Mark Taper Forum News

Center Theatre Group Hosts Community Conversations for BEAUTY QUEEN This FridayCenter Theatre Group Hosts Community Conversations for BEAUTY QUEEN This Friday
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2016

Center Theatre Group will host a Community Conversations event for the Druid production of Martin McDonagh's "The Beauty Queen of Leenane," currently playing at the Mark Taper Forum, with a pre-show panel discussion to be held on Friday, December 2. Titled "Martin McDonagh and What Makes Irish Theatre Irish," the event will feature a discussion about McDonagh's Irish style, the legacy of his work and why it's so appealing to audiences. The discussion will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at The Music Center Annex building, 601 W. Temple Street, in Rehearsal Room A, and will feature experts on Irish literature and culture as well as Center Theatre Group Artistic Director Michael Ritchie. (more...)

LABA: Laboratory for Jewish Culture at the 14th Street Y and Mystical Feet Company Present THE MAR VISTALABA: Laboratory for Jewish Culture at the 14th Street Y and Mystical Feet Company Present THE MAR VISTA
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2016

LABA: Laboratory for Jewish Culture and Mystical Feet Company present The Mar Vista, a dance/theater work written and choreographed by Yehuda Hyman in collaboration with the Mystical Feet Company (Ron Kagan, Dwight Kelly, Ryan Pater, Ezra Lowrey, Amanda Schussel and Hyman) at The Theater at the 14th Street Y, 344 E. 14th Street, from December 1-18, 2016.  Performance schedule: Thursday-Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 3pm. Tickets are $18 in advance or $22.50 at the door. Tickets are available at 646-395-4310 or www.14streety.org.    (more...)

ZOOT SUIT Celebrates its Return to the Mark Taper ForumZOOT SUIT Celebrates its Return to the Mark Taper Forum
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2016

'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. (more...)

Ensemble Studio Theatre Sets 2016-17 Sloan Project and Youngblood Artists, ProgrammingEnsemble Studio Theatre Sets 2016-17 Sloan Project and Youngblood Artists, Programming
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2016

Ensemble Studio Theatre (EST), along with EST's Youngblood and EST's Sloan Project, have announced new EST/Sloan commissions and EST/Youngblood members & programming for the 2016-2017 season. (more...)

Casting Announced for D.C. Premiere of ROE by Lisa LoomerCasting Announced for D.C. Premiere of ROE by Lisa Loomer
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2016

Following an acclaimed run at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Lisa Loomer's world-premiere drama Roe makes its D.C. debut at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at CEK Productions' World Premiere of WHEN JAZZ HAD THE BLUESPhoto Flash: First Look at CEK Productions' World Premiere of WHEN JAZZ HAD THE BLUES
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2016

CEK Productions presents the World Premiere of WHEN JAZZ HAD THE BLUES, book by Carole Eglash-Kosoff, musical direction and arrangements by Rahn Coleman, choreography by Cassie Crump and direction by John Henry Davis. WHEN JAZZ HAD THE BLUES begins previews Friday, November 11, 2016 and opens Friday, November 18 at 8pm. The production runs through Sunday, December 18 at the Matrix Theatre, 7657 Melrose Ave. in West Hollywood. (more...)

Gordon Davidson Memorial Will Be Held at the Ahmanson This WinterGordon Davidson Memorial Will Be Held at the Ahmanson This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2016

Center Theatre Group will hold a memorial in honor of its Founding Artistic Director, Gordon Davidson, on Monday, January 9, 2017, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Ahmanson Theatre. The theatre will open at 7 p.m. The memorial will not be a ticketed event and will be open to the public. Additional details will be released at a later date. (more...)

Photo Flash: THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE Opens at Mark Taper ForumPhoto Flash: THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE Opens at Mark Taper Forum
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2016

Center Theatre Group opened the Druid production of 'The Beauty Queen of Leenane' this week. See all the fabulous photos from the event below. (more...)

Demian Bichir to Star as 'El Pachuco' in ZOOT SUIT at the TaperDemian Bichir to Star as 'El Pachuco' in ZOOT SUIT at the Taper
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2016

International stage and screen star Demian Bichir (Tarantino's 'The Hateful Eight,' FX's 'The Bridge,' Showtime's 'Weeds' and Soderbergh's 'Che') is set to play the indelible role of El Pachuco in Center Theatre Group's production of 'Zoot Suit' at the Mark Taper Forum, with previews beginning January 31, opening set for February 12 and performances continuing through March 12, 2017. (more...)

BWW Review: THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE at Mark Taper ForumBWW Review: THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE at Mark Taper Forum
by Don Grigware - Nov 17, 2016

For the most part, brilliantly written classic plays make their locale the main character of the piece. Think of Tennessee Williams. All of his plays take place in the American South; poverty-stricken New Orleans sets the background for Streetcar among other plays. In Martin McDonagh's The Beauty Queen of Leenane, the small town of Leenane in Connemara, County Galway, Ireland not only displays the frequent rainy, dismal atmosphere for Mag Folan (Marie Mullen) and daughter Maureen (Aisling O'Sullivan), but it sets the lugubrious tone of isolation that cripples and destroys them. Now on the Taper stage through December 18 the Druid Company of Galway who originated the play in 1996, which went on to win four Tonys on Broadway in 1998, presents a stark portrait that lingers in the mind long after one leaves the theatre. (more...)

CTG Selects Local Teachers for August Wilson In-School ResidencyCTG Selects Local Teachers for August Wilson In-School Residency
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2016

Center Theatre Group has selected four local high school teachers from three different high schools in Los Angeles to participate in the 2017 August Wilson In-School Residency Program. The in-school residency is a semester-long program that provides Title 1 students with an in-depth study of the work of prolific African American playwright August Wilson and provides opportunities for them to discover their own creative voices. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch the Trailer of WATER BY THE SPOONFUL at Mark Taper ForumSTAGE TUBE: Watch the Trailer of WATER BY THE SPOONFUL at Mark Taper Forum
by Stage Tube - Nov 15, 2016

Water by the Spoonful is onstage at the Mark Taper Forum Jan 31 - Mar 11, 2018. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Odyssey Theatre's WAITING FOR GRACEPhoto Flash: First Look at Odyssey Theatre's WAITING FOR GRACE
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2016

What if true love never happens? Or worse… what if it does? Theatre Planners presents the world premiere of an award-winning comedy by Sharon Sharth. Waiting for Graceopens as a guest production at the Odyssey Theatre on November 12, directed by Lee Costello. (more...)

Center Theatre Group to Host ZOOT SUIT Ticket On-Sale BashCenter Theatre Group to Host ZOOT SUIT Ticket On-Sale Bash
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2016

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. (more...)

New Rep Extends FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Through January 1New Rep Extends FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Through January 1
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2016

New Repertory Theatre has extended Fiddler on the Roof, running December 2, 2016- January 1, 2017 in the Charles Mosesian Theater at the Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA. (more...)

LABA and Mystical Feet Company to Present THE MAR VISTA This DecemberLABA and Mystical Feet Company to Present THE MAR VISTA This December
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2016

LABA: Laboratory for Jewish Culture and Mystical Feet Company present The Mar Vista, a dance/theater work written and choreographed by Yehuda Hyman in collaboration with the Mystical Feet Company (Ron Kagan, Dwight Kelly, Ryan Pater, Ezra Lowrey, Amanda Schussel and Hyman) at The Theater at the 14th Street Y, 344 E. 14th Street, from December 1-18, 2016. (more...)

Upcoming World Premiere Musical 'LUSH LIFE' changes its title to 'WHEN JAZZ HAD THE BLUES'Upcoming World Premiere Musical 'LUSH LIFE' changes its title to 'WHEN JAZZ HAD THE BLUES'
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2016

CEK Productions presents the World Premiere of WHEN JAZZ HAD THE BLUES, book by Carole Eglash-Kosoff, musical direction and arrangements by Rahn Coleman, choreography by Cassie Crump and direction by John Henry Davis. (more...)

Richard Nelson's THE GABRIELS Election Year Play Cycle to Tour to DC, Hong Kong and AustraliaRichard Nelson's THE GABRIELS Election Year Play Cycle to Tour to DC, Hong Kong and Australia
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2016

The Public Theater announced today that Richard Nelson's acclaimed trilogy THE GABRIELS: Election Year in the Life of One Family will tour to Washington D.C., Australia, and Hong Kong beginning in January 2017. (more...)

THE BABYLON LINE Begins Tonight at Lincoln Center TheaterTHE BABYLON LINE Begins Tonight at Lincoln Center Theater
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2016

Lincoln Center Theater presents Richard Greenberg's new play THE BABYLON LINE this fall in the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater (150 West 65th Street). The production, directed by Terry Kinney, features Maddie Corman, Randy Graff, Julie Halston, Michael Oberholtzer, Josh Radnor, Elizabeth Reaser, and Frank Wood, and begins performances tonight, November 10. Opening night is Monday, December 5. (more...)

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