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Sunday, Oct. 8 @ 6 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; www.theatricum.com

Oct. 12 – Oct. 15 (Thursday & Friday @ 8 pm; Saturday @ 3 pm & 8 pm, Sunday @ 4 pm):
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Watch on the Rhine — Set in Washington, D.C. on the brink of U.S. involvement in World War II, Lillian Hellman’s suspenseful drama is a timely reminder to keep our eyes open, to remain vigilant and involved. As the clouds of war gather in Europe in the late 1930s, a leader in the German resistance arrives in Washington DC, accompanied by his American wife, Sarah and their children. The Müllers stay at the home of Sarah’s wealthy mother, Fanny Farrelly (Susan Sullivan), who, like most Americans at that time, is unaware of the storm brewing in Europe. 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. Starring Susan Sullivan (Castle), Jonathan Cake (The Affair), Susannah Fielding (Black Mirror), Matthew Wolf (The Royals), Adam Wylie (Gilmore Girls), Edita Brychta, Lovensky Jean-Baptiste, Taj Jegaraj. 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

Oct. 13 – Nov. 5 (Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays @ 7:30 p.m.; Sat. Oct. 21 & Sat. Nov. 4 @ 2 p.m.; Mon. Oct. 30 & Tues. Oct. 31 @ 7:30 p.m.):
Site-specific Kaidan Project: Walls Grow Thin — An immersive, multi-sensory site specific experience refracting ancient Japanese ghost stories through a modern, multi-cultural lens. The audience enters a mysterious, six-story warehouse, where they will travel through over 9,500 square feet of themed environments. The play contains mature themes, adult language and theatrical violence, and is not recommended for audience members who are not comfortable with walking, ducking, navigating small spaces, standing for periods of time, loud noises, moments of complete darkness or being alone. A co-production with East West Players at a Secret Warehouse Location (address and entry information provided with ticket purchase); $65–$75; 213-596-9468; www.rogueartists.org/

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, 330 E. Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802; $35-$49; (562) 436-4610; www.InternationalCityTheatre.org

Oct. 20 – Nov 19 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.):
World premieres of Sinner’s Laundry and Redline — Two new plays offer radically different takes on the search for redemption when IAMA Theatre Company opens its 10th Anniversary Season with two company member-written world premieres. In the fast-paced, edgy sci-fi comedy Sinner’s Laundry, the residents of Newport Women’s Correctional Facility have all mysteriously vanished. Jess and Sam are the only two inmates who remain — and they are locked in Rec Room No. 4 with nothing but some crappy board games and their imaginations. Waiting for Godot meets Orange is the New Black meets The Book of Revelations as they navigate their way towards salvation in this unique, funny and poignant exploration of the power of redemption and the divinity within us all. Meanwhile, engines and heart rates explode on a journey towards redemption in the haunting and provocative Redline. A father’s moment of road rage along a frigid eastern Sierra highway shattered his relationship with his family forever. The impact of this event ripples through the years until his estranged son returns to test the limits of forgiveness. 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. Set among the decadent ruling class of pre-revolutionary France, this Olivier Award-winning play is a seductive and unsettling tale of sex and revenge in an all-too-recognizable world, where love is a blood sport played for glory and malice and men have all – almost all – the power. Antaeus Theatre Company kicks off its 2017/18 season with a fully partner-cast production of Christopher Hampton’s 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

Saturday, Oct. 28 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. 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 inspired by 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. Wisbar’s fictionalized account of her parents’ marriage and their forced divorce by the Nazis begins in 1924 Berlin. Alexandra Schiele is a famous film actress from a prominent Jewish family who falls in love with a down-on-his-luck World War I vet, Franz Weitrek. Franz is able to parlay his wife’s connections into work as a film director. But when his career takes off making Nazi propaganda films, his wife suddenly becomes a liability. Argyle Road Productions presents a visiting production at the Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; $30; (323) 960-5521 or www.Plays411.com/reddress

Thursday, Nov. 2 from 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.:
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Dia de los Muertos — Latin surf rock band The Space Sanchos headlines 24th Street Theatre’s annual, free block party. Celebrate the joyous tradition of Mexico’s most famous holiday with entertainment on two stages, homemade tamales, face painting, crafts booths and a graveyard where families can make their own altars for their departed loved ones. 24th Street Theatre, 1117 West 24th St, Los Angeles, CA 90007; FREE; (213) 745-6516; www.24thstreet.org

Nov. 2 – Nov. 19 (
Encuentro de Las AméricasFourteen companies from the U.S. Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Peru and Colombia  celebrate dynamic, contemporary Latinx and Latin American theater during a three-week festival, with five performances presented simultaneously every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the five performance spaces that make up The Los Angeles Theatre Center. An additional 12 Los Angeles-based artists will be represented in Patas Arriba (“Upside Down”), a late night “micro-theater festival” set to take place in the “belly” of The LATC, where audiences will cycle through the non-traditional performance spaces of the building — Vault, Conference Room, Green Room and Tunnel — to experience four 15-minute works during each hour-long performance. A free Cinema & Music mini-festival on Tuesday and Wednesday nights will pair musical performances with screenings of soon-to be-released films, including Chavela, a new documentary about Costa Rican-Mexican singer Chavela Vargas and NALIP, an evening of short films followed by a concert by Spanish singer Patricia Kraus in her American debut. Produced by the Latino Theater Company in association with Latinx Theatre Commons.The Los Angeles Theatre Center, (The LATC) 514 S Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013; $44; (866) 811-4111; www./thelatc.org/

Nov. 10 – Dec. 16 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 7 p.m.):
deLEARiousTragedy meets hilarity and King Lear gets a happy ending in a madcap musical romp à la Mel Brooks and Monty Python. Open Fist Theatre Company revives its smash hit production of this award-winning play-within-a-play by Second City’s Ron West and composer Phil Swann, Ron and Phil are writing about King James I and Shakespeare — who in turn are writing about the legendary King Lear. Phil gets sick of Ron’s laziness and womanizing; King James gets sick of Shakespeare and demotes him to working on the Bible; and King Lear gets sick of everyone and goes crazy. Great songs, a clever story and lots of laughs! Open Fist Theatre Company at Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; $30; (323) 882-6912; www.openfist.org

Nov. 16 – Nov. 19 (Thursday & Friday @ 8 pm; Saturday @ 3 pm & 8 pm, Sunday @ 4 pm):
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Southern California premiere of Between Riverside and Crazy — In the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by Stephen Adly Guirgis, ex-cop “Pops” Washington and his ex-con son Junior are barely holding on to one of the last great rent stabilized apartments in Manhattan. Pops has his hands (not to mention his apartment) full as he navigates a steady stream of sketchy houseguests and sweats out the impending verdict on his law suit against the police department. A celebration of the glorious contradictions that make up human nature, this rowdy dark comedy looks at the slippery nature of justice and the grit it takes to finally move on. Featuring Seamus Dever (Castle). 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.or

Dec. 1 – Jan. 7 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 3 p,m., select Thursdays; dark Dec. 23 Jan. 3):
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The Latina Christmas Special
— Back by popular demand and bursting with laughs, more laughs, music and escandalo (scandal)! You thought your holidays with the family were dramatic? Try these three hilarious, touching and surprisingly personal Christmas stories of holidays past told by three acclaimed Latina comedians. “CRITIC’S CHOICE… hilarious and heartwrenching… [a] very special ‘Special’” — F. Kathleen Foley, Los Angeles Times. LATC, 514 S Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013; $22-$38; (866) 811-4111; http://thelatc.org/

Dec 2 – Dec.  (Saturday @ 8 p.m. & Sunday @ 3 p.m.)
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Pang! — Performing amidst a forest of microphones, sound effects, props and musical instruments, award-winning performance artist Dan Froot and Company presents a triptych of live radio plays based on the life stories of three families living with hunger in Miami, Cedar Rapids and South Central Los Angeles. 24th Street Theatre, 1117 West 24th St, Los Angeles, CA 90007; $10-$24; (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.

Thursday, Dec. 7 and Friday, Dec. 8 @ 7:30 p.m.:
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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 itsQuinceañera” 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 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/

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 visiting production at the Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; (310) 564-9410 or www.theathenacats.org

Dec. 14 – Dec. 17 (Thursday & Friday @ 8 p.m., Saturday & Sunday @ 4 p.m.)
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La Víspera
(“The Eve”) – A warm, funny and unique holiday play about love and sacrifice created from stories shared by members of the local University Park immigrant community during workshops with professional theater artists. Stay after the performance for homemade tamales, warm champurrado (hot chocolate) and a traditional star-shaped piñata. Presented in Spanish with English supertitles. 24th Street Theatre, 1117 West 24th St, Los Angeles, CA 90007; $2.40; (213) 745-6516; www.24thstreet.org

Dec. 14 – Dec. 23 (Thursday & Friday @ 8 p.m., Saturday @ 5 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sunday @ 3 p.m.)
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A Very Merry MagicMania — Add a little magic to your holidays! Celebrate the season with this festival of 35 different magic and variety acts over the course of nine shows and two weekends. Every show is different! Featuring the world’s greatest award-winning magicians and variety acts from The Magic Castle, America’s Got Talent and Penn and Teller’s Fool Us. All ages welcome. Brought to you by the producers of Smoke and Mirrors, Magic Monday and MagicMania. Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica, CA 90405; $40; 818-558-7000; www.MagicManiaLA.com

Sunday, Dec. 24 from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.:
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58th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration
— Bring the whole family to Los Angeles’ biggest, Emmy Award-winning holiday show at The 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 local public television. The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles 90012; FREE; (213) 972-3099; MusicCenter.org/holidaycelebration

Jan. 12 – Feb. 4 (Fridays & Saturdays @t 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.):
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Dance! at the Odyssey 
— Odyssey Theatre Ensemble celebrates the art of dance with its second annual mini-festival. Jan. 12-13: Compagnia Simona Bertozzi/Nexus from Bologna/Italy; Jan. 20-21: Micaela Taylor + The TL Collective; Jan. 26-Feb. 4: L.A. Contemporary Dance Company; Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; $15-$25; (310) 477-2055 x2;
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Jan. 20 – March 4 (Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m.):
Los Angeles premiere of The Chosen A silent father, an ancient tradition and an unexpectedly important game of baseball forge bonds of lifelong friendship between two Jewish boys from “five blocks and a world apart” in Aaron Posner’s award-winning adaptation of Chaim Potok’s award-winning novel. The Fountain Theatre celebrates the 50th anniversary of Potok’s beloved novel with this production, a funny, poignant, timely and timeless father and son story about recognition and acceptance of “the other.” Adapted for the stage by Aaron Posner and Chaim Potok; based on the novel by Chaim Potok; directed by Simon Levy; starring Alan Blumenfeld and Joel Polis; The Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90029; $20$40; (323) 663-1525; www.fountaintheatre.com

Jan. 25 – Jan. 28, 2018 (Thursday & Friday @ 8 pm; Saturday @ 3 pm & 8 pm, Sunday @ 4 pm):
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The Goodbye GirlMarsha Mason directs Neil Simon’s screenplay for the 1977 Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe Award-winning romantic comedy in which she starred. Known as “The Goodbye Girl” because of all the live-in boyfriends who have left her, Paula McFadden and her young daughter must make room in their cramped quarters for a new roommate. But can they make room in their hearts for another man who may just walk out that door again? 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

Jan. 25 – March 11, 2018 (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.org

Sunday, Feb. 11 @ 7 p.m.
The One Day PlaysSix plays are conceived, written, rehearsed and performed for a live audience within a 24-hour period. Here’s how it works: members and friends of IAMA Theatre Company meet the night before to pair up directors, writers and actors by drawing names from a hat. Once the six “teams” are chosen, the writers have nine hours to write the scripts. Actors receive them the morning of the show to rehearse and memorize. That night an audience arrives and watches six fully realized plays that did not exist one day earlier. IAMA Theatre Company at Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; 323-380-8843; www.iamatheatre.com

Feb. 23 – March 11, 2018 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.):
Daddy Long Legs — An intimate musical set in suffragette-era New England, where a spirited orphan girl is sent to a prestigious college by a mysterious benefactor. Jerusha’s heart-warming journey to independence, education and romance is chronicled in a wealth of witty letters and glorious songs. Based on the classic novel that inspired the 1955 movie starring Fred Astaire. International City Theatre, Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 330 E. Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802; $35-$49; (562) 436-4610; www.InternationalCityTheatre.org

Feb. 24 – March 26 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 4 p.m.)
World premiere of Unemployed Elephants — A chance meeting in an airport lounge leads to a Burmese odyssey and a search for a missing monk… and maybe love. The Victory Theatre’s Maria Gobetti directs a romantic comedy by Wendy Graf (No Word in Guyanese for Me, Please Don’t Ask About Beckett). The Little Victory Theatre, 3326 W Victory Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505; $24-$34; (818) 841-5422; www.thevictorytheatrecenter.org

March 10 – March 25 (Saturdays at 8 p.m. & Sundays @ 7 p.m. — one play per evening)
The Seven Deadly Plays — IAMA continues its 10th anniversary celebration with readings of six plays, all produced and premiered by IAMA over the past decade, from Leslye Headland’s viciously funny seven-play cycle exploring ancient sins in the context of contemporary culture: Cinephilia (“lust”), in which two cinephiles cling to their obsessions with film and sex as a way to validate their relationship; Bachelorette (“gluttony”), a wicked black comedy about female friendship and growing up in an age of excess that was adapted into the 2012 film starring Kirsten Dunst and Rebel Wilson; Assistance (“greed”), a biting, high-octane satire about our attraction to power and what we’re willing to sacrifice to stay in its orbit; Surfer Girl (“sloth”), one woman’s haunting recount of her transient voyager lifestyle, from one idolized couch to the next; Reverb (“wrath”), in which history threatens to repeat itself as troubled lovers purge mutual pain by inflicting it on each other; and The Accidental Blonde (“envy”), a disturbingly humorous look at jealousy, work and success in the cyber-stalking generation.(Watch for the world premiere of the seventh and final play in the cycle, Cult of Love (“pride”), in May.) IAMA Theatre Company at Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; 323-380-8843; www.iamatheatre.com

March 10 – April 29 (Saturdays @ 3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., Sundays @ 3 p.m.)
World premiere of ICEA bilingual, humorous, musical journey in search of what it means to be “American.” Two men arrive in the U.S. with big dreams… but no documents. With a love of baseball, Tia Victoria’s salsa recipe and the help of a talking sock, the pair works day and night to make their taco truck the “Uncle Sam” of mobile restaurants. Will a contest to be “the most American food truck” at Dodger Stadium for the 4th of July prove to Immigration, Naturalization and Customs that they truly belong? Written by Leon Martell, commissioned by 24th Street, directed by Debbie Devine and featuring Jesús Castaños-Chima, Tony Duran, Davitt Felder and Andrew Huber. Ages 7+. 24th Street Theatre, 1117 West 24th St, Los Angeles, CA 90007; $10-$24; (213) 745-6516; www.24thstreet.org

March 15 – March 18, 2018 (Thursday & Friday @ 8 pm; Saturday @ 3 pm & 8 pm, Sunday @ 4 pm):
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World premiere of Daniel Deronda — An LATW-commissioned stage adaptation of George Elliot’s novel, one of the most controversial of the 19th Century. Scornful of men and the love they profess for her, Gwendolen Harleth is a beautiful but spoiled young woman, frustrated by her limited options in Victorian England. Daniel Deronda is an intelligent, handsome young man who has been raised by his guardian, Sir Hugo Mallinger, but knows nothing of his true origins. Deronda’s search leads him into the world of 19th-century Zionism and the Jewish mystical tradition known as Kabbalah, a discovery that will alter the course of his life. Adapted and directed by Kate McAll; featuring Joanne Whalley. 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

April 19 – April 22, 2018 (Thursday & Friday @ 8 pm; Saturday @ 3 pm & 8 pm, Sunday @ 4 pm):
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Disgraced Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize and Obie Award-winning drama has become one of the most produced plays in the world — and one of the most passionately discussed. Amir Kapoor is a brilliant, successful Muslim American attorney who has turned his back on his faith in order to thrive in post-9/11 Manhattan. On the surface, he has it all: a beautiful wife, a swanky apartment and a lucrative career. But the charmed life he so artfully constructed is put in jeopardy when a dinner party turns tumultuous and the guests’ ideals of culture, marriage, career and family collide. Behzad Dabu and Emily Swallow reprise their roles from the Mark Taper Forum’s Los Angeles premiere for this live-in-performance recording. 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

April 19 – June 3, 2018 (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

May 4 – May 20, 2018 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.):
West Coast premiere of Cardboard Piano — Against the backdrop of Uganda’s civil war, the union of the daughter of an American missionary and a local teenage girl is disrupted by violence. Hansol Jung’s haunting drama confronts the religious and cultural roots of intolerance, as well as the human capacity for hatred, forgiveness and 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

May 11 – June 10 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 7 p.m.):
World premiere of Cult  of Love — IAMA concludes its 10th anniversary with a full production of the final installment in Leslye Headland’s “Seven Deadly Plays” cycle — a black comedy that explores the final sin of “pride” through one family’s feverish clash over who is right and who is crazy. The Dahl family gathers to celebrate Christmas in their rural Connecticut home. Raised as strict Christians and overachievers, the four adult children (along with their partners) have grown into varying degrees of belief and success. Their initially joyful reunion quickly reveals an American family riddled with competition, xenophobia and mental illness. IAMA Theatre Company at Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; 323-380-8843; www.iamatheatre.com

May 17 – May 20, 2018 (Thursday & Friday @ 8 pm; Saturday @ 3 pm & 8 pm, Sunday @ 4 pm):
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West Coast premiere of Spill — What is the true human and environmental cost of oil? This powerful work by Emmy Award-nominated writer Leigh Fondakowski (head writer of The Laramie Project) goes beyond the headlines to tell vivid personal stories from all sides following the explosion of the oil rig Deepwater Horizon in 2010. Based on interviews, photographs and court documents collected in the aftermath, Spill explores the rich culture of Louisiana’s Gulf Coast and the resilient nature of its inhabitants in the face of natural destruction and tragedy. Directed by Martin Jarvis and featuring Jane Kaczmarek. 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

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

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

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

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

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