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(MOSTLY)MUSICALS ROAD TRIP
The E Spot Lounge
8/15-8/15/2016
August is the perfect time for a ROAD TRIP - Come take a ride with (mostly)musicals as we navigate the musical landscape! Featuring scheduled perfomances from #mmLA alums Sharon McNight (B'way: STARMITES), Daniel Stewart (B'way: Deaf West's SPRING AWAKENING), Derek Carley (THE DODGERS), Emily Clark (Emily Clark is SLIGHTLY DRAMATIC), Jason Peter Kennedy, Kelley Dorney (MARILYN), and Tod Macofsky (Sex, Love, & Yoga), plus Mostly Musicals debuts from: Michael-Leon Wooley (B'way: LITTLE SHOP, film: The Princess and the Frog), Amy Engelhardt (The Bobs), Hannah Corrigan (VIOLET at San Diego Rep), Jenna Carley, John Devereaux (DREAMGIRLS at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts), Matthew Sims (RECORDED IN HOLLYWOOD), Marc Baron Ginsburg (REAL HOUSEWIVES OF TOLUCA LAKE), Miki Yamashita (LA Opera), and Tiana Okoye (Experience CARRIE, A CHORUS LINE at The Hollywood Bowl)! Music director Gregory Nabours will keep us on course as we navigate songs by Duke Ellington, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Jason Robert Brown, Bock & Harnick, Jeanine Tesori, Arlo Guthrie, Kerrigan-Lowdermilk, Carner & Gregor, and others! Plus a special guest performance from Triage Productions and Standing Room Only Productions NEXT TO NORMAL featuring Michelle Lane! And it just wouldn't be #mmLA without our open mic afterparty... Get your tickets now at www.espotlounge.com, and set your GPS for Studio City on August 15!
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A DANCE WITH DEATH
The Murder Mystery Company in Los Angeles
7/22-8/19/2016
Join The Murder Mystery Company for a night of intrigue, deception, and delicious food! Pay attention to the clues, follow the action, and attempt to become the night's top detective in this 1950's sock hop disaster.
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THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER
ARIEL THEATRICAL
8/5-8/20/2016

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LAST TRAIN TO NIBROC
La Jolla Commons Theatre
8/5-8/20/2016
In December 1940, an east-bound cross-country train carries the bodies of the great American writers Nathanael West and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Also on board is May, who shares her seat with a charming young flyer, Raleigh. Religious and bookish, May plans to be a missionary. Raleigh has been given a medical discharge and, inspired by West and Fitzgerald, is heading to New York to be a writer. Raleigh and May discover they are from neighboring Appalachian towns, and he decides to change trains for Kentucky, promising to take May to the next Nibroc Festival. A sweet comedy that will tug at your heartstrings and put a smile on your face.
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SHREK THE MUSICAL
ORANGE COUNTY CHILDRENS THEATRE
8/12-8/21/2016

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INTO THE WOODS
SNOWLINE JUNIOR PLAYERS
8/5-8/21/2016

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A DANCE WITH DEATH
The Murder Mystery Company in San Francisco
8/7-8/21/2016
Join The Murder Mystery Company for a night of intrigue, deception, and delicious food! Pay attention to the clues, follow the action, and attempt to become the night's top detective in this 1950's sock hop disaster.
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BEST LAID PLANS
The Murder Mystery Company in San Diego
7/28-8/25/2016
Join The Murder Mystery Company for a night of intrigue, deception, and delicious food! Pay attention to the clues, follow the action, and attempt to become the night's top detective in this 1930's thriller.
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ONCE ON THIS ISLAND JR
VALLEY CHRISTIAN JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL
8/17-8/27/2016

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AMERICAN IDIOT
ACTORS REPERTORY THEATRE OF SIMI
7/23-8/28/2016

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BIG, THE MUSICAL
COASTAL REPERTORY THEATRE
7/29-8/28/2016

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AMERICAN IDIOT
CITY LIGHTS THEATER COMPANY
7/14-8/28/2016

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MISS SAIGON
BROADWAY BY THE BAY
8/12-8/28/2016

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OBAMA-OLOGY
Skylight Theatre Company
7/23-8/28/2016
Skylight Theatre takes an election year look at politics with the American Premiere of OBAMA-OLOGY by Aurin Squire. Where do you stand? How did we get here and where we are going. OBAMA-OLOGY will run in rep with The National New Playwright Network Rolling World Premiere of CHURCH & STATE by EMMY nominated writer Jason Odell Williams. Both plays are produced in association with Providence Entertainment, LTD. Changing the world isn’t as easy as Warren had imagined. An enthusiastic African-American college graduate joins the 2008 Obama campaign and lands in the streets of East Cleveland. Between knocking on doors, fending off cops, and questioning his own identity, he discovers that working in the spotlight of “Hope” can be challenging. Obama-ology is a compelling exploration of re-igniting the dreams of a black minority and the hopes of a country. "You know this isn’t going to end in a nice and neat way…I confessed this fear to a friend the day before America’s 2008 election. I worried about an electorate’s misguided and messianic beliefs in ‘the one.’ It can be a terribly fraught and untenable position because even the slightest setback seems to not only reflect poorly on your entire race, but enrages your supporters who feel as if they have been morally betrayed, while delighting your detractors who feel as if their bigotry has been vindicated. “Obama-ology” is about that strange ‘oneness’ that can drive a person crazy, incite an act of heroism, disintegrate familial ties, win an election, re-arrange a character’s DNA, and change our destiny” - Aurin Squire; Playwright Obama-ology opens at 8:30pm on July 23rd and runs through August 28, 2016, playing Fridays 8:30 and Sundays 7:00. Church & State opens at 8:30pm on July 2nd and runs through August 14th, playing Saturdays 8:30pm and Sundays 3pm. Skylight Theatre is located at 1816 1/2 N. Vermont Ave., LA. CA. 90027. Tickets are $15 - $39 (or two-play package $63). Reservations: 213-761-7061 or online at http://skylighttix.com Aurin Squire (Playwright – Obama-ology) is an award-winning playwright, journalist, and multimedia artist. A recent graduate of Juilliard, he has had fellowships at the Dramatists Guild of America, National Black Theatre, and Brooklyn Arts Exchange. Aurin has worked as a journalist for The New Republic, Talking Points Memo, ESPN, The Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald, and over a dozen publications. "Obama-ology" was part of Juilliard’s summer workshop before premiering in London at Finborough Theatre in December 2014. The play was remounted at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London during the spring of 2015. His plays have been developed and produced at venues like Abington Theatre, ArcLight Theatre, Ars Nova, Barrington Stage Company, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Cherry Lane, and more. Squire worked as a staff writer for the new CBS political satire BrainDead, a summer series premiering June2016. His play "Running on Fire" will be at the O'Neill Theatre Conference this summer. He is a member of the 2016 incoming New Dramatists playwrights. Jon Lawrence Rivera (Director – Obama-ology) is the recipient of the Inaugural Career Achievement Award from Stage Raw, and five Ovation Award nominations. Most recently, he directed the World Premiere of The End Times by Jesse Mu-En Shao (CRITIC’S CHOICE – LA Times, GO! – LA Weekly) and the following world premieres for Playwrights’ Arena: @thespeedofJake by Jennifer Maisel, Circus Ugly by Gabriel Rivas Gomez, Painting In Red by Luis Alfaro, Cinnamon Girl by Velina Hasu Houston and Nathan Wang (also at the 2nd Beijing University International Musical Theater Festival), Dallas Non-Stop by Boni B. Alvarez, The Anatomy of Gazellas by Janine Salinas Schoenberg, Girl Most Likely To by Michael Premsrirat, bonded by Donald Jolly and Euripides’ Helen by Nick Salamone (at the Getty Villa). Other recent work includes: Criers For Hire by Giovanni Ortega at East West Players, A Class Act by Ed Kleban for Musical Theatre Guild and Stand-Off at Hwy #37 by Vickie Ramirez for Native Voices at the Autry (also at the University of South Dakota). Rivera is the recipient of a NY Fringe Festival Award for directing Hillary Agonistes, an LA Weekly Award for directing Sea Change. Rivera is the founding artistic director of Playwrights‘Arena. Skylight Theatre Company discovers, develops and produces new, exhilarating works that expand mainstream theatre while nurturing and educating the people who create them. A recipient of the prestigious Steinberg National Theatre Critics Citation (Dontrell, Who Kissed The Sea – Nathan Alan Davis), Skylight’s resident PlayLab writers have been recognized with productions nationwide, a national 2014 USA Ford Fellowship in Theater and Performance (Sigrid Gilmer), and locally as a winner in the 2015 Humanitas/CTG Playwriting Prize (Louisa Hill). Skylight won 4 Ovation Awards in 2014 for The Wrong Man and Pray To Ball (the most of any intimate theatre in LA). LA Weekly included the Skylight’s productions of Years To The Day, Open House and Sexsting on their Top Ten list of plays for 2013. Skylight's first year as a company dedicated to developing new plays was 2011; their production of Hermetically Sealed made theLA Times annual list of Top Ten Plays, and Mad Women moved from Los Angeles to La MaMa in New York. Since then, plays developed by Skylight have been performed in Chicago, New York, Washington D.C., Oregon, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Kansas City, and internationally in Scotland and France. In 2014, Dramatist Magazine cited Skylight as a “powerhouse of new play development.” For more information, script submission policy and production history go to http://skylighttheatrecompany.com
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OBAMA-OLOGY
Skylight Theatre Company
7/23-8/28/2016
Changing the world isn’t as easy as Warren had imagined. An enthusiastic African-American college graduate joins the 2008 Obama campaign and lands in the streets of East Cleveland. Between knocking on doors, fending off cops, and questioning his own identity, he discovers that working in the spotlight of “Hope” can be challenging. Obama-ology is a compelling exploration of re-igniting the dreams of a black minority and the hopes of a country. Obama-ology opens at 8:30pm on July 23rd and runs through August 28, 2016, playing Fridays 8:30 and Sundays 7:00. Church & State opens at 8:30pm on July 2nd and runs through August 14th, playing Saturdays 8:30pm and Sundays 3pm. No performance 7/23 & time changed to 7:00pm for 7/24. Skylight Theatre is located at 1816 1/2 N. Vermont Ave., LA. CA. 90027. Tickets are $15 - $39 (or two-play package $63). Reservations: 213-761-7061 or online at http://skylighttix.com
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BABY DOLL
Fountain Theatre
7/13-8/28/2016
adapt: Pierre LaVille, Emily Mann; dir: Simon Levy.
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BABY DOLL
Fountain Theatre
7/13-8/28/2016
adapt: Pierre LaVille, Emily Mann; dir: Simon Levy.
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BIG FISH
Spreckles Performing Arts Center
8/12-8/28/2016

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PARK PLAYS SERIES THREE: LOVE IN BLOOM, LOVE IN DOOM
Actors Workout Studio
8/12-8/28/2016
What do a picnic with adult accessories, quirky runners, an adulterous affair and a defensive groundskeeper have in common? They’re all part of AWS’s Love In Bloom, Love In Doom, the third in a series of original works penned by members of the AWS Writer’s Workshop.
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RAGTIME VERSION 2
CITY OF VISTA/MOONLIGHT AMPHITHEATER
8/17-9/3/2016

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RAGTIME
CITY OF VISTA/MOONLIGHT AMPHITHEATER
8/17-9/3/2016

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THE TEMPEST
Independent Shakespeare Co
7/30-9/4/2016
William Shakespeare; dir: Matthew Earnest.
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THE TEMPEST
Independent Shakespeare Co
7/30-9/4/2016
William Shakespeare; dir: Matthew Earnest.
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TBA
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble
7/16-9/4/2016
dir: Bart DeLorenzo.
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TBA
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble
7/16-9/4/2016
dir: Bart DeLorenzo.
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DOUBT, A PARABLE
International City Theatre
8/17-9/11/2016
John Patrick Shanley.
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DOUBT, A PARABLE
International City Theatre
8/17-9/11/2016
John Patrick Shanley.
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A RAISIN IN THE SUN
Ruskin Group Theatre
7/22-9/17/2016
Winning the BEST PLAY Award from the New York Drama Critics' Circle, “A RAISIN IN THE SUN" made history when it opened in 1959. The setting is the Younger household in the Washington Park Subdivision of Chicago's Woodlawn neighborhood, and involves the family members' struggle to achieve their individual dreams and potential despite challenges of a system that seems built to thwart them. Ruskin Group Theatre will present a new production of Lorraine Hansberry’s classic play, directed by Tony Award nominated Lita Gaithers Owens and featuring the Tony Award nominated actress Starletta DuPois, one of the stars of the acclaimed American Playhouse film version. Lorraine Hansberry was the first black playwright to have her work produced on Broadway and the youngest American to win the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award. The title of the play comes from a Langston Hughes poem entitled "Harlem," also known as "A Dream Deferred." Tony nominated Lita Gaithers Owens directs an award-winning cast. She is the co-author of the Broadway musical, It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues, which opened at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre in Lincoln Center, and was nominated for four Tony Awards including Best Musical of 1999. She was co-founder/director of the multi-racial, “Friendship Choir” that performed with Celine Dion, Dianne Reeves, Luther Vandross, Gloria Estefan, Michael Bolton, Nelson Mandela, and for former President Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy. At the personal request of Bill Cosby, the choir also had the privilege of appearing in the “Story Teller” episode of “The Cosby Show” with Mavis Staples. Most recently, she contributed to the book Soul Sisters by Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook, which consists of uplifting personal stories and prayers designed to encourage the reader during challenging life experiences. "Lorraine Hansberry has given the world a priceless jewel in the writing of this timeless play," said Ms. Owens. "From the moment it premiered it offered insight on the plight of African Americans in urban cities, and it continues to speak to the racial issues that are facing our country today. The 'American Dream,' for some in this nation, comes after enormous perseverance and tenacity. But for many, it simply doesn’t come at all. So, what can be discovered by taking a look from the view of those who get weary while waiting on the manifestation of their dream? Perhaps, by experiencing this play, it takes us on a journey of personal discovery and enlightenment which leads us to a path of a clearer understanding of the importance of social justice and equality through the power of love for one another.” Starletta DuPois will play Lena "Mama” Younger. She appeared in the premiere of August Wilson's The Piano Lesson, directed by Lloyd Richards, in which she created the role of Bernice, and numerous productions of A Raisin in the Sun that have allowed her to play all three major female roles in Ms. Hansberry's play. Her most enduring performance was as Ruth, in the 1989 American Playhousefilm version based on the Roundabout staging, and earned her the NAACP Image Award. The cast included Danny Glover, Esther Rolle, and Kim Yancey. In December 2009 she played Lena Younger at the Royal Exchange in Manchester, England, garnering another Best Actress Award. Additional theatre credits include award-winning performances in St. Louis Black Rep's Intimate Apparel, King Hedley II and Before it Hits Home, as well as productions of Richard Wesley's The Mighty Gents, for which she received a Tony nomination, and Miss Evers' Boys, which earned an NAACP Image Award nomination. Ms.DuPois received the Eternity Award from the L.A. Women's Theatre Festival and the Living Legend Award from the National Black Theatre Festival. “A true gift at this point in my career is having experienced the life of this play through three extraordinary women characters that the playwright created. "I am always amazed how every time I read the script I glean something else. The challenge in this particular role is that Mama’s character is written in patois, and I want to stay true to the language that Lorraine wrote.” - Starletta DuPois; Lena “Mama” Younger This award-winning cast also includes Redaric Williams, Charlotte Williams, Angelle Brooks, Jaden Martin, Mohirah Hall, Kristian Kordula, Josh Drennen, and Jarard Kings The production team includes John Ruskin and Michael Myers (Producers), Mike Reilly (Production Manager/Lighting Designer), Ryan Wilson (Set Design), Sarah Figoten Wilson (Costume Design), Chip Bolcik (Sound Design), Eric Barron (Set Dressing and Props), Paul Ruddy (Casting) and Nicole Millar (Stage Manager). A Raisin in the Sun opens on Friday, July 22 and runs through Saturday, September 17, 2016 with performances at the Ruskin Group Theatre at 3000 Airport Avenue, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25, with discounts for students, seniors, and groups. For tickets and information call 310-397-3244 or visit www.ruskingrouptheatre.com. Ruskin Group Theatre on Twitter: @ruskingroupthtr and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/171460689597145/
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NEXT TO NORMAL
The Pico Playhouse
8/19-9/25/2016
Triage Productions and Standing Room Only Productions present Next To Normal, with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, directed by Thomas James O’Leary featuring a live five-piece band conducted by music director Taylor Stephenson. Next to Normal explores how one suburban household is torn apart by mental illness and fights to stay together. One of Broadway’s biggest and most compelling hits, the show won three 2009 Tony Awards, and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize.
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TITUS ANDRONICUS
Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum
7/30-10/1/2016
William Shakespeare; dir: Ellen Geer.
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TITUS ANDRONICUS
Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum
7/30-10/1/2016
William Shakespeare; dir: Ellen Geer.
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THE IMAGINARY INVALID
Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum
7/9-10/2/2016
adapt: Constance Congdon from Molière ; trans: Dan Smith; dir: Mary Jo DuPrey.
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THE IMAGINARY INVALID
Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum
7/9-10/2/2016
adapt: Constance Congdon from Molière ; trans: Dan Smith; dir: Mary Jo DuPrey.
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