BWW Review: Politics and Power Clash in Theatricum Botanicum's CORIOLANUSBWW Review: Politics and Power Clash in Theatricum Botanicum's CORIOLANUS
by Ellen Dostal - Jun 7, 2018

Theatricum Botanicum takes on Shakespeare's stinging drama CORIOLANUS this summer on its outdoor stage in Topanga Canyon and offers an intriguing look at the cynicism of politics and power. The work includes a massive cast of 45. Some are seasoned veterans and many are young actors in the early stages of their careers, including a sweet Geer granddaughter (Quinnlyn Scheppner). Together they bring forth the early days of Rome when democracy was in its infancy and mob mentality could turn the tide in the blink of an eye. (more...)

Susan Angelo Directs Members of the Geer Family in Revival of THE CHALK GARDENSusan Angelo Directs Members of the Geer Family in Revival of THE CHALK GARDEN
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2018

 A mystery of hidden pasts, lost loves and false identities in a world where living things cannot grow. Members of the Geer family star in a revival ofThe Chalk Garden by Enid Bagnold, a unique comedy that blends witty humor with insightful truths. Susan Angelo directs Bagnold's captivating psychological chamber piece for a June 30 opening at Theatricum Botanicum's outdoor amphitheater in Topanga. (more...)

Arthur Miller's THE CRUCIBLE Hits Close to Home at Theatricum BotanicumArthur Miller's THE CRUCIBLE Hits Close to Home at Theatricum Botanicum
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2018

A parable of mass hysteria that draws a chilling parallel between the Salem witch hunts of 1692 and McCarthyism, which gripped America in the 1950s, The Crucible by Arthur Miller remains eerily timely in today's climate of fake news. Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum, its own history firmly rooted in the McCarthy-era Hollywood blacklist - when actor Will Geer and his wife, Herta Ware, created the theater as a haven for blacklisted actors - opens a new production of Miller's modern classic onJune 30. Theatricum artistic director Ellen Geer, Will's daughter, is at the helm, with family members Thad Geer,Willow Geer and Melora Marshall featured in the cast. (more...)

Theatricum Opens 2018 Summer Season with Shakespeare's CORIOLANUSTheatricum Opens 2018 Summer Season with Shakespeare's CORIOLANUS
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2018

William Shakespeare'sCoriolanus, a tragedy based on the life of legendary Roman leader Caius Marcius Coriolanus, opens the summer season at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum on June 2. (more...)

Theatricum Botanicum Announces 2018 Summer Season at Outdoor Venue in TopangaTheatricum Botanicum Announces 2018 Summer Season at Outdoor Venue in Topanga
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2018

Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum is back with an exciting summer line-up of socially conscious theater, music and performance. The Summer 2018 Season, including five plays set to open in rapid succession and perform in repertory throughout the summer together with a host of satellite events, will open June 2 and continue through mid-October in the company's breathtakingly beautiful outdoor Topanga setting. (more...)

BWW Review: George Orwell's ANIMAL FARM Speaks Directly to the World's Current Political TurmoilBWW Review: George Orwell's ANIMAL FARM Speaks Directly to the World's Current Political Turmoil
by Shari Barrett - Aug 2, 2017

ANIMAL FARM, Orwell's brilliant political satire about the corrupting influence of power, charts the fall of idealism and the rise of tyranny after the animals of Manor Farm rise up against their oppressive human owner in a struggle for rights, equality, gaining the right to make their own choices on how to live their lives. Onstage, the story is read by two children, the girl (Sierra Rose Friday) and boy (Shane McDermott), keeping the audience informed as to the action taking place or what has gone on off stage leading to that particular scene. It all begins as the animals, led by Snowball, an idealistic pig (Christopher Yarrow), take over the farm from Mr. Jones (Steve Fisher). Their plan goes well at first; all the animals are equal and content. But eventually, several of the other pigs, led by Napoleon (Mark Lewis) and Squealer (Melora Marshall), yield to the lure of power and start to make decisions that serve their own interests best, eventually leading them to proclaim that some animals are more equal than others. The quote, 'absolute power corrupts absolutely,' certainly applies to Orwell's masterful work. (more...)

Photo Flash: Members of the Geer Family Star in OTHER DESERT CITIES by Jon Robin Baitz
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2017

The manicured life of a conservative actor-turned-politician and his impeccable wife is upset when relatives arrive at their Palm Springs home for the holidays - including politically liberal daughter Brooke, who's about to publish a tell-all memoir. Mary Jo DuPrey directs Jon Robin Baitz's Other Desert Cities, opening July 8 at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum. (more...)

Members of the Geer Family Star in OTHER DESERT CITIES at Theatricum
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2017

The manicured life of a conservative actor-turned-politician and his impeccable wife is upset when relatives arrive at their Palm Springs home for the holidays - including politically liberal daughter Brooke, who's about to publish a tell-all memoir. Mary Jo DuPrey directs Jon Robin Baitz's Other Desert Cities, opening July 8 at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum. (more...)

Photo Flash: Theatricum Opens Summer Season with MERCHANT OF VENICE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2017

William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice opens the summer season at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum on June 3. (more...)

Theatricum Botanicum presents Peter Hall's Stage Adaptation of George Orwell's ANIMAL FARM
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2017

How do lies become truths? An acclaimed stage adaptation of Animal Farm, the classic novel by George Orwell, opens at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum on June 17, part of the company's "Rising Up" Summer 2017 Repertory Season. (more...)

Theatricum's Signature A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM Returns to Topanga Woods
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2017

Theatricum brings back its signature production, an audience favorite with a set design unrivaled by any other theater - because it's the real thing. The most magical outdoor setting in Los Angeles is once again transformed into an enchanted forest inhabited by lovers both fairy and human. (more...)

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Kicks Off Theatricum Summer Season
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2017

William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice opens the summer season at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum on June 3. (more...)

Theatricum Botanicum Announces 2017 Summer Season Outdoors in Topanga
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2017

Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum rises up and speaks out with a summer line-up of socially conscious classic and contemporary plays, music and performance. The 2017 summer season at the company's unique outdoor setting in Topanga will offer five mainstage productions in rotating repertory as well as a host of satellite events, June through October. (more...)

Theatricum Botanicum Presents the RE-PETE CELEBRATION 2017
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2017

Audiences are invited to sing along at a tribute to late singer/songwriter and activist Pete Seeger in what has become an annual tradition at Theatricum Botanicum. (more...)

Theatricum Botanicum to Present TITUS ANDRONICUS, 7/30-10/1
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2016

How should a nation choose its leaders? What happens when a government insulates itself from the citizens it once served? These are some of the questions Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum explores with its staging of Shakespeare's earliest tragedy, a sensational and brutally shocking revenge drama. Ellen Geer directs Titus Andronicus, opening July 30 on Theatricum's outdoor stage in Topanga. (more...)

BWW Review: ROMEO AND JULIET Through the Lens of the Middle East by Way of Topanga Canyon
by Ellen Dostal - Jul 5, 2016

Not even a wall can keep these lovers apart. This particular wall happens to be in modern-day East Jerusalem and as Theatricum Botanicum's production of ROMEO AND JULIET commences, chaos ignites at a checkpoint that divides Israel and Palestine. It is a city that has seen struggle for thousands of years and for one Muslim boy named Romeo and one Jewish girl named Juliet, not even their innocence can change the course of this story. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at World Premiere Production of TOM at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2016

Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum presents TOM, a world premiere stage adaptation of Harriet Beecher Stowe's 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' that offers a new look at the power of Stowe's most famous novel and at the true grit of its title character. Written by artistic director Ellen Geer and featuring folk music of the period, TOM joins the repertory season at Theatricum's spectacular outdoor amphitheatre in Topanga on June 18. BroadwayWorld has an inside look at the production - scroll down for photos! (more...)

Photo Flash: ROMEO & JULIET Set in East Jerusalem at Theatricum Botanicum
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2016

Director Ellen Geer re-sets William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet in East Jerusalem, kicking off the 2016 summer repertory season at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum's outdoor amphitheater on June 11. (more...)

THE IMAGINARY INVALID Begins in July at Theatricum Botanicum
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2016

Proving that laughter really is the best medicine, Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum presents a fresh and hilarious new adaptation of The Imaginary Invalid - Moliere's skewering of the health care crisis from an entirely different century - by Constance Congdon. The Imaginary Invalid joins the summer repertory season at Theatricum's spectacular outdoor amphitheater in Topanga on July 9. (more...)

Theatricum Botanicum to Stage World Premiere Adaptation of UNCLE TOM'S CABIN
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2016

Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum presents TOM, a world premiere stage adaptation of Harriet Beecher Stowe's 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' that offers a new look at the power of Stowe's most famous novel and at the true grit of its title character. Written by artistic director Ellen Geer and featuring folk music of the period, TOM joins the repertory season at Theatricum's spectacular outdoor amphitheatre in Topanga on June 18. (more...)

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