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

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

 

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

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

Ngozi Anyanwu’s Debut Production Will Play Through March 26

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

Performances Continue Through November 20th 2016

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Oct 082016
 

Music Center and CTG Honor Gordon Davidson

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

WILL DIM THEIR LIGHTS IN HONOR OF GORDON DAVIDSON

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2016

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

WORLD PREMIERE OPENS OCTOBER 30 AT KIRK DOUGLAS THEATRE

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

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

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

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

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

 

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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 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 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 272014
 

Goodman Theatre’s World Premiere Production
“LUNA GALE” OPENS TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2ND AT 8 P.M.
AT THE CTG / KIRK DOUGLAS THEATRE

Performances Continue Through December 21, 2014

Luna Gale Opening Night Tuesday December 2nd

L-R: Mary Beth Fisher, Colin Sphar and Reyna de Courcy 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.
Photos by Craig Schwartz

The Goodman Theatre’s world premiere production of Rebecca Gilman’s “Luna Gale,” directed by Robert Falls, opens Tuesday, December 2 at 8 p.m. at the Center Theatre Group / Kirk Douglas Theatre. The production continues through December 21st 2014.

The cast, who originated their roles in Chicago, includes Jordan Baker, Reyna de Courcy, Melissa DuPrey, Mary Beth Fisher, Erik Hellman, Colin Sphar and Richard Thieriot.

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.

A veteran social worker, Caroline, thinks she has a typical case on her hands when she meets Peter and Karlie, two teenage drug addicts accused of neglecting their baby, Luna Gale. But when Caroline places their daughter in the care of Karlie’s very religious mother, she sparks a family conflict that exposes a shadowy past and forces her to make a risky decision with potentially life-altering consequences.

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.


Nov 212014
 
Culture Clash Will Take A New Look At Chavez Ravine At Kirk Douglas Theatre

L-R: Herbert Siguenza and Richard Montoya of Culture Clash in the world premiere of their popular “Chavez Ravine” at the Mark Taper Forum in 2003. Culture Clash will return to CTG with “Chavez Ravine: Revisited. Reimagined. Revival” January 27 through March 1, 2015, at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Photo by Craig Schwartz

EVENT:
“Chavez Ravine: Revisited. Reimagined. Revival.” by Culture Clash. Directed by Lisa Peterson.

DESCRIPTION:
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. This revisited and reimagined “Chavez Ravine” is written and performed by Culture Clash and will be directed by Lisa Peterson, who was at the helm of its world premiere in 2003 at the Mark Taper Forum.

DATES/TIMES:
Previews Begin January 27. Opens February 4. Continues through March 1, 2015.
Previews: (January 27 through February 3)
Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. Sunday at 1 p.m.
Opens Wednesday, February 4 at 8 p.m.
Regular Performances (February 5 through March 1):
Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m. No performance on Mondays.
Exceptions: No public performances February 10-13 (student performances only).


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 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 022014
 
Playwright Rebecca Gilman

Playwright Rebecca Gilman. Gilman’s powerful and arresting “Luna Gale” will arrive at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in the Goodman Theatre’s world premiere production directed by Robert Falls, November 23 to December 21, 2014.
Photo by Brian Kuhlmann

EVENT:
Goodman Theatre’s World Premiere Production of
“Luna Gale”
by Rebecca Gilman
Directed by Robert Falls.

DESCRIPTION:
A veteran social worker, Caroline, thinks she has a typical case on her hands when she meets Peter and Karlie, two teenage drug addicts accused of neglecting their baby, Luna Gale. But when Caroline places their daughter in the care of Karlie’s very religious mother, she sparks a family conflict that exposes a shadowy past and forces her to make a risky decision with potentially life-altering consequences.

DATES/TIMES:
Previews Begin November 23.
Opens December 2.
Continues through December 21, 2014.

Sep 222014
 

REHEARSALS BEGIN FOR WORLD PREMIERE OF DAEL ORLANDERSMITH’S “FOREVER” AT CTG / KIRK DOUGLAS THEATRE
A DouglasPlus Presentation

World Premiere Of Dael Orlandersmith “Forever” To Take Place At Kirk Douglas Theatre

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 Pavel Antonov; courtesy of CTG.

The world premiere of Dael Orlandersmith’s “Forever,” a DouglasPlus presentation, begins rehearsals September 23 at the Center Theatre Group/Kirk Douglas Theatre where it will open on October 12, 2014. Commissioned by CTG and directed by CTG Associate Artistic Director Neel Keller, previews begin October 9 and performances continue through October 26.

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.

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 DouglasPlus presentation 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.

Sep 142014
 

Cast features Chris Bauer, Dominic Hoffman, Jonno Roberts and DeWanda Wise

Race

DeWanda Wise and Dominic Hoffman in “Race” by David Mamet. Photo by Craig Schwartz

“Race,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet, opened on September 7, 2014, at the Center Theatre Group / Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. Performances run through September 28.

Directed by longtime Mamet collaborator Scott Zigler, “Race” features acclaimed stage and screen actors Chris Bauer (“True Blood,” “The Wire,” Broadway’s “A Streetcar Named Desire”), Dominic Hoffman (Mamet’s world premiere of “Faustus”), Jonno Roberts (Broadway’s “Take Me Out”) and DeWanda Wise (ABC’s “Firelight”).

“Race” has set design by Jeffery P. Eisenmann, costume design by Leah Piehl and lighting design by Josh Epstein. Casting is by Mark B. Simon, CSA, and the production stage manager is Kirsten Parker.

Mamet tackles America’s most controversial subject in this provocative tale of sex, guilt and bold accusations. In “Race,” two lawyers find themselves defending a wealthy white executive charged with sexually assaulting a black woman. When a new legal assistant gets involved in the case, the opinions that boil beneath explode to the surface.

Tickets for “Race” 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.

Jun 132014
 

David Mamet's "Race" at the Kirk Douglas Theatre EVENT:  “Race”
by David Mamet
Directed by Scott Zigler

DESCRIPTION:   Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet tackles America’s most   controversial subject in his provocative tale of sex, guilt and bold accusations. In Race,” two lawyers find themselves defending a wealthy white executive charged with sexually assaulting a black woman.  When a new legal assistant gets involved in the case, the opinions that boil beneath explode to the surface.

DATES/TIMES: Previews Begin August 31. Opens September 7.  Continues through September 28, 2014. Previews: (August 31 through September 6.)Sunday through Saturday at 8 p.m.  No performance on Monday. Opens September 7 at 6:30 p.m. Regular Performances (beginning September 9): Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m. No performance on Mondays.

May 082014
 

World Premiere Different Words For The Same Thing Opens At  Kirk Douglas TheatreWorld Premiere Directed by CTG’s Neel Keller Runs through June 1, 2014 /The world premiere of Kimber Lee’s “different words for the same thing”Opens this Sunday, May 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Center Theatre Group / Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. Performances continue through June 1, 2014.
Directed by CTG Associate Artistic Director Neel Keller (who directed “The Nether” at the Douglas last season), “different words for the same thing” features acclaimed stage and screen actors Sam Anderson (“Blackbird” at Rogue Machine, “Lost”), Jackie Chung (“brownsville song (b-side for tray)” at Actors Theatre of Louisville), Stephen Ellis (“The Coward” at LCT3), Monica Horan (“Everybody Loves Raymond”), Devin Kelley (“Resurrection”), Rebecca Larsen (Sacred Fools), Savannah Lathem (“Lost,” “Moneyball”), Erick Lopez (“Faking It”), Malcolm Madera (“House of Cards,” “Boardwalk Empire”), Alyson Reed (Broadway’s “Marilyn: An American Fable,” “Cabaret”), Hector Atreyu Ruiz (“Gang Related”) and José Zuniga (“The Call”).  “different words for the same thing” has set design by Sarah Krainin, costume design by Candice Cain, lighting design by Geoff Korf and original composition and sound design by Paul James Prendergast. Casting is by Heidi Levitt, CSA, and the production stage manager is Kirsten Parker.

Oct 142013
 

The Second City’s “A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens!” at the Kirk Douglas Theatre

 

 

 

The Second City’s “A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens!”
by Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort Directed by Marc Warzecha

DESCRIPTION:    The genius of The Second City will once again take over the Kirk Douglas Theatre as the legendary comedy theatre group delivers its special brand of holiday cheer with “A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens!” The reloaded and re-twisted production features Scrooge, the Cratchits and all the time-traveling ghosts normally found in Dickens’ uplifting holiday fare while breathing new life into the classic tale with celebrity guests, audience-interactive improvisation, a few new characters and a festive party atmosphere in the lobby.

DATES/TIMES:    Previews Begin December 8. Opens December 12.
Continues through December 29, 2013.
Previews: (December 8-11)
Sunday at 7 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday at 8 p.m.
Opens December 12 at 8 p.m.
Regular Performances (Beginning December 13):
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday at 8 p.m.; Thursday at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.; Saturday at 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.; Sunday at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. No performance on Mondays.
Exceptions: Added 8 p.m. performance on Monday, December 23. No performances on Tuesday, December 24 or Wednesday, December 25.

TICKET INFO:    Ticket Prices: $20-$65 (Ticket prices are subject to change.) Tickets are available by calling CTG Audience Services at (213) 628-2772, in person at the Center Theatre Group box office (at the Ahmanson Theatre at the Music Center in downtown Los Angeles), on-line at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org, or at the Kirk Douglas Theatre box office two hours prior to performances.

Hot Tix: $20 each may be purchased in advance or, subject to availability, on the day of performance at the box office (no checks). Groups: (213) 972-7231. Deaf community: information & charge, TDD (213) 680-4017.

LOCATION:        Center Theatre Group/Kirk Douglas Theatre 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232. Ample free parking and restaurants adjacent.

Oct 102013
 

CAST SET FOR THE WORLD PREMIERE

OF “THE BLACK SUITS”AT THE CTG

KIRK DOUGLAS THEATRE

Previews Begin October 27, 2013

CAST SET FOR THE WORLD PREMIERE OF “THE BLACK SUITS”

CAST SET FOR THE WORLD PREMIERE OF “THE BLACK SUITS” / Anything L.A.

Casting has been announced for the world premiere of “The Black Suits,” which begins previews October 27 at the Center Theatre Group/Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City.  Opening night is November 3 and performances run through November 24, 2013.

“The Black Suits” has music and lyrics by Joe Iconis, book by Iconis and Robert Emmett Maddock and is directed by John Simpkins, with choreography by Jennifer Werner and music direction and orchestrations by Charlie Rosen.

The cast features Jimmy Brewer, Harrison Chad, Veronica Dunne, Coby Getzug, Annie Golden and Will Roland.
“The Black Suits” has set design by Derek McLane, costume design by Paloma Young, lighting design by Ben Stanton and sound design by ACME Sound. Casting is by Merri Sugarman, CSA, of Tara Rubin Casting, with Los Angeles casting by Mark B. Simon, CSA. The production stage manager is Kirsten Parker.
Set in a garage in suburban Long Island, “The Black Suits” tells the tale of four boys (lead singer, guitar, bass and drums) who are preparing for stardom by way of the St. Anne’s Battle of the Bands. The band and the music give focus and sustenance to the boys whose lives are filled with teenage angst and longing, struggles with friends and girlfriends, and the need to make choices. For one brief summer they find escape in the camaraderie of the band, the sheer fun of creating and playing music and the core belief in the “transformative coolness of rock ‘n’ roll.”
Tickets are available at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org, the CTG box office located at the Ahmanson Theatre or by calling (213) 628-2772.

Apr 302013
 
The Royale Opens at the Kirk Douglas Theatre

David St. Louis in the world premiere of €œThe Royale. Marco Ramirez’s powerful new play opens on May 5 at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre and continues through June 2, 2013. Set in the boxing world of the early 1900s, The Royale€ is directed by Daniel Aukin. Photo by Craig Schwartz / Anything L.A.

The cast includes Robert Gossett, Diarra Oni Kilpatrick, David St. Louis, Keith Szarabajka and Desean Terry.Set and costume design is by Andrew WORLD PREMIERE OF “THE ROYALE” OPENS SUNDAY, MAY 5
AT CENTER THEATRE GROUP’S KIRK DOUGLAS THEATRE
Marco Ramirez’s Powerful New Play Runs Through June 2, 2013

The world premiere of the powerful, intense new play “The Royale” by Marco Ramirez opens Sunday, May 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the CTG/Kirk Douglas Theatre. Directed by Daniel Aukin, “The Royale” delivers a knock-out punch with its vivid depiction of a man fighting for his place in history. “The Royale” continues through June 2, 2013. (Preview performances began on April 28.)
Boyce, with lighting design by Lap Chi Chu, sound design by Ryan Rumery, movement by Ameenah Kaplan and casting by Mark B. Simon. The production stage manager is Randall K. Lum.
In “The Royale,” set in the boxing world of the early 1900s, Jay “The Sport” Jackson has talent and confidence and wants what he feels is owed to him: a shot at the championship. Even though blacks were not offered bouts with white boxers, Jay wants to be the first African American crowned undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, and he is pushing hard to have that dream realized, no matter the consequences.“The Royale” is loosely inspired by the story of Jack Johnson, who was the first African American sports icon, and who reigned as the world heavyweight champion in the early part of the 20th Century.
Marco Ramirez, who was a member of CTG’s 2010-2011 Writers’ Workshop, has had plays produced at The Kennedy Center, The Juilliard School, The Black Dahlia (L.A.), and Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival (where his pieces “I am not Batman” and “3:59AM” were both recipients of The Heideman Award for Best Short Play).  Other honors include the Bryan Award from The Fellowship of Southern Writers, a Helen Hayes nomination, the Lila Acheson Wallace Juilliard Playwriting Fellowship, Lincoln Center’s Le Comte du Nouy Award and TCG’s Edgerton Foundation New Play Award.  He trained at both NYU and The Juilliard School. His TV writing credits include “Sons of Anarchy,” “DaVinci’s Demons” and “Orange is the New Black.”
Daniel Aukin is a New York-based director whose work was seen at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Melissa James Gibson’s “This.” His recent work includes the remounting of Joshua Harmon’s “Bad Jews” at the Roundabout Theatre, “What Rhymes with America,” “Heartless,” “4000 Miles,” “The Bad and the Better” and “The Ugly One.”  Daniel was Artistic Director of Soho Rep (1998-2006) where he commissioned over 50 new plays through the Writer/Director Lab and produced many premieres, garnering eight Obie Awards, four Drama Desk nominations, two Kesselring Prizes, and one Oppenheimer Award.
Tickets for “The Royale” 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.

Apr 192013
 
Neva at the Kirk Douglas Theatre June 2013

Neva at the Kirk Douglas Theatre June 2013 / Anything L. A.

EVENT:        “Neva”
Written and Directed by Guillermo Calderón
English Translation by Andrea Thome
Co-produced with South Coast Repertory and La Jolla Playhouse.
A DouglasPlus Workshop Presentation.
Performed in the Kirk Douglas Theatre rehearsal room, Upstairs @ KDT.

DESCRIPTION:    In a politically charged, haunting look at theatre and the revolutionary impulse, writer/director Guillermo Calderón’s “Neva” takes audiences to St. Petersburg in 1905. Anton Chekhov’s widow, the actress Olga Knipper, is huddled with fellow actors in a dimly lit rehearsal room, while striking workers are being gunned down by the tsarist regime in the streets outside. Chile’s Teatro en el Blanco’s Spanish language production of “Neva” was one of the highlights of the Radar L.A. festival in June 2011.  Center Theatre Group, in collaboration with South Coast Repertory and La Jolla Playhouse, presents the West Coast premiere of the English translation of “Neva” as part of DouglasPlus.

DATES/TIMES:    Performances begin June 11 and continue through June 16, 2013.
Preview performance: Tuesday, June 11 at 8 p.m.
Opens Wednesday, June 12 at 8 p.m.
Regular Performances (through June 16):
Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.;
Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

TICKET PRICES:    Ticket Prices: $30. (Ticket prices are subject to change.)
Tickets are available by calling CTG Audience Services at (213) 628-2772, in person at the Center Theatre Group box office (at the Ahmanson Theatre at the Music Center in downtown Los Angeles), on-line at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org, or at the Kirk Douglas Theatre box office two hours prior to performances. Groups: (213) 972-7231. Deaf community: information & charge, TDD (213) 680-4017.

LOCATION:        KIRK DOUGLAS THEATRE
9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232.
Ample free parking and restaurants adjacent.