Spoon River is the name of the body of water that flows past Lewiston, Illinois, the small town where Masters (1868-1950) spent part of his early life. The local cemetery is located on Oak Hill. In Masters’ anthology, Spoon River becomes the name of the town where the departed souls of his narratives once lived and are now buried. A community of long standing, their stories extend as far back as the mid-Nineteenth Century. Some of the peoples’ lives have been rich and full; others have not been so well-lived. Masters’ language gives the story of each of these lives a compelling urgency, no matter how rich or common. The late inhabitants of that little town share the stories of their lives, sometimes instructively, sometimes nostalgically, sometimes lovingly, sometimes bitterly, sometimes to insure the record of the simple fact that they were there and lived a life and that it was important. One hundred years after their initial publication, the stories and their evocation of an earlier America still have a grasp on our imagination. For ages 12 to adult.
7 REDNECK CHEERLEADERS is the story of a novice playwright and expert push over, Ben, attempting to direct his first play at the advice of a favorite aunt on her deathbed. He meets a Hollywood theatre producer at Trader Joe’s and the Equity-waiver hell begins. Ben’s play within the play is an American Tale of a small town boy, Young, who against the wishes of a tyrannical, Podunk father, is determined to become a high school cheerleader for the sake of love. Out of his element with actor-types, Ben rehearses the cast in their redneck roles. Hearts are trampled on. Rim jobs are discussed. Testicles are mangled and some actors die. But not without a serious, and cathartic, cheer-competition finale and Ben’s favorite aunt smiling down from Lesbian Heaven.
Humorous and moving scenes and monologues focusing on the many ways the world could end, from nuclear warfare and artificial intelligence to global pandemics and volcanoes. Reserve your front row seat for the Apocalypse now!
Real-life father and daughter Jeff Perry (Scandal) and Zoe Perry (upcoming feature film Cotton) star in Eugene O’Neill’s 1922 Pulitzer Prize winner. After a 20-year separation, a coal barge captain is reunited with the daughter he unknowingly abandoned to a life of hardship. When Anna falls in love with a sailor (Grey’s Anatomy’s Kevin McKidd), certain secrets about her past come to light.
Join the Snow Queen and her Icy companions as they help Annabelle close the rift in Time and melt the cold front that is threatening the hearts of the modern world. A host of colorful Dickensian characters, led by a charmingly dotty old lady (or is she the Snow Queen in disguise?) confront the miracles and mysteries of the modern world as they enlist the audience's aid to unthaw the frozen hearts of the MTV Generation and convince a feisty teen that you're never too old to believe in the magic of love and family. Quirky teenager Annabelle would rather do anything than board the train that is taking her home for the family reunion. The fuss, the food, the fads are simply overwhelming. But home she must go, and as the train rattles on from stop to stop, the passengers that join Annabelle become more and more fantastical, the towns they pass more and more unfamiliar and by the time she realizes something is truly amiss, Annabelle and her fellow passengers are hurtling towards the North Pole, the Snow Queen's domain. Come along on a topsy-turvy ride, featuring a magical train, breathtaking Dickensian Steampunk costumes, and special effects that will transport you to an icy North Pole glitter freeze that can only be set right by joyous, warm hearted. Fun audience participation heightens the enjoyment as youngsters interact with cast members to help bring the story to a joyous conclusion.
AT SOME POINT IN THE PROCESS OF THE END OF THE WORLD uses absurd humor that can seem sophomoric and scatological to explore issues of violence, sexuality, greed, and the disintegration of society. The piece was inspired by the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and the Seven Deadly Sins.
Gioachino Rossini's delightfully funny story of young love unfolds in Spain and finds the dashing Count Almaviva striving to win the love of the beautiful Rosina. But to rescue her from her awful guardian, the Count enlists the help of the town's busybody barber, the famed Figaro -- who ends up creating hilarious mayhem with his many disguises and wacky schemes. With a triumphant overture made famous through other mediums -- think Bugs Bunny -- The Barber of Seville appeals to both opera newbies and aficionados. A topnotch cast sails through the score's bel canto glories, thrilling the audience with their portrayals of characters that are just as vivid today as when they first took the stage. Rossini's razor-sharp musical wit glints through every scene of this delicious comedy, one of the most playful and popular in the entire operatic repertoire.
Based on the hit film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and the incredible true story that inspired it, Broadway musical Catch Me If You Can follows the life of Frank W. Abagnale Jr., who uses charm, imagination and millions of dollars in forged checks to create his ideal future. Abagnale successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer -- and wins the girl of his dreams -- before FBI agent Carl Hanratty finally catches up to him. The Tony Award-winning dream team behind Catch Me If You Can includes playwright Terrence McNally (The Full Monty, Ragtime) and composers Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray).
Chavez Ravine is the story of Los Angeles' most contested piece of land, the current site of Dodger Stadium and a place where a Latino community once flourished. Celebrating 30 years of theater-making, 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 12 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. 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.
A collection of original shorts written by the members of Theatre Unleashed, Choking Hazard showcases five distinct pieces, ranging from drama to comedy. Featuring some of the company's top actors, these pieces serve as a companion to the main stage show Ligature Marks. Find out what happens when the creative juices of some talented individuals get to flow freely during this evening of funny, insightful and dramatic new works
Unlike some of the more recent film versions of “Cinderella”, LACT’s production honors the original fairytale. Instead of her physical beauty being the focus, Cinderella’s charm and beauty come from within. Thus, her “beautiful” character attracts and ultimately makes the handsome prince fall in love with her. So, even though her two mean stepsisters and stepmother bully and demean her, Cinderella appears as a hard-working young girl with a heart of gold. Despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, she will not give in to despair nor despise those who abuse her. When the palace sends out an open invitation for all maidens to attend a ball, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But as in all good fairy tales, a kindly fairy godmother sees the goodliness Cinderella possesses, and magically transforms her into a “princess” thus changing her life forever.
Writer-performer Steven Fales is back with his critically-acclaimed Confessions of a Mormon Boy, dissecting his Utah church upbringing and its wild ride of an aftermath, in a show the Los Angeles Times calls "an extraordinary achievement." This powerful and powerfully funny play follows Fales' journey from excommunication, through marriage, kids and divorce, to his life as a high-priced gay New York prostitute. Ultimately, though, he finds a way to reclaim his life and his children. Along with impressing celebrity fans like Judith Light, Leslie Jordan and Bruce Vilanch, Fales received an Outer Critic's Circle Award nomination and was a Lambda Literary Award finalist for the off-Broadway run of the show, which has also been seen across the country and in London's West End.
Of all the great female stars to emerge from Australia -- Olivia-Newton John, Kylie Minogue, Nicole Kidman -- none can hold a candle to the rhinestone-studded awesomeness of Dame Edna Everage, the planet's reigning (and only) "gigastar." The widely-loved neon-haired homemaker, talk show host, fashion icon, swami and sought-after friend, has for more than four decades, dazzled audiences the world over with her one-of-a-kind banter, infinite wisdom and fabulous beauty tips. Now, in a side-splitting, historic finale, Dame Edna (Barry Humphries) is capping her spectacular 50-year career with this celebratory show that finds her surrounded by spectacular sets and gorgeous, talented dancers. With her take-no-prisoners comedy and hijinks, Dame Edna is not going out with a whimper and no one is safe from her wicked-sharp tongue.
Examining perspectives on freedom of ideas...and speech, this entertaining journey indicts what the writer calls “totalitarian, highly-restrictive modes of thought," in popular religions today. Straight out of current headlines, and raising questions about the growing danger of extremists, a family stands to lose all after speaking out against their church.
A present-day hero's quest to right history's wrongs, as 18 year old Dontrell Jones III feels that it is his duty and destiny to venture into Atlantic in search of an ancestor lost during the Middle Passage. His family is not at all ready to abandon its prized son to the waters of a mysterious and haunting past. Blending poetry, humor, and ritual, the play explores the lengths and depths we must go to in order to free ourselves from the misdeeds of our personal history.
The spine-tingling story of an immortal bloodsucking creature of the night continues to be re-"vamped," as the Victorian novel that started it all, Bram Stoker's Dracula, comes to Upland's The Grove Theatre in musical form. This dramatic staging moves from England to Transylvania and back as it focuses on Count Dracula's strange psychic connection with the young Mina, endangering her friend Lucy, and pitting him against the famed vampire hunter Van Helsing. The show premiered on Broadway in 2004, featuring a score by the Tony-nominated Frank Wildhorn (The Scarlet Pimpernel, Bonnie & Clyde) and lyrics and book co-written by Oscar-winner Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liaisons).
Set in December 1968, End of the Rainbow's story unspools in a hotel room in London, where Judy Garland is set to star in a series of desperately needed comeback concerts. As she prepares with her young fiancé and trusted pianist, Garland -- with her signature cocktail of talent, tenacity and razor-sharp wit -- takes on her most challenging role ever: herself. Featuring such Garland classics as "The Trolley Song," "Come Rain or Come Shine," "The Man That Got Away" and, of course, "Over the Rainbow," this music-filled, biographical stage drama will leave you with new insight into the iconic star's final days.