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Sundays, Aug. 20 & Aug. 27 @ 11 a.m.:
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Botanicum Seedlings: A Development Series for Playwrights — This summer, Seedlings augments the Theatricum Botanicum summer season with free readings of two new plays. Both Stop-Motion by Liz Kerin (on Sunday, Aug. 20) and The Orange Garden by Joanna Garner (on Sunday, Aug. 27) explore how choices compelled by extraordinary circumstances can lead us into unknown territory. Admission is free. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; FREE; (310) 455-3723; www.theatricum.com

Aug. 25 – Sept. 10 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.):
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Silent Sky — A celestial romance and true story of discovery, this riveting new play explores the life and career of Henrietta Swan Leavitt (1868-1921) as she fearlessly asserts herself in the male-dominated world of early astronomy. Hired by the Harvard Observatory as a human “computer” to catalog the stars, Henrietta’s story plays out against a landscape of early feminism and universe-revealing science, reminding us all what we can achieve when we allow curiosity and wonder into our lives. International City Theatre, Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 330 E. Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802; $35-$49; (562) 436-4610; www.InternationalCityTheatre.org

Aug. 26 – Sept. 10 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 4 p.m.; Mondays at 8 p.m.):
Nevertheless, She Persisted — Nevertheless, She Persisted An evening of five world-premiere short plays by female writers that explore the treatment of women in today’s political climate.The Echo Theater Company @ Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; $20; 310-307-3753; www.EchoTheaterCompany.com

Aug. 26 – Oct. 8 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m., select Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 8 p.m.):
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Arsenic and Old Lace  — Elina de Santos directs Joseph Kesselring’s classic comedy in which two murderous aunts see their killing as an act of charity. Good, macabre fun! Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; $25-$35; (310) 477-2055 x2; www.OdysseyTheatre.com

Sept. 1 – Sept. 22 (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. Sept. 1: Andrew Shulman and Friends — Chamber music with the acclaimed cellist and his collaborators will span the repertoire, from Baroque to new works; Sept. 8: Composers Collective — Theatricum resident composer Marshall McDaniel brings together some of the entertainment industry’s most prominent contemporary musical scorers of TV, film and stage to perform original works and world premiere musical compositions; Sept.15.: Alsop for Adults — A grown-up evening of delightfully funny songs about politics by singer/songwriter Peter Alsop – because “laughter is the best way to make the world a better place.” Performers include an eclectic array of Peter’s friends: actors, songwriters, bands, comedians, storytellers and maybe even Peter himself; Sept. 22: Those Who Rise: from Dr. King to Michelle Obama — An original collaborative work that celebrates the rich and varied contribution of African Americans to our country’s history, music, literature, art, theater, science, politics and social advancements.. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $25; (310) 455-3723; www.theatricum.com

Sept. 9 – Oct. 15 (Saturdays @ 3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., Sundays @ 3 p.m.):
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La Razón Blindada
(“Armored Reason”) —This sublimely witty and provocative play, written and directed by Argentine playwright Arístides Vargas, was triply inspired by the classic novel El Quixote by Cervantes, The Truth About Sancho Panza by Franz Kafka, and testimonies from Chicho Vargas and other political prisoners held in Rawson Prison during Argentina’s “Dirty War” of the 1970s. Jesus Castaños Chima and Tony Durán reprise their roles as political prisoners who are allowed to interact with one another for one hour a week — but must remain in their chairs and never stand. As they entertain each other with stories of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, we witness the power of theater to transport them, and us, into the realm of the imagination, despite repressive conditions and even as we remain bound to our seats. Winner of the 2011 LA Weekly “Production of the Year” award, the 24th Street production has toured around the U.S. as well as to Mexico City, Culiacan, Baja Mexico, San Salvador, Colombia and Ecuador. Presented in Spanish with English supertitles. Appropriate for ages 14 and up. 24th Street Theatre, 1117 West 24th St, Los Angeles, CA 90007; $10-$24; (213) 745-6516; www.24thstreet.org

Sept. 11 – Oct. 8 (Mondays & Fridays @ 8 p.m., Saturdays @ 5 p.m. & 8:30 p.m., Sundays @ 6 p.m.):
World premiere of Grey Nomad — L.A.’s Australian Theatre Company presents Dan Lee’s funny, engaging comedy about two retired couples who have dedicated their lives to RVing around Australia. It’s a comic road show that captures the unique sense of adventure, camaraderie and almost supernatural devotion to a lifestyle of perpetual circumnavigation led by the free range, baby boomers of Australia who call themselves “grey nomads.” A visiting production at the Skylight Theatre, 1816 1/2 N Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027; $29-$39866-811-4111 or www.australiantheatrecompany.org

Sept. 15 – Oct. 21 (Thursday, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 7 p.m.):
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World premiere of Walking to Buchenwald — When Schiller and Arjay take Schiller’s parents to Europe, both couples learn what it means to be American in a world that no longer admires the U.S. Guinea pigs playing cricket, dead bodies that talk and an unexpected trip to a concentration camp lead to a shocking yet poignant conclusion. In a stroke of non-gender specific casting that dramatically illustrates the extent to which acting can change a story, two women alternate with two men in the roles of Schiller and Arjay. Written by Tom Jacobson and directed by Roderick Menzies. Open Fist Theatre Company at Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; $30; (323) 882-6912; www.openfist.org

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

Sept. 16 – Nov. 5 (Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m.):
World premiere of Runaway Home Three years after Hurricane Katrina, the unhealed wounds of New Orleans’s Lower 9th Ward continue to fester. In this powerful, funny and deeply moving mother-daughter story, fourteen-year-old runaway Kali embarks on a journey to pick through the wreckage of what used to be her life. Rhyming, stealing and scamming her way through the still-destroyed neighborhood, engaging the vivid, lively denizens who remain, she grapples with the real cost of what she has lost as she is forced to confront the even higher cost of moving forward. Shirley Jo Finney directs. The Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90029; $15$35; (323) 663-1525; www.fountaintheatre.com

Sept. 17 – Oct. 22 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 4 p.m.; Mondays at 8 p.m.):
World premiere of Fixed  — Dually inspired by Calderón’s Spanish Golden Age Drama The Physician Of His Own Honor and the 1990 documentary Paris is Burning, which detailed New York’s then-underground drag queen “ball culture,” this fierce and funny new play by Boni B. Alvarez is set in the heart of L.A.’s Historic Filipinotown. Miracles Malcañang is a ladyboy masseuse who “walks” for Filipinotown’s infamous House of Malacañang. When Miracles’ forbidden love affair sparks tensions between the city’s hottest political family, two families must come together to understand the power of desire, identity, and honor. Rodney To directs The Echo Theater Company @ Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; $20-$34; 310-307-3753; www.EchoTheaterCompany.com

Sept. 23 – Nov. 19 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m., select Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 8 p.m.):
The Dance of Death— Ron Sossi directs Conor McPherson’s new version of August Strindberg’s biting black comedy. On an isolated island, military captain Edgar and his wife Alice, a former actress, live a bitter life, their marriage soured by hatred. As their 25th anniversary approaches, the two face off in a fierce battle of wills. When Alice’s cousin, Kurt arrives, he is quickly ensnared in the couple’s wicked game. A deliciously dark, relentlessly brutal and fiercely funny look at love everlasting. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; $25$34; (310) 477-2055 x2; www.OdysseyTheatre.com

Wednesday, Sept. 27 @ 8 p.m.:
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L.A. Theatre Works Celebrates the Pursuit of Justice
— LATW kicks off its 2017-18 season with a special one-night only fundraising event. The evening’s honoree is famed attorney E. Randol Schoenberg, who successfully litigated the return of five Gustav Klimt paintings from the Austrian government to the rightful heirs, as featured in the film Woman in Gold starring Helen Mirren. The evening will include a performance of LATW’s 2016-17 acclaimed national touring production of Judgment at Nuremberg by Abby Mann, followed by a, discussion about the pursuit of justice then and now with Mr. Schoenberg and Geoffrey Cowan (Chair of USC Annenberg School’s Center on Communication Leadership and Policy). The evening will begin with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and conclude with a dessert reception. Tickets start at $175. The Wallis, 9390 N Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210; (310) 827-0889; www.latw.org

Sept. 27 – Oct, 14 (Wednesdays @ 8 p.m.; Thursdays @ 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Fridays @ 8 p.m.; Saturdays @ 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.):
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World premiere of FreddySet in Greenwich Village in 1964 and based on a true story, Freddy fuses theater, music, dance and video to capture the explosive spirit of a passionate artist and a turbulent era. A naïve young woman falls under the spell of Fred Herko, a brilliant ballet dancer of extraordinary charisma and talent and a fiery denizen of Andy Warhol’s Factory. The Fountain Theatre in association with Los Angeles City College Theatre Academy, Caminito Theatre, 855 N Vermont Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90029; (323) 663-1525; www.fountaintheatre.com

Sunday, Oct. 8 (start time TBD):
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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. 12 – Oct. 15 (Thursday & Friday @ 8 pm; Saturday @ 3 pm & 8 pm, Sunday @ 4 pm):
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, 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. 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 @ 7 p.m.):
IAMA Theatre Company opens its 10th Anniversary 2017-18 season with two world premieres running in repertory:
World premiere of Sinner’s Laundry Waiting for Godot meets Orange is the New Black meets The Book of Revelations in John Lavelle’s sci-fi comedy that explores the divinity in all of us, and the power of redemption in the darkest of times. The residents of Newport Women’s Correctional Facility have all mysteriously vanished. Only two inmates remain, locked in Rec Room No. 4. With nothing but some crappy board games and their imaginations, Sam and Jess must navigate their way towards salvation.
World premiere of Redline — RPMs redline on a journey towards redemption in Christian Durso’s storytelling play. A father’s moment of road rage along a frigid eastern Sierra highway results in a nine car pile-up, splintering the relationship with his family forever. The impact of this event ripples through years, into DNA, into the blood, as his estranged son tests the limits of forgiveness when he commits his own unspeakable tragedy. IAMA Theatre Company at the Lounge Theatre, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90038; 323-380-8843; www.iamatheatre.com

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

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 based on a true story, Tania Wisbar’s romantic drama explores the intersection of politics and art during the years between the Treaty of Versailles and the rise of Fascism. Argyle Road Productions presents a visiting production at the Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; $30; (323) 960-5521 or
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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 (Schedule TBA)
2017 Encuentro de las Américas The Latino Theater Company continues to expand our view of the Americas and its geographic and theatrical landscape with an international festival featuring Latinx and Latin American companies and artists from across the hemisphere. Thirteen productions will run in repertory in five spaces at The Los Angeles Theatre Center in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, together with curated parties, workshops, panels and live music. Participating companies will also work together to create a new work for presentation. Produced by The Latino Theater Company in association Latinx Theatre Commons in partnership with Howlround. The Los Angeles Theatre Center, (The LATC) 514 S Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013; $24-$38; (866) 811-4111; http://thelatc.org/

Nov. 10 – Dec. 16 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 7 p.m.):
deLEARious — Open Fist Theatre Company revives its smash hit production, a madcap musical romp. In 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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West Coast premiere of Between Riverside and Crazy — In the Pulitzer Prize-wining 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.org

Dec 2 – Dec. 3 (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

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. 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

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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