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24janallday18aprNew Works Play Festival 2023Dina Morrone, Nalsey Tinberg, Barbara Beery, Amy Simon, Elayne Heilveil, Areden Teresa Lewis
New Works Play Festival by Dina Morrone, Nalsey Tinberg, Barbara Beery, Amy Simon, Elayne Heilveil, Arden Teresa Lewis Play readings. January 24: MY UTERUS (a womb with a view) by Dina Morrone.
New Works Play Festival by Dina Morrone, Nalsey Tinberg, Barbara Beery, Amy Simon, Elayne Heilveil, Arden Teresa Lewis
January 24: MY UTERUS (a womb with a view) by Dina Morrone. Dina digs deep into her pelvic cavity to explore what the Uterus really is, what it means to own one, and to probe and examine how it continues to get screwed over and over again, by those who have no business being in there.
January 31: Muscle Memory by Nalsey Tinberg. Pain and Loss. History and memory. Can friendship survive?
February 7: How High the Moon by Barbara Beery. On July 4th, 1952, neighboring families in the San Fernando Valley fight over love, land and the changing times.
March 14: SHE Is History by Amy Simon. Alarmed when her thirteen-year-old daughter plans to do her women’s history report on pop stars Cher, or Janet Jackson, Mom becomes obsessed with and gets inspiration and strength from the unknown, unheralded and forgotten women in history who overcome obstacles and fight for equality and justice. Weaving stories in and out of what turns out to be parallel universes spanning three centuries, she finds empowerment along the way in this funny, enlightening, politically and socially relevant, heart-breaking and emotionally charged slices of modern and herstorical life.
March 21: Nighty Night by Elayne Heilveil. When a tragic incident happens to a young girl in the Bayou, a mother, Pastor, and suspicious stranger struggle to put the pieces together of the puzzle that led to that haunting night.
April 18: Cassatt by Arden Teresa Lewis. Mary Cassatt, the aging Impressionist, stands in her country estate and sets fire to most of her early paintings never to be seen by the art world again. What led this genius of printmaking and paint, the only American Impressionist in the very first show of 1875, to destroy a piece of her legacy?
Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.
January 24 (Tuesday) - April 18 (Tuesday)
3333 Cahuenga Blvd, West Los Angeles, CA 90068
Free non-ticketed event. Donations accepted. Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.
25feballday02aprLet Me InBrynn Thayer
‘Let Me In’ WHAT: Life takes an unpredictable turn for the bride’s best friend and the intended groom when a wedding becomes a funeral in Let Me In, a new comedy that is
‘Let Me In’
Life takes an unpredictable turn for the bride’s best friend and the intended groom when a wedding becomes a funeral in Let Me In, a new comedy that is (most probably) based on true events.
• Written and Directed by Brynn Thayer
• Starring Jorge Garcia, Bryan McKinley and Rachael Meyers
• Produced by Misha Riley for Theatre Planners
• Presented by DSE Productions
Performances: Feb. 25–April 2
• Saturdays at 8 p.m.: Feb. 25 (Opening); March 4; March 11; March 18; March 25; April 1
• Sundays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.: Feb. 26; March 5; March 12; March 19; March 26; April 2
Theatre 68 Arts Complex – The Rosalie
5112 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
90 minutes, no intermission
February 25 (Saturday) - April 2 (Sunday)
5112 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
28feballday30aprThe Lonely FewBook by Rachel Bonds, Music & Lyrics by Zoe Sarnak
THE LONELY FEW WORLD PREMIERE MUSICAL & GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE COMMISSION Book by Rachel Bonds Music & Lyrics by Zoe Sarnak Directed by Trip Cullman & Ellenore Scott Produced in Association with FourthWall Theatrical Featuring Joshua Close, Damon Daunno, Lauren Patten, Ciara Renée, Helen J Shen & Thomas Silcott February 28 –
THE LONELY FEW
WORLD PREMIERE MUSICAL
& GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE COMMISSION
Book by Rachel Bonds
Music & Lyrics by Zoe Sarnak
Directed by Trip Cullman & Ellenore Scott
Produced in Association with FourthWall Theatrical
Featuring Joshua Close, Damon Daunno, Lauren Patten, Ciara Renée, Helen J Shen & Thomas Silcott
February 28 – April 30
Lila (Lauren Patten, Tony Award winner for Jagged Little Pill) is getting by in her Kentucky hometown—scanning groceries at the Save-A-Lot, caring for her erratic brother, and living for Friday nights, when she plays a gig with her band The Lonely Few. And that’s enough. Or she thought it was, until Amy, an established musician ragged from the road, passes through and offers her a shot at something much, much bigger. But is Lila ready for the life she never dared to imagine? A world premiere musical by Zoe Sarnak and Rachel Bonds, The Lonely Few is a love story between two women searching for a sense of home.
This play was commissioned as part of the Geffen Playhouse’s New Play Development Program thanks to the generosity of Sandra Krause and William Fitzgerald. Major support for this world premiere production provided by the Edgerton Foundation New Play Production Fund.
Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater
February 28 (Tuesday) - April 30 (Sunday)
Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater at the Geffen Playhouse
19886 Le Conte Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024
03marallday03aprLove and InformationCaryl Churchill
What does it mean to be human? Antaeus Theatre Company presents Love and Information by boundary-pushing playwright Caryl Churchill (Cloud Nine, Top Girls). Emily Chase (Eight Nights) directs for a
What does it mean to be human? Antaeus Theatre Company presents Love and Information by boundary-pushing playwright Caryl Churchill (Cloud Nine, Top Girls). Emily Chase (Eight Nights) directs for a March 3 opening at Glendale’s Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center, where performances continue through April 3. Low-priced previews begin February 26.
The digital age has given humanity access to radical equality, effortless connection and unprecedented intimacy. It has also served as a driver of detachment, alienation and unbridled anger. Love and Information examines these ideas and more through a kaleidoscope of scenes that reflect on the way we communicate in the 21st century. Eight Antaeus actors `play dozens of people from around the planet, each asking the biggest questions.
“How do our mortal, imperfect brains handle today’s constant influx of information?” asks Chase. “It’s like we’re looking back from the future, excavating fragments that tell us how we navigated love and communication in the 21st century. It’s deep, funny, sexy and engaging. Every scene has a kind of momentousness to it.”
Churchill’s play examines every facet of information, from giving it, ferreting it out, uncovering unwanted truths; to the way our brains work: love, loss, grief, memory; to the big questions of the universe: climate threat, the future of our planet, our own insignificance.
Performances of Love and Information runs March 3 through April 3. Performances take place on Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m.; and Mondays at 8 p.m. (no matinee on March 4; dark Monday, March 6). Four preview performances take place February 26 through March 2. Tickets to all performances are $40; tickets to previews are $20.
Face masks will be required for all matinee performances (Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.). Face masks are recommended for all performances.
The Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center is located at 110 East Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205 (between N. Brand Blvd. and Artsakh Ave.). The first 90 minutes of parking is free, then $2 per hour, in Glendale Marketplace garage located at 120 Artsakh Ave. (between Broadway and Harvard). The theater is air-conditioned and wheelchair accessible.
For more information and to purchase tickets, call (818) 506–1983 or go to www.antaeus.org
March 3 (Friday) - April 3 (Monday)
Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center
110 East Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205
Antaeus Theatre Company
04marallday09aprLa EgoistaErlina Ortiz
La Egoista by Erlina Ortiz directed by Daphnie Sicre Josefina is a stand-up comic on the rise who takes nothing seriously. Her younger sister Betsaida, on the other hand, takes everything seriously. When
by Erlina Ortiz
directed by Daphnie Sicre
Josefina is a stand-up comic on the rise who takes nothing seriously. Her younger sister Betsaida, on the other hand, takes everything seriously. When a sudden diagnosis upends Betsaida’s life, they’re thrown together to rediscover all the affection, friction, and humor that still fuels their relationship.
La Egoista thrillingly combines stand-up and theater to explore the bonds between sisters, the cost of healthcare, and the hilariously fine line between selfish and selfless.
La Egoista won the 2022 National Latine Playwrights Award
March 4 (Saturday) - April 9 (Sunday)
1816 1/2 N. Vermont Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90027
08marallday09aprTwilight: Los Angeles, 1992Anna Deavere Smith
Nearly thirty years after the Los Angeles uprising following the Rodney King verdict, Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 returns home to the Mark Taper Forum to be reimagined with an ensemble cast for
Nearly thirty years after the Los Angeles uprising following the Rodney King verdict, Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 returns home to the Mark Taper Forum to be reimagined with an ensemble cast for a new generation of audiences. A powerful piece of living record and one of the most important works in the history of the Taper, Twilight is a stunning and seminal play that explores the devastating human impact of the five days of uprising following the Rodney King verdict. From nine months of over 300 interviews conducted during the year following the uprising, playwright and scholar Anna Deavere Smith crafted a play that goes directly to the heart of the issues of race and class. Twilight offers stark insight into the complex and pressing social, economic, and political issues that fueled the flames in the wake of the verdict and ignited a conversation about policing and race that continues today. Originally commissioned by and produced at the Mark Taper Forum, this 30th Anniversary Production is set to captivate our city once again.
March 8 (Wednesday) - April 9 (Sunday)
Mark Taper Forum
135 N. Grand Avenue
10marallday01aprCabaret MacabreBrittany DeWeese
Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group proudly
DETAILS: CABARET MACABRE. For Ages 17+. Wheelchair accessible.
WHEN: FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS at 8:30p, MARCH 10 thru APRIL 1, 2023.WHERE: ZJU Theatre Group: 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601
TIX: $20 in Advance ($25 at the door); Advance TIX at: ZombieJoes.Tix.com
IG/TWITTER: @ZombieJoes @Cabaret_Macabre
March 10 (Friday) - April 1 (Saturday)
ZJU Theatre Group
4850 LANKERSHIM BLVD., NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA 91601
TIX: $20 in Advance ($25 at the door); Advance TIX at: ZombieJoes.Tix.com
16marallday16aprMENSTRUATION: A PERIOD PIECEMiranda Rose Hall
MENSTRUATION: A PERIOD PIECE
Written by Miranda Rose Hall
Directed by Katie Lindsay
Music by Tova Katz
Produced by Camille Jenkins
Presented by Bigg Little Theatre Company in Association with the Los Angeles LGBT Center
Claire is a 38-year-old lesbian who is desperate to figure out if a lesbian period is the ultimate lesbian tragedy; meanwhile, Emily, a hormone inside her body, decides to take matters into her own hands. A comedic, musical, poetic rendering of the menstrual cycle, our heroines leap between the living room, the uterus, the ovaries, and the fallopian tubes to test the limits of love, the limits of the body, and the limits of what any single organism can accomplish alone.
Featuring Bibi Mama as Emily, Marnina Schon as Uterine Chorus, Jo Equality Lampert as Mel/The Egg, Kate Lý Johnston as Uterine Chorus, Kaci Hamilton as Uterine Leader,Jane Hae Kim as Claire, Audra Isadora as Uterine Chorus
More information: https://www.biglittletheater.org/menstruation
March 16 (Thursday) - April 16 (Sunday)
Big Little Theatre Company
Playwrights’ Arena and Boston Court Pasadena present The World Premiere of Unrivaled By Rosie Narasaki Directed by Margaret Shigeko Starbuck MAR 16 – APR
Playwrights’ Arena and Boston Court Pasadena present
The World Premiere of
By Rosie Narasaki
Directed by Margaret Shigeko Starbuck
MAR 16 – APR 23
Press Opening: March 25
A World Premiere That Tells the Ultimate Frenemy Story of Two of Japan’s Most Revered Female Poets
Boston Court Pasadena opens their 20th anniversary theatre season with Unrivaled by Rosie Narasaki, a world premiere co-production with Playwrights’ Arena, directed by Boston Court’s Associate Artistic Director Margaret Shigeko Starbuck, March 16 – April 23 (press opening: March 25). This production is Starbuck’s Main Stage directorial debut, and features an all-AAPI cast, AAPI playwright, and a primarily AAPI creative team. Unrivaled features Katie Kitani (Murasaki Shikibu), Chelsea Yakura-Kurtz (Sei Shonagon), Cindy Nguyen (Empress Teishi), and David Huynh (Michinaga).
Unrivaled is a fictional account of two of Japan’s most beloved female writers, 11th-century ladies-in-waiting Murasaki Shikibu and Sei Shonagon. This ultimate frenemy tale explores the complicated relationship between two women who simultaneously respect and resent each other’s talent. This hilarious and poignant world premiere is about friendship, heartbreak, and what it means to be a female artist. Perhaps most of all, it’s about no matter how much things change, the more they stay the same.
Narasaki’s play centers on acclaimed Japanese writers Murasaki Shikibu (978- 1014), author of The Tale of Genji and Sei Shonagon (966-1025), author of The Pillow Book. The Tale of Genji is believed to be the first novel in the world and is heralded as the most significant work of literature in Japanese history. The Pillow Book exists in the genre known as zuihitsu and comprises critical commentaries, short-form poetry, and random vignettes.
Trailblazing playwright Rosie Narasaki, whose prior works have been developed and produced by Becky and Baldwin and hereandnow theatre company, began developing Unrivaled with Playwrights’ Arena and subsequently as a part of the Boston Court’s Playwrights Group, and both companies are delighted to take it to full production. Rosie Narasaki and Playwrights’ Arena received one of the prestigious and highly competitive 2022 Los Angeles New Play Program (LANPP) Awards for Unrivaled.
“I immediately fell in love with this play,” says Director Margaret Shigeko Starbuck. “It is wonderfully (and painfully) relatable, and it speaks directly to the way the entertainment industry puts artists in competition with one another so that the very people who are your friends, colleagues, and community are also your rivals.” She continues, “And more broadly, the play speaks to the way our societal structures pit women against each other and convince us that there can only be one exceptional woman at a time. I’m also passionate about the way the play blends the past and the present to show us that for over 1000 years, for better or worse, humans have remained endearingly and infuriatingly insecure, mundane, and awkward, but also capable of so much love, creativity, and wonder.”
Director Margaret Shigeko Starbuck (she/her) is an LA-based director and arts administrator. Her recent directing projects include the world premiere Frankel & Bloom chamber musical We Three Sisters and Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure with Method & Madness Theater Co, as well as numerous developmental workshops and readings of new plays for Meet Cute, Company of Angels, Playwrights Union, EST/LA, the Road Theatre, Occidental College’s New Play Festival, SkyPilot, and Actors Circle Ensemble. She also serves as Associate Artistic Director of Boston Court Pasadena.
Surrounding this world premiere production are a variety of community events giving audiences a closer look behind the scenes of the Unrivaled. These events include but are not limited to: AAPI Affinity Night, the Community Matinee, Student Night, and a sneak preview event at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center.
Single tickets range from $22 – $47 and are available now. Visit BostonCourtPasadena.org or call 626.683.6801 to become a member or purchase single tickets.
Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 8:00pm; Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00pm, check weekly schedule for specific performance days and times
Sneak Preview at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center: Sunday, March 19 at 6:00pm
Post-Show Discussion on Playwriting: Sunday, March 26
Post-Show Discussion on Acting: Sunday, April 2
Pay What You Choose: Monday, April 3 at 8:00pm
AAPI Affinity Night: Thursday, April 6 at 8:00pm
Community Matinee: Saturday, April 8 at 2:00pm (all tickets $5)
Then & Now: Poetry from the 11th to the 21st Century: Sunday, April 9 at 4:00pm
Student Night & Post Show Discussion on Acting: Saturday April 15 at 8:00pm ($5 student tickets)
Post-Show Discussion on Theme: Sunday, April 16
Post-Show Discussion on Directing: Saturday, April 22
Running Time: Approximately 90 minutes
Closing: Sunday, April 23 at 2:00pm
Tickets and Information:
Boston Court Pasadena
70 N Mentor Ave. Pasadena, CA 91106
Prices: $22 – $47
March 16 (Thursday) - April 23 (Sunday)
Boston Court Pasadena
70 N. Mentor, Pasadena, CA 91106
Tickets and Information:
Prices: $22 – $47
31marallday04aprO: A Rhapsody in DivorceJami Brandli
O: A Rhapsody in Divorce By Jami Brandli
O: A Rhapsody in Divorce
By Jami Brandli
Directed by Jessica Hanna
Presented as part of The Inkwell Theater’s LAB Development program
Featuring Amielynn Abellera, Ann Noble, Alexis Genya, Jacqueline Misaye, Andrew Brian Carter, Shirley Jordan
At The Broadwater Black Box in Los Angeles; March 31st, April 1st and April 4th at 8pm.
Tickets available here: https://inkwelltheater.
March 31 (Friday) - April 4 (Tuesday)
Broadwater Black Box
6322 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90038
The Inkwell Theater Development LAB