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.

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, 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, 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.