May 092017
 
Star-Studded 50th Anniversary Celebration At Ahmanson

Annette Bening and Alfred Molina in “The Cherry Orchard” at the Mark Taper Forum. Bening and Molina will participate in Center Theatre Group’s 50th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, May 20, 2017, at the Ahmanson Theatre. For more information, visit CenterTheatreGroup.org/50thCelebration. Center photo by Craig Schwartz.

 

MATTHEW BRODERICK, TYNE DALY, KEITH DAVID, LOUIS GOSSETT JR.,

THOMAS SADOSKI, JIMMY SMITS AND MORE JOIN

ANNETTE BENING, SIR MATTHEW BOURNE, ALFRED MOLINA,

EDWARD JAMES OLMOS AND PHYLICIA RASHAD

FOR CENTER THEATRE GROUP’S STAR-STUDDED

5OTH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION PERFORMANCE

One-Night-Only Production to Take Place on Saturday, May 20th 2017 at Los Angeles’ Ahmanson Theatre

 

Michael Ritchie, Artistic Director of Center Theatre Group, announced today that Matthew Broderick, Tyne Daly, Louis Gossett Jr., Thomas Sadoski, Jimmy Smits, René Auberjonois, Jon Robin Baitz, Bill Cain, Anthony Crivello, Culture Clash, Merle Dandridge, Tim Dang, Keith David, Shaila Essley, Davis Gaines, Harry Groener, Clint Holmes, David Henry Hwang, Gregory Itzin, Dale Kristien, Doug LaBrecque, Tzi Ma, Alan Mandell, Dakin Matthews, Christina Saffran, Benjamin Schrader, Shoshannah Stern, Lisa Vroman, Ed Waterstreet and Aryana Williams are set to take the stage at Center Theatre Group’s 50th Anniversary Celebration, Co-Chaired by Chairman of NBC Entertainment and Center Theatre Group board member Robert Greenblatt and fellow Center Theatre Group board member Sue Tsao.

The lauded group joins previously announced Center Theatre Group alums Annette Bening, Sir Matthew Bourne, Alfred Molina, Edward James Olmos and Phylicia Rashad for the one-night-only production from writer, director and producer Robert Egan. The performance will draw from the many landmark productions that have been brought to life on Center Theatre Group’s stages, as well as its continuing role in creating new work and helping to define the role of theatre both in Los Angeles and beyond.

Center Theatre Group has welcomed to its stages some of today’s biggest stars, including Matthew Broderick, Sterling K. Brown, Viola Davis, Jane Fonda, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Lane, Angela Lansbury, Al Pacino, Chris Pine, Denzel Washington and more.

For more information about Center Theatre Group’s 50th Anniversary Celebration, please visit www.CenterTheatreGroup.org/50thCelebration.

 

 

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Oct 282016
 
“VICUÑA” A TIMELY POLITICAL SATIRE OPENS THIS SUNDAY AT KIRK DOUGLAS THEATRE

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

 

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

Performances Continue Through November 20th 2016

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

WORLD PREMIERE OPENS OCTOBER 30 AT KIRK DOUGLAS THEATRE

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Oct 252012
 

CAST CHANGE FOR BAITZ’S “OTHER DESERT CITES” AT MARK TAPER FORUM  

Michael Weston Replaces Justin Long And Joins Cast Members Jeannie Berlin, Robert Foxworth, Robin Weigert and JoBeth Williams Previews Begin November 28, 2012; Opening December 9; Performances Through January 6, 2013

CTG CAST CHANGE FOR BAITZ’S “OTHER DESERT CITES” AT MARK TAPER FORUM

Michael Weston replaces Justin Long in Center Theatre Group’s production of the Tony-nominated “Other Desert Cities” by Jon Robin Baitz.

Michael Weston replaces Justin Long in Center Theatre Group’s production of the Tony-nominated “Other Desert Cities” by Jon Robin Baitz.  Weston joins the previously announced Jeannie Berlin, Robert Foxworth, Robin Weigert and JoBeth Williams. Long has bowed out due to a film commitment.  Robert Egan directs the West Coast premiere, which starts previews on November 28, 2012, opens December 9 and runs through January 6, 2013.

Scene design for “Other Desert Cities” is by Takeshi Kata, costume design by Alex Jaeger, lighting design by Lap Chi Chu, sound design by Adam Phalen and original music by Karl Fredrik Lundeberg.  Casting is by Erika Sellin.  Production stage manager is James T. McDermott. “Other Desert Cities” tells the story of a once promising novelist who returns home after a six year absence to spend the holidays with her parents, her brother and her aunt. When she announces that she is about to publish a memoir focusing on an explosive chapter in the family’s history, the reunion is thrown into turmoil.

Ben Brantley of The New York Times said that “Other Desert Cities” is “. . .  the most richly enjoyable new play for grown-ups that New York has known in many a season . . . In his most fully realized play to date, Mr. Baitz makes sure our sympathies keep shifting among the members of the wounded family portrayed here. Every one of them emerges as selfish, loving, cruel, compassionate, irritating, charming and just possibly heroic.” Linda Winer of Newsday said that the play is “…a smart, juicy, gorgeously written family drama that knows individual psychology as keenly as it understands the world around it. …”  Jeannie Berlin (who plays Silda Grauman) recently appeared in the film “Margaret,” for which she received Best Supporting Actress nods from The New York Times’ A.O. Scott, the Village Voice 2011 Critics’ Poll, the N.Y. Film Critics Award and more.

She is also known for the films “Sheila Levine” and “The Heartbreak Kid” (Golden Globe nomination), among others.  She appeared on stage in “Power Plays” opposite Alan Arkin, and in “After the Night and the Music.” Robert Foxworth (Lyman Wyeth) recently appeared as Henry Drummond in “Inherit the Wind,” at The Old Globe in San Diego, where he is an Associate Artist.  On Broadway, he has appeared in “Twelve Angry Men,” “Ivanov,” “Judgment at Nuremberg,” “August: Osage County,” and more.

He has starred and guest-starred in numerous series, including “Six Feet Under” and “Falcon Crest.” He is the voice of Ratchet in all three of the “Transformers” movies.  Michael Weston (Trip Wyeth) appeared off-Broadway in “Extinction” and “Snakebit,” as well as in “Dead End,” Matchmaker” and “Johnny On The Spot,” all at Williamstown Theatre Festival.  In Los Angeles, he was seen in “Waverly Gallery” at the Pasadena Playhouse.

Recently he starred in the A&E mini-weries “Coma.” His film credits include “State of Play,” “Garden State” and “The Last Kiss,” among others, and he has played recurring roles on the popular series’ “House,” “Six Feet Under” and “Scrubs.” Robin Weigert (Brooke Wyeth) has appeared on and off-Broadway in numerous productions, receiving Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel award nominations for her work in “Madame Melville.”

She recently played the eponymous Angel in Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America” at the Signature Theatre Company in NYC.  She is known to TV audiences for the role of Calamity Jane in “Deadwood” and a recurring role in the FX series “Sons of Anarchy.”  Her film work includes “The Good German,” “Things We Lost in the Fire,” “Fragments,” “My One and Only,” Charley Kaufman’s “Synecdoche, New York”  and “The Private Lives of Pippa Lee,” as well as the “The Sessions.” JoBeth Willams (Polly Wyeth) recently appeared in “Quality of Life” at the Geffen Playhouse.  Notable films include “The Big Chill” and “Poltergeist,” as well as the television movies “Adam” and “Baby M,” both of which brought her Emmy and Golden Globe nominations.

CTG has presented five Jon Robin Baitz’s plays including “Dutch Landscape” (world premiere – 1988-1989 season), “The Substance of Fire” (1992-1993 season), “Three Hotels” (1994-1995 season) and “Ten Unknowns” directed by Robert Egan (2002-2003 season), all at the Taper, and the world premiere of “The Paris Letter” (2004-2005 season) at CTG’s Kirk Douglas Theatre.  His other plays include “The Film Society,” “The End of the Day,” “A Fair Country,” “Mizlansky/Zilinsky” and a new version of Ibsen’s “Hedda Gabler” (for Broadway starring Kate Burton).  He is a Pulitzer Prize finalist for “A Fair Country” and a Guggenheim, NEA and American Academy of Arts & Letters Award winner.

His screenplays include “The Substance of Fire” and “People I Know” starring Al Pacino, both for Miramax. He created the ABC-TV drama “Brothers & Sisters” in 2006, after writing an episode of “The West Wing” (“The Long Goodbye”). Robert Egan is the Artistic Director/Producer of the acclaimed Ojai Playwrights Conference. Prior to Ojai he was the Producing Director of the Taper for 20 seasons, where he founded and produced 15 seasons of the New Work Festival and directed “Made in Bangkok,” “Closer,” “Hedda Gabler,” “Arcadia” and Jon Robin Baitz’s “Ten Unknowns,” among many others.

He is also the Founder and President of RHEgan Productions LLC and Eye Street Media where he has conceived, written, produced and directed major live events and media celebrating Cure Autism Now, Operation Smile, LA Team Mentoring, Global Green USA and Homeboy Industries. Egan was recently named the Artistic Director/Producer of Watts Media, one of the nation’s leading companies in strategizing and creating live events and media for corporations and non-profits across the country.

Other directing and producing credits include major productions ranging from world premieres to Shakespeare at theatres across the country including in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and in London and Europe.  “Other Desert Cities” premiered at Lincoln Center Theater in December 2010 and played at the Booth Theatre on Broadway, October 2011 through June 2012, receiving a total of five Tony nominations.

Tickets for “Other Desert Cities” are available at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org, the CTG box office located at the Ahmanson Theatre, or by calling (213) 628-2772.