Jul 142017
 
King Of The Yees Opens At Kirk Douglas Theatre

L-R: Rammel Chan, Francis Jue, Stephenie Soohyun Park and Angela Lin in the world premiere production of “King of the Yees.” Written by Lauren Yee, directed by Joshua Kahan Brody and produced in association with Goodman Theatre, “King of the Yees” plays through August 6, 2017, at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre. Photo by Craig Schwartz. All Uses © 2017 Craig Schwartz

 

THE WORLD PREMIERE PRODUCTION OF

“KING OF THE YEES”

OPENS AT CENTER THEATRE GROUP’S

KIRK DOUGLAS THEATRE

SUNDAY, JULY 16

Lauren Yee’s New Play Continues Through August 6, 2017

 

The world premiere production of “King of the Yees” will open at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre on Sunday, July 16 at 6:30 p.m. Written by Lauren Yee, directed by Joshua Kahan Brody and produced in association with Goodman Theatre, “King of the Yees” will continue through August 6, 2017.

The cast includes, in alphabetical order, Rammel Chan, Francis Jue, Angela Lin, Stephenie Soohyun Park and Daniel Smith.

The creative team includes set design by William Boles, costume design by Izumi Inaba, lighting design by Heather Gilbert, sound design by Mikhail Fiksel, projections by Mike Tutaj, casting by Adam Belcuore, CSA and Erica Sartini-Combs, and dramaturgy by Tanya Palmer. David S. Franklin is the production stage manager.

For nearly 20 years, playwright Lauren Yee’s father Larry has been a driving force in the Yee Family Association, a seemingly obsolescent Chinese American men’s club formed 150 years ago in the wake of the Gold Rush. But when her father goes missing, Lauren plunges into the rabbit hole of San Francisco’s Chinatown to confront a world both foreign and familiar. “King of the Yees” is a joyride across cultural, national and familial borders that explores what it means to truly be a Yee.

 

 

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

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

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

WORLD PREMIERE OPENS OCTOBER 30 AT KIRK DOUGLAS THEATRE

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Oct 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.

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.

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.