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Silent Sky Aug 23 - Sep 10, 2017  
Long Beach Performing Arts Center Silent Sky
A celestial romance and true story of discovery, this riveting new play explores the life and career of Henrietta Swan Leavitt (1868-1921) as she fearlessly asserts herself in the male-dominated world of early astronomy. Hired by the Harvard Observatory as a human “computer” to catalog the stars, Henrietta’s story plays out against a landscape of early feminism and universe-revealing science, reminding us all what we can achieve when we allow curiosity and wonder into our lives. “Luminously beautiful… an intellectual epic told on an intimate scale. Bottom line: Heavenly.” — Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Silent Sky Aug 23 - Sep 10, 2017  
International City Theatre Silent Sky
Silent Sky is the true story of how a group of extraordinary women banded together to find a way to measure the universe while overcoming adversity. Set in the early 1900s, Silent Sky follows Henrietta Leavitt, an aspiring scientist who joins the Harvard Observatory's all-female "human computer" team. Once there, however, she finds the women are kept behind the scenes and told to keep their ideas and theories to themselves. As Henrietta navigates these impossible waters, she tries to keep her personal life and family obligations in focus. This powerful production from International City Theatre in Long Beach examines a woman's place in professional society during a time of both historic discovery and endless oppression. Recommended for guests age 10 and older.
Nevertheless, She Persisted Aug 24 - Sep 10, 2017  
Atwater Village Theatre Nevertheless, She Persisted
Feminism and protest have been hallmarks of American culture since the country's inception; without the feminist voice, gender roles and women's rights would look very different than they do today. And in today's political climate, that voice is more important than ever as the horizon begins to look uncertain and women risk losing hard-won ground. Don't miss a provocative evening of world-premiere theatrical shorts by five of the nation's fastest-rising female playwrights when Nevertheless, She Persisted comes to Atwater Village Theatre in Los Angeles.
Love Labour's Lost Aug 25 - Sep 16, 2017  
Richard Goad Theatre Love Labour's Lost
One of Shakespeare's most flamboyantly intellectual comedies, Love's Labour's Lost follows the King of Navarre and his three feckless friends, who take an oath to immerse themselves in their studies, swearing off contact with women for three years. As if on cue, the Princess of France arrives with her three gorgeous ladies-in-waiting and the young men find themselves struggling to keep their oath. Will they succeed, or will the game of love prove too enticing? Full of witty wordplay and playful pranks, this exuberant romantic comedy is a comic example of youthful idealism derailed by attraction. Don't miss the surprise ending when the show comes to Long Beach Shakespeare Company's Richard Goad Theatre.
The 2017 Paul Robeson Theatre Festival: Harlem To Central Avenue Aug 25 - Aug 27, 2017  
The Los Angeles Theatre Center The 2017 Paul Robeson Theatre Festival:  Harlem To Central Avenue
Beginning in 1917, the Harlem Renaissance was the flowering of Black performing, literary and visual arts that signaled the birth of the New Negro Movement, an attempt by African Americans in the arts to define their own identity free of historic stereotypes. In the words of novelist and poet Langston Hughes, “We younger artists who create now intend to express our individual dark-skinned selves without fear or shame. If white people are pleased, we are glad. If they are not, it doesn’t matter. We know we are beautiful. And ugly too. The tom-tom cries and the tom-tom laughs. If colored people are pleased, we are glad. If they are not, their displeasure doesn’t matter either. We build our temples for tomorrow, strong as we know how, and we stand on top of the mountain, free within ourselves.” In the decades that followed, the New Negro Movement made its way west from Harlem to California, and Los Angeles’ Central Avenue became the center of African-American culture in this city. The 2017 Paul Robeson Theatre Festival will celebrate the Harlem Renaissance and the impact that it ultimately had on Black culture and the arts in Los Angeles.
Alternative Acts Aug 25 - Sep 16, 2017  
Theatre of NOTE Alternative Acts
A collection of even short plays that explore a variety of topics ranging from health care to smartphones, Alternative Acts is a mixtape of one-act works that combines music and theater to create a unique experience. First, experience live music before each performance and then shift into the drama on stage, with works like "Out to Breakfast," where something as simple as ordering a meal can take a surreal turn; "Mr. Picman," which chronicles an awkward mother-daughter relationship in a smartphone driven world; and five other engaging explorations of everyday life.
Somewhere in the Middle Aug 25 - Oct 8, 2017  
Crown City Theatre Company Somewhere in the Middle
When Sarah, the overachieving oldest child of an average Midwestern family, comes home for Passover dressed in Muslim garb, she ignites a powder keg of uncomfortable issues in the new comedic drama Somewhere in the Middle (or, guess who's coming to Passover). Now her father is worried Sarah's religious studies class has turned her away from her Jewish heritage, while her mother and grandmother are flabbergasted, and her younger brother is just thrilled to be the new golden child. But Sarah is only getting started with the surprises. When her new boyfriend shows up, the family is forced to confront its prejudices. Don't miss this timely new work by Gary Lamb at the Crown City Theatre Company in North Hollywood.
Emilie: La Marquise du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight Aug 25 - Sep 17, 2017  
Coeurage Theatre Company at Greenway Court Theatre Emilie: La Marquise du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight
Passionate. Brilliant. Defiant. Tonight, 18th century scientific genius Emilie du Châtelet is back and determined to answer her unresolved question: love or philosophy, heart or head? In this highly theatrical, fast, funny, and sexy rediscovery of one of history's most intriguing women, the French physicist and mathematician defends her legacies - both scientific and romantic - and the groundbreaking work for which she was denounced until after her death.
Aaja Aug 25 - Aug 27, 2017  
El Portal Theatre Aaja
Director Kavita Rao presents Aaja -- A Tale of Karmic Destiny, a show that creatively combines Bollywood, cirque and contemporary styles to create an intriguing and beautifully told story. In this one-of-a-kind show where East meets West, audiences are invited along on the journey of a young woman to a surreal, dream-like Bollywood world. There she encounters various characters -- like aerial goddesses, stilt walkers, enchanting fire-eaters, mysterious ballerinas and an enigmatic enchantress -- who change her world for good. See Aaja at El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood.
Macbeth Aug 25 - Aug 26, 2017  
Whitmore-Lindley Theatre Center Macbeth
Nastier than Scorsese at his bleakest, more violent than Tarantino at his bloodiest, Macbeth still shocks like no other tale on the page, stage or screen. Maybe it's because the murderous Macbeth isn't a robot from outer space or even a charming psychopath -- he is something much more dangerous: an ordinary person with an extraordinary desire for power. Now The Unlikely Shakespeare Company stages this chilling portrait of temptation, ambition and betrayal at the Whitmore-Lindley Theatre Center in North Hollywood. Driven by a supernatural prophesy, his own ambition and an adamant partner, the Scottish general slashes his way to the throne. But just as he grasps the crown, it starts to slip through his bloody fingers.
Wake Up (Every Morning) Aug 25 - Aug 26, 2017  
Highways Performance Space and Gallery Wake Up (Every Morning)
Wake Up (Every Morning) is a tragicomic fever dream that dissects and deconstructs contemporary American culture through language, movement, humor, and unflinching honesty. The play follows four characters, who, through abstract dialogue, allow us to be privy to their innermost thoughts, contradictions and demons. At times beautiful, at times disturbing, this rapid-fire reflection of modern times promises to be confounding and thought- provoking. See it at Santa Monica's Highways Performance Space and Gallery.
American Home Aug 26 - Sep 24, 2017  
Fremont Centre Theatre American Home
In 2008, one out of every 54 homes in America received a foreclosure notice. Now award-winning playwright Stephanie Alison Walker, author of Love in the Time of Foreclosure, is taking audiences on a deeply personal journey through recent history as she shines a light on three out of the literally millions of stories of loss. In American Home, a young couple faces eviction from their dream home, an elderly widow falls prey to a reverse mortgage scheme and a minister of the 'prosperity gospel" must face the flock she's led astray. Presented at Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena, this trio of stories is an unflinching look at the tough choices people make when faced with losing everything, and, ultimately, celebrates the powerful resilience of community and the human spirit.
WordTheatre Aug 26  
Ford Amphitheatre WordTheatre
12 actors. Nine musicians. Three Dancers. One Big Bang -- WordTheatre retells the intergalactic story of the universe's creation through a mix of song, dance, comedy and more from a huge cast of celebrity professionals. From creation myths to the Big Bang theory, be a part of the journey that explores our existence using the minds and words of poets, philosophers, fiction and comedy writers. All the while, classical, contemporary music and film scores complete the soundtrack. Join Copernicus, Galileo, Einstein, Carl Sagan, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Stephen Hawking, Monty Python, David Bowie and many more as they soar throughout the cosmos and beyond.
She's History Aug 26 - Aug 27, 2017  
Theatre West She's History
Annie Oakley, Nancy Pelosi, Sojourner Truth and Susan B. Anthony are just a few of the monumental ladies who make an appearance in She's History, Amy Simon's solo show about women who make and made history. Part of Theatre West's Portraits of Humanity solo show series in Hollywood, She's History is a comedy that finds Simon delivering remarkable facts with her trademark wit and charisma.
The Dreamer Examines His Pillow Aug 26 - Sep 24, 2017  
Lounge Theatre The Dreamer Examines His Pillow
A striking, surreal study of the often-bizarre byways that love between men and women can follow. Told in three related scenes, the play uses indirection and richly evocative language to make its unsettling but ultimately illuminating points. The Dreamer Examines His Pillow is a philosophic dream-comedy full of rich symbolism, magical realism, emotional intensity about love, marriage and maturity.
Madness, Mayhem, and Other Stimulants....When Women Write! Aug 26 - Oct 1, 2017  
Write Act Repertory Theatre Madness, Mayhem, and Other Stimulants....When Women Write!
MADNESS, MAYHEM, and OTHER STIMULANTS … When Women Write! Summer Playwright’s Lab 2017 – Write Act Repertory’s annual women’s playwrights returns in our new home spotlighting three prominent Los Angeles playwrights. Write Act Rep's Spotlight Series provides an opportunity for Write Act Rep artists-in-residence featuring a principal performer's written word, with the support of fellow Write Act members. Write Act Rep picks a writer's body of work as a focus for our playwriting groups we work with here. In the past, Write Act Rep worked with members of Los Angeles Playwrights Group, ALAP, At-Rise Playwrights and Women Inventing Theatre.
Human Monsters Aug 26  
The Colony Theatre Human Monsters
Every 15 minutes, Human Monsters reinvents itself with a stunning new storyline. Rife with duplicity, deceit, mystery, shock, betrayal, twists and turns, Human Monsters follows in the footsteps of such juicy heavyweights as Scandal, Dynasty and Empire. If you're the type of person to get bored with a show in 15 minutes, prepare for a new experience to sink your teeth into at The Colony Theatre in Burbank.

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