Set in Boston 1855, Martha Leeds must deal with the "Code Duello" when her gentle older son is challenged to a duel by rich, amoral Walter Brown after her son spills tea on Brown's favorite boots - hopefully with the aid of her dashing younger son
Director Cathy Linder was interviewed about FARRAGUT NORTH, a play which takes place during a hotly contested Presidential primary and explores what goes on "behind the scenes" when everyone involved on both sides wants to win
Woody's sister Ann has always had a special connection with her brother, afflicted with cerebral palsy; the tale follows the impact of having a "special" child on an average family and how they cope with the stressful challenges which this presents
An army veteran who has risen from hard beginnings to become a responsible citizen and devoted family man, Rick was also the warden of a detention center for immigrants awaiting deportation - and now sits on death row ready to tell his story
A third-generation Latino and "guest lecturer" on cruise ships for years, Ramon invites his NYU graduate son to join him, perhaps hoping that the two can bond; but healing their huge chasm may take more than sun, smiles, and Caribbean rum drinks
Three sisters reminisce while packing up their late mother's house - each having different memories of the same events; however, they all agree that their mother was proper, staid, and mediocre - until secrets that she carefully hit from them emerge
A set of two one-act plays combined together follows Peter, a staid book editor, into his respectable lifeless living room with a wife who yearns for more and into the park, where he encounters a volatile, desperate, and lost man who went to the zoo
A major influence in the evolution of modern dance, Martha Graham was the first dancer invited to perform at the White House - but now she is in her 70's and told to rest on her laurels, impossible for the feisty, persistent, and talented woman
A compilation of the haphazard and even trial events which are strung together like beads in everyone's life, Still Life focuses on several people who find their lives overlapping - with questions about life's meaning rising from these encounters
Radio announcer "The Duke" tells the story of Hansel and Gretel, two Appalachia children abandoned during the 30's Great Depression who stumble upon an evil, blind witch in her forest home and must use all their skills to escape or die
When two couples who have known each other for years begin to show signs of marital "issues," they decide to hash out their problems in group therapy - but it turns out that the serious problems go deeper than simple couples conflicts
University professor Dr. Bertram Cates has been fired due to his heretical ideas about Darwin's theory of evolution and sues the university - with explosive results when he duels with Dr. Richard Hawkins, Darwin's current and very vocal advocate
Oliver and Julia Foxx have been married long enough to know each other's every secret - or so they think - until Oliver decides to sell his business and spend time traveling the world with his wife - only to find out that Julia has other plans
When teen heart throb Conway Birdie receives a draft notice, his music publisher decides to have Birdie sing a newly released tune as he gives his last kiss to a teen fan before going off to war - what could possibly go wrong?
At three different critical periods in her life, Alison Bechdel must come to terms with her sexuality, her relationship with her gay father, and her search for meaning in the mysteries of life - a musical based on her graphic memoir
Aging, has-been film star Angela wants to spend her twilight years with hunky, young Tony - but her husband Sol, a sleazy movie producer, may stand in the way - so Sol must go - and now her two strange children may seek revenge for pop's death
Forever Plaid, a guy group from the 1950's, never made it to their very first performance because of a fatal auto accident; 50 years later, they get a second chance to strut their stuff in front of a live audience - it's the stuff dreams are made of
200 years separate music genius Beethoven and musicologist Katherine Brandt; yet their lives parallel each other - evident when Katherine goes to Germany to figure out why Beethoven became obsessed with a few musical notes and so wrote 33 variations
When American soldiers come to the English countryside during World War II, things in the bucolic little village are sure to change - and change they do for each of the residents and Adolphus, a Yank private, as all prepare for the Normandy invasion
Chicano Henry Reyna and 22 members of the 38 Street gang - all proudly sporting their zoot suits - are accused of murder, convicted in a sham trial, and sent to prison for life - marking but one event in the racially charged, 1940's LA landscape
Members of QueerWise, a Los Angeles-based LGBTQ group, share their poignant, true stories about life as outliers, some of whom have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and have learned to accept and live with this terrifying disease
Celebrated soprano Julia Migenes brings music giant Debussy to life as she chats about his life, loves, successes, and failures - all to the backdrop of Debussy's lush, haunting, and emotional melodies skillfully played by pianist Manuel Arellano
English barrister Sir Robarts is called upon to defend accused murderer Leonard Vole after the body of his rich widow friend is found, but only his wife can afford him an alibi - so why is she a witness for the prosecution rather than the defense?
Vanya and his sister Sonia have lived in a quiet farmhouse for their entire lives, while their sister Masha has traveled the world as a famous movie star - but fur will fly when Masha decides to return to the family homestead for a surprise visit
As comatose David Rosely lies in his hospital bed, the people important in his life pass through his world, each sharing thoughts, opinions, and feelings while David tries to make sense of the senseless and organize the disorganized
When Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara wrote visas for 6,000 Lithuanian Jews and transported them to Kobe, Japan, during World War II, the Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs must battle with the Gestapo to insure their safety and maintain peace
This white guy lives a privileged life in an affluent suburb, while his wife teaches in a ghetto school trying to inspire her inner city students to reach for the American dream - so why is he chatting up a pretty black nursing student on a bus?
Samuel Beckett's legacy lives on in five short plays which demonstrate his absurd, sometimes obscure, and constantly metaphysical approach to theater - an approach which led to his Nobel Prize in Literature in 1969 and his lasting impact on writers
Still grieving over their son's suicide a year ago, a Canadian politician and his wife invite one of the bullies who made their son's life miserable and his parents to their home for dinner hoping for closure - with explosive results
Based on John Gresham's novel, idealistic white attorney Jake Brigance agrees to defend black Carl Lee Hailey, who has murdered the two white men who raped and brutally beat his ten-year-old daughter as the world outside the courtroom erupts in riot
A sculptor and his fiancé "borrow" some of their neighbor's priceless antiques for the evening to impress her straight-laced father and a millionaire art collector when a fuse blows, and the building is plunged into darkness - let the farce begin!
The Eagleton's have faced a devastating tragedy in their family and now must face the challenge of dealing with the fall-out and picking up the pieces; with the help of a little magic and lots of hope, this may be possible
Harry and his friend Jack want to entertain their sweethearts; but they run into a problem - no chaperone - which they solve by getting their friend Benjamin, an aspiring actor, to impersonate Harry's aunt, a wealthy widow from Brazil
Based on a true story, this is the tale of an unemployed, chain-smoking, ex-bartender living in a run-down California trailer park who believes that a painting she bought for $3 at a thrift shop is really an undiscovered masterpiece worth millions
A group of close friends gather to watch the season finale of their favorite TV show and discover that one of their members has never watched "Game of Thrones" - so they play "catch-up" by acting out all six seasons of the show with rollicking humor
Producer Adam Davis discusses the annual Holiday Celebration, a free holiday-themed event sponsored at The Music Center by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for the people of Los Angeles - a tradition for the past 57 years
Veteran Lance Porter has just returned from Afghanistan after facing the most traumatic experiences in his entire life - as he struggles to adjust to peacetime in his own home town amid fears that he will never be his old self again
There's been warfare for years in the McCoy household, with a devoted Republican husband and a dedicated Democrat wife; their daughter is sick of politics - but then finds herself in a two-party love affair, both men running for the same office
A Norwegian-American family from Minnesota is spending Christmas Eve together - zany Grandma up from Florida, her peace-keeping daughter, her conflicted grandsons Michael and Carl, and her gay granddaughter Stacey - each ready for a memorable holiday
Irish Con Melody owns a seedy tavern just outside Boston but really lives inside his compelling memories of past glory as a student at Trinity College in Dublin and a decorated officer in Wellington's campaign against Napoleon - while quoting Byron
In honor of Veteran's Day, this moving play premieres at the Hollywood American Legion Post 43, a legendary building combining a memorial and a clubhouse; playwright Stahl and director DiFusco share what led them to work on this unique project
A stunning political thriller tells the tale of a massive conspiracy; when scientists discover that blood is a major vector of AIDS, tainted blood is withdrawn from the market - but then sold to foreign countries, including Japan, for a nice profit
The world's greatest detective has decided to retire when the King of Bohemia approaches him on a small matter of blackmail; can Holmes turn his back on a case which may involve both his secret love and his perennial nemesis?
A delightful tale of double entendre and mistaken identity, this play follows the adventures of Italian superstar opera tenor and lady-killer Tito, who gets more than he bargained for when he comes to Cleveland to sing "Othello"
A four-footed furry stray who hopes she has found the home of her dreams with mild-mannered Greg and his wife Kate, Sylvia is a pooch with panache - and the occasional cynical gaffe - so how can Greg resist as she twists him around her little paw
On 10/19/16, plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Miller shared information and insights about plastic surgery, present and future, including the most popular changes people today are hoping to achieve and how to deal with patient expectations
On 10/25/16, Singapore Airlines hosted a Travel Massive Event in Santa Monica, California, to launch a new daily service from LAX to Seoul, Korea, beginning on 10/23/16 - as well as its resumption of nonstop flights from San Francisco to Singapore
Master monologist Paul Linke shares important moments in his life with humor and poignancy as he recounts being widowed at 38 with three very small children, a turning point in his life, and how love and hope worked together to create a healing
Henry James classic novella, adapted into a two-actor play by Jeffrey Hatcher, keeps the audience guessing: What happened to the last governess? Why are the two young children so strange? Who are those two fleeting presences who look familiar?
"Larry the Liquidator" Garfinkle is in the middle of the hostile takeover of a company which employs 1200 workers and supports a small town; and the CEO turns to the attorney daughter of his secretary to try and stop him
Holocaust survivors Max and Lola retire and move to Florida as they run from haunting memories and their mentally unstable adult daughter - born after the war and named after Max's first daughter, who never survived the camps
A family-friendly, sort-of true story about the life and adventures of Louis de Rougemont (as told my himself), SHIPWRECKED follows this quirky hero through thick and thin - and dozens of characters played by his two exuberant sidekicks
Lizzie Borden achieved notoriety in the 1890's for the celebrated axe murder of her father (40 whacks) and her mother (41) - really her stepmother; visit the Gay Nineties in Fall River, Massachusetts, and decide for yourself what really happened
California Continued opens at the Autry Museum of the American West in October 2016; California Continued includes a new permanent exhibit (Human Nature), a new rotating exhibit (currently Life and Works of Mabel McKay), and the Human Nature Garden
An immersive theater experience based on the ultimate Hollywood event - a film premiere which includes a red carpet, paparazzi, celebrity interviews and antics, live music, dinner, and dancing - this party mimics real-life Hollywood's excesses
An immersive theater experience based on the ultimate Hollywood event: a film premiere which includes a red carpet, paparazzi, celebrity interviews and antics, live music, dinner, and dancing - all with bling and glitter to mimic Hollywood's excesses
The adopted daughter of media celebrities Peter Lind Hayes and Mary Healy, Cathy Lind Hayes struggled for decades to trace her origins in a society which historically tried to shield the birth mother from being identified
Life is hard in Manchester, England, in the 1950's; and teenager Jo and her mother Helen may be losing the battle with poverty - until a gentle, sweet-talking sailor and a violent, hard-drinking beau try to change that
An idealistic minister fresh out of the seminary, Pastor Landry Sorenson returns to his childhood church at Christmas due to the current minister, also his father, having a health crisis; in a few months, events will change the congregation forever
The family has decided that Barbara, what with her alcoholism and drug addiction, needs a push in the directions of sobriety at her barbecue birthday party; but it's a barbecue with lots of twists that will keep the audience guessing to the end
An immersive musical theater experience that integrates media from multiple sources - film, strolling entertainers, live theater, food, drink, and a full evening of fun and surprises - this production artfully weaves Scorsese's crime dramas and song
Set in a Chicago recording studio in 1927, Wilson's play gives us a glimpse into how African-Americans of the era lived and thought by introducing us to Ma Rainey, Mother of the Blues, and the members of her blues band, each a unique black musician
When University professor and Provost Seth and his former student, current colleague, and close friend Robert decide that they must get rid of new President Oscar "for the greater good," plans to speed up Oscar's exit from this world begin to unfold
A story about the Morales family spanning three generations, A MEXICAN TRILOGY tells the tale of a Mexican couple who come to the US and must learn to adapt - and also about their children and their grandchildren, who have feet in two worlds
Based on Hugo's novel with songs from the Disney film, this production of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME is a brilliantly-produced musical starring a deaf actor as the deaf hunchback, an awesome stage, beautiful costumes, and magnificent music and dance
Grover's Corners, New Hampshire, is a small town, an ordinary town filled with a couple of thousand ordinary people - yet Pulitzer Prize winner Thornton Wilder weaves a moving and timeless story which transcends simplicity and approaches the sublime
Longshoreman Eddie has a big problem when his orphaned niece - who has lived with him and his wife since she was 12 years old and for whom he harbors a forbidden passion - falls in love with illegal immigrant Rodolpho, recently arrived from Italy
When Annie's husband dies from cancer, her best friend Chris hopes to raise money for the Leukemia Research Fund in his name by convincing the conservative, middle-aged ladies of her Yorkshire village to pose nude for a calendar
An African-American transgender woman, Mama Darleena shares her views about proper behavior under all circumstances with a homeless youth group in an LGBTQ shelter who are still struggling with sexual, racial, and gender issues
In a satirical farce, fledgling Hollywood mogul Gerard Manville decides to remake "Sunset Boulevard;" and three fierce competitors vie for the lead role, including a washed-up TV actress, a black movie bit player, and a pre-op transgender woman
Co-directors Jackie Lopez and Leigh Foaad shared their insights about the Versa-Style Dance Company - specializing in hip-hop dancing - which they co-founded in 2005 and which will perform at the Ford Theatre in Hollywood on September 17, 2016
Shakespeare's classic tale of retribution recounts the downfall of Titus Andronicus, initially revered by his people, after he fails to show compassion for a mother's pleas for her son's life; when she becomes the wife of his leader, revenge follows
Two young strangers meet on a New York subway - African American Eric and Caucasian Steve - and racial tensions quickly escalate as Steve tries desperately to ignore, avoid, and finally escape from Eric in this brilliant must-see production
The question of risk in relationships is deftly and humorously portrayed as fictional playwright Keith DeFacto must decide whether to remain a perpetual outsider or dive headfirst into the choppy seas of love - with a girlfriend who might be an alien
A 19-year-old virgin bride who must consummate her marriage in two days in exchange for a promised comfortable life, Baby Doll finds herself both player and pawn in the struggle between her middle-aged husband and his young, virile immigrant rival
A study of what happens when two LA couples, a wealthy investment banker, his socialite wife, and a struggling Hispanic pair - who have nothing in common except for two children who go to the same school - meet for dinner, fun, and mind games
How does an average family adapt to chronic mental illness when mom's unpredictable bipolar moods shoot up and crash down - while her reliable but frustrated husband and her teenaged daughter try to maintain some sort of equilibrium in the home?
Music legend John Dolphin's small record shop opened in 1948 in south LA, growing in 10 years into the most influential spot in California for recording musicians-both well-known and aspiring-aided by Dolphin's recording studio and keen instincts
Mother "Big Edie" and daughter "Little Edie" have lived together most of their lives in the Bouvier mansion in East Hampton, New York; their tale is one of riches to rags blended with family dysfunction and strained, unresolved mother/daughter issues
Playwright Roger Q. Mason shares how he became interested in the tender yet volatile relationship between newly widowed Mary Todd Lincoln and Elizabeth Keckley, her seamstress, modiste, and confidante during Mary's days as First Lady
EST/LA continues its 2016 festival with Program C, six one-act pieces which again offer a wide variety of plays to spark the interest of heterogeneous audiences; two of the strongest one-actors are comedies guaranteed to keep the audience laughing
Well-to-do Mme. Argan surrounds herself with medical remedies and her personal physician - all to ward off her imaginary ailments - and plans to marry off her daughter to her doctor's nephew, also a doctor, so that she can get free medical treatment
Ensemble Studio Theatre of Los Angeles has served up a variety of one-act plays by 14 top playwrights and 39 actors, and each member of the audience should find something to delight - with special kudos to "Lizzy" and "To Serve Butter" in Program A
Religion, politics, and social media juxtapose as the North Carolina Republican incumbent - running for Senate re-election in three days - makes some spontaneous remarks about God which land him in very hot water with his conservative constituents
A gripping military courtroom thriller set in Cuba during the Cold War questions the limits of military power and whether the military, in its role as society's protector, is exempt from the beliefs and values that govern the rest of society
When the patriarch of a Jewish family dies, fur begins to fly among the grandkids over who is a better Jew and who deserves to keep grandpa's gold pendant - the Hebrew symbol for "life" which he kept around his neck throughout his life
Adapted from Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin," TOM brings to life a shameful time in American history seen through the eyes of plantation slaves and especially through the experiences of Uncle Tom himself: "I'll be free when I die"
Alma is a preacher's daughter who must overcome her father's strict rules for living a lifeless life and her mother's deteriorating mental illness to experience life to its fullest and express her love for her unattainable next-door neighbor
When Jack takes his family to Aspen, he hopes that his job interview with corporate Board members at the resort will end his extended period of unemployment - but will it help to work out his ruptured relationships with his wife and daughter?
A happily married, successful attorney, Amir was raised Moslem but has turned his back on Islam in his pursuit of the American Dream - until a small article in the New York Times upends his life and brings everyone's hidden prejudices to the surface
An exhilerating production of the Shakespeare classic, the star-crossed lovers are in modern-day Israel, where the daughter of the Capulets, a prominent Israel family, falls in love with the son of the well-to-do Montague clan in a forbidden liaison
When his girlfriend leaves him, Ruben decides that it's time to give up alcohol and become a sober Australian - but he never anticipates what that means to his life as he knows it and what huge changes will occur on the path to sobriety
Col. Ulysses S. Armadillo refuses to leave Iraq, even though his military compatriots departed years ago; what happens when the NY Times sends a reporter and photographer to interview him, given his notoriety over remaining in his bunker in Iraq
A group of six SDS activist students organize in 1962 to change society; their initial dreams for a better America gradually grow more radical when they form The Weathermen, where violence is a given and they are forced to go underground
When a corporation decides to downsize one of its departments - with one unlucky employee out of three to be selected for the chopping block - two band together to target the third - a gentle, likeable, but also pitiful soul, the perfect victim
Hedda Gabler is a bright, talented woman born in the 19th century, where marriage, motherhood, and household are the only acceptable female outlets - but this is not enough for Hedda, who converts her frustrated genius into devious manipulation
This "fishy" little tale tells the story of Ariel, the curious little mermaid who wants to be human, and her adventures under and above the sea as she tries to land the man of her dreams (who just happens to be a prince)
A very personal exploration of love, illness, aging, death, and the meaning of life which tells the tale of a woman who loses her husband, the love of her life, and how she learns acceptance and finds happiness again.
Legendary cabaret performer and music composer, Peter Allen went from being born in a small town in Australia to reaching the pinnacle of international success in music - with Judy Garland and her daughter Liza Minnelli playing roles in his life
Max doesn't know what he's getting into when he has a hot and heavy fling with Jade - and then decides to end the affair when he finds out that his wife is pregnant; Jade has other ideas, and revenge is right at the top of the list
Small town Ernie and Twink encounter sophisticated Blake and Beth on a cruise, which turns out to have quite an effect on their marriages, while both couples struggle with issues which plague married couples - amid laughter and nods of recognition
A lively and energetic classic musical revival about a lowly window washer who finds a "how-to" book about the steps for success and - through chicanery, deviousness, and Machiavellian strategizing - manages to reach the top of the corporate ladder
When the most powerful and liberal Georgetown hostess, whose parties for the political elite have changed the course of history, clashes with her conservative son and his wife, fur will fly; and family unity may be severed
Kayleen and Doug meet when they're eight years old - and keep meeting all the way until they're 38 - and each time Doug has sustained some sort of injury which draws Kayleen to his side...it's grim love and hearty laughs in equal proportion!
Veteran writers Ben and Pete are struggling to stay artistically and financially afloat by writing a play about a secret meeting between Hillary and Monica in a Baltimore hotel - while their attorney keeps them on the straight and narrow legally
An uneducated man who can barely read, Yank seems relatively content shoveling coal on an ocean liner until he encounters the beautiful, sophisticated, and bored daughter of a multi-millionaire who sees Yank as nothing more than "a hairy ape"
When Luke, a young gay man, is involved in a near-fatal auto accident, his long-term, live-in lover must struggle with "what happens next? when Luke's very conservative out-of-town parents - who have no idea that Luke is homosexual - rush to his side
HONKY is an uproarious study of racial rhetoric as it flounders in the treacherous waters of political correctness - a story about the hot potatoes of racism and commercialism in America's current culture as seen by some guys trying to sell sneakers
"Shine Darkly, Illyria" continues the tale begun by Shakespeare in "Twelfth Night," exploring some possibilities that might have happened after "happily ever after" which incorporate lovely fairy-like costumes, some moon dust, and music and dance
A talented director, screenwriter, and television producer, John Hindman provided some interesting and intriguing observations on GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES, which he directs, and on his views about live theater more generally
Playwright Greg Kalleres and director Gregg Daniel have teamed up for the Los Angeles premiere of HONKY, a hilarious play about the rhetoric of racism and the effect of racism on consumer buying, poking fun at our need to remain "politically correct"
A post-apocalyptic tale set in gray stone walls, ENDGAME posits a chess game where nobody can win as blind, wheelchair-bound Hamm interacts with his faithful retainer and his parents, residing in nearby trash cans, with bleak humor and lilting poetry
How will Bella, the mother of 16-year-old Luisa, and Hucklebee, the father of 20-year-old Matt, get their kids to fall in love? Maybe by building a high wall between their houses and the help of the machiavellian El Gallo who has plans of his own
Two arms negotiators, an American and a Soviet, meet during the Cold War to develop a nuclear arms treaty; but the rigid, priggish American is flummoxed by his experienced and crafty Russian counterpart's insistence on taking a walk and being buddies
Recognized by his peers as one of the finest sleight-of-hand virtuosos in the world, John Carney - who will perform his popular stage show, Carney Magic, at the Colony Theatre in Burbank - shares some of his thoughts on magic as a unique art form
A poignant tale of restaurant workers at the lowest rung of the kitchen ladder, this play explores immigration, poverty, and other problems which face this country today from the personal, no-hold-barred perspective of four men trying to survive
A brilliant media analyst is being recruited by the Leather Apron Club, a group founded by Benjamin Franklin and in existence for over 200 years, which may be responsible for shaping America's destiny - a secret government with unlimited powers
In the latest reboot of the ever-popular "Alice in Wonderland," Alice is transformed into a pouty contemporary teenager chasing a strange white rabbit down his hole trying to return his umbrella amid song and dance, all the while clutching her iPhone
A plantation slave who dreams of being free, Hero agrees to join his master and fight for the Confederacy during the Civil War when he is offered freedom in exchange for service - but what do loyalty, faithfulness, and freedom really entail?
It's 1969, and Johnny's Greenwich Village bar is a magnet attracting the disenfranchised, unhappy, and hopeless in this powerful tale of an angry and brutal black man in the Civil Rights era and his striving for power - not matter what that entails
On April 20, 2016, the Friends of Robinson Gardens held a cocktail party with tasty hors d'oeuvres and lively conversation at the Virginia Robinson Estate and Gardens to preface their upcoming De Colores Garden Tour on May 18, 2016
A powerful study of what faith is and can become and how vulnerable people may become enmeshed in cult groups that offer love, caring, and complete acceptance in exchange for giving up freedom of thought and refraining from judicious inquiry
Married only two weeks, Daniel discovers that his bride is missing and suspects foul play, especially after finding out that she's an heiress worth over two million bucks, until she shows up - only Daniel keeps insisting that she's not his wife
A play exploring some absurd and yet deeply philosophical concepts in the style of a graphic novel which blends dance, music, movement, and raw feelings, this is the tale of a super hero who loves his job but can't handle his wife's changing forms
A play within a play, this delightful farce blurs the lines between reality and make-believe while scenes from a play are interspersed with real-life situations as the characters in the play work through their personal memories and current dreams
An American archaeologist who specializes in ancient DNA, Sally Jemkins is summoned to Israel just after he mother's death to work on a top secret project, the discovery of a 4,000 year old sarcophagus with an unidentified body inside
First performed in 1956, MY FAIR LADY is 50 years old and still going strong - telling the tale of the encounter between Henry Higgins, a misogynistic phoneticist, and Eliza Doolittle, a cockney flower girl, whom he transforms through her speech
Jesse Eisenberg's semi-autobiographical play describes a encounter between a self-centered, tormented American writer and his elderly Polish distant cousin when he takes a trip to Poland in an attempt to unlock his creative inner self
A dark comedy about the wonderkind of finance who delivers huge profits to his investors and provides his family with every luxury - until his bright, perky lover discovers the secret behind his wealth and he has to decide how to handle the problem
A no-holds-barred exploration of today's internet dating scene, this uproarious tale tells all when two slightly tarnished, damaged millennials desperately attempt to get to know each other through the barriers of old baggage by the tons
Based on the real-life Catskills Casa Susanna resort of the 60's, this play recreates the safe haven for cross-dressing heterosexual males where six men come to spend a longed-for weekend so that they can let their inner women come out and dance
When an untalented bit player in "La Olla," a Mexican night club in Los Angeles, finds a pot filled with money, he becomes consumed with greed and has limited interest in his very pregnant and very plain daughter - who turns out to be a show-stopper
A play which tries to mold the intimate thoughts and fears of today's men and women into a dark comedy, WOMEN LAUGHING ALONE WITH SALAD asks many relevant questions but offers few answers to the conundrums of the millennial world
The hysterical tale of Monty Navarro, raised in near poverty, who finds out that he is a distant heir to a family fortune and title - but he is only eighth in line and needs to figure out a way to jump up in the line of succession - and fast
Are there ever-expanding waves in the cosmos surrounding each death? This is the question DIRT probes with a quick nod at a variety of other issues - chemical pollution, human ecology, parental ties, sexual connections, and even quantum mechanics
When beloved organist Johann Kuhnau of the Thomaskirche in Leipzig dies, a search is begun to find a replacement - a search which draws talented musicians from all over Germany who are willing to use any means to win this valuable church patronage
A lone car driving erratically on a dark, serpentine country road and two bicyclists peddling home after a late shift at work: the formula for an accident waiting to happen with only one question remaining - who is the driver?
Can superspy Curt Mega, an American agent who relishes danger and risk, stop a crazed Nazi megalomaniac left over from World War II from taking over the world? Or will the forces of international evil triumph?
A play in which the unexpected becomes normal and the normal is unexpected, this production tickles our fancies while making us re-evaluate old stereotypes and long-held beliefs as black becomes white, male becomes female, and adult becomes child
A tale of an inveterate gambler told by his grandson, this is the apocryphal story of a Scottish gambler who wins big but gets a grim medical diagnosis soon after - and bets all his dough that he'll live to see 2000, long past his terminal prognosis
When two writers accidentally meet, sparks fly as traditional literary author Olivia clashes with technologically savvy Ethan, whose internet blog and bestselling e-book resonate with a popular audience yearning for lots of uncensored sex and sin
Based on the real-life trial of Henry Wirz, in charge of the infamous Confederate prison in Georgia where nearly 13,000 Union prisons of war died in two short years, this play explores whether "I was only following orders" is a defense for inhumanity
The familiar becomes refreshingly new as Prospero unleashes a sorcerer's tempest to draw his enemies' ship to his barren island exile and arranges for his innocent daughter Miranda to meet her first young virile male - while injecting music and dance
A two-couple dialogue exploring the perennial questions of how to separate love and sex, a number of dichotomies are represented in four characters - age and experience vs. youth and experimentation, traditional vs. non-traditional, straight vs. gay
Director Gary Lee Reed offers his personal perspectives on his new play - as well as his family relationship to Civil War Confederacy general Robert E. Lee - and why plays about history are exciting when they study complex and conflicted characters
Closer Than Ever memorializes the everyday details of ordinary life through lyrics designed to resonate with the audience and serve as reminders that the ordinary can become extraordinary - as each melody tells its own universal story
The amusing and sometimes depressing tale of a zany woman who can only connect with another person sexually, yet feels unfulfilled and perpetually lonely, her partner in this "raft of trepidation," and his brother, the man who comes between them
Based on a true story, this is a mother's moving and poignant story about love, loss, and redemption after the worst thing that can happen to a mother - the loss of her child - as she rises from the ashes of loss to find balance and understanding
This is a perfect show for the film buff of the 1920's and 1930's - with the script laden with names of the famous and near-famous of the era - and tracks what happens when a Hollywood wannabe tries to crash into show business on the brink of talkies
The tale of a sangria-fueled one-night stand in Barcelona turns into a twisty character study of two strangers, an American tourist and a sexy Spaniard, who gradually and with exquisite delicacy begin to know each other in unexpected ways
Beginning at the Bering Strait, extending through the Revolutionary, Civil, World I, and World II wars, and culminating in today's pre-election jitters, this show touches upon almost everything that ever happened in the US with a festival of laughs
An Act of God offers God the opportunity to tell us what's been bugging Him for millennia - and the chance to introduce a new set of Commandments custom-made for LA - with the able assistance of Angels Gabriel and Michael.
When a multi-million dollar corporate Goliath plans on closing Franz Altman's cluttered little antique shop to make way for a huge project, they don't count on the crafty 90-year-old Altman, who becomes a media sensation with a captivating life
What to do when controlling, thoroughly unlikeable Aunt Gertrude wants to take over the family construction business - leaving her brother's family out in the cold - until plans develop to eliminate the problem, and Aunt Gertrude, for good
If love makes the world go around, then this tale takes the audience on a scintillating spin through an obstacle course as Jack and Jill manage to feint and dodge their way through their growing commitment in a sad, poignant, and very funny story
SAFE AT HOME pulls the audience into Orson Bean's brilliant personal odyssey - spanning a troubled childhood, a turbulent but extremely industrious adolescence, and adult success - while mixing the poignant, the hilarious, and moments of magic
Multi-award winning director, producer, and actor, Charles Haid offers his intriguing observations on his latest directorial production, the tale of a Jewish survivor whose life is rich in personal struggle and ultimate triumph
Gay couple Jack and Ben want to assimilate and decide to buy a house together - but haunting memories plague Jack as they move into a conservative suburb and find that it's not so easy to fit in or to hold their relationship afloat
This character piece studies the relationship between two sisters - one, a strong and capable woman ready to stand against the world; and the other, a fragile and needy woman who fears loneliness - as each comes to understand and accept the other
A play within a play, DEATHTRAP blends the unexpected, frequent twists and turns, gallows humor, and guffaws into a recipe guaranteed to be a real crowd pleaser as a has-been playwright of murder mysteries decides to make his plays come to life
Author/actor/director/producer Charles Dennis - with a varied and acclaimed career in theater, film, and television - shares some of his thoughts and reflections on his latest, and perhaps greatest, new play, "Altman's Last Stand"
A show business icon whose career spans two centuries, Orson Bean's interview shows us how he distills his life experiences into a very funny and poignant autobiographical one-man show and lets us in on some of his secrets for a happy life
Set in Berlin, this is the tale of twin sisters, one a cabaret singer who cares lovingly for her disabled sister, who is crippled but with a lively and creative mind, as the two deal with the economic and political challenges of 1930's Germany
George Orwell's timeless classic screams its way into the audience's sensibility as Winston Smith, today's Everyman, must shield even his deepest thoughts from a totalitarian government whose goal is to control every aspect of everyone's existence
For the fifteenth year, the Theatre 40 cast present the fictionalized but based-on-fact murder mystery about the Doheny family in the echoing halls of the Greystone Mansion, where much of the real-life action occurred
Another Antigone, a contemporary play with a Greek twist, launches the Lonny Chapman Theater's newest stage and delves into profound questions - conservative vs. liberal, conformity vs. rebellion - worthy of both ancient Greeks and today's Americans.
To find out when and why burlesque was banned in Burbank, you'll have to read impresario Andy "Doc" Davis' interview, in which he tells all and gives us a peek at the real old-time burlesque and what's happening in burlesque today
Celebrating the lives and music of Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield, better known as the Righteous Brothers, this musical homage spans 40 years of their careers and intertwined destinies with over 20 of their hits to add spice to the tale
When Pastor Paul clashes with Associate Pastor Joshua and almost all of his parishioners over the concept of Hell, the question becomes just how important is the fear of punishment and belief in redemption to all Christians.
The romantic tale of an Iowa farmer's wife and her three-day encounter with a dashing but rootless photographer, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY explores in music what love - and home - are really about and what happens when dreams and reality clash
Based on a short story by Truman Capote, this musical adaptation memorializes five years in Capote's life when he stayed with his mother's well-intentioned but poor relatives in Alabama after his parents divorced when he was four years old
Join the music and lyrics of Frank Loesser and the book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows based on iconic Damon Runyan characters and the result is a musical classic which never gets old - as this nearly perfect revival proves
The saga of an immigrant family captures the stresses, fears, warmth, chuckles, and absolute hilarity when a family is transplanted from a Mexican village to Los Angeles where Papa purchases his symbol of the American dream - a 57 Chevy.
A clever and amusing farce, PERFECT TIMING tells the tale of sophisticated art critic Cornelia, engaged forever to the perfect mate but shying away from marriage, who meets tempting, womanizing artist Gerrard and embarks on a clandestine fling
Based on Italian Carlo Collodi's "The Adventures of Pinnochio," WOOD BOY DOG FISH is anything but predictable as it embarks on the macabre but electric tale of a puppet who must go through trials of fire before he realizes what is really important
Nat Turner's Insurrection of slaves against their white masters, perhaps the most famous of slave rebellions in the American South, explores what may have led a religious, intelligent, well-read black man to bloodshed to end slavery
A clever and amusing dark comedy, TIMESHARE gets under the skin of sales people who must "close the sale or die" and their attempts to get unwary customers to purchase things they don't need or even want in order to have a better life
The musical comedy REUNION gives a nerdy neurotic novelist and a blasé DUI attorney a chance to re-experience the joys and stresses of their high school days when they find themselves at their high school reunion.
Double casting - or partner casting, as it is called by the Antaeus Theatre Company - results in surprising benefits for both actors and audiences which are explored by partnered actors in their current play, Uncle Vanya
Chekhov makes the residents of this Russian country estate sing through the words of Annie Baker, playwright/translator extraordinaire, as this Russian classic explores the unrealized hopes and dreams of people trapped in a never-ending loop
ANGEL is the true story of Irma Grese,the beautiful and uneducated teenager who becomes the chief guard of 38,000 female prisoners at the infamous concentration camp and the mistress of Joseph Mengele
Live theater based on the iconic silent film, Nosferatu blends music and dance into a creative play without spoken words about an evil vampire who journeys from Transylvania to 1883 Wisburg, Germany, spreading terror and death wherever he goes
Interviews with the director and three cast members of AWAKE AND SING! explore the relevance and timeliness of the Odets play - written in the 1930's, when America was in The Great Depression, and currently being performed in 2015
A poignant comedy about two unsuccessful, forgotten losers - an English barrister nearing the end of his career and a murder defendant who doesn't want to be defended - and the unexpected and amusing effects of their meeting
ALWAYS...PATSY CLINE celebrates Patsy's music with a banquet of song presented with gusto and feeling interwoven with the true story of Patsy's friendship with Louise Seger, her most eloquent Texas fan
WATCHING O.J. shows how ordinary, average Americans handle an extraordinary event in their lives - the trial of an iconic American hero who is accused of a double murder - while racial and social class conflicts threaten to overwhelm them.
An activist, author, poet, and actor, Ella Turenne shares her views on hair and how it defines black women - the special meaning hair has to black women, the rituals associated with hair, and stories and myths about hair.
Director Keith Szarabajka and Producer Stephen Burleigh share some insights into their views of WATCHING O.J., a play about the effects of the O.J. trial and verdict on common, ordinary people going about their everyday routines
Director Keith Szarabajka and Producer Stephen Burleigh share some insights into their views of WATCHING O.J., a play about the effects of the O.J. trial and verdict on common, ordinary people going about their everyday routines
An eerie Victorian melodrama from 1910 tells the tale of a tyrannical spinster - the last of her tycoon line - whose iron fist controls her neurotic sister and demoralized brother - until a new bride enters the mansion.
Exactly 20 years after the O.J. murder trial verdict was read, David McMillan's play WATCHING O.J. opens in L.A. During this interview, McMillan discusses his views on this seminal trial and its profound effect on racial relations in the U.S.
Ben Hecht, one of America's greatest authors, achieved lasting fame writing novels and play for the theater and screen. As his fame grew, he also grappled with his Jewishness, which had all but faded over the years.
The Hernandez family have crossed the Mexican border and find themselves in the mecca for all performers - Hollywood USA - where they plan to become international stars. In ruptured Spanglish, Papa Hernandez describes their exciting adventures.