May 062017
 

$10,000 Award for Emerging L.A. Theatre Artists

 

CENTER THEATRE GROUP NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS
FOR THE 2018 RICHARD E. SHERWOOD AWARD

June 5th is the Deadline to Apply for $10,000 Award for Emerging L.A. Theatre Artists

 

Center Theatre Group is now accepting submissions for the 2018 Richard E. Sherwood Award. The deadline to submit an application is June 5th 2017, at 11:59 p.m.

The Sherwood Award is an annual $10,000 prize that supports innovative and adventurous theatre artists and engages them in a professional relationship with Center Theatre Group. The award is presented each year at the Ovation Awards ceremony produced by LA Stage Alliance. Two additional finalists will each receive a $2,000 honorarium.

Center Theatre Group invites individual emerging artists to submit an application if they have resided in Los Angeles for at least two years and have developed or collaborated in at least two fully produced projects in Los Angeles. Sherwood awardees demonstrate leadership qualities, push existing boundaries and are dedicated to improving the future of their respective artistic fields. Artists are not limited by title, role or genre, but they must have a relationship to contemporary performance rooted in theatre.

Center Theatre Group will also offer two information sessions to prospective applicants on Saturday, May 13 at 11 a.m. (must RSVP by Wednesday, May 10) and Monday, May 22 at 7 p.m. (must RSVP by Thursday, May 18). To RSVP or to receive more information about the sessions, please email Sherwood@CTGLA.org. Both sessions will be held at The Music Center Annex building, 601 W. Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

Created in memory of Richard E. Sherwood, the $10,000 award aims to cultivate emerging theatre artists working in Los Angeles who push formal and aesthetic boundaries and demonstrate dedication to improving their respective artistic fields. 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 Center Theatre Group Board of Directors from 1980 until his passing in 1993. The award is established as an endowed fund at Center Theatre Group by his family, friends, colleagues and fellow board members to honor Sherwood’s passionate commitment to theatre.

Past recipients of the Richard E. Sherwood Award include lighting designer Pablo Santiago, Miwa Matreyek of Cloud Eye Control, Sean Cawelti of Rogue Artists Ensemble, Miranda Wright of Los Angeles Performance Practice, Lars Jan of Early Morning Opera, lighting designer Christopher Kuhl and costume designer Ann Closs-Farley, among others.

For more information about the Richard E. Sherwood Award, please visit www.CenterTheatreGroup.org/Sherwood.

For questions or concerns about the application process or to RSVP to the information sessions, please contact Sherwood@CTGLA.org.

 

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May 032017
 
One-Of-A-Kind Cast Party At Ahmanson Theatre

Cast of Fiasco Theater’s “Into the Woods” at the Ahmanson Theatre

AHMANSON THEATRE TO THROW CAST PARTY SATURDAY, MAY 13

FOR ALL “INTO THE WOODS” ACTORS FROM ANY PRODUCTION

What Character Did You Play In “Into the Woods”?
The Baker? Cinderella? The Wolf? A Prince? The Witch? Little Red Ridinghood?

On Saturday, May 13, 2017, following the 2 p.m. matinee performance of Fiasco Theater’s “Into the Woods” at the Ahmanson Theatre, Center Theatre Group will throw a cast party for all the Bakers and Witches, Cinderellas and Princes, Milky Whites, et al., who have ever appeared in a production of “Into the Woods.”

With a pianist to play songs from “Into the Woods,” those familiar with the show may sing along with their character counterparts and share backstage stories.

Actors are encouraged to send in photos of themselves in character; photos will be screened during the party and shared on Center Theatre Group’s social media sites.

A special ticket price is being offered for the May 13 matinee performance; “Into the Woods” actors will be able to purchase one ticket and get one free using a special promo code: ITTAKESTWO.

Be it a school production, community theatre, Broadway or film all those who have been ‘into the woods’ are invited to participate. The call is out to talented Southern California actors who have appeared in a production of “Into the Woods,” including Teri Bibb, Karen Culliver, Zachary Ford, Helen Geller, Gordon Goodman, Michael G. Hawkins, Bonnie Hellman, Pamela Hamill, Kim Huber, Tracy Katz, Damon Kirsche, Carol Kline, Heather Lee, Vicki Lewis, Bets Malone, Mary Gordon Murray, John Rubinstein, Brent Schindele, Leslie Stevens, Robert Yacko, and from 3-D Theatrical’s production, Viva Carr, Jeanette Dawson, Tim Martin Gleason, Jordan Lamoureux, Bets Malone, Julie Morgentaler, Tracy Rowe Mutz, Christanna Rowader, Cameron Sczempka and Jeff Skowron.

Center Theatre Group also extends a warm invitation to Meryl Streep, James Corden, Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp, Anthony Geary, Joanna Gleason, Bernadette Peters, Chris Pine, Vanessa Williams, Judi Dench, Charlotte Rae, Cleo Laine, Douglas Sills, Anna Kendrick, Christine Baranski, Tracey Ullman, Sally Struthers and all the denizens of Sondheim’s modern classic “Into the Woods.”

The acclaimed Fiasco Theater production of “Into the Woods” plays through May 14, 2017, at Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre. The celebrated new production of the Tony Award-winning musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, is directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld.

This wildly inventive ensemble piece features versatile actor/musicians who sing, act and play instruments, including Anthony Chatmon II as Lucinda/Wolf/Cinderella’s Prince, Eleasha Gamble as Baker’s Wife, Evan Harrington as Baker, Lisa Helmi Johanson as Little Red Ridinghood/Rapunzel, Bonne Kramer as Cinderella’s Stepmother/Jack’s Mother, Patrick Mulryan as Jack/Steward, Darick Pead as Milky White/Florinda/Rapunzel’s Prince, Evan Rees, Music Director/Pianist, Fred Rose as Mysterious Man, Vanessa Reseland as Witch and Laurie Veldheer as Cinderella/Granny, with Joshua Archer, Sean Peter Forte, Javier Ignacio, Kate Moore and Alanna Saunders.

“Into the Woods” includes memorable songs like “Children Will Listen” and “No One Is Alone.” Mind the wolf, heed the witch and honor the giant in the sky in this extraordinary musical about the power of wishes and what really happens after they come true. The award-winning musical has been mounted with boundless imagination in a witty and wild theatrical reinvention of a beloved modern classic.

Scenic design for “Into the Woods” is by Derek McLane, costume design by Whitney Locher, lighting design by Christopher Akerlind, sound design by Darron L West and Charles Coes, orchestrations by Frank Galgano and Matt Castle, music supervision by Matt Castle and choreography is by Lisa Shriver.

The acclaimed Fiasco Theater production of “Into the Woods” is presented by the Dodgers (the Tony Award–winning producers of the original “Into the Woods” with Bernadette Peters, and of its revival with Vanessa Williams, “Jersey Boys,” “Matilda”), along with NETworks Presentations (the Lincoln Center Theater production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “South Pacific,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “War Horse”).

Unanimously revered and extended twice at Roundabout Theatre Company, “Into the Woods” became New York’s surprise hit of the 2015 season, followed by a celebrated engagement at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London.

The popular film adaptation of “Into the Woods” by Walt Disney Pictures premiered in 2014 with Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, James Corden and Anna Kendrick, and was critically and commercially successful. Already in the top five of the most successful movie musical adaptations ever, it was nominated for three Academy Awards and three Golden Globes.

Bank of America is the season sponsor for the Ahmanson Theatre and Delta Airlines is the official airline sponsor.

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 May 13 Cast Party for “Into the Woods” at Ahmanson Theatre 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 “Into the Woods” are available by calling (213) 972-4400, online at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org or by visiting the Center Theatre Group box office located at the Ahmanson Theatre. Tickets range from $25 – $125 (ticket prices are subject to change).

The Ahmanson Theatre is located at The Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles.

 

 

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Apr 272017
 
Free Concert Broadway At Grand Park

Mark Ballas, who will appear in the Los Angeles engagement of the national tour of “Jersey Boys,” which plays May 16 through June 24, 2017, at Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre. For tickets and information, please visit CenterTheatreGroup.org or call (213) 972-4400. Photo by SMOG design.

 

CENTER THEATRE GROUP PRESENTS “BROADWAY AT GRAND PARK” FRIDAY APRIL 28

Free Concert from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Grand Park Across From The Music Center

“Into the Woods and “Jersey Boys” Casts Perform Hits From Their Smash Broadway Shows

“Jersey Boys” to Perform “Sherry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh, What A Night”

On Friday, April 28, Center Theatre Group will launch the newly created free concert event “Broadway at Grand Park” from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. with cast members from the Ahmanson Theatre’s “Into the Woods” and “Jersey Boys” performing some of the biggest hits from these popular shows. The concert is free and open to the public.

Mark Ballas as Franki Valli will lead the Jersey Boys for the Grand Park concert with Matthew Dailey, Keith Hines and Cory Jeacoma as Tommy DeVito, Nick Massi and Bob Gaudio, respectively. The Jersey Boys will perform the hits “Sherry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh, What A Night,” “Who Loves You” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” Cast members from “Into the Woods” will perform a selection of favorites from the hit Sondheim musical.

Ballas will reprise his acclaimed Broadway performance as Frankie Valli in the Ahmanson engagement of “Jersey Boys.” Ballas, known for his Emmy nominated work on “Dancing with the Stars,” made his Broadway debut in the role last fall. “Jersey Boys,” plays at the Ahmanson May 16 through June 24, 2017.

Free Concert Broadway At Grand Park

The cast of the Fiasco Theater production of “Into the Woods,” which plays April 4 through May 14, 2017, at Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre. For tickets and information, please visit CenterTheatreGroup.org or call (213) 972-4400. Photo by Joan Marcus.

The acclaimed Fiasco Theater Company’s “Into the Woods” is currently playing at Center Theatre Group’s Ahmanson Theatre through May 14. The Tony Award-winning musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, is directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld.

“Into the Woods” includes memorable songs like “Children Will Listen” and “No One Is Alone.” Mind the wolf, heed the witch and honor the giant in the sky in this extraordinary musical about the power of wishes and what really happens after they come true. The award-winning musical has been mounted with boundless imagination: a witty and wild theatrical reinvention of a beloved modern classic.

Music and lyrics for “Into the Woods” are by Stephen Sondheim, the book is by James Lapine and the co-directors are Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld.

The Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning hit musical “Jersey Boys” is the behind-the-music story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard—and the radio just couldn’t get enough of it. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story—a story that has made them an international sensation all over again.

The book for “Jersey Boys” is by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, the music is by Bob Gaudio, the lyrics are y Bob Crewe, the choreography is by Sergio Trujillo and the director is Des McAnuff.

Bank of America is the season sponsor for the Ahmanson Theatre and Delta Airlines is the official airline sponsor.

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.

Grand Park Mainstage is located at 200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012. The event will also feature a pop-up box office open from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Grand Park so attendees may purchase tickets for “Into the Woods” and “Jersey Boys.”

Tickets for “Into the Woods” and “Jersey Boys” are available by calling (213) 972-4400, online at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org or by visiting the Center Theatre Group box office located at the Ahmanson Theatre. Tickets will also be available for purchase from 11:30 to 2 p.m. in Grand Park on Friday, April 28 only. Tickets range from $25 – $125 (ticket prices are subject to change). The Ahmanson Theatre is located at The Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles, 90012

 

 

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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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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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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 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 082015
 

CENTENNIAL OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE IS OBSERVED WITH CTG AND ARMENIAN DRAMATIC ARTISTS ALLIANCE’S SPECIAL READING
“STAGING THE UNSTAGEABLE: THE ESTHETICS OF DRAMATIZING ATROCITY”

TUESDAY, APRIL 28 AT 8 P.M.

CTG And Armenian Dramatic Artists Alliance To Honor The Centennial Of Armenian Genocide

In observance of the centennial of the Armenian Genocide, Center Theatre Group, in partnership with the Armenian Dramatic Artists Alliance (ADAA), will present “Staging the Unstageable: The Esthetics of Dramatizing Atrocity” at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, Tuesday, April 28 at 8 p.m.

“Staging the Unstageable” is a reading of excerpts from plays that dramatize in different ways the Armenian Genocide, which was the systematic extermination (beginning in April 1915) by the Ottoman Empire of its minority Armenian subjects.

The performance will be followed by a panel discussion with notable guests from the Armenian community and with Los Angeles theatre artists who have grappled with the responsibilities of bringing historical tragedies to the stage. Key to the discussion are the questions – does theatre have a role in ensuring that communities around the world never forget historical sins, and how can a theatre-maker bring such trauma to the stage?


Feb 072015
 

CTG ANNOUNCES 2014-2015 WRITERS’ WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS

Seven Local Playwrights Have Been Chosen For Annual Nine-Month Workshop

CTG 2014-2015 WRITERS’ WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTSCenter Theatre Group has selected participants for the 2014-2015 Writers’ Workshop in which seven local playwrights will meet regularly over a nine-month period to craft new plays with the use of resources provided by CTG. The workshop, administrated by CTG’s Literary Department, serves as a way to encourage and cultivate new theatrical works within the Los Angeles area, while also building and strengthening relationships between the organization and local playwrights.

Those participating in the 2014-2015 Writers’ Workshop include Joshua Allen, Evelina Fernández, Dorothy Fortenberry, JC Lee, Alex Lewin, Ken Roht and Kimberly Rosenstock. Playwrights were selected by CTG’s Director of New Play Development Pier Carlo Talenti and Literary Manager Joy Meads. Each year, the goal is to bring together approximately seven of Los Angeles’ rising playwrights, all of varying backgrounds and writing styles, with the intent on creating work that challenges audiences and the surrounding theatre community. To be eligible, the writers must currently reside in Los Angeles and must be either starting work on a new play or interested in starting work on a new play.

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.


Jan 242015
 

“DAME EDNA’S GLORIOUS GOODBYE – THE FAREWELL TOUR”
OPENS NEXT WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28, AT 8 P.M. AT THE CTG /AHMANSON THEATRE

Dame Edna

Dame Edna in the Australia / New Zealand tour of “Eat Pray Laugh! Barry Humphries’ Farewell Tour,” adapted for the U.S. as “Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye – The Farewell Tour.” Directed by Simon Phillips, “Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye” plays January 24 – March 15, 2015, at the CTG/Ahmanson Theatre. Photo by Matt Jelonek

“I’m back at my home away from home on Grand Avenue.
And I’m at the height of my powers.
Let me heal you with laughter.”
– Dame Edna Everage

“Dame Edna may leave the stage, but she will never leave my heart. I love her. I honor her.
I cherish the high times she has made for me and millions of others.”
– John Lahr, The New Yorker

Dame EdnaThe Center Theatre Group engagement of “Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye – The Farewell Tour” opens on Wednesday, January 28 at the Ahmanson Theatre. The production continues through March 15, 2015.

The title role of Dame Edna Everage is played by Barry Humphries with an ensemble that includes Ralph Coppola, Brooke Pascoe, Eve Prideaux and Armando Yearwood, Jr. The production is directed by Simon Phillips with Jonathan Tessero serving as musical director and onstage accompanist and Andrew Ross serving as the musical supervisor.

Tickets for “Dame Edna” are available by calling (213) 972-4400, visiting www.CenterTheatreGroup.org, or in person at the Center Theatre Group box office at the Ahmanson Theatre. Tickets range from $25 – $115 (ticket prices are subject to change).
The Ahmanson Theatre is located at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A. 90012.


Jan 182015
 

HUMANITAS AND CENTER THEATRE GROUP TO LAUNCH PLAY LA
New Programs Will Support Southern California Playwrights
Humanitas / CTG Annual Prize of $5,000 to be Awarded for Best New Unproduced Play
and $5,000 Given to Local Theatre for Production Support
PLAY LA Will Also Help Develop Up to Five New Plays a Year

CTG, Center Theatre Group

Humanitas, which has for years given budding television writers a leg up through its New Voices mentorship initiative, will now add support for locally based playwrights through PLAY LA, a new program launched in collaboration with Center Theatre Group (CTG). The announcement was made jointly by Humanitas President Ali LeRoi and CTG Artistic Director Michael Ritchie.

The annual Humanitas / CTG Playwriting Prize will be awarded to the best new unproduced play written by a Southern California-based emerging or mid-career writer. The playwright will receive a $5,000 cash prize and an additional $5,000 will be given to a local theatre to subsidize the play’s world-premiere production. Two runners-up will each be awarded a cash prize of $2,000.

The winning and runner-up plays will be developed with CTG’s literary staff, led by CTG’s Director of New Play Development Pier Carlo Talenti, and presented in professional readings in the spring of 2016 at CTG’s Kirk Douglas Theatre as part of a weekend celebration of new plays headlined by “Thanksgiving,” written by Humanitas Board of Directors Member John Sacret Young (“China Beach,” “The West Wing”).
Prize winners will be selected by a panel of noted Los Angeles theatre artists and CTG’s literary staff in conjunction with the Humanitas board of directors, trustees and executive director.

In addition, PLAY LA will develop up to five new plays written by local early- to mid-career writers interested in creating stage works from the ground up. Each playwright will receive a $1,500 stipend and access to advice from theatre, film and television professionals throughout the year.
The development of these PLAY LA plays will be overseen by award-winning playwright and screenwriter Shem Bitterman, founder of PlayLab at Los Angeles’ renowned Skylight Theatre. One play from PLAY LA will be featured as a workshop reading in the new, year-end PLAY LA weekend celebration of new plays at the Kirk Douglas Theatre.

“As the capital of the global entertainment industry, Southern California boasts what is probably the largest concentration of talented new and established writers in the world,” said LeRoi. “PLAY LA aims to recognize the many gifted playwrights among them and to support production of their work in our hometown while also encouraging a new era of cross-pollination between the Hollywood community and the local theatre scene.”
“PLAY LA is an exciting and unprecedented collaboration between CTG, a national leader in the development and creation of new theatre works, and Humanitas, a non-profit with a 40-year history of awarding and celebrating the very best in film and television writing,” said Ritchie. “As partners we will be able to foster great new dramatic writing in all media.”
The creation of PLAY LA comes three years after the launch of Humanitas’ successful New Voices program, which pairs emerging writers with television veterans. Mentors have included Ali LeRoi, Alan Ball, Jason Katims, David Shore, Hart Hanson, Bill Lawrence, David Hudgins and Robin Swicord. So far, 20 writers have participated in the New Voices program.
“Over the past few years, Humanitas has expanded from honoring great work to helping foster great work,” observed Humanitas Executive Director Cathleen Young. “New Voices was a big step toward identifying and nurturing the next generation of television writers. I have complete confidence that PLAY LA will have a similar impact on emerging and mid-career playwrights.”

About Center Theatre Group
Center Theatre Group is Los Angeles’ leading non-profit theatre company, programming seasons at the Mark Taper Forum and Ahmanson Theatre at the Music Center, and the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. In addition to providing theatre of the highest caliber to the vibrant, diverse communities of Southern California, CTG supports a significant number of arts education, community partnerships and play development initiatives.

About Michael Ritchie
Michael Ritchie is in his 10th season as CTG’s Artistic Director, and has led over 174 productions, including 39 world premieres, since his arrival in 2005. He has premiered six musicals that moved to Broadway: “The Drowsy Chaperone,” “Curtains,” “13,” “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,” “9 to 5: The Musical” and “Leap of Faith,” and the play “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo” (a Pulitzer Prize finalist). In addition, Ritchie inaugurated CTG’s Artistic Development Program, designed to foster the development and production of new work.

About Shem Bitterman
Shem Bitterman has written over 30 produced plays and screenplays. Awards include; PEN USA Award (“Harm’s Way”), CBS/FDG New Play Program (“Iowa Boys”), Kennedy Center Fund For New American Plays (“Beijing Legends”), SCR California Playwrights Competition (“The Ramp”), LA Drama Critic Circle’s Ted Schmitt Award (“The Job”). His teleplay, “Betty & Coretta,” was nominated for a Humanitas. His film, “Whitney,” directed by Angela Bassett, airs on Lifetime in January. In 2011, Shem initiated the PlayLab at LA’s Skylight Theatre which has been responsible for mentoring more than 25 original plays from idea stage to completion.

About Humanitas
Since its inception in 1974, The Humanitas Prize has awarded over $3 million to more than 320 deserving television and motion picture writers whose work affirms the dignity of the human person, probes the meaning of life, and enlightens the use of human freedom. Humanitas exists to encourage, stimulate and sustain the nation’s screenwriters in their humanizing task, and to give them the recognition they deserve. The Humanitas Prize is funded by an endowment established through the generosity of individuals, networks, studios and foundations.
Winners of the Humanitas Prize have included David O. Russell (“Silver Linings Playbook”); Ryan Coogler (“Fruitvale Station”); Geoffrey Fletcher (“Precious”); Steve Levitan (“Modern Family,” “Frasier”); Ryan Murphy (“GLEE”); Robert & Michelle King (“The Good Wife”); David E. Kelley (“The Practice,” “Picket Fences”); Ben Affleck and Matt Damon (“Good Will Hunting”); Steven Zaillian (“Schindler’s List”); David Shore (“HOUSE”); Aaron Sorkin (“The West Wing”); Tim Robbins (“Dead Man Walking”); Jason Katims (“Friday Night Lights”); Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon and Pete Docter (“WALL-E”); Aseem Batra (“Scrubs”); Nancy Oliver (“Lars and the Real Girl”); Eric Roth & Michael Mann (“The Insider”); Paul Haggis (“Crash’); Steven Bochco (“Hill Street Blues,” “NYPD Blue”); and Keir Pearson & Terry George (“Hotel Rwanda”). For more information, please visit the Humanitas Prize at www.humanitasprize.org.


Jan 112015
 

REHEARSALS HAVE BEGUN FOR CULTURE CLASH’S
“CHAVEZ RAVINE: AN L.A. REVIVAL”
OPENING FEBRUARY 4TH 2015, AT THE CTG / KIRK DOUGLAS THEATRE

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

REHEARSALS FOR “CHAVEZ RAVINE: AN L.A. REVIVAL” HAVE BEGUN

Front row (L-R): Cast members Herbert Siguenza, Richard Montoya and Ric Salinas and back row (L-R): Randy Rodarte, Vaneza Mari Calderón, Sabina Zuniga Varela and Scott Rodarte in rehearsal for 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

Rehearsals have begun for powerhouse Latino theatre group Culture Clash’s “Chavez Ravine: An L.A. Revival,” which opens February 4, 2015, at the Center Theatre Group / Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. Previews begin January 27 and performances run through March 1.

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.
Joel Hirschhorn of Variety said that the world premiere of “Chavez Ravine” was “… an enjoyable madcap world of clashing characters and it brings to life a legendary Los Angeles story about Latinos uprooted from their homes by powerful politicians … most of the roles are played by Culture Clash … their kooky, kinetic joy in performing is contagious.”

Culture Clash is celebrating its 30th year of bold and fun theatre-making. Since 1984, Culture Clash – Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas and Herbert Siguenza – has combined its own satiric sense along with a vaudevillian tradition of performance into a group that has continually redefined the boundaries of theatre and broken down the divisions between cultures. Culture Clash has performed all over the country at major resident theatres and performing arts centers, and wrote, executive-produced and starred in 30 episodes of the first ever Latino-themed sketch comedy show, “Culture Clash the T.V. Show” for Fox Broadcasting.

“Chavez Ravine” was originally commissioned by Center Theatre Group. The presentation at the Kirk Douglas Theatre is the seventh Culture Clash presentation at CTG. In addition to “Chavez Ravine” – “Water & Power” (world premiere), “Carpa Clash,” and “Palestine, New Mexico” (world premiere) were all presented at the Mark Taper Forum, “American Night: The Ballad of Juan Jose” was presented at the Kirk Douglas Theatre and “Culture Clash in Bordertown” was presented at The Actors’ Gang on Santa Monica Blvd.

Tickets for “Chavez Ravine” are available at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org, the CTG box office located at the Ahmanson Theatre, at the Kirk Douglas Theatre box office starting two hours before curtain or by calling (213) 628-2772. The Kirk Douglas Theatre is located at 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City.


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 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 312014
 

“DAME EDNA’S GLORIOUS GOODBYE – THE FAREWELL TOUR”
AT THE CTG / AHMANSON THEATRE JANUARY 24 – MARCH 15, 2015

“Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye – The Farewell Tour” At The Ahmanson Theatre

“The most purely enjoyable night of the year,”
The New York Times
“The house roars…I salute her,”
The New Yorker
“Razor sharp brilliance,”
The Australian

Tickets go on sale this Sunday, November 2, 2014, for “Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye – The Farewell Tour,” which begins previews at the Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre on January 24, opens January 28 and continues through March 15, 2015.
In a side-splitting, historic finale, Dame Edna Everage (Barry Humphries) is capping a spectacular career spanning 50 years of bravura showmanship in this farewell celebratory show. “Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye – The Farewell Tour” will give audiences the chance to bid farewell to the incomparable Dame Edna, arguably Australia’s greatest entertainment export.
Surrounded by spectacular sets and gorgeous, talented dancers, Dame Edna keeps her audience enthralled and “in stitches” with her sparkling wit, mischievous wisdom and razor-sharp banter. With her take-no-prisoners comedy and hijinks, Dame Edna is not going out with a whimper: No one is safe from the Dame’s wicked tongue.
This brand new show is directed by award-winning Simon Phillips, who directed the original “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” and is currently directing “First Wives Club,” with design by Tony Award-winning Brian Thomson, who designed the original Australian and London productions of “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “The Rocky Horror Show,” as well as the closing ceremony of the Sydney Olympic Games.
“Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye – The Farewell Tour” opened to rave reviews in Australia and moved to adoring crowds in London and throughout the UK, where Neil Norman of the Daily Express said, “I almost asphyxiated myself with laughter,” and Mark Shenton of the Sunday Express said Dame Edna is “a comic, cosmic wonder.” John Lahr of The New Yorker paid tribute, “Dame Edna may leave the stage, but she will never leave my heart. I love her. I honor her. I cherish the high times she has made for me and millions of others.”
Dame Edna is one of the greatest stars of the last 50 years, winning a Tony Award for her Broadway show, “The Royal Tour.” The “housewife superstar” has played the West End and Broadway on numerous occasions, performing to packed theatres including the Royal Albert Hall at the “Last Night of the Poms,” and the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane as well as countless performances for the Royal Family. Television credits include the now legendary UK special, “A Night on Mt. Edna” and two series of her own innovative chat show, “The Dame Edna Experience,” with special guests Cher, Roseanne Barr, Sean Connery, Mel Gibson and the late Robin Williams.
Her books include “Dame Edna’s Coffee Table Book,” “Dame Edna’s Bedside Companion” and her seminal autobiography, “My Gorgeous Life,” which is currently being adapted for the stage and screen. Possibly Jewish, Dame Edna is a widow, with three grown children. She spends her time visiting world leaders and jet-setting between her homes in Los Angeles, London, Sydney, Switzerland and Martha’s Vineyard. She is the Founder and Governor of Friends of the Prostate and the creator of The World Prostate Olympics.

“Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye – The Farewell Tour” is produced by Dainty Group. www.daintygroup.com.
For more information, please visit the official “Farewell Tour” website: www.dameednafarewell.com

BARRY HUMPHRIES:
Educated at the University of Melbourne, where he studied law, philosophy and fine arts, Barry Humphries performed regularly in university revues before joining the newly formed Melbourne Theatre Company.
In 1955, he created the remarkable Mrs. Edna Everage, a purple-rinsed Melbourne housewife now known around the world as the gigastar Dame Edna. Dame Edna has since appeared on stage during theatrical tours of Europe, the U.S. and the Middle East. Humphries won a special Tony Award for his 2000 Broadway offering “Dame Edna, The Royal Tour” and a Tony nomination in 2004 for “Back with a Vengeance.”
Dame Edna has also appeared regularly on television in Australia, the UK, Europe and the U.S., winning Humphries the Golden Rose of Montreux in 1991.
Her creator has also won numerous honors for his contribution to cultural life, including an Order of Australia in 1982, an Honorary Doctorate of Griffith University (Australia) in 1994, a Doctorate of Law from Melbourne University in 2003 and a CBE for his contribution to the arts in 2007. He was recently presented with the Australian of the Year in the United Kingdom Award at Australia House in London.

Oct 272014
 

PREVIEWS BEGIN FOR JOE ORTON’S “WHAT THE BUTLER SAW” NOVEMBER 12, 2014, AT THE CTG / MARK TAPER FORUM

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

Opens on Sunday, November 23

Cast of “What The Butler Saw” At Mark Taper Forum

L-R (back row): Rod McLachlan, Sarah Manton, Angus McEwan, (front row): Frances Barber, Paxton Whitehead and Charles Shaughnessy in rehearsal for Joe Orton’s “What the Butler Saw.” Directed by John Tillinger, “What the Butler Saw” will play at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum November 12 – December 21, 2014. Opening is set for November 23. For tickets and information, please visit CenterTheatreGroup.org or call (213) 628-2772. Photo by Craig Schwartz

Award-winning British playwright Joe Orton’s riotous farce “What the Butler Saw” begins previews Wednesday, November 12, 2014, at 8 p.m. at the Center Theatre Group / Mark Taper Forum. Opening is set for November 23 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.

Oct 132014
 

FULL CASTING IS SET FOR JOE ORTON’S RIOTOUS FARCE
“WHAT THE BUTLER SAW”
OPENS NOVEMBER 23, 2014, AT THE CTG / MARK TAPER FORUM
Previously-Announced Paxton Whitehead is Joined by
Charles Shaughnessy, Frances Barber, Sarah Manton, Angus McEwan and Rod McLachlan
Rehearsals Begin Tuesday, October 14

Charles Shaughnessy

Charles Shaughnessy, who will appear in “What the Butler Saw” at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum November 12 – December 21, 2014. Written by Joe Orton, “What the Butler Saw” will be directed by John Tillinger.

Casting is set for award-winning British playwright Joe Orton’s riotous farce “What the Butler Saw,” opening at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum on November 23, 2014. Rehearsals begin October 14, previews begin November 12 and performances run through December 21.

Joining previously-announced cast member Paxton Whitehead (Broadway’s “Importance of Being Earnest,” “My Fair Lady” and “Noises Off”), are 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”) and Charles Shaughnessy (best known for CBS’ “The Nanny”).

“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.

Tickets for “What the Butler Saw” are available by calling (213) 628-2772 or visiting www.CenterTheatreGroup.org. Tickets range from $25 – $70 (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.

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Dael Orlandersmith

Playwright and performer Dael Orlandersmith. Commissioned by CTG and directed by Neel Keller, the world premiere of Orlandersmith’s “Forever” will be presented at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, October 9 through 26, 2014, as a part of DouglasPlus programming.
Photo by Kevin Berne

The world premiere of Dael Orlandersmith’s “Forever,” directed by Center Theatre Group Associate Artistic Director Neel Keller, opens this Sunday, October 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the CTG / Kirk Douglas Theatre. A DouglasPlus presentation, “Forever” was commissioned and developed by CTG. Performances continue through October 26 (previews October 9-11).

In “Forever,” writer/performer Orlandersmith investigates the complex legacy she received from her mother and their difficult life in New York. A riveting and powerful memoir about family – the ones we are born into, and the strange way powerful bonds are formed with people who are “kin” through shared experience and perspective, is inspired in part by Orlandermith’s experiences in Paris at the famed Père Lachaise Cemetery where strangers from around the world make pilgrimages to the graves of such legendary artists as Jim Morrison, Marcel Proust and Richard Wright.

Set design for “Forever” is by Takeshi Kata, costume design by Kaye Voyce, lighting design is by Mary Louise Geiger and sound design is by Adam Phalen. The production stage manager is Young Ji.

Orlandersmith has been seen at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in a staged reading of “Forever” (2013), preceded by her plays “Stoop Stories” and the world premiere of “Bones” (2010). Her award-winning plays have been commissioned and presented by theatres across the U.S., including “Black n’ Blue Boys/Broken Men,” “Horsedreams,” “The Blue Album,” “Yellowman,” “The Gimmick,” “Monster” and “Beauty’s Daughter.” She is the recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Grant, the Helen Merrill Award for Emerging Playwrights, a Guggenheim and the 2005 PEN / Laura Pels Foundation Award for a playwright in mid-career and a Lucille Lortel Foundation Playwrights Fellowship.

“Forever” is the second, among five, DouglasPlus presentations for the 2014-2015 KDT season. For five years, DouglasPlus has provided the flexibility to explore new work and push boundaries through fully and minimally staged events, workshops and readings and traditional and non-traditional performance configurations.

The Kirk Douglas Theatre is located at 9820 Washington Blvd. in Culver City, 90232. For tickets and information, please visit www.CenterTheatreGroup.org, by calling (213) 628-2772 in person at the Center Theatre Group box office or at the Kirk Douglas Theatre box office two hours prior to curtain.