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Rod Serling's Stories from the Zone  
Theatre 40 at The Reuben Cordova Theatre  Rod Serling's Stories from the Zone
 
Rod Serling’s Stories from the Zone consists of stage adaptations of two classic episodes of his best-loved TV series.
   
1976  
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts 1976
 
If Hamilton's mix of hummable tunes and fascinating history has left you itching to learn more about our nation's founding, then this Tony-winning Revolutionary musical drama just might be the ticket. 1776 takes you behind the scenes of the historic signing of the Declaration of Independence, as John Adams tried to persuade his fellow forefathers to vote for freedom from British rule. Also making appearances are colonial superstars like Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Hancock and Abigail Adams, along with a variety of crabby drunks, befuddled secretaries and assorted sycophants who also populate the proceedings. Pairing a funny, insightful story with a striking score, 1776 is a triumphant celebration of the American spirit that'll stir romance, comedy and conflict into a musical melting pot at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.
   
The 39 Steps  
Morgan-Wixson Theatre The 39 Steps
 
This clever comic stage adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock's thriller The 39 Steps turns a cast of just four actors into more than 150 zany characters with a mix of film noir panache, spy novel thrills and more than a touch of Monty Python-esque absurdity. The two-time winner of both Tony and Drama Desk Awards, The 39 Steps is a fast-paced and funny whodunit about a man accused of a murder he didn't commit, who flees from the authorities and encounters a string of hair-raising adventures, as well as an unlikely love connection. Brace yourself for an onstage plane crash, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance in this production of The 39 Steps at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre in Santa Monica.
   
Aleichem Sholom  
Santa Monica Playhouse Aleichem Sholom
 
Take 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.
   
Brilliant Traces  
Lounge Theatre Brilliant Traces
 
Rosannah Deluce has been driving for days. Her car dies in a snowbound corner of Alaska. In distress, she seeks shelter in the only nearby structure, an old barn that is the home of Henry Harry, a man she does not know. She is attired in a wedding gown. She is a runaway bride. Henry Harry is an oil rig worker who lives a hermit’s existence during the periods he is not working. His solitude is a refuge from the pain and trauma of events past. The last thing he wants is company, but a beautiful woman has landed literally at his doorstep. Both have run away from circumstances too difficult to endure. Over the next few days, alternately repulsed by and attracted to each other, they might discover that they are kindred spirits.
   
Cinderella  
Santa Monica Playhouse Cinderella
 
Beloved musical CINDERELLA returns in 2019! Full of fun and zany antics to keep the kids entertained, and enough edgy humor and pathos to engage the adults, this hilarious twist on the classic fairy-tale from the award-winning team of Evelyn Rudie and Chris DeCarlo has all the makings of a perfect fairytale for today's generation: a handsome prince (who yearns to be loved for himself, not his royal position), vain stepsisters (who ultimately realize looks really aren't everything), a controlling (but genuinely well-meaning) stepmother and a refreshingly independent feisty Cinderella.
   
Death House at The Road on Lankershim  
Lankershim Arts Center Death House at The Road on Lankershim
 
On the night a death-house chaplain must hand over the reigns to the confident young pastor set to replace him, the men encounter an enigmatic inmate who challenges their convictions and changes their lives forever. Death House is a startling new piece of theatre that explores justice, redemption, and the possibility that we’re all more connected than we may want to admit.
   
Definition of Man!  
The Arena Stage at Theatre of Arts Definition of Man!
 
A sexier, more violent Waiting for Godot, Definition of Man is a physicalized post-modern decreation myth. Drawing from Kenneth Burke's essay of the same name, the show investigates the human drive to communicate and the inevitable breakdown that results from the inherent incompleteness of language. The one-act was created by Nikki Muller and Jason Rosario by synthesizing personal narratives, academic texts and Russian counterbalancing to explore issues of identity, race, gender performance and communicative breakdown. In the abstracted setting of a burnt-out, post-apocalyptic ruin, the cast of two serves as a stand-in for all of humanity while grappling with their own personal struggles to maintain a sense of self in a world that has ceased to exist. In a tightly-paced narrative progression, they move and shift between verbal and physical intimacy, exploring how these intersect and overlap from start to finish. Nameless but for their titles of XX and XY, they are both universal and specific, two sides of one coin, speaking from their own divergent experiences to reach a place of mutual understanding.
   
The Diary of Anne Frank  
The Complex The Diary of Anne Frank
 
Everyone knows the story of Anne Frank, the Jewish teenager hidden away, while Nazi’s hunt down Jews during World War II. One director, Stan Zimmerman, is adding quite the twist to the production. Hispanic actors and actress will play all these parts as the debate over immigration is escalating in America. Stan Zimmerman is the director of this play.
   
Driving Miss Daisy  
Laguna Playhouse Driving Miss Daisy
 
Sparks fly in Alfred Uhry’s groundbreaking Pulitzer Prize-winning story about the decades-long relationship between a strong-willed, well-to-do Jewish woman and her black chauffeur, in the Jim Crow south. Set against a backdrop of changing world events between the late 1940s and early ‘70s, what begins as a troubled and hostile pairing soon blossoms into a profound, life-altering friendship that transcends all the societal boundaries placed between them.
   
The Empty Nesters  
Zephyr Theatre The Empty Nesters
 
In The Empty Nesters, hard working parents Greg and Frances stop for a visit to the Grand Canyon’s breathtaking Skywalk, a not-to-be missed sight, after delivering their final child to college in Phoenix. But instead of seeing a limitless horizon full of fresh possibilities, one half of the couple faces an empty chasm, while the other begins to wonder if freedom is only a loss of solid footing.
   
Fem Fest  
Fountain Theatre Fem Fest
 
The Fountain Theatre kicks off 2019 with its “Fem Fest” reading series. First up: Lauren Gunderson’s provocative Natural Shocks gets four weeks of staged readings at the Fountain, each weekend spearheaded by a different theater company.
   
Foodies and Boobies  
El Cid Foodies and Boobies
 
Do you love brunch? Do you sometimes wish you could marry two of your favorite things -- food and burlesque dancers? Cherry Poppins Productions is proud to join Lili St. Byr and Ginger Lee Belle in a fearsome squad for their newest food-themed burlesque show Foodies & Boobies! Join some of L.A.'s hottest burlesque dancers for this messy and delicious burlesque extravaganza at El Cid in Los Angeles. Brunch is available for purchase.
   
Forever Brooklyn  
Whitefire Theatre Forever Brooklyn
 
Sounds like a dream, no? Well, not quite. His family doesn’t want him to leave Brooklyn. Also, he’s been pressed into service, against his will, as a bagman for the Mob that’s been ruling Brooklyn with an iron fist. The Mob doesn’t want Mel to leave Brooklyn behind. If he does, there will be a price to be paid. And, oh yes: Along the way, he falls in love. What does Mel do? Forever Brooklyn is a show for everyone who misses Brooklyn or New York (and there are thousands of people transplanted to L.A. from the East Coast who fit that description) , or for anyone living in L.A. who came from somewhere else and somehow just can’t forget the place they once called home.
   
Free Los Tres: True Story of Chicano Activists  
Casa 0101 Theater Free Los Tres: True Story of Chicano Activists
 
Free Los Tres is an intriguing play based on the true story of three Chicano activists arrested after an incident with an undercover federal agent. See it at CASA 0101 Theater in Los Angeles.
   
Gray People  
Crown City Theatre Company Gray People
 
Force of Nature Productions presents the World Premiere of Kerry Kazmierowicztrimm's GRAY PEOPLE. GRAY PEOPLE tells a story of constantly shifting trust and loyalties as James, Jenny and Adam tensely await a late-night delivery in the woods...unsure what to believe about each other, and increasingly uncertain of their fate.
   
Hamlet  
Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center Hamlet
 
Presented by the California Shakespeare Company, Hamlet comes to Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center. In it, as a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father's death but paralyzed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state. Join the California Shakespeare Company as they present one of Shakespeare's greatest works live on stage.
   

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