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JUDGMENT AT NUREMBURG, with Richard Dreyfuss and More, Launches LATW's 2015-16 Season Tonight

L.A. Theatre Works launches its starry 2015-16 season tonight. Among the big-name actors slated to appear in this year's productions are Kate Burton, Jenna Fischer, Christina Hendricks, James Marsters, Alfred Molina and Jennifer Westfeldt.

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The season launches with JUDGMENT AT NUREMBURG, running tonight, September 24, through September 27, 2015 and starring Richard Dreyfuss, Harry Hamlin and Alan Mandel. Abby Mann's stage adaptation of his Oscar-winning drama follows a US-led war crimes tribunal as it weighs the fate of German judges. Richard Dreyfuss is Hans Rolfe, defense attorney for a fiercely independent jurist who once called Hitler "ill-mannered." Is he guilty of heinous crimes against humanity, or was he merely enforcing his country's sanctioned laws in the name of "national security?" Judgment at Nuremberg is an absorbing probe of the ethics of personal responsibility versus public duty.

STEEL MAGNOLIAS by Robert Harling is up next, from October 22-25, featuring Kate Burton, Jennie Hackett and Jane Kaczmarek. Joy and heartbreak are shared among close-knit friends in a small-town beauty parlor owned by Truvy (Jane Kaczmarek). The chatter is bright when the ladies gather to get their hair done for M'Lynn's (Kate Burton) daughter's wedding reception. When the parish's grumpy old lady shows up, Clairee (Jeanie Hackett) neutralizes the barbs with cheerful ones of her own. At turns both laugh-out-loud funny and deeply touching, Steel Magnolias reveals the strength of the human condition and our shared need for companionship.

David Mamet's AMERICAN BUFFALO takes the stage November 19-22. A seminal play in 20th century drama, American Buffalo seethes with ambition and irony. Mamet's gift for storytelling turns an ill-conceived scheme to steal a rare coin into a triumph of dramatic art. In a junk shop, surrounded by strangers' discards, three men plan their heist. But their fates, like the nickel's worn image of the beleaguered buffalo, may have been sealed long ago.

Christina Calvit's adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's JANE EYRE plays December 10-13, directed by Marsha Mason and starring Jared Harris. Charlotte Brontë's landmark novel is brought to life in this illuminating adaptation by Christina Calvit. Orphaned Jane journeys from a harsh childhood to become the loving caregiver of a child at the mysterious manor of Mr. Rochester. She is drawn to her enigmatic employer, but when their dark pasts catch up with them, Jane must choose between her newfound security and her yearning for love and peace.

Jennifer Westfeldt leads Neil LaBute's THE MONEY SHOT, January 28-31, 2016, alongside actresses Jenna Fischer and Gia Crovatin. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and for aging Hollywood stars Karen and Steve that means contractual nudity clauses. On the eve of a "climactic" day of shooting, they finally tell their significant others what's to come. After all, their careers need stimulation!

FATHERS AND SONS runs March 10-13, directed by Martin Jarvis and Hector Elizondo and Alfred Molina. The epic sweep of Turgenev's 19th century literary masterpiece is brought to the stage by one of Ireland's greatest living dramatists. Fathers and Sons captures the ongoing clash of generations and philosophies. Set in a country estate, Friel's powerful and resonant adaptation examines the inevitable conflict between the urgency of youth and the entrenchment of age.

Directed by Barry Creyton and starring James Marsters, Shakespeare's AS YOU LIKE IT plays April 14-17. Love triumphs in As You Like It, Shakespeare's joyous comic adventure! Rosalind, arguably Shakespeare's greatest female character is banished from court and follows her exiled father into the untamed Forest of Arden. Disguised as a man for safety, Rosalind's great wit and good nature show through her male trappings as she engages with fools and philosophers adrift in the woods, and ultimately falls in love.

THE MOUNTAINTOP by Katori Hall is up next, from May 19-22. On the evening of April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated outside room 306 of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. What happened inside room 306 on the evening of April 3 is the subject of Katori Hall's The Mountaintop. Hours after King's final speech, punctuated by his immortal line, "I've been to the mountaintop," the celebrated reverend reveals his regrets as he and a hotel maid talk into the late hours of what will be his final day.

Geoffrey Arend and Christina Hendricks lead Yasmina Reza's GOD OF CARNAGE, directed by Rosalind Ayres and running June 23-26. 2009 Tony Award-Winner God of Carnage, is a brash and hilarious exploration of human nature that offers a tour de force for four actors. After one 11-year-old is hit by another, their parents meet to find a mature resolution. As the evening wears on, the veneer of civility degenerates. What begins as protective parenting ends as an excuse to let loose the primordial beast buried in each of us.

The final show, running from July 14-17, 2016, has yet to be announced. For tickets and more information, visit latw.org.


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