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Dope Queens Aug 9 - Sep 22, 2019  
Hudson Theatre Dope Queens
 
In 2012, three friends: Goldie, Blake, and Angel, move to San Francisco after meeting in protective custody at a men’s California state penitentiary where they were just serving time. Goldie and Angel are transgender women of color, outcasts from their families and the society they live in. Blake is a drug addict whose family begs him to go back to rehab but continues to relapse despite sincere attempts at sobriety. Twitter has moved in and the Google buses and Uber drivers swarm the streets as the Tenderloin slowly gentrifies. In a world where their reputation on the streets is everything, they must secure a position of respect and dignity. As they try to change their lives for the better, the trio settle in an SRO Hotel and support each other as their “chosen family.” Despite true love and friendship, desperate times sometimes lead to desperate measures in this world premiere play.
 
   
Good Mourning Aug 10 - Sep 8, 2019  
Hudson Theatre Good Mourning
 
Through a magical friendship formed with with his daughter’s favorite toy, Ernest Murphy opens doors into his past and perhaps his future. Good Mourning stars Hosea Chanchez of The Game and Black Lightning. Don’t miss this world-premiere solo performance playing for a limited engagement at the Hudson Theatre.
 
   
Frankenstein Aug 11 - Sep 6, 2019  
A Noise Within Frankenstein
 
This electrifying tale of a creature cast away by his creator into a hostile world — only to wind his way back in a dangerous game of destruction — has captivated audiences for over 200 years. The gothic story comes to life with Nick Dear’s adaptation of the chilling fable by Mary Shelley, animating the themes of social rejection, intellectual hubris, and the nascency of good and evil.
 
   
She's History! The Most Dangerous Women Honored in Humorous Solo Show Aug 11  
Lounge Theatre She's History! The Most Dangerous Women Honored in Humorous Solo Show
 
Why Do We Know More About Kim Kardashian Than Abigail Adams? Combining theater, history, multi-media, audience interaction, and good old-fashioned storytelling, She’s History! brings to life the true tales of fabulous females, then and now. Writer/performer/cultural herstorian Amy Simon spent years researching diaries, letters, publications and biographies and created this unique herstorical edutaining theatrical presentation. Going back and forth from the past to the present, this Mom on a Mission poignantly finds the funny as she chronicles the struggles and accomplishments of our unheralded, unknown and forgotten heroines whose courage and strength inspire her as she raises two daughters. Watch Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony multitask — just like today’s mom — running the house, fixing dinner and corralling the kids, all while working on the Fourteenth Amendment. Hear about our first feminist writer Mary Wollstonecraft, and witness Sojourner Truth’s powerful “Ain’t I Woman” speech. Learn how Alice Paul stole President Wilson’s parade, and see how she suffered for the cause. Watch Nancy Pelosi become the first female Speaker of the House, learn about Shirley Chisholm’s humanity, and what inspired Bella Abzug. Hear about Pat Schroeder, Katie Couric, Malala Yousafzai, Eleanor Roosevelt, Golda Meir, Victoria Woodhull (the first woman to run for president) and Hillary Clinton, bloomers, suffrage, maternal profiling, the road to Seneca Falls, abolition and more! It’s all there in a gala-palooza honoring Female America. Don’t miss this production in celebration of Women’s Equality Day.
 
   
Hannah and the Dread Gazebo Aug 14 - Sep 22, 2019  
Fountain Theatre Hannah and the Dread Gazebo
 
A strange and wonderful play that is a mix of unexpected whimsy, delightful comedy, profound despair and more than a little bit of magic. Hannah is two weeks away from becoming a board-certified neurologist when she receives a strange package from her grandmother, who may—or may not—have just ended her life in a most flamboyant fashion. The mystery leads Hannah and her family on a surreal, funny, heartbreaking adventure back to their roots in South and North Korea and the forbidden Demilitarized Zone that divides them. Wildly theatrical, this startling new comedy twists together creation myths and family histories to explore what it means to walk the edge between cultures.
 
   
Driving Wilde Aug 16 - Sep 21, 2019  
Theatre of NOTE Driving Wilde
 
DRIVING WILDE is Jacqueline Wright’s very free, very contemporary, shockingly frank and surreal adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s classic novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. Wright transforms the gothic horror story into a present-day meditation on the pursuit of beauty. In Wright’s version, the beautiful young Dorian awakens from a coma with amnesia, unaware of his past and seeing the perfection of nature with fresh eyes. But how long can innocence last in a corrupting, aging world? Can beauty be kept, or is its fading as inevitable as death? A trip hop fantasy with existential themes.
 
   
The Gin Game Aug 17 - Sep 29, 2019  
Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum The Gin Game
 
Theatricum’s Alan Blumenfeld and Katherine James star as two residents in an elder care facility whose heated rounds of gin rummy are made personal when the game begins to represent their own inner battles and struggle for dignity. This production of Donald L. Coburn’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play is produced in partnership with Sierra Madre Playhouse.
 
   
The Joy Luck Club Aug 23 - Oct 5, 2019  
Sierra Madre Playhouse The Joy Luck Club
 
The Joy Luck Club tells the story of four older Chinese-American women and their complex relationships with their American-born daughters. The play moves from China in the early 20th Century and San Francisco from the 1950s to the 1980s, as the eight women struggle across a seemingly unpassable chasm of culture, generation and expectations to find strength and happiness,
 
   
Dear Yoko Aug 24  
Whitefire Theatre Dear Yoko
 
Her Asian mother and her white father divorce acrimoniously while she’s still a little girl. When the court awards her father sole custody of her younger sister, her mother Keiko flees with her two daughters to Tokyo, where she enrolls them in a Christian school. Anzu is beautiful, which Keiko recognizes. She enters Anzu in beauty contests, and Anzu lands a modeling contract at age 14. Anzu misses America and, as her teen years progress, she enters a world of wild parties and meets rock stars visiting Tokyo. She has some musical abilities and is encouraged to sing by Jon Anderson of the supergroup Yes. She records a #1 song on the Tokyo pop charts and becomes a big J-Pop teen star. Keiko attempts to keep her in Japan and reveals a shocking family secret (which won’t be revealed here; You’ll have to see the ahow). Fleeing to America, Anzu discovers her fame in Japan does not follow her here. She pursues acting and lands a leading role opposite Viggo Mortensen in the film American Yakuza. But this is a time when there are not many roles for Asian-American actresses, let alone leading roles. She sustains herself with a succession of jobs: waitress gigs, then a job as personal assistant to martial arts film star Steven Seagal. She exits after he attempts to take liberties with her. She becomes a masseuse to the stars, literally rubbing the shoulders of Hollywood’s biggest and brightest. She sings vocal tracks for the film scores of composer Hans Zimmer. Upon appearing in a television episode with Brad Garrett, he encourages her to try her hand at stand-up comedy. She continues to study acting, and her instructor, taking note of her exotic good looks, suggests that she portray Yoko Ono. Ono becomes a source of inspiration for Anzu. Ono is a multidisciplinary Asian artist who lived for years in New York. Once one of the most hated women in the world, Ono persevered to become an internationally acclaimed artist and humanitarian. Dear Yoko is the story of Anzu’s growth as a woman and an artist, in an odyssey that spans two continents and how she found in Yoko Ono an example of an extraordinary Asian woman of accomplishment who lives her life authentically.
 
   
Beetlejuice Aug 28  
El Cid Beetlejuice
 
Before Tim Burton became a Disney slave he was churning out weird little hit after weird little hit. You don’t get much weirder than his 1988 comedy masterpiece, BEETLEJUICE, starring a rabid Michael Keaton, a hysterical Catherine O’Hara, a gothed out Winona Ryder, the late great Glenn Shadix and more! And what better way to honor this classic than with a drunken reading hosted by the inimitable Frank Dietz. THE RULES: Every time one of our readers flubs a line, forgets their place, gets distracted — THEY DRINK! HOW ARE YOU INVOLVED? The audience chooses a “social word” and any time that word is read in the script, EVERYONE DRINKS. Our fans on social media vote on their favorite line from the film. We draw one at random at the beginning of the show and when we reach that line — every reader finishes whatever is in their glass! If any of our readers don’t drink, we choose a DESIGNATED DRINKER from the audience to help them along.
 
   
Mamma Mia! Sep 14 - Oct 20, 2019  
Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center Mamma Mia!
 
The unforgettable live musical spectacular Mamma Mia! has audiences coming back again and again to relive the feel-good story of a mother, a daughter, three possible dads and one unforgettable trip down the aisle. Young bride-to-be Sophie wants nothing more than to have her father at her wedding. But there's a small problem: She has no idea which of mom's three former boyfriends might be the guy. So Sophie invites them all to the festivities at her mother's Greek isle taverna, and mayhem ensues. The show's tale of enduring love and friendship features all the beloved hit songs by ABBA, including "Dancing Queen," "S.O.S.," "The Winner Takes It All," "Take a Chance on Me" and of course, the tile tune. Don't miss Mamma Mia! when it comes to the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center.
 
   
The Spanish Prayer Book Sep 17 - Nov 23, 2019  
The Road on Magnolia The Spanish Prayer Book
 
Moral dilemma, historical mystery, and matters of the heart converge when a committed atheist inherits a collection of rare and hauntingly beautiful illustrated Hebrew manuscripts, including a prayer book from fourteenth-century Spain, and discovers that the books, which bear witness to overlapping Jewish and Islamic traditions, were stolen some six-hundred years after their creation from a library in 1940s Berlin.
 
   
The Surveillance Trilogy Sep 19 - Oct 13, 2019  
Theatre 40 at The Reuben Cordova Theatre The Surveillance Trilogy
 
In 1953 Los Angeles, a couple returns home to discover they are being spied upon by government informants. 2017 Havana, a doctor and his patient grapple with the debilitating effects of espionage that have nearly shuttered the U.S. Embassy. 2019 Encino, a screenwriter discovers her artificial intelligence assistant is listening in with an agenda all its own. This play reveals the past and present ways our relationships, our electronic devices, and our very lives can be spied upon — and turned against us.
 
   
Blue Man Group Sep 24 - Oct 6, 2019  
Pantages Theatre Blue Man Group
 
Created by Jenny Koons, Speechless combines all of Blue Man Group's iconic charm including dazzling light shows, gallons of fluorescent paint (the first couple of rows are a splash zone for a reason) and a thunderous dose of drumming, with brand new moments. Expect innovative compositions played on invented instruments, large scale audience participation and much much more. Oh, and this madness is all built around three blue-painted lovable weirdos. They may be mute but they speak the universal language of amazement!
 
   
Living a Why Not Life Sep 26 - Sep 29, 2019  
The Colony Theatre Living a Why Not Life
 
The Lion King’s Tonoccus McClain takes the audience on a self-reflecting musical journey through his influences of musical theatre, jazz, pop, gospel, and other surprises. McClain has been seen hosting FOX Family's California Summer Countdown, reporting on Channel One News, performing in Beauty and the Beast live at the Hollywood Bowl, touring in The Lion King as well as being featured in LA Opera's Porgy and Bess and in the LA Master Chorale for almost a decade. He can be heard singing on over 40 television and film soundtracks and commercials including The Lion Guard theme song, Glee, The Good Wife, Once Upon A Time, King Kong, Avatar, A Wrinkle in Time, Smallfoot, and the 2019 live-action film The Lion King.
 
   
Anastasia Oct 8 - Oct 27, 2019  
Pantages Theatre Anastasia
 
From the Tony Award-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, ANASTASIA is a dazzling new show that transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family.
 
   
Talking To Myself Oct 10 - Oct 13, 2019  
The Colony Theatre Talking To Myself
 
Talking to Myself, in which renowned voice actor James Arnold Taylor combines state-of-the-art multimedia images and sound in a live theatre setting. Taylor recreates scenes from some of Hollywood's biggest films along with the voices of his many animated characters including Obi-Wan Kenobi, Fred Flintstone, Johnny Test, and more. Using only creative imagery and his voice, Taylor explains what a voice actor does and how he does it. The performance includes over 200 voices, 125 of them in a tour-de-force finale. The Colony engagement will include brand new, never-before-seen or performed material. This show both inspires and entertains.
 
   

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