In SHI SHI - KEN, the SAMURAI kills with his sword for the first time. His values are broken when he is faced with the reality at the field of death with what he has done. He questions himself, “What am I?” “What have I used my sword for?” “What is 義/Gi?" In this play, the audience is presented with what is the true meaning of life. ages 13+
Rachel McKay Steele's solo show Shiva for Anne Frank celebrates Jewish identity, girlhood, community mourning, life, and begs the question of whether or not one Jewish comedian can and should relate herself to Anne Frank. Although Anne Frank is one of the most famous and recognizable young women in the world, her legacy is often infantilized or simplified so she can remain a saintly beacon from one of humanity’s darkest chapters. In June, when Anne Frank would have turned 90, Rachel invites you to laugh, cry, celebrate and mourn as filtered through her own hilarious experiences of getting a nose job, rehashing her Bat Mitzvah, and sharing her favorite story of a one night stand (with a German). Audience members are invited to wear and take home custom-made yarmulkes, as well as arrive early to nosh on bagels and babka. $1 from each ticket sold will be donated to The International Rescue Committee. Read some of the show's rave audience reviews here: "More of a shared experience than your traditional one-woman show, Shiva for Anne Frank will entertain you, move you, enrage you, and leave you wanting to know more about both Anne and Rachel."
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 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, 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.
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.
After Polly's parents split up when she was nine years old, she decided that the only way she could control her destiny was to meticulously plan out every aspect of her life, but when her boss asks her to bring her boyfriend to the company mixer she realizes the one thing that she never meticulously planned for was a relationship. This is a girl that micromanaged and manifested her sleepovers, her line position in the nutcracker, her role in student government, and even the class senior prank. I mean who wouldn't love to see 100 micro-pigs running down the halls of a high school on ditch day? Not anybody we'd like to know. How did she miss planning for a relationship?
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.
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 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!
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.
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.
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.
Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group is proud to premiere their all-new family-friendly version of their long-running cult-horror theatre sensation! URBAN DEATH for KIDS! is an eerily-fresh and fun 45-minute live performance that summons-up the "all-too-familiar" spirits, ghouls and monsters-under-the-bed that we strive to face and conquer, welcoming young audiences to confront their inner-most fears in this safe and entertaining theatre-spooktacular! For Ages 10 and up. Produced by Zombie Joe and Directed by Jana Wimer, with Original Musical Score by Christopher Reiner.
This multi-award winning show is returning to the Whitefire Theatre for three nights only. British actress Cat LaCohie reveals the truth behind her burlesque persona, Vixen DeVille, inviting you on the journey to discovering your own inner Vixen. Embrace the freedom to express yourself, be yourself, celebrate yourself, the good, the bad and the wobbly! General Admission includes a red-carpet arrival plus access to a whisky-fueled afterparty sponsored by R6 Distillery with step-and-repeat photo op with Vixen DeVille! With a VIP ticket you can learn to eat fire or walk on broken glass live on stage as part of the show, and receive a signed Vixen DeVille print.
New York, 1966 – In this exciting new take on Frederick Knott's suspenseful drama, a young blind woman is manipulated by ruthless con men as they search for a mysterious doll. Trapped in her basement apartment, she learns that her blindness can be her best defense if she can only Wait Until Dark. The original Broadway production starred Lee Remick and ran for 373 performances. The New York Post called the play “a first-rate shocker.”
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?