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The Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival  
Electric Lodge   The Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival
 
The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival (LAWTF) marks 24 years of producing close to 500 extraordinary multicultural and multidisciplinary solo performers from around the globe.
   
April, May and June  
Theatre 40 at The Reuben Cordova Theatre  April, May and June
 
April, May and June are fortyish sisters, born a year apart. They’re Jewish (although with one Gentile grandparent who made the best matzo ball soup). They’re temperamentally a bit different. April, the eldest, is the most dominant. Her marriage has crumbled beneath her husband’s infidelity. May, always conscious of being “the middle one,” has issues with her weight. June, the youngest, is a lesbian whose own partner has been wayward. The three siblings have convened to pack up the old family home after their mother has passed away. She was the parent who had been most present in the women’s lives. Their father had been an alcoholic. Mother had endured and persevered. Going through their mother’s possessions, the women come across items that will give them a shocking surprise. Everything they thought they knew about their mother and their family will be changed and impact their lives forever. How will these newly revealed developments affect their relationship with each other?
   
The Accidental Club  
Whitefire Theatre The Accidental Club
 
A washed-up rock star dies and goes to The Accidental Club, a version of the afterlife that must be heaven because Janis Joplin, Billie Holiday and Amy Winehouse are in it. Powerhouse singer and actor Sherrie Scott plays all three musical icons in this solo musical at Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks, singing her own original songs about life, fame, addiction and death as her protagonist Mira tries to win Angel of the Month so she can go back to earth and do one last concert for her faithful fans.
   
Adam and Evie  
City Garage Theatre Adam and Evie
 
From the award-winning playwright and visionary poet Charles L. Mee, Adam & Evie brings its clever take on modern love to the City Garage at Bergamot Station Arts Center in Santa Monica. In the play, Mee will explore the joys and sorrows of love with startling images and plenty of comic mishaps. Featuring a diverse cast, this special world premiere follows various complex interactions that reveal thrilling and universal heartaches.
   
Adventures in Neverland  
Promenade Playhouse Adventures in Neverland
 
When Peter Pan gets back to Neverland after spending some time away, he finds the whole place turned upside down -- Captain Hook has captured Tinkerbell and Tiger Lilly, turned the Lost Boys into pirates and renamed the island Pirateland! Peter has to save the day, but he can't rescue Tink, take back the island and defeat Captain Hook all on his own. The audience is a part of the action in this all-new interactive production, where you'll cheer for the good guys, boo the bad guys and sing and dance along as you're swept away to Neverland. Adventures in Neverland is a fun-filled one-hour theatrical experience at Santa Monica's Promenade Playhouse that's a blast for the whole family. For kids ages 3+
   
Ah, Wilderness!  
A Noise Within Ah, Wilderness!
 
Return to a simpler time in Eugene O'Neill's unabashedly romantic and sweetly funny Ah, Wilderness! As the Connecticut-based Miller clan plans their traditional Fourth of July festivities, their dreamy-eyed middle child, Richard, is wrestling with cultural conventions, political uncertainty, the power of literature and the exquisite pain of young love. The memories of family life were never so delicately portrayed as in O'Neill's only comedy -- a coming-of-age love letter to a simpler time and a beautiful ensemble piece that centers on the universal nature of love. See this slice of Americana come to life from Pasadena's A Noise Within. This show is recommended for ages 12 and older.
   
American Idiot  
Cupcake Theater American Idiot
 
Broadway was rocked like it'd never been rocked before when Green Day's American Idiot arrived in 2010. Based on the band's Grammy-winning (and platinum-selling) concept album of the same name, this high-energy, Tony-winning rock opera uses the songs from the album plus several from its follow-up release, 21st Century Breakdown, to drive the story. Three lifelong friends -- Johnny, Will and Tunny -- must navigate the aimless drift of suburbia in a post-9/11 world. But fear, war and drugs soon prove to be easier choices than freedom, which leads to the erosion of their friendship and dreams. With its timely-as-ever examination of the hearts of young Americans craving purpose in a cynical world, American Idiot now brings its electrifying punk rock pulse to the Cupcake Theater in North Hollywood. This show is recommended for mature audiences.
   
An American In Paris  
Pantages Theatre An American In Paris
 
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is the romantic story about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Ages 6 and up Children under 5 will not be admitted to the theatre. All patrons must have a ticket, regardless of age.
   
An American Paris  
Pantages Theatre An American Paris
 
Inspired by the Academy-Award winning film, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is the romantic story about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. AN AMERICAN IN PARIS brings this classic tale to the stage for the first time with music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin, a book by Craig Lucas and direction and Tony-winning choreography by Christopher Wheeldon. AN AMERICAN IN PARIS won four 2015 Tony Awards. The hit musical has also won four Drama Desk Awards and four Outer Critics Circle Awards including Best Musical, the Drama League Award for Best Musical, three Fred and Adele Astaire Awards and two Theatre World Awards.
   
Apocalypse Play  
Atwater Village Theatre Apocalypse Play
 
It's the end of the world in Los Angeles. Well, everywhere, but definitely in Los Angeles, where Jane is stuck in a cramped apartment turned shelter with her ex, Chip. They think they're the last living souls on earth, until others start showing up at their doorstep. Chip believes they should band together and save the race, build a new civilization from the ashes of the past. But Jane isn't so sure. The apocalypse isn't so bad - she can finally hear herself think.
   
At Home at the Zoo  
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts At Home at the Zoo
 
The Wallis and Deaf West Theatre deliver their sign language take on Albee's classic short play The Zoo Story and its acclaimed prequel Homelife. Together, these short plays form At Home at the Zoo, a revealing look at Peter and Ann's rocky marriage and Jerry, the volatile stranger Peter meets on a Central Park bench. The New York Times calls the play "an essential and heartening experience." The Wallis' Coy Middlebrook directs this new production featuring both deaf and hearing actors.
   
Author! Author!  
Santa Monica Playhouse Author! Author!
 
The longest-running Jewish-themed musical in L.A. theater history, Author! Author! -- An Evening with Sholom Aleichem, returns to the Santa Monica Playhouse with Chris DeCarlo reprising his award-winning role as the "Yiddish Mark Twain," the man whose famed folk stories inspired Fiddler on the Roof. Dubbed warm, funny, spirited and entertaining by the Los Angeles Times in its initial run, this musical comedy tracks the author Aleichem's arrival in New York in the early 1900s to have his work produced for the American stage, and recalls his own experience as a Lower East Side immigrant, as well as his childhood and hilariously bumpy courtship with his first girlfriend. The score, written by the award-winning team of Evelyn Rudie and Ben Weisman, features such favorites as "My Ship is Coming In," "Chelm" and "Stepmother."
   
Battle of the Bitches  
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts Battle of the Bitches
 
Battle of the Bitches has wowed audiences in Anchorage, Fire Island, Long Beach, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, Syracuse, and on the largest gay cruise in history aboard the Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas for Atlantis Events. Jackie and Sherry’s electric onstage chemistry has been honed through a quarter century of performing together in such shows as Wigstock, the Off-Broadway hit Tell-Tale, and sold out runs as Dorothy and Blanche in The Golden Girlz Live.
   
The Belle of Amherst  
Sierra Madre Playhouse The Belle of Amherst
 
The Belle of Amherst of the title is Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), a pioneering female American poet, who remains influential to this day. Although only ten of her poems were published during her lifetime, some 1,800 were published after her death, not including two new collections published since 2013 consisting of poems collected from scraps, chocolate wrappers and envelopes. Her concerns regarding her compositions extended beyond themes and the choice of words to the way the word visually appeared on the page.
   
Big Fish  
Westchester Playhouse Big Fish
 
Big Fish is a whimsical and touching tale that centers on the charismatic Edward Bloom. He has lived a full and fantastic life populated by magical creatures, marked by true love that stops time in its tracks and framed by heroics that push the limits of belief. But not everyone is thrilled with Edward's stories. His tall tales frustrate his son Will, who wants to truly know his father. As Edward's final chapter approaches, Will embarks on his own journey to find out who his father really is, unraveling the real man from the myths he created about his life. Big Fish is a heartfelt, powerful, and truly magical musical about fathers, sons, and the stories that we use to define our identities. With spine-tinglingly beautiful music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, and a funny, heartwarming book by John August, Kentwood Players' production of Big Fish is a magnificent "big fish" of a tale, itself--spectacular, fantastical, and overflowing with love.
   
Building The Wall  
Fountain Theatre Building The Wall
 
The Fountain Theatre premieres the newest play by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan (The Kentucky Cycle, All the Way, Hacksaw Ridge), the first in a series of productions set to take place at theaters across the U.S. as part of a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere. In the very near future, the Trump administration has carried out his campaign promise to round up and detain millions of immigrants. As a writer interviews the former supervisor of a private prison, it becomes clear how federal policy has escalated to a terrifying, seemingly inconceivable, yet inevitable conclusion.
   
Burners  
Atwater Village Theatre Burners
 
The not-so-distant future. The privileged few live inside a high-tech fortified megacity while the majority struggles for survival in massive polluted slums. Liv arrives in a junk depot in a war-torn industrial zone seeking Nix, a smuggler who can get her past the barricades and into the restricted megacity. Both have hidden agendas, and when drone bombs trap them inside the depot and their true identities are revealed, Liv and Nix are plunged into a violent conflict that takes on many levels. BURNERS asks the question: In a dystopian future where all hope is lost, can humanity and compassion survive? BURNERS has a gritty science fiction feel and a tense action packed story that will grip you as it explores significant issues of our present - a disappearing middle class, a seemingly insurmountable gap between the privileged and everyone else, and social and environmental justice for impoverished communities.
   

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