Theatricum continues its celebration of Shakespeare’s 450th birthday with the Bard’s bittersweet comedy. The beautiful but low-born Helena heals the king, winning the right to marry the man she loves – a count above her station. But no one is prepared for the severity and ruthlessness of Bertram’s rejection of Helena as his royally-decreed wife, nor for the lengths to which Helena will go in order to win his love. This summer, discover Theatricum Botanicum's “garden of theater,” a spectacular outdoor amphitheater nestled in the heart of Topanga Canyon.
Based on the true story of legendary country singer Patsy Cline's friendship with her most devoted fan, Louise Seger (played in this production by Sally Struthers of All in the Family fame), Always... Patsy Cline is a heartwarming hit that's been delighting audiences since 1988. Meeting outside of Houston at the Esquire Ballroom, Patsy (played by Carter Calvert) and Louise first became friends over a pot of strong coffee, forming a bond so strong that this unlikely duo remained in touch until Patsy's untimely death in 1963. This musical tribute written by Ted Swindley features a live band and includes 19 of Cline's most unforgettable hits -- such as "Crazy," "Anytime," "She's Got You," "Stupid Cupid" and "Walkin' After Midnight."
Deliciously twisted humor gives way to unexpected poignancy in this bold take on William Shakespeare’s original horror play The Lamentable Tragedy of Titus Andronicus. Reveling in the darkest corners of human nature, Andronicus is a streamlined adaptation of Shakespeare’s most violent play; the bard’s masterful dramatic structure and brutal tale of revenge have been carefully preserved.
Barnyard Madness with the Three Pigs is a zany 1940s Country and Western romp and toe-tapping, finger-snapping musical comedy that follows the romantic antics and show business aspirations of the singing McPig Sisters and their wolverine admirers, proving once and for all that true friendship does not depend on size, color, background, nationality or even "species." A cross between "Grand Ole Opry", "The Three Little Pigs", and drawing from all the happy moments of "Romeo & Juliet", Barnyard Madness offers humorous, yet keen, insights into the dangers of falling in with the "wrong crowd," the deceptive nature of stereotypes, and the importance of following your heart. Barnyard Madness is one of fifteen original fairy tales that are part of the Santa Monica Playhouse award-winning Family Theatre Musical Matinee Series that cut across the imaginary generation gap by providing an experience that the entire family can enjoy.
The Los Angeles premiere of the second play in Tarell Alvin McCraney's acclaimed “Brother/Sister Plays” trilogy stands alone – you don’t need any knowledge of the first (In the Red and Brown Water) or third (Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet) to enjoy The Brothers Size. Recently paroled Oshoosi Size seeks to jumpstart his life. Working in an auto repair shop for his brother Ogun, however, was not what he had in mind. When his old friend Elegba rolls up, offering a different direction, Oshoosi quickly finds himself torn between his brother, his loyalties and his dreams. It’s an exuberantly theatrical drama that weaves together the pulsing rhythms of the Louisiana bayou with African Yoruba mythology to create a stylized story of love and heartache.
Don your vintage Armistead eyeglasses and join us for BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY. Buddy Holly’s short yet spectacular career is told through classic songs we all love including “That’ll Be the Day,” “Peggy Sue,” “Not Fade Away,” The Big Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace,” Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba,” and many more. Clive Barnes of the New York Post raves, “The audience is elevated to joyful chaos.”
Michael Urie, of Ugly Betty and Broadway fame (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying), stars in this award-winning comedy about a struggling actor with a very odd job. In Buyer & Cellar, Alex (Urie) works in the basement "mall" of a Hollywood and Broadway mega-star's Malibu home, essentially selling her own collectibles back to her. When the diva descends downstairs, she and Alex form an unlikely -- and unstable -- friendship. Buyer & Cellar is a hilarious comedy about the cost of things and the true cost of fame. Playwright Jonathan Tolins (The Twilight of the Golds, Secrets of the Trade) reunites with Urie for this production, after working with him on the TV series, Partners.
In this affectionate satire of '50s superstar and teen idol Elvis Presley, rock 'n' roll sensation Conrad Birdie is about to go into the Army. His agent sees this as an opportunity for major publicity and arranges for the star to get a goodbye kiss from one lucky girl on The Ed Sullivan Show. Conrad's arrival in the small-town home of the winning girl creates unexpected waves in the lives of its residents. Winner of the 1961 Tony Award for Best Musical, Bye Bye Birdie features such beloved songs as "Put on A Happy Face," "Spanish Rose," "The Telephone Hour" and "A Lot of Livin' To Do." This show features stars Jim J. Bullock (Monroe from TV's Too Close for Comfort) as the put-upon Mr. McAffee,
Duke Shoman’s acting career began in Italy where he was living and working as an editorial and fashion photographer. He then made the natural transition to acting, studying under the tutelage of David W. Callahan at the Actor’s Academy of Milan. Originally from New Mexico, Duke was surrounded by art at an early age which persisted through life as he traveled the world seeing stage performances from every corner of the globe. Now residing in Hollywood, he divides his time between acting and celebrity photography, utilizing every opportunity at his disposal to be surrounded by the arts.
Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group proudly presents Mia Morte's dark, sexy and sinister burlesque side-show-spectacular, featuring Mia Morte, Rynie Das Wreckless, Vincent Wolf, Darin Malfi, Joey Dynomite, Zachariah and MaliciouSid...The Greatest Show Unearthed!
A curse lies upon the land of Thebes and its ill-fated rulers Oedipus the King, Jocasta the Queen and Creon the high counselor—a curse that reiterates generation upon generation. The suffering of the people provides a battleground against which Apollo and Dionysus contend for power over the mortal realm. Playwright Kenneth Cavander, director Casey Stangl and the actors of Antaeus Company have distilled the legends of three generations into a single evening of drama, telling the story of a land and people caught in a web of pride and self-destruction.
First comes love. Then comes marriage. Then your parents move in. At least, that's how it goes for Sidney and Michael, a young married couple trying to start a family of their own in the new comedy Family Planning. Sidney's parents, Diane and Larry, have been divorced since forever. Larry is a New Age Jewish Buddhist, Diane a narcissistic Auntie Mame wannabe. When they lose their second spouses and most of their finances, this odd couple both decide to move in with their daughter and her husband. Now the four adults have to learn to behave like a functional family -- or drive each other crazy.
What happens when your oldest daughter announces she's engaged and wants a small family wedding -- only to have the costs spiral out of control and her call off the wedding? When you're the father of the bride, you've got to set out to right all the wrongs and make sure the wedding goes off without a hitch. Edward Streeter's novel Father of the Bride has been adapted for two films (starring Spencer Tracy and Steve Martin), a TV series and the stage.
Based on actual events, in Flim Flam during the summer of 1922, Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle team to investigate psychic mediums for the Scientific American committee. Their friendship is challenged when Conan Doyle champions a beautiful and seductive psychic as authentic. Houdini is determined to prove that she is a phony, until she appears to make contact with Houdini’s beloved dead mother, and he must confront his own beliefs about life-after-death.
A careless act of infidelity sends the lives of two couples spiraling out of control. FLOWER DUET is a ferocious new comedy that spans 20 years of love, friendship, betrayal and heartbreak in the lives of two passionate opera singers whose relationships prove to be just as dramatic as the music they sing.
Hollywood Facade is a jukebox musical blessed and authorized by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice and other
composers to use songs from the musicals Jesuschrist Superstar, Jekyll & Hyde, Twilight, Cats and Miss Saigon.
Hollywood Shorts presents a new series of eight original plays, each of them approximately 10-minutes long, written by a slew of talented, award-winning film and TV writers. This night of rapid-fire productions explores everyday life from a number of angles, all of them funny. Get ready to laugh -- and occasionally cry -- along with a motley crew of BBQ Dads, a college reunion gone wrong (then all too right), a couple's debate over healthy eating, a brunch-time break-up and much more. These plays may be short, but Whitefire Theatre is out to prove that good things do indeed come in small packages.