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April 27 – April 30
(Thursday & Friday @ 8 pm; Saturday @ 3 pm & 8 pm, Sunday @ 4 pm):
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Act One — Written by James Lapine from Moss Hart’s best-selling autobiography, Act One celebrates Broadway and the life of the playwright whose wit and wisdom charmed the American stage for decades. Directed by Moss’s son, Christopher Hart and starring Jane Kaczmarek in multiple roles, including “Aunt Kate,” 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, podcast 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 29 – June 18
(Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m., select Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 8 p.m.):
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West Coast premiere
of Kiss — Two couples meet for dinner to take their minds off the war raging around them. An unexpected profession of love, an untimely proposal and one kiss later, one of the foursome lies dead on the floor. What starts out as a Syrian melodrama quickly takes an unexpected turn. Is anything really what it appears to be? Intersecting the personal, political and theatrical, Kiss breaks open cultural barriers, challenging us to confront the limits of our own understanding and exposing the suffocating effect of an oppressive, omnipresent regime. Bart DeLorenzo directs. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; $25-$34; (310) 477-2055 x2;
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April 30 – May 7
(Tuesday thru Friday @ 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m., Sunday at 1 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.):
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Citizen: An American Lyric Center Theatre Group will remount the Fountain’s award-winning 2015 production at the Kirk Douglas Theatre as part of CTG’s inaugural Block Party: Celebrating Los Angeles Theatre. Written by Claudia Rankine, adapted for the stage by Stephen Sachs and directed by Shirley Jo Finney, Citizen fuses poetry, prose, movement, music and video images in a provocative meditation on everyday acts of racism in America. Actors returning from the original production include Simone Missick, who co-stars as Misty Knight on Netflix’s Luke Cage. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 820 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232; $45-$70; (213) 628-2772; www.centertheatregroup.org


May 4 – June 4
(Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 1 p.m.):
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The Gary Plays — Fans of seminal playwright and Padua Hills Playwrights Festival founder Murray Mednick are in for a treat: Open Fist Theatre Company presents Mednick’s entire “The Gary Plays” series in one epic production. Originated by Padua Playwrights and developed in workshops over a two-year period by Open Fist, “The Gary Plays” chronicles the odyssey of unemployed actor Gary Bean, Mednick’s everyman/anti-hero who has been hailed by KCRW as “a sort of L.A. Leopold Bloom.” Audiences can choose to follow Gary’s journey over the course of three evenings — or view all six plays on a single Sunday. Open Fist Theatre Company at Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; Each (2-play) Part: $30; Series Pass (all 3 Parts/6 plays): $50; (323) 882-6912; www.openfist.or


May 12 – June 4
(Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 pm; Sundays @ 3 p,m.):

World premiere of The Sweetheart Deal — 1970 was a tumultuous time for Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers. Obie Award-winning writer/director Diane Rodriguez traces the history of the UFW through the eyes of two journalists who leave their comfortable middle class life in San Jose to volunteer for El Malcriado, the underground newspaper founded by Chavez and Dolores Huerta. Produced by the Latino Theater Company in association with El Teatro Campesino at The Los Angeles Theatre Center, (The LATC) 514 S Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013; $22-$52; (866) 811-4111; http://thelatc.org/


May 13 – June 11 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 7 p.m.):
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World premiere of Species Native to California For a decade, two families—one white and progressive, one undocumented—have lived together on a Northern California wine country estate in something like harmony. But political changes and financial mishaps leave them both suddenly facing uncertain futures. As everyone clamors to save the estate, a vengeful ghost haunts the fruitless vineyard intent on breaking the balance. Mexican folklore meets Mendocino County in Dorothy Fortenberry’s homage to Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard. Performed in English with a liberal sprinkling of Español. IAMA Theatre Company at Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039: $30; 323-380-8843; www.iamatheatre.com


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Momentum Place — This Mother’s Day, the 19th annual Momentum Place creates a fantastical world of aerial and circus performers, dancers and musicians in Theatricum Botanicum’s rustic outdoor amphitheater. Bring your mother to honor the MOMentum in her life – always on the go for others. Now, she can sit back, relax and enjoy an uncommon afternoon of performance delights that are kid friendly and full of surprises. For an extra treat, enjoy a scrumptious brunch in Theatricum’s rustic gardens before the performance. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $10-$30; (310) 455-2322; www.theatricum.com


May 14 – May 21
(Tuesday thru Friday @ 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m., Sunday at 1 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.):
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Dry LandCenter Theatre Group will remount the Echo Theater’s Company 2016 production at the Kirk Douglas Theatre as part of CTG’s inaugural Block Party: Celebrating Los Angeles Theatre. Two girls. One unplanned pregnancy. Zero options. Ester and Amy aren’t that close. One is shy and awkward, one is outgoing and sexually adventurous. But they share a swim team, a goal and secret. Written by Ruby Rae Spiegel when she was just 21, Dry Land is a wise, funny and unflinching portrayal of the power of female friendship, the inherent violence of desperation and the vital importance of choice. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 820 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232; $45-$70; (213) 628-2772; www.centertheatregroup.org


May 25 May 28
(Thursday & Friday @ 8 pm; Saturday @ 3 pm & 8 pm, Sunday @ 4 pm):
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World premiere of The Tug of War — With the world on the brink of war, the judgment of an untested president is called into question. What kind of intellectual and emotional stamina does it take to make the right decision? As Soviet nuclear missiles move ever closer to Cuba, President John F. Kennedy must parse his inner circle’s conflicting counsel to prevent nuclear annihilation in this original L.A. Theatre Works commission by David Rambo (Empire, CSI). 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 3 – Oct. 1
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Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum 2017 Summer Season* — The summer season of five mainstage productions kicks off on June 3 with William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, starring Alan Blumenfeld in the role of Shylock. Also on the mainstage: Theatricum’s signature production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (opening June 4); Sir Peter Hall’s adaption of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, with music by Richard Peaslee and lyrics by Adrian Mitchell (opening June 17); Other Desert Cities, the Pulitzer Prize finalist by Jon Robin Baitz about unruly family politics, starring members of the Geer family (opening July 8); and Trouble in Mind by pioneering African American playwright, author and actress Alice Childress, an insightful, wickedly funny and often heartrending slice of theatrical life that exposes the fault lines of the racial divide (opening July 29). All mainstage productions perform in repertory through Oct. 1 at Theatricum’s spectacular outdoor venue in the heart of Topanga — check online or call for a performance schedule. Other summer programming at Theatricum includes new play readings from Botanicum Seedlings; comedy improv from Off the Grid; family programming such as Creative PlayGround, Peter Alsop’s Kids Koncerts and a family Barn Dance on the 4th of July; and much more. Patrons are welcome to arrive early and picnic before a performance. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $10-$38.50; (310) 455-3723; www.theatricum.com  (*Season productions and events also listed individually below.)


June 3 – Oct. 1
(call theater or check online for rotating performance schedule):
The Merchant of Venice
Alan Blumenfeld stars as Shylock in what is arguably one of the most controversial plays ever written. In 2017, Shakespeare’s comic tragedy continues to raise penetrating questions about racism, religion and justice. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $10-$38.50; (310) 455-3723; www.theatricum.com


June 4– Sept. 4
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A Midsummer Night’s Dream
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. Shakespeare conjures a world of wonder, magic and romance where comical misunderstandings and the pain of unrequited love are resolved, and all is reconciled through midsummer night revelries and the enduring power of nature. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $10-$38.50; (310) 455-3723; www.theatricum.com


June 4 – Oct. 22
(select Saturdays & Sundays @ 11 a.m.):
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Creative PlayGround Inspired by the play of children, a deeply shared love of literature and the desire to encourage young audiences to build and embrace their own creativity, Creative PlayGround adapts favorite stories from the pantheon of children’s literature for the stage. Then, the actors invite their young audiences on stage to participate in the fun. Ages 2 and up. Sun. June 4: Aesop’s Fables; Sun., June 11: Ferdinand the Bull; Sun., June 18:The Legends of King Arthur; Sun., June 25: The Velveteen Rabbit; Sat. July 15: Three Tales by Hans Christian Andersen; Sat. Aug. 19: The Legends of King Arthur; Sun., Oct. 1: Ferdinand the Bull; Sun., Oct 8: The Velveteen Rabbit; Sun., Oct 15: Aesop’s Fables; Sun., Oct. 22: Halloween Stories; Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $9 (kids under 2 free); All performances begin at 11 a.m.; (310) 455-3723; www.theatricum.com


June 9 – June 25
(Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.):

Crimes of the Heart — Meg just left a man. Lenny never had a man. Babe just shot a man. Warm-hearted, irreverent, funny and touching, Beth Henley’s first play examines the plight of three Mississippi sisters betrayed by their passions as each is forced to come to terms with her “crimes of the heart.” Winner of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best American Play. International City Theatre, Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802; $35-$49; (562) 436-4610; www.InternationalCityTheatre.org


June 17 – Oct. 1
(call theater or check online for rotating performance schedule):
Animal Farm
How do lies become truths? This brilliant 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 human owner in a struggle for rights and equality. Originally produced by Britain’s National Theatre, Peter Hall’s stage adaptation of Orwell’s classic novel features music by Richard Peaslee and lyrics by Adrian Mitchell. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $10-$38.50; (310) 455-3723; www.theatricum.com


Wednesday
, June 21 from 5 p.m.–9 p.m.:

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Downtown Culver City’s Third WednesdaySpiked Lemonade Tasting is back by popular demand as part of the City’s 2017 centennial celebration. Check in at any participating business in Culver City’s downtown area to pick up your “Third Wednesday Passport,” then get it stamped each time you cool off with a sample of ‘Spiked’ Lemonade (virgin options available for the under-21 set). Groove to the cool jazz sounds of Neptune Cocktail on your way to the Kirk Douglas Theatre, where you can turn in your passport and be entered in a raffle to win summertime prizes (no purchase necessary). Summertime is the best season to explore Downtown Culver City — Southern California’s best-kept secret, with its wonderful mix of historic buildings, boutiques, theaters, galleries and unique restaurants opening onto tree-lined streets. Take advantage of Downtown’s universal valet parking system: drop your car off at any one of four convenient locations, then pick it up at another. Free parking is also available for up to one hour in any of Downtown’s three municipal parking structures. Downtown Culver City (south of the 10 Freeway and east of the 405, between the intersection of Culver and Washington Blvds and Duquesne Ave.); FREE; www.downtownculvercity.com


June 24 – Aug. 20
(Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m., select Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 8 p.m.):

Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris  — A powerful and bold theatrical experience that was an overwhelming success off-Broadway, this revue of Belgian singer-songwriter Jacques Brel’s songs pays tribute to his unique genius. Naughty, funny, dark and romantic, Brel’s songs brim with flair, attitude and European sophistication, retaining their edgy vibe over half a century after they were written. While Brel is no longer either alive or living in Paris, his legendary vision of romance, humor and moral conviction endures. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; $35; (310) 477-2055 x2; www.OdysseyTheatre.com


June 30 – Sept. 29
(Last Fridays of the month @ 8 p.m.: June 30, July 28, Aug. 25, Sept. 29):

Off the Grid — Comedy under the stars with Theatricum Botanicum’s very own improv troupe. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $10; (310) 455-3723; www.theatricum.com


July 1 – Aug. 6
(Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 4 p.m.; Mondays at 8 p.m.):

World premiere of The Cake Debra Jo Rupp (That ’70s Show) stars as Della, a baker who makes cakes, not judgment calls — those she leaves to her husband. But when the girl she helped raise comes back home to North Carolina to get married, and the fiancé is actually another fiancée, Della’s life gets turned upside down. She can’t really make a cake for such a wedding, can she? For the first time in her life, Della has to think for herself. A world premiere play from Bekah Brunstetter (NBC’s This Is Us). The Echo Theater Company @ Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; $20-$34; 310-307-3753; www.EchoTheaterCompany.com


Tuesday, July 4 from 11 a.m.–5 p.m
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Old-fashioned
Family Barn Dance and Barbeque

Celebrate the 4th at Theatricum with a family hoe-down. Activities include live music, a barn dance, pie-eating contest, watermelon seed-spitting contest, cake walk, horseshoes, relay races, dunk bucket, family games and more. Barbeque and fixin’s, beer and wine available for purchase. Folk and country fun! Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; single tickets: $8-$22, family 4-pack: $50 (advance purchase only) (310) 455-3723; www.theatricum.com


July 8 – Sept. 30
(call theater or check online for rotating performance schedule):
Other Desert Cities
— Members of the Geer family star in the funny, explosive and entertaining look at unruly family politics by Jon Robin Baitz that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. The manicured life of an actor-turned-politician and his impeccable wife is upset when relatives arrive at their Palm Springs home for the holidays — including daughter Brooke who’s about to publish a tell-all memoir. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $10-$38.50; (310) 455-3723; www.theatricum.com


July 12 – July 23
(Wednesdays & Thursdays @ 8 p.m.; Saturdays @ 4 p.m., Sundays @ 7 p.m.)
LABfest 2017 — The Echo Theater Company presents five free staged readings of new plays developed in the company’s 2016-2017 Writer’s Lab. Featuring developmental readings of new plays by Bekah Brunstetter, Mary Laws, Eric Sanders, Matthew Paul Olmos, Jon Caren, Janine Nabers, Tom Jacobson, Mike Batistik, Boni Alvarez and Daria Politan. The Echo Theater Company @ Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; Pay-What-You-Can; 310-307-3753; www.EchoTheaterCompany.com


July 15 – Aug, 27
(Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m.):

World premiere of Runaway Home Three years after Hurricane Katrina, the unhealed wounds of New Orleans’s Lower 9th Ward continue to fester. In this powerful, funny and deeply moving mother-daughter story, fourteen-year-old runaway Kali embarks on a journey to pick through the wreckage of what used to be her life. Rhyming, stealing and scamming her way through the still-destroyed neighborhood, engaging the vivid, lively denizens who remain, she grapples with the real cost of what she has lost as she is forced to confront the even higher cost of moving forward. Shirley Jo Finney directs. The Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90029; $15$35; (323) 663-1525; www.fountaintheatre.com


July 16 – Sept 22
(Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m.):
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Peter Alsop’s Kids Koncerts Sunday mornings mean fun for families at Theatricum Botanicum’s magical outdoor amphitheater-in-the-woods, with a different musical guest every week. July 16: Auntie Kayte; July 30: Justin Roberts; Aug. 6: J.P. Nightingale; Aug. 20: Mark Lewis & the KITE Kids; Sept. 10: Love Bug & Me; Sept. 17: Peter Alsop; Sept. 24: Rhythm Child. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $10 *Please note: all performances begin at 10:30 a.m.; (310) 455-3723; www.theatricum.com

Wednesday
, July 19 from 5 p.m.–9 p.m.:

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Downtown Culver City’s Third Wednesday
SummerTini Tasting’— Downtown Culver City invites you to escape the summer heat with a neighborhood-wide ‘SummerTini Tasting’ on the Third Wednesday of July. Check in at any participating business in Culver City’s downtown area to pick up your “Third Wednesday Passport,” then get it stamped each time you cool off with a SummerTini (virgin ‘SummerTea-ni’ options available for the under-21 set). At the end of you night, make your way over to the Kirk Douglas Theatre, where you can turn in your passport and be entered in a raffle to win summertime prizes (no purchase necessary). Summertime is the best season to explore Downtown Culver City — Southern California’s best-kept secret, with its wonderful mix of historic buildings, boutiques, theaters, galleries and unique restaurants opening onto tree-lined streets. Take advantage of Downtown’s universal valet parking system: drop your car off at any one of four convenient locations, then pick it up at another. Free parking is also available for up to one hour in any of Downtown’s three municipal parking structures. Downtown Culver City (south of the 10 Freeway and east of the 405, between the intersection of Culver and Washington Blvds and Duquesne Ave.); FREE; www.downtownculvercity.com


July 27 – Sept. 10
(Thursdays & Fridays @ 8 p.m., Saturdays @ 2 p.m. & 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.):

As You Like It — Unable to act on their feelings and forced into exile in the Forest of Arden, lovers Rosalind and Orlando become entangled in a beguiling game of love, lust and mistaken identity. One of Shakespeare’s great comedies, As You Like It subverts the traditional rules of romance, confusing gender roles, nature and politics to reflect on how bewildering — yet utterly pleasurable — life can be. Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center, 110 East Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205; $30-$34; (818) 506-1983; www.Antaeus.org


July 29 – Sept. 17
(Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m., select Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 8 p.m.):
Arsenic and Old Lace  — Elina de Santos directs Joseph Kesselring’s classic comedy in which two murderous aunts see their killing as an act of charity. Good, macabre fun! Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; $35; (310) 477-2055 x2; www.OdysseyTheatre.com


July 29 – Sept. 30
(call theater or check online for rotating performance schedule):
Trouble In Mind
An insightful, wickedly funny and often heartrending slice of theatrical life by pioneering African American playwright, author and actress Alice Childress that exposes the fault lines of the racial divide. On the stage of a Broadway theater in New York City in the mid-1950s, a modern, recently integrated theater company has gathered for their first day of rehearsal. As artistic personalities and prejudices collide, an explosive chain reaction ripples through the entire company.Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $10-$38.50; (310) 455-3723; www.theatricum.com


Wednesday
, Aug. 16 from 5 p.m.–9 p.m.:

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Downtown Culver City’s Third Wednesday
Spiked Tropical Punch Tasting— Downtown Culver City is the perfect place to get away without any of the stress of traveling. Party and play in a neighborhood that always feels like a vacation, especially on the Third Wednesday of August. Say “Aloha” to summer, which means hello and good-bye, with samples of spiked tropical punch (non-alcoholic samples available for the under-21 set) and music from steel drum band Island Rhythms, performing live in the heart of Downtown at the corner of Washington and Culver. Check in at any participating business to pick up your “Third Wednesday Passport,” then turn it in at the end of the night to be entered in a raffle to win summertime prizes (no purchase necessary). Don’t let summer pass you by without a ‘staycation’ in Culver City’s Downtown area, Southern California’s best kept secret with its wonderful mix of historic buildings, boutiques, theaters, galleries and unique restaurants opening on to tree-lined streets. Take advantage of Downtown’s universal valet parking system: drop your car off at any one of four convenient locations, then pick it up at another. Free parking is also available for up to one hour in any of Downtown’s three municipal parking structures. Downtown Culver City (south of the 10 Freeway and east of the 405, between the intersection of Culver and Washington Blvds and Duquesne Ave.); FREE; www.downtownculvercity.com.


Sundays, Aug. 20 & Aug. 27 @ 11 a.m
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Botanicum Seedlings: A Development Series for Playwrights — Botanicum Seedlings celebrates its 15th anniversary with readings of two edgy new plays. Admission is free. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; FREE; (310) 455-3723; www.theatricum.com


Aug. 25 – Sept. 10
(Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.):

Los Angeles premiere of Silent Sky — A celestial romance and true story of discovery, this riveting new play explores the life and career of Henrietta Swan Leavitt (1868-1921) as she fearlessly asserts herself in the male-dominated world of early astronomy. Hired by the Harvard Observatory as a human “computer” to catalog the stars, Henrietta’s story plays out against a landscape of early feminism and universe-revealing science, reminding us all what we can achieve when we allow curiosity and wonder into our lives. “Luminously beautiful… an intellectual epic told on an intimate scale. Bottom line: Heavenly.” — Atlanta Journal-Constitution.,International City Theatre, Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802; $35-$49; (562) 436-4610; www.InternationalCityTheatre.org


Aug. 26 – Sept. 10
(Schedule TBD)
The Echo Theater Company
20th Anniversary Short Play FestivalThe Echo Theater Company presents their brand new Associate Company Members in an evening of new plays by some of Los Angeles’ most exciting writers from the Echo’s 20-year history. The Echo Theater Company @ Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; $30; 310-307-3753; www.EchoTheaterCompany.com


Sept. 1 – Sept. 22
(Fridays @ 8 p.m.):
Under the Oaks
Theatricum Botanicum’s salon series offers music and performance outdoors under the California oaks in its intimate S. Mark Taper Foundation Pavilion. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $25; (310) 455-3723; www.theatricum.com


Sept. 23 – Oct. 29
(Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 4 p.m.; Mondays at 8 p.m.):

World premiere of Fixed by Boni B. Alvarez — In this fierce and funny new play, Miracles Malcañang is a trans-woman working in the infamous Malcañang Massage Parlor in Los Angeles’ Historic Filipinotown. When Miracles’ forbidden love affair sparks tensions between the city’s hottest political family, two families must come together to understand the power of desire, identity, and honor. The Echo Theater Company @ Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; $30; 310-307-3753; www.EchoTheaterCompany.com

Sept. 27 – Oct, 14 (Wednesdays @ 8 p.m.; Thursdays @ 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Fridays @ 8 p.m.; Saturdays @ 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.):
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World premiere of FreddieSet in Greenwich Village in 1964 and based on a true story, Freddie fuses theater, music, dance and video to capture the explosive spirit of a passionate artist and a turbulent era. A naïve young woman falls under the spell of Fred Herko, a brilliant ballet dancer of extraordinary charisma and talent and a fiery denizen of Andy Warhol’s Factory. The Fountain Theatre at the Caminito Theatre, Los Angeles City College, 855 N Vermont Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90029; (323) 663-1525; www.fountaintheatre.com


Oct. 20 – Nov. 5
(Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.):

HomeProduced to great acclaim by the Negro Ensemble Company, Samm-Art Williams’ brilliantly inventive, lyrically expressive play deals joyfully with the coming of age of a young black man from rural South Carolina. Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations for Best Play. International City Theatre, Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802; $35-$49; (562) 436-4610; www.InternationalCityTheatre.org


Saturday, October 29 from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m
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Theatricum BOO-tanicum — Unique outdoor theater garden Theatricum Botanicum transforms into the haunted BOO-tanicum with the company’s 7th annual Halloween extravaganza. Wander Theatricum’s wooded grounds in the heart of rustic Topanga Canyon, where the stage and sets are converted into a frightening maze and haunted house. Enjoy delicious food and spooky drinks; actors telling ghost stories; pumpkin and face painting; game booths; performances by Creative PlayGround, Peter Alsop, comedy improv group Off the Grid; and more. Come on down… if you dare. Perfect for ghosts and goblins of all ages. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $15; Children 5 and under Free; (310) 455-2322; www.theatricum.com


Oct. 29 – Nov. 19
(Schedule TBA)
2017 Encuentro de las Américas (‘Encuentro 2017) The Latino Theater Company continues to expand our view of the Americas and its geographic and theatrical landscape with an international festival featuring Latinx and Latin American companies and artists from across the hemisphere. Thirteen productions will run in repertory in five spaces at The Los Angeles Theatre Center in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, together with curated parties, workshops, panels and live music. Participating companies will also work together to create a new work for presentation and will participate in the 2017 Latinx Theatre Commons International Convening, November 9-12, 2017. Produced by the Latino Theater Company in association with the Latinx Theatre Commons in partnership with Howlround. The Los Angeles Theatre Center, (The LATC) 514 S Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013; $24-$38; (866) 811-4111; http://thelatc.org/


Thursday
, Nov. 2 from 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.:
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Dia de los Muertos — Celebrate the joyous tradition of Mexico’s most famous holiday at 24th Street Theatre’s free annual block party with music, dance, homemade tamales and other “antojitos Latin Americanos,” facepainting, crafts booths — and a graveyard where families can make their own altars for their departed loved ones. The evening kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with a procession from the corner of 24th Street and Magnolia to the festivities at 24th Street Theatre. Bring a flashlight!. 24th Street Theatre, 1117 West 24th St, Los Angeles, CA 90007; FREE; (213) 745-6516; www.24thstreet.org


Thursday,
Dec. 7 @ 6 p.m.:

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Culver City Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration
— Celebrate the season of goodwill at this annual event. See Santa Claus as he makes a very special visit all the way from the North Pole. There will be hot cider, hot cocoa, cookies and other festive treats to make everyone feel merry; performances by local choirs; and appearances by the Mayor and city council members. Culver City makes this holiday celebration “green” and energy efficient, lighting a beautiful 22-foot artificial Rocky Mountain pine tree with over 7,500 warm-white LED lights. Stay afterwards for dinner at one of Downtown Culver City’s many restaurants, or take a stroll down the boulevards. Culver City’s downtown area is Southern California’s best kept secret, featuring a wonderful mix of historic buildings, boutiques, theaters, galleries, and unique restaurants opening on to tree-lined streets. Parking is free in municipal structures for up to two hours, or valet parking is available at four convenient Downtown locations.. Town Plaza, Downtown Culver City (intersection of Culver Blvd. and Van Buren Pl., next to Culver Hotel & Pacific Theaters); FREE; www.downtownculvercity.com.


Friday, Dec. 8 and Saturday, Dec. 9 @ 7:30 p.m
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GOYA Foods presents the 15th annual La Virgen de Guadalupe, Dios Inantzin — A Los Angeles holiday tradition starring renowned opera singer Suzanna Guzman as the Virgin and featuring over 100 actors, singers and indigenous Aztec dancers as well as children and seniors from the community, the City’s largest theatrical holiday production celebrates its “quinceañera” in 2017. Join the tens of thousands who have become transfixed by the story of Juan Diego, a simple peasant to whom the Virgin Mary appeared on four occasions in the mountains of Tepeyac near Mexico City in 1531. Adapted for the stage from the mid-16th century text The Nican Mopohua and performed in Spanish with English subtitles, this site-specific epic event is produced by the Latino Theater Company at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90012; FREE (reserved seating available for $40); (866) 811-4111; http://thelatc.org/


Sunday,
Dec. 24 from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.:
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58th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration — Bring the whole family to Los Angeles’ biggest, Emmy Award-winning holiday show at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Choirs, music ensembles and dance companies from the many neighborhoods and cultures of L.A. celebrate the season during this free three-hour extravaganza, a decades-old tradition, beloved by Angelenos. Even the parking underneath The Music Center is free. The entire three hours will be broadcast live on local public television. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles 90012; FREE; (213) 972-3099; www.HolidayCelebration.org

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