comes..."
Old Monsieur Arnolphe is determined to create "the perfect wife", uneducated and devoted. He keeps his orphaned ward, Agnes, completely isolated and uneducated until their marriage. Agnes, however, now of age, has other plans.
The title says it all - or does it - in this provocative new work about two writers approaching love, sex and literature in comically different ways.
MacArthur "Genius Grant" recipient and Pulitzer finalist Sarah Ruhl's new comedy follows former spouses and actors on and off-stage (and script) - helmed by Ovation Award winner and Geffen alumni Bart DeLorenzo.
In Straight White Men, written and directed by Lee and co-commissioned by CTG, Lee offers a traditionally structured take on the classic American father-son drama. Ed and his three adult sons come together to celebrate Christmas. They enjoy cheerful trash-talking, pranks, and takeout Chinese, and find themselves confronting a problem that even being a happy family can't solve: when identity matters, and privilege is problematic, what is the value of being a straight white man?
The West Coast premiere of this musical biography about The Righteous Brothers. The musical duo of Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield galvanized the link between rock and rhythm & blues so convincingly that they spurred the creation of a new term, "blue-eyed soul." The play dives deeply into the struggles these two young white boys had breaking into R&B as well as the amazing relationship these two performers had for more than forty years. Over 20 hits like "Little Latin Lupe Lu," "Justine," "Unchained Melody," and of course the song that inspired the title, "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin.'"
The Twylight Zone is back for an all new evening of spine-tingling, bladder-tickling tales. In To Serve the Eye of the Beholder, aliens have come to Earth for reasons unknown and Mrs. Stuart is determined to find out – that is, after she finally gets her bandages removed. In It's a Good Life, Dummy, a town lives in fear of an 8 year-old boy with special powers and the only citizen who can stop him might just be a ventriloquists dummy. In A Nice Place for an Escape Clause, career criminal Rocky finds himself in a place where he gets everything he wants – for better or worse. But like the TV show itself…each of these pieces is not what it seems.
"You really don't deserve to have such loyal friends, Toad, you really don't!"
An allegorical story of an idyllic England before The Great War. Mole and Ratty and Badger and Toad share adventures along the River Bank in a time of character, loyalty, respect, and kindness.
Created for the stage by R.G. Cantalupo, LACT's Artistic Director, Oz is filled with terrific music, dance, and beautiful costumes which are sure to delight young audiences and parents alike.
Come join Dorothy and Toto, for a rollicking afternoon of fun and inspiration with the Scarecrow, Lion, Tin Man, Glinda, the Wicked Witch, and Oz himself and see this American classic live.
What's on the menu for Meredith, Tori, and Sandy: the three women in Guy's life? Healthy lifestyles, upward mobility, meaningful sex? Or self-loathing and distorted priorities? Award-winning playwright Sheila Callaghan serves up a world premiere on a bed of bawdy language in a gender-bending comedy vinaigrette, inviting everyone—men and women, mothers and sons—to savor this complex recipe of desire and shame.
Experience the Rogue's modern macabre retelling of Carlo Collodi's "The Aventures of Pinocchio." In this world-premiere play for mature audiences, the cricket is killed, Blue haunts us all, and the legendary Dogfish monster preys on our greatest fears in the tumbledown tourist trap amusement park of Shoreside, where a little wooden puppet comes to life at the hands of the wood-maker Geppetto.
Wood Boy Dog Fish is a visual feast that combines masks, highly expressive physical performance, dance, interactive sets, multiple puppetry traditions, projected media, and sophisticated special effects and illusions – including 3D enhancement to recreate a scene inside an old carnival ride. (ChromaDepth® 3D glasses will be available at each performance for a suggested donation.)