Mar 142017
 
“Remote L.A.” Opens Today

Participants in “Remote L.A.,” part of Center Theatre Group’s 50th season at the Mark Taper Forum. Created by Rimini Protokoll, “Remote L.A.” is a pedestrian-based live art experience that takes place on the streets of Downtown L.A. Performances for “Remote L.A.” run through April 2, 2017. For tickets and information, please visit CenterTheatreGroup.org or call (213) 628-2772.
Photo by Craig Schwartz. All Uses © 2017 Craig Schwartz

 

RIMINI PROTOKOLL’S LIVE ART WALKING EXPERIENCE “REMOTE L.A.” OPENS MARCH 14 AS PART OF CENTER THEATRE GROUP/MARK TAPER FORUM’S 50TH SEASON

“Remote L.A.” Takes Place Throughout Downtown L.A.

 

Currently in previews, pedestrian-based live art experience “Remote L.A.” opens Tuesday, March 14 at 4 p.m. as part of Center Theatre Group’s 50th season at the Mark Taper Forum. Created and conceived by Stefan Kaegi and Jörg Karrenbauer of international documentary theatre team Rimini Protokoll, “Remote L.A.” takes place in Downtown L.A. and will run through April 2, 2017.

Audiences will join a group of 50 people exploring Downtown Los Angeles on a guided audio tour that seems to follow them as much as they are following it. Audience members meet up, put on headphones and have their perspectives changed as they are provided with a soundtrack to the streets, sights and rooftops of Los Angeles. A computer-generated voice sets them out on a trail through the city, guiding the group’s movements in real time. The performance reveals a “secret Los Angeles,” journeying to places normally unseen, places where humans encounter their limits, places where crowds gather, back alleyways, dark hallways and common areas seen through a new lens. Participants are not just audience members, they are actors and spectators, observers and observed, individuals and a pack, all at the same time.

 

 

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Mar 052017
 
Two Local High School Students Advance To 2017 AWMC National Finals

L-R: Winners Aryana Williams, Alexander Villaseñor and Elija Hall backstage at the Mark Taper Forum after the 2017 August Wilson Monologue Competition hosted by Center Theatre Group on February 27. Photo by Ryan Miller / Capture Imaging. Capture Imaging

 

CENTER THEATRE GROUP NAMES THREE LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

FOR 2017 AUGUST WILSON MONOLOGUE COMPETITION NATIONAL FINALS

12 Students Participated in the Los Angeles Regional Finals at Mark Taper Forum on February 27

The National Finals Will Take Place on Broadway on May 1

 

Center Theatre Group has named Aryana Williams, Alexander Villaseñor and Elija Hall as the top performers of the August Wilson Monologue Competition (AWMC) Regional Finals held at the Mark Taper Forum on February 27, 2017. Williams and Villaseñor will go on to represent Los Angeles in the national finals on May 1.

Aryana Williams of Carson has placed first in the competition, earning a $500 scholarship; Alexander Villaseñor of Los Angeles took second place with a $400 scholarship; and Elija Hall of Los Angeles took third place and a $300 scholarship. Both Williams and Villaseñor will also receive a paid trip to New York City to compete in the national finals held at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway. Hall will serve as alternate.

This is the sixth consecutive year Center Theatre Group is hosting the Southern California component of the national monologue competition. The program is designed to inspire and educate Los Angeles youth using monologues from August Wilson’s “The American Century Cycle,” a 10-play dramatization of the African American experience in the 20th century.

Williams, Villaseñor and Hall were selected from a pool of 12 regional finalists. The 12 students represented seven local high schools within Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties. As preparation for the national component of the competition, the three national finalists will receive master classes to workshop their monologues.

 

 

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Jan 312017
 
“Zoot Suit” Previews Beginning

L-R: Cast members Oscar Camacho, Matias Ponce, Caleb Foote and Michael Naydoe Pinedo on the first day of rehearsal for “Zoot Suit.” Written and directed by Luis Valdez and presented in association with El Teatro Campesino, “Zoot Suit” will play January 31 through March 12, 2017, as part of Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum’s 50th anniversary season. All Uses © 2017 Craig Schwartz

“ZOOT SUIT” PREVIEWS BEGIN TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2017
AT CENTER THEATRE GROUP/MARK TAPER FORUM

**Please note cast change below.

“Zoot Suit” begins previews this Tuesday, January 31, 2017, at Center Theatre Group / Mark Taper Forum. The legendary play with music opens February 12 and will continue through March 19, 2017, (extending one week from the originally announced closing date).

Written and directed by Luis Valdez, “Zoot Suit” is presented in association with El Teatro Campesino.

The cast includes (in alphabetical order), Brian Abraham, Mariela Arteaga, Demian Bichir, Melinna Bobadilla, Oscar Camacho, Stephani Candelaria, Raul Cardona, Fiona Cheung, Tiffany Dupont, Caleb Foote, Holly Hyman, Kimberlee Kidd, Rocío López, Jeanine Mason, Tom G. McMahon, Andres Ortiz, Michael Naydoe Pinedo, Matias Ponce, Rose Portillo, Gilbert Saldivar, Richard Steinmetz, Evan Strand, Bradford Tatum, Raphael Thomas and Daniel Valdez.

**The role of Henry Reyna will now be played by Matias Ponce. Jeremy Ray Valdez, who was originally announced for the role, has withdrawn from the production.

Choreography for “Zoot Suit” is by Maria Torres, the production includes songs composed by Lalo Guerrero, the music director is Daniel Valdez, casting is by Rosalinda Morales, Pauline O’con, CSA, and Candido Cornejo, Jr., CSA. Scenic design is by Christopher Acebo, costume design is by Ann Closs-Farley, lighting design is by Pablo Santiago, sound design is by Philip G. Allen and projection design is by David Murakami. The associate director is Kinan Valdez and the production stage manager is David S. Franklin.

Nearly 40 years after its world premiere, the original creator Luis Valdez will once again fill the Taper stage with a company of 25 actors, singers and dancers weaving fact and fiction together as they portray the events surrounding the infamous 1942 Sleepy Lagoon murder in Los Angeles. Filled with heart, sly wit and the infectious songs of Lalo Guerrero, ‘‘Zoot Suit’’ remains an urgent portrayal of the clash between generations in a Chicano family, the rifts between cultures in America and how racism and injustice can haunt a city and a society.

International stage and screen star Demian Bichir (Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight,” FX’s “The Bridge,” Showtime’s “Weeds,” Soderbergh’s “Che” and “A Better Life,” Academy Award nomination) plays the indelible role of El Pachuco.

Actors Daniel Valdez and Rose Portillo are returning to “Zoot Suit” after appearing in the world premiere production at the Taper in 1978, as well as at the Aquarius Theatre in Hollywood, on Broadway and in the film. Valdez played the leading role of Henry Reyna, while Portillo played Della, his barrio girlfriend. The two will be reunited for this new production, with Valdez now playing Enrique Reyna (Henry’s father) and Portillo playing Dolores Reyna (Henry’s mother). Daniel Valdez will also music direct once again.

Jeanine Mason, who plays Della, won season five of “So You Think You Can Dance” and recently appeared in ABC’s “Of Kings and Prophets.” She also played a recurring role on ABC Family’s “Bunheads.”

Matias Ponce, who plays Henry Reyna, has appeared in Los Angeles, New York and regional theatre productions of such plays as “Handball,” “Short Eyes,” “Faith, Part I of A Mexican Trilogy” and “The Fat Ugly Ho.” Film and television credits include “Flight World War II,” “Lie to Me,” “Victorious” and “Rizzoli & Isles,” among many others.

“Theatre has always created an extraordinary connection between artists and audiences,” said Center Theatre Group Artistic Director Michael Ritchie. “Nowhere is that more clear than in the uniquely intimate space of the Mark Taper Forum. And that connection continues well beyond the curtain call in plays like Luis Valdez’s ‘Zoot Suit,’ which changed the cultural landscape when it premiered at the Taper almost four decades ago and will continue to offer a vital insight when it opens our 50th season at the Taper in 2017.”

“Zoot Suit” was originally commissioned and developed by Center Theatre Group, playing for nearly a year in Los Angeles first at the Taper from August 6 to October 1, 1978, then from October 10, 1978, through July 1, 1979, at the Aquarius in Hollywood. It went on to become Broadway’s first Chicano play, was made into a major motion picture and became a cultural phenomenon.

Bank of America is the title sponsor for “Zoot Suit.”

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 to “Zoot Suit” are available by calling (213) 628-2772, online at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org or at the Center Theatre Group box office, located at the Ahmanson Theatre. Tickets range from $25 – $99 (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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Jan 182017
 
“Zoot Suit” Extended Due to Strong Ticket Sales and Popular Demand

L-R: Cast members Jeanine Mason, Jeremy Ray Valdez, Demian Bichir, writer/director Luis Valdez, cast member Rose Portillo and cast member/music director Daniel Valdez on the first day of rehearsal for “Zoot Suit.” Presented in association with El Teatro Campesino, “Zoot Suit” will play January 31 through March 12, 2017, as part of Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum’s 50th anniversary season.
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Before Performances Have Begun, Center Theatre Group Announces

“Zoot Suit” WILL extend FOR one week through March 19th

Due to Strong Ticket Sales and Popular Demand

Previews Begin January 31th, Opening is February 12th 2017

“Archduke” Will Be Re-Scheduled to Accommodate the Extension
Performances Will Now Begin on April 25, 2017, at the Taper

Rehearsals have barely begun and Center Theatre Group is already announcing a one-week extension for “Zoot Suit,” due to strong ticket sales. The production will now continue through March 19th 2017, at the Mark Taper Forum. Previews for “Zoot Suit” begin January 31st, with opening set for February 12th. Written and directed by Luis Valdez, “Zoot Suit” is presented in association with El Teatro Campesino.

In order to accommodate this scheduling change, “Archduke” will now begin previews on April 25, 2017, open on May 7 and continue through June 4.

“Zoot Suit” was originally commissioned and developed by Center Theatre Group, playing for nearly a year in Los Angeles first at the Taper from August 6 to October 1, 1978, then from October 10, 1978, through July 1, 1979, at the Aquarius in Hollywood. It went on to become Broadway’s first Chicano play, was made into a major motion picture and became a cultural phenomenon.

 

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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 142016
 
Mark Taper Forum “Zoot Suit” Buy One Ticket Get One Free

Luis Valdez (center right) with the cast of the 1978 production of “Zoot Suit” at the Mark Taper Forum. Written and directed by Valdez and presented in association with El Teatro Campesino, “Zoot Suit” will play January 31 through March 12, 2017, as part of Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum’s 2017-2018 Season at the Los Angeles Music Center. Tickets for the Mark Taper Forum’s 50th anniversary season are currently available by season ticket membership only. For information and to charge season tickets by phone, call the Exclusive Season Ticket Hotline at (213) 972-4444. To purchase season memberships online, visit www.CenterTheatreGroup.org / Taper. Photo by Jay Thompson.

 

“ZOOT SUIT” TICKETS GO ON SALE NOVEMBER 18th

CENTER THEATRE GROUP HOSTS ON-SALE CELEBRATION

FEATURING LIVE MUSIC, DANCING, FOOD TRUCKS AND MORE

Mark Taper Forum “Zoot Suit” Buy One Ticket Get One Free

 

Tickets for Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum’s production of “Zoot Suit” go on sale Friday, November 18, 2016, with a celebratory on-sale event from noon to 3 p.m. in front of the Ahmanson Theatre on the Music Center Plaza in downtown Los Angeles.

Plaza events will include zoot suit-wearing dancers and models provided by El Pachuco Zoot Suits, Inc. clothing company and Barrio Dandy; and live music from the Ragsdale Quartet featuring Alexis de la Rocha. Patina’s Tina Tacos will be open for the event and food trucks will also be accessible near the plaza. Events will be live broadcast on KTNQ 1020 AM and KRCD Recuerdo 103.9 FM/98.3 FM.

The event will also feature a buy one ticket get one free offer for “Zoot Suit,” in person only on November 18 from 12 – 8 p.m., with a limit of two free tickets per person. Tickets will also go on sale that day for “Archduke,” “Head of Passes,” “Water by the Spoonful,” and “Remote L.A.”

Presented in association with El Teatro Campesino, “Zoot Suit,” one of the Taper’s most iconic original works, will kick off Center Theatre Group’s 50th anniversary season at the Mark Taper Forum. Written and directed by Luis Valdez, “Zoot Suit” begins previews January 31, opens February 12 and continues through March 12, 2017.

“Zoot Suit” was originally commissioned and developed by Center Theatre Group, playing for nearly a year in Los Angeles first at the Taper from August 6 to October 1, 1978, then at the Aquarius in Hollywood from October 10, 1978, through July 1, 1979. It went on to become Broadway’s first Chicano play and was made into a major motion picture that became a cultural phenomenon.

Nearly 40 years after its world premiere, original creator Valdez will once again fill the Taper’s stage with a company of 25 actors, singers and dancers weaving fact and fiction together as they portray the events surrounding the infamous 1942 Sleepy Lagoon murder in Los Angeles. Filled with heart, sly wit and the infectious songs of Lalo Guerrero, “Zoot Suit” remains an urgent portrayal of the clash between generations in a Chicano family, the rifts between cultures in America and how racism and injustice can haunt a city and a society.

As of November 18, tickets for “Zoot Suit” will be available by calling (213) 628-2772 or online at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org (the buy one get one free offer is for inperson sales on November 18 only). Tickets range from $25 – $95 (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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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
 
Gordon Davidson

Gordon Davidson with Tony Kushner and producers of “Angels in America” celebrating one of the highlights of his career, winning Tony Award.

Center Theatre Group mourns the loss of its Founding Artistic Director, Gordon Davidson, who passed away Sunday, October 2, 2016. Plans for a memorial event will be announced in the coming days.

“Gordon Davidson was one of the most renowned and respected artistic directors in regional theatre, in large part because he was one of the original founders of the entire concept,” said Center Theatre Group Artistic Director, Michael Ritchie.

“He led Center Theatre Group for 38 years and produced one of the broadest arrays of plays, particularly new plays, of any theatre in the country.

Without his prolific vision for Center Theatre Group 50 years ago, the theatrical landscape in Los Angeles, and the country, would be very different. He remains one of theatre’s great leaders and I was proud to call him a mentor, friend and colleague.”

From 1967 to 2005 Gordon Davidson was the Artistic Director of Center Theatre Group / Mark Taper Forum at the Music Center of Los Angeles.

In addition to his role at the Taper, Davidson was 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.

Gordon guided hundreds of productions to the Taper stage while overseeing numerous special projects sponsored by the Taper. This work and his direction of many of the Taper plays were acclaimed both in Los Angeles and New York, garnering the Taper a Tony Award for theatrical excellence in 1977.

Under Gordon, the Taper was distinguished by having two of its plays “The Kentucky Cycle” and “Angels in America” (Part One – “Millennium Approaches”) receive in consecutive years the Pulitzer Prize in Drama, the first time for plays produced outside of New York. “Angels in America,” when subsequently produced on Broadway, also received in consecutive years two Tony Awards for Best Play, for Part One and Part Two – “Perestroika,” respectively.

In fact, in 1994 when “Perestroika” won the Tony Gordon Davidson Award, three of the four plays nominated for Best Play were Taper plays (with “The Kentucky Cycle” and “Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992” joining “Perestroika”). Davidson’s direction of “Children of a Lesser God” (which received two Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards, including Distinguished Production) brought him a Tony Award nomination (one of four nominations for the play) and a New York Drama Desk Award nomination (one of five). “Children of a Lesser God” won three 1980 Tony Awards for Best Play, Best Actor and Best Actress.

In 1977, Davidson won a Tony Award for his direction of “The Shadow Box,” which also won the Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award for Best Play for its author, Michael Cristofer.

In that same season, Davidson 2 was the recipient of an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Director for “The Shadow Box” at the Morosco Theatre and “Savages” at the Hudson Guild Theatre, and an Obie for his direction of “Savages.” Earlier he had received two Margo Jones Awards for his work in encouraging new plays and playwrights.

Davidson also staged The Phoenix Theatre productions of “Murderous Angels” and “The Trial of the Catonsville Nine,” winning an Obie Award and a Tony Award nomination for the latter play, and he was honored with a New York Drama Desk Award for “In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer,” staged at Lincoln Center.“The Shadow Box,” “Savages,” “Murderous Angels,” “Oppenheimer” and “Catonsville” premiered at the Taper under Davidson’s direction, whose other credits there include “The Devils,” “Who’s Happy Now?,” “Rosebloom,” “Henry IV, Part I,” “Mass,” “Hamlet,” “Too Much Johnson,” “And Where She Stops Nobody Knows,” “Getting Out,” “Black Angels,” “Terra Nova,” “Children of a Lesser God,” “The Lady and the Clarinet,” “Chekhov in Yalta,” “Tales From Hollywood,” “The Hands of Its Enemy,” “Traveler in the Dark,” “The Real Thing,” “Ghetto,” “Dutch Landscape,” “Unfinished Stories,” “Nine Armenians,”
“QED” and “Stuff Happens.”

For the Ahmanson Theatre, he directed a revival of Stephen Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music” at the Doolittle Theatre, and after supervising the remodeling of the Ahmanson Theatre at the Music Center, he staged the 30th anniversary production of “Candide” in November 1995 as the first production in the new Ahmanson.He directed the first play presented in the new Kirk Douglas Theatre – the world premiere of “A Perfect Wedding.”

The Taper was the co-producer of the theatre portion of the Olympic Arts Festival in Los Angeles in the summer of 1984. Davidson directed the West Coast premiere of Arthur Miller’s “The American Clock” for the Taper’s 1984 Repertory Festival, which was a participant in the Olympic Arts Festival.

For television, he directed “It’s the Willingness” by Marsha Norman for the PBS Visions series. He also directed the feature film version of “Catonsville” and the television version of “Who’s Happy Now?” for the NET Theatre in America series.

In 1976 he directed “Otello” for the Israel Philharmonic, Zubin Mehta conducting. In Gordon Davidson – 3 1985, Davidson directed the world premiere of Thea Musgrave’s “Harriet, The Woman Called Moses” for the Virginia Opera Association. His staging of Leonard Bernstein’s “Mass” opened the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and he directed “A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream” for the LA Opera. In Los Angeles, Davidson was honored by the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle with a Special Award for his outstanding contributions to American playwrights and three Distinguished Direction Awards.

He also received a LADCC Award for the Taper’s New Theatre For Now In the Works festival. He was given The Governor’s Award for the Arts in 1990 honoring his contributions to the performing arts in California, and in 1997 the Founders League of the Music Center of Los Angeles County honored him for 30 years of artistic leadership. He was also awarded the 1993 Casting Society of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Honorary Gold Card membership into IATSE, Local 33, and the “Mr. Abbott” Award for Lifetime Achievement, among many other awards.

In January 2000 Davidson was inducted in to the Theater Hall of Fame on Broadway. Davidson was appointed to the National Council on the Arts by President Clinton and was a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He served as president of Theatre Communications Group and the League of Resident Theatres, and was a board member of several arts organizations including the Non-Traditional Casting Project.

He received honorary doctorates from Brooklyn College, California Institute of the Arts and Claremont University Center. He regularly served on panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, as an artistic advisor for the Fund for New American Plays, and he was a member of the advisory boards for the Cornell Center for the Performing Arts and the Jewish Theatre Association.

Gordon was born on May 7, 1933, and is survived by his wife, Judi; their children, Adam and Rachel; and five granddaughters.

Music Center and CTG Dim Their Lights For Gordon Davidson

 

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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.

Sep 062016
 
Aisling O’Sullivan and Marie Mullen, who will perform in the Druid production of “The Beauty Queen of Leenane”

Aisling O’Sullivan and Marie Mullen, who will perform in the Druid production of “The Beauty Queen of Leenane”

Just in time for the holiday season The Mark Taper Forum will feature The Druid production of “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” By Martin McDonagh, Directed by Garry Hynes. Starring Aisling O’Sullivan and Marie Mullen.

The emotion-laden drama explores the love and hate relationship between a mother and daughter. Just like many a family holiday does….

Read more on our sister Site, Cultural Events In Los Angeles.

 

The Beauty Queen of Leenane

Aug 132016
 
Mark Taper Forum

New Season at the Mark Taper Forum

2017-2018 Season at the Mark Taper Forum will feature “Zoot Suit”, “Archduke”, “Head of Passes”, “Water by the Spoonful”, “Soft Power”, “Remote L.A.” and A LOT MORE!

Artistic Director Michael Ritchie said: “Theatre has always created an extraordinary connection between artists and audiences.” The offerings of the upcoming season at the Mark Taper Forum make it even more evident. They’ll include five innovative plays and “Remote L.A.” production which takes the performance out of the theatre and to the audience…

Read more on our sister Site, Cultural Events In Los Angeles.

2017-2018 Season at the Mark Taper Forum

Jan 192015
 

REHEARSALS BEGIN FOR ARTHUR MILLER’S AMERICAN CLASSIC
“THE PRICE” AT THE CENTER THEATRE GROUP / MARK TAPER FORUM
FEATURING KATE BURTON, JOHN BEDFORD LLOYD,
ALAN MANDELL AND SAM ROBARDS

“The Price” In Rehearsals

L-R: Cast members John Bedford Lloyd, Kate Burton, Sam Robards and Alan Mandell at the first rehearsal for Arthur Miller’s classic drama “The Price,” directed by Garry Hynes, at the Center Theatre Group / Mark Taper Forum. Photo by Craig Schwartz

Under The Direction of Tony-Winner Garry Hynes, “The Price”
Runs February 11 – March 22

Rehearsals began for the Center Theatre Group / Mark Taper Forum production of “The Price” by Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award and National Medal of Honor-winner Arthur Miller. The penetrating family drama by one of America’s greatest dramatists will open the Mark Taper Forum’s new season February 11 through March 22, 2015, with the opening set for February 21.

Directed by Tony Award-winner (“The Beauty Queen of Leenane”) Garry Hynes, this poignant story about the cost of choices made over a lifetime, features Kate Burton, John Bedford Lloyd, Alan Mandell and Sam Robards.
“The Price” also features set design by Matt Saunders, costume design by Terese Wadden, lighting design by James F. Ingalls and sound design by Cricket S. Myers. Casting is by Meg Fister and the production stage manager is David S. Franklin.

Two brothers who haven’t spoken to each other in 16 years come together to settle their late father’s estate. Victor (played by Sam Robards), a police officer of 28 years, his brother, Walter (John Bedford Lloyd), a successful surgeon, and Victor’s wife, Esther (Kate Burton), gather in the attic of the family’s New York brownstone, where they are met by Solomon, a wise and wily antiques dealer (Alan Mandell). It is not only years of accumulation of family belongings that need sorting out, but also the hidden motives that long ago fractured the brothers’ relationship.


Jan 122015
 

CTG SELECTS 12 STUDENTS FOR AUGUST WILSON MONOLOGUE COMPETITION REGIONAL FINALS TO BE HELD AT THE MARK TAPER FORUM ON MARCH 2

National Competition to Take Place May 4 in New York

Mark Taper Forum

Regional finals will take place at Mark Taper Forum

Center Theatre Group has selected 12 local students to participate in the regional finals of the 2015 August Wilson Monologue Competition (AWMC) to be held at the CTG/Mark Taper Forum on March, 2, 2015.

With the support of the CTG Affiliates, this is the fourth consecutive year that CTG will host the Southern California component of the national monologue competition. The program is designed to inspire and educate Los Angeles youth through the work of August Wilson.

“Center Theatre Group is honored to play a part in sustaining the legacy of August Wilson by introducing him and his work to a new generation. The power of CTG’s August Wilson Monologue Competition is in giving students the opportunity to study a significant African-American playwright as a source for their own education, self-reflection and creative expression,” says CTG’s Director of Education and Community Partnerships Leslie K. Johnson. “I am incredibly proud of all the young people who participated in the program and am excited to work with our regional finalists as they prepare for their performance at the Mark Taper Forum. I can’t wait to see this year’s participants bring Wilson’s characters to life.”

Those chosen to participate in the competition are Philip Patrick Bucknor (Los Angeles), Javen K. Crosby (Burbank), Danielle N. Davis (Los Angeles), Trécey Dory (Los Angeles), Shaila Essley (Chino Hills), Avery Girion (Sherman Oaks), Camryn Hamm (Rancho Cucamonga), Katharine Lauffer (Valencia), Wayne R. Mackins-Harris (Los Angeles), Miles Millikan (Los Angeles), Wendy R. Morrow (Los Angeles) and Paul Vincent III (North Hollywood). The students represent several local high schools including Idyllwild Arts Academy, Los Angeles High School of the Arts, Marlborough School, Ramón C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts, Rancho Cucamonga High School and Valencia High School.


Dec 262014
 

THE FULL CAST IS SET FOR ARTHUR MILLER’S “THE PRICE” AT THE CENTER THEATRE GROUP / MARK TAPER FORUM
FEBRUARY 11 – MARCH 22, 2015
John Bedford Lloyd and Sam Robards Join the Previously Announced Kate Burton and Alan Mandell Under the Direction of Tony-Winner Garry Hynes

Kate Burton

Kate Burton will be appearing in Arthur Miller’s classic drama “The Price,” directed by Garry Hynes, in the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum’s 2015 season. The dates for “The Price” are February 11 through March 22, 2015.
Photo: Richard Cartwright

The full cast is set for the Center Theatre Group / Mark Taper Forum production of “The Price” by Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award and National Medal of Honor-winner Arthur Miller. The penetrating family drama by one of America’s greatest dramatists will open the Mark Taper Forum’s new season February 11 through March 22, 2015, with the opening set for February 21st 2015.

Directed by Tony Award-winner (“The Beauty Queen of Leenane”) Garry Hynes, this poignant story about the cost of choices made over a lifetime will feature John Bedford Lloyd, Sam Robards and the previously announced Kate Burton and Alan Mandell.

Two brothers who haven’t spoken to each other in 16 years come together to settle their late father’s estate. Victor(played by Sam Robards), a police officer of 28 years, his brother, Walter (John Bedford Lloyd), a successful surgeon, and Victor’s wife, Esther (Kate Burton), gather in the attic of the family’s New York brownstone, where they are met by Solomon, a wise and wily antiques dealer (Alan Mandell). It is not only years of accumulation of family belongings that need sorting out, but also the hidden motives that long ago fractured the brothers’ relationship.

An American classic, “The Price” first opened on Broadway in 1968, and Clive Barnes, writing for The New York Times, said the play was “… one of the most engrossing and entertaining plays that Miller has ever written.”

The plays of Arthur Miller (1915-2005) include “The Man Who Had All the Luck” (1944), “All My Sons” (1947), “Death of a Salesman” (1949), “The Crucible” (1953), “A View From the Bridge” and “A Memory of Two Mondays” (1955), “After the Fall” and “Incident at Vichy” (1964), “The Price” (1968), “The Creation of the World and Other Business” (1972), “The Archbishop’s Ceiling” (1977) and “The American Clock” (1980), among others. He wrote the screenplay for “The Misfits” (1960), and several books including three with his wife, photographer Inge Morath. He received countless awards including the Pulitzer Prize (for “Death of a Salesman”), three Tony Awards as well as a Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement, two Emmy Awards, and the John F. Kennedy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Tickets for “The Price” will go on sale December 20 and will be available by calling (213) 628-2772 or visiting online at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org. Tickets range from $20 – $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.


Dec 072014
 

“The Price” by Arthur Miller
Directed by Garry Hynes

Arthur Miller’s The Price On The Way To Mark Taper Forum

Alan Mandell will be appearing in Arthur Miller’s classic drama “The Price,” directed by Garry Hynes, in the Center Theatre Group / Mark Taper Forum’s 2015 season.

DESCRIPTION: Two brothers who haven’t spoken to each other in 16 years come together to settle their late father’s estate. Victor, a police officer of 28 years, his brother, Walter, a successful surgeon, and Victor’s wife, Esther (played by Kate Burton), gather in the attic of family’s New York brownstone, where they are met by Solomon, a wise and wily antiques dealer (played by Alan Mandell). It is not only years of accumulation of family belongings that need sorting out, but also the hidden motives that long ago fractured the brothers’ relationship.

DATES / TIMES:
Previews begin February 11. **Opens February 21.
Continues through March 22, 2015.
Previews (February 11 –20): Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Opens Saturday, February 21 at 8 p.m.
Regular Performances (February 22 – March 22, 2015): Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.


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.


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.

Sep 192014
 

World Premiere “Marjorie Prime” Opens
at Mark Taper Forum Sunday, September 21, 2014, at 7 pm

Features Lois Smith, Lisa Emery, Jeff Ward, Frank Wood

"Marjorie Prime" Opens

Lois Smith and Frank Wood in the world premiere of Jordan Harrison’s “Marjorie Prime” at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum. Directed by Les Waters, “Marjorie Prime” plays September 10 – October 19, 2014. For tickets and information, please visit http://www.CenterTheatreGroup.org or call (213) 628-2772.
Photo by Craig Schwartz

The world premiere of Jordan Harrison’s “Marjorie Prime” opens at the Center Theatre Group / Mark Taper Forum on Sunday, September 21, 2014, at 7 p.m. Directed by Obie Award-winner Les Waters, the profound and engaging new play continues through October 19, 2014.

The cast of “Marjorie Prime” features acclaimed actors Lois Smith (Tony Award nominated for “The Grapes of Wrath” and “Buried Child”), and, in alphabetical order, Lisa Emery (who has appeared on Broadway in “Relatively Speaking,” “The Smell of the Kill” and “The Women,” among others), Jeff Ward (who recently made his Broadway debut with “Orphans”) and Frank Wood (Tony Award winner for “Sideman”; recently appeared at the Taper in “Clybourne Park”).

Set design for “Marjorie Prime” is by Mimi Lien, costume design by Ilona Somogyi, lighting design by Lap Chi Chu, sound design by Adam Phalen and casting is by Mark B. Simon, CSA. The production stage manager is David S. Franklin.

“Marjorie Prime” asks exquisite questions about the difference between a life lived and a life remembered. Marjorie (Smith) is a clever, wry woman who, at age 85, finds that her memory is failing. She is living out her days at an assisted living facility where she is frequently visited by her anxious, quick-witted daughter, Tess (Emery), and her kind, easygoing son-in-law, Jon (Wood). With the urging of Jon and the facility and despite Tess’ misgivings, a mysterious young man, Walter (Ward), joins the group with the hope that he can help reverse Marjorie’s decline. Through an ingenious series of shifting realities, Walter’s nature is revealed, and the family’s memories gently unfold into a cathartic meditation on life and loss, and the desire to keep our dearly departed with us.

Tickets for “Marjorie Prime” 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 Los Angeles 90012.

Aug 282014
 

Mark Taper Forum Calendar Of Events November And December 2014:
“What the Butler Saw” at the Mark Taper Forum Nov. and Dec. 2014

November – December 2014

Paxton Whitehead

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

EVENT:

“What the Butler Saw” by Joe Orton
Directed by John Tillinger
With Paxton Whitehead

DESCRIPTION:
Set in the consulting room of a private psychiatric clinic, the action begins when the very proper Dr. Prentice is interrupted by his wife just as he is about to seduce a beautiful, young woman who is applying for a job as a secretary. 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.

DATES / TIMES:
Previews begin November 12, 2014. Opens November 23. Continues through December 21, 2014.
Previews (November 12 –22): Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Exceptions: Added 2:30 p.m. matinee performance on Saturday, November 22.
Opens Sunday, November 23 at 7 p.m.
Regular Performances (November 25 – December 21, 2014): Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Exceptions: No performance Thursday, November 27.