Mar 142017
 
“Remote L.A.” Opens Today

Participants in “Remote L.A.,” part of Center Theatre Group’s 50th season at the Mark Taper Forum. Created by Rimini Protokoll, “Remote L.A.” is a pedestrian-based live art experience that takes place on the streets of Downtown L.A. Performances for “Remote L.A.” run through April 2, 2017. For tickets and information, please visit CenterTheatreGroup.org or call (213) 628-2772.
Photo by Craig Schwartz. All Uses © 2017 Craig Schwartz

 

RIMINI PROTOKOLL’S LIVE ART WALKING EXPERIENCE “REMOTE L.A.” OPENS MARCH 14 AS PART OF CENTER THEATRE GROUP/MARK TAPER FORUM’S 50TH SEASON

“Remote L.A.” Takes Place Throughout Downtown L.A.

 

Currently in previews, pedestrian-based live art experience “Remote L.A.” opens Tuesday, March 14 at 4 p.m. as part of Center Theatre Group’s 50th season at the Mark Taper Forum. Created and conceived by Stefan Kaegi and Jörg Karrenbauer of international documentary theatre team Rimini Protokoll, “Remote L.A.” takes place in Downtown L.A. and will run through April 2, 2017.

Audiences will join a group of 50 people exploring Downtown Los Angeles on a guided audio tour that seems to follow them as much as they are following it. Audience members meet up, put on headphones and have their perspectives changed as they are provided with a soundtrack to the streets, sights and rooftops of Los Angeles. A computer-generated voice sets them out on a trail through the city, guiding the group’s movements in real time. The performance reveals a “secret Los Angeles,” journeying to places normally unseen, places where humans encounter their limits, places where crowds gather, back alleyways, dark hallways and common areas seen through a new lens. Participants are not just audience members, they are actors and spectators, observers and observed, individuals and a pack, all at the same time.

 

 

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Mar 122017
 
“Citizen: An American Lyric” from The Fountain Theatre

“Citizen: An American Lyric” from The Fountain Theatre

 

Center Theatre Group’s Block Party at the Douglas: April-May

Block Party: Celebrating Los Angeles Theatre

 

First Production: “Failure: A Love Story” from Coeurage Theatre Company
Previews April 14 and 15, 2017. Opens April 16 at 6:30 p.m. Through April 23.
by Philip Dawkins
Directed by Michael Matthews

Second Production: “Citizen: An American Lyric” from The Fountain Theatre
Previews April 28 and 29, 2017. Opens April 30 at 6:30 p.m. Through May 7.
by Claudia Rankine
Adapted for the stage by Stephen Sachs
Directed by Shirley Jo Finney

Third Production: “Dry Land” from The Echo Theater Company
Previews May 12 and 13, 2017. Opens May 14 at 6:30 p.m. Through May 21.
By Ruby Rae Spiegel
Directed by Alana Dietze
Center Theatre Group’s inaugural Block Party highlights some of the remarkable work being done on other stages throughout Los Angeles by fully producing three previously staged productions.

First Production: “Failure: A Love Story” chronicles the lives, loves and deaths of the three Fail sisters and the one man who fell in love with each of them. Set against the backdrop of 1920s Chicago, this touching, whimsical tale explores the impermanence of life and the permanence of love.

Second Production: “Citizen: An American Lyric” is a meditation on race that fuses poetry, prose, movement, music and the video image. It is a provocative stage adaptation of Claudia Rankine’s internationally acclaimed book of poetry about everyday acts of racism in America.

Third Production: “Dry Land” is a haunting play about female friendship and an abortion that takes place in the locker room of a central Florida high school. Written when Spiegel was just 21 years old and still an undergraduate at Yale, the play is a deeply truthful portrait of the fears, hopes and bonds of teenage girls — as gut-wrenching as it is funny.

Preview Performances: Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.
Regular Performances: Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m. No Monday performances.

 

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Mar 102017
 
“Heisenberg” Joins Mark Taper’s 50th Anniversary Season

PIC: Denis Arndt and Mary-Louise Parker in the Manhattan Theatre Club production of “Heisenberg.” Written by Simon Stephens and directed by Mark Brokaw, “Heisenberg” plays June 28 through August 6, 2017, as part of Center Theatre Group’s 50th anniversary season at the Mark Taper Forum. Tickets are currently available by season ticket membership only. For information and to charge season tickets by phone, call the Exclusive Season Ticket Hotline at (213) 972-4444. To purchase season memberships online, visit www.CenterTheatreGroup.org/Taper.
Photo by Joan Marcus. ©2016 Joan Marcus

 

CENTER THEATRE GROUP BRINGS HIGHLY ACCLAIMED

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB PRODUCTION OF “HEISENBERG” TO LOS ANGELES

COMPLETING 50TH SEASON AT THE MARK TAPER FORUM

Denis Arndt and Mary-Louise Parker

Reprise the Roles They Played on Broadway

at the Taper June 28th Through August 6th 2017

 

Manhattan Theatre Club’s acclaimed production of “Heisenberg” by Tony Award and two-time Olivier Award winner Simon Stephens has been announced as part of Center Theatre Group’s 50th Anniversary Season. This insightful and entertaining new play comes to the Taper June 28th through August 6th 2017. Opening is set for July 6th.

Directed by Drama Desk Award winner Mark Brokaw and featuring Denis Arndt and Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Mary-Louise Parker, the creative team for “Heisenberg” includes Mark Wendland (scenic design), Michael Krass (costume design), Austin R. Smith (lighting design) and David Van Tieghem (sound design).

Amidst the bustle of a crowded London train station, Georgie (Parker) spots Alex (Arndt), a much older man, and plants a kiss on his neck. This electric encounter thrusts these two strangers into a fascinating and life-changing game as “Heisenberg” brings to blazing, theatrical life the uncertain and often comical sparring match that is human connection.

 

 

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Mar 052017
 
Two Local High School Students Advance To 2017 AWMC National Finals

L-R: Winners Aryana Williams, Alexander Villaseñor and Elija Hall backstage at the Mark Taper Forum after the 2017 August Wilson Monologue Competition hosted by Center Theatre Group on February 27. Photo by Ryan Miller / Capture Imaging. Capture Imaging

 

CENTER THEATRE GROUP NAMES THREE LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

FOR 2017 AUGUST WILSON MONOLOGUE COMPETITION NATIONAL FINALS

12 Students Participated in the Los Angeles Regional Finals at Mark Taper Forum on February 27

The National Finals Will Take Place on Broadway on May 1

 

Center Theatre Group has named Aryana Williams, Alexander Villaseñor and Elija Hall as the top performers of the August Wilson Monologue Competition (AWMC) Regional Finals held at the Mark Taper Forum on February 27, 2017. Williams and Villaseñor will go on to represent Los Angeles in the national finals on May 1.

Aryana Williams of Carson has placed first in the competition, earning a $500 scholarship; Alexander Villaseñor of Los Angeles took second place with a $400 scholarship; and Elija Hall of Los Angeles took third place and a $300 scholarship. Both Williams and Villaseñor will also receive a paid trip to New York City to compete in the national finals held at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway. Hall will serve as alternate.

This is the sixth consecutive year Center Theatre Group is hosting the Southern California component of the national monologue competition. The program is designed to inspire and educate Los Angeles youth using monologues from August Wilson’s “The American Century Cycle,” a 10-play dramatization of the African American experience in the 20th century.

Williams, Villaseñor and Hall were selected from a pool of 12 regional finalists. The 12 students represented seven local high schools within Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties. As preparation for the national component of the competition, the three national finalists will receive master classes to workshop their monologues.

 

 

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Mar 042017
 
“GOOD GRIEF” OPENS AT KIRK DOUGLAS THEATRE ON SUNDAY

L-R: Carla Renata, Marcus Henderson, Dayo Ade, Ngozi Anyanwu, Mark Jude Sullivan and Omozé Idehenre in the world premiere of “Good Grief.” Written by Ngozi Anyanwu and directed by Patricia McGregor, “Good Grief” plays at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre through March 26, 2017. Photo by Craig Schwartz.
All Uses © 2017 Craig Schwartz

 

THE WORLD PREMIERE OF “GOOD GRIEF” OPENS AT CENTER THEATRE GROUP’S

KIRK DOUGLAS THEATRE SUNDAY, MARCH 5, 2017, AT 6:30 P.M.

Ngozi Anyanwu’s Debut Production Will Play Through March 26

 

Currently in previews, the world premiere of Ngozi Anyanwu’s new play “Good Grief” will open at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre on Sunday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m. Directed by Patricia McGregor, Anyanwu also performs in “Good Grief,” which runs through March 26, 2017. This is the first of Anyanwu’s plays to receive a full professional production.

The cast features, in alphabetical order, Dayo Ade, Wade Allain-Marcus, Ngozi Anyanwu, Marcus Henderson, Omozé Idehenre, Carla Renata and Mark Jude Sullivan. Scenic design is by Stephanie Kerley Schwartz, costume design is by Karen Perry, lighting design is by Pablo Santiago, sound design is by Adam Phalen and Kathryn Bostic is composer. Casting is by Meg Fister, Joy Meads is the dramaturg and Anne L. Hitt is the production stage manager.

“Good Grief” follows Nkechi (played by Anyanwu), a good Nigerian-American girl frozen in her own coming-of-age story. When tragedy strikes on an unplanned break from college, she retreats into her childhood home and reexamines the many steps she’s taken on the way to adulthood, from first crush, to missed connections, to the struggles of being a first-generation girl blending in to her suburban Pennsylvania reality.

The recipient of the 2016 Humanitas /Center Theatre Group Playwriting Prize, Anyanwu is an actress, writer, producer and director. She is a graduate of the University of California San Diego’s MFA acting program and also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre from Point Park University. She has performed at the Pittsburgh Public Theater, Barrington Stage, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and the Mark Taper Forum. Anyanwu is the founder and one of the original members of the 1st Generation Nigerian Project where she served as Artistic Director and wrote and performed along with several other Nigerian American female artists under the direction of John Gould Rubin (Bank Street Theatre, Women Center Stage Festival). She now serves as Co-Artistic Director of NOW AFRICA Playwrights Festival. She has directed “She Gon Learn,” by Lisa Strum for the Emerging Arts Festival and for the United Solo Festival. She has also served as assistant director at Intar (Unit 52) and under Eve Best with Old Vic New Voices.

Center Theatre Group, one of the nation’s preeminent arts and cultural organizations, is Los Angeles’ leading nonprofit theatre company, programming seasons at the 736-seat Mark Taper Forum and 1600 to 2000-seat Ahmanson Theatre at The Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles, and the 317-seat Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. In addition to presenting and producing the broadest range of theatrical entertainment in the country, Center Theatre Group is one of the nation’s leading producers of ambitious new works through commissions and world premiere productions and a leader in interactive community engagement and education programs that reach across generations, demographics and circumstance to serve Los Angeles.

Tickets for “Good Grief” are available by calling (213) 628-2772, online at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org, at the Center Theatre Group box office at the Ahmanson Theatre or at the Kirk Douglas Theatre box office two hours prior to performance. Tickets range from $25 – $70 (ticket prices are subject to change). The Kirk Douglas Theatre is located at 9820 Washington Blvd. in Culver City, CA 90232. Ample free parking and restaurants are adjacent.

 

 

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Feb 112017
 

Sing To Win Complimentary Tickets For “Fun Home”

CENTER THEATRE GROUP TO HOST SING OUT “RING OF KEYS” CONTEST

INDIVIDUALS AND NON-PROFESSIONAL CHOIRS ELIGIBLE

WINNERS WILL RECEIVE TICKETS TO “FUN HOME”

 

In anticipation of “Fun Home” coming to the Ahmanson Theatre, Center Theatre Group will host a Sing Out “Ring of Keys” Contest. Individuals and non-professional choirs are invited to submit video of themselves singing the song “Ring of Keys” from the musical “Fun Home.” Center Theatre Group will present “Fun Home” at the Ahmanson Theatre February 21 through April 1, 2017. Opening night is February 22.

Contest applicants are asked to create a video that is between two and five minutes long which can include an introduction of themselves or their group. Center Theatre Group will provide sheet music in the form of a four-part acapella arrangement of “Ring of Keys” upon request. All submissions must be received no later than Friday, February 24.

All video submissions will be posted to Center Theatre Group’s YouTube channel on Monday, February 27. Judging will occur between February 27 and March 3. The video that receives the most likes will be named the contest winner. The singer or singers in the winning video will receive complimentary tickets to see “Fun Home.”

For more information about the Sing Out “Ring of Keys” Contest, please visit www.CenterTheatreGroup.org/SingOutRingofKeys.

 

 

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Dec 312016
 
CTG Mark Taper Forum

Diane Ragsdale presents Transformation or Bust: When Hustling Ticket Sales and Contributions is Just Not Cutting It Anymore at Mark Taper Forum
Photo credit: Javier Segura

PUBLIC KEYNOTE PRESENTATION WITH DIANE RAGSDALE

TO TAKE PLACE AT THE MARK TAPER FORUM

MONDAY, JANUARY 9th 2017

 

Center Theatre Group is pleased to present a keynote presentation at the Mark Taper Forum on Monday, January 9, 2017 at 10 a.m. The one hour keynote presentation will be free and open to the public followed by a discussion and Q&A. The Diane Ragsdale keynote presentation is supported by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation.

The keynote presentation, “Transformation or Bust: When Hustling Ticket Sales and Contributions is Just Not Cutting It Anymore,” will be given by Diane Ragsdale and will explore concerns over lack of engagement with the arts, which she relates to a growing market ethos in the arts and culture sector that treats communities like markets, citizens like consumers, and culture as an exploitable product. She argues that a market ethos is particularly troubling in the arts and culture sector because, on the most basic level, art is a mechanism through which we share with one another what it means to be human. Through inspirational ideas, practical actions, and industry examples, she challenges arts organizations to resist the ethos of the market and uphold their role as purveyors of a different value system.

About Diane Ragsdale
Diane holds an MFA in acting/directing from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and is currently a part-time doctoral candidate at Erasmus University Rotterdam, where she lectured from 2011–2015 for both the cultural economics & entrepreneurship program and the sociology of the arts program. While a lecturer at Erasmus, she taught master- and bachelor-level courses on such topics as the creative economy, creative organizations, arts management, arts marketing, and the organization of art and culture. Her dissertation topic is the evolving relationship between the commercial and nonprofit theater in the US over the past 60 years. In 2015 she was visiting guest artist/lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she designed and taught a course on aesthetics and beauty to business majors. Before moving to Europe in 2010, Diane was a program officer for theater and dance at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in NYC and managing director at the contemporary performing arts center, On the Boards (in Seattle). Prior work also includes stints at several film, music, and art festivals.

The past five years, alongside working in academia, Diane has provided a range of consulting and training services to the arts and culture sector; has been a frequent panelist, provocateur, or keynote speaker at arts conferences around the world; and has contributed articles to several trade publications—including “Recreating Fine Arts Institutions,” for the (fall 2009) Stanford Social Innovation Review and “Rethinking Cultural Philanthropy,” published in 2011 by the Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts (the RSA). In 2012, she contributed essays to two books: “Creative Destruction” in Counting New Beans: Intrinsic Impact and the Value of Art (edited by Clayton Lord and published by Theatre Bay Area); and “Producer-Consumer Engagement: The Lessons of Slow Food for the Reflective Arts” in Building Communities, Not Audiences (by Doug Borwick). She also writes a popular arts blog called Jumper, which is published on ArtsJournal.com. For the 2016-2017 academic year she has been appointed Arts Writer in Residence for the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

About Center Theatre Group
Center Theatre Group, one of the nation’s preeminent arts and cultural organizations, is Los Angeles’ leading nonprofit theatre company, programming seasons at the 736-seat Mark Taper Forum and 1600 to 2000-seat Ahmanson Theatre at The Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles, and the 317-seat Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. In addition to presenting and producing the broadest range of theatrical entertainment in the country, Center Theatre Group is one of the nation’s leading producers of ambitious new works through commissions and world premiere productions and a leader in interactive community engagement and education programs that reach across generations, demographics and circumstance to serve Los Angeles.

The Keynote Presentation is free and open to the general public.
To RSVP, please visit www.centertheatregroup.org/tickets/mark-taper-forum/also-at-the-taper/transformation-or-bust-when-hustling-ticket-sales-and-contributions-is-just-not-cutting-it-anymore/

 

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Dec 032016
 
“Amélie, A New Musical”

L-R Adam Chanler-Berat, Sam Pinkleton and Phillipa Soo at a workshop for “Amélie, A New Musical,” which will be produced at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre December 4, 2016, through January 15, 2017. For tickets and information, please visit CenterTheatreGroup.org or call (213) 972-4400. Photo by Joan Marcus. ©2016 Joan Marcus

CENTER THEATRE GROUP AND THE THEATRE AT ACE HOTEL PRESENT

A SPECIAL “AMÉLIE” FILM SCREENING SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3 AT 7:30PM

“Amélie, A New Musical” Coming to the Ahmanson Theatre on December 4th

In anticipation of “Amélie, A New Musical” coming to the Ahmanson Theatre, Center Theatre Group and The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles will present a special screening of the five-time Oscar-nominated film “Amélie” on Saturday, December 3 at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Center Theatre Group’s production of “Amélie, A New Musical” at the Ahmanson Theatre begins previews December 4, 2016, opens December 16 and continues through January 15, 2017. Based on the motion picture written by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Guillaume Laurant, “Amélie, A New Musical” will have its Broadway premiere at the Walter Kerr Theatre, beginning performances on March 9, 2017 and opening April 3, 2017.

Amélie captured our hearts in the 2001 French film. Now Amélie (played by Tony Award nominee Phillipa Soo) comes to the stage in an inventive and captivating new musical directed by Tony Award winner Pam MacKinnon (“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” “Clybourne Park”), with a book by three-time Tony Award nominee Craig Lucas (“An American in Paris”), music by Daniel Messé (of the band Hem), lyrics by Nathan Tysen (“Tuck Everlasting”) and Daniel Messé, musical staging and choreography by Sam Pinkleton, musical direction by Kimberly Grigsby, vocal arrangements by Kimberly Grigsby and Daniel Messé, and orchestrations by Tony Award winner Bruce Coughlin.

In addition to Phillipa Soo in the title role, the cast will feature, in alphabetical order, Emily Afton, David Andino, Randy Blair, Heath Calvert, Adam Chanler-Berat, Alison Cimmet, Savvy Crawford, Manoel Felciano, Harriett D. Foy, Alyse Alan Louis, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Lily Sanfelippo, Tony Sheldon, Jacob Keith Watson and Paul Whitty.

The musical follows the mesmerizing journey of the inquisitive and charmingly shy Amélie who turns the streets of Montmartre into a world of her own imagining, while secretly orchestrating moments of joy for those around her. After discovering a mysterious photo album and meeting a handsome stranger, Amélie realizes that helping others is easier than participating in a romantic story of her own.

 

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Nov 242016
 
August Wilson

August Wilson (1945-2005) was a legendary American playwright

CENTER THEATRE GROUP SELECTS FOUR LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS TO PARTICIPATE IN

2017 AUGUST WILSON IN-SCHOOL RESIDENCY PROGRAM

Residency is Part of Center Theatre Group’s Annual August Wilson Program

Center Theatre Group has selected four local high school teachers from three different high schools in Los Angeles to participate in the 2017 August Wilson In-School Residency Program. The in-school residency is a semester-long program that provides students with an in-depth study of the work of prolific African American playwright August Wilson and provides opportunities for them to discover their own creative voices.

The participating teachers are Damiek Barrow from Washington Preparatory High School in Los Angeles, Melanie Dubose and Juan Perez from East Los Angeles Performing Arts Magnet in Los Angeles and Craig Robinson from Animo Leadership Charter High School in Inglewood.

The four selected teachers will each partner with a Center Theatre Group Teaching Artist as they deliver curriculum related to one of August Wilson’s plays during 15 in-class sessions spanning four months. In addition to the in-class sessions, the four teachers will participate in two full-day team building meetings to plan and evaluate the curriculum, practice new skills related to the art form and exchange ideas.

Center Theatre Group’s in-school residency is part of the larger August Wilson
Program, which also includes the August Wilson Monologue Competition (AWMC). AWMC is an annual monologue competition hosted in cities throughout the country, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, New York, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Dallas and Greensboro, North Carolina and is designed to provide intensive learning opportunities for high school students to study and practice the craft of acting, specifically through monologue performances. Furthermore, the classrooms selected for the in-school residency will attend the August Wilson Monologue Competition Los Angeles Regional Finals at the Mark Taper Forum as part of their residency experience, witnessing the power of theatre as their peers bring August Wilson’s characters to life.

“These programs are part of our tradition of nurturing new voices in the American theatre,” said Director of Social Strategy, Innovation and Impact Leslie K. Johnson. “They enable students from all walks of life to discover August Wilson’s profound and deeply relevant works of art, explore their own creative voices, and learn more about our shared history and themselves.”

This is Center Theatre Group’s sixth year serving as facilitator of the August Wilson In-School Residency program, as well as the Southern California home to the AWMC.
CTG honors its long-standing relationship with August Wilson through its August Wilson Program, as well as through its continued production of Wilson’s work. CTG has presented nine of Wilson’s plays, including two world premiere productions of his work. In September/October 2016, Wilson’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” had a successful run at the Mark Taper Forum.

Center Theatre Group, one of the nation’s preeminent arts and cultural organizations, is Los Angeles’ leading nonprofit theatre company, programming seasons at the 736-seat Mark Taper Forum and 1600 to 2000-seat Ahmanson Theatre at The Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles, and the 317-seat Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. In addition to presenting and producing the broadest range of theatrical entertainment in the country, Center Theatre Group is one of the nation’s leading producers of ambitious new works through commissions and world premiere productions and a leader in interactive community engagement and education programs that reach across generations, demographics and circumstance to serve Los Angeles.

 

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Nov 042016
 

AHMANSON THEATRE NOW OFFERS STUDENT SUBSCRIPTIONS FOR $75

CENTER THEATRE GROUP INTRODUCES THE BACKSTAGE CLUB AN AHMANSON THEATRE STUDENT SUBSCRIPTION FOR $75

 

Center Theatre Group is launching the Backstage Club, a new subscription program that allows students ages 12-18 to purchase a three-show season ticket package to the Ahmanson Theatre for just $75.

The Backstage Club will include the following productions from the 2016/17 Ahmanson season: “Amélie, A New Musical,” “Into the Woods” and “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.” For an additional $25, “Fun Home” will also be available as an optional add-on. The Backstage Club subscription will include Orchestra and Mezzanine seating, no handling fees and subscriber benefits including free ticket exchanges and priority seating. Up to two adults will be able to join each student at the same price of $25 per performance.

The Backstage Club subscribers will be given total flexibility to pick whichever performance dates work best for them. There will also be the option to attend designated Student Meet-Ups on select dates and enjoy a pre-show, behind-the-scenes experience featuring artist Q&As as well as raffles, snacks and merchandise.

“Center Theatre Group is thrilled to launch this brand new student subscription program for our 50th anniversary season,” said Deborah Warren, Center Theatre Group’s Director of Marketing. “We hope that the Backstage Club will give young people the opportunity to experience some of the incredible productions we have coming up at the Ahmanson Theatre at a low price and help to build a life-long relationship with the arts.”

The deadline to join the Backstage Club is December 1, 2016.

The Backstage Club Student Meet-Ups are scheduled as following: Thursday, December 8, 2016 for “Amélie, A New Musical,” Thursday, April 6, 2017 for “Into the Woods,” and Thursday, August 10, 2017 for “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.” The meet-up for the optional add-on “Fun Home” is Thursday, February 23, 2017.

Center Theatre Group, one of the nation’s preeminent arts and cultural organizations, is Los Angeles’ leading nonprofit theatre company, programming seasons at the 736-seat Mark Taper Forum and 1600 to 2000-seat Ahmanson Theatre at The Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles, and the 317-seat Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. In addition to presenting and producing the broadest range of theatrical entertainment in the country, Center Theatre Group is one of the nation’s leading producers of ambitious new works through commissions and world premiere productions and a leader in interactive community engagement and education programs that reach across generations, demographics and circumstance to serve Los Angeles.

For further information about Center Theatre Group and the Backstage Club please visit CenterTheatreGroup.org/BackstageClub or call (213) 972-4444.

The Ahmanson Theatre is located at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A. 90012.

 

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Brilliant move CTG

★★★★★
5 5 1
Youth needs to be introduce to the arts early and en masse. Thank you CTG for making culture more affordable for L.A. students.
Oct 282016
 
“VICUÑA” A TIMELY POLITICAL SATIRE OPENS THIS SUNDAY AT KIRK DOUGLAS THEATRE

L-R: Samantha Sloyan, Harry Groener, Ramiz Monsef and Brian George in the world premiere of “Vicuña” at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre. Written by Jon Robin Baitz and directed by Robert Egan. Photo by Craig Schwartz. All Uses © 2016 Craig Schwartz

 

WORLD PREMIERE OF JON ROBIN BAITZ’S
“VICUÑA” OPENS THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30th
AT CENTER THEATRE GROUP’S KIRK DOUGLAS THEATRE

Performances Continue Through November 20th 2016

“I say exactly what I think and suddenly it’s true. …
the line between lies and facts – actually, there IS no line, just a pulse beat,”
– Kurt Seaman in “Vicuña”

 

The world premiere of Jon Robin Baitz’s “Vicuña,” directed by Robert Egan, opens this Sunday, October 30th, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre. Performances for “Vicuña” continue through November 20th. The cast includes, in alphabetical order, Linda Gehringer, Brian George, Harry Groener, Ramiz Monsef and Samantha Sloyan.

Influenced by the evolving political landscape, this brand new satire focuses on a brash presidential candidate on the rise – a blustering real estate tycoon and reality TV star – and the world-renowned tailor he coerces into serving him. “Vicuña” delves beneath the overstitching, through the weave and into the true power of the power suit. A suit may or may not make the man but it can definitely be revealing. A timely take on our rollicking political scene from Pulitzer finalist Baitz.

The scenic design for “Vicuña” is by Kevin Depinet, costume design is by Laura Bauer, lighting design is by Tom Ontiveros and original music and sound design is by Karl Fredrik Lundeberg. Casting is by Meg Fister and the production stage manager is Brooke Baldwin.

Center Theatre Group, one of the nation’s preeminent arts and cultural organizations, s Los Angeles’ leading nonprofit theatre company, programming seasons at the 736-seat Mark Taper Forum and 1600 to 2000-seat Ahmanson Theatre at The Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles, and the 317-seat Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. In addition to presenting and producing the broadest range of theatrical entertainment in the country, Center Theatre Group is one of the nation’s leading producers of ambitious new works through commissions and world premiere productions and a leader in interactive community engagement and education programs that reach across generations, demographics and circumstance to serve Los Angeles.

Please note that the previously scheduled performance of “Vicuña” on November 8 at 8 p.m. at the Kirk Douglas Theatre has been cancelled. Because it was set to take place as polls close for the presidential election, the performance was cancelled to prevent scheduling conflicts for audiences who may still be voting.

Tickets for “Vicuña” are available by calling (213) 628-2772 or online at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org. Tickets range from $25 – $70 (ticket prices are subject to change). The Kirk Douglas Theatre is located at 9820 Washington Blvd. in Culver City, CA 90232. Ample free parking and restaurants are adjacent.

 

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Oct 082016
 

Music Center and CTG Honor Gordon Davidson

THE MUSIC CENTER AND CENTER THEATRE GROUP’S KIRK DOUGLAS THEATRE

WILL DIM THEIR LIGHTS IN HONOR OF GORDON DAVIDSON

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2016

 

On Saturday, October 8 at 8 p.m., the four Music Center theatres – Mark Taper Forum, Ahmanson Theatre, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and Walt Disney Concert Hall – along with the Kirk Douglas Theatre, will dim their lights in honor of Gordon Davidson, Founding Artistic Director of Center Theatre Group. Gordon Davidson passed away Sunday, October 2, 2016.

“In keeping with the long-standing Broadway tradition, Center Theatre Group and The Music Center will dim our lights to honor the life and legacy of Gordon Davidson,” said Center Theatre Group Artistic Director, Michael Ritchie. “It is a small recognition of Gordon’s giant contribution to the city and the art form that he loved.”

“Gordon Davidson’s passion for the performing arts made an immeasurable impact on the Los Angeles arts scene and directly contributed to The Music Center’s success,” said Rachel Moore, president and CEO, The Music Center. “We will be forever grateful to him for his talent, dedication and pioneering spirit.”

From 1967 to 2005 Gordon Davidson was the Artistic Director of the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum at The Music Center. Davidson was also the Producing Director of the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre for 15 years, and the Artistic Director of the inaugural season (2004-2005) at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. In addition to redefining theatre in Southern California, he was one of the founders of the regional theatre movement and had a permanent impact on theatre throughout the country and the world.

 

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Oct 032016
 
Cast Announced And Rehearsals Underway For “Vicuña” At Kirk Douglas Theatre

L-R: Playwright Jon Robin Baitz and cast member Harry Groener on the first day of rehearsal for the world premiere of “Vicuña” at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre. Photo by Craig Schwartz. All Uses © 2016 Craig Schwartz

JON ROBIN BAITZ’S “VICUÑA” CAST IS SET AND REHEARSALS ARE UNDERWAY

WORLD PREMIERE OPENS OCTOBER 30 AT KIRK DOUGLAS THEATRE

Previews Begin October 23 and Performances Continue Through November 20, 2016

The cast is set and rehearsals are underway for the world premiere of Jon Robin Baitz’s “Vicuña,” with previews beginning October 23 and opening set for October 30, 2016, at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre. Directed by Robert Egan, “Vicuña” plays through November 20.

The cast includes, in alphabetical order, Linda Gehringer, Brian George, Harry Groener, Ramiz Monsef and Samantha Sloyan. Influenced by the evolving political landscape, this brand new satire focuses on a brash presidential candidate on the rise – a blustering real estate tycoon and reality TV star – and the world-renowned tailor he coerces into serving him. “Vicuña” delves beneath the overstitching, through the weave and into the true power of the power suit. A suit may or may not make the man but it can definitely be revealing. A timely take on our rollicking political scene from Pulitzer finalist Baitz.

The scenic design for “Vicuña” is by Kevin Depinet, costume design is by Laura Bauer, lighting design is by Tom Ontiveros and original music and sound design is by Karl Fredrik Lundeberg. Casting is by Meg Fister and the production stage manager is Brooke Baldwin.

For tickets and information, please visit CenterTheatreGroup.org or call (213) 628-2772.

 

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Oct 012016
 
CAST OF “THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE” AT MARK TAPER FORUM

L-R: Marie Mullen, Aisling O’Sullivan and Marty Rea in the Druid production of “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” by Martin McDonagh. Directed by Garry Hynes, the production will run November 9 through December 18, 2016, at the Mark Taper Forum. Photo by Stephen Cummiskey.

 

CAST ANNOUNCED FOR THE DRUID PRODUCTION OF
“THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE” AT CENTER THEATRE GROUP / MARK TAPER FORUM
NOVEMBER 9 THROUGH DECEMBER 18, 2016

 

Tony-Winning Director Garry Hynes Returns to Martin McDonagh’s Classic Play with Original Cast Member Marie Mullen

 

Center Theatre Group has announced the casting for the Druid production of “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” by Martin McDonagh. Directed by Druid artistic director Garry Hynes, “Beauty Queen” begins previews November 9, opens November 16 and continues through December 18, 2016, at Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum.

The cast includes, in alphabetical order, Aaron Monaghan, Marie Mullen, Aisling O’Sullivan and Marty Rea. Mullen, who played the daughter Maureen in the original 1996 production and earned a Tony Award for her performance, will now play the role of Maureen’s mother Mag; O’Sullivan will play Maureen; Rea will play Pato; and Monaghan will play Ray.

The design team includes Francis O’Connor for sets and costumes, James F. Ingalls for lighting, Greg Clarke for sound. Paddy Cunneen is the composer and Bryan Burroughs is fight director.

“Beauty Queen,” which is set in the mountains of Connemara, County Galway, is the tale of Maureen Folan, a plain and lonely woman in her early 40s, and Mag, her manipulative, aging mother, whose interference in Maureen’s first and potentially last romantic relationship sets in motion a chain of events that are as tragically funny as they are horrific.

Peter Marks of The Washington Post said of McDonagh, “Please avail yourself, and brace yourself, for the virtuosic turbulence of one of modern theater’s most giddily diabolical minds.”

“McDonagh’s writing is a tightrope act of unnerving skill and maturity,” said John Peter of London’s Sunday Times. Benedict Nightingale, writing for The New York Times, said, “[Martin McDonagh is] the most wickedly funny, brilliantly abrasive young dramatist on either side of the Irish Sea.”

Hynes won a Tony Award for her direction of “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” on Broadway in 1998. She also directed McDonagh’s “The Cripple of Inishmaan” at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre in 2011, as well as Arthur Miller’s “The Price” at the Taper in 2015. Center Theatre Group presented McDonagh’s “The Lieutenant of Inishmore” at the Taper in 2010.

McDonagh is an award-winning writer and director. His work with Druid includes “The Beauty Queen of Leenane,” “A Skull in Connemara,” “The Lonesome West” (Druid/Royal Court/Broadway) and “The Cripple of Inishmaan” (Druid/Atlantic Theater Company/U.S. Tour).
Other theatre includes “The Cripple of Inishmaan” (National Theatre, London/West End/Broadway), “The Pillowman” (National Theatre, London/Broadway), “The Lieutenant of Inishmore” (RSC/Garrick/Broadway), “A Behanding in Spokane” (Broadway) and “Hangmen” (Royal Court). His film work (as a writer/director) includes “Six Shooter” (a short), “In Bruges” and “Seven Psychopaths.” His awards include the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy (“The Lieutenant of Inishmore”), Olivier Award for Best New Play (“The Pillowman”), Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film (“Six Shooter”), BAFTA for Best Original Screenplay (“In Bruges”).

The production is currently touring Ireland starting in Galway, where the Druid Theatre Company was founded in 1975. The Taper run will be the first U.S. engagement in the tour. Subsequent tour dates will be announced at a later date.

Center Theatre Group, one of the nation’s preeminent arts and cultural organizations, is Los Angeles’ leading nonprofit theatre company, programming seasons at the 736-seat Mark Taper Forum and 1600 to 2000-seat Ahmanson Theatre at The Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles, and the 317-seat Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. In addition to presenting and producing the broadest range of theatrical entertainment in the country, Center Theatre Group is one of the nation’s leading producers of ambitious new works through commissions and world premiere productions and a leader in interactive community engagement and education programs that reach across generations, demographics and circumstance to serve Los Angeles.

Tickets for “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” are available by calling (213) 628-2772 or online at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org. Tickets range from $25 – $85 (ticket prices are subject to change).

The Mark Taper Forum is located at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A. 90012.

Jul 102016
 

CTGSponsorsLibraryReadings

CENTER THEATRE GROUP EXPANDS FREE BILINGUAL LIBRARY PLAY READINGS FOR BOYLE HEIGHTS COMMUNITY FROM JULY 19 THROUGH DECEMBER 15, 2016

Center Theatre Group continues its free play reading series with the reading of six plays at three public libraries in Boyle Heights. Continuing for the fourth year in a row, the series has expanded to twelve readings (the other six will be announced later this year) and will take place at Benjamin Franklin Library, Malabar Library and Robert Louis Stevenson Library from July 19 through December 15. Readings will be done in English and Spanish as noted below.

The first six plays to be presented are “Tsunami” by Jesús Castaños-Chima; “El Amante” by Tony Dúran; “A Mexican Trilogy: Faith, Hope, and Charity” by Evelina Fernandez; “The Last Firefly (A Kabuki Fable)” by Naomi Iizuka in both English and Spanish (as “La Última Luciérnaga”); “The jalapeño, heavy metal, baseball, Frosted Flake adventures of Mr. Henry Carrillo” by Juan E. Carrillo; and “Barrionetas” by Juan Jimenez Gutierrez, Epitacio Hernández, Héctor Dávalos and Mauro Mendoza with the music of Chava Flores. As a new component this year, all readings will include elements of music made possible by The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation grant that Center Theatre Group received in February.

The musical component promises a more multifaceted, immersive experience for those who attend. All readings will begin at 6 p.m. Readings of “Tsunami” and “El Amante,” presented in Spanish by Grupo Apolo, will take place Tuesday, July 19 at the Benjamin Franklin Library; Wednesday, July 20 at the Malabar Library; and Thursday, July 21 at the Robert Louis Stevenson Library.
“Tsunami” is an account of the tragedy that devastated Japan in 2011 and shows that, despite the magnitude of the events, the country has managed to be reborn from the rubble.

The second reading of “El Amante” follows the title character (translated as “The Lover”) as he plays out the adventures that befall him in his search for love through music, song and magic. Readings of select scenes from The Latino Theater Company’s “A Mexican Trilogy: Faith, Hope, and Charity” will take place on Tuesday, August 16 at the Benjamin Franklin Library; Wednesday, August 17 at the Malabar Library; and Thursday, August 18 at the Robert Louis Stevenson Library.

“A Mexican Trilogy: Faith, Hope, and Charity” is an American story that follows the Morales family over the span of 100 years, highlighting the Latina/o experience in the U.S. Musicevokes era and mood as the three parts of this play—Faith, Hope and Charity—paint a canvas of universal family struggle that depicts the eternal sense of belonging we all crave: to family, to culture, to country.

CTG Programs Play Readings, July – December 2016 – 2 The Spanish readings of “The Last Firefly (A Kabuki Fable),” or “La Última Luciérnaga (Una Fábula Kabuki),” will be presented by Off The Tracks Theater Company on Tuesday, September 13 at the Benjamin Franklin Library; Wednesday, September 14 at the Malabar Library; and Thursday, September 15 at the Robert Louis Stevenson Library.

The English readings of “The Last Firefly” will be presented by Artists at Play on Tuesday, December 13 at the Benjamin Franklin Library; Wednesday, December 14 at the Malabar Library; and Thursday, December 15 at the Robert Louis Stevenson Library. Inspired by Japanese folktales, “The Last Firefly” follows the journey of a young boy named Boom who is trying to find his missing father—who may or may not be Thunder. Boom’s quest takes him through a fantastical world where trees talk, spiders weave clouds and boys punch holes through the sky. It is a story about parents, children and what is found when they discover where they came from and who they really are.

Presented by SuperCity, readings of “The jalapeño, heavy metal, baseball, Frosted Flake adventures of Mr. Henry Carrillo” will take place Tuesday, October 11 at the Benjamin Franklin Library; Wednesday, October 12 at the Malabar Library; and Thursday, October 13 at the Robert Louis Stevenson Library.

“The jalapeño, heavy metal, baseball, Frosted Flake adventures of Mr. Henry Carrillo” is a solo performance piece featuring guitar that follows first grade teacher Mr. Carrillo as he navigates through the sometimes contradictory realms of heavy metal, Mexico and the classroom in East L.A., where he was born and raised. Readings of “Barrionetas” will be presented in Spanish by Teatro y Cuento and will take place Tuesday, November 15 at the Benjamin Franklin Library; Wednesday, November 16 at the Malabar Library; and Thursday, November 17 at the Robert Louis Stevenson Library. “Barrionetas” explores the problems and circumstances of one neighborhood in Mexico City—as well as the resilience and passion for life of the people who live there—with the music of Chava Flores woven through.

The Benjamin Franklin Library is located at 2200 East 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033

The Malabar Library is at 2801 Wabash Ave., Los Angeles, 90033

The Robert Louis Stevenson Library is at 803 Spence St., Los Angeles, 90023

For reservations to the readings, contact Jesus A. Reyes at jreyes@ctgla.org or call 213-972-8028. More information on CTG’s community programs can be found at www.centertheatregroup.org/community.

The play readings are presented by CTG’s Education and Community Partnerships department, led by Leslie K. Johnson. CTG frequently partners with local artists, organizations, schools, libraries and other groups to enrich cultural conversations in L.A. neighborhoods and to encourage Angelenos to bring the art of theatre deeper into their lives and use it to share and explore their own stories.

Through free workshops, events, productions, discussions and other activities that take place at traditional and nontraditional venues, Center Theatre Group is working to connect with community members and artists throughout L.A. and to facilitate inclusive and thoughtful cultural conversations.

 

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Feb 032015
 

CULTURE CLASH’S “CHAVEZ RAVINE: AN L.A. REVIVAL” OPENS THIS WEDNESDAY (FEBRUARY 4) AT THE CTG/KIRK DOUGLAS THEATRE

This Revival Marks the Prominent Latino Theatre Group’s 30th Anniversary

CULTURE CLASH’S “CHAVEZ RAVINE: AN L.A. REVIVAL” OPENS THIS WEDNESDAY

L-R: Herbert Siguenza, Richard Montoya, Sabina Zuniga Varela and Ric Salinas in Culture Clash’s “Chavez Ravine: An L.A. Revival” at the CTG/Kirk Douglas Theatre. Directed by Lisa Peterson, “Chavez Ravine: An L.A. Revival” plays January 27 through March 1, 2015.
Photo by Craig Schwartz

Powerhouse Latino theatre group Culture Clash’s “Chavez Ravine: An L.A. Revival,” opens next Wednesday (February 4) at the Center Theatre Group / Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. Performances run through March 1, 2015.

This revisited and reimagined “Chavez Ravine” is directed by Lisa Peterson (who was at the helm of the world premiere in 2003 at the Mark Taper Forum) and features Culture Clash’s Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas and Herbert Siguenza along with Sabina Zuniga Varela and musicians Vaneza Mari Calderón, Randy Rodarte and Scott Rodarte.

“Chavez Ravine” has set design by Rachel Hauck, costume design by Christopher Acebo, lighting design by José López, sound design by Paul James Prendergast, music direction/arrangements by John Avila and projection design by Jason H. Thompson. The production stage manager is Kirsten Parker.

Energized with new material and music from the Rodarte Brothers, Culture Clash continues to examine the constantly changing landscape of urban Los Angeles, in particular, the potential transformation of a small, tightly knit neighborhood into what was initially to be a low-income housing project, but eventually became Dodger Stadium.


Nov 182014
 

JOE ORTON’S “WHAT THE BUTLER SAW” OPENS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2014, AT 7 P.M. AT THE CTG / MARK TAPER FORUM

The Riotous Farce Features Frances Barber, Sarah Manton, Angus McEwan, Rod McLachlan, Charles Shaughnessy and Paxton Whitehead

“What The Butler Saw” Opens At Mark Taper Forum This Sunday

L-R: Angus McEwan, Frances Barber and Charles Shaughnessy in Joe Orton’s “What the Butler Saw” at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum. Directed by John Tillinger, “What the Butler Saw” plays November 12 through December 21, 2014. Opening is November 23. Photo by Craig Schwartz

Award-winning British playwright Joe Orton’s riotous farce “What the Butler Saw” opens Sunday, November 23, 2014, at 7 p.m. at the Center Theatre Group / Mark Taper Forum. “What the Butler Saw” is currently in previews, and performances continue through December 21.

The acclaimed cast includes Frances Barber (Ophelia in “Hamlet” and Marguerite in “Camille” at Royal Shakespeare Company), Sarah Manton (Broadway’s “One Man, Two Guvnors”), Angus McEwan (“The Duchess”), Rod McLachlan (Broadway’s “Holiday,” “The Government Inspector” and “Our Town”), Charles Shaughnessy (best known for CBS’ “The Nanny”) and Paxton Whitehead (Broadway’s “Importance of Being Earnest,” “My Fair Lady” and “Noises Off”).

“What the Butler Saw” is directed by farce veteran and Orton expert John Tillinger, who previously directed the Orton plays “Loot” and “Entertaining Mr. Sloane” in repertory at the Taper (1987). Set design is by James Noone, costume design is by Laurie Churba Kohn, lighting design is by Ken Billington and John McKernon, sound design is by John Gromada, wigs and hair are by Carol F. Doran, casting is by Mark B. Simon, CSA, and the production stage manager is David S. Franklin.

Set in the consulting room of a private psychiatric clinic, the action begins when the very proper Dr. Prentice (played by Shaughnessy) is interrupted by his wife (Barber) just as he is about to seduce a beautiful young woman who is applying for a job as a secretary (Manton). As his botched efforts to conceal his actions spiral outrageously out of control, Orton ferociously skewers psychiatry, religion, marriage, morality, government and definitions of gender.


Nov 062014
 

Center Theatre Group’s Award for Early-Career L.A. Artists

Sean Cawelti Receives Center Theatre Group’s 2015 Richard E. Sherwood Award

Sean Cawelti, 2015 winner of Center Theatre Group’s Richard E. Sherwood Award given annually to adventurous emerging theatre artists working in Los Angeles. (Photo by Ryan Miller / Capture Imaging).

Sean Cawelti, a Los Angeles-based theatre director, has been selected as the recipient of Center Theatre Group’s 2015 Richard E. Sherwood Award.
Created in memory of Richard E. Sherwood, the $10,000 award provides financial support for creative and adventurous emerging theatre artists living and working in Los Angeles.

“The Sherwood Award supports innovative artists dedicated to Los Angeles, two attributes exemplified by Sean’s artistry and vision,” said Michael Ritchie, CTG Artistic Director.

Cawelti is an independent director and the Founding Artistic Director of Rogue Artists Ensemble, a Los Angeles-based theatre company that creates hyper-theatre through the innovative use of puppetry, masks and multimedia.

“I am fascinated with the intersection between old and new, between modern technology, including media integration, and folk traditions such as puppetry and mask work,” Cawelti said. “Puppets are conductors of energy powered by the hands and hearts of the many who bring them to life. These objects are only more powerful in 2014 and I believe there is an urgent relevancy that occurs when we harness these objects.”

Cawelti has directed all but one of Rogue Artists Ensemble’s 16 productions. His recent credits include “HYPERBOLE: bard,” a mask, puppet, and music mash-up that takes themes and characters from some of Shakespeare’s greatest works to create something entirely new. The work toured throughout the West Coast. His upcoming productions include “Pinocchio,” a modern-day retelling of the original Carlo Collodi novel, which will open this fall. He has also collaborated with theatres throughout Los Angeles, including Cornerstone Theater Company, A Noise Within and The Theatre @ Boston Court. He has received numerous nominations for his work from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, LA Weekly and Ovation Awards.

Since 1996, the Sherwood Award has met a vital need in the Los Angeles theatre landscape. “If we are to have dynamic theatre expressing the world of the 21st century, we must recognize and nourish the explorative artist, particularly in the struggle of the early years of a career,” said Dorothy Sherwood, wife of Richard E. Sherwood.
Richard E. Sherwood was a patron of the arts with a special appreciation for emerging artists who are in the vanguard of theatre. He was president and then chairman of the CTG Board of Directors from 1980 until his passing in 1993. The award is established as an endowed fund at CTG by his family, friends, colleagues and fellow board members to honor Sherwood’s passionate commitment to theatre.

The Sherwood Award was presented to Cawelti at the Ovation Awards ceremony produced by LA Stage Alliance on November 2, 2014.

Nov 012014
 

Goodman Theatre’s World Premiere Production Begins Previews November 23rd 2014 At The Center Theatre Group / Kirk Douglas Theatre

“Director Robert Falls leads a terrific cast in finding humor and possibility in hard situations.” Variety

Original Cast of Goodman’s Theatre Comes To Kirk Douglas Theatre To Star In Rebecca Gilman’s “Luna Gale”

L-R: Mary Beth Fisher, Erik Hellman and Melissa DuPrey in the Goodman Theatre world premiere production of Rebecca Gilman’s “Luna Gale.” Directed by Robert Falls, “Luna Gale” is presented by Center Theatre Group at the Kirk Douglas Theatre November 23 through December 21, 2014. Tickets are available by calling (213) 628-2772.
Photo by Liz Lauren

The world premiere production of Rebecca Gilman’s powerful and arresting “Luna Gale” begins previews November 23, opens December 2 and continues through December 21, 2014, at the Center Theatre Group / Kirk Douglas Theatre.

Directed by Robert Falls, the complete original cast continues with the production, including Jordan Baker, Reyna de Courcy, Melissa Duprey, Mary Beth Fisher, Erik Hellman, Colin Sphar and Richard Thieriot.

Set design for “Luna Gale” is by Todd Rosenthal, costumes by Kaye Voce, lighting by Robert Wierzel and original music and sound design by Richard Woodbury. The production stage manager is Kirsten Parker.

Gilman, whose “work reaches the heart and head with equal force,” according to Time magazine, explores with profound humanity the issues of faith, family and one child’s uncertain future.

Oct 082014
 

FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2015 RICHARD E. SHERWOOD AWARD
Center Theatre Group’s Award for Early Career L.A. Artists

 

Center Theatre Group’s Award for Early Career L.A. Artists

L-R: Sean Cawelti, Zakiyyah Alexander and Jenny Foldenauer have been selected as finalists for Center Theatre Group’s 2015 Richard E. Sherwood Award, a $10,000 award that provides support for emerging artists living and working in Los Angeles. The winner of the award will be announced at the Ovation Awards ceremony produced by LA Stage Alliance on November 2, 2014, at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse.
Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging

Three finalists have been selected for Center Theatre Group’s 2015 Richard E. Sherwood Award.
The Sherwood Award provides financial support for emerging theatre artists living and working in Los Angeles. Created in memory of Richard E. Sherwood, the $10,000 award is designed to nurture innovative, adventurous theatre artists of promise.
Zakiyyah Alexander, Sean Cawelti and Jenny Foldenauer were selected out of a competitive group of applicants in recognition of their exceptional contributions to the Los Angeles theatrical landscape.

Zakiyyah Alexander is a playwright and graduate of the Yale School of Drama. Her work, which is created to make audiences experience the unexpected, has been produced both locally and throughout the country. Her most recent credits include “Under the Glass” at Chalk Repertory Theatre, “Yesterdays/Today” at Urban Theatre Movement, “you are here” at Ventura Theatre, and she is currently developing a musical based on the poetry of Sonia Sanchez. Zakiyyah is also a founding member of the advocacy group The Kilroys, which nominated a “pipeline” of 46 unproduced plays by female playwrights for suggested future productions.

Sean Cawelti is the Founding Artistic Director of Rogue Artists Ensemble, a Los Angeles-based theatre company that creates hyper-theatre through the innovative use of puppetry, masks and multimedia. A graduate of the University of California, Irvine, Cawelti has also collaborated with organizations throughout Los Angeles, including Cornerstone Theater Company, A Noise Within and The Theatre @ Boston Court. He has received numerous nominations for his work from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, LA Weekly and L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Awards.

Jenny Foldenauer is a costume designer who creates a range of designs, from the fantastically surreal to modern world, with an eye toward budgetary restraint. Foldenauer attained her masters of fine arts in theatre design and production from the California Institute for the Arts. Her credits include “Everything You Touch” at The Theatre @ Boston Court (Ovation nominated for Costume Design), “Our Class” at Son of Semele and “Macbeth” at A Noise Within.

Since 1996, the Sherwood Award has rewarded emerging artists willing to push the boundaries of Los Angeles theatre. “If we are to have a dynamic theatre expressing the world of the 21st century, we must recognize and nourish the explorative artist, particularly in the struggle of the early years of a career,” said Dorothy Sherwood, wife of Richard E. Sherwood.
Richard E. Sherwood was a patron of the arts with a special appreciation for emerging artists who are in the vanguard of theatre. He was president and then chairman of the CTG Board of Directors from 1980 until his passing in 1993. The award is established as an endowed fund at CTG by his family, friends, colleagues and fellow board members, to honor Sherwood’s passionate commitment to theatre.
Previous Sherwood Award winners include Miranda Wright, John Sinner, Christopher Kuhl and Ann Closs-Farley, among others.

The Sherwood Award will be presented at the Ovation Awards ceremony produced by LA Stage Alliance on November 2nd at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse.