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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!
After their father dies in the decaying plantation mansion the family has held for generations, the three grown Lafayette children return to Arkansas to battle over their inheritance. Soon after uncovering a gruesome relic buried deep in the recesses of their father's haunted past, decades of family resentment burst through centuries of historical sin in this outrageous and entertaining family drama.
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.
Searching for salvation…
A man attempts to reunite with family he never knew. Little does the man suspect that this experience will test the man's endurance, his love, and, most potently, his faith. At once darkly comic and deeply moving, this Obie Award winning play takes a sardonic yet empathetic tone as it delves into conviction, redemption, and the opening of minds in the Midwest.
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?
A chilling portrait of love, betrayal and twisted passion, Lisa Phillips Visca's world premiere thriller masters the art of seduction, deftly probing the heart of a troubled marriage and the infidelity that can shatter a family. A black widow, relentlessly weaving her web, this mistress traps whomever she wants, whenever she wants them, with lust, leopard and lace, a needle pressed to a vein, a gun flush against a forehead. A devil of a mistress. And the devil's in the house. Helmed by the internationally acclaimed team of Chris DeCarlo& Evelyn Rudie, starring Rae Dawn Chong, joined by a cast of stellar stage and screen personalities that includes George Eddington III, Jamie Gallo, Antonia Jones, Mike C. Manning, Dennis Michael and Wendy Michaels. Hailed as "a remarkable new talent" by Christopher Knopf, past President, Writers Guild Of America, West, Visca's previous plays include Raise Me Up ("Highly Recommended!" reviewplays.com) and Turning Thirty ("Top Ten!" Stage Raw).
It's 1967 in Detroit. Motown music is getting the party started, and Chelle and her brother Lank are making ends meet by turning their basement into an after-hours joint. But when a mysterious woman finds her way into their lives, the siblings clash over more much more than the family business. As their pent-up feelings erupt, so does their city, and they find themselves caught in the middle of the '67 riots.
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 The Dock Brief, an unsuccessful barrister has been waiting for years to make a grandstand defense. He is overjoyed when he gets assigned to defend an innocuous little man accused for murdering his wife. Finally, he will have his chance to shine. However, in pleading his client "not guilty" the case may not quite go as planned.
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.
Something is stinky in the state of Denmark. Join the award-winning company, Four Clowns, on a journey of deceit, vengeance, and general ass-holery as this raucous chorus of characters explores the dredges of madness. With Hamlet at the helm – the biggest joker of all time – this highly physical production slips and slides through the pages of Shakespeare, as the clowns hash out the meaning of rosemary and rue. But at the end of the day even clowns can't take the sting out of mass murder. This is Shakespeare as you've never seen before. Alas Poor, Yorrick. You thought you knew him well.
Jack Thrash needs to get out. He's been in deep with bad men most of his life, and now, he's getting too good at being bad.One thing's for sure, there's blood. A whole lot of blood. Because this story--a story about men, guns, and getting what you want--isn't a very pretty story.
This action-packed, dark comedy follows the high stakes ambition of one man as he attempts to forge his own path in a world surrounded by bad men. GET. THAT. SNITCH. brings gun-blazing (no holds-barred) action to life in front of your very eyes. The quick and explosive fight sequences combined with tough-guy banter, cool suits, blood, and guns, guarantees to keep the audience on the edge of their seats as they witness the start of a new action standard in live entertainment.
Against the backdrop of Civil Rights-era New York City, Gloria and Vincent, a once happily married couple, are suffering through the first days of their separation. Vincent has decided to move out and as they divide their possessions amidst the mutual recriminations and accusations, their tolerance level for each other sinks and many of their long-withheld feelings about race and each other come to the surface in ways alternately comedic and painful. Will the couple separate for good or is there hope for reconciliation? Come find out!
Pulitzer Prize finalist and Ovation Award winner Rajiv Joseph (Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo) brings a violently beautiful, gruesomely funny comedy to the intimate Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater at the Geffen Playhouse.
Homefree is a dark urban fairy tale about three cast out teens and the flip side of the American dream. Franklin, Breezy, JJ. Kicked out for being gay, for being pretty, for being nuts. Their journey is crazy, funny and frightening, beginning in a conservative city in Oregon – where grandma's house is a meth house, where bed's an underpass, and the safest place you can wander is the mall. When tragedy hits, they travel to another America. An idyllic liberal town, right smack in the forest. But is there shelter here? Or is home each other? And, when push comes to shove, as it always does… is each other enough?
In this World Premiere play, an obnoxious, caustic, oblivious New York family has to deal with their dying son and a complete stranger who insists on making an "amend." Can they suppress their resentment toward each other––and toward their son's irascible charge nurse––long enough to hear a cry for help?
When your world is all URL, how do you fall in love IRL?
A delightful intersection of humor, love and subculture, In Love and Warcraft offers a fresh comedic look at the collision between online gaming and In Real Life (IRL) relationships. Evie is a gamer girl, college senior and confirmed virgin who has it all figured out. Not only does she command a top-ranked guild in World of Warcraft with her online boyfriend, she also makes a little cash on the side writing love letters for people who've screwed things up with their IRL partners. Love is like Warcraft, after all. It's all about strategies, game plans and not taking stupid risks … or is it?
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.
Love Letters is the story of Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner, two young people from similar backgrounds who take very different paths in life. Despite leading lives which should not intersect, they can't let go of each other throughout their 50 year friendship, and marriages and families with other people.
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.
The amazing Sunny Thompson returns with this fantastic portrayal of the final days of Marilyn Monroe. Writer/Director Greg Thompson has taken everything in the show directly from interviews and comments from the star, herself. This incredible recreation of Marilyn transcends imitation, as Sunny truly transforms her look and voice, and seemingly channels the tortured, playful soul of Hollywood's greatest star. She also sings 17 of Marilyn's songs and changes into the star's famous, sexy outfits - all without ever leaving the stage!
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.
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.
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.
Something Truly Monstrous is based on the Hollywood rumor that on the night John Barrymore died, Peter Lorre and Humphrey Bogart stole his body and went joy riding.
May 30, 1942. On the day Hollywood finally killed John Barrymore, Jack Warner offers a studio contract to Peter Lorre, who is currently shooting Casablanca. Saddled with expensive tastes and a nasty drug habit, Lorre is tempted to sign. But while the contract means financial security, it also will force Lorre to forever play monsters in the B-unit. To ensure that he will not give into this temptation, Lorre shoots himself full of morphine, steals John Barrymore's body from the mortuary, recruits Humphrey Bogart with plans to leave Barrymore's body in Jack Warner's living room. But every defiant step only leads Lorre closer to signing the contract that will turn him into the monster he fears he's already become.
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.
Inspired by Jim Reyland's 13-year friendship with John Ellis, a man with a decades-long battle against mental illness, drug addiction, homeless and being HIV-positive, this 75 minute, single-act drama provides a rich and balanced look at two men who both grow to care for and need each other. The Stand is a true story of addiction, grace, friendship and redemption that will move audiences to laughter and tears. Starring Barry Scott and Chip Arnold.
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?
A vamIt took 100 years for Joktan to get his revenge on Dulai, the vampire known as the "demon of death". But, revenge is bitter-sweet. Now Joktan, also a vampire, fears for his life. His only hope is to seek refuge in the company of the condemned, 6 Las Vegas low lifers who have no idea Dulai is coming for them to seek retribution. Their only hope is to join forces with Joktan to fight together. But, humans cannot help him and before the choice must be made, their should know what they are dying for. Mandy.pire, 2 hit men, 2 prostitutes, a psychotic killer and a Christian, trapped in a restaurant and being hunted by the "demon of Death". Who will leave alive?
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.
A man who's fallen out of the tree of life is invited to a mansion in Newport to tell the wealthy owner a story, but he can't remember the story. It takes an encounter with a hundred-year-old captive in the attic to remind him what he's truly there to do and, as the shadows of his past close in, his true history comes clear as his old habits reappear with bloody consequences. The Whiskey Maiden is an allegorical re-fabling of the myth of freedom and the consequences of our own desires.
Filled with hope, humanity and humor, Off-Broadway favorite Wiesenthal is the riveting true story of Simon Wiesenthal, the "Jewish James Bond." A Holocaust survivor who devoted his life to bringing more than 1,100 Nazi war criminals to justice, Wiesenthal was an intelligent, funny, flawed and noble universal hero.
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.