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Ben Brantley of The New York Times calls it “the best musical of this century.” Entertainment Weekly says it’s “the funniest musical of all time.” From South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, it’s THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical. Jon Stewart of The Daily Show calls it “a crowning achievement. So good it makes me angry.” Contains explicit language.
THE COLOR PURPLE is the 2016 Tony Award winner for Best Musical Revival! Hailed as "a direct hit to the heart" (The Hollywood Reporter), this joyous American classic, directed by Tony winner John Doyle, has conquered Broadway in an all-new "ravishingly reconceived production that is a glory to behold" (The New York Times). This stunning re-imagining of an epic story about a young woman's journey to love and triumph in the American South is hailed by New York Magazine as "one of the greatest revivals ever."
The story: The setting is a rundown bar in the Bronx, where two of society's rejects, Danny and Roberta, strike up a halting conversation over their beer. He is a brooding, self-loathing young man who resorts more to violence than reason; she is a divorced, guilt-ridden young woman whose troubled teenage son is n;ow being cared for by her parents. Danny, whose fellow truck drivers call him "the animal," seems incapable of tender emotion, while Roberta, who is still haunted by the memory of an ugly sexual incident involving her father, is distrustful of men in general. And yet, as their initial reserve begins to melt, and they decide to spend the night together, the possibility of a genuine and meaningful relationship begins to emerge—the first for both of them.
Jumping through time and two different countries, 'Til Sunday is a one-woman show that reveals the power and complexity of the immigrant experience. The story begins with a 14-year-old Claridad and follows her through a span of 13 years leading up to the day of her "quinces" in 1985 New Orleans. With her father back home in Cuba, and her mother struggling to legally bring him into the U.S. due to the oppressive Castro regime, Claridad finds herself questioning who deserves her loyalty: Cuba or America, her father or her mother? Written and performed by Nairoby Otero, 'Til Sunday takes the stage of the Los Angeles LGBT Center's Village.
How much do your earn? How much are you worth? With the economic world built on hierarchies where CEOs make a hundred times the salary of their workers, Almost Equal To exposes the inequality in highly personal terms. A young immigrant tries to find a job; a professor of economics struggles to keep the job he has; a wife nurses fantasies of an ecologically responsible life; a homeless hustler may be more than he seems; and a young woman in a cutthroat office may or may not be responsible for a co-worker's death. With humor and brutal honesty, celebrated Swedish novelist-playwright Jonas Hassen Khemiri reveals the human cost of the system. Over one hundred international companies have performed Khemiri's plays, now coming to Santa Monica's City Garage at Bergamot Station Arts Center.
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.
A group of girlfriends meet up in North Philly for a night of fun and games after a long work week. But game night turns into blame night as the ladies take an unexpected, drama-filled trek down memory lane. Watch each woman face off against a forgotten recollection from her past when DV AngelO's to the Rescue! comes to L.A.'s Matrix Theatre. This show is recommended for audience members ages 17 and up.
Featuring actors ranging from age 5 to adult, ENCORE's latest production of Annie comes to the Warner Grand Theatre stage in San Pedro showing no sign of outgrowing its iconic red dress and curls. The beloved story of a plucky young Depression-era orphan who never gives up her dreams of finding a family, Annie brings back all the great characters you know and love, including the adorable scamp herself, the lovable Daddy Warbucks, his faithful assistant Grace, the crotchety Miss Hannigan -- and of course, her dog Sandy. Now celebrating the 40th anniversary of its Broadway debut, the musical sensation that started out life as a comic strip and then grew into a huge hit on stage and on the big screen includes unforgettable songs like "It's the Hard-Knock Life," "Easy Street," "I Don't Need Anything But You" and the ever-optimistic "Tomorrow." This production is not recommended for children under the age of 4.
This show hits the target with every song and dance! It's the story of Annie Oakley, one of the Old West's greatest marksmen, and Frank Butler, who was also renowned for his amazing shooting ability. Both proud and headstrong, they compete against each other and eventually fall in love! It's tons of fun from start to finish and of course, filled with some of Irving Berlin's greatest hits! You're going to love this show!
A Los Angeles Dodgers game is broadcast by a blithely detached announcer during the onset of nuclear winter. The Grand Kleagle of the Ku Klux Klan prefers to learn golf fully hooded and robed. All-American football great Conquistador O’Malley abandons the gridiron for the seductive, near-naked sport of springboard diving. A network sports producer attempts to coerce a Jewish female member of an Olympic field hockey team into pretending that she has a connection with an anti-Semite. A sports commentator copes with gender transition. Hey, it could happen---and it actually does---in this delightfully quirky, surreal play.
Santa Monica Playhouse proudly presents the All-Male Late-Night Date-Night production of the acclaimed musical comedy, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, celebrating PRIDE 2017 with an inclusive twist. Playwrights Chris DeCarlo and Evelyn Rudie mold the magic, romance, humor and grandeur of this timeless tale into a production which touches the hearts, and indeed, almost the fingertips, of its audience members. Based on the original 1740's tale by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, this classic musical gets a big twist! Set in a fantasy Medieval milieu "long, long ago," a lovely and spirited Beauty takes charge of her fate and molds herself a most endearing Beast, who offers her a rose garden of a thousand and one delights. Replete with ditzy sisters, a befuddled sire, a spell-binding sorceress and a flamboyantly foppish suitor, who all inadvertently or intentionally strew more than a few thorns along Beauty and her Beast's arduous, and ardor-ous, path, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, is a story where loves wins out, allowing all to find their happily-ever-after endings, and proves that beauty is as beauty does and beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
The seductive, exotic allure of bellydance has transcended throughout the ages as a revived art form, moldable through unique stories and performances. Bellydance Evolution showcases the timeless tales of Scheherazade like Ali Baba, Aladdin and more through Fantasm -- Odyssey of Dreams, an exploration of Arabian folklore. With an original score by Paul Dinletir, over 20 dancers bring these ancient tales to life through a variety of folkloric and Middle Eastern dance styles. Witness the colors and charisma unfold at the Ford Theatres in Hollywood.
Set to what the New York Post called Elton John's "best score yet," and named "Broadway Musical of the Decade" by Time magazine, the explosive Billy Elliot: The Musical, presented by Actors' Repertory Theatre of Simi, fills the stage with inspiring songs and high-energy dance. Based on the hit film of the same name, this heartwarming show is about a motherless boy in a small, poverty-stricken mining town who trades his boxing gloves for ballet shoes and fights against social stereotypes to achieve his dream of becoming a dancer. Cheer along as his talent and ambition become symbols of hope for a town that's enduring more than its fair share of hardship, when Billy Elliot: The Musical takes to the stage of the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center. This show is recommended for ages 10 and older.
Bitch Brow is a dark comedy set in a Long Island laundromat on one summer night. A tough townie chick and an uptight young woman from East Hampton's upper crust clash over everything from career choices to finger fucking in this hilarious and heartwarming look at the hard choices women are forced to make. These two opposites will try to find common ground... until one of them winds up dead.
Rockwell Table & Stage presents Broadway Sings Disney, a concert drawn from the Walt Disney catalog's 80-plus years of magical music moments. From the cartoon that started it all, Steamboat Willie, to the global sensation of Frozen's "Let It Go," Broadway Sings Disney will take you on a soaring journey through some of Hollywood's most iconic music. Hosted by Kate Pazakis (The Big Gay Musical ) and Peter Vogt (The Goodbye Girl), this whimsical show tune showcase features some of the brightest stars from Broadway, film and TV.
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.
Debra Jo Rupp (That ’70s Show) stars as Della, a baker who makes cakes, not judgment calls — those she leaves to her husband. But when the girl she helped raise comes back home to North Carolina to get married, and the fiancé is actually another fiancée, Della’s life gets turned upside down. She can't really make a cake for such a wedding, can she? For the first time in her life, Della has to think for hesrself. A world premiere play from Bekah Brunstetter (NBC’s This Is Us).
The classic tale of a country bumpkin and the glass slipper that forever changed her life gets a joyful retelling in this family-friendly production of Cinderella. Cinderella's wicked stepmother and stepsisters keep her from attending the royal ball and meeting her Prince Charming. But with some help from her Fairy Godmother, Cinderella's wildest dreams really do come true -- proving once and for all that losing your shoe can work out for the best. Experience all the magic of this beloved fairy tale when it takes the stage of the Cupcake Theater in North Hollywood.
When a Beverly Hills socialite loses her fortune, she's forced to move in with the only person kind enough to take her -- her loyal Latina maid -- in the return of Casa 0101 Theater's crowd-pleasing comedy Clean Start. Adjusting from the top of the heap to the lower class proves to be a tough transition, and making it even more difficult is her maid's superstitious mother and suspicious sister. Will these women give in to their preconceived notions about how the other half lives, or will they embrace their differences and start anew? Find out in this raucous (and timely) comedy written by Josefina Lopez and Kathy Fischer.
Award-winning actress Debra Ehrhardt continues to share the intimate details of her life in her latest one-woman show, Cock Tales, directed by Joel Zwick (My Big Fat Greek Wedding). Running the emotional gamut from guilt and shame to pleasure and elation, Ehrhardt takes you on a bumpy 75-minute ride from her early years as a young girl in a religious family through her sexual awakening as a young adult. Ehrhardt has written three long-running autobiographical one-woman plays, including Jamaica Farewell, which ran for 10 years and was optioned for film by Tom Hanks' wife Rita Wilson. Now Ehrhardt reveals her colorful history of a lifetime of encounters with a world full of testosterone-fueled gentlemen -- and not-so-gentle-men -- at the Santa Monica Playhouse.
From Maria Irene Fornes -- the celebrated, award-winning avant-garde playwright known for works like Fefe and Her Friends and Letters From Cuba -- comes this frightening and fragmentary examination of the power play between torturer and victim. Orlando, a military officer riddled with bitterness over his low rank, unsatisfying marriage and ungovernable sex drive, is determined to rise within his regime. This ambition finds him addicted to the dirty work of interrogation and torture, eventually abducting a young homeless girl to meet his mounting desires. Certainly not for the faint of heart, The Conduct of Life takes the stage of L.A.'s Inner-City Arts: The Rosenthal Theater.
Roland is a beekeeper. Marianne is a quantum physicist. What are their odds of falling in love? With infinite moments that can alter the trajectory of a life, it's anyone's guess how cosmic collision is possible. Ginnifer Goodwin (Once Upon a Time) and Allen Leech (Downton Abbey) star in Nick Payne's Olivier-nominated hit Constellations, a charming, devastating and profound exploration of the universal truth of finding and losing love. Ben Brantley of The New York Times raved, "Who knew that higher physics could be so sexy, so accessible -- and so emotionally devastating?" You, too, can ponder big questions about the difference between choice and destiny when Constellations makes its Los Angeles premiere at the Geffen Playhouse.
A Noise Within was recently named "one of the nation's premier classical repertory companies" (The Huffington Post) and as the Pasadena gem celebrates its 25th year, the company takes a spirited sartorial look back. Costume Runway Show is a retrospective of the fashions that have graced the stage over the years, from the frills of Tartuffe to the ferocity of Macbeth. Feast your eyes on an hour-long runway show and get the inside scoop on the artistic process of costume design -- from designing Shakespeare to weathering wardrobe malfunctions. Then, you'll enjoy an onstage champagne toast, complete with an artist meet-and-greet. You can also opt to attend a pre-show reception, which includes wine and hors d'oeuvres.
You can't face the future until you have faced your past -- that's the lesson of Southern gothic tragicomedy Crimes of the Heart, which won the Pulitzer Prize for its tale of the quirky Magrath sisters and the sordid deeds they must reconcile. Holed up at their granddaddy's house in Mississippi, the motherless trio have a knack for dysfunction, with the latest fiasco involving youngest sister Babe's shooting of her abusive husband. Meanwhile, eldest sister Lenny's horse was just struck by lightning and middle sister Meg has suffered a nervous breakdown after seeing her dreams of a singing career dashed. More than 30 years after the acclaimed film adaptation, the stage version of Crimes of the Heart is as potent, touching and hilarious as ever. Watch the women test the boundaries of sisterhood when this hurricane of hilarity and hurt blows into the International City Theatre in Long Beach.
Winner of five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Play, the acclaimed National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is now touring North America. This Broadway phenomenon, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Marianne Elliott (War Horse), in an adaptation by Tony and Olivier Award winner Simon Stephen, brings Mark Haddon's internationally best-selling novel to thrilling life. When the curtain rises at L.A.'s Ahmanson Theatre, you'll meet 15-year-old Christopher Boone. Christopher has an extraordinary brain -- exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor's dog, Christopher sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever. Recommended for ages 10 and older, due to adult language.
The phrase "dead ringer" takes on a whole new meaning in Dead Man's Cell Phone, the imaginative romantic comedy from Pulitzer finalist Sarah Ruhl. An incessantly ringing phone chips away at the peaceful ambiance in an otherwise quiet café until Jean, the woman sitting at the next table, has had enough and gets up to intervene. Shocked to discover that the phone's owner is dead, she answers the call herself -- and soon finds herself dating the dead man's brother, sharing cosmopolitans with his widow and meeting his mistress for a mysterious rendezvous. Jean's odd odyssey leads her to confront her own assumptions about morality, redemption and the need to connect in a world obsessed with technology. Long Beach Playhouse presents this insightful work about how society memorializes the dead -- on their Studio Theatre stage.
Best known as a film by Alfred Hitchcock, Dial M for Murder was first a successful stage play written by another English master of suspense, Frederick Knott (Wait Until Dark). In this production of the classic thriller, Tony Wendice plans to murder his unfortunate wife to claim her fortune for himself. He arranges for the perfect crime ... but things don't quite go according to plan. This timeless masterpiece of construction and plotting weaves a tangled web of clues and red herrings, back-stabbings and blackmail that will keep you hooked from start to finish. Catch the Group Rep's production of Dial M for Murder at the Lonny Chapman Theatre in North Hollywood.
It's November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys' night of partying and debauchery. But, when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress whom he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of love and compassion.
Jack Fry's Einstein! returns from New York to the Santa Monica Playhouse with a new set of accolades, including a "Top 10 Shows to See" nod at the 2016 New York Fringe Festival (a perfect companion to its "Pick of the Fringe" status at the Hollywood fest). Of course, Einstein's name has become synonymous with "genius," but there's so much more to him than his world-changing theories. Set in 1914 Berlin, the solo play follows young Albert Einstein as he struggles to prove his General Theory of Relativity, while his personal life -- new fatherhood, a wife who won't agree to a divorce, failing health -- and society crumble around him due to the Great War. Told with humor and heart, Einstein! draws on the recent release of 15,000 documents and Fry's three years of research to show a side of the genius that's rarely seen. The show is recommend for ages 10 and older.
When seven strangers -- a CEO woman, a businessman, an office temp, a hot girl, a musician, a maintenance man and a goth girl -- get stuck in an elevator, it's only a matter of time before they all reveal their true selves to the others. Surrounded by only four walls and each other, judgments and stereotypes begin to dissolve as they drop their guard and reveal who they really are. Blending together musical sequences and cinematic style, Elevator will take you on a comedic and emotional ride into the human psyche at The Coast Playhouse in West Hollywood.
From the vivid imaginations of six different playwrights come seven short plays, all themed around Elvis Presley and intermingled with music. From aging Elvis impersonators to an Elvis imitator, from a glimpse into the life of a gay teenage boy in small-town Texas to the invention of the famous fried peanut butter and banana sandwich, each of the pieces lovingly commemorates the 40th anniversary of the death of the iconic "King of Rock 'n' Roll." Enjoy Fringe Theatre Company's Elvis Is In The Building at the Actors Workout Studio in North Hollywood. This show contains adult content and is recommended for ages 18 and older.
For one night in September, the iconic music and dance of Mexico's golden age will transform L.A.'s historic Ford Theatres into a Fiesta Mexicana under the stars. Hear gorgeous renditions of your favorite rancheras, sones and corridos by Mariachi Garibaldi, paired with mesmerizing folk dancing courtesy of Ballet Folklorico de Los Angeles. One of California's premier mariachi ensembles, Mariachi Garibaldi is led by composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist Jimmy "El Pollo" Cuéllar, son of founder Jaime Cuéllar. Over the years, Cuéllar has accompanied such artists as Yolanda del Rio, Mercedes Castro, Lila Downs, Jose Feliciano and more. Fiesta Mexicana: Tequila con Limon will also feature singers Shay, Stephanie Abad, Joanna Marii Nunez, Paulina Nunez and Paige Ruiz Brooks.
In honor of Culver City's Centennial Celebration, C. Eule Dance is coming to The Ivy Substation to present a program of choreography that pays tribute to the breezy Westside city affectionately known as "The Heart of Screenland." First, Jazz Tunes of the '20s re-creates the sights, sounds and atmosphere of the city's early days through the music, themes and costumes of the time. Then comes the world premiere performance of the company's featured work, Fluid Memories, which flows through Culver City's past and future to examine the community's struggles with drought and efforts to create a sustainable relationship with its water resources.
Award-winning film and TV director Joel Zwick (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) helms veteran actress Annie Abbott's zany, heartfelt solo show, Giving Up Is Hard to Do. Abbott, a veteran Broadway and L.A. stage actress, has appeared in such TV shows such as Transparent, Castle, Californication, L.A. Law and The X-Files. Revealing some of the audacious steps one has to take to have a lifelong career as a working character actor, Giving Up Is Hard To Do follows what happens when Abbott finds herself suddenly widowed, and applies that same singular determination to the horrors of online dating at middle age. Coffee date by coffee date, she naively encounters an unforgettable, ruefully funny crew of oddball characters as she forges a triumphant new life, retelling every outrageous detail at Santa Monica Playhouse.
Today is Goonie’s 6th birthday – her favorite number. Her father, Terry, is planning a day to remember: bouncy house, extinct animals and a skywriting plane. With everything in place, what could possibly go wrong? Oh, that’s right – THE DREAM TEAM – Terry’s insane, needy and borderline psychotic family could all show up, uninvited, and not only ruin Goonie’s party but put Terry in an asylum before we even get to the piñata…
After successful performances around the U.S., singer-songwriter Shelley Fisher's one-woman show, The Hebrew Hillbilly: Fifty Shades of Oy Vey! returns to the Santa Monica Playhouse. Hear how she got her start growing up as a little Jewish girl from Memphis with big rock 'n' roll ambitions. Fisher has had success as a jazz and blues vocalist and created her own romantic-comedy cooking show, Forkplay. She even had a close encounter with the king, Elvis! Her tale is a heartwarming testament to the power of dreams, determination and finding purpose beyond the Hollywood sign. The Hebrew Hillbilly, her funny and moving musical celebration, features 17 original Memphis-inspired pop, blues and rock 'n' roll songs, which she penned with pop composers Harold Payne and Ken Hirsch. This show is recommended for ages 12 and older.
Tony and Emmy winner Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds) and Denis Arndt (Basic Instinct) star in Heisenberg, a sharply original drama from the Tony-winning playwright of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. In a crowded London train station, Georgie spots Alex, a much older man, and gives him a kiss, suddenly thrusting these two strangers on an electrifying journey that examines human connection amidst life's uncertainties. Drama Desk winner Mark Brokaw (How I Learned to Drive) directs this New York Times Critics' Pick at L.A.'s Mark Taper Forum.
After completion of a successful operation, the Joint Task Force of the Air Force, Army, Navy and Marines has gathered veterans to be recognized as the heroes they are ... but the effects of trauma trigger one veteran in attendance to do the unthinkable. The Hero Within follows the trials and tribulations of seven brave men and women on the path from civilian life to joining the military to their return home. Filled with a blend of lighthearted comedy and drama, this show brings veterans' true stories to life, giving voice to the difficulty of transitioning from the war zone back into society. CRE Outreach presents The Hero Within at the Promenade Playhouse in Santa Monica.
A little-known American hero steps into the spotlight in playwright Jeanne Sakata's eloquent one-man show, Hold These Truths. Inspired by the true story of University of Washington student Gordon Hirabayashi, this stirring drama spotlights an important but often forgotten moment in American civil rights history. When the government decides to mass incarcerate all people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast during World War II, Hirabayashi struggles to reconcile his country's betrayal with his passionate belief in the U.S. constitution and democracy. Join him on his journey toward a greater understanding of America's triumphs and failings. Ryun Yu, whose brilliant solo performance has captivated audiences and sold-out shows from coast-to-coast, reprises the role at The Pasadena Playhouse.
Lana May Hopkins is the owner and proprietress of the Wishy Washy Washateria, a local laundromat. She's also five years into a bad marriage to a lying, cheating son of a gun. When she hires Katie Lane Murphy to help her pick up the slack around the laundromat, the two women bond and soon discover that they've both got problem men in their life. Before long, these two country angels join forces to exact revenge on the men that did them wrong -- all while turning their laundromat into a boot-scootin' honky tonk. Set to a soundtrack of country hits by the likes of Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, the Dixie Chicks and more, Honky Tonk Laundry is coming to the Hudston Manstage Theatre in Hollywood.
This space-inspired cantata includes cutting-edge virtual reality and music by composer Paola Prestini that examines a human story in the context of the vast cosmos. The Hubble Cantata follows a couple experiencing loss, framing the story with the parallel tale of the life and death of a star. The innovative virtual reality film, Fistful of Stars, couples with the powerful instrumental ensemble of members of the LA Opera Orchestra and members of the LA Opera Chorus. In its final gesture, the performance incorporates virtual reality cardboard headsets that simulate an immersive voyage through the universe, with a 360-degree soundscape. Experience a captivating, profound tale of humanity's place among the stars at Hollywood's Ford Theatres.
A dynamite world premiere musical with "tiny, talented terrific Barbara Minkus...Her energy never flags, smile never dims, voice never falters." (Backstage) Join us for a funny, poignant and powerful evening of theatre as film, television and Broadway star Barbara Minkus shares private moments, personal tidbits, and a plethora of musical delights. Barbara may not be "famous," but she is certainly one of the most widely adored artists in the business. Helmed by renowned performer/director Susan Morgenstern, with musical accompaniment by Ron Barnett.
The work of cabaret and Broadway star John Bucchino takes center stage at L.A.'s Chromolume Theater at The Attic with It's Only Life. The celebrated composer's songs have been performed by the likes of Liza Minnelli, Audra MacDonald, Yo-Yo Ma and the Boston Pops. This revue of Bucchino's catalogue touches on the longing, fulfillment, loss, triumph and wisdom mirrored in his work. The production takes a deeper look at the artist and the challenges he faced trying to balance the artistic life with the sweet parts of day-to-day life, family, career and friends.
Claudia DiMartino grew up in an Italian-American family in Brooklyn, and every stereotype you can think of applies! It's Only Lipstick follows her life story through a dysfunctional family, her intense work ethic, becoming a marketing executive in the beauty industry in corporate America and getting laid off. DiMartino's spot-on impressions of family members put you right in the middle of this funny family drama, but her personal storytelling lends heart and inspiration to her tale of never giving up. It's Only Lipstick at Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks weaves through the highs and lows that affect everyone, offering a frank and honest look at the value of being yourself and believing that it's never too late to go after your dreams.
A powerful and bold theatrical experience that was an overwhelming success off-Broadway, this revue of Belgian singer-songwriter Jacques Brel’s songs pays tribute to his unique genius. Naughty, funny, dark and romantic, Brel’s songs brim with flair, attitude and European sophistication, retaining their edgy vibe over half a century after they were written. While Brel is no longer either alive or living in Paris, his legendary vision of romance, humor and moral conviction endures.
"Oh, What a Night" you'll have at this show that takes you behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. The Tony- and Grammy-winning true-life musical phenomenon Jersey Boys follows the rags-to-rock-to-riches tale of four guys from Jersey who work their way up from the streets of Newark to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, selling 175 million records worldwide before the age of 30. Although Valli and his cohorts -- Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi -- are famed for their legendary harmonies, things didn't always go so smoothly between them off the stage. Sing, hum, rock and reminisce to the groundbreaking group's hit songs "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Walk Like a Man," "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" and "December, 1963 (Oh What a Night)" at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles.
Going against tradition isn't easy with 36 generations of ancestors to please, as Lauren Yee quickly learns in the hilarious cultural comedy, King of the Yees. Growing up just outside of San Francisco's Chinatown, she's always felt like an outsider, especially compared to her father Larry, the unofficial king of the Chinese community and its seemingly obsolescent Chinese American men's club. But after her father disappears, she must embrace her heritage for the first time in order to find him. Explore America's largest Chinatown through the eyes of a new generation in this bitingly funny, honest and heartfelt comedy at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. This show contains adult humor, mature language and onstage violence — it is recommended for ages 13 and older.
A blend of contemporary and folk theater, The King's Language playfully recounts a historical milestone that helped shape one nation's identity. Performed mostly in English, this music-filled, 50-minute play whimsically traverses culture to bring awareness to a fundamental human tool that we often take for granted, casting a spotlight on what we risk as a species if it's eroded. The rhythmic beats of a native drum punctuate dialogue, song and movement in this inventive and thought-provoking new theatrical work presented at Sacred Fools Theater's Second Stage in L.A. This show is recommended for those age 12 or older.
Hennessey Productions and Composer Laurie Grant are proud to present this Multicultural, interactive, musical mystery comedy, “The Kookie Clubhouse Kingdom: The Gift.” When a mysterious and magical “GIFT” arrives at the Kookie Clubhouse Kingdom, all of its residents become very excited, a little confused, slightly irritated, and even, a little scared (but only a teeny little bit). Not knowing where the GIFT came from and what’s going to happen next creates a greater mystery.
Those five lovable misfits from different cliques thought getting weekend detention in their high school library was as bad as their Saturday was going to get. Turns out it's the end of the world as they know it, and now five of the most beloved film characters from the '80s have barricaded themselves inside the library -- and are quite possibly the last brain, athlete, basket case, princess and criminal on Earth! But don't fret: Their teenage angst, in-depth exploration of youth culture and questionable fashion choices continue on inside the halls of New Trier High School. This brand-new musical parody from Rockwell: Table & Stage (the mad geniuses who brought you the unauthorized musical parodies of Home Alone, Mean Girls and Troop Beverly Hills) takes the John Hughes teen classic and gives it the Ally Sheedy-style makeover it never knew it needed!
This fabulously fun song-and-dance sensation follows a sweet sorority sister named Elle, known for her all-pink wardrobe and her chihuahua Bruiser, whose unlikely plan to win back her Ivy League boyfriend involves putting down her credit cards, picking up the books and setting out to go where no Delta Nu has gone before: Harvard Law. This unlikely academic not only ends up teaching the intellectual elite a thing or two, but she finds true love along the way. Nominated in 2007 for seven Tony Awards (including Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score), the bright and bubbly Legally Blonde: The Musical is based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the subsequent hit movie starring Reese Witherspoon. Catch this latest production at the Cupcake Theater in NoHo.
Les Blancs depicts the waning days of colonialism crossing into the 20th century as it reveals the impossible moral choices faced by individuals who must reconcile personal happiness with idealism. It is rich with music and dance and set in and around a mission compound in Africa. The time is yesterday, today, and tomorrow-- but not very long after that.
Ted L. Nancy is a customer in need of service ... and every customer service rep's worst nightmare. He writes to the City of Huntington Beach requesting a permit for operating his Electronic Nose Blowing Machine, invites Czechoslovakian President Václav Havel to become Treasurer of Ted's Vacuum Club, asks Nordstrom about buying a mannequin that looks like his deceased neighbor to present to the grieving widow, and more. Time after time, well-meaning representatives offer earnest replies to his letters. Based on his bestselling series of books Letters From a Nut, Nancy brings his madcap collection of correspondence to L.A. for a one-of-a-kind show that is both outlandish and uproarious. Innovative French director Pierre Balloón directs and comedy icon Jerry Seinfeld produces this ode to idiosyncrasy at Geffen Playhouse's Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater.
Based on the beloved Hans Christian Andersen tale and the classic animated film, Disney's The Little Mermaid is truly a love story for the ages. In a magical kingdom below the waves, we meet Ariel, a little mermaid who's tired of flipping her fins in her aquatic kingdom. She dreams of living in the fascinating world on dry land and will go to great lengths to get there -- like trading in her tail for human legs. Take an enchanting trip under the sea with everyone's favorite mermaid princess and her crabby sidekick, Sebastian, as they battle evil sea witch Ursula and win the heart of human prince Eric. With music by eight-time Academy Award-winner Alan Menken and an all-ages cast, this production of the fishy fable at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of Your World."
Family patriarch Ben Lyons is in the hospital, dying from cancer. As his time grows short, his wife and two adult children gather at his bedside for an atypical goodbye in this "smart and funny and moving" (New York Observer) drama that The Hollywood Reporter hailed as "black comedy perfection" during its 2012 run. Ben, freed from social conventions thanks to his condition, will say anything he wishes -- salty language included. Rita, his partner in a 40-year-long loveless marriage, finds her mind drifting toward thoughts of the future. The couple's alcoholic daughter and gay son have their own issues and agendas. Written by Nicky Silver (Beautiful Child), The Lyons is now presented at the Lankershim Arts Center North Hollywood in a new production by Road Theatre Company.
Inspired by the beloved classic Don Quixote, Man of La Mancha is one of the best musicals ever to grace a Broadway stage. In this play within a play, Don Quixote is a mad knight, a dying old man living in a world of his own imagination as he awaits his hearing in the Spanish Inquisition. Prepare to be captivated by the show's Tony Award-winning score and book, a treasure trove of some of musical theater's greatest songs, including "Impossible Dream," "Dulcinea," "It's All the Same" and the ever rousing "Man of La Mancha" with its thrilling, triumphant refrain. Catch this blockbuster musical from La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.
Sized up with Mary's own magical measuring tape, the Broadway adaptation of Mary Poppins would definitely be "Practically Perfect in Every Way." Based on P.L. Travers' stories and the classic Disney film, this high-flying musical now lands at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center at Cal State Long Beach. You and your family will be swept away by such favorite tunes as "Spoonful of Sugar," "Chim Chim Cher-ee," "Jolly Holiday" and, of course, "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," as young Jane and Michael learn valuable life lessons from their unconventional nanny and the lovable jack-of-all-trades Bert. Be sure not to miss the magic of Mary Poppins, who teaches us that "anything can happen if you let it."
Alan Blumenfeld stars as Shylock in what is arguably one of the most controversial plays ever written. In 2017, Shakespeare’s comic tragedy continues to raise penetrating questions about racism, religion, mercy and justice.
Monday Night Tease is L.A.'s longest running and most celebrated burlesque show, chock-full of magic, music, juggling, acrobatics and plenty of scandalous, scantly clad performers. Count on a rotating cast of local and international talent with a wide range of saucy skills. Named one of L.A.'s top burlesque shows by LA Weekly and Time Out Los Angeles, this show at Three Clubs is a perfect choice for first-timers, burlesque aficionados and birthday groups -- so long as the birthday boy or girl doesn't mind getting paddled by the cast.
Monty Python's Spamalot is a hilarious, fourth wall-breaking parody extravaganza, written by Monty Python alum Eric Idle, that borrows lovingly (and unapologetically) from the film classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail. In telling the tale of King Arthur and his epic quest with the Knights of the Round Table, this absurd musical -- which won three Tony Awards, including Best Musical, during its original Broadway run -- features beautiful show girls and outlandish oddities such as flatulent Frenchmen, flying cows, killer rabbits and The Knights Who Say Ni. If you're in need of an irreverent reminder to "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life," look no further than the Holy Grail of musical comedies that is Monty Python's Spamalot, presented by 3-D Theatricals at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center. This show contains some mature content and language. Parental discretion is advised.
New Shoes 14 is the latest installment in an ongoing series of new and in-development dance works by emerging and established choreographers, directors and ensembles. This eclectic night of dance at Santa Monica's Highways Performance Space features emotive and highly physical dance works that deliver intimate and thoughtful examinations of same-sex relationships, femininity, satisfaction and much more.
Janis Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and, almost overnight, became the queen of rock & roll. Fueled by such unforgettable songs as "Me and Bobby McGee," "Piece of My Heart," "Mercedes Benz," "Cry Baby" and "Summertime," this sensational show is a musical journey celebrating Joplin and her biggest musical influences-Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone and Bessie Smith, who inspired one of rock & roll's greatest legends.
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was not simply one of Russia's greatest composers -- he's widely regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time. Renowned for world famous compositions like Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and countless ferocious and brilliant symphonies, Tchaikovsky died mysteriously at the age of 53, only nine days after conducting the premiere of his enigmatic Symphony No. 6. Our Great Tchaikovsky at Beverly Hills' Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is a musical play written and performed by Hershey Felder that unveils the curious life of the beloved and tormented composer.
This classic musical for all ages gets a brand new production by Cabrillo Music Theatre! PETER PAN is more than just a family favorite - it's one of the most beloved musicals of all time. In this high-flying Tony Award-winning musical, Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick Tinkerbell visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night and with a sprinkle of pixie dust begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget. Featuring the iconic songs "I'm Flying," "I've Gotta Crow," "I Won't Grow Up," and "Never Never Land," and a rousing book full of magic, warmth, and adventure, PETER PAN is the perfect show for the child in all of us who dreamed of soaring high and never growing up!
A love triangle between Oliver, Philip and Sylvia alternates between 1958 and 2008 in The Pride, an Olivier Award-winning drama by Alexi Kaye Campbell. The play explores the trio's complex, tumultuous relationships as they shift and change from the repression of the 1950s to the relative openness of modern times and back again -- with both sets of characters, separated by half a century, sharing the same names and similar relationship issues. Betrayal, guilt, identity, fidelity and passion make up the core of this thought-provoking play performed at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.
Hailed as "one of the best American dancer-choreographers now working" by the Chicago Tribune, Daniel Ezralow has left his stamp all over the world from Las Vegas (he choreographed Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil) to Broadway (he designed the jaw-dropping aerial tangos of Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark) to Paris (he worked with the world-famous Paris Opera Ballet) to the Sochi Olympics (he choreographed nearly 800 dancers for the opening ceremonies). Now he brings a new piece, Primo Passo, to the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Italian for "first step," Primo Passo is a deeply personal work inspired by watching children learn to walk.
There's plenty of adventure, laughs, songs and interactive fun in this play where a Prince becomes a frog, and the children of the audience join in dance numbers and attend a banquet at the castle with the Princess and the King and the magical fairy.
Second City Hollywood's latest sketch comedy revue tackles a whole slew of modern issues. We are living, after all, in a world where people are protesting to an unprecedented degree, female Uber drivers feel forced to take drastic measures in order to protect themselves, and California is considering seceding from the Union ... assuming we don't get nuked first. But don't worry, if the content of Purple Mountain Travesty sounds alarmingly serious to you, it's also filled with more than its fair share of juvenile humor. Catch this clever sketch show at Second City's Studio Theatre in Hollywood.
Two women enter a rabbi's office: one his former girlfriend, the other a younger woman engaged to another man. No, this isn't the setup to a classic Jewish joke -- it's the premise of The Rabbi's Mission, a dramedy that examines the thorny topic of what makes someone Jewish. Presented at T.U. Studios in North Hollywood, The Rabbi's Mission is a sequel to the highly successful The Rabbi and the Shiksa (but don't worry, you don't need to have seen the first play to enjoy this one!).
The inimitable Sandra Bernhard returns to Long Beach with her all new show, Sandra Monica Blvd: Coast to Coast. This fiery one-woman show takes you on a journey to find the soul of America, using anecdotes she's picked up via the nation's backroads and byways. The evening at Carpenter Performing Arts Center also features a live performance by her band, the Sandyland Squad. Let Bernhard's knowing, whip-smart navigation transport you to all those forgotten places on the gas station road map.
Voted one of the "Top 10 Things to Do at the Library During the Summer" by LA Weekly, the Santa Monica Rep Play Reading Series serves up Pulitzer Prize-winning and nominated works from throughout America's rich dramatic history, penned by such cherished writers as Thornton Wilder, John Steinbeck, Wendy Wasserstein and Sarah Ruhl. Located in the Broad's intimate Edye space, each reading features a post-show discussion that sheds light on why these treasured works for the stage continue to delight, challenge, confound and enlighten us in equal doses. See the description for a schedule of upcoming readings.
Prolific American playwright Don Nigro's raw, romantic drama Seascape With Sharks and Dancer follows an aspiring novelist who fishes a combative young woman out of the surf and brings her back to his Cape Cod cottage. A tentative romance soon begins between them, but it's clear that they're plagued by deeper issues of trust and intimacy. This play about the depths and traps of love surfaces at the Marilyn Monroe Theatre in West Hollywood.
When Thomas Cherry receives a phone call at 5am on the 4th of July from his younger sister Lauren, he is unprepared for the consequences. At her insistence, Thomas drives a considerable distance only to discover that she is in a parking lot living homeless, drug-addicted, and facing criminal charges. Arranging a deal, Thomas postpones her arrest and struggles to get Lauren into a rehabilitation facility. Nick, Lauren’s drug dealer and friend, arrives to complicate Lauren’s evasion tactics intended to delay her treatment, which culminates in a painful, tragic, yet redemptive end.
In Seussical the Musical, cats wear hats and audiences wear smiles -- both two sizes too large. It's almost impossible not to start grinning when this all-ages musical adaptation of Dr. Seuss' stories plunges you into the whimsical world of Cat in the Hat, Horton Hears a Who! and How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The stories are linked together by a young boy who is a "thinker of strange and wonderful thinks," and Horton the Elephant, who's out to prove that "a person's a person, no matter how small." Seussical's cast of favorite characters, including the Whos of Whoville, the Grinch and the Cat himself, brings a sense of wonder and fun to this entertaining family production at Santa Monica's Morgan-Wixson Theatre.
Six Characters in Search of an Author is Luigi Pirandello's quintessential story of the fine line between the characters in a play and the actors who portray them. This satirical tragicomedy opens on a theater company's rehearsal, which is interrupted when six fictional characters show up looking for an author to present their stories. The lines between reality and fiction become blurred as the characters interact with the "real people" in this play within a play (... sort of). The actors of the original play become the audience for the characters, entering into a theatrical hall of mirrors, where the stage becomes more real than the world itself. Whether you're a theater person or simply a lover of theater, you'll adore the barbed humor in this modernist masterpiece at Archway Theatre. This show is not suitable for children under the age of 13.
A group of former kid detectives reunites for new adventures in The Solve It Squad Returns!. After 20 years of growing up and apart, they must return to the scene of their greatest unsolved case: the murder of their trusty dog Cluebert. A send-up of classics like Scooby Doo, The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, this one-act play puts its own dark, twisted spin on your favorite case-cracking characters. The new original show by L.A.'s Tin Can Brothers snoops into the Secret Rose Theatre in North Hollywood. This production contains adult language.
Songs of the Fall is a musical retelling of the Adam and Eve myth told from the perspective of a very human god. Playwright Ben Boquist has crafted a whimsical new take on the age-old story that gives everyone a voice ... even the snake. The story focuses on Adam and Eve's descent into madness as a result of tasting the forbidden fruit. Set simultaneously in modern-day L.A. and the Garden of Eden, this humorous, irreverent play challenges your concepts of good, evil and original sin through a lively pop-rock score. Rethink the original sin when this one-act production comes to The Actor's Company as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival. This production contains mildly mature language and is recommended for audience members ages 12 and up.
We're so inundated with high-quality streaming TV that it's impossible to keep up with all the content. Lucky for you, the burlesque and boylesque performers of the Hollywood Jane Revue have prepared a raunchy recap of the buzziest online series. Streaming & Stripping is a binge-worthy burlesque show at L.A.'s Rockwell Table & Stage that's sure to Netflix and thrill you until you're fully Amazon Primed and ready to HBOGo crazy. We couldn't think of a saucy Hulu pun, but that's no reason to miss this must-see burlesque parody performance. Age: 18+
In our modern lexicon, the word "soulmate" has become shorthand for significant other, but at its core, it's a word imbued with a bit more meaning than just your latest romantic partner. The fact is, healthy and intimate relationships are a wonderful thing, but there are many different kinds of love in this world -- and now Amanda Newman's Stringmates artfully combines language and movement to explore the many potential meanings of the word "soulmate." Enjoy this theatrical opportunity to consider all the relationships in your own life when MB Stage Productions presents Stringmates at The Actors Company's Other Space in West Hollywood.
From viral videos to capturing the dance crew battle on So You Think You Can Dance, the talented dancers who make up Syncopated Ladies are at the forefront of the tap movement. During this high-energy show, you'll witness the electrifying and inspiring moves from this world-travelling troupe, where fierce footwork meets a cutting-edge style. Their moves impressed none other than Beyoncé, who shared the group's viral video "Beyoncé Tap Salute." Complete with a supporting band of accomplished musicians, the action-packed performance taps through Hollywood's Ford Theatres.
Boris Eifman, known as the bad boy of Russian ballet returns to The Music Center's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for a stirring performance of Tchaikovsky. One of Eifman's signature dance-theater pieces, along with Rodin and Don Quixote, this full-length work dives into the tortured and brilliant mind of composer Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky (The Nutcracker, Swan Lake), exploring both his complicated sexuality and intense creative process through stunning choreography. Featuring some of Tchaikovsky's most unforgettable scores, this moving ballet artfully captures the composer's torment and ecstasy, materializing demons, fairies and other fantastical characters from his works to embody his struggle. The Los Angeles Times calls Eifman's creations "theatrical, visionary works that delve into characters' lives in the most exciting, probing, titillating, and wondrous ways."
This award-winning musical comedy is the story of how six young people, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn't everything and that losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser. This hilarious tale of overachievers' angst chronicles the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime.
From Mean Girls to Clueless, The Big Lebowski to Troop Beverly Hills, the mischievous performers of Rockwell Table & Stage have taken some of the funniest cult movies and made them even more hilarious through musical parodies. Now they're back with The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Bridesmaids, a show that's sure to delight fans of the film starring Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Melissa McCarthy. With crass humor and breakout performances, Bridesmaids was lauded for redefining the chick flick. You'll appreciate the movie even more after seeing it reworked for the stage at Rockwell in Los Angeles.
The award-winning Viver Brasil Dance Company has played at such prestigious venues as the Hollywood Bowl and Disneyland's California Adventure. Based in Los Angeles but reveling in the African heritage of its sister city, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, this dance troupe's signature characteristics are power, energy and passion. Viver Brasil now celebrates its 20th anniversary with a new show, Agô Ayo: Spirits Rising. The show, at the Ford Theatres in Los Angeles, features two premieres, with new music that reflects the samba, the bloco afro and Afro-Brazilian ancestral wisdom.
An exploration of the electoral process from the unique perspective of three high school seniors, Vote! The Musical is a musical comedy that touches on many of the aspects of our current political climate. The election forces the candidates to consider the meaning of each vote and the importance of character, causing them to learn just how important individual dreams can be. Catch the West Coast premiere of this charming musical at Actors Workout Studio.
This powerful play at Camarillo Skyway Playhouse takes you inside a shelter for women on the run in the early 1970s. Penned by House of Cards writer Sarah Treem, the drama transports you to a time before Roe v. Wade, before the Violence Against Women Act and before women had anywhere to turn in times of distress. Agnes has turned her quiet B&B into one of the few spots where a woman on the run can seek refuge. To her dismay, her latest guest is having a profound influence on her teenage daughter, forcing each girl to question their destiny. And as the drums of the feminist revolution grow louder, Agnes finds she must examine her own preconceived notions about the people she's been trying to help.
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.
Stogie Kenyatta bring us his NAACP award-winning solo show about African-American artist/activist Paul Robeson, "The World is my Home - The Life of Paul Robeson", a powerful heartfelt and humorous evening of theatre as laugh out-loud funny as it is educational, poignant and inspiring. Kenyatta plays 12 characters and ages from 5 to 65, with props, several wardrobe changes and a finger-snapping soundtrack by Ellington, Coltrane, Fats Waller, Cab Calloway, Louie Armstrong & Robeson himself. This "Turn-of-the-Century Love Story" about the triumphs and tragedy of the great Paul Robeson is told with music, comedy, passion and heartfelt emotion. "The World is my Home" brings to the stage everything from his close friendship with Albert Einstein, his affection for the Jewish people, the Holocaust, Jim Crow Laws, the Harlem Renaissance, his complex 44 year marriage to Eslanda and America's amazing, yet painful history.
Behold footwork like you have never seen as renowned flamenco master Jesús Carmona storms the stage at Ford Theatres with his company of 11 dancers, musicians and vocalists. Aptly titled Impetus, which means "bursting with energy," Carmona's latest work is an electric exploration of some of Spain's greatest composers past and present, including pianist Isaac Albéniz, flamenco guitarist Rafael Riqueni and others. See and hear their passionate music interpreted by a groundbreaking dancer and choreographer as Jesús Carmona comes to Hollywood.
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, the architect of the Oslo Accords, was assassinated in 1995, traumatizing a country and sending shockwaves around the world. Now acclaimed Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai blends the words of Rabin's widow, Leah, with live music and projections as a theatrical counterpoint to his 2015 film Rabin, the Last Day. It's a sparse set: Seated at opposite ends of a table, two actresses read from Leah's memoirs, taking audiences back in time to explore the violence that led to Rabin's assassination. The piece premiered at the Festival d'Avignon last summer and now comes to the Ford Theatres directly from the acclaimed Lincoln Center Festival.
Based on the Caldecott Medal-winning picture book Zen Shorts, this puppet adaptation brings to life the tale of three children who are surprised to discover that their new neighbor is a panda bear, who also happens to be a Zen master. The acclaimed Rogue Artists Ensemble brings this enchanting story to life using more than 30 puppets from around the world, eye-catching video projections and original songs. The whole family will delight in watching the children on their transformative journey with their panda teacher who uses centuries of Zen wisdom to teach them about family, friends and growing up. Don't miss Zen Shorts at The Pasadena Playhouse.