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Sept. 20 – Sept. 30 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 7:30 p.m.):
ZeitgeistA provocative evening of six world-premiere short works by acclaimed playwrights that explore the prevailing social and political currents. Echo Theater Company @ Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; $20-$34; 310-307-3753; www.EchoTheaterCompany.com

Sept. 20 – Oct. 28 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.):
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World premiere of UK Underdog Shelter Transport Animal Rescue Team (START) in association with Pacific Resident Theatre presents writer/performer Steve Spiro’s funny, refreshing and highly theatrical solo show, based on true events. A young Jewish boy in London transforms himself, through sheer force of will (and plenty of chutzpah) from bullied underdog to martial artist, boxer, community leader and animal rights activist. All proceeds from the production will benefit START Rescue as well as selected animal charities and anti-bullying groups. Zephyr Theatre, 7456 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046; $25; (323) 960-7788; www.plays411.com/ukunderdog

Sept. 21 – Oct. 21 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 7 p.m.):
Los Angeles premiere of American Hero — IAMA Theatre Company opens its 2018-19 season with Bess Wohl’s darkly comic celebration of the power of teamwork and unity to overcome adversity. At a toasted subs franchise in the local mall, three up-and-coming “sandwich artists” — an awkward young misfit, a single mom and a downsized refugee from corporate banking — are perfecting the mustard-to-cheese ratio according to the company manual. But when their shot at the American dream is interrupted by a series of strange events, they must become unlikely allies in a post-recession world. James Eckhouse directs. Presented by IAMA Theatre Company in a Pasadena Playhouse guest production at the Carrie Hamilton Theatre, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena CA 91101; $30; 323-380-8843; www.iamatheatre.com

Sept. 22 – Nov. 4 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m., select Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 8 p.m.):
West Coast premiere of Old Clown Wanted — Three aging clowns compete for a job in an absurdly comic look at man’s fear of uselessness in society. Inspired by a 1970 Federico Fellini film, theater and circus arts are intertwined in this tender, funny, cynical play by Romanian-French playwright Matei Visniec. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; $32-$37; (310) 477-2055 x2; www.OdysseyTheatre.com

Sept. 27 – Oct. 18 (Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays @ 8 p.m.):
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What Happened When The Echo Theater Company’s West Coast premiere of Daniel Talbott’s haunting ghost story returns for the third time with yet a different set of ensemble members. Dark truths are revealed in this brooding, compelling, funny and startling memory play. “Remarkable… utterly, intensely absorbing… [playwright] Daniel Talbott stands in line with the great traditions of tragedy from the Greeks through the Elizabethans to Twentieth Century masters, such as O’Neill, Williams and Albee” — Theatre Notes. The Echo Theater Company @ Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; $20-$34; 310-307-3753; www.EchoTheaterCompany.com

Saturday, Oct. 6 @ 2 p.m.:
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The Woody Guthrie Story
A tribute to the songwriter, folklorist and labor leader who was also a longtime Theatricum friend. The spirit of Woody Guthrie is brought to life through his own words and music in this signature event performed by members of the Geer family and their friends. Cinematographer Haskell Wexler will be honored in memoriam with the second annual Will Geer Humanitarian Award.. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $35; (310) 455-3723; www.theatricum.com

Sunday, Oct. 7 @ 4 p.m.:
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Inara George presents Eleni Mandell’s Song Club — Music and conversation with some of Los Angeles’ best songwriters, including Bhi Bhiman, Inara George, John Goldman, Eleni Mandell, Richard Moore, Van Dyke Parks, Bella Porter, Fred Tackett, Mike Viola and Wendy Wang, moderated by John Horn (KPCC’s “The Frame”). To join Mandell’s “song club,” each musician must write a brand new song based on her prompt. Theatricum audiences will be the first to hear the results: sharing the Theatricum stage, each will perform their new composition and share insights about the songwriting process. All proceeds benefit Theatricum Botanicum’s artistic and educational programming. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $25-35; (310) 455-3723; www.theatricum.com

Oct. 19 – Oct. 21 (Friday @ 8 p.m.; Saturday @ 3 p.m. & 8 p.m., Sunday @ 4 p.m.):
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The Little Foxes — L.A. Theatre Works opens its 2018-19 season at UCLA’s James Bridges Theater with Lillian Hellman’s classic tale of a wealthy southern family and the greed that tears them apart. Mamie Gummer stars as selfish, ambitious Regina Hubbard Giddens, whose  brothers have inherited their father’s wealth, while, after years of neglect, her dying husband is determined to see she gets nothing. It will take every ounce of her ruthless charm to outwit her relations and assure herself a gilded future. 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

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

Oct. 19 – Nov. 18 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m):
Los Angeles premiere
of Radiant Vermin — A vicious satire flecked with horror. How far are we willing to go to satisfy our materialistic desires? In this outrageous comedy with a killer heart, acclaimed British playwright and provocateur Philip Ridley turns his attention to two of the defining social conversations of our time: home ownership, and homelessness. Ollie and Jill want to tell you about their dream home — but some of the things they did to get it… well, you might find them shocking. Presented by L.A.’s hottest new theater company, Door Number 3. A visiting production at the Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; $17-$32; (310) 477-2055 x2; www.OdysseyTheatre.com

Oct 20 – Dec 16 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m.):
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West Coast premiere of Cost of Living  In this gripping and unexpectedly funny Pulitzer Prize-winning play, John is a rich, quick-witted grad student who has cerebral palsy. Ani is an hilariously foul-mouthed quadriplegic. The people who help them, Jess and Eddie, have their own struggles to contend with. Cost of Living is a haunting, rigorously unsentimental play about the forces that bring people together and the realities of facing the world with physical disabilities. Winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize, as well as the Edgerton New Play Prize; the Jean Kennedy Smith Prize, John F. Kennedy Center; the Women’s Invitational Prize, Ashland New Play Festival; the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding New Play; and named one of the “Best Plays of 2017” by The New York Times. The Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90029; $20$40; (323) 663-1525; www.fountaintheatre.com

Oct 20 – Dec 16 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m., select Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 8 p.m.):
Steambath — What if God turned out to be a Puerto Rican steambath attendant, assisted by a butler named Gottlieb? Renowned stand up comedian and actor Paul Rodriguez stars in a revival of the hilarious, razor sharp, 1970 off Broadway hit comedy by Bruce Jay Friedman that also became a PBS television special. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; $32-$37; (310) 477-2055 x2; www.OdysseyTheatre.com

Oct. 25 – Dec. 10 (Opens on Thursday, Oct. 25 @ 8 p.m.; thereafter: Fridays, Saturdays & Mondays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m. – previews begin Oct. 18):
The Little Foxes — Opening Antaeus Theatre Company’s 2018-19 season, Cameron Watson, who helmed Antaeus’ 2017 multiple award-winning revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, returns to direct another epic drama about a Southern family in crisis. Set in the Deep South of 1900, where women have scant options and men seem to hold all the power, Regina Giddens will stop at nothing — even blackmail — to wrest the family business away from her scheming brothers. Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center, 110 East Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205; $35; (818) 506-1983; www.Antaeus.org

Saturday, Oct. 27 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 8th 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. 27 – Nov. 18 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 3 p,m.; Monday, Nov. 5 only @ 7:30 p.m.):
American premiere of Desert Rats — A dark comedy about life and crime in America’s contemporary West, written by Nate Rufus Edelman and directed by Angie Scott. Estranged brothers Frank and Jesse reunite to plan a kidnapping in a squalid motel room on a hellish day in Barstow. When day turns into night and their hostage is brought out of the trunk, the siblings find their troubles have just begun. Produced by the Latino Theater Company at The Los Angeles Theatre Center, (The LATC) 514 S Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013; $24-$48; (866) 811-4111; http://thelatc.org/

Oct. 27 – Nov. 18 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 3 p,m.; Monday, Nov. 5 only @ 7:30 p.m.):
World premiere of Members Only — A roller-coaster ride to redemption by Oliver Mayer, directed by José Luis Valenzuela. The year is 1982: the golden age of boxing, the dying gasp of disco, the flowering of identity politics — a time before AIDS had a name. Two decades have taken their toll on Pedro Quinn, a gay Latino prizefighter still fighting well into his 40s, ducking his living-legend status and mourning a man he killed in the ring years ago. Meanwhile, a new generation continues to push the cultural and sexual envelope in and out of the ring. Produced by the Latino Theater Company at The Los Angeles Theatre Center, (The LATC) 514 S Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013; $24-$48; (866) 811-4111; http://thelatc.org

Friday, 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

Nov 16 – Nov. 18 (Friday @ 8 p.m.; Saturday @ 3 p.m. & 8 p.m., Sunday @ 4 p.m.):
Sisters Matsumoto — Stockton, CA 1945. Three Japanese-American sisters return to their family farm after years in an internment camp, but the once prosperous family finds that it’s not easy to pick up the pieces of their former lives. As the details of their deceased father’s final arrangement’s emerge, the sisters must work together to keep their dreams alive. 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;
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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

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. 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

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
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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

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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