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Wednesday, June 21 from 5 p.m.–9 p.m.:
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Downtown Culver City’sThird Wednesday Spiked Lemonade Tasting’ is back for the sixth consecutive year! Look for the balloons between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. in Culver City’s downtown area to find participating businesses. Check in at any one to pick up your “Third Wednesday Passport” to one of summer’s hottest annual events — then get it stamped each time you cool off with a sample of ‘spiked’ lemonade (virgin options for all ages). Make your way over to the Kirk Douglas Theatre, enjoying live music in the streets along the way. There, you can turn in your passport to be entered in a raffle to win summertime prizes (no purchase necessary). Summertime is the best season to explore Downtown Culver City 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. Or just leave your car at home and take the Metro’s Expo Line to the Culver City Station. 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

Saturday, June 24 @ 8 p.m.:
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Beyond the Waterfront Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre is collaborating with L.A. Opera, Los Angeles Maritime Institute and marine research incubator AltaSea to bring an immersive art experience to the Los Angeles Maritime Institute’s twin Tall Ships in San Pedro. A dance opera story of sirens and sailors on the ships and the wharf, Beyond the Waterfront pays homage to the late Leonard Bernstein with a multi-sensory work that tackles themes of collaboration, sustainability and the influence of humanity on the environment. The audience will sit on the wharf of City Dock No. 1, the oldest pier at the Port of Los Angeles, immersed in the sights and sounds of the port while watching the dancers perform on the anchored ships in the water. Duckler and her dancers will choreograph the piece in advance, though wind and sea conditions will contribute to an unpredictable and adventurous performance. Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre at the Port of Los Angeles, 2456 S Signal St., Berth 58, San Pedro, CA 90731; $50 general admission / $35 for groups of 10 or more; 213-536-5820; www.heididuckler.org/beyond-the-waterfront.

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

July 1 – Aug. 27 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m., select Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 8 p.m.):
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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; $27–$36; (310) 477-2055 x2; www.OdysseyTheatre.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
— Jon Robin Baitz’s funny, explosive and entertaining look at unruly family politics was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. At Theatricum, it’s truly a family affair, with a cast that includes members of founder Will Geer’s own family: daughters Ellen Geer and Melora Marshall, and granddaughter Willow Geer. 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. 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 staged readings of nine new plays over the course of two weeks. Developed in the company’s 2016-2017 Writer’s LAB, the series features readings of new plays by Boni B. Alvarez, Mike Batistik, Bekah Brunstetter, Jonathan Caren, Tom Jacobson, Mary Laws, Matthew Paul Olmos, Daria Politan and Eric Sanders. 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 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. Look for the balloons between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. in Culver City’s downtown area to find participating businesses. Check in at any one 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 all ages). Make your way over to the Kirk Douglas Theatre, enjoying live music in the streets along the way. There, you can turn in your passport to be entered in a raffle to win summertime prizes (no purchase necessary). Summertime is the best season to explore Downtown Culver City 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. Or just leave your car at home and take the Metro’s Expo Line to the Culver City Station. 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. 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

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 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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Third Wednesday Centennial Grand Finale Taste of Culver City— Downtown Culver City, SoCal’s unique eating destination, winds up the city’s year-long Centennial Celebration with a “Food Walk.” Look for the balloons between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. to identify participating restaurants, bars and retail outlets. Check in at any one to get your “Third Wednesday Passport” —then get it stamped each time you sample a tasty treat. Make your way over to the Kirk Douglas Theatre, enjoying live music in the streets along the way. There, you can turn in your passport to be entered in a raffle to win summertime prizes (no purchase necessary). Summertime is the best season to explore Culver City’s Downtown area 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. Or just leave your car at home and take the Metro’s Expo Line to the Culver City Station. 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.

Aug. 19 – Oct. 8 (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

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. 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 Festival The 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. 11 – Oct. 12 (Mondays & Fridays @ 8 p.m., Saturdays @ 5 p.m. & 8:30 p.m., Sundays @ 3 p.m.):
World premiere of Grey Nomad — L.A.’s Australian Theatre Company presents Dan Lee’s funny, engaging comedy about two retired couples who have dedicated their lives to RVing around Australia. A comic road show that captures the unique sense of adventure, camaraderie and almost supernatural devotion to a lifestyle of perpetual circumnavigation led by the free range, baby boomers of Australia who call themselves “grey nomads.” A visiting production at the Skylight Theatre, 1816 1/2 N Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027; www.australiantheatrecompany.org

Sept. 16 – Oct. 8 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Saturdays & Sundays @ 2 p.m.)
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West Coast premiere of Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally — This funny, sad, lyrical and highly original coming of age story from emerging playwright Kevin Armento features an unconventional narrator — the iphone belonging to troubled teen Red McCray. As Red’s phone gets sucked into a breakneck journey from pockets to purses, it takes us inside an utterly unique view on human interaction, struggling to unpack some of life’s most complex equations. “Critic’s Pick… An elegantly constructed examination of contemporary isolation and the illusory nature of electronic connection.” — The New York Times. A Guest Production at the Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; $20; (323) 960-4429; www.plays411.com/PEMDAS

Sept. 16 – Nov. 19 (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

Sept. 23 – Oct. 29 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 4 p.m.; Mondays at 8 p.m.):
World premiere of Fixed  — In this fierce and funny new play by Boni B. Alvarez, 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 FreddySet in Greenwich Village in 1964 and based on a true story, Freddy 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

Oct. 20 – Nov 19 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 7 p.m.):
IAMA Theatre Company opens its 10th Anniversary 2017-18 season with two world premieres running in repertory:
World premiere of Sinner’s Laundry Waiting for Godot meets Orange is the New Black meets The Book of Revelations in John Lavelle’s sci-fi comedy that explores the divinity in all of us, and the power of redemption in the darkest of times. The residents of Newport Women’s Correctional Facility have all mysteriously vanished. Only two inmates remain, locked in Rec Room No. 4. With nothing but some crappy board games and their imaginations, Sam and Jess must navigate their way towards salvation.
World premiere of Until We Were Light — RPMs red-line on a journey towards redemption in Christian Durso’s storytelling play. A father’s moment of road rage along a frigid eastern Sierra highway results in a nine car pile-up, splintering the relationship with his family forever. The impact of this event ripples through years, into DNA, into the blood, as his estranged son tests the limits of forgiveness when he commits his own unspeakable tragedy.
IAMA Theatre Company at the Lounge Theatre, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90038; 323-380-8843; www.iamatheatre.com

Oct. 26 – Dec. 10 (Thursdays & Fridays @ 8 p.m., Saturdays @ 2 p.m. & 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.):
Les Liaisons Dangereuses — Sex, revenge, betrayal… let the games begin. This story of seduction and intrigue set in the decadence of pre-revolutionary France isn’t just a battle between the sexes — it’s war. In a world where the one percent holds all the cards, true love cannot be expressed without fear of destruction. Antaeus Theatre Company kicks off its 2017-18 season with a fully partner-cast production of Christopher Hampton’s Olivier and Evening Standard award-winning adaptation of the scandalous novel by Choderlos de Laclos. Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center, 110 East Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205; $30-$34; (818) 506-1983; www.Antaeus.org

Oct. 28 – Nov. 19 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.)
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World premiere
of The Red Dress — Set in Berlin and based on a true story, Tania Wisbar’s romantic drama explores the intersection of politics and art during the years between the Treaty of Versailles and the rise of Fascism. Argyle Road Productions presents a Guest Production at the Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; (323) 960-5521 or www.Plays411.com/reddress

Saturday, Oct. 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/

Dec. 9 – Jan. 14 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.)
World premiere of Ashes to Ashes — A madcap romantic comedy that’s perfect for the holidays. Ex-couple liberal Sara and right-winger Jefferson are polar opposites about everything — except their love and devotion for their two, newly deceased, filthy-rich best friends. Trapped by the time-constraints of their friends’ will, the two are forced to spend the next 16 days, 21 hours and 32 minutes together, scattering ashes across Europe. Whether they make it or not, the audience is in for a bumpy and funny ride. Written by Debbie Bolsky and directed by Katherine James. The Athena Cats, a collective of Southern California female playwrights and directors, presents a Guest Production at the Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; (310) 564-9410 or www.theathenacats.org

Jan. 25 – March 11 (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.or

April 19 – June 3 (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

July 12 – Aug. 26 (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

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