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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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Some seniors take up golf, others enjoy painting, but only a select few devote their golden years to that most ancient of hobbies: murder. Arsenic and Old Lace introduces a pair of kindly spinsters who poison lonely old men and bury them in the basement. They're joined in their charm and eccentricity by one nephew who believes he's Teddy Roosevelt and another who's an escaped convict resembling Boris Karloff. Into this madhouse wanders another nephew, the relatively sane Mortimer, who must negotiate all this craziness while preserving his relationship with his new fiancée -- and without calling in the cops. Odyssey Theatre Ensembles beloved black comedy, which was adapted into the famed 1944 Frank Capra film starring Cary Grant, for Los Angeles audiences.
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.
"Paul Rudnick may be the funniest writer for the stage in the United States." So declared The New York Times, leaving little doubt as to whether or not you need to see the world premiere of his latest, Big Night, at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. It's Oscar night in Hollywood, and Mike -- whose transgender nephew expects a political acceptance speech, whose mother has a bombshell announcement, whose boyfriend refuses to return his calls -- is freaking out. And the unexpected turn that will really put the "big" in his Big Night is still looming right around the corner ... Are you ready for an evening of razor-sharp wit? Well, here it is. Children age 6 and under who may cry or fidget are not allowed in the theater.
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.
Scottish playwright David Harrower’s drama won the 2007 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play and had a critically acclaimed run on Broadway last year. Inspired in part by the crimes of sex offender Toby Studebaker (though in no way a literal dramatization of actual events) the play depicts a young woman meeting a middle-aged man 15 years after being sexually abused by him when she was 12 years old.
Los Angeles-based dance company Versa-Style brings hip-hop to The Broad Stage. With Box of Hope, they push the boundaries of traditional hip-hop dance in order to share the realities of their lives, experiences and struggles within the varied and infinitely complex political and personal landscapes of their diverse community. The work creates new language to give voice to the urban demographic in an uplifting, inspiring performance that leaves audiences with a sense of optimism for the future.
Lynchburg, Virginia. The former site of a thriving cotton mill is now an impoverished neighborhood in the world premiere play Br'er Cotton. Deeply affected by all the recent killings of young black men like himself, Ruffrino, a 14-year-old "militant," incites riots at school and online. More and more at odds with his mother and grandfather, the boys' anger grows beyond containment while the family home literally sinks into the cotton field, and no one seems to notice but him. Don't miss this relevant, thought-provoking drama, presented by Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble, at The Zephyr Theatre in West Hollywood. This show contains violence and adult language.
From Grammy, Emmy and Academy Award-winning Steve Martin and Grammy Award-winning Edie Brickell comes Bright Star, the five-time Tony-nominated, new Broadway musical that The New York Times called "a shining achievement." Directed by Tony winner Walter Bobbie and inspired by a real event, this original musical tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and '40s. Propelled by an ensemble of onstage musicians and dancers, the story unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion, beautiful melodies and powerfully moving performances. Bright Star -- as refreshingly genuine as it is daringly hopeful -- is "Broadway's most beautiful show" (WABC). Come see it at Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles.
Step out of the modern world and back in time to the divinely decadent Kit Kat Klub of 1930s Germany, the Cabaret where seductive singer Sally Bowles enchants the crowd each and every night. There, misfits and outcasts of Berlin come together, taking refuge from the storm of a rapidly changing society where their kind is less than welcome. Led by the enigmatic Emcee, the colorful characters of this Kander & Ebb masterpiece are eager to entertain you with numbers like "Don't Tell Mama," "Willkommen," and "Cabaret." This year is the 50th anniversary of the debut of this Tony Award-winning classic, and now you can see Cabaret at Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center.
Welcome to Camp Ragnarok! TU's Late Night Series is back with a brand new concept. A small group of writers are collaborating on a comedy soap opera for the stage that will run for six weeks, with a new “episode” each week! The series follows the lives of nine unique characters at a survivalist camp in these desperate times. And just like your typical soap opera, there’s jealousy, intrigue and more than a little bit of the ridiculous. How will the campers survive at…survivalists’ camp? Join us and find out!
With its dazzling costumes and choreography, passion-filled story, famous score (you've definitely heard "The Toreador Song") and Grammy-winner Ana María Martínez starring in the title role, the LA Opera's production of Bizet's Carmen is sure to be a stunner. An alluring Spanish gypsy girl with a hot temper, Carmen seduces the innocent Don José, who gives up everything for her, leaving his former love, rebelling against his superiors and joining a gang of smugglers. But Carmen's not exactly the type to settle down. So when she tires of him and moves on to the bullfighter Escamillo, Don José is driven by betrayal and jealousy to exact violent revenge. One of the most sought-after sopranos in the world, Martinez has appeared with respected companies like The Met, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera and Royal Opera House, and is making her much-anticipated return to the LA Opera, after her acclaimed portrayal of Cio Cio San in 2016's Madama Butterfly. The opera is sung in French with projected English translation.
Five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman (Show Boat, Contact, The Producers) returns to direct and choreograph an all-new production of the acclaimed musical comedy that launched her Broadway career -- Crazy for You! Featuring a delightful book by two-time Tony nominee Ken Ludwig (Lend Me A Tenor) and a score of showstoppers by George and Ira Gershwin including "I Got Rhythm," "Embraceable You," "Slap That Bass" and "Someone To Watch Over Me," Crazy for You is an irresistibly funny valentine to the American musicals of the 1930s. Welcome to a world of cowboys and showgirls, where a Wall Street guy and a Main Street gal can fall madly in love, put on a show, and dance their way to happiness! Who could ask for anything more?
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 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.
Disney's The Little Mermaid invites your family on a magical journey "Under the Sea" with Ariel, a mermaid who's tired of flipping her fins in her aquatic kingdom alongside her crabby sidekick, Sebastian. Ariel dreams of living in the fascinating world on dry land and will go to great lengths to get there, trading in her tail for human legs with some "help" from a sea witch named Ursula, in order to be by the side of the handsome Prince Eric. Based on the beloved Hans Christian Andersen tale and the classic animated film, with music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, this production of the fishy fable will capture your heart with irresistible songs like "Kiss the Girl," "Part of Your World" and more at the Cupcake Theater in North Hollywood.
Disney's beloved musical Aladdin, with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, was based on the 1992 hit movie of the same name. Now you can enjoy this family-friendly show in a special dual-language version at Los Angeles Theatre Center, in which the royalty in the palace of Agrabah speak Spanish, while the common folk speak English. Follow lovable street urchin Aladdin as he goes on a magical journey to win the heart of Princess Jasmine with the help of three wishes and an eccentric and fun-loving genie. Relive the fun with the whole family and enjoy classic songs like "Friend Like Me," "A Whole New World" and "Prince Ali."
After sold-out shows at Second City Hollywood and iO West and an award-winning run at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, Divorce: The Hip-Hop Musical now comes to El Cid on Hollywood's Sunset Boulevard. This upbeat musical comedy features 12 original songs, written and directed by Conor Hanney. With the divorce rate in America above 50 percent, it's time to explore the stress, duress and mess that ensue when another nuclear family goes nuclear. Don't miss the show that won the Producers' Award at this year's Hollywood Fringe Festival.
Winner of the prestigious 2015 MacArthur "Genius" Grant, Michelle Dorrance "has become the most exciting and original choreographer in tap today" (The New York Times). Now she brings her acclaimed company to the Bram Goldsmith Theater at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills for a night of amazing movement and syncopation. Dorrance is famed for stretching the boundaries of this all-American art form, mixing modern, street and club dance to create engaging, imaginative works. As The Boston Globe raved: "She and her dancers ... don't just show off prodigious technical feats, they become a community of characters who hint at engaging narratives." Witness the speed, precision and artistry of tap dance in the practiced hands -- and feet -- of Dorrance Dance as they perform Myelination with original live music, as well as the rarely-seen award-winning Three to One and the whimsical Jungle Blues.
A modern-day theater addict puts his favorite musical on the record player to chase the blues away, only to have the story come to life right there in his apartment in the Tony-winning The Drowsy Chaperone. In the show-within-the-show that ensues, a pampered Broadway starlet's plans for marriage are upset by a scheming producer, setting off a wild plot involving a chaperone, a misguided Don Juan and gangsters who double as pastry chefs. Bubbling over with wit, thrills and glorious song and dance, this comical send-up of Jazz Age musical theater comes to North Hollywood's El Portal Theatre.
Give summer one final aloha this Labor Day weekend with the 22nd annual E Hula Mau festival. Returning to the Long Beach Performing Arts Center's Terrace Theater, this cultural gathering brings together Hawaiian-style dance schools, known as halau, from across the Southwest to compete in hula and chant contests over a three-day period. This historic competition is set to feature nine different troupes, from as far away as Las Vegas, that'll perform their always gorgeous traditional and contemporary routines before a prestigious panel that includes three hula judges, a Hawaiian language expert and even a lei specialist. There'll also be plenty of fun activities at the Polynesian Arts and Crafts Fair, plus informative Hawaiian workshops and delicious island dishes available for purchase.
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.
Two dueling stage actors -- Matthew Malecki and Alexander Mendoza -- share an evening of stories and songs from their time in hit shows such as Frozen, Sister Act and more. They'll sing numbers from Broadway's biggest hits and pay tribute to some of pop's greatest artists as they unpack the details of their friendly feud. Expect this pair of frienemies to dish some (good-natured) rumors, scandal and intrigue when this cabaret hits the stage at L.A.'s Rockwell: Table & Stage.
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.
Actress-playwright Halley Feiffer stars in the Geffen Playhouse production of her off-Broadway comedy that "blends rage with gallows humor," according to The New York Times, which made it a Critics' Pick in 2016. In A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of New York City, a frustrated stand-up comic is trying out material on her mother, who happens to be a patient in said hospital, when the son of the comatose woman sharing the room takes offense, sparking an entertaining back-and-forth that may or may not lead to romance. Trip Cullman, who directed the New York version, takes on the same duties here with a cast featuring Feiffer (the daughter of Pulitzer Prize-winning satirist Jules Feiffer), Jason Butler Harner, Eileen T'Kaye and JoBeth Williams. This production contains profanity, sexual language and sexual conduct.
Neil Simon's The Gingerbread Lady centers around singing star Evy Meara whose career, marriage and health all have been destroyed by alcohol. After ten weeks in a rehab center, a birthday party with her best friend, her daughter, a gay actor pal and an ex bring on a host of emotions, raising the question, will Evy's friends and family help or hinder her road to recovery? The New York Times declared The Gingerbread Lady a "landslide of pure unbuttoned joy." See Neil Simon's comedic wit infuse this uncharacteristically dark yet heartwarming drama at the Westchester Playhouse in Los Angeles.
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.
The Tony-winning musical Guys and Dolls transports you back in time to the swingin' era of 1940s New York... with a side trip to Havana. Follow the romantic and criminal exploits of shady New York gamblers Sky Masterson, Nathan Detroit and the women who love them: Adelaide, who's been waiting for a marriage proposal for over a decade, and Sarah, an uptight missionary out to save Sky's soul. Frank Loesser's musical masterpiece brings to life the stories and characters of Damon Runyon with terrific numbers like "If I Were a Bell," "Adelaide's Lament," "Luck Be a Lady" and "Sit Down You're Rockin' the Boat." Don't miss this Whittier Community Theatre production of the beloved American musical at Whittier Center Theatre.
No matter how familiar you might be with the fairytale story of two siblings wandering through an enchanted forest, this brand new all-ages rock musical will knock you off your feet. The beloved Grimm Brothers tale is brought to vivid life with a rock and roll score by Grammy-nominated songwriter Justin Roberts and set amidst an animated wonderland inspired by the whimsy of authors Lemony Snicket and Roald Dahl. Follow two intrepid youngsters as they come face to face with a witch whose appetite is truly "childish" in this presentation at Carpenter Performing Arts Center. This sparkling fable is wicked fun for the whole family.
Tony winner Phylicia Rashad gives a powerful performance in MacArthur "Genius Grant" recipient Tarell Alvin McCraney's acclaimed drama Head of Passes. Set in the mysterious shifting marshlands at the mouth of the Mississippi River, this modern-day parable inspired by the Book of Job finds Shelah's family and friends planning a surprise birthday party for her, but a dark family secret threatens to ruin everything. McCraney, who recently won an Oscar for adapting his own play into the film Moonlight, has been called "without question, the hottest young playwright in America" (Chicago Tribune). Find out why as this stirring drama comes to Mark Taper Forum from Center Theatre Group.
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.
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.
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.
With incredible hip-hop dancing, a contemporary Latin-flavored score and a story from Lin-Manuel Miranda (creator of the hit Broadway show Hamilton), In the Heights made a huge splash on Broadway, scoring the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical and winning over audiences with its fresh-faced charm and vibrant music. This Musical Theatre West production takes you on an exhilarating theatrical journey into the lives of the residents of the Dominican-American neighborhood of Washington Heights in New York City -- a place where the coffee from Usnavi's corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the scent of impending change. Don't miss this pre-sale opportunity to see this vibrant musical at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach.
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.
The Last Five Years is an emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. Told through inventive and heartrending songs, the show's unconventional structure consists of Cathy telling her story backwards while Jamie tells his version chronologically. The two characters meet only once -- at their wedding in the middle of the show. Written by Tony-winning composer Jason Robert Brown (Parade), this acclaimed production comes to Camarillo Skyway Playhouse.
Paul Robeson was a true Renaissance man and he was a prominent African-American activist during a time when that was a dangerous thing to be. Learn all about this fascinating character in Stogie Kenyatta's one-man show at Santa Monica Playhouse. This powerful and poignant performance tells the amazing true story of a man who could seemingly do anything. He played in the NFL while getting his law degree, then became famous as an entertainer after starring in Show Boat and Othello and recording deep-voiced renditions of spirituals like his famed "Ol' Man River." Robeson was also an outspoken civil rights activist who fought to end racism and oppression and became a target of the McCarthy hearings.
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.
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.
Exploring the ironies of the human condition, Daniel MacIvor's Marion Bridge finds three headstrong sisters converging on their ancestral home to care for their mother, discovering that they have everything -- and nothing -- in common. As their memories collide, shattering with kaleidoscopic effect, they begin to finally understand what they are ... and what made them that way. Enjoy the playful and biting dialogue of this SJB Productions presentation of Marion Bridge at the Son of Semele Theatre in Los Angeles.
Cal and Beth are selling their home. They’re visited by Skip and Ellie, an engaged couple, very much in love who are eager to buy their first home. They’re joined by Mike and Liz, apparently a couple of lookie-loos who decided to drop by and take a peek at the house for sale. The three couples get to chatting and begin to marvel at just how much they have in common. WAY too much in common, in fact. So much in common that it begins to become surreal.
You are traveling to another dimension: A dimension of sight and sound and imagination. You are entering….The Marriage Zone. The Marriage Zone is the fourth in a series of comedies exploring the dynamics of the relationships between men and women by playwright and director Jeff Gould. His previous works include Troubled Waters, Is There Sex After Marriage?, and It’s Just Sex. The latter play has received productions across the globe. Gould has also been an actor and comedian and is a professional poker player.
A fierce, witty, trail-blazing feminist, Martha Graham didn't let anything stop her from pursuing her vision. Christina Carlisi brings the founder of modern dance to vivid life in the one-woman show Martha, a revealing look at a woman whose gifts helped revolutionize an art form. Graham told stories and expressed emotion through dance in a way people had never seen, and she continued to dance well into her seventies, simply because she refused to quit. Explore the creative process and drive of this major artist during this one-woman showcase at Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks.
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.
Since its launch in 1997, The Moth has presented thousands of stories told live and without notes. Moth shows are renowned for the great range of human experience they showcase. Each show starts with a theme, and the storytellers explore it, often in unexpected ways. Since each story is true and every voice authentic, the shows dance between documentary and theater, creating a unique, intimate and often enlightening experience for the audience. Get an earful of unscripted storytelling when The Moth Mainstage takes over the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. This event is not recommended for children.
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.
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.
The glamorous passenger train Twentieth Century Limited, which ran between New York and Chicago between 1902 and 1967, is the main setting of this musical screwball comedy’s action. Oscar Jaffe, an egomaniacal Broadway producer who has sustained a string of recent flops and is now dodging creditors, boards the train heading to New York. On the train, he spots his former Broadway leading lady and muse, Lily Garland, now a Hollywood movie star, and schemes to have her signed to star in his new play and thereby save his career and stay out of jail. But she’s on her way to meet with his competitor, Max Jacobs, to sign up for his play. Jaffe believes he’s found an investor in a fellow passenger and heiress, the religiously fervent Letitia Primrose, who could write a check big enough to entice Lily to renew her working relationship with Oscar and save his show. But Ms. Primrose is certifiably insane. There’s action, a little romance, fast-paced dialogue and a dash of slapstick.
The moment Emmy-winning writer and actress Leslie Caveny (Everybody Loves Raymond) takes center stage, her personal memory play immediately falls apart. But it isn't a case of a production gone awry; it's a chronicle of a life gone awry. One Woman Gone Wrong finds Caveny at Theatre West in Hollywood (what better town, after all?), where she's struggling to understand if she's lost in the part or just losing her mind. She deconstructs the solo show genre and blurs the lines between real life and the stage for an unforgettable, heartfelt and hilarious experience. This show is part of Theatre West's fundraiser Portraits of Humanity: A Series of Solo Shows.
The acclaimed dance troupe known as MOMIX is famed for creating a cutting-edge live entertainment experience through their signature blend of innovative props, light, shadow, humor and the human body. With their latest show, dubbed Opus Cactus, the company brings the landscape of the American Southwest to the stage with dynamic acrobatic images of cacti, slithering lizards, fire dancers and more. Under Artistic Director Moses Pendleton, MOMIX "is the IMAX version of dance theater ... a savvy mix of puppetry, strobe lights and multi-media" (The Star Ledger). See for yourself why The New York Times declared Opus Cactus a "sprawling, luscious fantasy" when this "feast for the eyes" comes to the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach.
Jon Robin Baitz’s funny, explosive and entertaining look at unruly family politics was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. At Theatricum, it’s truly a family affair, with a cast that includes members of founder Will Geer’s own family: daughters Ellen Geer and Melora Marshall, and granddaughter Willow Geer. The manicured life of a conservative actor-turned-politician and his impeccable wife is upset when relatives arrive at their Palm Springs home for the holidays — including politically liberal daughter Brooke who’s about to publish a tell-all memoir.
PAW Patrol is on a roll with its hit live tour! It's the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race between Adventure Bay's Mayor Goodway and Foggy Bottom's Mayor Humdinger, but Mayor Goodway is nowhere to be found. PAW Patrol to the rescue! Ryder summons Marshall, Chase, Skye, Rubble, Rocky, Zuma and Everest to rescue Mayor Goodway and run the race in her place. Using their unique skills and teamwork, the pups show that "no job is too big, no pup is too small," and share lessons for all ages about citizenship, social skills and problem-solving as they make several heroic rescues on their race to the finish line. Bring the whole family and join the adventure at Thousand Oaks' Fred Kavli Theatre.
Dive into a story of forbidden love with Georges Bizet's colorful feast for the eyes and ears. Set in ancient times on a faraway island, The Pearl Fishers follows two fishermen whose loyalty is put to the test when they both fall in love with a beautiful priestess, igniting a fiery love triangle. Secrets and lives hang in the balance as jealousy competes with their fraternal bond in this enchanting early opera from Bizet (Carmen) that includes the famous duet "Au fond du temple saint." Complete with stunning special effects and starring soprano Nino Machaidze in the lead role, this beautifully staged LA Opera production of The Pearl Fishers at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is sung in French with English projected English translations.
A classic dysfunctional family is the vehicle for a descent into chaos, and this viciously hilarious yet touching story addresses the classic question: "Why are we here?" PTERODACTYLS suggests that our extinction is beginning not with an asteroid or an ice age but rather with a severed connection to the ones closest to us. Nominated for various awards including a Drama Desk award for Best Play, PTERODACTYLS is an unmissable adventure by the award-winning writer of The Lyons, Nicky Silver--one the freshest new playwrights of this generation.
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!).
Dean Ghaffari brings to life Sal Mineo and a host of characters instrumental in his journey. An energetic and historical backstage view of one of America’s greatest actors and one of the first Gay Icons.
A tale of passion and obsession, Matthew Bourne's stylish and audacious new ballet The Red Shoes was exalted as "a feast for the eyes" by The Guardian, while The Daily Telegraph praised its magical qualities, declaring it "blissful." Bourne's thrilling adaptation of the Oscar-winning 1948 film (which was itself based on a tale by Hans Christian Andersen) is the story of a ballerina forced to choose between an affair of the heart and her rapturous love of dance. Featuring music written by composer Bernard Hermann for Citizen Kane and three other classic films, you won't want to miss The Red Shoes when it enjoys its American premiere at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles.
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.
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.
Shopkins Live! lights up the stage in this premiere live production packed with show-stopping performances featuring the Shoppies. Join Jessicake, Bubbleisha, Peppa-Mint, Rainbow Kate, Cocolette and Polli Polish as they perform the coolest dance moves, sing the latest pop songs, and show off the trendiest fashions. All of Shopville is in a tizzy as preparations get underway for the annual "Funtastic Food and Fashion Fair." Shady Diva showcases her latest fashion designs; Lippy Lips gives colorful advice at the nail salon; Kooky Cookie tries to get in a beauty nap! But wait! No event is complete without a few hiccups! Who has high-jinxed the fashion pageant? Where is the super-secret celebrity guest? Will Slick Breadstick ever find a dance partner? The Shopkins and Shoppies need your help -- the show must go on! Featuring innovative set design, creative costuming and state of the art projections, this is one family theatrical event at Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza you don't want to miss!
The second annual Short+Sweet Festival Hollywood packs in 6 weeks of local and international 10 minute plays. The competition this year is bigger and better, including a full week of S&S Latino! Beginning as a small festival of 10 minute plays in Sydney, Australia, we are now in 14 countries and 40 cities. Each week there is a new selection of 10-12 plays, creating one single great night of theatre. The audience and select judges pick their favorites from each week which go into the finals the last week of August. Glory and prizes await the winners! Come vote for your favorites! TOP 40 SHOWS;Thur,Fri and Sat at 8 p.m, Sun at 7 p.m.; WILD CARD SHOWS, Sat and Sun at 2pm; FINALS WEEK, Thu, Fri, Sat at 8 PM, Sat and, Sun at 2pm
A pressingly relevant story, Sideways Fences portrays the ongoing battle of gentrification in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of East Los Angeles. 28 weeks into a pregnancy, couple Sol and Esteban are in a high pressure situation when they find out their house is being torn down for new condos in the area. When Sol's sister Eva comes into town, she has bigger plans for her sister than her relationship with Esteban, his Chevy Fleetline and the garage he's desperately trying to start. Find out what happens at the Casa 0101 Theater in Los Angeles.
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.
The provocative and hilarious new play by Tony-winning playwright David Henry Hwang (Yellow Face, M. Butterfly) begins as a play in the present and bursts into a musical set in the future. Inspired by the West's often ridiculously inauthentic portrayals of Asia, Soft Power examines the conflicts, misunderstandings and cultural tightrope walk on the night of a theater company gala, amidst China's 21st-century rise and a beloved East-meets-West musical. Soft Power marks the first collaboration between Hwang and Tony-winning composer Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home), debuting at Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles.
The seventh installment in an ongoing series, Solo Dolo 7 features a diverse array of new and in-development twists on the "solo performance." The show includes innovative dance works from Barry Brannum, Alex Floyd, Ethan Marks, Lulu Obermayer and Sculptural Sound Ensemble, which includes Roksana Zeinapur, and Pallavi Sriram, in collaboration with Sid Sriram. Witness these thought-provoking pieces at Highways Performance Space and Gallery in Santa Monica.
The year is 1595, and struggling playwrights Nigel and Nick Bottom are planning on taking Shakespeare down a peg or two. Their idea? To conjure up the one type of show that's outside of The Bard's wheelhouse - the musical! An uproariously irreverent and meta portrait of the Renaissance, Something Rotten! tracks the Brothers' shaky progress while gleefully parodying The Great White Way's greatest hits along the way, riffing on everything from Phantom of the Opera to Les Miserables.
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.
Embracing the spirit of one of American theater's most beloved artists, Sondheim UnScripted finds the talented performers of Impro Theatre creating a full-length, completely improvised musical in the style of the master composer and lyricist behind classics such as West Side Story, Into the Woods and Sweeney Todd. Using just their guts, spontaneous wits and audience suggestions, the cast creates songs on the fly that are full of Sondheim signatures such as intricate rhyme schemes, soaring counter melodies and complex themes. It's a brand new, never-before-seen production every time out as Sondheim UnScripted comes to The Broad Stage in Santa Monica.
Spamilton, the show that celebrates, roasts and eviscerates the Broadway blockbuster, makes its West Coast premiere at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda claims he laughed his brains out upon seeing this theatrical parody. Written and directed by Gerard Alessandrini (Forbidden Broadway), the show features a talented young cast that has drawn flattering comparisons to their Broadway counterparts. Spamilton is not just a send-up of its Tony-winning source material; it also pokes fun at such Broadway icons as Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald, Stephen Sondheim and more. See the spoof that the New York Times called "convulsively funny" and the Chicago Tribune called "a revolution all its own." This production is recommended for audience members ages 10 and up.
One of Anton Chekhov's masterworks, Three Sisters is a humorous and affecting tale centering around the once-privileged members of the Prozorov family. After the death of their army general father, three sisters feel constrained by the smallness of life in their provincial Russian town. Attempts to improve their crumbling social status lay bare the larger forces that loom over the entire area. Melodrama turned inside out, Three Sisters is a story of yearning and ordinary life -- where little seems to happen, but all is revealed. Known for their excellent productions of works by Shaw, Wilde, Moliere and more, Archway Studio/Theatre in North Hollywood now presents this luminous and emotionally raw retelling of Chekhov's masterpiece.
This scathingly funny backstage drama about interracial politics by pioneering African American playwright Alice Childress follows an integrated theater company in rehearsal for a “progressive” anti-lynching drama. The play-within-a-play, entitled Chaos in Belleville, marks the first opportunity for gifted African American actress Wiletta Mayer to play a leading lady on Broadway. But what compromises must she make to succeed?
"Until the lions have their own historian, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter." The prestigious Akram Khan Company presents the US premiere of Until the Lions, which brilliantly reimagines an ancient Indian poetry epic through the eyes of women. The story, expressed beautifully through a classical Indian dance style called kathak, explores the physical expression of gender and endurance of the female spirit with the story of a princess who is abducted on her wedding day and stripped of her honor. A primal blend of raw power and subtle tenderness, you will not want to miss this Music Center presentation of Until the Lions at The Culver Studios in Los Angeles. This show is recommended for ages 8 and older. The performance is approximately one hour and 5 minutes long, with no intermission.
Versa-Style Dance brings popping, locking, merengue, footwork, flexing, boogaloo and more to the stage when they roll into Santa Monica's The Broad Stage. A morning performance geared towards families, these young performers break through color lines with their amazing physicality and gift for artistic expression. This is high-energy hip-hop dance at its best. A group of committed and conscientious artists, Versa-Style's performances speak to the roots, history, and social and political issues surrounding street dance culture.
A Hunger Games parody for the geek set, The Video Games is a live-action battle to the death... between beloved characters from some of the most popular video games ever made. It's a different show every night as iconic pixelated heroes and villains such as Donkey Kong, Mega Man and more compete to win the coveted title of "Player One." What's more, YOU the audience get to determine the outcome, by voting on your favorite combatant via Twitter. Hilarious and action-packed, The Video Games has entertained audiences at Long Beach Comic-Con, Nerd Con, and now comes to Flight Theatre @ The Complex 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.
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.
In Welcome To The White Room, we discover Ms. White, Mr. Paine, and Jennings shortly after they have arrived in a completely white room, following their journey within as they attempt to figure out exactly what they are meant to do. There are the letters that only Ms. White can read. There is the arrival of The Last Deck of Cards in the World. There are The Three Devices. There is the constant advancement of the levels. Somewhere between throwing a party, suppressing sexual tensions, and dancing a violent tango, this senseless world summons its puppeteer. And our three puppets are in for a big surprise.
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.
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.