The story: Set in 1953 and traveling to 1985, this lovely and poignant memory play unfolds through the eyes of Clifford, the only son of Gene, a jazz trumpet player, and Terry, an alcoholic mother. alternating between their New York City apartment and a smoke-filled music club, Clifford narrates the story of his broken family and the decline of jazz as popular entertainment. Clifford recalls the key moments in his life, such as the day when he, fresh out of college, picked up his first unemployment check and was congratulated by Gene and his band mates. Gene's music career on the big band circuit ultimately crumbles with the advent of Elvis and rock-n-roll. Terry begs him to get a nine-to-five job to support the family, but Gene refuses to enter the "straight world" of regular paychecks, mortgages and security. For Gene, who knows jazz better than his own son, music is not just a job; it's his life. their marriage slowly dissolves and young Clifford is witness to it all. as things worsen, Clifford assumes the role of parent and throws the hopeless Gene out of his mother's apartment. When an adult Clifford visits Gene in a rundown jazz club after years of separation, he requests that the old man play his mother's favorite song, the old standard "Why Was I Born?"
Women Beyond Borders embraces the possibility that women are honored for their untold voices and visions, and that women support one another in this quest. The endeavor has become more than an exhibition, it has become a catalyst for dialogue and collaboration.
Old Jews Telling Jokes, which has been called a “pickle-barrel full of giggles,” showcases five actors in a revue-type production that pays tribute to and reinvents classic jokes of the past and present. It celebrates the rich tradition of Jewish humor and ‘all the rabbis, complaining wives, fed-up husbands, patience-challenged physicians, gossiping ladies, and competitive men’ populating it. The humor is suggestive and even raunchy as the ‘Old Jews’ make fun of themselves as well as followers of every other religion. Said producer Philip Roger Roy, “Think Catskills comedy with jokes, songs, stories, skits, and routines. The humor is reminiscent of the great Jewish comedians from Buddy Hackett and Alan King to Tom Lehrer, and more.” Warning: adult (bawdy) humor. Not for audiences under 21.
After directing her daughter's coming-of-age ceremony, honouring femininity, renewal, rebirth and balance, Queen Prospera causes a storm. A group of young men wash up on the isle, triggering an epic love story between Prospera's daughter and a brave young suitor. Theirs is a love that will be tested. With a majority-female cast, including a 100-percent-female band, Cirque du Soleil conjures AMALUNA Under the Big Top on the LA Waterfront in San Pedro.
Lizzy Stephens has only had sex with one man, her husband, but after a decade of marriage it sadly ends. Lizzy learns that unless she’s gets an annulment (proving her marriage was invalid), in the church’s eyes she’s a big fat sinner. Not wanting to annul her marriage, she decides to go against her Catholic upbringing and sin. A sequel to the critically acclaimed The Catholic Girl’s Guide to Losing Your Virginity, The Catholic Girl’s Guide to Sex is about chucking off any societal standards that were put upon you and figuring out what you want, what you value and ultimately what you believe. Catch this hilarious and empowering production at Hudson Mainstage Theatre in Hollywood.
The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts welcomes Andy Cannon, Andy Manley, and Shona Reppe’s Black Beauty when it comes to Beverly Hills as part of its American premiere tour. Based on the classic novel by Anna Sewell, Black Beauty follows brothers Andy McCuddy and Andy McCuddy (it’s a family thing), self-described “purveyors of fine equestrian illusions,” who’ve fallen on hard times. After all, it’s hard to get a gig these days when you’re the front and back of a theatrical pantomime horse! When the McCuddy brothers discover their beloved copy of Black Beauty in the cozy horse trailer they call home, they take the bit firmly between their teeth and re-enact portions of the page-turning adventure to lift their spirits. Blending storytelling, music and puppetry, this re-telling of the classic horse tale is sure to warm your heart. Running time includes one intermission. This show is recommended for ages 5 and up.
Five new short plays by Los Angeles playwrights. Moving On: The 2019 One Acts features a mix of established playwrights and exciting, emerging younger talent. Here’s the program:
Rock Logic. Written by Sophia Lewis. Directed by Katie Lindsay. Sammy is grieving the loss of her mother and her girlfriend, Taylor, tries to help navigate Sammy to the funeral. However, Sammy is convinced she is the “Earth Assistant.” thanks to an old diary entry she found, and refuses to leave her hometown park until she can fulfill her guardian duties and watch the rockspirits move. Taylor is trying to support Sammy during this sensitive time, but also fielding calls from Sammy’s sister freaking out that they won’t make it to the funeral on time. It’s a story of grief and coming into a place of acceptance while mourning the loss of someone you love.
Smiling Cat Candy Heart, Written by Jennie Webb. Directed by June Carryl. A short play about the big battles in the world and the little things we do to navigate through them. When two separated parents meet for their regularly scheduled child exchange, their usual communication challenges take an unexpected new twist. An observant look at 21st Century parenting from the co-founder of the Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative.
The Cold Place. Written by Ashley Rose Wellman. Directed by Christopher J. Raymond. Robin and Daniel, fostering a secret connection, make plans to meet up in a motel room behind the backs of their spouses. However, once they’re in the room, the encounter doesn’t go how either of them have planned, as deeper and more painful things are revealed.
Signing-Off. Written by Ken Levine. Directed by Tony Pasqualini. A long time late night talk show host is pushed into retirement and must meet his young replacement. The meeting goes from bad to worse and then some. Playwright Levine won an Emmy® writing for Cheers. He also wrote for M.A.S.H., Frasier, and lots of things you love to watch, so his insights into television are razor-sharp.
Possible Deranged Lunatic. Written by Christine Hamilton-Schmidt. Directed by William Charlton. Jeanette and Olivia are listening to a terrifying true crime podcast late at night. There is a loud knock at the door. A man asks to be let in. When Jeanette opens the door and lets Peter into the house, Olivia is convinced she’s the only one who can save she and her mother from becoming the latest true crime murder story.
This new, award-winning adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s literary masterpiece Crime and Punishment is told by three actors. This “conversation on the nature of evil” is set in the mind of the murderer where he relives and explores the thoughts, ideas and feelings that drove him to his horrible crime. The play becomes a psychological landscape which creates a thrilling journey into the mind of a killer and his search for redemption. This is an intimate psychological and spiritual journey which seeks to unveil hidden dimensions of the human condition.
If the Coen Brothers created a mashup of a Shakespearean revenge tale and an outrageous comedy, it would probably be something like Exit, Pursued By a Bear . Join Nan as she forces her abusive husband, Kyle, to watch her and her over-the-top cheerleading friend, Simon, reenact scenes from their horrible relationship as he’s tied to his La-Z-Boy. Will Nan be able to make Kyle see the painful truths of their marriage, or will she leave him to be mauled by a bear at the end of her performance piece? Come see the playwright of Silent Sky, Lauren Gunderson, as she explores the comedy, the pain, and the chance of being eaten, in this comic gem of a play at the Long Beach Playhouse’s Studio Theatre.
Based on John Water’s cult classic film, the eight-time Tony award-winning phenomenon is set in 1962 Baltimore, and tells the story of Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, who has one big dream – to dance on the popular “Corny Collins Dance Show.” When she finally wins a spot on the show, she’s transformed from outsider to irrepressible teen celebrity. In balancing her newfound power with her desire for justice, Tracy fights to dethrone the reigning Miss Teen Hairspray, Amber von Tussle, and integrate a television network in the process. The larger‐than‐life production, with its infectious music, show‐stopping dance numbers and uplifting story, is an exciting and heart‐warming theatre experience for audiences of all ages.
Every family has issues. No issues run deeper than those of the brilliant pathologist and matriarch Dr. Nimfa Delacroix. She was a nymphomaniac in the past but now lives a “normal life” with her nuclear 21st century family. All of her demons must be confronted however, when the outbreak of a deadly STD launches in Atlanta, turning its residents into zombies that promises the end of civilization. Can Nimfa unite her family? Can she overcome her past? Can she save the world? Find out in DR. NYMPHO VS THE SEX ZOMBIES!" For Mature Audiences 18 and older.
The first female solo artist ever inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and one of the most successful crossover artists in history, the iconic Patsy Cline packed a lot of great music into her short life, which tragically ended in a plane crash at the age of 30. Developed with the help of her widow Charlie Dick and featuring more than 20 of her hit songs, this show pays tribute to the remarkable singer by following her career from her early honky-tonk days through her success at the Grand Ole Opry and beyond. You'll hear signature tunes like "Walkin' After Midnight," "I Fall to Pieces," "Crazy" and more when A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline comes to the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center.
Creating Arts Company is proud to present a stunning new adaption of the classic Grimm fairy-tale of the girl with magical golden locks, Rapunzel. Cheer for the Prince and Boo for the mean witch Gothel who has locked the beautiful Rapunzel high atop a tower. Will Rapunzel escape the tower and learn she’s a Princess and find her way back to her rightful mother and father, King and Queen Windsor? This is a Creating Arts Company Pint Sized Play and is a one hour interactive-cinematic-theatrical experience like no other that is sure to delight children and their families ages three and up! This is a Creating Arts Company signature original pint-sized play and is a one-hour, immersive and interactive show that is perfect for ages 3 and up.
When the Frog Princess finds herself lost in the jungle, being chased by an evil witch-doctor tiger and his side-kick snake, she relies on the help of her new friend Mowgli to escape. They find themselves on an exciting adventure that reveals the truth about the secret Prince of the Jungle and what true friendship really is. Come cheer for the heros and boo for the villains in this original fairy-tale mashup, signature Creating Arts Company mini-musical. With music from pop to rock, this show is fun for the entire family and will have all ages stomping their feet, dancing and wanting more. This is a Creating Arts Company signature original show is immersive and interactive show that is perfect for ages 3 and up.
Swing! tells the story of Adrianna, a factory worker in the 40’s who is holding down her husband Butch’s factory job while he’s at war. Once he returns home, both Adrianna and Butch feel like they don’t fit into their old lives. When she meets Janine, Adrianna rediscovers old passions that she put away when she was first married. While her feelings blossom for Janine, Adrianna‘s love for her husband is also rekindled. Adrianna’s difficult choice in a time of forbidden love fuels this passionate musical journey.
Homeward L.A. 2019 is a program consisting of eleven monologues based on stories who’ve experienced homelessness. Actors of Theatre 40 will perform the show, directed by one of Theatre 40’s regular directors, Jules Aaron.