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A commuter train leaves San Francisco Airport at 4:15 a.m. on its way to the East Bay.
A man and a woman who have nothing in common but their crossword puzzles are on that BART train. She takes crosswords (and life) very seriously; he treats everything like a game. She's a bean counter; he's a loose cannon.
By the time they reach their destination and depart, the encounter has changed their lives. But will they meet again?
Over 40 Million people in the U.S. do crossword puzzles every day. Most never finish them; a driven few would rather die than give up. 2 Across has one of each, and the sparks that fly will have you laughing till you drop.
Based on true events, 9 Circles tells the shocking story of a soldier recently discharged after fighting in the War on Terror. Abandoned by his nation and on trial for his life, Private Reeves takes audiences on a haunting psychological journey that penetrates the innermost thoughts of a post-traumatic mind.
What will become of 19-year-old Daniel as he is left to salvage the remains of his own ravaged soul from the horror and chaos of warfare?
Volatile, hypnotizing, and strikingly human, 9 Circles boldly examines some of the toughest issues facing our society in the aftermath of a 13-year war.
Winner of 2010 Sky Cooper New American Play Prize (Marin Theatre Company) for outstanding new work and was a Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award Recipient.
Angels-in-training must face obstacles and lessons learned before they can earn their wings. Bring any food and drink you like and enjoy the show!
Banshee cuts to the heart of what ails a New York family headed by an impossible matriarch, Irish immigrant Kit Sullivan. Kit is disappointed with son Junior and makes no secret of it. Junior, turning 40 and having recently suffered a nervous breakdown after years of caring for his widowed mother, wants life to return to normal. He is helped by his well-meaning cop brother, Neil, and his new girlfriend, Cara. Soon the girlfriend meets the mother, Kit, and Mother has some supernatural suspicions about this young Irish woman. All might be well if Junior weren't having terrifying visions of his own. Be it the psychological trauma or the Irish legend plaguing their home, both beg the question, which is this family's true tormentor?
This rib-tickling Rudie-DeCarlo Family Theatre Musical for Kids 2 to 102 proves that friendship doesn't depend on size, color, background, "species" or nationality. You'll go hog wild over the talents of the Actors Repertory Theatre as they tug on your hamstrings and give their wolfish suitors a run for their money. Complete birthday and tea parties are available with every performance. For a quick pig-me-up, catch Barnyard Madness. The only cure is a good healthy dose of laughter. Rancho Park News calls it "Delightful!" You will, too!
After a 32-year acid trip, long-lost rock star Bobby Lee Hightower crawls out of a clothes dryer in a bungalow in Laurel Canyon in the Summer of 2001, whereupon he encounters three generations of pop music royalty including a new love, an old love and a rival brother who has become a music industry powerhouse. It's a clash of the titans when the ideals of the "Love Generation" meet the cynicism of the new millennium in Bill Haller's new "West Coast" Musical.
The one name on everybody's lips is BILLY.
Billy Elliot The Musical is the new show that has captured Broadway's heart and received the best reviews for any musical in years. Called 'Extraordinarily uplifting' by Time Out New York and 'Intoxicating' by The New York Times, Billy Elliot is a joyous, exciting and feel-good celebration of one boy following his heart and making his dreams come true.
Based on the critically acclaimed feature film, Billy Elliot is brought to life by the movie's original creative team - director Stephen Daldry, choreographer Peter Darling and writer Lee Hall - along with music legend Elton John, who has written what the New York Post calls 'His Best Score Yet!'
Following the internationally acclaimed sold-out engagements on Broadway and London's West End, theatre legend, Oscar-recipient and five-time Tony Award® winner Angela Lansbury returns to the stage this winter in her Tony Award® winning role as Madame Arcati, in Michael Blakemore's revival of Noël Coward's smash-hit comedy play, Blithe Spirit.
Researching for his new novel, Charles Condomine invites the implausible medium Madame Arcati to his house for a séance. While consumed in a trance, Madame Arcati unwittingly summons the ghost of Charles' dead wife Elvira. Appearing only to Charles, Elvira soon makes a play to reclaim her husband, much to the chagrin of Charles' new wife Ruth. Now if he wants his latest marriage to stand a GHOST of a chance, he'd better conjure up a solution quickly. One husband, two feuding wives and a whisper of mischief in the air – who will win in Coward's unworldly comedy?
Don't miss what the Daily Telegraph hails as "a comedy that startles and delights! This is a tour de force that will glow in the memory of all who see it!" Wit... Style... Laughter... Why, it's the most spirited comedy you've seen in years.
Actor/director Jason Alexander (Seinfeld) directs Neil Simon's hilarious, heartwarming autobiographical play. Returning from World War II, Eugene teams up with his brother Stanley to break into the world of comedy writing, but a family crisis threatens to destroy their dreams. All the traditional Simon comic genius coupled with his deeply personal recollections of youth. A Tony Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist.
Bronies The Musical tells the story of three outsiders who find purpose, meaning, love – and each other – all thanks to those fantastical cartoon ponies so many may love as the ultimate super-fans! Bronies The Musical explores the phenomenon of fandom through the lens of pony fans – including all the passion, the awkwardness, the creativity, and the community it can inspire.
A multiracial orphan girl, growing up in a predominantly white California town in the 1950's, discovers an entirely new sense of self when a black girl from Alabama suddenly appears in her world. Lyrically brimming with passion and humor, Bulrusher is about how we move forward in our lives by learning from our past.
From its infamous roots in the pantheon of terror, you've never seen a musical quite like this.
Twenty-five years after its spellbinding premiere shocked critics and audiences from London to New York, Carrie, the most legendary Broadway musical of all time, comes to Los Angeles for the very first time.
Based on the acclaimed horror novel by Stephen King, and featuring a book by Lawrence D. Cohen (screenwriter of the classic film), music by Academy Award winner Michael Gore (Fame), and lyrics by Academy Award winner Dean Pitchford (Fame) Carrie spins an epic tale of torment and revenge.
A misfit at school, terrorized by her holier-than-thou mother at home, 17 year old Carrie White, nonetheless, has a secret. And when a prank at the high school prom goes horribly wrong, they'll all find out just how scary a secret can be...
Sports stadiums, eminent domain, Cuban outfielders and the fight for what's best for the City of Angels — it's time for a return to The Ravine. Celebrating 30 years of theatremaking, Culture Clash — Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas and Herbert Siguenza — delivers new insights with their signature satirical eye as they perform their revised take on Chavez Ravine twelve years after its world premiere at the Mark Taper Forum. Energized with new material and music from The Rodarte Brothers, Culture Clash returns to one of their most beloved plays and reexamines the constantly changing landscape of Los Angeles in the still Wild West.
September 16 - October 26, 2014
Gil Cates Theater
Written by Tarell Alvin McCraney
Directed by Trip Cullman
Featuring Nicholas L. Ashe, Grantham Coleman, Caleb Eberhardt, Leonard Kelly-Young, Donovan Mitchell, Jeremy Pope & Michael A. Shepperd West Coast Premiere
At the Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys, a young black man knows what is expected of him. Work hard, fall in line and if you've got the voice for it, use it to praise God in the school choir. Within these walls, Pharus Young, with the voice of an angel and a keen mind, should be a star. But in the face of Drew's time-honored traditions, can music overcome silence? Award-winning playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney navigates expectation, alienation and the overwhelming desire to be heard.
With its fresh new take on the beloved tale of a young woman who is transformed from a chambermaid into a princess, this hilarious and romantic "Cinderella" combines the story's classic elements – glass slippers, pumpkin and a beautiful ball along with some surprising twists.
More than just a pretty face with the right shoe size, this Cinderella is a contemporary figure living in a fairy tale setting. She is a spirited young woman with savvy and soul who doesn't let her rags or her gowns trip her up in her quest for kindness, compassion and forgiveness. She not only fights for her own dreams, but forces the prince to open his eyes to the world around him and realize his dreams too.
In this romantic comedy, Elliot, a computer scientist, builds a computer program to help Molly, a molecular biologist, with her research project, only to find that the variables in their relationship shift as rapidly as their experiment. Elliot and Molly "meet cute" at complicated times in their love and personal lives, and, in their professional collaboration as problem-solving scientists, they grapple with the unsolvable nature of life's biggest equation: how to pair.
Conviction follows the story of a teacher accused of a crime he may or may not have committed and the impact that accusation has on his relationships with close family and friends, each of whom having different perspectives on what happened.
In a side-splitting, historic finale, Barry Humphries, with his beloved creation – Dame Edna Everage, is capping a spectacular career spanning 50 years of bravura showmanship in this farewell to celebratory, sold-out performances across world. With her take-no-prisoners comedy and hijinks, Dame Edna is not going out with a whimper: No one is safe from the Dame's wicked tongue.
With Pink Floyd's album The Dark Side of the Moon as the backdrop, humanity goes through evolution and the battle between good and evil. Brink food and the beverage of your choice and enjoy!
Your obsession has led you here. You stand before the manor of the great author, Elena Fitzgerald. To the larger world, Miss Fitzgerald is a beloved novelist, creator of the Stygian Ascent; a twisted epic of dark fantasy.
To you, Elena is everything.
You've wept over the lives and deaths of her characters. You've dreamt of walking within her world; a dark world that follows the life of Elena's daughter, Mary, on a hopeless quest to be rejoined with her mother. Part fiction, part reflection of reality… as Elena's own daughter went missing before the series began.
For years now, no books have been released, nor has there been any sign of Mary or Elena. In its place, we hear only rumors of suicide, starvation… madness.
Like Elena, you have suffered long enough. You will invade Miss Fitzgerald's manor. Her story must continue, must find its end to bring peace to your long-waiting minds..
The Diary of Anne Frank is the dramatic true story of eight peoples' time in hiding in Amsterdam during World War II as told through the eyes and words of the eloquent and buoyant Anne. The play begins the morning the Franks go into hiding, and it chronicles the next two years' events in the tiny annex. Through the journey taken by these people, we experience hope, despair, and everything in between. It is a story of humanity -- the best, and the worst
A riveting pairing of one-act masterpieces, written more than two centuries apart, explores the fine line between devotion and obsession. In Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, an intimately scaled tragedy, a queen falls prey to the machinations of a formidable enemy, losing her heart to a man who abruptly abandons her. In Bartók's suspenseful orchestral showpiece Bluebeard's Castle, an impulsive young bride turns her back on her family, only to uncover increasingly dark truths about her new husband.
Don't Hug Me, We're Married is the fifth in the popular Don't Hug Me series of musical comedies.
Set in a north woods bar in Bunyan Bay, Minnesota, love is in the air and plans are on tap for a double wedding. What could possibly go wrong? A lot. Rest assured, nothing will go as wedding-planned in Bunyan Bay.
While Passover is a celebration of freedom, it is also a quarrel about the meaning of freedom, the value of life, and the shadow of death, which symbolically "passes over" the house. This night is different from all other nights and of course, this being a Jewish family, it is also a comedy. We're all going to die--but first, you should eat.
Harlem, Père Lachaise Cemetery, rock 'n' roll, Jim Morrison, Richard Wright, poetry and ghosts. Celebrated playwright/performer Dael Orlandersmith returns to the Douglas for a limited world premiere run of her newest play, Forever, prior to its New York debut. Forever is a riveting and masterful piece about family — the ones we were born into, the ones we create for ourselves — and the legacies that shape us all.
Undateable, an online experiment. An original sketch show comprised of REAL online interactions that shows you the science behind dating.
Based on the Oscar-winning film, the Broadway smash-hit musical comedy follows the story of six unemployed Buffalo, N.Y. steel workers who come up with a bold scheme to get themselves out of debt. Inspired by a male dance revue that is a hit with the local women, the men figure they can cash in big time if they go "the full monty" and strip all the way. During this heartwarming and hilarious journey, the men bond together to conquer their fears and insecurities, all while facing their struggles with body image, parenthood, discrimination and self-acceptance. Set to a raucous pop-rock score, with a live orchestra, the musical masterfully balances irreverent hilarity with an uplifting tale of true friendship. Nominated for ten Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Score, The Full Monty is an edgy, wickedly funny show for mature audiences.
Nebraska, the 1990s. Two teenage boys — one a social outcast, the other the quintessential jock — explore a relationship during a summer of self-discovery between high school graduation and the rest of their lives. Set to irresistible songs from Matthew Sweet's landmark pop album of the same name, this rock musical gives voice to those of us who grew up in small towns, those of us who didn't quite fit in and learned we were somehow different, and anybody who remembers the terror and thrill of first love.
In South Boston, this month's paycheck covers last month's bills, bingo is a night on the town, and sharp- tongued single-mom Margie Walsh has just been let go from yet another job. Scrambling to make ends meet, she looks up an old flame, hoping he'll help her make a fresh start in this comedy/drama from Pulitzer Prize- winner David Lindsay-Abaire about how twists of fate determine our path.
Goodbye Marilyn explores the last night of Marilyn Monroe's life. Essentially, the play is a love letter to Marilyn, attempting to show her not as a celebrity, but as a person. At times funny, sad, and exploring the full range of emotions within, Goodbye Marilyn is sure to delight audiences. Come see it for Marilyn; come say goodbye.
The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord
October 7 - November 16, 2014
Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater
Written by Scott Carter
Directed by Matt August
Featuring Larry Cedar, David Melville and Armin Shimerman
"This provocative and funny world premiere play is a fascinating insight into the spiritual lives of three of the greatest minds that ever lived." - Theatermania
A Founding Father, a Victorian novelist and a Russian revolutionary walk into a … stop me if you've heard this one. Thomas Jefferson (yes that one), Charles Dickens (the very same) and Count Leo Tolstoy (who else?) are brought together in a blistering battle of wits for the ages. From Scott Carter (Executive Producer of Real Time with Bill Maher), this whip-smart comedy examines what happens when great men of history are forced to repeat it.
Manic. Impossibly creative. Dead of an overdose at 33. Gonzo journalist Lester Bangs was America's greatest rock critic and the first missionary of the movement he dubbed "punk." His faith was shattered as the rebel ethos of the '70s gave way to the corporate pop of the '80s. Through his own words, this solo play sheds light on a groundbreaking, pioneering voice in music.
Based on Victor Hugo's novel and featuring the Oscar-nominated score from the 1996 Disney animated classic, The Hunchback of Notre Dame is the only stage collaboration from two masters of the American musical theater, composer Alan Menken and lyricist Stephen Schwartz. Featuring a lush, emotionally rich score, this brand-new production from acclaimed director Scott Schwartz highlights the music's orchestral power and choral beauty in an intimate retelling of the famous love story. Librettist Peter Parnell crafts a bold, highly-theatrical take on the moving tale of the scorned bell-ringer Quasimodo, the beautiful gypsy Esmeralda, and the dashing Captain Phoebus in 15th-century Paris.
It's Just Sex is "A Comic Home Run" (Los Angeles Times), "Convulsively Funny" (Variety), "Fast-Paced and Very Funny" (New York Post) and "A Turn-On! Entertaining, Funny and Clever" (Broadway.com). A 'Hilarious and Thought-Provoking" (Fox 11-TV) look at monogamy, infidelity, lust, trust and the boundaries of relationships. With the kids away at camp, three couples get together for an innocent cocktail party. But as the liquor flows, games are played, secrets are revealed, trust is tested, boundaries are broken and reality gets 'swapped' for fantasy.
"Charlie Chaplin for the 21st century" says the Charleston City Paper! Ithamar Enriquez (The Second City, Arrested Development, The League, Key and Peele, Jimmy Kimmel Live) performs a one-man sketch show without saying a single word. Currently being developed into a web series produced by Maker Studios, Principato-Young Entertainment and Key and Peele.
Jersey Boys is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the story of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide - all before they were thirty. The show features such hits as "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You," "Oh, What a Night" and many more.
Set in the provincial Northampton, England, London-bound Charlie Price is surprised to suddenly inherit his beloved father's shoe factory and even more surprised to find that handmade men's dress shoes are no longer quite as in vogue as they used to be. Facing closure, a dejected Charlie chances upon Lola, the charismatic, brassy and fabulous drag queen and finds himself forming an unlikely business partnership, creating custom shoes for drag queens, which will change their lives forever...
Kiss Me, Kate represents the legendary Cole Porter at his very best. It is without a doubt one of the great classics of the American musical theatre, celebrating Shakespeare and the joys, madness, and the rewards of working in the theatre— - both onstage and off. The Pasadena Playhouse production will view the work through a new lens, - using the wonderful material of this celebrated production to showcase the trailblazing African- American touring troupes of the early 20th century. Those "groups of traveling players" that brought the work of the Bard not just to New York City, but to theatres all over the country. Many of the most famous actors of our time owe much to those pioneers, who included such as Hattie McDaniel, Paul Robeson, Earle Hyman, Jane White, and Dorothy Van Eangle. Those brave ac
One of opera's greatest romances, La Traviata returns in Marta Domingo's dazzlingly updated Art Deco-inspired production. Nino Machaidze, one of LA Opera's favorite leading ladies, returns as Violetta, with Arturo Chacón-Cruz as her handsome Alfredo. The incomparable Plácido Domingo returns in one of his newest signature roles, as a father determined to do the right thing.
In the giddy, glitzy world of the Roaring Twenties, a naive young man falls head over heels for a glamorous party girl. Together they trade the fast life for an idyllic love nest far from the city…until an unexpected visitor threatens to tear them apart.
This innovative and dazzling masterpiece is a revival of an original LA Opera production, and is sure to offer a unique and unforgettable experience.
Library Girl runs every 2nd Sunday at 7pm. A mixed-genre literary series featuring poets, playwrights, novelists, essayists, monologists, and singer-songwriters. It has something for everyone. Reception before and after every show.
Much in the vein of other parodies such as Fellowship, A Very Potter Musical, and Point Break Live, Lost The Musical puts an outrageous spin on a show that riveted us, shocked us and entertained us throughout 121 episodes that are boiled down into 72 characters, played by 16 actors, across two hours in one night of hilarious and wacky absurdity in what we hope will become the ultimate LOST experience for fans that want more!
However, the most exciting part of Lost The Musical is the ending. As I'm sure most of you know, the ending to Lost wasn't very well received. So, to remedy that, we have THREE ALTERNATE ENDINGS!!! Every night the audience votes to see which ending they want to see so LOST fans will finally get the chance to experience the finale they always dreamed of!
When choosing how best to protect a child, the wrong decision can lead to tragedy. Veteran social worker Caroline is determined to do what it takes to save baby Luna Gale, but the path ahead is shadowed by hidden motives, long held secrets and moral ambiguity. Powerful and arresting, Luna Gale is an unforgettable tale of conviction and passion.
How does a man become a monster? Shakespeare's tragic masterpiece takes us inside the troubled mind of a murderer, and charts Macbeth's horrifying journey from war-hero to tyrant, from "peerless kinsman" to "fiend of Scotland."
Featuring a versatile six-actor cast, immersive multi-media, and some of the greatest language ever written, this dynamic new production of Macbethbrings immediacy and intimacy to a dark, shocking, timeless classic.
In this workshop of N'Jameh Camara's one woman play, Marguerite to Maya Angelou: A Moment In Prose we follow a young woman as she struggles to form her identity by battling the trials, traumas and tribulations of her past and witness how these battles guide her to the empowered path that allowed her to emerge as the inspirational leader she was.
In Waiting for Lefty, we share Odets's 1935 classic tale of thousands of New York City cab drivers fighting for their rights and echoing the complicated politics surrounding labor unions today. Join us in an Oakland auto-repair shop and put some fire in your belly as we celebrate Odets's fighting words and our cultural memory of what it means to fight for human dignity.
This poignant new drama invites you on a twisty ride to uncharted theatrical terrain. In the age of artificial intelligence, how do you compute the reality of loss and keep your loved ones from becoming a distant memory
Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence beyond her years. Unloved by her ghastly parents and bullied by her evil headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, she resorts to using her special gifts to get by, in the process impressing her kind schoolteacher, Miss Honey, with her curiosity and charm.
Over the course of her first term at school, Miss Honey and Matilda begin to have a profound effect on each other's lives, learning that destiny is in your hands!
Meet & Greet is a one act comedy about four actresses of a certain age -- a Broadway diva (Carolyn Hennesy), an unhinged ex-sitcom star (Vicki Lewis), her ditzy blonde bombshell former co-star (Teresa Ganzel), and a volcanically tempered African-American reality show star (Daniele Gaither) -- are all up for the same part in a new sitcom pilot. They meet at a network casting office in the San Fernando Valley presided over by a catty, gay young male assistant (Brendan Robinson). Old rivalries come screaming to the surface, egos clash, hair is pulled and a shocking revelation forces them to question their entire existences.
Melissa Arctic is Craig Wright's re-imagining of The Winter's Tale, where romance and joy are resurrected from grief through the redemptive power of art. Set against the backdrop of small town Minnesotan life, the lives of barber Leonard Mattson (Leontes) his wife Mina (Hermione), and their childhood friend and successful industrialist Paul (Polixenes) are forever changed when jealousy and suspicion arise and a series of coincidences occur. Original music and lyrics by Wright add a unique dimension to this story of tragedy and rebirth.
Menopause The Musical is a groundbreaking celebration of women who are on the brink of, in the middle of, or have survived "The Change." Now celebrating 13 years of female empowerment through hilarious musical comedy, Menopause The Musical® has evolved as a "grassroots" movement of women who deal with life adjustments after 40 by embracing each other and the road ahead.
Set in a department store, four women meet by chance while shopping for a black lace bra at a lingerie sale. After noticing unmistakable similarities among one another, the all-female cast jokes about their woeful hot flashes, mood swings, wrinkles, weight gain and much more. These women form a sisterhood and unique bond with the entire audience as they rejoice in celebrating that menopause is no longer "The Silent Passage."
Hannah and Miley are sisters. Of course there's sibling rivalry. Can they twerk it out?
Grit meets glamour in a cabaret of boisterous rock-n-roll, intimate storytelling and beguiling siren songs delivered by three individual performers who will expand and explode your perception of both gender and theater. Counted amongst New York City's most beloved performers and remarkable for their generosity of spirit, Joey Arias, Justin Vivian Bond, and Taylor Mac have all garnered critical acclaim as masterful, unexpected and ever-evolving investigators of the magical potential of the stage.
More than just a Broadway show, Motown: The Musical is an incredible look back at the country's most loved genre and the music that transformed America.
Filled with the back stories of legends such as Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson and a whole host of the motor city's favourite stars, and featuring billboard busting classics like 'My Girl' and 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough', this is an uplifting show about how Motown broke down barriers and got us all dancing to the same rhythm!
Motown: The Musical follows writing impresario and founder of the Motown label, Berry Gordy as he fights against the odds to turn his improbable dream into all singing, all dancing reality. Adapted from Berry's own 1994 autobiography, 'To Be Loved', this is an incredible walk down memory lane, as we see how Smokey got his honey toned voice and how Diana found fame, amongst 50 classic songs that are guaranteed to keep you dancing all night long.
The Theatricians stay true to their artistic goals of exploring difficult topics in fun and imaginative ways with Mr. Marmalade, which examines childhood abuse in many different forms. Mr. Marmalade is a savage black comedy about, a four-‐year-‐old girl who merges imagination and reality to create her negligent, wayward, and overly indulgent imaginary friend – Mr. Marmalade. Lucy's reality is altered when she makes her first real human friend, Larry, the youngest suicide attempt in the history of New Jersey. This show contains adult themes and language and is intended for mature audiences.
Brad Zimmerman waited tables for 29 years while chasing a career in acting and comedy, so waiting until his mid-50s to perform on stage seems so logical. If you've ever longed for something; if you ever desired it with all your heart; if you were willing to wait tables for 29 years to pursue your dream, My Son the Waiter will give meaning to your life! This hybrid play weaves a bittersweet tale of one man's lengthy – and we do mean lengthy – struggle in New York. His send-ups on his family, career, childhood and misbegotten lovelife are as warm and poignant as they are hysterical.
Winner of five Tony Awards including Best Musical. Based on the unfinished novel by Charles Dickens, the raucous world of a Victorian era music hall is the backdrop for this play-within-a-play.
What is the history and legacy of the Indian boarding school and how does it inform or haunt Native Americans today? Using historical documents, first-person narratives, and present-day interviews of boarding school survivors, an ensemble of Native performers curates an evening of new work that explores the forced dispersal of Native peoples and the attempt to eradicate their cultural traditions and practices.
Join us for an afternoon of short-form plays by Native American playwrights from across the United States exploring the Indian boarding school experience and its effect on young lives, families, communities, and Native culture—past, present, and future.
Orphaned and homeless, New York's newsboys live, urchin like, day by day, dreaming of a better life. In the meantime, the popular and charismatic Jack and friends have got more than just dodging juvenile detention centre on his mind. The newspaper editors are inflating their prices, meaning the newsies can?t afford to sell them. Now is the time to pull together, create strength in numbers and protest! Join Jack on the adventure of his life as he finds the courage and the hope to change his destiny!
The scene is the living room of a small house on an isolated country road, which is shared by Jessie and her mother. Jessie's father is dead; she is epileptic and unemployable, her loveless marriage ended in divorce; her absent son is a petty thief and ne'er-do-well; her last two jobs failed and, in general, her life is stale and unprofitable. As the play begins Jessie asks for her father's service revolver and calmly announces that she intends to kill herself. At first her mother refuses to take her seriously, but as Jessie sets about tidying the house and making lists of things to be looked after, her sense of desperate helplessness begins to build. In the end, with the inexorability of genuine tragedy, she can only stand by, stunned and unbelieving, as Jessie quietly closes and locks her bedroom door and ends her profound unhappiness in one fatal, stunning and deeply disturbing moment—a moment never to be forgotten by those who have witnessed, and come to understand, her plight.
Writer/director and media artist Lars Jan brings together the worlds of theater, network science, and data visualization to create a trans-disciplinary narrative for the digital age. Collaborating with actor Roger Guenveur Smith, ecologist Eric Berlow, data artist/designer David Gurman, computer scientist Kaustuv Debiswas, and classics researcher Daniel Powasek, Jan explores the ripple effect of creative influence that Homer's Odyssey has inspired across time, space, and culture.
Hidden in the tunnels deep below the Paris Opera lies a mysterious deformed musical genius who stalks the halls and terrorizes the company. Face half covered by his famous mask , his only happiness comes from his tutoring of the beautiful, orphaned chorus girl Christine Daaé, with whom he has an enduring obsession. Unseen, he teaches the young soprano to sing 'The Music of the Night.' As her 'Angel of Music', Christine blossoms and steps out of the shadows onto centre stage.
When Christine becomes engaged to another man, the Phantom is driven mad with jealousy and will stop at nothing to possess her, even murder. And so begins a tantalizing tale of forbidden love and supernatural adventure so exciting that over 130 million people worldwide have been lost in the enchantment!
Told by a mysterious troupe of performers, a young and dreamy prince, Pippin is unhappy with his lot. Overlooked by his errant father King Charles, and mocked by his family, he wants to learn the meaning of life, and takes on a series of thrilling challenges, including becoming involved in war, switching sides to become a revolutionary, whilst leaving a trail of broken hearts over the land. But perhaps excitement and freedom isn't the key to living, and maybe its modesty that will fill the void.
Finally. A Clinton in the White House. It's Jan 2017, President Hillary's first day in the Oval Office, and she's taking on China, Climate Change, Bill & Chelsea, and the ghost of Eleanor Roosevelt!
Every "Once Upon A Time" began with her. In this modern retelling of the ancient Greek myth about the "original" princess, Psyche: A Modern Rock Opera is a stylistic musical hybrid of post-modernism and rock. A theatrical fever dream where the human princess Psyche and the god Eros fall wildly in love, but Aphrodite and Psyche's evil sisters may have other plans. When Psyche is spurned from her home, she is thrust into a netherworld where she is faced with challenge after daunting challenge in order to find her place in the world and of course, true love. But will she survive? Will she go the distance to overcome the wrath of Aphrodite to take her place in the universe as a true hero who will change the world and the very nature of love forever?
Multiple award-winning playwright/director David Mamet tackles America's most controversial topic in a provocative new tale of sex, guilt and bold accusations. Two lawyers find themselves defending a wealthy white executive charged with sexually assaulting a black woman. When a new legal assistant gets involved in the case, the opinions that boil beneath explode to the surface.
The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning is an award winning play that follows the personal journey of the 25 year-old American who leaked classified documents to Wikileaks and served 900 days in solitary isolation before being sentenced to 35 years in prison. We are thrilled to produce this development production that will rock you to your core.
Grounded shares the journey of an unexpected pregnancy that forces an air force pilot to give up all she knows. Grounded in a windowless trailer outside Las Vegas and flying remote drones halfway across the world in Iraq, one remarkable woman discovers the complex and radical consequences of modern-day American warfare.
Fun (and appropriate) for all ages, this show, directed by Frank Caeti, features improv games that rely on audience suggestions and participation. Great for the whole family! We are the Bugs Bunny of improv; come be a part of the show!
A sexy, edgy and kinetic cast delivers gut-wrenching vocals with a dazzling display of songs from superstars Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Taylor Swift, P!nk, Shakira, Rihanna, Lorde, Sia, Lady Gaga, Sara Bareilles and many more. Featuring their most popular songs such as "I Knew You Were Trouble," "Unconditionally," "Wrecking Ball." "Just Give Me A Reason," "Beautiful Liar," "Royals," "Chandelier," "Diamonds," "Brave" and "Roar. Three young women discover what it means to be truly human when they must battle for survival in their messy, private world as it crumbles. Lover. Husband. Partner. Friend. No one is left untouched as these women face the strangers they thought they knew when their ideas about love, relationships and health are suddenly turned upside down.
Someone is killing off the Drama Club of Vera Miles High School, everyone is a suspect and you decide who the killer is! Combining a slasher movie plot with a rock 'n roll score, pop-culture humor and an homage to classic horror film clichés,
Scary Musical - The Musical has all the elements of your favorite "Scary Movies" with an added twist – the teenagers sing and dance – before, during and sometimes after getting killed! The setting is the quiet coastal village of Hidden Secrets, USA. On the night before the opening of the Vera Miles High School Drama Dept's production of Scary Musical - The Musical a brutal double murder takes place. We soon learn that a Crazy Mental patient has escaped from the Hidden Secrets Psychiatric Hospital and all "musical" HELL is about to break loose.
The Second City House Ensembles are the newest crop of talent coming out of Second City that have been hand picked to crank out the improv funny.
See You, Maybe is a raw and realistic dramedy about relationships and intimacy. A revealing look into the life of a San Francisco couple from the first day they meet and then one year later when the relationship is tested. The audience gets to feel like a fly on the wall as they become witness to a seemingly unlikely love affair in this intimate two-person play.
Sharon Tate in Heaven is a one woman odyssey about model and international actress Sharon Tate who made a life in hollywood with her husband Roman Polanski.
At this juncture of August 1969, Sharon Tate has a TV interview in heaven to give a Valentine of love to her husband and loved ones.
Creating Arts Company is proud to bring to life another beloved Princess tale! When the King and Queen are blessed with a lovely baby girl, Princess Aurora, an evil sorceress cast a spell on the newborn Princess. She declares that on her sixteenth birthday, the Princess will prick her finger on a cursed spindle and fall into a deep slumber that only a kiss of true love can awake. Desperate to save their daughter, the King and Queen rely on the help of the forrest fairies to keep her safely hidden away until after her sixteenth birthday. Will they young Princess make it past her sixteenth birthday without the evil sorceress finding her or will she fall victim to the spell, to have a kiss of true love awake her?
This bold, new reimagining of the Tony Award winning musical will connect the separate worlds of both the hearing and deaf communities. Created by an extraordinary assemblage of talent including Michael Arden (noted Broadway performer, star of Deaf West's productions of Big River and Pippin, and star of TV's Anger Management), Spencer Liff (So You Think You Can Dance, Broadway's Hedwig and the Angry Inch) and the good folks from Deaf West Theatre (Broadway's Big River and The Mark Taper Forum's Pippin).
From the award-winning musical team behind Honk! and Broadway's Mary Poppins, this "very curly musical tail" is perfect for the whole family, full of catchy songs, clever rhymes and silly charm, but also has some very smart things to say about home and family.
Stop Kiss tells the story of Sara and Callie, who are walking through New York City's West Village late at night when they share their first kiss. This leads to a vicious attack by an angry bystander, in which Sara is horribly injured. Throughout STOP KISS, relationships are explored, formed, and even ended. Diana Son elaborates on the depths of human emotion and compassion.
Patrick O'Sullivan (Point Break Live, All About Walken) grew up watching the 1987 film Summer School on cable TV and believed the Carl Reiner directed vehicle should have been a modern classic. Oh, and he wanted to be Mark Harmon. So now he's trying to make both those things happen with this parody tribute along with a talented cast, including Chainsaw and Dave!
Supernatural: The Play takes you front and center to a natural hair meetup where women share how their hair journeys have shaped who they are today. If you haven't heard, women of color around the world are meeting and talking about natural hair. They are doing it fabulously in droves through hair workshops, hair makeover experiences, hair lectures, hair product testings, and so much more. You name it and women are coming together to celebrate their natural hair. When they meet, they bare themselves by sharing their stories and exchanging information. Simply Google "natural hair meetup" and your search engine's results will be explosive.
Don Reed, Michael Airington, and Palmer Davis bring their own critically-acclaimed shows to the Hudson Backstage Theatre weekends through September:
• Don Reed's Comedy Shows (Can You Dig It? and Semi-Famous)
• Oh My Goodness It's Paul Lynde starring Michael Airington
• Suburban Showgirl starring Palmer Davis
A lecherous goat, Pentecostals on the radio, a house full of dogs, cats, and Febreze and Daddy's .38 special. These are just some of the ingredients in a delicious and magical stew of stories about a singular childhood in Grady County, written and performed by Lucy Alibar, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of the hit film Beasts Of The Southern Wild. See a landscape you won't soon forget.
Train To Zakopane: A true story of hate and love, by Henry Jaglom, reveals humanity in the most unlikely of places – prejudice. This original new play is based upon true events that occurred in the life of Henry Jaglom's father as he crossed Poland on a train in 1928.
The Trip to Bountiful tells Mother Watts' story. She is an elderly woman forced to live with her overprotective son and domineering daughter-in-law. Her dream is to return for one last time to her small hometown in Bountiful, Texas. Her journey becomes a heartbreaking but ultimately life-affirming and inspiring tale that examines the fragility of memory and celebrates the enduring power of hope, faith and family.
"A must-see for any age!" raves Chris Knopf, past president of Writers' Guild of America, West. "Guarantees laughs! She's done it again!" hails playwright Jerry Mayer (Aspirin & Elephants, Almost Perfect, Dietrich & Chevalier, etc). From the team that brought you the 2013 hit Raise Me Up ("Outstanding!" American Radio Network; "Timeless as romance itself!" LA Weekly) comes Lisa Phillips Visca's world premiere comedy about mothers, daughters, and the profound effect they have on each other and the men in their lives, directed by Chris DeCarlo. An obstacle course of weddings, Porsches, trust fund deadlines, biological clock time-bombs, and life-changing peanut butter frozen yogurt, Turning Thirty illuminates modern-day romance in all its unexpected glory, with the passion and pain of finding, losing, and finding once again your one and only true love. Turning Thirty – the ultimate year; the ultimate love story.
A twister hits the classic tale for a fast-paced, ridiculous retelling by only six actors and tons of audience participation!
A Rock Musical comedy. 5 performers play 12 bands and a slew of comic characters in a mock history of Independent Rock!
A clan of vampires and a few humans reveal dark mysteries and bring us fear mixed with love, perhaps a few tears, and a touch of laughter, all in the course of one night in the life of the clan. Bring food and any drink you like and enjoy!
Vox Lumiere bridges time and space to bring all the passion, seduction, mystery and murder of 19th century Paris and The Phantom of the Opera to 21st century Los Angeles.
Musicians, singers, and dancers perform a musical mash-up of rock, pop, alternative, techno, dance, EDM, opera and classic Hollywood film scoring all perfectly synchronized with the 1925 Lon Chaney classic, propelling you deeper into the heart of this timeless story than ever before. Multiple wrap-around screens envelope you in the film, and cutting-edge multimedia opens a portal for Vox Lumiere's Steampunk-inspired ensemble to lead you on an 'up close and personal' backstage tour of the world most famous opera.
With Vox Lumiere you'll experience magic and allure of The Phantom of the Opera like you never thought possible. You'll be cheering, singing and ready to dance as this haunting, playful romp and bewitching fusion of music, dance and silent film comes to life before your eyes.
During a heavy rainstorm a young man who has lost his way, finally comes upon a home. A mysterious male resident welcomes him in. The Man hands to the young man a book…in the book, is the forgotten tale of the Legend of humans. In the Man's hand is another book containing the story of this young man's life until the moment he had arrived to this place. After reading, the young man realizes why he was lead here. The storm subsides, the Man sends the young man off as he leaves.
Written by one of England's leading writers for young audiences, Walking the Tightrope is a sweet and funny story of a grandfather who, while trying to tell his five-year-old granddaughter that Grandma is gone, goes about building a beautiful new relationship with her.
Gold stilettos, bucket loads of Ferrero Rocher, the least watched video on YouTube, a million years of human history condensed into ten minutes. It's a microcosm of the western world at a dinner table. The last supper of the self-obsessed us. And you, the audience, are invited to the banquet to watch and, some to partake. Gob Squad's Western Society is a portrait of the world we live in, with the color and sound turned up to 11.
Richly adorned in bling, Gob Squad creates an unruly, high-styled romp that is also a sublimely intimate multimedia snapshot of the American family, set to irresistible live music. Partly inspired by a month of anthropological research at Venice Beach and environs, this glamorously finessed and surprisingly affecting event features stunning gold stilettos, bucket loads of Ferrero Rocher – and a live video recreation of what may be the least watched video on YouTube. Gob Squad invites audience members to play key roles in their awe-inspiring and deeply moving portrait of civilization in the 21st century, with the color and sound turned up to 11.
In 1973, a rapidly changing Atlanta elected its first African-American mayor and looked ahead to an exhilarating but uncertain future. In the midst of cataclysmic social change, and keenly aware of their roles in the march of history, the key players in the winning campaign wrestle their most formidable opponent to date – Love. And as fate and feminism would have it, love truly does conquer all.
Don't you love farce? It's your typical boy-meets-girl story. Only the boy is a wily psychoanalyst married to a nymphomaniac. And the girl is his secretary…once she passes a not-so-routine physical. Mix in a little blackmail, a lot of sexual innuendo, a government inspector, a lusty bellboy and voilà!
This classic comic masterpiece has all the ingredients of a thoroughly enjoyable romp: manic action, twisting plotlines, mistaken identities, slamming doors, disappearing clothes, and, above all, Orton's subversive wit, breakneck dialogue and outrageous lack of appropriateness.
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A fast-paced tragicomedy; one part modern satire, one part honest investigation.
The central story concerns Robert, an American teenager guilty of murdering three of his classmates in a school shooting. Spliced among the dramatic exchanges between Robert and his assigned social worker, a parade of fantastical stereotypes storms in and out, creating a dichotomy between moments of hilarity and sorrow. Confronted by disturbingly accurate exaggerations of the tabloid-like modern media, the audience is made to laugh, and then question that laughter.
"The Why" was written by Victor Kaufold at the age of 19. It was a winner in The Blank's Young Playwrights Festival.
Pushed together as room-mates at The University of Shiz, initially the beautiful and popular Glinda clashes with the fiery, misunderstood, green-skinned Elphaba. Soon they learn to put their differences aside, and form an unexpected bond, that stays with them for years to come. An uplifting and affirming adventure, get your tickets for the hottest tour in town!
Roald Dahl's delicious tale of young Charlie Bucket and the strange and elusive confectioner Willy Wonka comes to life in musical form in this fun fantasy Creating Arts Company Mini-Musical. When Charlie wins a Golden Ticket to the weird Wonka Chocolate Factory for a once in a lifetime tour he has no idea what's in store. Beyond the gates Charlie along with Varuka Salt, Agustus Gloop, Mike Teavee, Voilet Beauregard and their guardians step into a world full of wonder and edible delights but soon discover not everything is as sweet as it seems.
Jo March really thinks she could be the voice of her generation....or at least, a voice, of a generation. This fast paced comedy is a mash-up of Louisa May Alcott's classic, Little Women, and HBO's critically acclaimed "Girls", delivering a smartly crafted and hilarious 55 minute show.
The musical story of cannabis in America... that gets in a few pot shots along the way.
From the Co-Writer/Director of the Off-Broadway hit Marry, F*** or Kill comes the world premiere of the fast-paced, R-rated dramedy You Love That I'm Not Your Wife.
Written and directed by Joanne Mosconi, You Love That I'm Not Your Wife features a tableau of quirky characters and lots of romance as it takes a look at modern relationships that mirror contemporary life in LA.