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Nov 16 – Nov. 18 (Friday @ 8 p.m.; Saturday @ 3 p.m. & 8 p.m., Sunday @ 4 p.m.):
Sisters Matsumoto — Set in Stockton, California in 1946, Philip Kan Gotanda’s acclaimed play about a Japanese-American family returning home after time in an Arkansas internment camp during World War II takes on renewed resonance as current government policies and rhetoric continue to inflame anti-immigrant sentiment. Starring Keiko Agena (Better Call Saul, 13 Reasons Why), June Angela (Tony and Drama Desk nominee for Shogun on Broadway, The Electric Circus on PBS) and Suzy Nakamura (ABC’s The Goldbergs, Blackish, Dr. Ken) as the sisters, with Greg Watanabe (Allegiance on Broadway, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Watch Over Me) and Ryun Yu (Hold These Truths at East West Players, Pasadena Playhouse), as their husbands. Also in the cast are Ron Bottitta and  Kurt Kanazawa. Directed by Tim Dang, former artistic director of East West Players. A panel discussion led by playwright Philip Kan Gotanda, whose family counted themselves among the 120,000 Japanese-Americans forced into government internment camps during WWII, and renowned actor/activist George Takei, who lived in an internment camp as a child for the duration of the war, will follow the 3 p.m. performance on Saturday, Nov. 17. Each of the four 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 NPR One; 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; $45-$65; (310) 827-0889; www.latw.org

Thursday, Dec. 6 @ 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 one hour 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. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8 @ 7:30 p.m.:
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16th 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 in the City’s largest theatrical holiday production. 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 presented by GOYA Foods and 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/

Monday, Dec. 24 from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.:
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59th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration
— Bring the whole family to Los Angeles’ biggest, Emmy Award-winning holiday show at The Music Center’s 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 PBS Socal. The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles 90012; FREE; (213) 972-3099;
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COMING UP IN 2019

Jan. 4 – Feb. 10 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 3 p.m.):
World premiere of A Misunderstanding — Leave all your preconceived notions at the door: This play is sure to turn them inside out. Elina de Santos directs a playful new play of ideas by Matt Chait (Disinherit the Wind) that challenges our understanding of reality while asking the question, “Can two people fundamentally disagree and still love each other?” The Complex, 6476 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90038; $25-$30; www.plays411.com/misunderstanding

Jan. 5 – Feb. 10 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @t 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.):
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Dance at the Odyssey 2019
— Odyssey Theatre Ensemble celebrates the art of dance with its third annual mini-festival. Jan. 5 & Jan. 6: Los Angeles choreographer and dancer Shade Theret; Jan. 11 – Jan. 13: contemporary dance choreographer, performer, visual artist and artistic director of “Acts of Metter” Rebecca Lemme; Jan. 17 – Jan. 20L.A. Contemporary Dance Company in an evening of new work by choreographer Genevieve Carson; Jan 25 – Jan. 27: The TL Collective and The JA Collective celebrate the hybrid of, respectively, contemporary and hip-hop dance; Feb. 2 & Feb. 3: Rosanna Tavarez/La Dansa Dansa presents “Hybrids of Plants and Ghosts,” a visually and striking dance theater work inspired by the stamina and spirit of Tavarez’s grandmother (contains nudity); Feb. 8 – Feb. 10: Kevin Williamson & Company presents “Gnarled,” an evening of collaborative duets ruminating on themes of detachment, pleasure, withdrawal and aging. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; $15-$25; (310) 477-2055 x2; www.OdysseyTheatre.com

Jan 18 – March 10 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m., select Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 8 p.m.):
Los Angeles premiere
of HirBart DeLorenzo directs this darkly funny, shockingly absurd and endlessly surprising vision of a world in transition by MacArthur genius Taylor Mac. Somewhere in the suburbs, Isaac has returned from Afghanistan with a dishonorable discharge, only to discover a household in revolt. The insurgent: his mom. Liberated from an oppressive marriage to Isaac’s father by his debilitating stroke, and with Isaac’s newly out transgender sibling as her ally, Paige is on a crusade to dismantle the patriarchy. “Top Ten Best Theater of 2015… Perhaps no play this year inspired a greater sense of awe than Taylor Mac’s audacious dive into the dysfunctional-family playpen of American theater.” — The New York Times. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; $30-$35; (310) 477-2055 x2; www.OdysseyTheatre.com

Jan. 24 – March 11 (opens Thursday, Jan. 24 @ 8 p.m.; thereafter: Fridays, Saturdays & Mondays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.):
The Cripple of Inishmaan — Inspired by the real-life filming of the documentary Man of Aran, Olivier Award-winning playwright Martin McDonagh’s dark comedy is set on the small Aran Islands community of Inishmaan (Inis Meáin) off the Western Coast of Ireland in 1934, where the inhabitants are excited to learn of a Hollywood film crew’s arrival in neighboring Inishmore (Inis Mór) to make a documentary about life on the islands. “Cripple” Billy Claven, eager to escape the gossip, poverty and boredom of Inishmaan, vies for a part in the film, and to everyone’s surprise, the orphan and outcast gets his chance… or so some believe. Antaeus Theatre Company presents a fully partner-cast production, presenting two equally excellent but very different sets of actors at alternating performances. Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center, 110 East Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205; $35; (818) 506-1983; www.Antaeus.org

Jan. 25 – Jan. 27 (Friday @ 8 p.m.; Saturday @ 3 p.m. & 8 p.m., Sunday @ 4 p.m.):
The Good Negro
— Civil rights leaders in Alabama take up the cause of a woman arrested for resisting segregation, but the moral shortcomings of their charismatic leader risk the future of the movement. Tracey Scott Wilson’s fictionalized account of the civil rights struggle tells the story of how the fight for racial equality was nearly stopped before it had begun. Each of the four 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

Feb. 22 – March 10 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.):.
Life Could Be A Dream . Return to Springfield High (where “The Marvelous Wonderettes” matriculated) and meet the “Crooning Crabcakes,” the boy group banned from the senior prom. The singing foursome is hoping for fame and fortune – if only they can win the local radio contest on Big Whopper Radio. Songs from this musical journey to the past include “Runaround Sue,” “Tears on My Pillow,” “Earth Angel” and “The Glory of 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

March 1 – March 3 (Friday @ 8 p.m.; Saturday @ 3 p.m. & 8 p.m., Sunday @ 4 p.m.):
World premiere
of A Room With A View — An LATW-commissioned stage adaptation, by the BBC’s Kate McAll, of the novel by E.M. Forster. An encounter in Florence and an offer to exchange rooms brings George Emerson to the attention of Lucy Honeychurch. Their flirtation is cut short by Lucy’s chaperone, but when they meet again back home in England. There, Lucy must negotiate the demands of her station with the desires of her heart. Each of the four 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 8 – April 7 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.:
World premiere of Canyon — IAMA Theatre Company partners with the Latino Theater Company to present this daring new play about a man in search of a better view from his deck and the people who either help him get it, or stand in his way…. on a fateful Labor Day weekend in 2016, before everything in America changed. IAMA Theater Company and Latino Theater Company at The Los Angeles Theatre Center, (The LATC) 514 S Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013; $30; 323-380-8843; www.iamatheatre.com

March 16 – April 21 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 4 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m.):
Los Angeles premiere of The Wolves — Left quad. Right quad. Lunge. A girls indoor soccer team warms up. From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, the team navigates big questions and wages tiny battles with all the vim and vigor of a pack of adolescent warriors. Sarah DeLappe’s extraordinary debut play is a portrait of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls who just want to score some goals. Co-winner of the American Playwriting Foundation’s inaugural Relentless Award and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the Yale Drama Series Prize. Alana Dietze (Dry Land) directs. Echo Theater Company @ Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; $20-$34; 310-307-3753; www.EchoTheaterCompany.com

April 12 – April 14 (Friday @ 8 p.m.; Saturday @ 3 p.m. & 8 p.m., Sunday @ 4 p.m.):
Los Angeles premiere
of Oslo — he darkly funny, sweeping and surprising true story of the back-channel talks, unlikely friendships and quiet heroics that led to the Oslo Peace Accords between the Israelis and Palestinians. Playwright J.T. Rogers presents a deeply personal story set against a complex historical canvas: a story about the individuals behind world history and their all too human ambitions. Winner of the 2017 Tony Award for Best Play. Each of the four 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 18 – June 3 (opens Thursday, April 18 @ 8 p.m.; thereafter: Fridays, Saturdays & Mondays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.):
Diana of Dobson’s — A rare revival of Cicely Hamilton’s biting comedy, an unexpected hit of the 1908 London season. Hamilton’s clever manipulation of “cup and saucer” conventions of the London stage offered theatergoers a romantic comedy that was at the same time illuminating and thought provoking, turning the Cinderella myth on its head with the story of a fiercely intelligent Edwardian shop assistant who briefly escapes a life of drudgery with a small legacy — but who cannot escape the social and economic strictures that oppress her. Antaeus Theatre Company presents a fully partner-cast production, presenting two equally excellent but very different sets of actors at alternating performances. Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center, 110 East Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205; $35; (818) 506-1983; www.Antaeus.org

May 10 – May 26 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.):.
The PriceIn Arthur Miller’s riveting masterpiece, two estranged brothers must try to make peace with their past when they meet, after a 16-year separation, to dispose of their late father’s belongings. 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 17 – May 19 (Friday @ 8 p.m.; Saturday @ 3 p.m. & 8 p.m., Sunday @ 4 p.m.):
DIE MOMMIE DIECharles Busch stars in the role he originated in this camp send-up where tongues aren’t the only thing dipped in acid! Angela Arden wants to be free of her suffocating marriage to film producer Sol Sussman.  What better way than poison? Distraught by her father’s death and convinced of her mother’s guilt, Edith Sussman plots to get the truth out of Angela using any means necessary. Each of the four 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

May 23 – June 23 (Thursday, May 23 @ 8 p.m., then Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 7 p.m.):
World premiere of Maternal Metal — This joyfully irreverent black comedy by 2017 Humanitas Play LA award-winner Sigrid Gilmer entwines issues of identity with pop culture icons for a truly unique (and head-banging) experience. Sterling Milburn’s mother is dying and Sterling is falling apart. She attempts to keep it together by rewriting the past with the help of two titans of the American theater and the world’s greatest heavy metal band — but Sterling’s mother refuses to follow the script. A love letter to those who shape our lives, hold us together and break our hearts. IAMA Theatre Company at Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; $30; 323-380-8843; www.iamatheatre.com

June 14 – June 30 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.):.
World premiere of Bestseller — A new comedy by internationally acclaimed playwright Peter Quilter (Glorious, End of the Rainbow) about writers, how they write, the stories they tell and the secrets they keep. When three young novelists arrive at an isolated cottage for a writer’s retreat, their hilarious and compelling books suddenly come to life. International City Theatre, Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 330 E. Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802; $35-$49; (562) 436-4610; www.InternationalCityTheatre.org

June 28 – June 30 (Friday @ 8 p.m.; Saturday @ 3 p.m. & 8 p.m., Sunday @ 4 p.m.):
Hedda Gabler
— Henrik Ibsen created one of literature’s most compelling characters in the beautiful and enigmatic Hedda, a woman who finds herself trapped and suffocated in her marriage to an academic. Hedda’s desperate dissatisfaction leads to questionable moral choices in this startling portrait of a woman hell-bent on destruction. Translated by Doug Hughes, directed by Debbie Devine. Each of the four 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 11 – Aug. 26 (opens Thursday, July 11 @ 8 p.m.; thereafter: Fridays, Saturdays & Mondays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.):
The Caucasian Chalk Circle — Bertolt Brecht’s satiric comedy of war, love and justice. Deep in the Caucasus Mountains of Georgia, a humble kitchen maid named Grusha risks her life to rescue an abandoned baby from civil war. But when the child’s aristocratic mother returns to claim him, the entire social order of a corrupt and violent world is put on trial. Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center, 110 East Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205; $35; (818) 506-1983; www.Antaeus.org

July 13 – Aug. 18 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 4 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m.):
West Coast premiere of Pass Over — Antoinette Nwandu’s provocative mashup of Waiting for Godot and the Exodus saga is a rare piece of politically charged theater by a bold new American voice. Moses and Kitch stand around on the corner — talking smack, passing the time, and hoping that today a miracle will come. Emotional and lyrical, Pass Over crafts everyday profanities into poetic and humorous riffs, exposing the unquestionable human spirit of young black men who dream about a promised land they’ve yet to find. Echo Theater Company @ Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; $20-$34; 310-307-3753; www.EchoTheaterCompany.coms

Aug. 23 – Sept. 8 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.):.
Beast On The Moon Richard Kalinoski’s haunting and poetic play about two immigrants who escape the Armenian genocide in Turkey to seek refuge in America. In 1921, an Armenian mail-order bride is shipped to Milwaukee to begin a new life with her photographer husband. As they struggle to define family amidst their grief and displacement, these kindred strangers find hope, healing, redemption and love. Winner of the American Theatre Critic’s Association Osborn Award and the Khorenatsi Medal, Armenia’s highest cultural award. International City Theatre, Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 330 E. Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802; $35-$49; (562) 436-4610; www.InternationalCityTheatre.org

Sept. 7 – Oct. 20 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 4 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m.):
World premiere of Handjob — When a gay writer hires a man to work as a “shirtless cleaner,” misogyny, homophobia, and racism bubble to the surface. Chris Fields directs Erik Patterson’s (One of the Nice Ones) dark comedy exploring the deepest sensitivities in our culture — with unexpected Echo Theater Company @ Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; $20-$34; 310-307-3753; www.EchoTheaterCompany.com

Oct. 18 – Nov. 3 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.):.
Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill Lanie Robertson’s play with music treats the audience to one last performance by the legendary Billie Holiday. In 1959 in a seedy Philadelphia bar, just four months before her death at age 44, the iconic singer takes us on a journey through the highs and lows of her tumultuous life, interspersed with stunning renditions of her beloved repertoire. 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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