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Based on the iconic novel by George Orwell, 1984 brings us the story of Winston Smith, a cog in the giant machine state of Oceania. Physically and mentally under the omnipresent eye of Big Brother, Winston has been caught struggling for scraps of love and freedom in a world awash with distrust and violence. Ferociously and provocatively staged by Kate Jopson, Greenway brings to the stage of one of the most prescient works of literature of the last century.
1984 is a powerful examination of what might have been – and may still be. It is a work of fiction, not prophesy. It is an extrapolation of the history and political philosophies of the twentieth century. This production is a complex multi-media piece merging live performance and music with intricate video and audio design.
Imagine being twelve and having soldiers occupying your house and land, with only your cat to tell your secrets. Kneehigh Theatre, who wowed audiences at The Wallis with Brief Encounter, return with 946, which was originally produced by The Wallis' new Artistic Director Paul Crewes. Kneehigh's signature sorcery of music, puppetry and foolishness will transport us to Slapton Sands, England in 1944. Based on the beloved book by War Horse author Michael Morpurgo, 946 explodes everything we though we knew about the D-Day landings in this tender tale of love and war.
Everyone is tired of talking about race and the police, we are too, so we decided to sing about it instead! This original musical comedy is the story of a son who is at odds with his father's old-world views. Cop sticks, and afro picks, come get your ass whooped!
A rare departure from the playwright's darker oeuvre, this comedy is unabashedly nestled in the halcyon days of turn-of-the-century Americana; a gentle, loving, and boldly optimistic study of a deeply bonded family as they navigate the youthful indiscretions of their wayward son.
Romantic, funny, and profoundly moving, Tom Stoppard's meticulously crafted masterwork invites you to unravel the big and small mysteries of the universe at bucolic Sidley Park. There, the intricate interplay of past and present is equally driven by fierce intellectual curiosity and the fickle passions of the human heart.
Archduke is the astonishing new play from Pulitzer Prize finalist and Obie Award winner Rajiv Joseph, one of the most exciting playwrights of our time. Joseph (Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Guards at the Taj) returns to the Taper with this World premiere, Center Theatre Group commission that poetically traces a group of young men along their unlikely path to terrorism at the onset of World War I. Belgrade, 1914. Three strangers, poor, alone, and adrift, each receive a death sentence in the form of a tuberculosis diagnosis. But being young men with nothing to lose makes them the perfect recruits for The Black Hand—a secret organization looking to strike a blow in the name of Serbian nationalism. Set against the backdrop of the 20th century beginning to discover its identity, and with Joseph's signature dark humor, Archduke draws parallels to our own troubling times and asks: how (and when) does a century define itself?
Artists for Artists presents a sampling of new, emerging works in development from this dynamic group of seasoned actors, writers, storytellers & directors.
The internationally renowned team of Peter Brook, Marie-Hélène Estienne and Jean-Claude Carrière together revisit the great Indian epic Mahabharata thirty years after Brook's legendary production took world theater by storm. The devastation of war is tearing the Bharata family apart. The new king must unravel a mystery: how can he live with himself in the face of the devastation and massacres that he has caused. An immense canvas in miniature, this central section of the ancient text is timeless and contemporary, asking how we can find inner peace in a world riven with conflict.
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.
Based on a True Story, Billy & Ray chronicles the tumultuous and hilarious relationship between Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler during the writing of the classic film Double Indemnity.
Los Angeles is home to over 250 theatre companies, featuring an abundance of talent, diversity, and ingenuity. To celebrate the vibrant theatre of our city, we're premiering Block Party—three recent productions from local theatre companies, highlighting some of the best work our town has to offer. We will announce the three productions in the fall. Help us celebrate L.A. theatre and join the Block Party!
Every family has a dark underbelly especially the perfect ones. Walt (Albert Dayan) and Barb (Jacqueline Wright) may seem like your typical suburban couple with a fabulous eat-in kitchen and two precocious children (Michael Sturgis as Jack and Alexandra Freeman as Jill). The scary thing is maybe they are.
Meet Simon. He's a stressed out 12-year-old who just wishes that he could find a place to stop and think. Meet the Boy at the Edge of Everything. He is lonely and bored, which makes sense since he lives at the farthest point of the universe. This quirky and charming play explores what happens once these two boys meet after an unlikely series of events involving "lots and lots of fireworks", and the epic adventure that will leave them both changed forever.
Set in "The Center," a shelter and safe space for the LGBTQ community in Chicago, Charm explores the complex issue of Gender Identity. Mama Darleena Andrews, a black transgender woman, attempts to share her rules of proper behavior with a youth group that struggles to define themselves across sexual, racial and gender spectrums. Facing conflict with themselves and each other, Mama - with tough love and an unapologetic attitude - uses her unwavering belief in etiquette and decorum to teach her students how to cope with their daily battles with identity, poverty and prejudice.
From theatre happenings with Paul Newman at The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp to a Shakespeare-induced cry fest in her Toyota Camry near LAX, you're in for a delightful and tender ride through classrooms, summer camps, and communities across the nation as Carolyn Marie Wright shares those wonderful "A-ha!" moments in the life of a 3rd grade peace prize winner.
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."
Booth – Not My Brother's Keeper is David Beeler's award-winning play about the greatest Tragedian that America has produced, Edwin Booth, from his record-breaking 100 night run of Hamlet to the tragic assassination of President Lincoln by his brother, John Wilkes Booth. Booth won a Fringe 1st at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and was the maiden fundraising show in the "Save the Santa Monica Playhouse" campaign.
The Wallis and Deaf West Theatre, the companies behind the hit revival of Spring Awakening in Los Angeles and New York, bring their sign language take to Albee's classic short play The Zoo Story (1959) and its acclaimed prequel, Homelife (2004). Together these short plays form At Home at the Zoo, the complete story of publishing executive Peter, his wife Ann, and Jerry, the volatile stranger Peter meets in the park. The Wallis' own Coy Middlebrook directs this new production featuring both deaf and hearing actors.
Chalk Rep hosts its fourth biennial Flash Festival, inviting 15 Los Angeles playwrights to create original 10-minute plays inspired by the space in which they are performed. This year's Chalk Rep Flash Festival is in residence at Los Angeles' St. John's Cathedral, with plays written on the timely theme of Religion and Politics, performed by 15 teams of Actors and directed by 15 directors, presented on-site over three weekends. A new slate of five short plays are performed each weekend.
The writers have one month to complete the first drafts of their scripts. Once the scripts are in, the writers are assigned directors, casts are secured, and each piece is given no more than ten hours of rehearsal before it is presented to an audience.
Nkechi was a good Nigerian girl. She did everything right. Went to med school. Made plans. Then life happened. And plans changed. A first-generation coming-of-age journey of love, loss, and growing into adulthood, Good Grief follows Nkechi as she navigates Pennsylvania's suburbs alongside her childhood crush, her would-be-philosopher brother—the king of the cul-de-sac—and her immigrant parents. A fresh voice in American theatre, Ngozi Anyanwu makes her playwriting debut with this World premiere.
An astonishing, deeply moving new drama about family, acceptance, and the power of faith from MacArthur "Genius Award"-winning playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney (The Brother/Sister Plays), featuring Tony Award® winner Phylicia Rashad. At the mouth of the Mississippi River, Shelah's family and friends have come to celebrate her birthday and save her from a leaking roof. But in this contemporary parable inspired by the Book of Job, unexpected events turn the reunion into the ultimate test of faith and love. As her world seems to collapse around her, Shelah (Rashad) must fight to survive the rising flood of life's greatest challenges in this poetic and piercing new play.
Hollywood Premiere Party The Show brings the dazzle of Hollywood to the masses with an all-new, immersive theater experience in the heart of Tinseltown. The show offers the ultimate night-out in Hollywood, mixing humor, "celebrity" antics, dinner, live music and red carpet treatment all in one memorable night.
Guests can be part of the "A-List" and witness the hilarious antics and banter of a Hollywood premiere party, rub elbows and schmooze with actors, directors and producers at this one-of-a-kind production.
Margie's parents are long-married, wildly in love. One catch: he's a Christian, she's a Jew, he's a way-right Republican, she's a way-left Democrat. Mom and Dad play match-maker to hilarious results, introducing Margie to the perfect men, a Democrat and a Republican, both running for Congress - against each other! Can Margie's research give her the answer to the burning question: Who gets her vote, in and out of the bedroom? Can her research give us the answer to our burning question: is America's frustrating political stalemate solvable? See this hilarious and insightful play. Then go out and VOTE!
Margie's parents are long-married, wildly in love. One catch: he's a Christian, she's a Jew, he's a way-right Republican, she's a way-left Democrat. Mom and Dad play match-maker to hilarious results, introducing Margie to the perfect men, a Democrat and a Republican, both running for Congress - against each other! Can Margie's research give her the answer to the burning question: Who gets her vote, in and out of the bedroom? Can her research give us the answer to our burning question: is America's frustrating political stalemate solvable? See this hilarious and insightful play. Then go out and vote!
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.
As his medical debts mount, Argan, a man whose mental neuroses grossly outweigh his physical maladies, concocts a scheme to marry his daughter off to a family of physicians. High comedy ensues–replete with thwarted love, false identities, dexterous wordplay, musical interludes, and a healthy dose of derision towards the medical profession. This is Molière at the top of his form: a sparkling, effervescent, incisive romp that will leave you in stitches.
An ambivalent Cinderella? A blood-thirsty Little Red Ridinghood? A Prince Charming with a roving eye? A Witch… who raps? They're all among the cockeyed characters in James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim's fractured fairy tale. When a baker and his wife learn they've been cursed with childlessness by the witch next door, they embark on a quest for objects required to reverse the spell. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results. What begins as a lively irreverent fantasy, becomes a moving lesson about community responsibility and the stories we tell our children.
It's Time originated from the true story Time Flies When You're Alive, filmed as an HBO Showcase (Ace Award nominee). This remarkable journey celebrates the paths we choose in life and the resilience of a young family, once broken, living in Los Angeles. Created by award winning writer/performer Paul Linke, it gives audiences a look at how a once lost young man found his way to success, by taking a chance and grabbing at the opportunities and strength that he saw around him.
The gut-wrenching devastation of Lear encompasses more than one man's trajectory of power and hubris; it is an affecting, unflinching chronicle of a family as it disintegrates around the mental illness of its patriarch. To add a deeply personal dimension to Shakespeare's themes of madness, frailty, and love, our production is set in a memory-care facility, and invite you to experience, in the midst of tragedy, the healing and transcendent nature of great art.
For nearly 20 years, playwright Lauren Yee's father Larry has been a driving force in the Yee Family Association, a seemingly obsolescent Chinese American men's club formed 150 years ago in the wake of the Gold Rush. But when her father goes missing, Lauren must plunge into the rabbit hole of San Francisco Chinatown and confront a world both foreign and familiar. At once bitingly hilarious and heartbreakingly honest, King of the Yees is an epic joyride across cultural, national, and familial borders that explores what it truly means to be a Yee.
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.
Life Expectancy: A Comedy In Three Trimesters is about a 40-something couple who finally get pregnant. Narrated by the slightly smug authors of a "What to Expect" book, the couple is led on a nine month journey through their fears and fantasies, nightmares and secrets. The play's extra layer is the screenwriting project the mother-to-be has (perhaps unwisely) taken on, which plays in the background as counterpoint and commentary in this hilarious and moving new play by acclaimed writer Catherine Butterfield.
Filled with self-loathing and driven by desperation, the titular characters in Jean Genet's groundbreaking play create elaborate and highly eroticized fantasy worlds in response to a lifetime of abuse. Their increasingly ruinous role-play is a trenchant statement about the accident of birth, the searing brutality of class distinctions, and the liberation that stems from destruction.
Studio C Artists in association with MickMac Productions is proud to present an evening of American HER-otica, orated by the direct descendants of Revolutionary Patriots. The gals are celebrating our Constitution's First Amendment Rights - making for a night of some racy reading.
The hour-long staged adaptation—perfect for ages 3-8—features endearing puppets, stunning scenery, and evocative music of stories that have delighted generations. Goodnight Moon celebrates familiar nighttime rituals, while The Runaway Bunny tells a pretend tale of leaving home and a parent's love!
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.
Take one Old Man in a big car, a conniving daughter, a milquetoast grandson, and a family business hanging in the balance — and what do you get? A comic modern day King Lear. Turn off your freakin' blinker, gramps!
The ultimate seduction, Other People's Money, is presented by InterACT Theatre Company at the Pico Playhouse for a limited run. Perfectly suited and served up at election time in America, this humorous yet heartfelt look at corporate raiders and the state of capitalism gives audiences a lot to take home from both sides of the question.
In this rarely produced dark comedy by one of America's greatest playwrights, a young couple who are madly in love with each other, have a child - the perfect family - that is, until a mysterious older couple steal the baby. Through a series of mind games and manipulations, they call into question both couples' sense of reality and fiction, joy and sorrow.
One part Woody Allen, one part David Mamet, The Portman Delusions is a romantic dram-edy that is also a skewering of the Hollywood writing process. When Roy and Mark, struggling copywriters in Silver Lake, begin dating Jamie and Clare, smart, successful, romantically challenged career women, they put in motion a series of events that forces everyone to confront the distance between their youthful dreams, and reality, in other words...grow-up.
The Pride is a gorgeously-drawn drama alternating between two very distinct time periods and sets of characters whose fate is written by their eras. In 1958, Philip is married to Sylvia, but is secretly attracted to her colleague Oliver. In 2008, Philip lives with his boyfriend Oliver, who continually destroys their relationship with his addiction to casual sex and turns to their friend Sylvia for guidance and support. As the past and present worlds collide, The Pride's complex love triangle provides a provocative, humorous and insightful look at fidelity and forgiveness.
Staten Island. 1950. Daphne Theofanous and Louis Padula fall in love, trying to balance their love of family and each other, as they fight against traditional ethnic, nationalistic, economic and religious divisions.
The cantankerous and orphaned Mary Lennox is taken away from her home in India to live with her reclusive uncle in the Yorkshire Moors. This award-winning adaptation stays true to the cherished book as Mary discovers a garden that changes her life, and that of those around her. For ages 7 and up.
There's only one thing harder than writing your first novel. Letting him read it. "Writers in their natural state are about as civilized as feral dogs"… so says Leonard, an indiscriminately relentless teacher who believes he wrote the book on what makes an author great. When four aspiring novelists sign up for his private writing class, they have no idea that they are about to get the schooling of their lives. From Pulitzer finalist Theresa Rebeck, comes a provocative comedy with a vicious bite that uses unwavering wit to peel back the layers of a hopeful artist and reveal the scarred humanity beneath.
Hilariously provocative, what begins as a contemporary play slowly becomes a play with music set 150 years in the future in this seductive World premiere by Tony Award winner David Henry Hwang (Yellow Face, M. Butterfly). A beloved East-meets-West musical, China's 21st-century rise, and a theatre company gala collide to make mayhem—and some beautiful music. Inspired by the West's often ridiculously inauthentic portrayals of Asia, Soft Power has been commissioned as the final production of Center Theatre Group's 50th Anniversary Season at the Mark Taper Forum.
Writer, director, actor, and musician Tony Cronin's new play Spirit of the Dane is a hysterical look at the character Hamlet if he were around today and could talk directly to modern audiences about the burdens of worldwide fame, the traumas of his fictional life, and the thousands of lines Shakespeare wrote for other characters that Hamlet craves! His obsessions with the "Tomorrow and tomorrow," speech from the Scottish Play brings Lady MacBeth to the stage, and the two great characters commiserate on their lot as misunderstood - and all too often horribly portrayed - characters. If you liked Shakespeare in school, you'll love this play. If you hated Shakespeare in school, you'll love this play!
The Stand-In looks behind the scenes of "Double Indemnity," an iconic title of the Film Noir canon. Two WW2 exiles – Billy Wilder, the picture's director, and Kasia, an enigmatic young woman – struggle for identity as foreigners while the film is written, shot, and premiered in a strange new land: Los Angeles 1942. Appearing like some sort of siren, Kasia washes onto a beach, only to be rescued by the cinematographer Max. The two quickly fall into an affair as he hires Kasia to work on set. While their passion is genuine, Kasia's ambitions in Hollywood challenge the strength of their relationship. Meanwhile, Billy Wilder acts as ring-leader, guiding everyone on set in an effort to create one of the greatest films ever made.
When the worlds of bears and people collide, everyone learns that girls and bears aren't as ferocious as they may seem! Featuring an unforgettable score and some fun twists to a classic story every child knows and loves, this humorous adaptation is "just right" for the whole family! For ages 4 and up.
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is Russia's most famous composer and one of the greatest composers of all time, known for his beautiful lilting melodies from the ballets Romeo and Juliet, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and the ferocious brilliance of his symphonic works. At the age of 53, Tchaikovsky conducted the premiere of his enigmatic Symphony No. 6, "Pathétique," of which he said, "Let them guess what it means..." Nine days later he was dead. To this day, how and why he died are still a mystery. The extraordinary Hershey Felder returns to The Wallis for the Los Angeles premiere of his newest work, Tchaikovsky, which unveils the life of one of the most beloved and tormented composers of all time.
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.
Filter's explosive and irreverent new take on this beloved romantic comedy of mistaken identity combines dynamic narrative drive with a torrent of sound and music creating one of the most accessible Shakespeare productions of recent years.
A tailor to the wealthy, powerful, and famous struggles to serve a very unusual client: a blustering real estate tycoon and reality TV star who—to everyone's surprise—becomes a major party's nominee for President. As the election spins out of control, the tailor and his apprentice are forced to examine their roles as confidants and image-makers for the candidate…and whether the right suit has the power to clinch the presidency. The World premiere of this hot-off-the-presses satire from Jon Robin Baitz (Other Desert Cities) offers a unique opportunity for a play to participate in our nation's political discourse as it unfolds.
A janitor. A software mogul. A college grad. An IRS paper-pusher. Although they live thousands of miles apart, these four people share a secret: they're recovering addicts who have found a safe haven in an online chat room. There, with liberal doses of jokes and bullying, they help each other navigate the broken terrain of their lives. But when an Iraq War veteran's tragedy spills over into their cyberhome, everything changes. In this fearless Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Quiara Alegría Hudes (In the Heights), worlds virtual and real unfold onstage, challenging our notions of family, forgiveness, community, and courage.
Weed Shop the Musical is a new work written by Becca Grumet & Madelyne Heyman. Set in Los Angeles, the story follows Alicia, a fresh-faced medical marijuana doctor, and Dave, a dispensary owner, as they search for 420-friendly love in a judgmental world. Meanwhile, Dave's ill-informed ex girlfriend Stephanie is prepared to do anything it takes to get revenge, while his coworker, Kyle, struggles to keep the dispensary afloat amidst the high-jinks her friend keeps getting himself into. Through tongue-in-cheek, funny, and heartfelt songs like "I Believe in Weed," "Stoners in Love," and "You Can Store Your Weed in my Heart," the show is surely a celebration of the stoner. However, "Weed Shop" isn't just for marijuana enthusiasts, it's for everyone - touching on universally comedic and heartwarming themes of love, self-expression, and identity.
When Sin Comes Knocking is a love story about a Christian couple who is committed to weather any adversity together until a chance encounter threatens to rock the foundation of everything they believe. The question is will their love and commitment be enough to save their marriage?
This family friendly musical is "an average day in the life of Charlie Brown." A day made up of little moments picked from all the days of Charlie Brown, from Valentine's Day to the baseball season, from wild optimism to utter despair, all mixed in with the lives of his friends (both human and non-human) and strung together on the string of a single day, from bright uncertain morning to hopeful starlit evening.
Zoot Suit, one of the most exciting and spectacular shows ever created in Los Angeles, is set to ignite the city again. Luis Valdez is bringing his groundbreaking 1978 smash back to the Mark Taper Forum to celebrate Center Theatre Group's 50th Anniversary.
Zoot Suit played to packed houses in L.A. for nearly a year before becoming Broadway's first Chicano play and a major motion picture. Now, the Taper stage will once again be filled with a company of 25 mesmerizing actors, singers, and dancers weaving fact and fiction together as they portray the events surrounding the infamous 1942 Sleepy Lagoon murder. Pulsing with heart, sly wit, and an infectious musical score, featuring Lalo Guerrero's famous songs, Zoot Suit remains a thrilling theatrical experience that animates the cultural, political, and human forces that continue to shape the City of Angels.