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Jan. 12 – Feb. 9 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @t 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.):
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DANCE! at the Odyssey 2018
— Odyssey Theatre Ensemble celebrates the art of dance with its second annual mini-festival. Jan. 12 & Jan. 13: TBA; Jan. 20 & Jan. 21: “ROSEWOOD” by Micaela Taylor + The TL Collective blurs the lines between hip-hop and contemporary dance with a work revealing the complex mind set of a young faith filled artist determined to keep up with the trends of this generation without losing her unique identity; Jan. 26 – Feb. 4: “RIFT” by L.A. Contemporary Dance Company, an evening of contemporary dance featuring work from Los Angeles- based choreographers Genevieve Carson, Nathan Makolandra and Stephanie Zaletel; Feb. 8 & Feb. 9: Choreographer Corina Kinnear explores the non-sexualized human form and the perception of nudity through movement in “naked.” The evening includes a scientific discourse with the audience, an art installation by Gina Teichert of San Francisco, a photo series by Babette Delafayette of Seattle, and live music by Los Angeles indie band Silent Scream. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; $15-$25; (310) 477-2055 x2; www.OdysseyTheatre.com

Jan 13 – March 4 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m., select Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 8 p.m.):
Freud’s Last Session
— September, 1939. On the day England enters World War II, legendary psychoanalyst Dr. Sigmund Freud invites the young, rising Oxford don C.S. Lewis to his home in London. There, they engage in a brain-teasing battle of wits on the subjects of love, sex and the existence of God, only weeks before Freud took his own life. Filled with humor, this deeply touching play explores the minds, hearts and souls of two brilliant men addressing the greatest questions of all time. Martin Reyner stars as Freud in the role he created for the world premiere production at the Barrington Stage Company, in Chicago at the Mercury Theatre and off-Broadway at New World Stages. Robert Mandel directs.Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; $25-$34; (310) 477-2055 x2;
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Jan. 20 – March 25 (Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m.):
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The Chosen A silent father, an ancient tradition and an unexpectedly important game of baseball forge bonds of lifelong friendship between two Jewish boys from “five blocks and a world apart” in this funny, poignant, timely and timeless father-son story about recognition and acceptance of “the other.” The Fountain Theatre celebrates the 50th anniversary (last April) of Chaim Potok’s beloved novel with the West Coast premiere of a new, streamlined version by Aaron Posner, who wrote the original stage adaptation with Potok nearly 20 years ago. Directed by Simon Levy; starring Jonathan Arkin, Alan Blumenfeld, Dor Gvirtsman and Sam Mandel. The Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90029; $20$40; (323) 663-1525; www.fountaintheatre.com

Jan. 25 – Jan. 28, 2018 (Thursday & Friday @ 8 pm; Saturday @ 3 pm & 8 pm, Sunday @ 4 pm):
The Goodbye Girl — L.A. Theatre works records Neil Simon’s screenplay for the 1977 Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe Award-winning romantic comedy. Known as “The Goodbye Girl” because of all the live-in boyfriends who have left her, Paula McFadden and her young daughter must make room in their cramped quarters for a new roommate. But can they make room in their hearts for another man who may just walk out that door again? Each of the five performances at UCLA’s state-of-the-art James Bridges Theater will be recorded live in front of an audience for future radio broadcast, distribution on CD, digital download and online streaming. L.A. Theatre Works’ syndicated radio theater series broadcasts weekly on public radio stations across the U.S. (locally, in Southern California, on KPFK 90.7 FM); can be heard daily in China and around the world on the Radio Beijing Network; can be downloaded as a podcast via iTunes and Wondery.com; and can be streamed on demand at www.latw.org. L.A. Theatre Works @ the James Bridges Theater, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, 235 Charles E. Young Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095; $15-$60; (310) 827-0889; www.latw.org

Jan. 25 – March 11, 2018 (Thursdays & Fridays @ 8 p.m., Saturdays @ 2 p.m. & 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.):
The Hothouse — A wild, impudent and blisteringly funny look at a government-run mental institution in which the wardens may be madder than the inmates. Under a veil of devilish wit and subversive humor, Harold Pinter’s biting political commentary on the perils of unchecked power is as vital and pertinent today as when he first wrote it. A fully partner-cast production from Antaeus Theatre Company at the Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center, 110 East Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205; $30-$34; (818) 506-1983; www.Antaeus.org

Sunday, Feb. 11 @ 7 p.m.
The One Day PlaysSix plays are conceived, written, rehearsed and performed for a live audience within a 24-hour period. Here’s how it works: members and friends of IAMA Theatre Company meet the night before to pair up directors, writers and actors by drawing names from a hat. Once the six “teams” are chosen, the writers have nine hours to write the scripts. Actors receive them the morning of the show to rehearse and memorize. That night an audience arrives and watches six fully realized plays that did not exist one day earlier. IAMA Theatre Company at Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; 323-380-8843; www.iamatheatre.com

Feb. 23 – March 11, 2018 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.):
Daddy Long Legs — An intimate musical set in suffragette-era New England, where a spirited orphan girl is sent to a prestigious college by a mysterious benefactor. Jerusha’s heart-warming journey to independence, education and romance is chronicled in a wealth of witty letters and glorious songs. Based on the classic novel that inspired the 1955 movie starring Fred Astaire. International City Theatre, Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 330 E. Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802; $35-$49; (562) 436-4610; www.InternationalCityTheatre.org

Feb. 24 – March 26 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 4 p.m.)
World premiere of Unemployed Elephants — A chance meeting in an airport lounge leads to a Burmese odyssey and a search for a missing monk… and maybe love. The Victory Theatre’s Maria Gobetti directs a romantic comedy by Wendy Graf (No Word in Guyanese for Me, Please Don’t Ask About Beckett). The Little Victory Theatre, 3326 W Victory Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505; $24-$34; (818) 841-5422; www.thevictorytheatrecenter.org

March 10 – March 25 (Saturdays at 8 p.m. & Sundays @ 7 p.m. — one play per evening)
The Seven Deadly Plays — IAMA continues its 10th anniversary celebration with readings of six plays, all produced and premiered by IAMA over the past decade, from Leslye Headland’s viciously funny seven-play cycle exploring ancient sins in the context of contemporary culture: Cinephilia (“lust”), in which two cinephiles cling to their obsessions with film and sex as a way to validate their relationship; Bachelorette (“gluttony”), a wicked black comedy about female friendship and growing up in an age of excess that was adapted into the 2012 film starring Kirsten Dunst and Rebel Wilson; Assistance (“greed”), a biting, high-octane satire about our attraction to power and what we’re willing to sacrifice to stay in its orbit; Surfer Girl (“sloth”), one woman’s haunting recount of her transient voyager lifestyle, from one idolized couch to the next; Reverb (“wrath”), in which history threatens to repeat itself as troubled lovers purge mutual pain by inflicting it on each other; and The Accidental Blonde (“envy”), a disturbingly humorous look at jealousy, work and success in the cyber-stalking generation.(Watch for the world premiere of the seventh and final play in the cycle, Cult of Love (“pride”), in May.) IAMA Theatre Company at Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; 323-380-8843; www.iamatheatre.com

March 10 – April 29 (Saturdays @ 3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., Sundays @ 3 p.m.)
World premiere of ICEA bilingual, humorous, musical journey in search of what it means to be “American.” Two men arrive in the U.S. with big dreams… but no documents. With a love of baseball, Tia Victoria’s salsa recipe and the help of a talking sock, the pair works day and night to make their taco truck the “Uncle Sam” of mobile restaurants. Will a contest to be “the most American food truck” at Dodger Stadium for the 4th of July prove to Immigration, Naturalization and Customs that they truly belong? Written by Leon Martell, commissioned by 24th Street, directed by Debbie Devine and featuring Jesús Castaños-Chima, Tony Duran, Davitt Felder and Andrew Huber. Ages 7+. 24th Street Theatre, 1117 West 24th St, Los Angeles, CA 90007; $10-$24; (213) 745-6516; www.24thstreet.org

March 15 – March 18, 2018 (Thursday & Friday @ 8 pm; Saturday @ 3 pm & 8 pm, Sunday @ 4 pm):
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World premiere of Daniel Deronda — An LATW-commissioned stage adaptation of George Elliot’s novel, one of the most controversial of the 19th Century. Scornful of men and the love they profess for her, Gwendolen Harleth is a beautiful but spoiled young woman, frustrated by her limited options in Victorian England. Daniel Deronda is an intelligent, handsome young man who has been raised by his guardian, Sir Hugo Mallinger, but knows nothing of his true origins. Deronda’s search leads him into the world of 19th-century Zionism and the Jewish mystical tradition known as Kabbalah, a discovery that will alter the course of his life. Adapted and directed by Kate McAll; featuring Joanne Whalley. Each of the five performances at UCLA’s state-of-the-art James Bridges Theater will be recorded live in front of an audience for future radio broadcast, distribution on CD, digital download and online streaming. L.A. Theatre Works’ syndicated radio theater series broadcasts weekly on public radio stations across the U.S. (locally, in Southern California, on KPFK 90.7 FM); can be heard daily in China and around the world on the Radio Beijing Network; can be downloaded as a podcast via iTunes and Wondery.com; and can be streamed on demand at www.latw.org. L.A. Theatre Works @ the James Bridges Theater, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, 235 Charles E. Young Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095; $15-$60; (310) 827-0889; www.latw.org

March  17 – April 22 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 4 p.m.; Mondays at 8 p.m.):
World premiere of An Undivided Heart Echo Theater Company and Circle X join forces to present Brandon Toropov’s new play that is part thriller and part spiritual mystery. How far will powerful men and institutions go to keep their secrets — and who pays the price when they do? It’s 1992, and Father Mike Cleary aims to get to the bottom of allegations of child abuse in a devastated parish trapped in its own dark denial. Certain topics are not open for public discussion… but a series of otherworldly visions and an unlikely encounter with a Zen priest propel Mike into a collision course, not only with his Archdiocese but with a universal problem: How do we live with the suffering caused by others? A co-production of The Echo Theater Company and Circle X Theatre Company @ Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; $20-$34; 310-307-3753; www.EchoTheaterCompany.com

April 19 – April 22, 2018 (Thursday & Friday @ 8 pm; Saturday @ 3 pm & 8 pm, Sunday @ 4 pm):
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Disgraced Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize and Obie Award-winning drama has become one of the most produced plays in the world — and one of the most passionately discussed. Amir Kapoor is a brilliant, successful Muslim American attorney who has turned his back on his faith in order to thrive in post-9/11 Manhattan. On the surface, he has it all: a beautiful wife, a swanky apartment and a lucrative career. But the charmed life he so artfully constructed is put in jeopardy when a dinner party turns tumultuous and the guests’ ideals of culture, marriage, career and family collide. Behzad Dabu and Emily Swallow reprise their roles from the Mark Taper Forum’s Los Angeles premiere for this live-in-performance recording. Each of the five performances at UCLA’s state-of-the-art James Bridges Theater will be recorded live in front of an audience for future radio broadcast, distribution on CD, digital download and online streaming. L.A. Theatre Works’ syndicated radio theater series broadcasts weekly on public radio stations across the U.S. (locally, in Southern California, on KPFK 90.7 FM); can be heard daily in China and around the world on the Radio Beijing Network; can be downloaded as a podcast via iTunes and Wondery.com; and can be streamed on demand at www.latw.org. L.A. Theatre Works @ the James Bridges Theater, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, 235 Charles E. Young Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095; $15-$60; (310) 827-0889; www.latw.org

April 19 – June 3, 2018 (Thursdays & Fridays @ 8 p.m., Saturdays @ 2 p.m. & 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.):
Southern California premiere of Native Son — Richard Wright’s iconic novel about oppression, freedom, and justice comes to life on stage in this ground-breaking adaptation. Suffocating in rat-infested poverty on the South Side of Chicago in the 1930s, 20-year-old Bigger Thomas struggles to find a place for himself in a world whose prejudice has shut him out. After taking a job in a wealthy white man’s house, Bigger unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate. Adapted with theatrical ingenuity by Nambi E. Kelley, this Native Son captures the power of Wright’s novel for a whole new generation. A fully partner-cast production from Antaeus Theatre Company at the Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center, 110 East Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205; $30-$34; (818) 506-1983; www.Antaeus.org

May 4 – May 20, 2018 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.):
West Coast premiere of Cardboard Piano — Against the backdrop of Uganda’s civil war, the union of the daughter of an American missionary and a local teenage girl is disrupted by violence. Hansol Jung’s haunting drama confronts the religious and cultural roots of intolerance, as well as the human capacity for hatred, forgiveness and love. International City Theatre, Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 330 E. Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802; $35-$49; (562) 436-4610; www.InternationalCityTheatre.org

May 11 – June 10 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 7 p.m.):
World premiere of Cult  of Love — IAMA concludes its 10th anniversary with a full production of the final installment in Leslye Headland’s “Seven Deadly Plays” cycle — a black comedy that explores the final sin of “pride” through one family’s feverish clash over who is right and who is crazy. The Dahl family gathers to celebrate Christmas in their rural Connecticut home. Raised as strict Christians and overachievers, the four adult children (along with their partners) have grown into varying degrees of belief and success. Their initially joyful reunion quickly reveals an American family riddled with competition, xenophobia and mental illness. IAMA Theatre Company at Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; 323-380-8843; www.iamatheatre.com

May 11 – June 16 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m, Mondays @ 8 p.m.)
World premiere of Forever Bound — Are we all savages? A bookseller’s scheme to avoid eviction goes shockingly awry in this crime caper with a surprise twist. Starring French Stewart, Rob Nagle, Emily Goss and Steve Apostolina; directed by Ann Hearn Tobolowsky. Sankalpa Production at Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; $34; 800-838-3006; www.brownpapertickets.com

May 17 – May 20, 2018 (Thursday & Friday @ 8 pm; Saturday @ 3 pm & 8 pm, Sunday @ 4 pm):
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West Coast premiere of Spill — What is the true human and environmental cost of oil? This powerful work by Emmy Award-nominated writer Leigh Fondakowski (head writer of The Laramie Project) goes beyond the headlines to tell vivid personal stories from all sides following the explosion of the oil rig Deepwater Horizon in 2010. Based on interviews, photographs and court documents collected in the aftermath, Spill explores the rich culture of Louisiana’s Gulf Coast and the resilient nature of its inhabitants in the face of natural destruction and tragedy. Directed by Martin Jarvis and featuring Jane Kaczmarek. Each of the five performances at UCLA’s state-of-the-art James Bridges Theater will be recorded live in front of an audience for future radio broadcast, distribution on CD, digital download and online streaming. L.A. Theatre Works’ syndicated radio theater series broadcasts weekly on public radio stations across the U.S. (locally, in Southern California, on KPFK 90.7 FM); can be heard daily in China and around the world on the Radio Beijing Network; can be downloaded as a podcast via iTunes and Wondery.com; and can be streamed on demand at www.latw.org. L.A. Theatre Works @ the James Bridges Theater, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, 235 Charles E. Young Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095; $15-$60; (310) 827-0889; www.latw.org

June 22 – July 8 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.):.
The 39 Steps Hitchcock meets hilarious in this fast-paced comedy mystery thriller for anyone who loves the magic of theater. Train chases, plummeting planes and old-fashioned romance lead to a death-defying finale as a cast of four actors breathlessly reenacts hundreds of characters, locations and famous scenes from Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 film of the same name. Winner of the 2007 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy and the 2008 Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience.  International City Theatre, Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 330 E. Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802; $35-$49; (562) 436-4610; www.InternationalCityTheatre.org

July 12 – July 15, 2018 (Thursday & Friday @ 8 pm; Saturday @ 3 pm & 8 pm, Sunday @ 4 pm):
World premiere of I Love Lucy: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Sitcom — The hilarious true story behind America’s most beloved TV comedy by Gregg Oppenheimer, son of I Love Lucy creator-producer-head writer Jess Oppenheimer and one of the world’s foremost experts on the show. The onscreen pairing of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz is at the heart of one of the most popular TV shows in history. Who would have thought that to get on the air they had to battle both a network and a sponsor who thought the show couldn’t possibly succeed? Each of the five performances at UCLA’s state-of-the-art James Bridges Theater will be recorded live in front of an audience for future radio broadcast, distribution on CD, digital download and online streaming. L.A. Theatre Works’ syndicated radio theater series broadcasts weekly on public radio stations across the U.S. (locally, in Southern California, on KPFK 90.7 FM); can be heard daily in China and around the world on the Radio Beijing Network; can be downloaded as a podcast via iTunes and Wondery.com; and can be streamed on demand at www.latw.org. L.A. Theatre Works @ the James Bridges Theater, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, 235 Charles E. Young Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095; $15-$60; (310) 827-0889; www.latw.org

July 12 – Aug. 26, 2018 (Thursdays & Fridays @ 8 p.m., Saturdays @ 2 p.m. & 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.):
West Coast premiere of Three Days in the Country — In Patrick Marber’s passionate and comedic update of Turgenev’s classic A Month in the Country, a handsome new tutor brings reckless, romantic desire to an eccentric household. Over three days one summer the young and the old will learn lessons in love: first love and forbidden love, maternal love and platonic love, ridiculous love and last love; the love left unsaid and the love which must win out. A fully partner-cast production from the Antaeus Theatre Company at the Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center, 110 East Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205; $30-$34; (818) 506-1983; www.Antaeus.org

Aug. 24 – Sept. 9, 2018 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.):
The Glass Menagerie — The iconic American classic that launched the career of American playwright Tennessee Williams, this autobiographical “memory play” captures the fragility and stifled yearning of characters clinging to hope against the harsh realities of a rapidly changing world. Confined to a tiny St. Louis apartment on the eve of World War II, the Wingfield family struggles to find beauty amid the rough circumstances that surround them. International City Theatre, Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 330 E. Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802; $35-$49; (562) 436-4610; www.InternationalCityTheatre.org

Oct. 19 – Nov. 4, 2018 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.):
A Splintered Soul Alan L. Brooks’ gripping drama about war refugees haunted by the death of their loved ones — and by memories of the things they had to do to survive. It’s 1947 in San Francisco, home to a group of resettled Holocaust survivors from Poland whose very existence depended on blurring the lines between right and wrong. How can these splintered souls adapt to a new life in a new land, where all the rules have changed? International City Theatre, Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 330 E. Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802; $35-$49; (562) 436-4610; www.InternationalCityTheatre.org

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