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An Accident follows the story of a woman who is struck by a car, leaving her severely injured and with little memory of her past. Her sole visitor is the man who hit her. Critically acclaimed, this powerful drama explores how small decisions can change the course of a life and how the body and mind heal in unexpected ways.
As rich in imagery as it is unsettling in tone, afterlife: a ghost story explores the fragility of the human psyche and the lingering effects of great loss framed by a chilling tale. An impending storm forces troubled couple, Connor and Danielle, to return to their beachfront home for the first time since they lost their son. While they reluctantly attempt to secure their house and also try to pick up the pieces of their fractured lives, they are welcomed by dead fishes littering the shore, enormous black birds that appear to be waiting and watching, and a familiar voice whispering from the waves…calling to them. When the storm hits sooner than expected, they are thrust into another dimension, where they must confront their tragedy and learn how to cope with the pain of remembering before they are swept away forever. This hauntingly beautiful play asks the question: What do you do when the hardest part of living is remembering?
As rich in imagery as it is unsettling in tone, afterlife: a ghost story explores the fragility of the human psyche and the lingering effects of great loss framed by a chilling tale. An impending storm forces troubled couple Connor and Danielle to return to their beachfront home for the first time since they lost their son. While they reluctantly attempt to secure their house and also try to pick up the pieces of their fractured lives, they are welcomed by dead fishes littering the shore, enormous black birds that appear to be waiting and watching, and a familiar voice whispering from the waves…calling to them. When the storm hits sooner than expected, they are thrust into another dimension where they must confront their tragedy and learn how to cope with the pain of remembering before they are swept away forever. This hauntingly beautiful play asks the question: What do you do when hardest part of living is remembering?
Neil LaBute's first published work, Bash, is the story of ordinary people hiding a monstrous secret. This trio of unforgettable personal accounts resulted in LaBute's excommunication from the Mormon Church. In "iphigenia in orem," a Utah businessman confides in a stranger in a hotel room, confessing a most chilling crime.
In "a gaggle of saints," a young Mormon couple separately recounts the violent events of an anniversary weekend in New York City.
In "medea redux," a woman tells of her complex and ultimately tragic relationship with her junior high school English teacher.
Join the second annual Center Theatre Group Block Party and discover exceptional new theater from the past year that you may not even know you missed.
Every night, performers take the stage at over 250 theaters across Los Angeles. The abundance of talent and innovative work being produced is a theater lover's dream. To celebrate all that L.A.'s intimate theater scene has to offer, CTG is once again presenting encore productions from three outstanding companies — showcasing their remarkable work at the Kirk Douglas Theatre.
The plays selected for the inaugural Block Party were Coeurage Theatre Company's production of Failure: A Love Story by Philip Dawkins, the Echo Theater Company's production of Dry Land by Ruby Rae Spiegel, and the Fountain Theatre's production of Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine and adapted for the stage by Stephen Sachs.
Lynchburg, Virginia. The former site of a thriving cotton mill is now an impoverished neighborhood. Deeply affected by all of the recent killings of young black men like himself, Ruffrino, a 14-year-old "militant," incites riots at school and online. More and more at odds with his mother and grandfather, the boys' anger grows beyond containment, while the family home literally sinks into the cotton field, and no one seems to notice but him.
A Noise Within's delightfully festive, musically merry holiday tradition returns. Families love the inspirational story of Bob Crachit, Tiny Tim, and Scrooge — the perfect burst of boundless good cheer for the season.
Producing artistic directors Geoff Elliott (who adapted the play directly from the Charles Dickens' novella) and Julia Rodriguez-Elliott codirect this masterpiece about the redemptive and transformative power of love. In this production, Dickens' poignant tale is matched by evocative original music by composer Ego Plum.
A dramatic Christian comedy about a newlywed couple named Shane and Olivia McQueen. Fresh off their honeymoon, they begin to face opposition. They don't recognize that they are being attacked by outside forces that have one goal in mind: to destroy their covenant.
Return of the UN-Holiday tradition
We just couldn't shut them up…so for the 14th straight year, accusations, rumors, and all-out attacks are (still) flying fast and furious around the toy shop. Hear the truth straight from the reindeer who know Santa best. When a doe says "no," she means "no."
Warning: This show contains FOUL-MOUTHED REINDEER and very inappropriate ADULT HUMOR! Definitely no kids or anyone who doesn't want to see the dark side of Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, and the North Pole!
When seven strangers — CEO Woman, Business Man, Office Temp, Hot Girl, Musician, Maintenance Man, and Goth Girl — get stuck in an elevator, it's only a matter of time before the truth comes out. When forced together and given nothing but four walls and each other, these stereotypes prove to be anything but typical. The strangers' preconceived notions and judgments are challenged at every turn as, one by one, they remove their masks and reveal their truths.
Laced with musical sequences and cinematic elements, Elevator is a comedic and emotional ride into the human psyche that asks a fundamental question: Who are people behind closed doors?
An 11:11 Experience's production of Elevator, written and directed by award-winning filmmaker and playwright Michael Leoni, has been playing to sold-out crowds with lines wrapping around the Coast Playhouse nightly. As a matter of fact, the show's run has just been extended!
Fourteen companies from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Peru, and Colombia celebrate dynamic, contemporary Latinx and Latin-American theater during a three-week festival, with five performances presented simultaneously every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in the five performance spaces that make up the Los Angeles Theatre Center. An additional 12 Los Angeles-based artists will be represented in Patas Arriba ("Upside Down"), a late night "micro-theater festival" set to take place in the "belly" of the LATC, where audiences will cycle through the nontraditional performance spaces of the building — vault, conference room, green room, and tunnel — to experience four 15-minute works during each hour-long performance. A free cinema & music mini-festival on Tuesday and Wednesday nights will pair musical performances with screenings of soon-to-be-released films, including Chavela, a new documentary about Costa Rican-Mexican singer Chavela Vargas, and NALIP, an evening of short films followed by a Patricia Kraus concert.
Smalltown, USA, 1978. High-school senior Victoria Vahtes becomes the target of escaped psychotic Morgan Miller. In a one-night spree of butchery, the masked Miller murders Victoria's best friend, boyfriend, and parents before attempting to kill her. Rescue arrives in the form of Miller's pistol-packing psychiatrist, Dr. Harriett Gordon-Lewis, but Miller escapes and disappears without a trace. Six years later, violent psychotic escapes from understaffed insane asylums and the ensuing murder sprees have become a national epidemic. When a mysterious masked female vigilante starts killing fugitive psychotics mid-rampage, Dr. Gordon-Lewis suspects former patient Victoria Vahtes. After a spectacularly bloody asylum escape by psychotic Wayne Walton, Dr. Gordon-Lewis follows Walton's trail of destruction back to his childhood hometown, certain he will be pursued by the vigilante known to law enforcement as The Final Girl.
Partners in life and on canvas, Marc and Bella Chagall are immortalized as having one of the most romantic marriages of the 20th century. The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk traces the young couple as they navigate the pogroms, the Russian Revolution, and each other. Following the artistic heights of Brief Encounter and 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, the Kneehigh theater company and director Emma Rice return to the Wallis with a production that combines the visuals of Chagall's paintings with the music and dance of the Russian Jewish tradition.
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.
A classic tale goes rogue in Vesturport's bold new twist on the world's most infamous outlaw. Forget everything you ever knew about Robin Hood. In writer David Farr (The Night Manager) and acclaimed directors Gisli Örn Gardarsson and Selma Björnsdóttir's reimagining, Robin and his unmerry gang of cutthroats steal from the rich, but it's never occurred to them to give anything back to anyone. When wicked Prince John threatens all, bold Marion steps in to protect the poor and transform a thuggish Robin from hood to good.
Note: This show is suitable for ages 10 and up.
The dogs of war are unleashed, and a charismatic warrior king emerges in Shakespeare's breathtaking depiction of the Battle of Agincourt. But the events before and after the decisive victory temper the fervor of nationalism — and paint a nuanced portrait of the introspective Henry, who learns that the attributes that make an inspirational leader often come into conflict with those that make a good man.
Henry V, the history play by William Shakespeare written around 1599, tells the story of King Henry V of England, focusing on events immediately before and after the Battle of Agincourt (1415) during the Hundred Years' War. The play is the final part of a tetralogy, preceded by Richard II; Henry IV, Part 1; and Henry IV, Part 2. Audiences may know the title character from Shakespeare's earlier Henry IV plays as a wild, undisciplined lad called "Prince Harry" or "Hal."
Stephen Karam's The Humans is an uproarious, hopeful, and heartbreaking play that takes place over the course of a family dinner on Thanksgiving. Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate and give thanks at his daughter's apartment in Lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle prewar duplex and eerie things start to go bump in the night, the Blake clan's deepest fears and greatest follies are laid bare. Our modern age of anxiety is keenly observed with humor and compassion in this new American classic that won the 2016 Tony Award for best play.
Humorous and heartrending, Ironbound spans 22 years in telling the story of Darja, a Polish immigrant getting by on a cleaning job, aggressive pragmatism, and sheer will. Through this wry drama, award-winning playwright Martyna Majok points out that sometimes survival is the only measure of success.
Following Shakespeare in his use of both blank verse and prose, playwright Mike Bartlett speculates on what happens after Queen Elizabeth II dies. After a lifetime of wanting and waiting, Prince Charles ascends to the throne. The characters are a mix of those the audience might expect — Camilla, William, daughter-in-law Kate, and Harry — and some they wouldn't: Harry's new love interest replete with a past and the family ghost, whose picture on the cover can still sell a lot of magazines. Then there's the prime minister, Evans, publicity counsel Reiss, and Stevens, the opposition leader.
Set among the decadent ruling class of prerevolutionary France, this Olivier Award-winning play is a seductive and unsettling tale of sex and revenge in an all-too-recognizable world, where love is a blood sport played for glory and malice and men have all — almost all — the power. Antaeus Theatre Company kicks off its 2017-18 season with a fully partner-cast production of Christopher Hampton's adaptation of the scandalous novel by Choderlos de Laclos.
Winner of Drama-Logue awards for outstanding playwright and outstanding direction, it's a hilarious, daring, and more than a touch racy comedy that takes you on the roller-coaster ride of a 38-year (and counting) marriage — the successes, the disappointments, the sex, the traumas, the traumas about sex and the budget and the children, and generally about the adventure of casting your lot with another human being…for life.
The Madwoman of Chaillot is a two-act play, a poetic satire by French dramatist Jean Giraudoux. It was written in 1943 and first performed in 1945, after his death. The story concerns an eccentric woman (Countess Aurelia), her coterie of eccentric friends who live in Paris, and her struggles against the straitlaced authority figures who want to drill oil wells and destroy the City of Light, the center of culture. Stephanie Shroyer, who recently gave A Noise Within audiences a comic You Never Can Tell (spring 2016) and a dark The Maids (fall 2016), directs the production.
This play follows two people connected by the shared ownership of a small bird statue. Bookended by scenes from a documentary interview, the play's symmetrical structure centers around a life-changing event and examines how the most significant happenings in our lives can alter the landscape of our reality. Under Mark Sitko's direction, this production of A Map of Virtue stays true to playwright Erin Courtney's vision, allowing the audience to explore each of the many subtle themes that make this work so poignant. Part interview and part comedy, A Map of Virtue is a haunting middle-of-the-night adventure.
Mrs. Warren's Profession, written by George Bernard Shaw in 1893 and first performed in London in 1902, is about a prostitute-turned-madam who attempts to come to terms with her disapproving daughter. The daughter, Cambridge-educated Vivie, lives a comfortable middle-class life shielded from her mother's source of income. Vivie envisions herself a pragmatic and open-minded 20th-century woman until she discovers that her entrepreneurial mother, Kitty, is an unapologetically successful madam. Sensibilities clash in this character-driven dramedy about the business of pleasure, the economics of necessity, and the ties that bind…or don't.
A Noise Within's most requested production returns! ANW favorites are ready to rein in the chaos of this joyfully out-of-control British farce about the auspiciously titled play-within-a-play Nothing On. Noises Off invites the audience to step backstage and meet the under-rehearsed, overworked cast and crew with a penchant for drama more personal than professional. As the production progresses, the bumbling cast brings down the house — literally!
This groundbreaking staging of Thornton Wilder's iconic play is performed in both American Sign Language and spoken English. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and described by Edward Albee as "the finest play ever written by an American," Our Town remains as powerful today as when it premiered in 1938. Multi-Emmy Award nominee Jane Kaczmarek stars as the Stage Manager in a production directed by Tony Award nominee Sheryl Kaller (Next Fall).
In A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, which debuted on Broadway in 1959, the prospect of life insurance money from their late father offers life-changing options to the Youngers, an African-American family living in a cramped apartment on Chicago's South Side. However, competing visions of how to use the money — for the grandmother Lena, her son Walter (with wife Ruth and son Travis), and her daughter Beneatha — threaten to tear apart a family already facing a pre-civil-rights-era America.
Set in Berlin and inspired by a true story, Tania Wisbar's romantic drama explores the intersection of politics and art during the years between the Treaty of Versailles and the rise of Fascism. Wisbar's fictionalized account of her parents' marriage and their forced divorce by the Nazis begins in 1924 Berlin. Alexandra Schiele is a famous film actress from a prominent Jewish family who falls in love with a down-on-his-luck World War I vet, Franz Weitrek. Franz is able to parlay his wife's connections into work as a film director. But when his career takes off making Nazi propaganda films, his wife becomes a liability. Although in real life Wisbar's mother was not an actress, she was from a well-connected Jewish family that was able to get her father, Frank Wisbar, his start in the German film business. Later, when Frank emigrated to the U.S., he became the producer and director of the first filmed series made for television, Fireside Theater. Tania learned of her family decades later.
Her work has been praised as "quirky and inventive" (Los Angeles Times), "intricate with comedic panache" (LA Theatre Review), and "riotous, surreal, wildly manic and not soon to be forgotten" (The Tolucan Times). It's performer-director-movement artist Serena Dolinsky's innovative and unusual piece of physical theater, facing head-on the various facets of loss and hope, on a personal and global level, with heart, humor, and a touch of absurdity. Presented through a series of revolving stories, Red Sand is at once nonlinear, chaotic, cathartic, and undeniably relatable. Using an evocative dreamscape of sights, sounds, and sensuality, journey through the capricious stages of loss and hope, walk on the edge of the thin line between the sensations, real or imaginary, true or false, of what frees and fetters us. Six nights only — a world premiere.
Three years after Hurricane Katrina, the unhealed wounds of New Orleans's Lower Ninth Ward continue to fester. In this powerful, funny, and deeply moving mother-daughter story, 14-year-old runaway Kali (Camille Spirlin of ABC's American Koko, Fox TV's Rosewood, and Nickelodeon's Marvin Marvin) embarks on a journey to pick through the wreckage of what used to be her life, rhyming, stealing, and scamming her way through the still-destroyed neighborhood. While the rest of the country's attention drifts, the community's residents are left to repair the damage from the inside out. As their attempts at renewal leave a path of destruction in their wake, Kali bears witness to what the floodwaters left behind.
In her new solo show, Tony Award-winning writer, performer, and chameleonic comedian Sarah Jones brings to life an entire cast of characters, all of whom have something to say about gender, sex work, and the times in which we are living.
Significant Other, a dark comedy by Bad Jews playwright Joshua Harmon, is the story of twentysomething Jordan, who's the life of the wedding party until it dawns on him that he is "always a groomsman, never the groom."
As the Great Recession begins, a makeshift family of four factory workers in Detroit toil while their industry flirts with failure. With their future uncertain, Faye, Shanita, Dez, and Reggie, the foreman, must decide how they will balance their own desires, their loyalty to one another, and their survival. More than half a century after Willy Loman struggled for success, this fresh, off-Broadway play shows audiences that the quest for the American Dream endures.
In the overwhelming quiet of the woods, six runaways from city life embark on a silent retreat. As these strangers confront internal demons both profound and absurd, their vows of silence collide with the achingly human need to connect. Filled with awkward humor, this strange and compassionate new play asks how we address life's biggest questions when words fail us.
It's Hamlet and Lady Macbeth together onstage, two Shakespearean icons who struggle to find meaning to their existence in a modern world that refuses to see them as they were written. A romp through the peculiar minds of two of Shakespeare's greatest characters.
The Binge - Free Festival of Theatre (October 16 – 29) offers over 40 plays, workshops, and family-oriented events — all FREE, thanks to generous grants from the City of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Arts Commission, Pearl and Bill Bordy, the Cotkin Family, and Playhouse PALS. BFF events fill up fast, so get now! Then visit SantaMonicaPlayhouse.com for a complete list of events.
Adapter Mike Poulton has given the theater a bold, fast-paced dramatization that deftly transforms Charles Dickens' epic story into a taut political thriller. His A Tale of Two Cities gives a new sense of urgency to the intertwined fates of two men during the bloody, turbulent time of the French Revolution.
The original A Tale of Two Cities (1859) is a novel by Charles Dickens, set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. The book depicts the plight of the French peasantry demoralized by the aristocracy in the years leading up to the revolution, the corresponding brutality demonstrated by the revolutionaries toward the former aristocrats in the early years of the revolution, and many unflattering social parallels with life in London during the same period.
Time Alone traces parallel journeys: that a young man convicted of killing a gang rival and that of a woman whose son, a police officer, is murdered in the line of duty. Both end up in places of extreme loneliness: a solitary confinement prison cell and the silent house of the bereaved. As time itself seems to unravel, their tales both contrast and mirror each other, providing answers to each other's questions — until they find new doors to life. This premiere production, directed by Alessandro Camon (Academy Award nominee for The Messenger) stars Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins (Jelly's Last Jam) and Alex Hernandez (Peter and the Starcatcher)
Turn Me Loose is a new comedic drama about the extraordinary and explosive life of Dick Gregory — starring Tony Award winner and Scandal star Joe Morton — that shines a light on the first black comedian to expose white audiences to racial comedy. Gregory confronted bigotry with shockingly disarming humor, marched alongside Martin Luther King Jr., and deeply influenced comics from Richard Pryor to Chris Rock. He was a prolific writer, muckraker, provocateur, and candidate for mayor of Chicago as well as for president of the United States. He was singled out by President Obama as one of his all-time favorite comedians. Experience the comic genius of Dick Gregory and the poetic final words of his mentor, the slain civil rights activist Medgar Evers: "Turn me loose."
Note: This show contains strong language.
When a reclusive librarian discovers a 113-year-overdue book in the night slot, curiosity compels him to pursue the borrower. His search for answers leads to a worldwide whirlwind journey, during which he discovers instead the great mysteries of humanity. Glen Berger's Underneath the Lintel reminds viewers that the joy is in the journey itself.
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.
Complete with the humor, confusion, and excitement that follows great sex, Neil LaBute's surprisingly sweet comedy brings audiences Beth and Doug, an unlikely pair who struggle to find common ground in an uncommon conundrum.
An immersive theatre event staged in and around Mountain View Mausoleum and cemetery! Wicked Lit has sold out every performance since 2013.
Don't miss all new adaptations staged in, around, and throughout the grounds:
Ambrose Bierce's The Damned Thing Adapted by Jeff G. Rack, directed by Sebastian Munoz
Thoth's Labyrinth Adapted by Jonathan Josephson, directed by Darin Anthony Inspired by the Egyptian legend The Book of Thoth
Margaret Oliphant's The Open Door Adapted by Kirsten Brandt, directed by Paul Millet
The frame for Wicked Lit 2017: Liliom By Kerry Kazmierowicztrimm, directed by James Castle Stevens Inspired by the play of the same name by Ferenc Molnár (pre-show and interval performances)
A young woman falls in love with a total stranger she meets on the subway. After giving the man her actual beating heart, he disappears — leading this unlikely heroine on a quest to retrieve her heart. Along the way, she accidentally cracks open the hearts of others. Whimsical, quirky, and wildly original, With Love and a Major Organ pushes on the ever stranger phenomenon of physical human interaction in the age of technology. Why is it that we are ever more connected and yet we have never felt more alone? With Love and a Major Organ is an eccentric, edgy comedy about what it costs to give your heart away and what happens when you discover you actually have one.
A young woman falls in love with a total stranger she meets on the subway. After giving the man her actual beating heart, he disappears — leading this unlikely heroine on a quest to retrieve her heart, accidentally cracking open those of others she meets along the way. Whimsical, quirky, and wildly original, the play pushes on the ever-stranger phenomenon of physical human interaction in the age of technology. Why is it that we are ever more connected and yet we have never felt more alone? With Love and a Major Organ is an eccentric, edgy comedy about what it costs to give your heart away, and what happens when you discover you actually have one.