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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.
Martin Sherman's profound love story takes audiences into the deepest, darkest moments of two gay men's struggle to survive in Nazi Germany. In the first major U.S. revival since its Broadway premiere in 1979, Moisés Kaufman directs this startling and moving play that illustrates how love can transcend persecution, no matter the cost.
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?
World Premiere! A provocative meditation on race, fusing prose, poetry, movement, music, and the visual image. A lyric poem, snapshots, vignettes, on the acts of everyday racism. Remarks, glances, implied judgments. Some of these encounters are slights, seeming slips of the tongue, and some are intentional offensives in the classroom, at the supermarket, at home, on the tennis court with Serena Williams and the soccer field with Zinedine Zidane, online, on TV — everywhere, all the time. Those did-that-really-just-happen-did-they-really-just say-that slurs that happen every day and enrage in the moment and later steep poisonously in the mind. And, of course, those larger incidents that become national or international firestorms. As Rankine writes, "This is how you are a citizen."
It is time for the US Premiere of Darkside, incorporating Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon, and you are invited. Is it an incredibly unique theatrical experience, or is it a thought experiment in any colour you like? This great gig in the sky is an urgent, yet timeless tale where Emily McCoy and her companion become lost on the run, in a world consumed by corruption, money and greed, witch hunts and brain damage. All the while, desperately searching for hope, kindness and what is the good. It's us and them, coming together in a beautiful eclipse for only this moment. Just breathe. And be there.
Will you wait for me?
At once fanciful, timeless, yet starkly contemporary, this brand new romantic tale follows one Dragon, her need for freedom, her desire for human love, and the men who get trapped in between. Emergent artist Davis brings a uniquely simple voice to a centuries old myth, clashing lore with love, and eternity with yearning.
Fences is a bittersweet drama, compassionate, moving and thoughtful. It is a play about family, responsibility, love, friendship and respect. This is August Wilson at his best: challenging the American dream through a poetic, powerful and deeply personal story. It's 1957 and Troy Maxson is a strong man, a hard man. He has had to be — to survive. Maxson has stepped up to the plate too many times in his life only to go down swinging. Shut out of the big leagues by prejudice, the former Negro League home run king is now a garbage collector with little future. He tries to do right by his family, but when his youngest son Cory shows promise on the high school football team, Troy must come to terms with his past disappointments or risk tearing his family apart.
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.
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.
Hershey Felder brings to life the remarkable story of Irving Berlin, "America's Composer." From the depths of anti-Semitism in Czarist Russia, to New York's Lower East Side, and ultimately all of America and the world, Berlin's story epitomizes the American dream. Featuring the composer's most popular and enduring songs from "God Bless America," to "White Christmas" and beyond, Hershey Felder's masterful creation of character and musical performance makes this evening with Irving Berlin an unforgettable journey.
A contemporary musical adaptation, with a punk-rock Chicana twist, of the classic fairytale Little Red Riding Hood. This Familia-friendly musical takes us on a rebellious teenager's journey through the treacherous Holly-Woods where she must forgo technology and modern transportation in order to visit her ailing grandmother.
Standing in her way is Don Coyote, a loner teen rocker that tries to seduce Red with his style, cool demeanor, and British accent, only to try and rob Red of the most precious thing that she has yet to appreciate – her family. With the help of the bumbling boyscout, Corky Woodsmán, and his owl Paz, will Little Red be able to brave the dangers of the Holly-Woods and the smooth talking Don Coyote? Come find out in this fun and fresh adaptation of the classic tale that will have audiences laughing and cheering. Featuring original music by Grammy award-winning artist, Quetzal.
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.
This compelling and comedic play—written by three men who were tired of being typecast and discriminated against because of the color of their skin—directly confronts racial slurs and stereotypes while stimulating cultural awareness and acceptance!
Be part of the conversation at a post-show discussion immediately following the performance.
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.
Gidget, beach blankets, and Hitchcockian psychological suspense thrillers are tossed around in the comic mind of playwright Charles Busch and they emerge as a rollickingly wild ride through split personalities, brutal murders, and the challenges of finding your true surf-buddy. Chicklet Forrest, a teenage tomboy, desperately wants to be part of the surf crowd on Malibu Beach in 1962. But the brutal murders plaguing her seaside town just might be the doing of one of her hidden personalities. Hilarity ensues as murder, madness, and the passionate pursuit of the perfect wave and world domination come crashing over the heads of the audience.
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.
Set in a tiny sewing factory in East L.A., this award-winning comedy from acclaimed playwright Josefina López is the story of five full-figured women racing to meet an impossible deadline to keep their tiny sewing factory in East L.A. from going under. The basis for the award-winning film of the same name starring America Ferrera, Real Women Have Curves is a microcosm of the Latina immigrant experience, and celebrates real women's bodies, the power of women, and the incredible bond that happens when women work together.
Journey into the everyday lives of a few average Americans through the 21st Century in this fun and honest homage to American life and culture. A witch in the woods, A proud confederate and his liberal son, a family struggling with death and addiction, a sassy talk show host and a broken pop star are just a few of the characters you will meet in this bold, fun, and witty follow up effort to "Scenes From The Cliff" by Nina Childs. "Scenes of an Era" features a rocking American soundtrack ,stellar cast and the first (surely not the last) musical sketch by the writer.
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.
Playwright Joe Calarco says, "Just because Shakespeare understands the human condition, it doesn't mean it can't be a good time." And so he takes the audience on a theatrical adventure of a lifetime, presenting a version of the well-known teen passion-fueled tragedy as an undercurrent to the emotional growth and challenges faced by four young Catholic schoolboys. In meeting clandestinely to read the classic play together, these boys are invited to examine, not only the insightful brilliance of the Bard, but also the rigidity of their lives. Perceptions and understanding are upended as play-acting turns serious and universal truths emerge.
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?
As a seductive and sexy play, TATS: The Experience literally is a live performing arts experience, complete with acting, dancing, shadow puppetry, an original score, body art, and more.
Body art is not new, but this play's treatment of it as theatrical fodder is entirely unique and original. The play explores 16 characters (played by 7 actors) who have each experienced tattoos in a variety of ways. Through the use of multiple theatrical mediums, we learn their dramatic, tragic, and often humorous stories, and come to an understanding of what makes body art such a complicated and uniquely human art form.
Audience members will have an immersive experience, beginning with an opening night VIP Premiere Party created by FINCH Events including swag bags, a Tattoo Wall, and an opportunity for an onscreen interview.