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June 1 – June 17 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.):
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West Coast premiere
of Bearing Witness — Vietnam veteran and founder/artistic director of the Drama Desk Award-winning Vietnam Veteran’s Ensemble Theatre Company (VETCo) Thomas Bird’s autobiographical solo show is the moving father-son story of Bird’s relationship with his World War II veteran dad and their mutual healing from the traumas of battle and the Holocaust. In the play, Bird travels to Mauthausen concentration camp to honor the memory of his father, an Army doctor who cared for survivors upon the camp’s liberation. As Bird conjures the spirits of his father and the camp’s victims, he recalls his own wartime experiences in Vietnam along with a long-held secret his dad revealed just before his death. In “bearing witness” himself, Tom is finally able to find some peace. “Nothing at all ordinary in this text and performance… a wholly unique and arresting meditation on World War II, the Vietnam War and the Shoah” — Samuel G. Freedman, Tablet magazine. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; $35; (310) 477-2055 x2; www.OdysseyTheatre.com

June 2– Sept. 30
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Will Geer’s
Theatricum Botanicum 2018 Summer Season* — The summer season of five mainstage productions kicks off on June 2 with Coriolanus, William Shakespeare’s searing tragedy about a leader who has nothing but contempt for the common people. Also on the mainstage, Opening June 3: Theatricum’s signature production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Opening June 16: The Crucible, Arthur Miller’s timeless — and timely — tale of truth on trial; Opening June 30: Enid Bagnold’s delightful classic, The Chalk Garden, starring members of the Geer family; Opening July 28: Haiti, William DuBois’ historical drama, written in 1938 for the Federal Theatre Project, about the overthrow of the colonial Haitian government by Toussaint L’Ouverture. All mainstage productions perform in repertory through Sept. 30 at Theatricum’s spectacular outdoor venue in the heart of Topanga — check online or call for a performance schedule. Other summer programming includes family programming such as Creative PlayGround, Peter Alsop’s Kids Koncerts and a family Barn Dance on the 4th of July; the annual Under the Oaks salon series on Friday nights in September; comedy improv from Off the Grid; The Woody Guthrie Story on Oct. 6; Inara George and Friends in concert on Oct. 7; Theatricum BOO-tanicum on Oct. 27; and 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 2 – Sept. 23 (call theater or check online for rotating performance schedule):
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Coriolanus An allegory for today’s tumultuous times, Shakespeare’s searing tragedy is a cautionary tale of political manipulation and revenge. Rome, a city where the one-percenters rule, is led by a populist general who has nothing but contempt for the common people and is unable to reconcile his disdain for the citizens with his love of country. 
 Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $10-$38.50; (310) 455-3723; www.theatricum.com

June 3 – June 17 (Sun., June 3 @ 2 p.m.; Sat., June 9 @ 12 p.m.; Sun., June 10 @ 6 p.m.; Thurs., June 14 @ 10 p.m.; Sat., June 16 @ 8 p.m.; Sun., June 17 @ 4 p.m.):
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Los Angeles premiere of You In Midair — Danna Schaeffer brings her uniquely Hollywood story — an intimate, harrowing, often funny and ultimately joyful story of loss, memory and hard-won wisdom — to the Hollywood Fringe Festival. On July 18, 1989, the blooming Hollywood career of actress Rebecca Schaeffer was cut tragically short when she was murdered on her front step by an obsessed fan. You In Midair is her mother’s spell-binding story. “Audiences are rapt… real life on stage, capturing the essence of life, emotion, love, longing, grief.” — DeAnn Welker, Oregon ArtsWatch. The Lounge Theatre, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90038; $12; www.YouInMidair.com

June 3 – Sept. 3 (call theater or check online for rotating performance schedule):
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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. *Pre-performance buffet dinner served in the gardens with costumed fairies in attendance on Aug. 2, 9, 16 and 23 – advance purchase required. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $10-$38.50; (310) 455-3723;
www.theatricum.com

June 3 – Oct. 21 (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 3: Aesop’s Fables; Sun., June 10: Ferdinand the Bull; Sun., June 17 (Father’s Day):The Legends of King Arthur; Sun., June 24: The Velveteen Rabbit; Sat. July 21: Three Tales by Hans Christian Andersen; Sat. Aug. 18: The Legends of King Arthur; Sun., Oct. 7: Ferdinand the Bull; Sun., Oct 14: The Velveteen Rabbit; Sun., Oct 21: Aesop’s Fables. 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 – Aug. 4 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m., select Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 8 p.m.):
World premiere of Lysistrata Unbound — In this newly imagined, dramatic version of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata by acclaimed playwright Eduardo Machado, an aristocratic Athenian matron is crushed by fateful events and gradually transformed into the most celebrated anti-war activist of the ancient world. Two-time Emmy-nominated and SAG Award-winning actress Brenda Strong (Lillian Luthor on Supergirl, Mary Alice Young on Desperate Housewives and, most recently, Bryce Walker’s mother on Season 2 of 13 Reasons Why) stars in the title role. The production is a collaboration between Odyssey Theatre Ensemble and Not Man Apart—Physical Theatre Ensemble. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; $25-$34; (310) 477-2055 x2; www.OdysseyTheatre.com

June 16 – Sept. 30 (call theater or check online for rotating performance schedule):
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The Crucible
Arthur Miller’s classic parable of mass hysteria that draws a chilling parallel between the Salem witch-hunt of 1692 and the McCarthyism which gripped America in the 1950s. The story of how the small community of Salem is stirred into madness by superstition, paranoia and malice is a savage attack on the evils of mindless persecution and the terrifying power of false accusations. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $10-$38.50; (310) 455-3723;
www.theatricum.com

Wednesday, June 20 from 5 p.m.–9 p.m.:
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Downtown Culver City’s Third Wednesday Spiked Lemonade Tasting” is back for the seventh 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 of our 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 — Uber or Lyft downtown, or 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

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

Saturday, June 23 @ 8 p.m.:
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Rhythmic Relations 2018 — Japanese taiko meets Bollywoodn when TAIKOPROJECT returns to the Ford with its thrilling, heart-pounding and joyous blend of percussion and choreography, joined by youth performing group Kitsune Taiko and special guest Blue13 Dance Company. The show opens with new and favorite taiko songs, followed by collaborations blending American taiko music with modern Indian dance and choreography.Ford Theatres, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East Hollywood, CA 90068; $25, $35, $50; (323) 461-3673; www.FordTheatres.org

June 30– Sept. 30 (call theater or check online for rotating performance schedule):
The Chalk Garden
— Members of the Geer family star in a revival of Enid Bagnold’s delightful classic. Dyed-in-the-wool British dowager Mrs. St. Maugham is a selfish eccentric who spends her days gardening, but can’t make anything grow. Her teenage granddaughter, Laurel, is a precocious liar. When enigmatic Miss Madrigal is hired as household companion and manager, the two finally meet their match. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $10-$38.50; (310) 455-3723; www.theatricum.com

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

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

July 14 – Aug. 19 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 4 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m.):
West Coast premiere of Cry It Out Cooped up on maternity leave and eager for conversation, Jessie invites the funny and forthright Lina for coffee in their neighboring backyards. They become fast friends, quickly bonding over their shared “new mom” experience—and arousing the interest of a wealthy neighbor hoping for a similar connection. An insightful comedy/drama by Molly Smith Metzler Cry It Out takes an honest look at the absurdities of new motherhood, the dilemma of returning to work, and how class impacts parenthood and friendship. Echo Theater Company @ Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; $20-$34; 310-307-3753; www.EchoTheaterCompany.com

July 14 – Sept. 30 (Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m.):
World premiere of Arrival & DepartureA modern-day, re-imagined deaf stage adaptation of the classic 1945 British film, Brief Encounter. A deaf man and a hard-of-hearing woman, married to different people, meet accidentally in a train station. A friendship develops, escalating into a passionate love affair that neither permits to consummate. An unforgettable love story inspired by one of the most beloved romantic movies of all time. Written and directed by Stephen Sachs, starring real-life husband and wife Troy Kotsur and Deanne Bray. The Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90029; $20$40; (323) 663-1525; www.fountaintheatre.com

July 15 – Aug. 5 (Thursdays & Fridays @ 8 p.m.; Saturdays @ 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 1 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. – previews begin July 10):
World premiere of Mutt House: The Musical — A furry tale of fun for animal lovers of all ages! Featuring 20 original songs and a cast of 10, Mutt House is the story of quirky outsider Eddie Corbin. Bullied all his life, Eddie has finally found a place to call home — a neglected downtown animal shelter. When the city threatens to close the shelter, Eddie must do something he’s never done before: stand up for himself and fight for what’s right. With the help of six zany mutts, he faces his fears and makes an unexpected human connection in the process. This life-affirming musical, in the tradition of Annie, is filled with singing and dancing fun for the whole family. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 820 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232; $39-$59; (213) 628-2772; www.mutthousethemusical.com

Wednesday, July 18 from 5 p.m.–9 p.m.:
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Downtown Culver City’sThird 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 of our 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 — Uber or Lyft downtown, or 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 21 – Aug. 19 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 3 p.m.):
World premiere of Mayakovsky and Stalin — The newest work from legendary poet-playwright Murray Mednick is a dramatic character study incorporating historical footage and photos to explore two distantly connected relationships: that of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin and his wife Nadya, and of Soviet poet Vladimir Mayakovsky and his married lover and “muse” Lilyana Brik. Lounge Theatre, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90038; $25; (323) 960-4443; www.plays411.com/stalin

July 21 – Sept. 2 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m., select Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 8 p.m.):
Side by Side by Sondheim
— The sophistication, wit, insight, heart and genius of Broadway’s most innovative and influential artist is at the center of this tribute to composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim. A musical treat, Side by Side features a dazzling array of songs from landmark shows that revolutionized the art of musical theater with their masterful craft and astounding creativity, including Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Anyone Can Whistle and Pacific Overtures — as well as songs from the classics Sondheim wrote with musical theater giants Leonard Bernstein, Jule Styne and Richard Rodgers such as West Side Story, Gypsy and Do I Hear a Waltz? Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; $30-$35; (310) 477-2055 x2; www.OdysseyTheatre.co

July 26 – Aug. 23 (Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays @ 8 p.m.):
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What Happened When — On a snowy night in a rural farmhouse, three siblings huddle together in the dark with a flashlight, while the audience (unseen by them) gathers closely around. Expect to be fully immersed in this beautiful, provocative and disturbing ghost story/memory play by Rattlestick Playwrights Theater’s Daniel Talbott (Slipping) that Stage Raw calls “a moving, indelible experience.” The Echo Theater Company @ Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; $20-$34; 310-307-3753; www.EchoTheaterCompany.com

July 28 – Sept. 30 (call theater or check online for rotating performance schedule):
Haiti
— A rare revival of William DuBois’ historical melodrama about the 1802 overthrow of the colonial Haitian government by Toussaint L’Ouverture. Subtitled “A drama of the black Napoleon,” Haiti was presented in 1938 by the Negro Theatre Unit of the Federal Theatre Project in a radical and controversial production that featured white and black actors performing together onstage at the Lafayette Theatre in Harlem. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $10-$38.50; (310) 455-3723;
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Wednesday, Aug. 15 from 5 p.m.–9 p.m.:
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Downtown Culver City Tropical Staycation & 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), live music and more. 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). 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 of our 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 — Uber or Lyft downtown, or 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. 18 – Sept. 23 (Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 3 p.m., Mondays @ 8 p.m.):
World premiere
of Jews, Christians and Screwing Stalin — An outrageous comedy, inspired by a true story, about family dysfunction, atonement and matzo balls. On the eve of Rosh Hashanah in 1967, Joey brings his pregnant, Christian fiancé home to meet the radical communist bubby who raised him. Minka Swerdloff is tough as nails — and why not? Her brother was the first president of Stalin’s Soviet Union. When Joey’s alcoholic father shows up at the table, alliances are challenged and new beginnings forged… maybe. Matrix Theatre, 7657 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046; $35; (323) 960-4412; www.plays411.com/brooklyn

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

Aug. 26 – Sept 23 (Sunday mornings @ 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. Sept. 9: Masanga Marimba Ensemble; Sept. 16: Peter Alsop; Sept. 23: 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

Sept. 1 – Oct. 7 (Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 3 p.m.):
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World premiere
of Infidel A suspense thriller that explores religious superstition and terrorism in the name of Islam versus unscrupulous Western imperialism and war mongering. When an American anthropologist is kidnapped in Baghdad by seemingly ruthless fundamentalists, an exchange of ideas with his captors evolves into a spiritual quest for the meaning of faith. Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423; $20-$35; (323) 960-7738 or www.WhitefireTheatre.com

Sept. 7 – Sept. 28 (Fridays @ 8 p.m.)
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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. Friday, Sept. 7: The Pacific Trio (Chamber music with pianist Edith Orloff, violinist Roger Wilkie and cellist John Walz); Friday, Sept. 14: Rolf Kent’s The Concert Goes Awry(an evening with the Golden Globe and emmy-nominated film and television composer); Friday, Sept. 21: Blacklisted (a one of a kind evening celebrating labor leader musicians like like Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger who society once sought to silence); Friday, Sept. 28: Composers Collective (an evening of world premiere chamber music from some of Hollywood’s most prominent composers living in and around Topanga) Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $25; (310) 455-3723; www.theatricum.com

Sept. 9 – Oct. 14 (Sundays @ 7 p.m.):
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Los Angeles premiere
of “BLACK!” — In this dynamic, funny and deeply truthful performance, actor, playwright and storyteller Michael Washington Brown shatters stereotypes, playing out the life stories of four men from around the world (America, England, Jamaica and Africa), each of whom is black — but who each has a very different perspective on what that means. “Pulls no punches… shocking, funny and enraging… highly recommended” — Chicago Sun Times. Zephyr Theatre, 7456 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046; $25; (800) 838-3006; www.blackonemanshow.brownpapertickets.com

Sept. 15 – Oct. 21 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 4 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m.):
West Coast premiere of Gloria — A razor-sharp, darkly comic drama about ambition, office warfare and pecking orders. In this explosive Pulitzer Prize finalist by MacArthur “genius” Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, the only thing that matters is style, status and selling out to the highest bidder. “A whip-smart satire… A sharp-toothed comic drama with a whole lot to say” — The New York Times. “Sharply entertaining” — Time Out. Echo Theater Company @ Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; $20-$34; 310-307-3753; www.EchoTheaterCompany.com

Sept. 27 – Oct. 18 (Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays @ 8 p.m.):
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What Happened When — On a snowy night in a rural farmhouse, three siblings huddle together in the dark with a flashlight, while the audience (unseen by them) gathers closely around. Expect to be fully immersed in this beautiful, provocative and disturbing ghost story/memory play by Rattlestick Playwrights Theater’s Daniel Talbott (Slipping) that Stage Raw calls “a moving, indelible experience.” 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;
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Sunday, Oct. 7 @ 4 p.m.:
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Inara George and Friends in Concert
— Homegrown Topangan and acclaimed singer/songwriter, Inara George returns to Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum for her annual concert that benefits the theater’s educational programming. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $35; (310) 455-3723;
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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

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

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

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.

 

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