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MARY POPPINS JR
PARRAS MIDDLE SCHOOL
12/20-12/21/2018

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MADAGASCAR JR
TOWN HALL THEATRE COMPANY
12/20-12/21/2018

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Theatre 40 Holiday Show in Broadway THEATRE 40 HOLIDAY SHOW
Los Angeles Public Library
12/22-12/22/2018
At 2:30PM, Theatre Forty will present its Holiday Show. Professional actors will read seasonal poems, stories and essays from such authors as F. Scott Fitzgerald, E.B. White and many others. Our readers include Katherine Henryk, Daniel Leslie, Melanie MacQueen, LeeAnne Rowe, and Gloria Stroock. Christmas candy will be served.
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FAME JR
STARTING ARTS
12/21-12/22/2018

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ELF-THE MUSICAL JR.
BAY AREA CHILDRENS THEATRE
12/20-12/22/2018

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A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS
The Chance Theater
12/7-12/23/2018

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Sugar Plum Fairy in Broadway SUGAR PLUM FAIRY
Skylight Theatre Company
12/1-12/23/2018
This offbeat and thoroughly original holiday treat offers festive cheer while engaging audiences to participate (think G-rated “Rocky Horror” fun). Appropriate for ages 8 to 80, and beyond, NPR’s Sandra Tsing Loh's Sugar Plum Fairy tells the story of a 12 year-old girl who dreams of dancing the lead in The Nutcracker. Audiences are encouraged to come decked out in ugly holiday sweaters, tutus, and Hanukah hats and be prepared to join in the 75 minutes of madcap merriment. Bart De Lorenzo directs with a cast of characters you won’t forget. Joining Sandra Tsing Loh are Tony Abatemarco and Shannon Holt. Tickets are on sale now at skylighttheatre.org “Wildly successful. Ideal antidote for…’A Christmas Carol.’ Check out Sandra Tsing Loh's rollicking ‘Sugar Plum Fairy’ as a modern glimpse of the Christmas season, and if you sit close enough to the stage you might go home with one of the show's props’ - Los Angeles Times Directed by Bart De Lorenzo, the cast includes Sandra Tsing Loh, Tony Abatemarco, and Shannon Holt. Sugar Plum Fairy opens at 8:30pm on Saturday, December 1 and runs Fridays at 8:30pm, Saturdays at 3:00pm and 8:30pm and Sundays at 3:00pm until December 23rd. Rutime is 75 minutes with no intermission. Skylight Theatre is located at 1816 1/2 N. Vermont Ave, LA, 90027. Tickets are $15 - $43, includes tickets for Children and Seniors. Early Bird Special: Adult Seats are $20 when purchased before November 1st. Online at http://SkylightTix.org or call the box office at 213- 761-7061.
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PETER PAN
PCPA-Pacific Conservatory Theatre
11/8-12/23/2018

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NUNCRACKERS
Andi Jones Music
12/14-12/23/2018

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ELF-THE MUSICAL JR.
CENTER STAGE STUDIO
11/17-12/23/2018

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PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
THATS SHOWBIZ THEATRE COMPANY
12/7-12/23/2018

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SHE LOVES ME
EMPTY SPACE PRODUCTIONS
12/7-12/23/2018

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MAGIC TREE HOUSE: A GHOST TALE FOR MR. DICKENS JR
PALOS VERDES PERFORMING ARTS
12/21-12/23/2018

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A Christmas Carol Starring Duffy Hudson in Broadway A CHRISTMAS CAROL STARRING DUFFY HUDSON
Generation DCD Studio
12/20-12/23/2018
The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come are characters we have come to love and welcome into our homes and hearts each Holiday Season. Broadway and film actor Duffy Hudson returns for a 2nd year to bring the 3 ghosts, as well as 27 other beloved characters to life, without the aid of props or costumes, in his one-man adaptation of the Dickens classic. This 75-minute show is ideal for the entire family. Don’t miss this unusual take on a seasonal favorite this Holiday Season! Artistic Director: Sebastian Muñoz Lighting Design: Kyle Schriver (4) Performances ONLY! THU 12/20 @8PM FRI 12/21 @8PM SAT 12/22 @8PM SUN 12/23 @8PM Generation DCD Studio 1001 W Olive Ave, Burbank, CA 91506 Tickets: $20 at the door Use code “SCROOGE" online for 20% off tickets! www.fonprods.tix.com
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ELF-THE MUSICAL JR.
THE ACADEMY OF DRAMATIC ARTS
12/1-12/23/2018

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THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
YULA GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL
12/20-12/23/2018

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INTO THE WOODS
LOS ALTOS STAGE COMPANY
11/29-12/23/2018

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Christmas Smackdown in Broadway CHRISTMAS SMACKDOWN
Cahuenga General Store
11/30-12/23/2018
Christmas Smackdown is the holiday musical revue that gathers up your most cherished Yuletide sentiments, slams them to the mat and stomps them lifeless. All original songs by Mark Nutter and Cynthia Carle, the Smackdown takes you on a manic bobsled run down through a wide range of musical styles and a feast of unsavory subjects such as alcohol abuse, arson, stalkers, suicide, divorce, cannibalism, demons, murder, rug damage, and colonic hydrotherapy. "Edgy, unabashedly cynical and merrily vulgar farce." - The Chicago Sun Times "If hearing Burl Ives sing 'Holly Jolly Christmas' makes you suicidal, Christmas Smackdown is your show."
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SANTASIA - A Holiday Comedy in Broadway SANTASIA - A HOLIDAY COMEDY
Whitefire Theater
12/7-12/23/2018
SANTASIA - A Holiday Comedy created by Shaun and Brandon Loeser, directed by Shaun Loeser, is celebrating its 19th year. This Off-Broadway Hit and Critics’ Pick laugh out loud annual holiday romp, is the perfect blend of Yuletide snark and sentiment, and has been compared to "The Carol Burnett Show", "The Kids in the Hall", "In Living Color", "Saturday Night Live" and Vaudeville. This multi-media holiday special has it all including classic Rankin and Bass Claymation inspired movies, musical parodies, and heartfelt holiday moments. December 7 - December 23. Select dates and times: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 3pm and 8pm. Tickets purchased online $28. At the door $40. VIP packages available. Buy tickets and info: www.santasia.com Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks 91423
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MARY POPPINS JR
BAY AREA CHILDRENS THEATRE
12/14-12/23/2018

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SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE!
PALO ALTO CHILDRENS THEATRE
12/6-12/23/2018

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MAMMA MIA!
PACIFIC REPERTORY THEATRE
11/15-12/23/2018

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL
GOLDEN CHAIN THEATRE
11/23-12/23/2018

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DIXIE'S TUPPERWARE PARTY in Broadway DIXIE'S TUPPERWARE PARTY
Kirk Douglas Theatre
11/28-12/30/2018
DIXIE'S TUPPERWARE PARTY KIRK DOUGLAS THEATRE NOVEMBER 28 - DECEMBER 30, 2018 TICKETS: https://www.centertheatregroup.org/tickets/kirk-douglas-theatre/guest-productions/dixies-tupperware-party "I was laughing too hard to breathe!" - Los Angeles Times This hilarious off-Broadway smash returns to Los Angeles, featuring Dixie Longate, the fast-talking, gum chewing, ginger-haired Alabama gal who is bringing your grandma’s Tupperware party out of the living and into the 21st century. Audiences howl with laughter from her outrageously funny tales, homespun wisdom, audience participation and uses for Tupperware that you never thought possible. For anyone who has ever felt like they don’t matter, Dixie’s Tupperware Party is a southern tale of empowerment that leaves your heart a little bigger and your food a little fresher. Premium Tickets are available and include a VIP Meet and Greet with Dixie 30 minutes before the published curtain time and ends 10 minutes before curtain time. "Happily naughty, politically incorrect consciousness-raising session in self-esteem." - Chicago Sun Times "Not your Grandmother's Tupperware Party!" - NBC Today Show Kirk Douglas Theatre 9820 Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 (213) 628-2772 tickets@ctgla.org
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Lythgoe Family Panto’s THE WONDERFUL WINTER OF OZ in Broadway LYTHGOE FAMILY PANTO’S THE WONDERFUL WINTER OF OZ
Pasadena Civic Auditorium
12/15-12/30/2018
December 15 – 30, 2018 Lythgoe Family Panto (LFP) in association with Pasadena Civic Auditorium presents THE WONDERFUL WINTER OF OZ Book by Kris Lythgoe Choreographed by Napoleon and Tabitha D’umo (NappyTabs) Music Direction and Arrangements by Michael Orland (American Idol) Directed by Bonnie Lythgoe This Holiday Season, fly over the rainbow with Kermit The Frog® as the Wizard of Oz and Tony Award-winner Marissa Jaret Winokur (Hairspray) as Glinda in Lythgoe Family Panto’s THE WONDERFUL WINTER OF OZ. An updated version of the beloved classic, in the style of a traditional British family Panto, THE WONDERFUL WINTER OF OZ features family-friendly magic, with a comedic twist, dancing (with “So You Think You Can Dance” alumni), contemporary music and more. December 15 - 30 at Pasadena Civic Auditorium (300 East Green Street, Pasadena CA 91101). TIX: https://goo.gl/cKuyoz Tickets start at $40 and Family Four Packs for just $99 can be purchased at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, online at www.thepasadenacivic.com or by calling 800-982-2787. Golden Tickets, which allow the ticket holder (children ages 4 – 12 only) a special on-stage experience during the production, are available for an additional $75.00 each. Group discounts (for groups of 8 or more) are available by emailing groups@americanpanto.com. This will be the seventh holiday season of Lythgoe Family Panto in Pasadena, and the second at the Pasadena Civic. Winter Wonderland: Audience members can enjoy this FREE pre-show celebration featuring crafts, games, Santa Claus (on select days), photo opportunities, and more! Starts one hour prior to curtain time. Previously Lythgoe Family Panto established their reputation with productions including Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose starring Kellie Berglund, James Snyder and Gedde Watanabe, A Cinderella Christmas starring Lauren Taylor, Alex Newell and Morgan Fairchild, Peter Pan and Tinker Bell - A Pirates Christmas starring Sabrina Carpenter and John O’Hurley, Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight starring Olivia Holt and Lucy Lawless, Aladdin and His Winter Wish starring Ben Vereen, Jordan Fisher, and Ashley Argota – and A Snow White Christmas starring Ariana Grande and Neil Patrick Harris. Lythgoe Family Panto produces fun, musical theatre the whole family can enjoy. Known for their creativity and involvement in television hits “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” the Lythgoes are dedicated to bringing affordable theatre to families across America. Based on the Grimm fairytales and others, each story has been modernized with topical scripts for parents and well known pop songs for kids. The Lythgoes pride themselves on creating a memorable experience a family can share together. In 2017 over 6000 title 1 students were introduced by the Lythgoe’s to live theatre, through the medium of Panto.
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Yes, Virginia in Broadway YES, VIRGINIA
Dorie @The Complex
12/7-12/30/2018
"Yes, Virginia", a comedy by Stan Zimmerman & Christian McLaughlin returns for a limited holiday run December 7th to 30th on Hollywood’s Theatre Row. The play stars double Emmy nominee, Mindy Sterling, famous for her role as Frau Farbissina in the “Austin Powers” films, and Broadway and TV actress, Arnetia Walker, best known for "The Wiz", "Dreamgirls" and the NBC sitcom “Nurses”. "Yes, Virginia" is a role-reversal comedy based on Zimmerman’s mother and his long time housekeeper. The story centers on the relationship between Denise Miller (Sterling), a woman living alone in suburban Detroit and Virginia Campbell (Walker), her long-time housekeeper who helped raise Denise’s kids during a difficult divorce. The play deals with dementia and the options currently available to aging parents. The two character play will be directed by Zimmerman and produced by Pop-Up Playhouse and Stefani Nicole Von Huben. "Yes, Virginia" will have a limited run of 12 performances. It previews Friday December 7, 2018, opens Saturday December 8, and closes December 30. Showtimes are Fridays and Saturdays @8pm, Sundays @3pm. A Talk Back will follow the Sunday December 16 matinee.
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Finks in Broadway FINKS
Rogue Machine Theatre
11/10-12/30/2018
A New York Times Critic’s Pick, “Finks” was nominated for a Drama Desk Award and Rogue Machine’s West Coast premiere production brings together writer Joe Gilford and director Michael Pressman, both children of the Blacklisted. Joe Gilford shares the struggle his parents, entertainers Jack Gilford and Madeline Lee Gilford, endured when they were called to testify. On the verge of TV stardom, a comic meets an actress/activist, their romance blossoms - as does their risk of being blacklisted for their political activities. The House Un-American Activities Committee, tasked with exposing communist subversion, conducted hearings which lead to more than 300 directors, actors, radios personalities, and screenwriters to be boycotted by studios. Friends were turned against friends, and family. Most who were named never recovered their careers. Those who willingly testify—naming others to the committee—will be branded as "finks." “What is most intriguing is not that the characters chose communism; it’s that they chose to believe in an improved state. They were dreamers who became activists - they understood something was wrong. They understood they had to act or nothing would change. Both Joe Gilford’s FINKS and Tom Morton-Smith’s OPPENHEIMER look at communism in America in the 30s, 40s and 50s. These plays are not about communism but about the universal ideal that we could be better than we are,” says producer John Perrin Flynn. Cast: Daniel Dorr (Victor Lynch, Stanley, Kazan), Thomas Fiscella (Phil Larson, Martin Berkeley, Lee J. Cobb, Budd Schulberg), Matt Gottlieb (Rep. Walter), Stephen Tyler Howell (Sgt. at Arms, Bartender, Announcer, Leading Man), Richard Levinson (poianist), Adam Lebowitz-Lockard (Bobby Ferard), Bruce Nozick (Fred Land), Vanessa Claire Stewart (Natalie Meltzer), and French Stewart (Mickey Dobbs). Joe Gilford (Playwright), Michael Pressman (Director), John Perrin Flynn (Artistic Director/ Producer), Cecila Fairchild (Assistant Director), Stephanie Kerley Schwartz (Scenic Design), Matt Richter (Lighting Design), Christopher Moscatiello (Sound Design), Nick Santiago (Projection Designer), and Halei Parker (Costume Design). Rogue Machine Theatre won the Ovation Award this year for “Best Season” and received, for the second time, the Polly Warfield Award for an Excellent Season from the LA Drama Critics Circle – 2016 and 2011. They were recently recognized with 12 Ovation Award nominations, including one for Best Season and two for Best Production. KCRW’s nod to Best Theatre was a highlight of the 2016 season, as was receiving a Shubert Foundation grant awarded to select theatre organizations for their artistic achievement, administrative strength, and fiscal stability along with the company’s development of new work and other significant contributions to the field of professional theatre in the United States. A recipient of the American Theatre Wing’s 2014 National Theatre Company Grant, given only to 12 theatre companies in the country, Rogue Machine (BEST PRODUCTION for three years – Ovation and LADCC Awards) presents plays that are new to Los Angeles. They recently received support from the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, and the company garnered recognition for their work in upwards of 75 awards and nominations. Finks opens at 3pm on Saturday, November 10th and runs at 8pm Fridays, 3pm Saturdays, 7pm Sundays until December 30th (Exceptions: no performance 11/16 and 12/21. 11/17 show is at 8pm. Added shows 11/26, 12/1 & 12/8 at 8pm). Rogue Machine is located in Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave. Venice CA 90291. Tickets are $40. Reservations: 855-585-5185 or at www.roguemachinetheatre.com
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A Christmas Story in Broadway A CHRISTMAS STORY
Sierra Madre Playhouse
11/23-12/30/2018
Back in the 1960s, humorist, writer, raconteur and TV and radio personality Jean Shepherd (1921-1999) was the undisputed king of late night radio on the East Coast. His live broadcasts from the Limelight Café in Greenwich Village late on Saturday nights on WOR-AM became appointment listening for millions of fans. (This was a decade before Garrison Keillor and Saturday Night Live made their way onto the airwaves. This was when people still listened to AM radio.) Shepherd told stories. Many of them were suggested by incidents in his own life growing up in Hammond, Indiana. Although his radio shows were unscripted, he eventually began to put his stories into print, adopting a fictional surrogate for himself, Ralphie Parker. They were collected in books, including In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash; Wanda Hickey’s Night of Golden Memories, and Other Disasters; The Ferrari in the Bedroom; and A Fistful of Fig Newtons. In 1983, the movie A Christmas Story was released, based on his first volume. Shepherd wrote the screenplay with Leigh Brown and director Bob Clark, who was best known for the Porky’s trilogy. The film has become something of a classic in its genre. Sierra Madre Playhouse is presenting the stage adaptation of A Christmas Story as its holiday attraction. The Parker family gets its Christmas tree. Ralphie’s dad, The Old Man, wins a very special prize in a contest. Ralphie is pursued by a girl in his class. Ralphie is pursued by the class bully. And, most famously, Ralphie sets off on a campaign to acquire his most-desired Christmas present, a Red Ryder BB air rifle, only to be warned repeatedly, “You’ll put your eye out, kid.”
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Oppenheimer in Broadway OPPENHEIMER
Rogue Machine Theatre
10/6-12/30/2018
Fascism is spreading across Europe. It’s 1939 and Franco marches on Barcelona. Two German chemists discover the processes of atomic fission. In Berkeley, California, theoretical physicists recognize the horrendous potential of this new science: a weapon that draws its power from the very building blocks of the universe. Ambitious and charismatic, J. Robert Oppenheimer finds himself uniquely placed to spearhead the largest scientific undertaking in all of human history, the Manhattan Project and the creation of the Atomic bomb. Could it bring about an end of World War II, and all wars? “Anyone who knows anything about the Manhattan Project or Oppenheimer has an opinion on it, and him. I wanted to show you the other side,” says playwright Morton-Smith. “I wanted to take a character who seemed so aloof in the history books and show him as a human being. His journey from idealism to cynicism…eventually kind of betraying his younger self.” Written by Tom Morton-Smith and directed by John Perrin Flynn, the cast includes James Liebman, Ryan Brophy, Jason Chiumento, Kenney Selvey, Mark Jacobson, Miranda Wynne, Kirsten Kollender, Brewster Parsons, Zachary Grant, Scott Victor Nelson, Jennifer Pollono, Rachel Avery, Michael Redfield, Dan Via, Ron Bottitta, Brendan Farrell, Landon Tavernier, Brady Richards, Daniel Shawn Miller, Rick Garrison, Marwa Bernstein, Daniel Jordan Booth, Rori Flynn, and Sophie Pollono. Oppenheimer opens at 8pm on Saturday, October 6th and runs at 8pm Saturdays and Mondays, 3pm Sundays through December 30, 2018 (No performances on 10/8, 10/28 at 3pm, 11/12, 11/17, 11/26, 12/1, 12/2, 12/8, 12/9, 12/10, 12/24) with added performances on 10/26, 10/28 at 8pm & 11/2 at 8pm. Rogue Machine is located in the Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Avenue in Venice, CA 90291. Tickets are $40. Reservations: 855-585-5185 or at www.roguemachinetheatre.com
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PLAID TIDINGS
SIMI VALLEY CULTURAL ARTS CENTER
12/15-12/30/2018

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A CAROL CHRISTMAS in Broadway A CAROL CHRISTMAS
Lonny Chapman Theatre
11/16-12/30/2018
The Group Rep presents a new musical version of the immortal Charles Dickens classic set in America today, book by Doug Haverty, Music/Lyrics by Bruce Kimmel, directed by Bruce Kimmel, orchestrations by Richard Allen, and choreography by Kay Cole. Instead of a man named Scrooge we have a woman named Carol, the successful, demanding host of a home-shopping show who cares nothing for Christmas and wants her staff to work right through the holidays. This newly Critics' Pick offers up 17 new songs and all of the characters you know and love. Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm. Sundays at 2:00 pm. Dark Friday 11/23. Additional matinee 11/24 at 2:00 pm. Talk-backs 11/25 and 12/9. Age 5+. General Admission: $25. Seniors/Students with ID: $20. Groups 10+: $15. Buy tickets: www.thegrouprep.com or (818) 763-5990 Lonny Chapman Theatre, 10900 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood 91601.
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MARY POPPINS
SF PLAYHOUSE
11/14-1/5/2019

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Come From Away in Broadway COME FROM AWAY
Ahmanson Theatre
11/28-1/6/2019
COME FROM AWAY is the breathtaking new musical that played record-breaking engagements in La Jolla and Seattle. Written by Canadians Irene Sankoff and David Hein, this is the stunning production from Tony-nominated director Christopher Ashley (Memphis) that the Los Angeles Times calls "an affecting and stirring new musical." In a heartbeat, 38 planes with 6,579 passengers were stranded in a remote town in Newfoundland. The locals opened their hearts and homes, hosting this international community of strangers- spurring unexpected camaraderie in extraordinary circumstances. On September 11, 2001 the world stopped. On September 12, their stories moved us all.
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Wink in Broadway WINK
Zephyr Theatre
12/8-1/13/2019
It’s easy to lose your way in Hollywood. A homeless gender questioning teenager and Dario Villanova, a former A-list actor who is now doing B movies, are both down on their luck in Los Angeles. When a synchronistic meeting connects these two souls, they quickly bond over music, art, and life’s unexpected misfortunes. Sometimes the best way forward is to stop fighting the past. “Volunteering at a New York LGBTQ center for homeless youth was a transformative experience for me. It became the inspiration for WINK. I wanted to tell a story about a non-binary kid, about the unexpected connections that happen in life and how it can forever change us,“ says Neil Koenigsberg; Playwright Written by Neil Koenigsberg (On A Bench and Fit, produced at 59E59 Theater in New York; Off the King's Road in NY at Theater for the New City, in Los Angeles at the Odyssey Theatre, and in London at the Jermyn Street Theater), this production is being directed by Michael Allen Angel (directed Blake Warner in his autobiographical play After Hours; the gender-bending illusionist duo IMAJICK in their Adventures Of Priscilla and Trixie; as well as Cathy Lind Hayes in her award-winning solo show The Beauty, The Banshee & Me. He helmed The Fortune Teller and Barrage From The Garage “Festival Directors’ Pick” for the 2017 Short + Sweet Festival. Ensemble cast includes Amy Argyle as Valerie (The Blank Theatre’s Peter Pan The Boy Who Hated Mothers and Young Playwright’s Festival; film short “A Funny Thing Happened to Kelly and Ted” starring opposite Dominic West), Adam Cardon as Peter (Hulu’s series "Ark," the film, “Ringer" - Best Actor, Bali International Film Festival), Euriamis Losada as Manuel (Romeo & Juliet - Best Actor, Miami New Times; Long Day’s Journey Into Night - Best Supporting Actor nomination, Curtain Up Award; Bat Boy, and Jekyll & Hyde - Best Actor in a Musical, Carbonell Award, Carbonell Award; Ricky Ricardo on the National Tour of I Love Lucy Live on Stage), David Mingrino as Dario (title role World Premiere The Man Who Saved Everything Theatre West, Room Service - 6 Ovation nominations including best ensemble cast), features “The Haunted Maze” Amazon Prime), Andrik Ochoa (The Vagina Monologues and the film "Morir de Amor" 2017). Creative team includes Racquel Lehrman; Theatre Planners (Producer), Pete Hickok (Set Design), Matt Richter (Lighting Design), Jesse Mandapat (Sound Design), Wendell C. Carmichael (Costume Design), Katrina Pagsolingan (Projection Design), and Michael Donovan (Casting), Danny Crisp (Stage Manager). Wink opens on Saturday, December 8th and runs through January 13, 2019. Saturdays and Mondays at 8pm, Sundays at 3pm (added performances on Fridays Dec 21, 28, and Jan 11, 2019 and no performance on Monday December 24 & 31, 2018). Zephyr Theatre is at 7456 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046. Tickets $15 - $45. Reservation and information at www.Plays411.com/Wink and 323-960-1055. Wheelchair access and ample street parking.
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Special in Broadway SPECIAL
Theatre of NOTE
12/13-1/13/2019
Special is the World Premiere comedy that commemorates the 40th Anniversary of the worst variety show in television history with a behind-the-scenes imagined look of how The Star Wars Holiday Special came to be. How could it miss? It was riding the coattails of what was at that point the most popular movie of all time. It featured appearances by cast members, including Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher. It had great guest stars like Bea Arthur, Harvey Korman, Art Carney and (in holographic form) Jefferson Starship and Diahann Carroll. There was even a cartoon sequence (the first appearance of Boba Fett). The narrative involved the celebration of the Wookiee holiday Life Day (because there’s no Christmas in Space), as Chewie’s family wants to celebrate despite the intrusion of Imperial Storm Troopers. What could possibly go wrong? Everything. The Love Boat pulled better Nielsen numbers than The Star Wars Holiday Special. CBS never aired it again. You can find bootleg DVDs or see the show on the Internet, but never on your regular TV, cable, or streaming service. How did it happen? See Special, the play, to find out. Presented by Ol' Bait Shop Productions. A guest production at Theatre of NOTE.
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Sisters Three in Broadway SISTERS THREE
VS. Theatre
12/14-1/20/2019
A Finalist for The Source Festival and a Semi-finalist for The Bay Area Playwrights Foundation, SISTERS THREE lands its World Premiere staging with Inkwell Theater producing in Los Angeles at the VS. Theatre. An off-center dramedy about family, social media, fame, and the holidays, Sisters Three pays homage to the Brontë sisters, and their brother Patrick. After a family tragedy, Charlotte has dropped out of society and joined a no-technology commune on Gondol Island. EJ and Anne are building a canoe to rescue her. As individual secrets and desires are becoming more apparent, it is threatening to tear the sisters apart. "I am committed to giving voice to female protagonists, so I always start with female leads...or rather, the female leads start with me," says writer Jami Brandli. "This play was inspired by the Bronte sisters, all novelists and poets. Though it’s not a biography, the fascinating sibling dynamic includes their brother Patrick, who was a painter, in a modern retelling of a complicated family of artists and big thinkers now living in a society that seems to place more value on the veneer of a perfect Instagram post rather than appreciating the beautiful complexities of reality.” Jami Brandli’s plays include Bliss (or Emily Post is Dead!), a Critic’s Choice – LA Times, currently at Moving Arts, Technicolor Life, S.O.E., M-Theory, ¡SOLDADERA, Through the Eye of a Needle (“Top Ten” – Stage Raw; The Road Theatre), Medusa’s Song, O: A Rhapsody in Divorce. Her work has been produced/developed at New Dramatists, WordBRIDGE, The Lark, New York Theatre Workshop, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Launch Pad, The Antaeus Company, Chalk REP, The Road, and is Winner of John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award, Holland New Voices Award and Aurora Theatre Company's GAP Prize. Technicolor Life premiered at REP Stage as part of the 2015 Women’s Voices Theater Festival and recently received its Australian premiere at The Depot Theatre. Jami was a Finalist for the 2016 PEN Literary Award for Drama, Playwrights’ Center Core Writer Fellowship, Princess Grace Award, O'Neill National Playwrights Conference and the Disney ABC TV Fellowship and was nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award. Her short works are published with TCG and Smith & Kraus. Directed by Annie McVey, the cast includes Robyn Cohen as Charlotte (The Exonerated opposite Jeff Goldblum, West Coast premiere of Neil Labute's The Shape of Things/The Laguna Playhouse, No Way Around but Through/The Falcon Theatre starring Melanie Griffith, Rigoletto/The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion), Dana DeRuyck as EJ (Hole in the Sky with Circle X Theatre, member Sacred Fools where she played Prushka in the LA premiere of A Gulag Mouse; and appeared in Mr. Burns a Post-Electric Play and The Magic Bullet Theory), and Kara Hume as Anne (member of the Road Theatre, she appeared in Jami Brandi’s Through the Eye of a Needle, and The Other Place by Sharr White). Produced by Artistic Director, Daniel Shoenman and by Rosie Glen-Lambert. Sisters Three opens on Friday, December 14th and runs at through January 20, 2019. 8pm Fridays and Saturdays and 2pm Sundays (added performances at 8pm on Thursdays 12/20 & 12/27 and Mondays 1/7 & 1/14). VS Theatre is located at 5453 W. Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles, 90010. Tickets are $15-$35. For reservations: https://inkwelltheater.com
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I am Sophie in Broadway I AM SOPHIE
Pacific Resident Theatre
11/17-1/27/2019
Are you living your true self? Filled with philosophie de la vie, humor, and heartache I Am Sophie is a journey of identity. The audience becomes the confidante to Sophie Carter, formerly known as Kate Carter. When she returns to the United States after living in Paris, she has become a changed woman. Now home, to take care of her father, her loved ones meet Sophie for the first time. What follows is an existential adventure. Sophie has us all wondering, am I who I think I am? Directed by Susan Angelo, the piece is written and performed by Corinne Shor. Corinne has appeared on stages globally with a diversity of roles that include works from Shakespeare to Sketch Comedy. Locally, she was seen as May Bee Burley in Verdigris by Jim Beaver at Theatre West, and she has a recurring role as the mysterious Matron on NBC’s The Event, playing opposite Hal Holbrook & Jason Ritter. Corinne's training includes The Theatre School Jacques Lecoq in Paris, The Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, and Improvisation at Upright Citizens Brigade. She often works as a narrator for young adult audiobooks (Scars of Youth, In my Dreams, The Fairy King). “Who are we? Really. When it’s all stripped away-- the stories, the things that divide us, the beliefs we cling to? Who are we? Finding our voice and power within this human experience is ultimately what matters the most, say director Susan Angelo. I hope this piece becomes an inspiration to the people who see it, and perhaps sparks their inner Sophie.” Pacific Resident Theatre is nationally recognized as one of the top regional theaters on the West Coast. The company presents works of the highest quality, in order to entertain, inform and educate its multicultural community. In addition to the company’s commitment to rediscover the rarely performed classics, PRT is focused on fostering and developing new works through the collaboration of an artistic ensemble influenced by societal relevance, past, present and future. Pacific Resident Theatre promotes the theatre arts by providing opportunities for artists and craftsmen to develop and enrich their skills. Production Team: Produced by Marilyn Fox and Sara Newman-Martins. Joan-Angela Hess (Associate Producer) Ed Brown and Yancey Dunham (Co-Lighting Designers), Grant Escandón (Sound Design). I Am Sophie opens at 8pm on Saturday, November 17th and runs at 8pm Thursdays - Saturdays, 3pm on Sundays through January 27, 2019 (no performances on 11/22, 12/20 – 12/30). Pacific Resident Theatre is located at 705 1/2 Venice Blvd. in Venice, CA 90291. Tickets are $25 - $34 and can be purchased online at http://www.pacificresidenttheatre.com or by calling (310) 822-8392.
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LIZZIE in Broadway LIZZIE
Bootleg Theater
11/5-1/27/2019
NOW EXTENDED! LIZZIE, nominated for 11 Broadway World Awards, including Best Musical, moves to the Bootleg this January LIZZIE - On a sweltering summer morning in 1892, in a small New England city, a prominent businessman and his wife were brutally axed to death in their home. Their daughter Lizzie Borden was the prime suspect. Her story has become an American legend, and now her story sings. Experience Lizzie's murder trial in this raucous rock musical with a brutal edge. -------- "Part throat-ripping rock concert, part riveting theatre invention. This is rage rock at its finest." — Broadway World "A Rock ’n’ Roll ode to the tale, a feminist anthem for freedom. RECOMMENDED" — Stage Raw "A Badass Musical Starring Four Badass Women. Energetically brought to ravenous life by amazing performers." — Media Geeks NOW EXTENDED! The House of Borden takes up a new address at the Bootleg Theater this January www.lizzielosangeles.com A rock concert meets historical true crime storytelling. You know the rumors, now discover Lizzie's truth. Experience one of the most notorious murder trials in raucous rock musical with a brutal edge. From writers Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer, Alan Stevens Hewitt, and Tim Maner, this musical piece of American mythology has been welcomed by audiences around the world. And now, Lizzie has been slicing her way through Los Angeles. LIZZIE is ferocious, powerful musical theatre as rock concert: Chock full of rage, sex, betrayal, and bloody murder, an American mythology set to a blistering rock score. A radically new American musical with a sound owing less to Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber than to Bikini Kill, The Runaways, and Heart. Featuring: Leslie Rubino (Lizzie Borden) Brooke Van Grinsven (Emma Borden) Jenni Marie Lopez (Alice Russell) Samantha Labrecque (Bridget Sullivan) Kelley Dorney (u/s Lizzie Borden) Renee Cohen (u/s Emma Borden) Jade Taylor (u/s Alice Russell) Kelsey Schulte (u/s Bridget Sullivan) Produced by Color & Light Theatre Ensemble Dates January 19-January 27 Sat 1/19 7:30PM Sun 1/20 7PM Fri 1/25 7:30PM Sat 1/26 7:30PM Sun 1/27 7PM Understudy Performances: Sunday 1/20/19 & Friday 1/25 Theatre Bootleg Theater 2220 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057 Los Angeles, CA 90057 Tickets $25 Phone: (213) 389-3856 www.lizzielosangeles.com
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Wicked in Broadway WICKED
Pantages Theatre
11/28-1/27/2019
Winner of over 50 major awards including the Grammy Award and three Tony Awards, WICKED is the untold story of the witches of Oz. Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the land of Oz. One, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. WICKED tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good. Declared "The Best Musical of the Decade" by Entertainment Weekly and "A Cultural Phenomenon" by Variety, WICKED is based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, and a book by Winnie Holzman. The production is directed by Joe Mantello with musical staging by Wayne Cilento.
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