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Brian Dennehy, Jefferson Mays, and More Join New Geffen Season

Mays will adapt and perform a new rendition of A Christmas Carol for the holidays.

Brian Dennehy will star in the Geffen Playhouse double bill of Eugene O'Neill's Hughie and Samuel Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape.
(© David Gordon)

The Geffen Playhouse has announced nine plays for its 2018-19 season, helmed by new artistic director Matt Shakman. The season will focus on world-premiere plays from acclaimed playwrights that reflect a culturally diverse Los Angeles and revivals of classic works that are relevant to the issues of today.

Coming to the Gil Cates Theater will be the world premiere of The Untranslatable Secrets of Nikki Corona (September 4-October 7), written by José Rivera; a world-premiere adaptation of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol (October 30-December 2), adapted and performed by Tony Award winner Jefferson Mays; the West Coast premiere of Lights Out: Nat "King" Cole (February 5, 2019-March 10, 2019), written by Patricia McGregor and Colman Domingo, directed by McGregor, and featuring Dulé Hill and Daniel J. Watts; a new adaptation of Antigone (April 9, 2019-May 12, 2019), directed by Kate Whoriskey; and the world-premiere Geffen commission Mysterious Circumstances (June 11, 2019-July 14, 2019), inspired by the New Yorker article "Mysterious Circumstances: The Strange Death of a Sherlock Holmes Fanatic," written by Michael Mitnick and directed by Matt Shakman.

In the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater will be The Cake (September 10-October 21), written by Bekah Brunstetter, directed by Jennifer Chambers, and featuring Joe Hart, Morrison Keddie, Shannon Lucio, Carolyn Ratteray, and Debra Jo Rupp (a presentation of Echo Theater Company's world-premiere production); a double bill of Hughie by Eugene O'Neill and Krapp's Last Tape by Samuel Beckett (November 5-December 16), directed by Steven Robman and featuring Brian Dennehy; the world premiere of Black Super Hero Magic Mama (March 5, 2019-April 14, 2019), written by Inda Craig-Galván; and the world premiere of Invisible Tango (May 7, 2019-June 16, 2019), created and performed by Helder Guimarães and directed by Frank Marshall.

Currently running at the Geffen Playhouse are Sell/Buy/Date, written and performed by Sarah Jones and Martyna Majok's drama Ironbound.