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"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!
Leipzig, Germany - 1722. Johann Kuhnau, revered organist of the Thomaskirche, suddenly dies, leaving his post vacant. The town council invites musicians to audition for the coveted position, among them young Johann Sebastian Bach. Imagine Amadeus meets The Three Stooges.
From Obie and Helen Hayes Award winner Robert O'Hara comes a raucous and rollicking new comedy about sibling love and loathing. This Barbecue skewers any ideas we have about the families we think we know.
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.
In this hilarious and poignant Southern California premiere, you are invited on a time-bending odyssey of birth, death, divorce and dinner. When a man meets a young waitress in a local diner, neither of them knows the nearly 80 years of history that will follow. Filled with those little moments that you will recognize from your own life, we dare you not to fall in love with this stunning, big-hearted play that tells the extraordinary story of an ordinary family.
Five-star amenities and family fallout are on the itinerary as Jack races to land a life-changing deal during an Aspen getaway. But wide open spaces offer no place to hide as Jack's family fails to keep the truth and elements at bay. Pulitzer Prize finalist playwright Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros and Tony Award winning director John Rando offer a funny and poignant cautionary tale about the perils of pretense and fragility of family.
Birder follows middle-aged accountant Roger, who, upon discovering a house finch nesting outside his home in Los Feliz, finds himself forced to question his most basic assumptions about what it means to be a father, husband, and breadwinner. But do his avian explorations represent a deep search for meaning, or just a city-dweller's mid-life crisis? This funny, moving world premiere by Jerome Fellow and award-winning playwright Julie Marie Myatt explores the human need for silence, as Roger finds both terror and solace in Los Angeles' unique urban ecology. Birder was Commissioned and Developed by Center Theatre Group.
When a botched circumcision leads to a boy being raised as a girl the consequences are far-reaching - both for doctor and patient.
The City of Conversation, first seen at Lincoln Center, promises to be the talk of the campaign season. Savvy Hester Ferris is the doyenne of Georgetown dinner parties whose influence in liberal politics is legendary. But when her son suddenly turns up with a Reaganite girlfriend and a shocking new conservative world view, Hester must choose between preserving her family and defending her cause.
Comedy of Errors: Two identical twins and their two identical twin servants are separated in a shipwreck. Years later (wearing matching clothing) they all show up in the same town and everyone mistakes them for the other - resulting in arrests and chaos!
Pericles: Is having a resurgence this year across the globe. We don't know why. Maybe because it's about a good guy who is uprooted from his kingdom and tossed across the globe (two shipwrecks) to encounter love, fatherhood, loss, evil queens, goddesses, mermaidsm pirates and finally….home again.
Los Angeles Drama Club is the Country's Youngest Shakespeare Ensemble. Shakespeare in the City is its free program to children in District 10, who are growing up with Shakespeare and theatre. Come see the amazing youth here in Mid City.
Nick Payne's Olivier and Drama League nominated play Constellations comes to Los Angeles following a hit Broadway run. Ben Brantley of The New York Times asks, "Who knew that higher physics could be so sexy, so accessible — and so emotionally devastating?" A play that balances on the question of "what if" is, at its core, a profound picture of "what is."
An American archaeologist is summoned to a dig in Jaffa. The Israelis have found something that could change everything. She's the only one who can tell them what it is. And her mother just died. And there's a lizard in her bathtub. Master storyteller Stacie Chaiken shrewdly weaves layers of ancient and modern fable in this provocative and inspiring underground journey. The DIG invites audiences into a world they think they know, and then peels it open to reveal unexpected possibilities.
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 Electricity, openly gay sex addict Brad hooks up with closeted virgin Gary in a motel room after their 10th high school reunion in 1983. They form an undeniable connection that draws them back to the same motel room once every ten years. As the decades fly by, their lives transform and reflect the changes in society around them from that closeted first night in the 80's to a world where even gay marriage is possible and it's their time to decide. Is their connection over, or is it really just beginning.
"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.
2009 Tony Award-Winner God of Carnage, is a brash and hilarious exploration of human nature that offers a tour de force for four actors. After one 11-year-old is hit by another, their parents meet to find a mature resolution. As the evening wears on, the veneer of civility degenerates. What begins as protective parenting ends as an excuse to let loose the primordial beast buried in each of us.
Playwright Alena Smith (The Affair, The Newsroom) and Geffen Playhouse Artistic Director Randall Arney bring you to Silver Lake on a hot summer night in early November, where four friends (and an agent) navigate filmmaking, fossil-finding and family planning.
The volatile relationship between baseball great Joe DiMaggio and Hollywood super-star Marilyn Monroe is the subject of Joe & Marilyn: A Love Story.
The passion-filled two-character play by Willard Manus offers insight into a famously tragic romance, an unforgettable love story for the ages.
Although their marriage lasted only nine months, DiMaggio and Monroe remained devoted to each other until the latters death in 1962. From that time on, DiMaggio had half a dozen roses delivered three times a week to her Westwood gravesite.
The volatile relationship between baseball great Joe DiMaggio and Hollywood super-star Marilyn Monroe is the subject of Joe & Marilyn: A Love Story. The passion-filled two-character play by Willard Manus offers insight into a famously tragic romance, an unforgettable love story for the ages.
Although their marriage lasted only nine months, DiMaggio and Monroe remained devoted to each other until the latter's death in 1962. From that time on, DiMaggio had half a dozen roses delivered three times a week to her Westwood gravesite.
Recovering alcoholic John Owens was estranged from his family for decades before his son, a Marine, was killed in Afghanistan. Now, six years later, he receives an invitation to meet his widowed daughter-in-law and his grandson for the first time. From the streets of Los Angeles to a cramped apartment in Phoenix, he prepares to face the ghosts of his past. But nothing can prepare him for the people he'll really meet along the way – and their capacity for forgiveness.
Matthew Lopez's (writer of Obie Award-winning play, The Whipping Man) heartwarming tale of an Elvis impersonator who finds that life as a performer can be quite a drag is, indeed, legendary. At this small-time club in the Florida Panhandle, the King may be leaving the building, but the queens have just arrived.
Enter the unsettling world of a 19th Century Parisian clinic where a strange experiment is about to unfold. You could become the next subject of the evening's scientific demonstration. Once the electro-shock therapy begins, there's no telling what will happen next…
Based on the real life obsessions of famed doctor, Duchenne du Boulogne, Lunatics & Actors takes its audience into the peculiar hinterland of emotional authenticity. The Four Clowns of this performance veer wildly from reason to insanity to Hamlet, and things are never far from becoming completely unhinged. Who is really mad after all – the lunatic or the actor?
Winner of multiple Tony Awards including "Best Play" in 1988 and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, M. Butterfly is David Henry Hwang's fictionalized account of an actual French diplomat who carried on an affair with a Peking opera star for twenty years, only to discover she was actually a man. Hwang's compelling drama, which is also inspired by Puccini's Madam Butterfly, explores not only the role illusion plays in perceptions, but questions the ability for one person to truly know another. The New York Times said "Mr. Hwang cracks open a liaison to reveal a sweeping, universal meditation on two of the most heated conflicts - men versus women, East versus West - of this or any other time."
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.
Pulitzer Prize winner and Geffen Playhouse favorite Donald Margulies (The Country House, Coney Island Christmas, Dinner with Friends) tells the dark and surreal story of Max and Lola, a retired couple who are ready to live out their days in a deluxe seaside condo, but find themselves haunted by the lives they've left behind.
On the evening of April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated outside room 306 of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. What happened inside room 306 on the evening of April 3 is the subject of Katori Hall's The Mountaintop. Hours after King's final speech, punctuated by his immortal line, "I've been to the mountaintop," the celebrated reverend reveals his regrets as he and a hotel maid talk into the late hours of what will be his final day.
In this tightly-wound adaptation of Othello, eight actors bring to life Shakespeare's great treatise on the dangers of faith and love. Othello (Evan Lewis Smith), decorated and revered, marries Desdemona (Kalean Ung), the daughter of a local aristocrat. This unexpected pairing dredges up some unpleasant truths about his adopted community and sets in motion a sequence of events that allows Othello to fall prey to the progressively more brutal machinations of Iago (David Melville). This production is a breathless, suspenseful ride.
Othello, in the midst of an identity crisis, examines and rejects his status as a servant of the Venetian State. Hungry for political power, he experiments with the idea of self-identifying as white. Desdemona, a Lolita trapped in a caged bed, is a spoiled brat with a mind of her own and a hunger for fame. She's still deeply in lust for the lover she's lost, while he struggles with racism and white privilege. Egged on by Iago, hovering like a punk-rock bird of prey, and a sassy, transgender Emilia, this is a love story that, just as in Shakespeare, is going to end badly.
Phrazzled is set in the space adjacent to a TV production's writers' room, as their assistants juggle their daily, rote tasks and face the challenge of a blank page as they attempt to create the key that will open the door to that room. Phrazzled looks at life from two different viewpoints, and asks the more universal question: Who is telling the story of your life? And, can they write?
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.
Pandemonium erupts when American actor, Ira Aldridge, arrives at a prestigious English theatre to play Othello. For the eloquent and passionate Aldridge is a black man, something unheard of on London stages in 1833, even in the role of Shakespeares doomed Moor. Red Velvet examines what happens when a courageous few dare to challenge the status quo, how intractable opinions and feelings can be, and how hard it is to bring about change. A play not only about race, it tallies-up the costs of losing battles we dare to fight.
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.
Twelfth Night remains Artistic Director Sheldon Epps' favorite Shakespeare play, in his words, "A perfect mix of comedy, romance, beauty and mystery, and a great way to return to the tradition of the Bard on our stage as The Pasadena Playhouse enters its 100th year." One of Shakespeare's most beloved comedies, Twelfth Night features mistaken identities, gender confusion and separated twins, all obstacles to be overcome on the quest for true love.
Once the longest running Off-Broadway show, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom tells the saga of two fatally seductive vampiresses whose paths first collide in ancient Sodom. Their bitter rivalry as bloodsuckers but more importantly, as actresses, endures for two thousand years with stops along the way in 1920's silent movie Hollywood and contemporary Las Vegas.
This production of A View From the Bridge is produced by Center Theatre Group, and will tour exclusively to the Kennedy Center following the Los Angeles engagement. Direct from its hit run on Broadway, this dark and passionate tale of family, love, and duplicity explores 1950s America in a small Italian-American Brooklyn neighborhood. Longshoreman Eddie Carbone is obsessed with his 17-year-old niece Catherine. When she falls in love with a newly arrived immigrant, Eddie spirals into a jealous rage that consumes him, his family, and his world.
A Winter's Tale: Exit, pursued by a bear. Shakespeare's rarely done epic of betrayal, madness and redemption, spanning continents, decades and genres. This play is LGBT friendly - and is performed by the Country's Youngest Shakespeare Ensemble ages 7-17.
The Tempest: An island that is being swallowed up by rising waters - an exiled Duchess-turned-magician and her daughter reside with island energies and dwellers - what happens when the opportunity for revenge arises? The youth in this play are already mastering Shakespeare in a way that is as phenomenal as the plays themselves.