May 142017
 
The Final Production Of CTG Block Party

The Echo Theater Company production of “Dry Land” opens this Sunday, May 14th at 6:30 pm at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City.

 

CENTER THEATRE GROUP’S BLOCK PARTY CONTINUES AT THE KIRK DOUGLAS THEATRE WITH

THE OPENING OF THE ECHO THEATER PRODUCTION OF “DRY LAND” ON SUNDAY, MAY 14th

The Third and Final Installment of Block Party Will Run For 11 Performances Only

 

Center Theatre Group’s Block Party continues with the opening of The Echo Theater Company production of “Dry Land” this Sunday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Written by Ruby Rae Spiegel and directed by Alana Dietze, “Dry Land” will begin previews May 12 and continue for 11 performances only through May 21, 2017.

Block Party highlights some of the remarkable work being done in other, more intimate theatres throughout Los Angeles by fully producing three previously staged productions. The three visiting companies received the full support of Center Theatre Group and its staff in order to fund, stage and market each production. This year’s Block Party started with the Coeurage Theatre Company production of “Failure: A Love Story” April 14 through 23 and continued with The Fountain Theatre production of “Citizen: An American Lyric” April 28 through May 7.

“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. In his New York Times “critic’s pick” review, Ben Brantley called “Dry Land” “tender, caustic, funny and harrowing, often all at the same time.”

The cast of “Dry Land” includes Daniel Hagen, Ben Horwitz, Connor Kelly-Eiding, Teagan Rose and Jenny Soo. The cast also includes Jacqueline Besson and Alexandra Freeman as well as USC School of Dramatic Arts students Francesca O’Hern, Bukola Ogunmola, Sidne Phillips and Tessa Hope Slovis. Scenic design is by Amanda Knehans, costume design is by Elena Flores, lighting design is by Justin Huen and sound design is by Jeff Gardner. Anna Engelsman is the production stage manager.

On Wednesday, May 17, audiences are invited to attend a moderated Stage Talk with the “Dry Land” cast and company following the performance. Patrons must purchase a ticket to that performance in order to participate.

“As we celebrate Center Theatre Group’s 50 years of creating theatre in Los Angeles, we want to turn the spotlight on some of the remarkable work being done on other stages,” said Center Theatre Group Artistic Director Michael Ritchie in discussing Block Party. “Coeurage Theatre, The Echo Theater and The Fountain Theatre, as well as others throughout L.A., regularly produce excellent, boundary-pushing work and we’re so glad they are sharing some of that work with us.”

Applications for the 2017-2018 Block Party are now being accepted. More information is available at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org/BlockParty.

 

 

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Apr 292017
 

Opening Of Citizen: An American Lyric

 

CENTER THEATRE GROUP’S BLOCK PARTY CONTINUES AT THE KIRK DOUGLAS THEATRE WITH OPENING OF THE FOUNTAIN THEATRE’S

“CITIZEN: AN AMERICAN LYRIC”

THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 30

Stage Adaptation of Claudia Rankine’s Acclaimed Book of Poetry Returns For 11 Performances Only

 

Center Theatre Group’s Block Party continues with the opening of The Fountain Theatre production of “Citizen: An American Lyric” this Sunday, April 30 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Based on a book of poetry by Claudia Rankine, adapted for the stage by Fountain Co-Artistic Director Stephen Sachs and directed by Shirley Jo Finney, “Citizen: An American Lyric” will begin previews April 28 and continue for 11 performances only through May 7, 2017.

Block Party highlights some of the remarkable work being done in other, more intimate theatres throughout Los Angeles by fully producing three previously staged productions. The three productions receive the full support of Center Theatre Group and its staff in order to fund, stage and market each production. Block Party began with the Coeurage Theatre production of “Failure: A Love Story” April 14 through 23 and will continue with The Echo Theater Company’s production of “Dry Land” running May 12 through 21.

“Citizen: An American Lyric” fuses poetry, prose, movement, music and the video image in a provocative stage adaptation of Claudia Rankine’s internationally acclaimed book of poetry about everyday acts of racism in America. Of Rankine’s “Citizen,” The New Yorker wrote that it was “brilliant… [and] explores the kinds of injustice that thrive when the illusion of justice is perfected.” The New York Times wrote that “Rankine brilliantly pushes poetry’s forms to disarm readers and circumvent our carefully constructed defense mechanisms against the hint of possibly being racist ourselves.”

The cast of “Citizen: An American Lyric” includes Bernard K. Addison, Leith Burke, Tony Maggio, Monnae Michaell, Simone Missick and Lisa Pescia. Scenic and projection design is by Yee Eun Nam, costume design is by Naila Aladdin-Sanders, lighting design is by Pablo Santiago and original music and sound design is by Peter Bayne. Anastasia Coon is the movement director and Shawna Voragen is the production stage manager.

Audiences are also invited to engage in discussion with the “Citizen” cast and company following each performance during moderated Stage Talks. There will be no Stage Talk held on opening night.

“As we celebrate Center Theatre Group’s 50 years of creating theatre in Los Angeles, we want to turn the spotlight on some of the remarkable work being done on other stages,” said Center Theatre Group Artistic Director Michael Ritchie in discussing Block Party. “Coeurage Theatre, The Echo Theater and The Fountain Theatre, as well as others throughout L.A., regularly produce excellent, boundary-pushing work and we’re so glad they are sharing some of that work with us.”

Center Theatre Group received 76 submissions for Block Party from intimate theatre companies from North Hollywood to San Pedro, Topanga to Sierra Madre. With Block Party, Center Theatre Group hopes to strengthen relationships within the Los Angeles community, create additional avenues for the organization to become familiar with local playwrights, actors, directors and designers, and foster relationships between Center Theatre Group staff and the staff at theatre companies throughout Los Angeles.

Block Party receives major support from Aliza Karney Guren and Marc Guren with generous funding also provided by Joni and Miles Benickes. Center Theatre Group has a long history of pairing with local theatre companies including the Deaf West production of “Big River” which was produced at the Mark Taper Forum in 2002 and went on to Broadway before returning to the Ahmanson Theatre in 2005 as part of a national tour. More recently, Center Theatre Group partnered with Ebony Repertory Theatre for the remounting of “A Raisin in the Sun” (which played at the Douglas), 24th STreet Theatre’s “Walking the Tightrope” (also at the Douglas) and with other companies around the city for “The Behavior of Broadus” (Burglars of Hamm and Sacred Fools Theater Company) and “Birder” (The Road Theatre Company).

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 each production 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).

As an homage to Coeurage Theatre’s payment structure, the first preview performance of each production will be a pay-what-you-want performance. Pay-what-you-want gives patrons the opportunity to decide what their theatre experience was worth to them before, during or after the performance. The pay-what-you-want performance for “Citizen” will be on April 28 and “Dry Land” will be on May 12.

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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Apr 152017
 
CTG Block Party Kicks Off

The Coeurage Theatre Company production of “Failure: A Love Story” opens on April 16th at 6:30 pm at the Kirk Douglas Theatre.

 

CENTER THEATRE GROUP’S BLOCK PARTY BEGINS WITH THE OPENING OF

“FAILURE: A LOVE STORY” FROM COEURAGE THEATRE COMPANY
ON SUNDAY, APRIL 16TH

Only 11 Performances for the Encore Presentation of the Ovation Award-Winning Production

 

Center Theatre Group’s Block Party begins with the opening of the Coeurage Theatre Company production of “Failure: A Love Story” this Sunday, April 16th at 6:30 p.m. Written by Philip Dawkins and directed by Michael Matthews, “Failure: A Love Story” will run through April 23rd, 2017, with 11 performances only.

Block Party highlights some of the remarkable work being done on other, more intimate theatres throughout Los Angeles by fully producing three previously staged productions. The three shows receive the full support of Center Theatre Group and its staff in order to fund, stage and market each production. Subsequent Block Party productions will be The Fountain Theatre’s production of “Citizen: An American Lyric” running April 28 through May 7 and The Echo Theater Company’s production of “Dry Land” running May 12 through May 21.

“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.

The cast of “Failure: A Love Story” includes Joe Calarco, June Carryl, Cristina Gerla, Kristina Johnson, Margaret Katch, Denver Milord, Gregory Nabours, Theodore Perkins, Kurt Quinn, Brandon Ruiter, Nicole Shalhoub, Gina Torrecilla and Brittney S. Wheeler. Scenic design is by JR Bruce, costume design is by Allison Dillard, lighting design is by Matthew Brian Denman and original music, arrangements and music direction is by Nabours. Emily Abbott is the production stage manager.

Kirk Douglas Theatre
9820 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232

 

 

 

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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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Nov 192016
 

"The Wholehearted" Premieres At Douglas in December

“The Wholehearted”

Conceived and Created by Stein | Holum Projects
Written and Co-Directed by Deborah Stein
Performed and Co-Directed by Suli Holum
Produced in association with La Jolla Playhouse
A World Premiere Production
A DouglasPlus Production

Set in a boxing gym where female boxing phenom Dee Crosby (Suli Holum) is preparing for a whole new fight, “The Wholehearted” looks past the neatly-packaged Cinderella stories of sports coverage into the real world of a woman grappling with lost love and an abusive husband. A tale of revenge and redemption, the violence of love, the sexuality of sports and the high cost of fame, this new play utilizes live projections, film and a thumping rockabilly score to explore the line between personal fantasy and hard reality – and what it takes to be a champion.

DATES AND TIMES
Preview December 2 at 8 p.m. Opens December 3 at 8 p.m.
Through December 11.
Regular Performances: (December 4 – 11)
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.
Exceptions: No 2 p.m. performance on Saturday, December 3.

 

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Oct 112014
 
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.

Oct 272012
 

A HILARIOUS CAST OF SECOND CITY’s FINEST SET FOR TWISTED TELLING OF A HOLIDAY FAVORITE IN THE WORLD PREMIERE OF   The Hysterical New Holiday Classic Runs November 24 – December 30, 2012 at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City

The Second City scoured their address book to assemble a cast of seven luminary L.A.-based alumni for their hilarious take on the beloved Charles Dickens tale of hope and redemption. The world premiere of The Second City’s “A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens!” is written by Second City alums, Peter Gwinn (formerly of “The Colbert Report”) and Bobby Mort (currently of “The Colbert Report”), and opens November 29, 2012, at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre. Previews begin November 24 and performances will run through December 30.

Directed by yet another Second City alum, Marc Warzecha (Resident Director, The Second City) the cast features Frank Caeti (“MADtv”), Larry Joe Campbell (“According to Jim”), Dan Castellaneta (“The Simpsons”), Amanda Blake Davis (“Second City Does Dallas” at the Dallas Theatre Center), Joe Flaherty (“SCTV,” “Freaks and Geeks”), Brian Stepanek (“The Suite Life of Zack and Cody”) and Jean Villepique (“Up All Night”). The scenic design is by Tom Buderwitz, costume design by Leah Piehl, lighting design by Brandon Baruch and sound design by Cricket S. Myers. The production stage manager is Kirsten Parker.

With its trademark humor, irreverence and originality, The Second City, in a creative collaboration with CTG, is taking the classic Charles Dickens’ Christmas tale and giving it a hearty twist.  In addition to Scrooge (played by Joe Flaherty), the ever-morphing ensemble will bring the famous Victorian streets to frenzied life with Tiny Tim, that fat, plucked goose, all those know-it-all ghosts, a host of anachronistic characters and hilarious improvs which will have Dickens guffawing in his grave.

The cast will be joined by an ever-changing stable of starry, drop-in special guests.  The Second City specializes in sketch comedy and improvisation and has delighted audiences for over 50 years. With resident stages in Chicago and Toronto and touring ensembles, The Second City entertains over a million guests each year.

It is also the largest training center in the world for improvisation, sketch and acting, with schools in Los Angeles, Chicago and Toronto, and 20,000 registrations per year. The Second City served as a training ground for a host of famous alumni, including Mike Myers, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, John Candy, John Belushi, Catherine O’Hara, Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert and more. Colbert said, “The Second City was everything to me,” and Murray said, “Second City is the best job anybody in the American theatre can get.  It’s incomparable.” The New York Times reported that “The entire recent tradition of American satire can be summed up in three words:

The Second City.” Tickets for “A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens!” are available by calling (213) 628-2772, online at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org, in person at the Center Theatre Group box office at the Ahmanson Theatre or two hours prior to performances at the Kirk Douglas Theatre box office. The Kirk Douglas Theatre is located at 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232.