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(Most recently updated: Oct. 30, 2019

Nov. 14 – Nov. 17:
IAMA Theatre Company New Works Festival — IAMA Theatre Company presents staged readings of six new plays over the course of one weekend in this annual series. The Los Angeles Theatre Center, (The LATC) 514 S Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013; (323)380-8843; www.iamatheatre.com

Nov, 14 – Dec. 8 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.):
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U.S. premiere
of Before — A new play with much music by Irish writer/performer Pat Kinevane (Forgotten, Underneath and the Olivier Award-winning Silent). Pontius is inside Clery’s of Dublin trying to choose a gift for his estranged daughter, whom he hasn’t seen for almost 20 years, on the very day this iconic department store shuts its doors — for good. This father’s journey is both beautiful and strange, from the isolation of his Midlands home, to the madness of O’Connell Street. Some folk are impossible to buy for… Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; $20$30; (310) 477-2055 x2; www.OdysseyTheatre.com

Nov. 15 – Nov. 17 (Friday @ 8 p.m.; Saturday @ 3 p.m. & 8 p.m., Sunday @ 4 p.m.):
Los Angeles premiere of The Hard Problem — In Tom Stoppard’s newest play, Hilary is a young psychology researcher who believes fervently that consciousness is more than the sum of our biology. When she receives a position at a prestigious think tank, she develops a novel experiment to prove that humans are intrinsically altruistic — but the results are something she never anticipated. The Hard Problem is part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series, presented with major funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, enhancing public understanding of science and technology. 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

Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7 @ 7:30 p.m.:
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17th annual La Virgen de Guadalupe, Dios Inantzin — A Los Angeles holiday tradition starring Esperanza America (Latino Theatre Company’s The Mother of Henry, A Mexican Trilogy) as the Virgin and featuring over 100 actors, singers and indigenous Aztec dancers as well as children and seniors from the community in the City’s largest theatrical holiday production. 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 supertitles, this site-specific epic event, presented by GOYA Foods and produced by the Latino Theater Company at Downtown L.A.’s Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90012; FREE (reserved seating available for $45); (866) 811-4111; http://thelatc.org/

Dec. 13– Dec. 31 (performance schedule varies – check website):
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New York City premiere of Latina Christmas Special — An American comedy of Latina proportions! Bursting with laughs, more laughs, music and escándalo (scandal), Latina Christmas Special makes its NYC debut at the SoHo Playhouse. 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 SoHo Playhouse, 15 Vandam St., New York, NY 10013; $49-$65 www.LatinaChristmasSpecial.com

Tuesday, Dec. 24 from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.:
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60th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration
— Bring the whole family to Los Angeles’ biggest, Emmy Award-winning holiday show at The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Choirs, music ensembles and dance companies from the many neighborhoods and cultures of L.A. celebrate the season during this free three-hour extravaganza, a decades-old tradition, beloved by Angelenos. Even the parking underneath The Music Center is free. The entire three hours will be broadcast live on PBS Socal and streamed live at pbssocal.org. The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles 90012; FREE; (213) 972-3099; www.HolidayCelebration.org

 

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