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.

Sep 062012
 

REHEARSALS HAVE BEGUN FOR MAMET’S “NOVEMBER”

FULL CAST ANNOUNCED FOR TIMELY POLITICAL COMEDY AT CENTER THEATRE GROUP’S MARK TAPER FORUM Playing September 26 through November 4, 2012

Center Theatre Group / Mark Taper Forum

(L to R) Ed Begley, Jr., Todd Weeks, Felicity Huffman and CTG Artistic Director Michael Ritchie at a rehearsal for “€œNovember”€ by David Mamet, playing at the Center Theatre Group / Mark Taper Forum, September 26 through November 4, 2012. The opening is scheduled for October 7. “November”€ is directed by Scott Zigler. Con Photo by Craig Schwartz

Rehearsals have begun for David Mamet’s fiendishly funny comedy “November,” which will be presented at the Center Theatre Group / Mark Taper Forum, September 26 throughNovember 4, 2012.  The opening is set for October 7. In addition to previously announced cast members Ed Begley, Jr., Felicity Huffman and Rod McLachlan, “November” will feature Gregory Cruz and Todd Weeks.

Just in time for the 2012 election, “November,” which will be directed by Scott Zigler, takes place a few days before a presidential election and incumbent Charles Smith (played by Begley) is in for a rough month — his campaign funds are running out, his poll numbers are “lower than Gandhi’s cholesterol” and the sofa needs to be reupholstered. But although his speechwriter (Huffman) seems to have defected, his chief of staff (McLachlan) has all but given up and his wife is planning for her post-White House life, Charles isn’t ready to throw in the towel quite yet.

With Mamet’s characteristic no-holds-barred style, “November” is a scathingly hilarious take on the state ofAmericatoday and the lengths to which people will go to win.

“November” features set design by Takeshi Kata, costume design by Laura Bauer and lighting design by Josh Epstein. The production stage manager is Barclay Stiff.

David Mamet was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1984 for “Glengarry Glen Ross,” for which he later wrote the screenplay. His other plays include “Speed-the-Plow,” “American Buffalo,” and “Boston Marriage,” among others. CTG has presented “Romance” (2005-2006 season) and “Oleanna” (2009 season) at the Taper, and “Keep Your Pantheon”/“The Duck Variations”/“A Sermon” (2007-2008 season) at CTG’sKirkDouglasTheatre. Mamet’s screenplays include “The Postman Always Rings Twice,” “The Verdict,” “The Untouchables” and “Wag the Dog.” He has directed 10 films. Mamet created and was the executive producer of the critically acclaimed CBS-TV series “The Unit.” He is a founding member of the Atlantic Theater Company, and the author of the bestselling “Bambi vs. Godzilla: On the Nature, Purpose, and Practice of the Movie Business”; “The Wicked Son”; “Three Uses of the Knife: On the Nature and Purpose of Drama”; “True and False: Heresy and Common Sense for the Actor”; and his current “The Secret Knowledge: On the Dismantling of American Culture.”

Scott Zigler directed Mamet’s “The Old Neighborhood” on Broadway and has directed numerous shows off-Broadway and regionally, including “The Woods,” “Sure Thing,” “As You Like It” (with Felicity Huffman), “Strawberry Fields” (Atlantic Theater Company) and the world premieres of “Suburban News” and a new adaptation of “The Cherry Orchard.”  Other Mamet plays he has directed include “Romance,” “The Cryptogram,” “Glengarry Glen Ross” and the national tour of “Oleanna.” He is a founding member, past artistic director and senior acting faculty of the Atlantic Theater Company and is Director of the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theatre School Institute for Advanced Theater Training atHarvardUniversity.

Tickets and information are available at CenterTheatreGroup.org, the CTG box office located at the Ahmanson Theatre, or by calling (213) 628-2772.

Aug 092012
 

ED BEGLEY, JR., FELICITY HUFFMAN AND ROD MCLACHLAN

WILL BE FEATURED IN MAMET’S POLITICAL COMEDY “NOVEMBER”

AT CENTER THEATRE GROUP’S MARK TAPER FORUM

Playing September 26 through November 4, 2012

POLITICAL COMEDY NOVEMBER AT MARK TAPER FORUM

Felicity Huffman will be featured in “November” by David Mamet, playing at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum, September 26 through November 4, 2012. The opening is scheduled for October 7. Photo by Tricia Lee Photography

POLITICAL COMEDY NOVEMBER AT MARK TAPER FORUM

Ed Begley, Jr. will be featured in €œNovember€ by David Mamet, playing at the Center Theatre Group / Mark Taper Forum, September 26 through November 4, 2012. The opening is scheduled for October 7. Photo by Tricia Lee Photography

Center Theatre Group has announced that Ed Begley, Jr., Felicity Huffman and Rod McLachlan have been cast in David Mamet’s “November.” Mamet’s fiendishly funny comedy set in the Oval Office will be presented at the Mark Taper Forum, September 26 through November 4, 2012.  The opening is set for October 7.

Just in time for the 2012 election, “November,” which will be directed by Scott Zigler, takes place a few days before a presidential election and incumbent Charles Smith (played by Begley) is in for a rough month — his campaign funds are running out, his poll numbers are “lower than Gandhi’s cholesterol” and the sofa needs to be reupholstered. But although his speechwriter (Huffman) seems to have defected, his chief of staff (McLachlan) has all but given up and his wife is planning for her post-White House life, Charles isn’t ready to throw in the towel quite yet.

With Mamet’s characteristic no-holds-barred style, “November” is a scathingly hilarious take on the state of America today and the lengths to which people will go to win.

Felicity Huffman, the beloved star of Desperate Housewives, is married to William H. Macy, and has a long list of professional accomplishments which include film, TV and television series. Felicity Huffman, an Oscar-nominee, is an Emmy and Golden Globes winner as well as Independent Spirit Awards recipient.

Ed Begley Jr. with numerous credits in film, TV and television series, is well known for his roles on St. Elsewhere; Boston Legal; CSI: Miami and Gary Unmarried among others. Ed Begley Jr. is a passionate environmentalist and a vegetarian.
Jul 072012
 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

September – November 2012

EVENT: “November”    by David Mamet    Directed by Scott Zigler.

DESCRIPTION: Just in time for the 2012 election, David Mamet’s fiendishly funny “November” comes to the Taper.  It’s a few days before a presidential election and incumbent Charles Smith is in for a rough month  — his campaign funds are running out, his poll numbers are “lower than Gandhi’s cholesterol” and the sofa needs to be reupholstered … all in all, it looks like the Thanksgiving turkey will have a better holiday season.  But although his speechwriter seems to have defected, his chief of staff has all but given up and his wife is planning for her post-White House life, Charles isn’t ready to throw in the towel quite yet.

DATES/TIMES: Previews begin September 26.  Opens October 7. Continues through November 4, 2012. Previews (September 26 – October 6): Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Matinee performance on Saturday, October 6. No performance on Mondays. Opens Sunday, October 7 at 7 p.m. Regular Performances (beginning October 9): Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2:30 and 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. No performance on Mondays.

TICKET INFO: Ticket Prices: $20 to $65 (Ticket prices are subject to change.) Tickets are available by calling CTG Audience Services at (213) 628-2772, in person at the CTG box office or on-line at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org. 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/Mark Taper Forum At the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A., 90012