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Jan. 12 – Feb. 3 (Saturdays @ 8 p.m. & Sundays @ 2 p.m.):
Natural Shocks
The Fountain Theatre kicks off 2019 with its “Fem Fest” reading series. First up: Lauren Gunderson’s provocative Natural Shocks gets four weeks of staged readings at the Fountain, each weekend spearheaded by a different theater company. In addition to the Fountain, Rogue Machine, Echo Theater Company and Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble will cast performances of this darkly hilarious tour-de-force by the most-produced playwright in America. Based on Hamlet’s “To be or not to be” soliloquy, Natural Shocks bursts to life when we meet a woman waiting out an imminent tornado in her basement. She overflows with quirks, stories, and a final secret that puts the reality of guns in America in your very lap. All of the readings will be directed by Ebony Repertory Theatre associate artistic director Andi ChapmanThe Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90029; $20; (323) 663-1525; www.fountaintheatre.com

Jan. 18 – Feb. 23 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.):
World premiere of Last Call — In this semi-autobiographical dramedy by writer/producer Anne Kenney (Outlander, Switched at Birth, Family Law), the Vaughn family’s go-to defense mechanism of sarcasm and mordant humor falls short when the aging parents hatch a not-so-funny way to avoid the retirement home. Open Fist Theatre Company at Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; $25-$55(323) 882-6912; www.openfist.org

Jan. 19 – March 17 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m., select Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 8 p.m.):
Los Angeles premiere
of HirBart DeLorenzo directs this darkly funny, shockingly absurd and endlessly surprising vision of a world in transition by MacArthur genius Taylor Mac. Somewhere in the suburbs, Isaac has returned from Afghanistan with a dishonorable discharge, only to discover a household in revolt. The insurgent: his mom. Liberated from an oppressive marriage to Isaac’s father by his debilitating stroke, and with Isaac’s newly out transgender sibling as her ally, Paige is on a crusade to dismantle the patriarchy. “Top Ten Best Theater of 2015… Perhaps no play this year inspired a greater sense of awe than Taylor Mac’s audacious dive into the dysfunctional-family playpen of American theater.” — The New York Times. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; $32-$37; (310) 477-2055 x2; www.OdysseyTheatre.com

Sunday, Jan. 20 @ 7 p.m.:
The Martyr of MoscowA reading of the timely and troubling new solo play by writer/performer Stephanie Satie (Silent Witnesses) about murdered Soviet journalist Anna Politkovskaya and the impossible price one pays for telling the truth. Part of the Fountain Theatre’s January “FemFest” reading series.The Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90029; $20; (323) 663-1525; www.fountaintheatre.com

Thursday, Jan. 24 @ 7:30 p.m.:
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Celebrity reading
of Ms. Smith Goes to Washington The Fountain Theatre follows its hugely successful 2018 celebrity reading of All The President’s Men with a one-night only, all-star reading at Los Angeles City Hall. In this gender-switched adaptation of Sidney Buchman’s screenplay for the 1939 Jimmy Stewart classic Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, an idealistic, newly elected female senator finds herself fighting corruption in male-dominated Washington. Starring Katie Lowes (ABC’s Scandal, co-founder/artistic director of L.A.’s IAMA Theatre Company) along with her Scandal co-stars Joshua Malina and Jeff Perry, with more to be announced. Adapted and directed by Fountain co-artistic director Stephen Sachs. Los Angeles City Hall, 200 N Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90012; FREE; (323) 663-1525; www.FountainTheatre.com; seating is extremely limited; Due to high security at the venue, no walk-ups will be permitted.

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.):
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A Walk in the Woods — L.A. Theatre Works records Lee Blessing’s brilliant and witty play of ideas for radio broadcast and online streaming. Nearing the end of the Cold War, a pair of arms negotiators — a clever, cynical Russian (Alfred Molina) and an idealistic young American (Steven Weber) — meet in the woods outside Geneva to explore the obstacles their countries face on the path to peace. There, they debate politics, life and the future of the free world. Can personal bonds bridge political chasms? Winner of the prestigious American Theatre Critics/Steinberg New Play Award, and nominated for both the Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award, Blessing’s dramatic comedy was inspired by historic conversations between negotiators Paul H. Nitze and Yuli A. Kvitsinsky, who left the official 1982 Geneva sessions for an unofficial “walk in the woods.” Cameron Watson directs for L.A. Theatre Works. 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; $15-$65; (310) 827-0889; www.latw.org

Jan. 26 – Feb 17 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m):
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West Coast premiere of Paradise — What is the science behind first love? Two outsiders, a gifted Yemeni-American teenager at a poorly rated high school in the South Bronx and her disillusioned biology teacher, form an unlikely scientific partnership in the hope of securing her a scholarship. But when conflicts arise over differences in religion, culture and the boundaries of mentorship, their capacity to alter the course of each other’s lives becomes greater than either had imagined. JuVee Productions, Viola Davis and Julius Tennon’s award-winning, artist-driven production company, and American Oasis present Laura Maria Censabella’s moving, funny and thought-provoking drama. Paradise was commissioned by Ensemble Studio Theatre and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, dedicated to developing new works about science and technology, and was a runner-up for the 2016 Saroyan/Paul Playwriting Prize for Human Rights. A visiting production at the Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; $35; (323) 960-7724; www.Plays411.com/Paradise

Saturday, Feb. 2 @ 2 p.m.:
Little Theatre A reading of a new play by award-winning playwright Justin Tanner (Pot Mom, Voice Lessons, El Niño) about the L.A. theater scene in the ’90s, and about his sometimes prickly relationship with Cast Theatre artistic director Diana Gibson, who produced ten of his world premieres. (Gibson would later join the Fountain staff, where she was the subscriptions director for 15 years until her death in 2014.) Part of the Fountain Theatre’s January “FemFest” reading series. The Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90029; $20; (323) 663-1525; www.fountaintheatre.com

Feb. 8 – March 24 (opens on Friday, Feb. 22 @ 8 p.m.; thereafter: Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 6 p.m., Mondays @ 8 p.m.)
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Miss America’s Ugly Daughter
— Following last summer’s sold out run at The Edye, writer/performer Barra Grant is back with her darkly hilarious mother-daughter story: the true, inside tale of Grant’s seismic relationship with her mother, Bess Myerson. A beauty queen best known as the first and only Jewish Miss America, Myerson was an accomplished pianist, television personality, New York City’s first Commissioner of Consumer Affairs, a close adviser to Mayor Ed Koch and a national spokesperson against anti-Semitism. Then, she infamously went down in flames — with her Mafia boyfriend! — in a judge-bribing scandal known as the “Bess Mess.” If you missed Grant’s fascinating tale about growing up a confused ugly duckling in the shadow of her spectacular mother, here’s your chance. Greenway Court Theatre, 544 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles CA 90036; $15-$40(323) 285-2078; MissAmericasUglyDaughter.com

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

Feb. 28 – March 24 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 4 p.m.):
World premiere of Canyon — IAMA Theatre Company partners with the Latino Theater Company to present this daring new play about a man in search of a better view from his deck and the people who either help him get it, or stand in his way…. on a fateful Labor Day weekend in 2016, before everything in America changed. IAMA Theater Company and Latino Theater Company at The Los Angeles Theatre Center, (The LATC) 514 S Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013; $30; 323-380-8843; www.iamatheatre.com

March 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-$65; (310) 827-0889; www.latw.org

March 2 – April 21 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.):
West Coast premiere
of Too Much SunBart DeLorenzo directs the acclaimed off-Broadway hit play by Nicky Silver. Celebrated actress Audrey Langham reaches her breaking point while rehearsing Medea in Chicago, walking off the stage, out of the production — and into her married daughter’s summer house in Cape Cod, where her unexpected and unwelcome arrival sets off a chain of events alternately hilarious and harrowing. “Critic’s Pick… An unconditional treat… Mr. Silver is a dramatist with an original and thoroughly sustained tragicomic worldview.” — Ben Brantley, The New York Times. Indie Chi Productions presents a visiting production at the Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; $32-$37; (310) 477-2055 x2; www.OdysseyTheatre.com

March 9 – May 19 (Saturdays @ 3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., Sundays @ 3 p.m.):
Los Angeles premiere of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane — 24th Street Theatre, renowned for presenting sophisticated and provocative theater that appeals to both kids and adults, puts its own spin on Dwayne Hartford’s stage adaptation of the beloved novel by Kate Dicamillo. Edward Tulane, a vain and self-centered china rabbit, falls overboard during an ocean voyage and must find his way home, learning lessons of love along the way: what it is to love, what it is to lose that love and how to find the courage to love again. Originally set against the backdrop of the Great Depression, 24th Street re-sets the story in a modern-day homeless encampment. 24th Street Theatre, 1117 West 24th St, Los Angeles, CA 90007; $10-$24; (213) 745-6516; www.24thstreet.org

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

Saturday, April 6 @ 1 p.m.:
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Re-PETE Celebration 2019: The Songs and Spirit of Pete Seeger
–- Audiences are invited to sing along at an encore performance of Theatricum Botanicum’s tribute to late singer/songwriter and activist Pete Seeger. Starring Geer family singers Peter Alsop, Ellen Geer, Melora Marshall, Willow Geer and special guests. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $10-$25; (310) 455-2322;
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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-$65; (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

Sunday, April 28 @ 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 Theater Company @ Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; $40; 323-380-8843; www.iamatheatre.com

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) 436-4610www.InternationalCityTheatre.org

Sunday, May 12 @ 2 p.m.:
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Momentum Place
— This Mother’s Day, the 21st annual Momentum Place creates a fantastical world of aerial and circus performers, dancers and musicians in Theatricum Botanicum’s rustic outdoor amphitheater. Bring your mother to honor the MOMentum in her life – always on the go for others. Now, she can sit back, relax and enjoy an uncommon afternoon of performance delights that are kid friendly and full of surprises. For an extra treat, enjoy a scrumptious brunch in Theatricum’s rustic gardens before the performance. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $10-$30; (310) 455-2322;
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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 1– Sept. 29 (check online or call for a performance schedule):
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Will Geer’s
Theatricum Botanicum 2019 Summer Season* — The summer season of five mainstage productions kicks off on June 1 with Twelfth Night, William Shakespeare’s delightful comedy of mistaken identities, gender bending, twins lost at sea, love unrequited and love triumphant. Opening June 2: Theatricum’s signature production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Opening June 8: a turn-of-the-century acting troupe touring a production of King Lear works between performances to create a play from Melville’s epic novel in Moby Dick–Rehearsed by Orson Welles. Opening June 22: a new adaptation, by Ellen Geer, of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People. Opening July 13: a fifth play TBA. All mainstage productions perform in repertory through Sept. 29 at Theatricum’s spectacular outdoor venue in the heart of Topanga — check online or call for a performance schedule. Other programming includes Re-PETE Celebration 2019: The Songs and Spirit of Pete Seeger (April 6); the 21st annual MOMentum Place on May 12 (Mother’s Day); Family Fun Days with Creative PlayGround and Peter Alsop’s Kids Koncerts on Sunday mornings; a Family Barn Dance on July 4; the annual Under the Oaks salon series on Friday nights in September; comedy improv from Off the Grid; Theatricum BOO-tanicum in Oct.; 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-$42; (310) 455-3723; www.theatricum.com  (*Season productions and events also listed individually below.)

June 1 – Sept. 28 (call theater or check online for rotating performance schedule):
*Twelfth Night
William Shakespeare’s delightful comedy of mistaken identities, gender bending, twins lost at sea, love unrequited and love triumphant, performed with original music by Marshall McDaniel in Theatricum Botanicum’s one-of-a-kind outdoor Topanga setting. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $10-$42; (310) 455-3723; www.theatricum.com

June 2 – Sept. 2 (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 on Thursdays in Augusr – advance purchase required. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $10-$42; (310) 455-3723;
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June 8 – Sept. 29 (call theater or check online for rotating performance schedule):
*Moby Dick–Rehearsed
A turn-of-the-century acting troupe touring a production of King Lear works between performances to create a play from Melville’s epic novel in this seldom-produced whale of a tale by the great Orson Welles. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $10-$42; (310) 455-3723; www.theatricum.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

Wednesday, June 19 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 – Sept. 28 (call theater or check online for rotating performance schedule):
*An Enemy of the People
When the water in a popular tourist spa at the heart of a local town’s economy is discovered to be contaminated, powerful people will have to decide whether to put the health of visitors above the town’s commercial interests. Theatricum Botanicum artistic director Ellen Geer freely adapts Henrik Ibsen’s powerful play that illuminates the argument of environment vs. economy that still resonates a century after its debut. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $10-$42; (310) 455-3723; www.theatricum.com

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-$65; (310) 827-0889; www.latw.org

Thursday, July 4 from 11 a.m.–5 p.m.:
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Family Barn Dance
— 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 11 – Aug. 26 (opens Thursday, July 11 @ 8 p.m.; thereafter: Fridays, Saturdays & Mondays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.):
The Caucasian Chalk Circle — Bertolt Brecht’s satiric comedy of war, love and justice. Deep in the Caucasus Mountains of Georgia, a humble kitchen maid named Grusha risks her life to rescue an abandoned baby from civil war. But when the child’s aristocratic mother returns to claim him, the entire social order of a corrupt and violent world is put on trial. Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center, 110 East Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205; $35; (818) 506-1983; www.Antaeus.org

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

July 13 – Sept. 8 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m., select Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 8 p.m.):
Fabulation, or The Re-Education of Undine
— A formerly uppity PR maven suddenly finds herself embarrassingly downwardly mobile: pregnant, divorced, broke — and with no choice but to face her roots and head home to her family in the projects to regroup. Andi Chapman directs this wry, energetic comedy from two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage (Sweat, Ruined) that won the 2005 OBIE Award for Best New Play. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; $32-$37; (310) 477-2055 x2; www.OdysseyTheatre.com

Wednesday, July 17 from 5 p.m.–9 p.m.:
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Downtown Culver City’s
Third Wednesday SummerTini Tasting’— Downtown Culver City invites you to escape the summer heat with a neighborhood-wide ‘SummerTini Tasting’ on the Third Wednesday of July. Look for the balloons between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. in Culver City’s downtown area to find participating businesses. Check in at any one to pick up your “Third Wednesday Passport” — then get it stamped each time you cool off with a SummerTini (virgin ‘SummerTea-ni’ options available for all ages). Make your way over to the Actors’ Gang theater at the Ivy Substation in Media Park, 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

Wednesday, Aug. 21 from 5 p.m.–9 p.m.:
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Downtown Culver City
Tropical Staycation and 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 too), live music and more. Look for the balloons between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. to identify participating restaurants, bars and shops. 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. 23 – Sept. 8 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.):.
Beast On The Moon Richard Kalinoski’s haunting and poetic play about two immigrants who escape the Armenian genocide in Turkey to seek refuge in America. In 1921, an Armenian mail-order bride is shipped to Milwaukee to begin a new life with her photographer husband. As they struggle to define family amidst their grief and displacement, these kindred strangers find hope, healing, redemption and love. Winner of the American Theatre Critic’s Association Osborn Award and the Khorenatsi Medal, Armenia’s highest cultural award. International City Theatre, Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 330 E. Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802; $35-$49; (562) 436-4610; www.InternationalCityTheatre.org

Sept. 6 – Sept. 27 (Fridays @ 8 p.m.):
*Under the Oaks — Theatricum Botanicum’s salon series offers music and performance outdoors under the California oaks in its intimate S. Mark Taper Foundation Pavilion.. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $25; (310) 455-3723; www.theatricum.com

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

Oct. 18 – Nov. 3 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.):.
Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill Lanie Robertson’s play with music treats the audience to one last performance by the legendary Billie Holiday. In 1959 in a seedy Philadelphia bar, just four months before her death at age 44, the iconic singer takes us on a journey through the highs and lows of her tumultuous life, interspersed with stunning renditions of her beloved repertoire. International City Theatre, Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 330 E. Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802; $35-$49; (562) 436-4610; www.InternationalCityTheatre.org

 

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