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A Bad Year for Tomatoes  
Theatre 40 at The Reuben Cordova Theatre  A Bad Year for Tomatoes
Fed up with the pressures and demands of her acting career, the famous Myra Marlowe leases a house in the tiny Vermont hamlet of Beaver Haven, and settles down to write her autobiography. She is successful in turning aside the offers pressed on her by her long-time agent, but dealing with her nosy, omnipresent neighbors is a different matter. In an attempt to shoo them away, and gain some privacy, Myra invents a mad, homicidal sister - who is kept locked in an upstairs room, but who occasionally escapes long enough to scare off uninvited visitors. The ruse works well, at first, but complications result when the local handyman conceives an affection for "Sister Sadie' (really Myra in a fright wig) and some of the more officious ladies decide it is their Christian duty to save the poor demented Sadie's soul. In desperation, Myra announces that her imaginary sibling has suddenly gone off to Boston - which brings on the sheriff, and the suspicion of murder! What will happen to Myra now?
15th Annual Spring Reading Series  
Atwater Village Theatre 15th Annual Spring Reading Series
This is the 15thyear Circle X Theatre has been awarded this competitive grant from The Department of Cultural Affairs to explore new plays by some of our best writers and artists as part of Circle X’s ongoing commitment to the development and creation of new works.
18 Minutes of Fame  
Pico Playhouse 18 Minutes of Fame
Join Broadway, film and television star Barbara Minkus in a pre-NYC run as she shares an intimate show of personal moments, funny and poignant songs and her remarkable stories working with luminaries like Danny Kaye, Merv Griffin, Jerry Lewis and Charlotte Rae. While searching for fame, Minkus found the more meaningful things in life. Her story at L.A.’s Pico Playhouse showcases an exceptional journey of love, life, difficult decisions, family dynamics and more.
Acid Wash Love  
The Complex Acid Wash Love
In the age of #metoo, is seduction dead? Of course not. But it has gotten a lot more tricky today. Maybe a homemade cookie would help. Nothing is better than when someone bakes for you. Every audience member of Acid Wash Love receives homemade cookies before the play starts. As the characters eat. You eat. Let the Seduction Begin.
Aleichem Sholom! The Wit and Wisdom of Sholom Aleichem  
Santa Monica Playhouse Aleichem Sholom! The Wit and Wisdom of Sholom Aleichem
ake a journey through the life, loves and laughter of the world’s most beloved Yiddish humorist, as you’re treated to an in-depth look at the foolish philosophers, philosophical fools, comical shtetl folk and not-so-comical scoundrels that populated Sholom Aleichem’s real and fantasy worlds. This bold and bittersweet, raucous and romantic musical comedy celebrates the great man’s 102nd Yahrzeit, journeying through his loves and losses, the controversy surrounding his stories and plays, his fame and his failures. The new musical — the fifth in the Playhouse Sholom Aleichem quintilogy — stars veteran performer Chris DeCarlo, who once again takes on the role of the beloved author. Catch Aleichem Sholom! at The Other Space at Santa Monica Playhouse.
All Our Pretty Songs  
Studio C Artists All Our Pretty Songs
In this new play, Neil, a mediocre musician and Kurt Cobain wannabe, moves to Los Angeles to “make it” as a rockstar. Through the constant ups and downs of LA living, Neil struggles between pursuing his passions or taking the practical path in life. Should he keep chasing his dreams or stop? This 60 minute three-person show explores idealism vs. cynicism, the practicality of pursuing art in a capitalist society, and millennials’ struggle with mental health.
American Stranger  
Studio C Artists American Stranger
The story of three siblings, two of whom are learning to understand the third, who is transitioning from their brother to their sister, now known as Mary. After being rejected at home, and her girlfriend, Dionne, Mary is taken in by her sisters, Brooke and Janet; one who accepts her, the other doesn’t. Mary tries to pursue her artistic aspirations by selling her paintings on the streets of Hollywood. There, she befriends a homeless man named Jake and a transgender woman named Shannon. Hollywood become their backdrop as Mary slowly begins to understand more about herself and her new world. However, one night she is confronted by an intolerant and violent passersby. Intolerance and rejection plagues Mary as America's growing cultural divide has made her a stranger in her own country. 8+
An American Video Store  
Stephanie Feury Studio (SFS) Theatre An American Video Store
American Video Store is a funny, emotional, and nostalgic trip down memory lane. The story takes place over 3 pivotal moments in the history of the American video store. While telling an intimate tale of clerks and customers, the play also examines the rise and fall of what was a cultural phenomenon that defined a generation. 13+
Ask A Black Woman  
Studio C Artists Ask A Black Woman
ASK A BLACK WOMAN is created and performed by Shanara Sanders, producer, writer and artist. Shanara's show has been popular on digital platforms and is making the live stage premiere at HFF19. 18+
At The Table  
The Road Theatre Company at Lankershim Arts Center At The Table
Six friends head out of the city on their annual weekend retreat. With no social media, no cell phones, no internet allowed at all, this leaves them with one thing to do … look up from their screens and talk to each other. When the liquor starts flowing and the tongues loosen, no conversation is uneventful and no topic is off-limits. In these polarizing times, what does it mean to come to the table and at what cost? Will it bring us together or reveal how far apart we really are?
International City Theatre Bestseller
A world premiere of a new comedy by Peter Quilter. This is a funny and original new comedy about writers and how they write — the stories they tell and the secrets they keep. Three young novelists arrive at an isolated cottage where eccentric, mysterious Landlady Maureen offers a Writer’s Retreat to help them finish their new books. Shelley is creating a sexy romance set on a desert island, Damien is unleashing a bizarre and blackly comic tale of murder and mayhem, while Alex is staring at a blank page with no idea of how to even start. As the novelists settle into their home, we see their three comical and compelling books suddenly come to life on stage.
The Complex Blackboxing
Travis is a neophyte actor doing his first one-man show, and he's got all the cliches of an untrained theater actor - too many cues, not knowing his lines, no cohesive theme, wanting to use fire, and annoying his stage manager Jim. Jim decides to take his revenge by sabotaging Travis's lighting and sound during the performance. But Travis isn't going down without a fight. For ages 15+
Bronco Billy-New Musical  
Skylight Theatre Bronco Billy-New Musical
The country’s going crazy; partisan politics, civil rights threatened, technology exploding. That's right, it's 1979! Somewhere in America’s heartland, with more heart than sense, Bronco Billy struggles to keep his traveling Wild West show alive. But when Billy and his ragtag troupe of misfits meet Antoinette, a Manhattan heiress on-the-run, the ride gets even wilder as she turns Billy’s world upside down.
Chrissy Meth : A Dance with the Devil and the Journey Back to Self  
Lounge Theatre Chrissy Meth :  A Dance with the Devil and the Journey Back to Self
In Chrissy Meth, a solo show by Crystal Bush, a motherless child, growing up in the western suburbs of Chicago, not only has to face the racially oppressive construct of her world, she also finds herself stumbling from one abusive relationship to the next, pushing her into a deep drug addition. On top of that, she is shunned and ostracized for her sexuality. Somehow, from the depths, she finds hope and begins to put the pieces back together. Through the use of song, multimedia, humor and multiple characters, she explores, questions and challenges beliefs and social mores surrounding race and sex identity while showing that it's never to late to come back and find one's self-worth.
Cinderella Topsy Turvy  
Santa Monica Playhouse Cinderella Topsy Turvy
It's the internationally acclaimed Rudie-DeCarlo musical comedy, and it's getting a make-over as Actors' Repertory Theatre in-conjunction with All The Queen's Men presents CINDERELLA TOPSY TURVY - A Tender Gender Bender Romantic Musical Fairy Story for Pride 2019. A delightful re-imagining of the classic Cinderella tale brings you upside-down casting - half original practices, half Gilbert and Sullivan, half just plain fun. Meet a handsome Prince, silly stepsisters, a befuddled king, and an out-of-the-box steampunk Fairygodmother. Added delights are the outrageously playful period costumes and the heart-warming romance that blooms with the assistance of a glass slipper, a feather duster, and a truly magical wand. A gentle prod at stereotypical gender roles, this light-hearted send-up is a hilarious twist on the classic tale. Featuring Quint Erwin, Tiffany Haile, Sarai Jimenez, Luke Martin McMahan, Joseph Perez, Graham Silbert. Who plays what role? Guess (and you'll probably be wrong.)
The Circle Table  
The Circle Table
“The Circle Table” explores vignettes threading characters and relationships via FaceTime calls and asks: how does digital communication hamper or enhance love, family, depression, self-exploration, and fulfillment?. A formerly dorky actor reconnects with a high school crush. A friend group falters when their pal goes to a different college. That pal is clinically depressed. An aspiring fashion blogger tries not to bum out her mother. A temporarily long-distance couple flubs FaceTime sex.
Crabbe and Goyle  
Studio Stage Crabbe and Goyle
Crabbe and Goyle Are Dead is a world premiere absurd comedy exploring the existential crises happening off-stage during a very famous, and equally tumultuous, seven-year span at everyone’s favorite school of witchcraft and wizardry.
Dad: A Paternal Immersive Experience  
Dad: A Paternal Immersive Experience
From the creators of "ZJU's F*cked Up Easter Egg Hunt", Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group proudly steers courageous participants through the trials and tribulations of being a DAD, raising a child, and interacting with a wild cast of coming-of-age characters in this unique Father's Day immersive-theater production! Directed by Brandon Slezak and Produced by Zombie Joe. For Ages 18 and up.
Dames at Sea  
Sierra Madre Playhouse Dames at Sea
Ruby gets off the bus from Utah with “nothing but tap shoes in her suitcase and a prayer in her heart.” As fate would have it, she is immediately cast in the chorus of a Broadway show. When the theatre is forced to close, Ruby’s songwriting sailor boyfriend persuades the Captain of his ship to allow the show to move on deck. Voila! Dames at sea! When the show’s lead gets seasick, Ruby may have to go on for her. Will Ruby come back a star? Do you need to ask?
Dana H.  
Kirk Douglas Theatre Dana H.
While Dana Higginbotham was a psych ward chaplain, Jim was a patient, an ex-convict who told her he was searching for redemption. From the Words and Writings of Dana H. recounts the harrowing true story of the five months Dana was held captive, trapped in a series of Florida motels, disoriented, terrified with her life in Jim's hands. Told in Dana's own words and reconstructed for the stage by her son, award-winning playwright Lucas Hnath (A Doll's House, Part 2, The Christians), this innovative work of theater shatters the boundaries of the form and of our understanding of good and evil. Catch this enthralling piece when it premieres at Culver City's Kirk Douglas Theatre.
Daniel's Husband  
Fountain Theatre Daniel's Husband
Michael McKeever’s funny, passionate and poignant play takes an unflinching look at how we choose to tie the knot — or not. Daniel and Mitchell are the perfect couple. What isn't so perfect is that Daniel desperately longs to be married, but Mitchell doesn’t believe in it. When a life-altering event throws the couple into crisis, Mitchell must use the laws of his own heart to fight the rules of law.
Dinner with Friends  
Beverly Hills Playhouse Dinner with Friends
Dinner With Friends is a play by Donald Margulies about two couples who have been best friends for years, and the husband and wife who have to re-evaluate their relationship when their closest friends decide to split up after 12 years. Dinner With Friends received the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Disney's Beauty and The Beast Onstage  
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts Disney's Beauty and The Beast Onstage
Experience the tale as old as time as you step into the enchanted world of the modern Broadway classic Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Let Lumiere light the way as you embark on this romantic adventure with Belle and her Beast. You'll sing, you'll swoon, you'll shake a fist at the dastardly Gaston and Le Fou. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature, the stage version includes all of those unforgettable songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman -- from the rousing "Be Our Guest" to the heartwarming title track -- along with new songs by Menken and Tim Rice. Fall in love with this magical musical all over again at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.
Disrobed: Why So Clothes-Minded?  
Studio Stage Disrobed:   Why So Clothes-Minded?
Directed by Brian Knudson (Yes, nude-son) and presented by the Southern California Naturist Association, this provocative six-actor play manages to humorously challenge what tend to be accepted notions of body image, modesty and personal acceptance, while still delivering a zippy, suspenseful and hilarious story. The whole thing takes place over an impending lunch, with plenty to chew on and food for thought. Ages 18+ Included nudity
Dorothy's Adventures In Oz  
Santa Monica Playhouse Dorothy's Adventures In Oz
Dorothy's Adventures In Oz. A vibrant, colorful family-friendly musical comedy, the hilarious and heart-warming internationally acclaimed DOROTHY'S ADVENTURES IN OZ, a reworking of the beloved L. Frank Baum stories, is filled with music and dance, fun special effects, laughter and love, as audiences follow Dorothy and her companions along the windy road to that mystical place where dreams really do come true and nothing is as it seems, doing battle with the vain but glorious Queen Coo-ee-oh, joining forces with a vagabond princess who is revolting (although she doesn't look it), meeting a Patchwork Girl and a Rainbow Maiden, facing such looming monsters as war, drought and mortgages, learning a great deal about the world around them, and even a little bit about themselves.
Studio C Artists ExtraOrdinary
A one person comedy about a girl who is ExtraOrdinary. Meaning she is 'extra' ordinary. She doesn't stand out in a crowd, in her family, at school or even on stage. But that's what she loves - the stage! This comedy follows her life in the theater starting out in kindergarten. She enjoys mayhem and does nothing to stop it when she sees something about to go wrong, even though she may not have been the cause. So if the heroine wants to get the part she has no choice but murder.
Falling On Deaf Eyes  
McCadden Place Theatre Falling On Deaf Eyes
"Falling On Deaf Eyes" is an autobiographical comedy about a single Deaf mother raising a family of teenage punk rockers in a small town. This unique production is an exciting multi-media theatrical experience incorporating music, sign language, storytelling, and theatrical visuals, with a team of sign language interpreters to ensure access to the deaf and hard of hearing. While hugely entertaining and accessible to families, music fans, the literary community, and beyond, “Falling on Deaf Eyes” will also educate and inform the general public about American Sign Language and some of the daily issues facing the deaf and hard of hearing community.
The 11:11 Famous
Set in 1994, Famous takes audiences into a world ruled by sex, money and power taken at any cost. Just nominated for his first Oscar, Jason Mast is throwing a celebratory party at his Hollywood Hills home that serves as the backdrop for an intricate plan to confront his past, with the night unfolding at an adrenaline-rushed pace. Driven by a devastating need to expose the truth, Jason’s attempt to control the outcome of the evening ignites a chain of events that push the boundaries of real friendship and reveal the true cost of fame. Writer-director Michael Leoni, whose previous hit, Elevator, earned raves from the Los Angeles Times and Broadway World, brings this look at the cost of fame to The 11:11 in West Hollywood.
Lounge Theatre Fertile
In Fertile, we meet Jenny, a woman with a plan - a plan to get pregnant. Everyone keeps telling her that time is running out; she just turned 35, after all. So, when those urine tests keep coming back negative, Jenny decides to take action and fix the problem. That’s when she runs into real problems…and real questions about fertility and motherhood. As Jenny faces the world of “mom options” – egg freezing, in-vitro, adoption, and more – the conversation about the expectation of procreation really begins. In a sea of outside opinions from her friends, her doctors, a beloved neighbor, and even God, Jenny must ultimately look within to discover what motherhood means to her, what it means to be fertile.
Five Pieces Of Paper: Stories My Hungarian Grandmother Refused To Tell Me And Other Family Tales  
David Henry Hwang Theater Five Pieces Of Paper: Stories My Hungarian Grandmother Refused To Tell Me And Other Family Tales
Moti Buchboot, the grandson of a Holocaust survivor, created this show in response to the 2017 Charlottesville riots. He reveals lessons learned from his Hungarian grandmother who began her life in a village in Hungary, survived the Holocaust, and eventually settled in a small town in Israel. Buchboot’s tale unfolds through storytelling, Yiddish song, puppetry, and baking.
Flamenco Dinner Show  
El Cid Flamenco Dinner Show
Los Angeles landmark El Cid celebrates gorgeous Spanish-style entertainment with a flamenco dinner show and concert. You’ll be wowed by some of the best flamenco performers in the city as they bring pure and traditional flamenco dance to the stage. As the show provides a feast for your eyes, you’ll also indulge on an actual culinary feast, with a choice of three- and four-course dinner packages that all include dessert. Every show is a unique and exciting display of one of the most elegant and integral parts of Spanish culture.
Gather: Surprising Stories and Other Mischief  
Pasadena Playhouse Gather:  Surprising Stories and Other Mischief
Join the incredibly talented John C. Reilly and an ensemble of amazing actors as they create a spirited evening of story theater at the Pasadena Playhouse. Unleash your imagination and find yourself transported to wondrous worlds full of legendary creatures and colorful characters. Gather: Surprising Stories & Other Mischief is a magical experience for audiences young and old.
A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder  
Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
Getting away with murder can be so much fun ... and there's no better proof than the knock-'em-dead, uproarious, most-nominated show of the 2014 Broadway season, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. This Broadway hit tells the story of commoner Monty Navarro, who finds out he's heir to the family fortune and an earldom in the lofty D'Ysquith family. Well, he would be the heir, if not for the eight relatives who come before him in the line of succession. Monty is a man with an abundance of ambition and a lack of moral fiber, so he tries to jump forward in the line of succession by eliminating all of the relatives who stand in his way. If that's not enough, he also has to juggle a mistress and a fiancee. A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder​ is a murderous romp filled with unforgettable music, non-stop laughs and a scene-stealing role for one actor playing all eight of the doomed heirs who meet their ends in the most creative and side-splitting ways.
Stephanie Feury Studio (SFS) Theatre George
George. is a historical fiction play about a soft-spoken young man from Modesto, California who would go on to create the biggest film-franchise of all time. “GEORGE.” follows George Lucas through the creation of his first three films, ‘THX 1138,’ ‘American Graffiti,’ and finally ‘Star Wars.’ The audience will watch George as he chooses who to listen to, the hot-headed Coppola, the whimsical Spielberg, or the firm voice of his father, George Lucas Sr. They will watch as he learns what control really is in art. They will watch how a young, soft-spoken man from Modesto, California became George Lucas, the most important filmmaker of the 20th, and 21st, century.
Good Boys  
Pasadena Playhouse Good Boys
As a senior at St. Joseph’s Prep, Brandon Hardy has the world at his feet. He is handsome, athletic, smart, and a shining example of the perfect private school student, just like his father was. But when a disturbing videotape becomes the talk of the locker room, the comfortable lives of the Hardy family threatens to shatter. Good Boys is a suspenseful drama at the Pasadena Playhouse that explores what happens when a family must separate fact from fiction — and, ultimately, choose to either preserve a legacy or risk losing everything in pursuit of the truth.
Gunfight at the Not-So-OK Saloon  
McCadden Place Theatre Gunfight at the Not-So-OK Saloon
When a clueless man named Chance wanders into town searching for his first love named Hope he discovers more than he bargained for. Hope has taken a job in the local brothel where she spends time with the tyrannical Sheriff Sunday! Hijinks ensue as Chance, Hope, and the Sheriff get entangled in a hilarious web of truth, lies and love. Who will win the girl? Come see the result of the showdown between Chance and the Sheriff to find out! Admission age: 13+
H*ll's Finest  
The Colony Theatre H*ll's Finest
A sadist, a murderer, and a predator, all share one common goal: to become the leader of the finest cult, the Ascendants of Abaddon. There’s only one problem. In order to obtain this position, they must go up against each other in a riveting competition to impress the cult’s current leader: Adam. He’s spectacularly charming and possesses the uncanny ability to influence all those who cross his path. With secrets spilled and matches met, the three contestants grow more and more daring with their desperate attempts to gain total power. However, no matter what happens, no matter who lies and who cheats, Adam always calls the final shots.
Happy Days  
Mark Taper Forum Happy Days
Academy Award-winning actress Dianne Wiest (Hannah and Her Sisters, Bullets Over Broadway) plays Winnie in Samuel Beckett's masterpiece Happy Days. With her husband increasingly out of reach and the earth itself threatening to swallow her whole, Winnie's buoyant optimism shields her from the harsh glare of the inevitable in this absurdly funny and boundlessly compassionate portrait of the human spirit. The New York Times calls Wiest "radiant" and "heartbreaking," and now you can see her in this extraordinary Yale Repertory Theatre production of Happy Days at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.
Laguna Playhouse Harvey
It is a spring afternoon at the Dowd family home when Elwood P. Dowd starts to introduce his imaginary friend Harvey, a six-and-a-half-foot tall rabbit, to guests at his sister Veta’s society luncheon. Horrified that the embarrassing family secret is now exposed, Veta decides to have Elwood committed to a sanitarium, but a mistake is made when Veta is committed rather than Elwood. French Stewart (“3rd Rock from the Sun,” “Mom”) and real-life wife Vanessa Claire Stewart (Laguna Playhouse’s “Keely” in Louis and Keely: Live at the Sahara) star in Mary Chase’s Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy that has everyone questioning what exactly is real, and who is really crazy? There will be Talk-Backs following the performances on Saturday, June 8 at 2pm and Thursday, June 13 at 7:30pm.
The Hatmaker's Wife  
Long Beach Playhouse The Hatmaker's Wife
In Lauren Yee's comic fairy tale, inspired by the Jewish folktales of Sholem Aleichem, we are introduced to a young woman who moves in with her boyfriend expecting domestic bliss. Instead, she finds discomfort, displacement, and the realization that she needs more. In this witty yet deeply touching comedy, she finds assistance and guidance from the unlikeliest of sources - a wall in her new home. As the wall shares with her the magical tale of an old hatmaker and his long-suffering wife, this sweet and surreal story bends time and space to redefine the idea of family, home, and true love itself.
Greenway Court Theatre Herland
Greenway Court Theatre & Greenway Arts Alliance presents Herland, a queer coming-of-age comedy about women growing up, growing old and rocking out to the beat of their own drums. This is an NNPN Rolling World Premiere by Grace McLeod, directed by Tiffany Moon. After graduating from high school, Natalie gets a summer internship working for Jean, her elderly neighbor, on a special project: creating a DIY retirement home for Jean and her two best friends. She helps them set up shop inside Jean’s garage, the former home of Jean’s ex-husband’s Bruce Springsteen cover band, and plan for the next chapter of their lives together. Herland is a queer coming-of-age story about women growing up, growing old, and growing into themselves.
Hide Your FIres: Butoh Lady Macbeth  
Lounge Theatre Hide Your FIres:  Butoh Lady Macbeth
Hide Your Fires: Butoh Lady Macbeth brings the audience alongside the accursed spirit of Lady Macbeth to experience her nightmare of stifled ambition, unfulfilled desire, and ultimate loss. Telling the story solely through her perspective, this production fuses Japanese Butoh dance, movement, and various texts to take you inside the mind and body of one of Shakespeare's most famous villains. ADMISSION: Age 16+
The Complex Hoboken
Jack and Erica find love after a one-night stand which leaves them hopelessly trying to uncover more of each other. Erica who wants to be a famous actress and Jack, a mysterious Irishman, has the money to make her dreams come true – until a Russian screenplay, two million dollars in unmarked bills and taboo desires threaten to tear them apart. How much is too much?
Lounge Theatre Hollywoodn't calls it one of the most anticipated shows coming to Hollywood Fringe 2019 — Hollywoodn’t is Lisa Verlo’s solo show and personal journey across Hollywood’s unsettling sexual landscape. Directed by and developed with Jessica Lynn Johnson, it is a musical memoir told with candor and insight into the life of an actress before women dared to speak up. With original songs co-written with Frank Simes, Musical Director for The Who, Lisa Verlo brings humor and a light heart to a heavy subject. Creative visuals and video projections add to the multimedia recounting of her experiences on the casting couches of LA.
The Human [oid] Experience  
Stephanie Feury Studio (SFS) Theatre The Human [oid] Experience
THE HUMAN[OID] EXPERIENCE. First time Fringers and brothers Chris and Corduroy Chapman tackle the issues of pain and escapism in the Age of Technology. The Human[oid] Experience is a Tragicomedy centered around a heartbroken novelist in the face of a career-defining deadline, an emotional robot, and the all too familiar void. Ages 17+
I Am Not A Man  
Studio C Artists I Am Not A Man
I Am Not A Man, a little girl stops trying to be a tough guy and finds her greatest strength is vulnerability. Can her Father do the same? Turning pain into laughter is the best kind of alchemy. Comedian and Founder of the all female comedy show, The Laugh Riot Dolls, Heather Kozlakowski brings stand up comedy, raw story-telling and character driven healing to the 2019 Hollywood Fringe Festival. ages 18+
I'm Jennifer Mother F*cking Lawrence  
McCadden Place Theatre I'm Jennifer Mother F*cking Lawrence
From the ridiculous mind of Writer/Director Cole Quirk comes a story of overcoming fears, no matter how rational, or irrational, they may be. I’m Jennifer Mother F*cking Lawrence takes you to a Hawaiian bungalow to experience a rollercoaster of emotions as actresses Jennifer Lawrence and Rose Byrne team up to face off against an eight legged monster.
If We Run  
Lounge Theatre If We Run
If We Run is the world premiere of acclaimed, multi-Fringe award-winning playwright Matt Morillo's latest play, a romantic comedy/drama about a former couple who seemed to have it all but lost it somewhere along the way.
Ahmanson Theatre Indecent
In February 1923, audiences witnessed Broadway's first lesbian kiss at the English-language premiere of God of Vengeance, a play by Yiddish writer Sholem Asch. Days later, the NYPD Vice Squad arrested and prosecuted the entire cast on obscenity charges. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel (How I Learned to Drive) turned this true story into the acclaimed Broadway production Indecent, which won Tony awards for lighting design and for direction by Rebecca Taichman. This critically adored play at L.A.'s Ahmanson Theatre confronts the challenges faced by new American immigrants as cultures clash and stoke the fires of prejudice. Don't miss this chance to experience Indecent's klezmer-inspired original score and find out why The New York Times called it "a superbly realized, remarkably powerful new play."
Inspecting Carol  
Westminster Community Theatre Inspecting Carol
Catch the holiday spirit with the infectious Inspecting Carol, a madcap comedy written by Tony Award-winning director Daniel J. Sullivan. Set somewhere in the Midwest, the play follows a regional theater company gearing up for their umpteenth annual production of A Christmas Carol. With their funding about to be cut, though, they've got to convince a government inspector that they're deserving of an arts endowment -- or the show won't go on. Unbeknownst to them, however, they've mistaken a would-be actor for the inspector and are pulling out all the stops to impress the wrong guy. They've done this show so many times before, what could possibly go wrong? The answer, of course, is everything ... and then some! Punctuated by hilarious sequences of physical comedy, this entertaining show will have you laughing your way into the holidays.
The Institute for The Opposite of Longing  
The Actors Company The Institute for The Opposite of Longing
Please enter the Opposite of Longing Chamber and state your primary symptom of longing. And where do you feel it in your body? And how much do you feel it on a scale of 1 to 10? And are you running out of time? The Institute for The Opposite of Longing can cure that thing deep in the pit of your body. But what happens when its owners and operators can’t let go of the little boy they had to give back? And can’t stop reenacting the day they packed his bags and watched him go. Or tucking him in at night or talking to his empty shoes or unpacking the bag of his things they keep hidden. What happens when these are the women who are responsible for curing that thing, that thing you feel deep in the pit of your body? Please enter the Opposite of Longing Chamber. We can help you. The process is simple.
Invisible Tango  
Geffen Playhouse Invisible Tango
Magic sensation Helder Guimarães returns to the Geffen with the world premiere of his one-man show, Invisible Tango. Directed by legendary film producer and director Frank Marshall (Jurassic World, Indiana Jones, Goonies, Back to the Future), Invisible Tango explores the nature of secrets and how far we are willing to go to discover them. In the midst of the information age and our culture of over-sharing, Guimaraes challenges our interaction with the unknown and explores how we can embrace the magic of wonder and mystery.
Invisible Tango  
Skirball Cultural Center Invisible Tango
Storyteller and master illusionist Helder Guimarães­ returns to the Geffen Playhouse to share his personal perspective on how we can experience mystery in today’s world. In the midst of the information age and our culture of over-sharing, Guimarães challenges our interaction with the unknown and explores how we can embrace chaos, fear and wonder. Mind-blowing illusions, impossible coincidences and entirely new perspectives will leave audiences wondering: Just how did he do it? Directed by legendary film producer and director Frank Marshall (Jurassic World, Indiana Jones, Goonies, Back to the Future) with original music by Moby, Invisible Tango explores the nature of secrets and how far we are willing to go to discover them. Guimarães recently worked with Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett for their roles in Ocean’s 8. He last amazed and charmed Geffen Playhouse audiences in the smash hit Nothing to Hide, the two-person magic show that extended four times before transferring to New York.
Jessie's Messy Mind  
Studio Stage Jessie's Messy Mind
Jessie's Messy Mind is a solo performance piece about Knowles’ personal experiences with bipolar and schizophrenia. The show gives the audience a rare look at the world through the lens of a schizophrenic hallucination, a manic episode and a delusional state. Knowles performs the journey she’s taken during her three years of graduate study as she’s been discovering how to live, work and thrive while experiencing these alternate views of reality. The show is lively, humorous, fascinating and actually, surprising.
The Journey of the Little Prince  
Studio Stage The Journey of the Little Prince
Irina Kompa not only adapts The Little Prince into a wonderful script fit for the stage but also directs, produces and stars as the title character in “The Journey Of The Little Prince”. Inspired by an experience that she had at a restaurant where she had to eat in the dark in Moscow, Irina wants the audience to delve more deeply into her adaptation by having the show in the dark… to a certain degree. The actors’ silhouettes and shadows will be transposed against the moving backdrop projection designed by Seb Brown in order to transport the audience to the Little Prince’s universe through the different planets and the several characters he meets along the way played by Patricia Mizen and TranSe Carter. The Journey Of The Little Prince aims to reconnect everyone to their inner child, to innocence lost and the joy we can all find in a rose. This show will reminds us all that we were all “once children, but only a few of us remember it.”
Keith Moon: The Real Me  
2nd Stage Theatre Keith Moon:  The Real Me
Keith Moon: The Real Me explodes on the stage with the turmoil and excitement of the wildest drummer in rock and roll history. A living legend during his lifetime, Keith Moon still stands as the pinnacle of rock-star extremism — both in life and music. The play — which features live drumming to some of The Who’s most iconic recordings — explores the mind of Keith Moon, as he attempts to save himself from the unbearable burden of living up (or down) to his self-created legend of “Moon the Loon.” As Keith attempts to save himself, he takes the audience on a journey through his early struggles, his joining The Who, and their rise as one of the world’s greatest rock bands. By the show’s end, the audience intimately knows the man behind the myth —his acute vulnerability and insecurity, and his struggle to escape the ever-looming rock and roll crash landing.
La Traviata  
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion La Traviata
There's a reason that Verdi's tragic romance La Traviata is one of the most popular operas on the planet. Of course, there's the music, with exquisite arias like "Sempre libera" and the mournful "Addio del passato." Then there's the bittersweet love story of the beautiful, pleasure-loving yet frail courtesan Violetta (played by soprano Adela Zaharia), who unexpectedly finds true (and ultimately tragic) love with a younger man. But above all, what sets La Traviata in a league of its own is its humanity and its heart. It's a truly timeless tale of moral hypocrisy and selfless sacrifice, and in the character of Violetta, Verdi has given us one of opera's most fascinating heroines, a woman of boundless humanity and emotional depth. Now LA Opera brings this iconic 1853 opera to the stage -- and you can get tickets first with this exclusive pre-sale.
LA's Next Great Stage Star  
El Portal Theatre LA's Next Great Stage Star
You’ve cheered on future pop stars, dancers and comedians on TV competition shows; now you can help discover the next big Broadway star in person as LA’s Next Great Stage Star lights up the El Portal Theatre. You can be part of the live voting audience, joining the judges panel of theater pros in determining the winner of each event. Then, be there for the finale, when the winner will receive a cash prize and an agent, who will help them launch their careers. Past competition winners have landed on the Broadway stage, on national tours, and in films and TV shows, so don’t miss this chance to catch a slew of great performances — not to mention the right to brag, “I made them a star!”
Boston Court Performing Arts Center Ladies
Ladies is a fictional account of the real women behind The Blue Stocking Society, the world’s first major feminist movement in 1750’s London, told through a modern lens. The ladies’ ambitious goals soon create scandal in London society and conflicts amongst themselves, escalating into a tangled knot of electric and jagged relationships. These women are emboldened by their righteous cause and burdened by being revolutionaries far ahead of their time. This deliciously funny and irreverent world premiere examines the humanity and passion of these trailblazing ladies, and inspires us to carry on the work they began.
The Last Five Years  
The Actors Company The Last Five Years
From the Ovation award-winning company that brought you One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest: The Immersive Experience comes an intimate, multisensory staging of this classic love story. An emotionally powerful musical about two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. The show follows Cathy, an aspiring actress, and Jamie, a budding novelist, as their story is told both backwards and forwards. Utilizing cutting edge techniques including scent design, 360° sound, curated cocktails, and an interactive pre-show experience, this re-envisioned take on a classic production allows audiences to delve into Cathy and Jamie’s complex relationship and experience their love and heartbreak while engaging all five senses.
Lend Me A Tenor  
Theatre Palisades Lend Me A Tenor
Cleveland, 1934. The local opera company is set to present Pagliacci, starring a world famous tenor. He arrives with his wife, a very jealous woman. After a huge fight with her, Tito receives a double dose of tranquilizers. Can he go on as planned? An angry wife, a presumed death, crazy costumes, secret sex romps, and loads of slamming doors. A delightful, farcical comedy!
Let's Write A Musical  
McCadden Place Theatre Let's Write A Musical
When David is diagnosed with cancer, he turns to his wife, Lucy, and says “let’s write a musical”. While David and Lucy are experiencing the ups and downs of their cancer journey, so are the characters in their musical comedy on a roller coaster ride. Their musical is based in the 50’s. It is the story of Olive and Blake who are smitten after their first date, but then, a friend interferes with their romance and shenanigans ensue. Of course, love wins out in the end.
Life Plan  
Studio Stage Life Plan
In Life Plan, it is 2068 and the world (unsurprisingly) has gone to shit. America lies in ruins following Civil War II, and climate change has made a large swath of the Earth uninhabitable. For the mass of people facing uncertain and dangerous futures, Life Plan offers a solution: Join Life Plan and live your dream life in your real life! Life Plan is immersive satirical sci-fi—the audience is live at a timeshare sales pitch from our dystopian future. Over the course of the show, the audience learns about Life Plan, its tech guru founder, and meets people living their dream on the platform right now. But things are not exactly what they seem, and the audience must reckon with what Life Plan is truly offering them.
Living Between the Lines: When Every Tribe Isn't Your Tribe  
Theatre of NOTE Living Between the Lines:  When Every Tribe Isn't Your Tribe
Born on the Mason-Dixon line, growing up between the Reagan and Clinton administrations, exploring his own sexuality in a time well before anyone knew what #toxicmasculinity even was, and discovering his identity as a first generation Asian-American immigrant, songwriter/actor/writer Michael de Lara discovered a single, undeniable truth: “I don’t fit in with anybody.” What other possibilities for life and living show up when one truly realizes that all his definitions, communities, and prideful delineations are completely contrived? Living Between the Lines is a one-man musical/cabaret about never fitting into any group, scored and performed on a loop pedal and guitar, and told through four days in the 1990s.
The Living Room: A Comedy of Grief  
Theatre of NOTE The Living Room:  A Comedy of Grief
Confined to The Living Room, these two Accountants of Death work tirelessly to record the death toll, while the occupational hazards wear on these two clowns as they learn the meaning of life and death. It makes for an absurd and physical jaunt brimming with existential phone calls, impaired dancing and the love of a goldfish.
Lock Your Heart, Elder P.  
Studio C Artists Lock Your Heart, Elder P.
Based on his actual experiences as a Mormon missionary in Sweden, Perkins’ “reads” from the journal he kept during his two years of service. However, it appears during the performance that he is not the only one with a story to tell, and that his relationship with the divine has perhaps become a bit strained. In his younger persona, Elder P. happily accepts the call to serve as a missionary. He starts out with the best of intentions: to serve the Lord faithfully, chastely, and exclusively for two years. He promises to lay aside all personal relationships, subjecting himself instead to the constant company of a 24/7 working missionary companion. Then she shows up. Lock Your Heart, Elder P. lays bare the struggle to reconcile what the heart wants and what God commands.
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble Loot
Written by Joe Orton and directed by Bart DeLorenzo — a masterpiece of black farce, Loot follows the fortunes of two young thieves. Dennis works for an undertaker. Hal’s old Mum has just died. They rob the bank next door to the funeral parlour and find just the place to hide the loot. With the money hidden in Mum’s coffin, there’s no place for Mum whose body keeps re-appearing at the most inopportune times. When Inspector Truscott turns up, the already thickened plot goes topsy-turvy.
Love, Madness, and Somewhere In Between  
Hudson Theatre Love, Madness, and Somewhere In Between
Love, Madness, And Somewhere In Between is a no holds barred glimpse into a mystical journey filled with love, pain, insanity and redemption. Scattered along the way is a sprinkling of ironic comic commentary that can only come from a true survivor. “Jimmy” is not so much a hero but more a human being traversing an abusive childhood, a descent into alcoholism and finally plunging into a world of fantastical personification which dwell amidst humanity’s darkest sins. Does Pure Love in fact transform and redeem, or are some lives beyond salvation?
Whitmore-Lindley Theatre Center Macbeth
Brace yourself for Shakespeare’s wicked and bloody tragedy coming this June. One fateful decision thrusts Macbeth, a Scottish general, and his wife into a world of shadows and horror that threatens to tear their marriage and lives to pieces. Explore the corruptive side of ambition, and the line between kingship and tyranny. We look forward to plunging you into their world of shadows and taking you on the Bard’s darkest of hell-rides. Christopher Salazar*, fresh off two seasons with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, plays the titular Scotsman with Renée Torchio MacDonald as his Lady. The cast is completed by Annette Bizal, Matthew Jayson Cwern*, Quinn Francis, Jacques Freydont, Tanya Gorlow, Michael Hoag*, Dylan LaRocque, Ian Runge, and Roger Sebastian. Directed by Method and Madness Artistic Director Will Block. *These Actors are appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association. Equity Approved Showcase
Made For Each Other  
Studio C Artists Made For Each Other
“Made for Each Other,”the world’s first gay marriage/Alzheimers play, is coming to the Hollywood Fringe Festival from New York. Mature themes.
Magic as Medium Comes to the HFF2019  
Underground Annex Theater Magic as Medium Comes to the HFF2019
To premiere at the 2019 Hollywood Fringe Festival, Magic As Medium is the latest work of storyteller and sleight of hand magician Siegfried Tieber. This project is an exploration of classic and neoclassic conjuring pieces viewed from a contemporary perspective, with emphasis on magic as a theatrical art form. 16+
Mama Metal  
Atwater Village Theatre Mama Metal
This joyfully irreverent black comedy by 2017 Humanitas Play LA award-winner Sigrid Gilmer entwines issues of identity with pop culture icons to tell a truly unique mother-daughter story. Sterling Milburn’s mother is dying and Sterling is falling apart. She attempts to keep it together by rewriting the past with the help of two titans of the American theater and the world’s greatest heavy metal band — but Sterling’s mother refuses to follow the script. A love letter to those who shape our lives, hold us together and break our hearts
Mandy Picks A Husband  
The Little Theater LA Mandy Picks A Husband
Mandy Picks A Husband (MPAH) writer and performer Amanda Broomell's raw and witty new autobiographical solo dramedy about self-discovery and lifelong commitment to our calendar.
The Masher  
Studio C Artists The Masher
Three women of wildly different backgrounds find themselves linked together in a minimum wage factory job where their button pushing has horrifying results.
The Mayor's Debate Of Tranquility, Nebraska  
The Complex The Mayor's Debate Of Tranquility, Nebraska
It’s almost election day in bucolic Tranquilty, Neb. (Pop: 16,434), and the Mayor’s race is going to be a barn burner. Watch the final three candidates face off in the final debate before the votes are cast. The carefully curated civility of small town politics gets tested as Maya Berenger, Scott Jensen and Lindsey Suarez throw down over property taxes, the downtown parking meters and building that soccer field on the north side of town. The bromides and platitudes, however, mask a secret terror that has gripped Tranquility and prevents them from even discussing what happened to the previous Mayor. “The Mayor’s Debate of Tranquility, Nebraska” is a dark, comic satire that strips the polish off of democracy and reveals a horror that prevents the town from even asking: What the F*** is happening at the gazebo in the town square?
A Midsummer Night's Dream  
Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum A Midsummer Night's Dream
The natural beauty of the Topanga wilderness transforms once again into an enchanted forest, where lovers and fairies meet by moonlight. Comic misadventures, mistaken identities and unrequited love come together to create the Bard’s most magical romp. It’s the perfect experience to introduce your family to the world of Shakespeare.
Miss America's Ugly Daughter: Bess Myerson and Me  
Edgemar Center for the Arts Miss America's Ugly Daughter: Bess Myerson and Me
Following critically acclaimed, sold out runs, first in 2018 and again earlier this year, writer/performer Barra Grant returns once more with her darkly hilarious mother-daughter story: the true, inside tale of Grant’s seismic relationship with her mother, Bess Myerson. A beauty queen best known as the first and only Jewish Miss America, Myerson was an accomplished pianist, television personality, New York City’s first Commissioner of Consumer Affairs, a close advisor to Mayor Ed Koch, and a national spokesperson against anti-Semitism. Then, she infamously went down in flames — with her Mafia boyfriend! — in a judge-bribing scandal known as the “Bess Mess.” If you missed Grant’s fascinating tale about being a confused ugly duckling growing up in the shadow of her spectacular mother, here’s your chance.
Mistakes Were Made  
Santa Monica Playhouse Mistakes Were Made
Mistakes Were Made - coulda-woulda-shoulda. Dick's mistake: He let a sexy, blue-eyed winker threaten his marriage. Jeff's mistake: He turned down a dream job, then later, screamed, "You idiot!" Mel's mistake: He hired a famous money manager, now famous for stealing money. Dick's wife's mistake: She trusted him, then learned of his affair and had one too. NOBODY'S PERFECT! But mistakes can be fixed, between husbands and wives, girlfriends and boyfriends, fathers and sons. From the acclaimed team that brought you Almost Perfect, Aspirin & ELEPHANTS and A Love Affair, and reuniting Mr. Mayer with acclaimed veteran (and frequent Mayer) director Chris DeCarlo, this world premiere romantic comedy will have you laughing, crying, and running home to fix that one mistake that's been gnawing at you for years!
Moby Dick-Rehearsed  
Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum Moby Dick-Rehearsed
Adapted from Herman Melville’s classic tale, Moby Dick – Rehearsed thrusts the audience into a hair-raising whaling voyage under the helm of Captain Ahab. The brooding one-legged fanatic is consumed by his vengeful obsession to kill the dreaded white mammoth whale … Moby Dick.
Monkey Mind  
McCadden Place Theatre Monkey Mind
Monkey Mind is a family rock musical about a bright, precocious teen driven to thoughts of suicide because of an over active mind. This lesson of life becomes an uplifting and fun experience.
Monsters of Man: A Supernatural Anthology  
The Complex Monsters of Man: A Supernatural Anthology
Sometimes the things we fear are not always the creatures that go bump in the night. Monsters of Man: A Supernatural Anthology combines an element of the everyday with a splash of the supernatural in this performance at Flight Theatre. A journey through the stories and lives of individuals who will show that sometimes the most terrifying monsters of all are the ones we create ourselves. “No man chases evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks” –Mary Shelley. Ages 14+
Moral Fixation  
Studio C Artists Moral Fixation
Moral Fixation is a dark comedy that tracks Caleb and Claire as they learn what it means to be sober, grown up people in a time when morals and ideals seem to be culturally taboo. When Claire discovers that Caleb dallied with sex workers in the past, she becomes fixated on the symbolism of his actions and struggles with whether or not they define his character. And it sure would be a lot less confusing if she didn’t have her own closeted skeletons. With the help of a relative and friends, they debate whether someone deserves to be judged by the actions of their past.
My Trans Wife  
The Complex My Trans Wife
“My Trans Wife,” a two-woman drama about love, authenticity and transformation, is premiering at the 2019 Hollywood Fringe Festival.
Mysterious Circumstances  
Geffen Playhouse Mysterious Circumstances
When the world’s foremost Sherlock Holmes scholar dies mysteriously, it’s a case seemingly only the Great Detective himself could solve. The kicker? It really happened. Based on a New Yorker article by the author of The Lost City of Z and Killers of the Flower Moon and written by Michael Mitnick (Drama Desk nominee for Fly by Night), Mysterious Circumstances delves into the multiple suspects and competing motives surrounding the death. Explore the fine line between love and obsession, fact and fiction in this world premiere cloaked in mystery and magic at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.
The Narcissist Next Door  
The Complex The Narcissist Next Door
Sebastian is rich (heir to a fish-stick fortune), handsome, gay and unattached. Although independently wealthy, he would really like to establish himself as a professional photographer. His best friend Kate is straight, single, and would like to get her play produced. Meanwhile, she works temp jobs. Enter Sebastian’s new neighbor Tony. He introduces them to a Peruvian self-help discipline called The Source. Suddenly, Sebastian lands a gig shooting photos of Charo Vergara (Sophia’s hotter sister). Kate lands a new boyfriend, Robert (“He was raised Catholic. He has a job. My mom’s going to love him.”). There’s just one thing: Tony is one of the most self-absorbed human beings on Earth, an insufferable narcissist who will eventually drive anyone in his orbit bonkers. Sebastian arranges to go to his photo shoot in Mexico with Kate and Robert. Tony invites himself along. Once there, they are captured by kidnapers who tie them up and threaten their lives. Can the quartet escape the kidnapers alive? Will Sebastian, Kate and Robert ever escape Tony? Suggested for audiences age 14 to Adult.
Neighborhood Watch  
Underground Annex Theater Neighborhood Watch
Neighborhood Watch follows the actions of Elsa Wrightrain as she struggles to maintain order in her longtime neighborhood. 14+
No More Toys  
McCadden Place Theatre No More Toys
No More Toys follows Todd, a local college recruiter, who, after a successful presentation, returns to a high school classroom to retrieve his forgotten baseball cap. Upon his arrival, Todd realizes that something is off - and doesn’t take the hint to leave and suddenly finds himself held hostage by a disgruntled student in the room. Due to the mature themes in the show, including adult language and simulated violence, this production is not recommended for attendees under the age of 13.
Normaler Than Everyone  
2nd Stage Theatre Normaler Than Everyone
When award-winning singer-songwriter and photographer Brian Joseph got the news that his wife had a rare and serious kind of cancer, he was stricken with the paralyzing fear that any husband and father would feel. But as an artist, his reaction was anything but normal. Normaler Than Everyone unearths both the pain and the humor of a loved one going through cancer. The show addresses small moments — making soup, lying to friends on social media, parenting — and large moments too: calling 911, bedside vigilance, medical treatment. Through his songs, writings and photographs, Joseph presents a funny and moving portrait of a cancer caregiver, enraged by soup and terrified by the specter of ghosts which is ultimately a meditation on love and mortality.
Glendale Centre Theatre Nunsense
Nunsense the musical comedy written by Dan Goggin! One of the longest running musicals Off-Broadway features five glorious Nuns who are putting on a fundraiser to raise money to bury their dead sisters. This hilarious musical will leave you in stitches.
Old Jews Telling Jokes  
The Colony Theatre Old Jews Telling Jokes
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.
Out of the Blue  
McCadden Place Theatre Out of the Blue
Why this play? Just Google “senior” and hit “images”. What do you get? Happy people playing outdoors in designer casual clothes and HD sunshine. Is that reality? In OUT OF THE BLUE, our hero has not such an easy time. The story begins when his brain makes an unexpected shift and new thoughts appear that have never, ever been there before. A curtain opens on his next stage of life, and there’s nothing but blackness. He wants change but can’t leave his high-stress job for fear his world – and that of his aging husband – will explode around them both. The pressure puts him near suicide. He must fill in the empty blackness that lies before him if he wants to bring hope back to his life and his marriage. He searches for help and stumbles on an aging wise-woman who magically blends psychology and astrology. With her guidance and the help of ancient Planets, Signs and Houses, he fills in the blackness of his future, mines the birth-marked resources buried in his horoscope, and embraces whatever may come in the last third of life. The story is spiked with comedy from start to finish, because the ironies of life only increase with time and experience. It delivers the raw anger of aging, the grief of releasing the last promise of youth. It’s also a heart-centered romance, as the protagonist gains a precious new friend and rediscovers the strength of the man he married.
Out of the Blue  
LA Gay and Lesbian Center Out of the Blue
Why this play? Just Google “senior” and hit “images”. What do you get? Happy people playing outdoors in designer casual clothes and HD sunshine. Is that reality? In OUT OF THE BLUE, our hero has not such an easy time. The story begins when his brain makes an unexpected shift and new thoughts appear that have never, ever been there before. A curtain opens on his next stage of life, and there’s nothing but blackness. He wants change but can’t leave his high-stress job for fear his world – and that of his aging husband – will explode around them both. The pressure puts him near suicide. He must fill in the empty blackness that lies before him if he wants to bring hope back to his life and his marriage. He searches for help and stumbles on an aging wise-woman who magically blends psychology and astrology. With her guidance and the help of ancient Planets, Signs and Houses, he fills in the blackness of his future, mines the birth-marked resources buried in his horoscope, and embraces whatever may come in the last third of life. The story is spiked with comedy from start to finish, because the ironies of life only increase with time and experience. It delivers the raw anger of aging, the grief of releasing the last promise of youth. It’s also a heart-centered romance, as the protagonist gains a precious new friend and rediscovers the strength of the man he married. Age 17+ due to mature themes
The Phantom Of The Opera  
Pantages Theatre The Phantom Of The Opera
Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L'Opera by Gaston Leroux, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it. He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command.
PHO Girl  
Studio Stage PHO Girl
What happens if everything you thought about yourself was a lie? You can take a girl out of Little Saigon, but you can't take Little Saigon out of the girl. Not even with a DNA test. Sushi, Korean barbeque, Pad Thai...with Pho still on the menu. The search identity has never looked so yummy. Eat it up!
Westchester Playhouse Pippin
The award winning musical Pippin tells the story of a young prince who longs to find passion and adventure in his life. Pippin originally debuted on Broadway 1972 with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Roger O. Hirson. Bob Fosse, who directed the original Broadway production, also contributed to the libretto. This beautiful and thought-provoking musical uses the premise of a magical and mysterious performance troupe, led by a Leading Player. Ben Vereen and Patina Miller won Tony Awards for their portrayals of the Leading Player in the original Broadway production and the 2013 revival, respectively, making them the first two actors of different sexes to win a Tony for the same role.
Ready, Steady, Yeti, Go  
Electric Lodge Ready, Steady, Yeti, Go
In the aftermath of a hate crime, 7th grader Goon befriends one of the victims, Carly. A youthful romance blossoms, while the town plans a rally "to destroy racism forever," and the two must navigate the pitfalls of falling in love while dealing with prying eyes, especially those of Wikipedia Jones, the crime-solving son of the Chief of Police. Passive-aggressive antics, bad parental advice, and ill-informed gestures of kindness create a "white guilt perfect storm" that threatens to make the course of true love a very rocky road.
REDCAT International Children's Film Festival 2019  
Redcat REDCAT International Children's Film Festival 2019
REDCAT, CalArts' downtown center for contemporary arts presents the 14th annual REDCAT international children's Film Festival
Theatre of NOTE Roots
ROOTS: An Evening of World Premiere Shorts is an evening of four wonderfully strange world premiere short plays, written by four accomplished Theatre of NOTE-grown playwrights, which together usher audiences through the complexity of the human condition. A dark comedy for dark times unfolds at a wedding…in either a sitcom or just a disturbed mind (Deadpan). A one-night stand takes a Kafkaesque turn. Is this stranger the one? Or just something very strange (The Smell of Something to Eat)? A story of people who probably definitely love each other, as they encounter tectonic distress (Big Ones). Escaping Soviet Russia, a young woman goes on to found modern conservative philosophy before becoming the subject of her own musical theater production (Rand!). Everyone has their own journey, but we all start at our ROOTS.
The Ruffian On The Stair  
The Los Angeles Theatre Center The Ruffian On The Stair
Sex. Murder. Goldfish. Set in 1964 London, this madcap gem by legendary playwright Joe Orton makes for a dangerous evening of naughty hilarity.
Saving Cain  
Hudson Theatre Saving Cain
In Saving Cain, the world premiere family drama by award-winning playwright Aaron Kozak, a far-right, Pentecostal helicopter-mom struggles to keep her hell-raising son on the path of righteousness as he enters his first public school. When a powerful addiction takes over her son's life, she must accept that you can't save everyone, and that not every miracle can be left up to God. This deeply personal work examines the divide between Americans when it comes to faith and politics and how there are always still some ties that bind.
The School of Night  
The Complex The School of Night
Seldom in the annals of legend and song has a conqueror’s rise been so meteoric as that of the emperor Tamburlaine. Born a lowly shepherd he has risen to renown as dread bandit-warlord of the Central Plains of planet Qo’noS. By winning and enlisting the Imperial army dispatched to kill him, he has defeated and dethroned the emperor Mycetes. Now Emperor Tamburlaine pushes out from Qo’noS in a bloody spasm of conquest, world after world falling before the self-proclaimed Scourge of God. But across the Neutral Zone, the Romulan Empire watches warily. Fearful, they forge an alliance with a former foe ... the Federation. And so the stage is set for the ultimate battle, a clash to determine who rules the galaxy. Can the Romulans and Federation bury past hatreds? And if so, can they hope to stand against the raging martial tide of Tamburlaine? The School of Night is proud to present Christopher Marlowe’s medieval pageant of will, war and conquest re-imagined as epic sci-fi spectacle. Tragedy! Romance! Mighty verse! Great battles waged on land and in space! Honor and glory! Qapla’!
She Kills Monsters  
The Actors Company She Kills Monsters
How do you connect with your sister when she's dead? By ass-kicking your way through Dungeons & Dragons, of course! That's the only way for Agnes (Vivi Thai) to get to know her younger sister, Tilly (Susannah Snowden-Ifft). An intense game of D&D starts to blur fantasy with reality as Agnes can only survive by questioning everything she knows. Award-winning Qui Nguyen's play is re-imagined with shadow puppets, soundscapes, and Japanese-style sword-fighting. And monsters. Lots of sexy monsters.
She Kills Monsters  
The Arena Stage at Theatre of Arts She Kills Monsters
"She Kills Monsters" by award-winning playwright Qui Nguyen (Vietgone, Poor Yella Rednecks). The show is about two very-different sisters who have to help each other survive Dungeons and Dragons.
Sherlock-Inspired Real-Life Mystery  
Geffen Playhouse Sherlock-Inspired Real-Life Mystery
When the world’s foremost Sherlock Holmes scholar dies mysteriously, it’s a case seemingly only the Great Detective himself could solve. The kicker? It really happened. Based on a New Yorker article by the author of The Lost City of Z and Killers of the Flower Moon and written by Michael Mitnick (Drama Desk nominee for Fly by Night), Mysterious Circumstances delves into the multiple suspects and competing motives surrounding the death. Explore the fine line between love and obsession, fact and fiction in this world premiere cloaked in mystery and magic at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.
Shooting Star  
Hudson Theatre Shooting Star
A musical love story set in the world of gay porn, based on the semi-autobiographical tale of adult film performer Hans Berlin, who invites you to meet the real people behind the scenes of this taboo (and fascinating) industry. Taylor, a young, struggling Hollywood actor, finds himself rocketed to stardom as porn performer Taylor “TNT” Trent. Through Taylor’s eyes, we are introduced to a family of lovable misfits whose profession is making our wildest fantasies come alive. As Taylor achieves the fame he long sought in a world where sex and love seem to be mutually exclusive, he discovers that the life you dream of may not always be the one you truly want. SHOOTING STAR is about finding oneself, a family, and above all else — love. This production contains nudity, adult and sexual content.
Silent Joy  
Studio Stage Silent Joy
Silent Joy tells the story of a girl trapped by her own demons who decides to help a kind, mute boy named Joy whose mouth is sewn shut. Together they set out on an epic journey, facing otherworldly perils, to seek revenge on the person that inflicted this abuse on Joy. In the end, the heroine must face her darkest memories to find redemption for her friend and discover the truth about herself. A modern narrative from an upcoming graphic novel that was inspired by the classic quest story, Dante's "Inferno", Silent Joy is an enthralling tale of friendship and forgiveness that at once deals with the messiness of humanity and contemplates the reasons for existence.
Silver Bullet  
Underground Annex Theater Silver Bullet
Silver Bullet, written and directed by Jesse Feldberg, is a film noir inspired drama in which an upper class business woman must control the investigation into the death of her best friend’s husband while the detective must use his charm and intellect to uncover the truth, navigate class politics, and avoid the wailing siren of the femme fatale.
So Happy It's Thursday Show  
Edgemar Center for the Arts So Happy It's Thursday Show
Come and enjoy a night of improv at the Edgemar Center for the Arts with the So Happy It’s Thursday Show! Enjoy watching Spinach Ninja as they get suggestions from the audience and create hilarious scenes right in front of your eyes, laugh out loud with Geisha as they improv in both English AND Japanese! And let’s not forget about BuzzBuzz, the hiphop improv group where they rap on the fly with YOUR suggestions.
A Streetcar Named Desire  
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble A Streetcar Named Desire
In the sultry streets of New Orleans, passions flare and cultures collide in Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece. Blanche DuBois, a fading relic of the Old South, searches for refuge at her sister’s home, only to collide with reality in the form of Stanley Kowalski, her brutish brother-in-law. A visiting production presented by Dance On Productions, producer of 2016’s acclaimed production of Tennessee Williams’ Kingdom of Earth, called “richly entertaining” by Los Angeles Times theater critic Charles McNulty.
Tapping My Way To The Nuthouse  
Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena Tapping My Way To The Nuthouse
Tapping My Way to the Nuthouse is a titillating tale of a five-year old burgeoning neurotic who finally ends up in the nuthouse after her rapid ascent through childhood stardom and eventual descent into craziness. Only tap dancing keeps her nose above the water line. Mix in some spoken mime and multimedia…and there you have the show… Will insanity Win???
Tattered Capes  
Studio Stage Tattered Capes
In Tattered Capes, it’s Kevin and Stephanie Connolly’s fifth wedding anniversary, and Kevin has a night of celebration planned for them. Of course, this means he won’t be going out on his regular patrol of Metro City as his alter-ego, M-Pulse, the self-appointed Eminence of Electromagnetism. But things should be fine without him for one night, right? Wrong. One would think that there could be no secrets left between a husband and wife after five years of matrimonial bliss, but when a powerful supervillain’s attack interrupts Kevin and Stephanie’s date, a hero’s unmasking bears significant consequences for the Connollys…consequences that will resonate and redefine their relationship forever.
Stephanie Feury Studio (SFS) Theatre Tobincon
Actor and comedian Tobin Mitnick sheds light on three con men that are using their style-savvy to manipulate a generation of young Americans through the unregulated Wild West that is the Internet. In its world premiere, one-man comedy TOBINCON dives into the grotesque and hilarious world of online grifters—the Body Prophet, the Rhetorical Bad Boy, and the Compassionologist—with sketch and stand-up, in order to show us that the game may have changed, but the players are all still here. But Mitnick also answers a lingering question: When you spend so much time rubbing shoulders with these types, will it rub off on you? In other words, can you con yourself?
Trump In Space  
Second City Trump In Space
Trump in Space is Star Trek meets Avenue Q meets Trump, a musical battle of good vs. bad and ideals vs. opportunism. This original musical is an epic space adventure filled with all the sci–fi tropes we love and all the politics we love to hate. Four hundred years in the future, the fallout of the Trump administration has left humans stranded without a planet. Captain Natasha Trump, a direct descendant of President Donald J. Trump, races to find humanity a new planet because the earth blew up!
Twelfth Night  
Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum Twelfth Night
Mischief, madness and romance are in the air this summer when Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum presents Shakespeare's rollicking comedy in its magical, outdoor Topanga amphitheater. Shipwrecked on the coast of Illyria, and fearing that her brother Sebastian has drowned, Viola must disguise herself as a man. She falls in love with the neighboring Duke Orsino — who loves the Lady Olivia — who loves the disguised Viola. But false appearances are the norm on this Island of Misrule, where the fool is king, the court jester is a philosopher, and hijinks among the servants are wickedly delicious.
Two Girls, One Improbable Friendship  
Stephanie Feury Studio (SFS) Theatre Two Girls, One Improbable Friendship
Sorry About My Friend is making its premiere run at this year’s Hollywood Fringe Festival. Inspired by true events, the play follows the journey of college students, Danielle and Katie, through their explosive years as roommates in a small Texas town from 2006-2010. This quirky odd couple, with perfectionist Katie and wild child Danielle, learn even a fast friendship has its hiccups. A dramedy in eight vignettes, clocking in at an hour. Sorry About My Friend visits the fall and spring semesters of each year of college.
Uprooted: A Tale of Navigating Turbulence to Find Home  
Lounge Theatre Uprooted:  A Tale of Navigating Turbulence to Find Home
In Uprooted, the creatures of Vanessa Boss’ inner world take you on the flight of her life! A disturbance triggers violent weather, endangering matriarch Elda, the elder tree, the voice of Vanessa's wisdom. Elda leads Vanessa's inner fantasy creatures on a journey to remind Vanessa of her strength, but Vanessa's demons take control of the flight and her mind as she is moved again and again, facing bullies, saying unexpected goodbyes to friends, and hoping for the day to come where she’ll get to choose where home is. But is home a place or a feeling? Full of exciting adventure, triumph and heartbreak, Vanessa frees herself from the restraints of her inner demons and proclaims her power to define her own fate. Uprooted is a young woman's resilient story of growing into the strong, rooted woman she is meant to be.
Violence: The Misadventures of Spike Spangle, Farmer  
The Actors' Gang at The Ivy Substation Violence: The Misadventures of Spike Spangle, Farmer
Originally written and performed in 1986, this no-holds barred satire of militarism and media manipulation tells the story of Spike Spangle, a down on his luck farmer who gets sucked into a whirlwind of celebrity and patriotism. He joins Superman on billionaire Max Enormous' Celebrity Space Shuttle and a nefarious plot leads to the deification of Spike Spangle as an American hero.
Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road?  
The Colony Theatre Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road?
This tragicomic play follows each of the words in that joke as a character as they try to figure out their meaning and reach the ‘real world’. A philosophical quest with LGBTQ+ themes rooted in the politics of Trump’s America, this show enjoyed a sold-out, critically-acclaimed run in London last year! WHY DID THE CHICKEN CROSS THE ROAD?
Hudson Theatre Wigfield
Wigfield the can-do town that just may not — is shadowed by the Bulkwaller Dam, a structure the government wants to tear down. Since the “residents” (squatters) of Wigfield have built ramshackle structures that violate all ordinances of the fire code, the government has no plans to pay for their relocation and the “town” will be flooded. Wigfield must prove they are a town worth saving and maybe … even recognizing.
A Year In Dragonfly  
Studio C Artists A Year In Dragonfly
World Premier of A Year in Dragonfly is the true survival story of one woman’s journey after being brutally attacked by her newlywed husband. Using all original poetry and music, Austin Musick shares her navigation back from the darkest corners of fear, shame, and depression as she finds a way to no longer tread the water’s of a painful past and begins to fly in the present towards the bright horizon of the future. From nymph in water to dragon in sky. Appropriate for audiences 16+