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March 12 – April 11 (Thursdays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; additional performance on Tuesday, March 17; dark Saturday, March 21):
La Vie en Rose
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Her fans can’t bear to say goodbye! Responding to popular demand, Grammy award-winning chanteuse Julia Migenes re-opens her farewell series of concert performances for five additional weeks. Join Migenes for this evening of French chansons by Edith Piaf, Charles Aznavour, Léo Ferre, Jacques Brel, Michel Legrand and others. Accompanied on piano by Victoria Kirsch and directed by Academy Award-nominated director Peter Medak. (All songs performed in French.) Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; $25-$40; (310) 477-2055 x2; www.OdysseyTheatre.com

March 13 – April 5 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 3 p.m.):
Orphée
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Orpheus, Eurydice, a trouble-making horse and Death herself converge in this very funny and irreverent reimagining of the Greek myth by surrealist poet, playwright and filmmaker Jean Cocteau. A celebrated poet with writer’s block, Orpheus sequesters himself in the countryside with his wife Eurydice, where he seeks inspiration. Deaf West Theatre views Cocteau’s whimsical, magical and highly visual French play, first performed in Paris in 1926, through a unique lens: translated from the French into Spoken English and American Sign Language, and slated for a run at the True Colors Festival in Tokyo, Japan at the end of April. Described by Cocteau as “part farce, part meditation on death,” the playwright continued to explore the same themes throughout his ensuing career, culminating with his seminal “Orphic Trilogy” of films: Le Sang d’un Poete, Orphée and Le Testament d’Orphee. Deaf West Theatre in a visiting production at the Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; $35; (818) 762-2998 or www.deafwest.org

March 13 – April 5 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.):
World premiere of Our Man in Santiago
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A comic spy thriller inspired by the true story of a spectacularly failed U.S. attempt to overthrow Chile’s democratically elected leader. In this new political farce by two-time Emmy nominee and WGA award-winner Mark Wilding (Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, Good Girls, Charmed), the CIA enlists an inexperienced, unsuspecting agent to follow up with a last-ditch, poorly conceived and wildly dangerous effort to hasten the 1973 Chilean coup d’état. Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd, West, Los Angeles, CA 90068; $25-$30; (323) 851-7977; www.TheatreWest.org

March 14 – April 20 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m;, Sundays @ 4 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m.):
World premiere of Poor Clare
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A very funny modern spin on the Middle Ages that couldn’t feel more timely. Clare is just a regular noblewoman living in medieval Italy, trying out hairstyles and waiting to get married… until a man named Francis starts ranting in the courtyard. Alana Dietze (Dry Land, The Wolves) directs Chiara Atik’s new play, based on the real story of St Clare of Assisi. about what happens when your eyes are opened to the injustice of the world around you and you can’t look away. Echo Theater Company @ Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; $20-$34, Pay-What-You-Want Mondays; 310-307-3753; www.EchoTheaterCompany.com

April 11 – May 31 (Saturdays @ 7:30 p.m.; Sundays @ 3 p.m.; previews begin March 28; dark April 12):
West Coast premiere
of The Night Buster Keaton Dreamed Me
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Two orphan girls fend for themselves in a fire-scarred apartment. So far, they’ve managed to elude Child Protective Services, but now it looks like Mrs. Giamatti next door might be on to them. Is this all a dream? Or are they being filmed for a movie like the ones their mother used to take them to at the Silent Movie Theatre on Fairfax? When Buster Keaton mysteriously appears on the eve of Haley’s birthday, the boundaries of the girls’ reality are stretched. “A surrealistic play about personal loss and the power of the imagination… bouncy and moody, hungry and hostile, dreamy and daffy all at once” — Ted Hadley, Buffalo News. Winner of the 2012 Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition (under the play’s original title, “Cut-Ups”). Presented in English with Spanish supertitles by 24th Street Theatre, renowned for presenting sophisticated, emotionally rich and provocative theater that can be enjoyed by both adults and kids, separately or together. 24th Street Theatre, 1117 West 24th St, Los Angeles, CA 90007; $10-$24; (213) 745-6516; www.24thstreet.org

April 16 – May 3 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 4 p,m.):
La Victima 
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Latino Theater Company, in collaboration with students from UCLA’s School of Theater Film and Television and the East Los Angeles College Theater Arts Department, presents a revival of El Teatro De La Esperanza’s groundbreaking look at the history of Mexican-U.S. immigration from the intimate perspective of two families. Created in 1976 by a company that helped define Chicano theater and an entire generation of theater professionals — and the first show ever produced by L.A.’s then brand-new Latino Theater Company in 1985 — the story of the Villas and Mendozas spans four decades and is infused with humor, music and dance. One of the most important plays in the canon of American Latinx theater, La Victima could not be more relevant today. The bilingual production incorporates a mix of English, Spanish and “Spanglish” that can be understood by all audiences.Latino Theater Company at The Los Angeles Theatre Center, (The LATC) 514 S Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013; $22-$48; (866) 811-4111; http://thelatc.org/

April 16 – May 3 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 4 p,m.):
U.S. premieres of Perra de Nadie (“Nobody’s Bitch”) and Jo, Dona. A Lili Elbe

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Spanish dancer, choreographer and performance artist Marta Carrasco returns to the Latino Theater Company with two new works: Perra de Nadie is a tale of female empowerment about a woman who belongs to no one; Jo, Dona. A Lili Elbe is Carrasco’s personal tribute to Lili Elbe, one of the first people to undergo gender reassignment surgery. Carrasco’s work, which is characterized by an expressionist and grotesque aesthetic, is highly original and performed without dialogue. Presented by the Latino Theater Company at The Los Angeles Theatre Center, (The LATC) 514 S Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013; $22-$48; (866) 811-4111; http://thelatc.org/

April 17 – April 19 (Friday @ 8 p.m.; Saturday @ 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sunday @ 4 p.m.):
Flyin’ West
— A contemporary classic about the strength of black women and their role as pioneers in the settlement of the American West. At the turn of the twentieth century, four African-American women journey west to the all-black town of Nicodemus, Kansas to seek the freedom promised by the end of the Civil War — only to be challenged by the harsh and unforgiving terrain, the social climate of the time and the men who claim to be with them for love. 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); daily in China and worldwide on the Radio Beijing Network; weekly on KCRW Berlin 104,1 FM, Berlin’s English language public radio station; 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.

April 25 – May 31
(Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.):
West Coast premiere of A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney — Tonight, aided by a pack of cigarettes, a bottle of vodka, three actors and a pile of dead lemmings, Walt Disney will read you a screenplay he wrote about his final days on earth. This darkly imaginative, ambitiously titled, fiercely funny play by Lucas Hnath (Broadway’s A Doll’s House, Part 2; Hillary and Clinton) turns the public persona of the self-made American folk hero, creator of “The Happiest Place on Earth,” on its head — recounting, among other things, his failed attempt to make EPCOT a functional working city and the urban legend of his cryogenically frozen head. “A blood-pumping and often hilarious evening of theater.” — Theater Mania.  A visiting production at the Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; $35; (323) 960-4412 www.Onstage411.com/Disney

April 25 – June 7 (Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 4 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m.):
The Soldier Dreams —
A darkly funny and moving play about life, death, grief and dancing. As David lies dying, his lover Richard is forced to play host to David’s well-intentioned but poorly prepared family members, each of whom feel they had the most special connection to David. Award-winning Canadian dramatist Daniel MacIvor takes the audience inside everyone’s memories of David — including his own. Open Fist Theatre Company at Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; $20-$30; (323) 882-6912; www.openfist.org

April 25 – June 14 (Fridays @ 8 p.m.; Saturdays @ 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m.):
Los Angeles premiere of If I Forget — From Steven Levenson, book-writer of the hit musical Dear Evan Hansen, comes this powerful tale of a Jewish family and a culture at odds with itself. Michael is a liberal Jewish studies professor reuniting with his two sisters to celebrate their father’s 75th birthday. A political and deeply personal play about history, responsibility, and what we’re willing to sacrifice for a new beginning, told with vicious humor and unflinching honesty. If I Forget was a New York Times “Critic’s Pick,” while DC Metro calls it “one of the greatest Jewish plays of this century.” The Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90029; $20$40, Pay-What-You-Want Mondays; (323) 663-1525; www.fountaintheatre.com

May 1 – May 17 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.):
California premiere of Daisy Sean Devine’s compelling historical drama explores the moment in TV history that the political attack ad was born. During the 1964 U.S. presidential campaign, as turmoil raged over Civil Rights and the Vietnam War, a group of Madison Avenue ad men working for Lyndon B. Johnson unleashed the most powerful political commercial ever conceived: the “Daisy” ad. International City Theatre, Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 330 E. Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802; $37-$52; (562) 436-4610; www.InternationalCityTheatre.org

May 2 – May 31 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 3 p.m.):
Joe & Betty — Poet/playwright Murray Mednick directs a revival of his wrenching, fiercely funny portrait of a poor Jewish couple living in the Catskills in 1951. Admittedly autobiographical, Mednick’s darkly comic depiction of the disintegration of his parents’ marriage was the recipient of the prestigious American Theatre Critics Association’s Steinberg New Play citation. “A dark pleasure… Mednick’s pitch-black comedy dug deeply into the writer’s life and came back with a winner… Top Ten of 2001” — Los Angeles Times; “Harrowing, deeply distressing and memorable… These are perhaps the worst parents you will ever see on the stage… [Betty] is a fascinating creation, like Mr. Mednick’s play.” — The New York Times. Lounge Theatre, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90038; $25; (323) 960-5770; www.Onstage411.com/JoeandBetty

May 2– June 28 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.; select Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 8 p.m.):
A Day in the Death of Joe Egg
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One of the groundbreaking plays of the ’60s and a continuing audience favorite, Peter Nichols’ play is an incisive, wonderfully theatrical examination of the private language of a marriage and the ways that it enriches and destroys. This semi-autobiographical portrait of a couple who must come to terms with having a disabled child is included on the National Theatre’s list of the “100 Most Significant Plays of the Twentieth Century.” Robin Larsen directs for the  Odyssey Theatre Ensemble’s 50th Anniversary “Circa ’69” Season. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; $32-$37; (310) 477-2055 x2; www.OdysseyTheatre.com

May 14 – June 15 (opens Thursday, May 14 @ 8 p.m.; thereafter: Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 7 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m.; previews begin May 8):
World premiere of The Untitled Baby Play — In Nina Braddock’s new comedy about private identity, persona projection, the agony of life choices and female friendship, six women use email to plan a baby shower for their mutual friend — catapulting each into respective existential spirals about fertility, motherhood and purpose. Directed by Katie Lindsay. Directed by Katie Lindsay. IAMA Theatre Company at Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; $35; 323-380-8843; www.iamatheatre.com

May 16 – June 7 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 4 p,m.):
Los Angeles premiere of Just Like Us — What makes us American? Based on Helen Thorpe’s bestselling book, this documentary-style play by Karen Zacariás follows four Latina teenage girls in Denver, two of whom are documented and two who are not, through young adulthood. Their close-knit friendships begin to unravel when immigration status dictates the girls’ opportunities.— or lack thereof. When a political firestorm arises, each girl’s future becomes increasingly complicated. directed by José Luis Valenzuela. Latino Theater Company at The Los Angeles Theatre Center, (The LATC) 514 S Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013; $22-$48; (866) 811-4111; http://thelatc.org/

May 21 – June 7 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 4 p,m.):
André & Dorine
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If you missed it before, here’s your chance: Spain’s celebrated Kulunka Teatro returns to the Los Angeles Theatre Center with its poignant depiction of love and aging disrupted by Alzheimer’s. This Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle award-winning production tells the story of an elderly couple — André with his typewriter, Dorine with her cello — and how they relive and reinvent their love together as the disease becomes a permanent part of their relationship. Three actors portray more than 15 different characters, telling the story with masks, gesture and movement, with no spoken dialogue. “A MUST SEE… this seamless, brilliantly performed piece achieves a witty eloquence and touching humanity that belies its lack of verbal text through pure creative theatricality.” — Los Angeles Times; “GO! 90 minutes of eloquence — without a word….It’s hard to imagine a more tender, more lyrical or more captivating work.” —LA Weekly; “AWESOME MASTERY OF VISION AND TECHNIQUE… One of those magical evenings in the theater that shall live with me forever” — Stage and Cinema. Latino Theater Company at The Los Angeles Theatre Center, (The LATC) 514 S Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013; $22-$48; (866) 811-4111; http://thelatc.org/

May 22 – May 24 (Friday @ 8 p.m.; Saturday @ 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sunday @ 4 p.m.):
Los Angeles premiere
of Junk — Inspired by the junk bond scandal of the ‘80s and set in the manic high-stakes trading shark tank of Wall Street, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar takes us on a whirlwind ride at the genesis of debt financing which was the root cause of the recent housing crisis in this country. 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); daily in China and worldwide on the Radio Beijing Network; weekly on KCRW Berlin 104,1 FM, Berlin’s English language public radio station; 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.

May 30– July 26 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.; select Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 8 p.m.):
Picnic
— Odyssey Theatre Ensemble presents William Inge’s sensual, passionate and delightfully funny classic with an all Black American cast. On a balmy Labor Day in the American Heartland, neighbors are getting ready for the annual picnic. But when a young drifter comes into town and stirs up the emotions of small-town beauty Madge Owens, friendships are pushed to the limits. Winner of the 1953 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award. Directed by John Farmanesh-Bocca. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; $32-$37; (310) 477-2055 x2; www.OdysseyTheatre.com

June 6 – June 28 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 4 p,m.):
World premiere of SHE — Los Angeles-based emerging playwright Marlow Wyatt penned this award-winning coming-of-age drama set in the 1970s. Growing up in a small town filled with poverty and neglect, 13-year-old SHE escapes by re-imagining her reality through poetry. Her dreams take flight when she is presented with the opportunity to attend the prestigious Vanguard Academy. Forced to make her own way, she soon discovers that dreams cost… and you don’t always pay with money. Imani, artistic director of the Richard Allen Center for Culture and Art in N.Y.C., directs. Latino Theater Company at The Los Angeles Theatre Center, (The LATC) 514 S Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013; $22-$48; (866) 811-4111; http://thelatc.org/

June 6– Oct. 30 (check online or call for performance schedule):
Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum 2020 Summer Season*
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Theatricum’s annual summer season of theater, music and performance in a unique and stunning outdoor setting kicks off on June 6 with Julius Caesar, Shakespeare’s chilling — and eerily timely — thriller about power, politics and truth. Opening June 7: Theatricum’s signature production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, this year, infused with music and song. Opening June 13: Shakespeare’s gleeful The Merry Wives of Windsor, re-set in 1950s small town America to a score of rockin’ ‘50s tunes. Opening June 20: Marsha Norman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning two-hander, ‘night Mother, starring real-life mother and daughter Ellen and Willow Geer; Opening July 13: the world premiere of The Last, Best Small Town by local Latinx playwright John Guerra. All five productions perform in repertory through Sept. 27 at Theatricum’s spectacular outdoor venue in the heart of Topanga — check online or call for a performance schedule. Other programming includes the 21st annual Momentum Place on May 10 (Mother’s Day); Family Fun Days with Creative PlayGround and Peter Alsop’s Kids Koncerts on Sunday mornings June through Oct.; Theatricum’s annual Family Barn Dance on July 4; the annual Under the Oaks salon series on Friday nights in September; comedy improv from Off the Grid; the company’s bi-annual The Woody Guthrie Story, a tribute to the songwriter, folklorist and labor leader who was also a longtime Theatricum friend, on Oct. 3; Theatricum BOO-tanicum on Oct. 30; 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 satellite events also listed individually below and marked with an asterisk.)

June 6– Sept, 13 (check online or call for repertory performance schedule):
*Julius Caesar
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A chilling and eerily timely thriller about power, politics and the elusive nature of truth. Julius Caesar’s tyrannical rule has polarized the people, the Senators, even his friends. His assassination divides Rome into warring factions, and the City descends into bloody civil chaos. Shakespeare’s edgy, political tragedy opens Theatricum Botanicum’s outdoor summer season in Topanga. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $10-$42; (310) 455-3723; www.theatricum.com 

June 6– Oct. 25 (8 Sundays & 2 Saturdays @ 11 a.m.):
*Creative PlayGround
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Inspired by the play of children, a deeply shared love of literature and the desire to encourage young audiences to build and embrace their own creativity, Creative PlayGround adapts favorite stories from the pantheon of children’s literature for the stage. Then, the actors invite their young audiences on stage to participate in the fun. Ages 2 and up. Sun. June 2: Aesop’s Fables; Sun., June 9: Ferdinand the Bull; Sun., June 16 (Father’s Day):The Legends of King Arthur; Sun., June 23: The Velveteen Rabbit; Sun., June 30: Three Tales by Hans Christian Andersen; Sat. July 20: Three Tales by Hans Christian Andersen; Sat. Aug. 17: The Legends of King Arthur; Sun., Oct. 6: Aesop’s Fables; Sun., Oct 13: Ferdinand the Bull; Sun., Oct 20: The Velveteen Rabbi. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $9 (kids under 2 free); All performances begin at 11 a.m.; (310) 455-3723; www.theatricum.com

June 7 – Sept. 26 (call theater or check online for repertory performance schedule):
*A Midsummer Night’s Dream 
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This summer, Theatricum changes up its signature production, infusing Shakespeare’s beautiful language with music and song to heighten the pleasure. 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. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $10-$42; (310) 455-3723; www.theatricum.com

June 12 – June 28 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.):
Slow Food A vacationing couple celebrates their anniversary at a Greek restaurant in Palm Springs — but will the marriage survive the service? As a wacky waiter insinuates his way into their meal — and their lives — the couple examine their past and their future together. A tender, uproarious comedy from Wendy MacLeod (Women in Jeopardy!, The House of Yes) that delves deeply into what we hunger for. International City Theatre, Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 330 E. Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802; $37-$52; (562) 436-4610; www.InternationalCityTheatre.org

June 13– Sept, 27 (check online or call for repertory performance schedule):
*The Merry Wives of Windsor
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Shakespeare’s buoyant comedy, re-set in 1950s small-town America to a score of rockin’ ‘50s tunes. When opportunistic schemer and womanizer John Falstaff blows into town on his Harley and tries to woo two wealthy women at once, the townspeople gleefully plot his comeuppance. Things might seem picture perfect in “Small Town U.S.A”… but just underneath the surface, the fight for women’s rights is in full force. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $10-$42; (310) 455-3723; www.theatricum.com

June 20 – Sept, 26 (check online or call for repertory performance schedule):
*night, Mother 
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Marsha Norman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning two-hander stars real-life mother and daughter Ellen Geer and Willow Geer. A supposedly normal evening in the mother-daughter Cates household is shattered when 40-something Jessie announces to Mama that she plans to kill herself before the night is over. Over the course of 90 minutes, in real time, Thelma desperately works to convince her daughter that life is worth living. Eloquent and darkly humorous, ’night, Mother has been hailed as an American classic and one of the most powerful contemporary dramas ever written. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $10-$42; (310) 455-3723; www.theatricum.com 

June 26 – June 28 (Friday @ 8 p.m.; Saturday @ 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sunday @ 4 p.m.):
The Winslow Boy
— Terence Rattigan’s classic, highly charged moral drama is based on a real-life incident. When a pilfered postal-order leads to a legal case that draws the attention of the nation, a family risks everything to clear their son’s name. 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); daily in China and worldwide on the Radio Beijing Network; weekly on KCRW Berlin 104,1 FM, Berlin’s English language public radio station; 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.

June 26 – Aug. 10 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m.; previews begin June 18):
The Time of Your Life — Set in a seedy San Francisco bar and filled with a diverse and eccentric cast of desperate outsiders, William Saroyan’s optimistic 1939 masterpiece is a true ensemble piece with an uplifting message of kindness and hope. An icon of American theater and one of the playwright’s favorites, it was the first play ever to win both the Pulitzer Prize and the New York Critics Circle award. Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center, 110 East Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205; $35; (818) 506-1983; www.Antaeus.org

Saturday, July 4 from 11 a.m.–5 p.m.:
*Family Barn Dance
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 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, relay races, dunk bucket, family games and more. Barbeque and fixin’s available for purchase. Folk and country fun for all ages! Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; single tickets: $10-$24, family 4-pack: $50 (advance purchase only) (310) 455-3723; www.theatricum.com

July 11 – Aug. 24 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 4 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m.):
Los Angeles premiere of Hooded, or Being Black for Dummies — A timely, irreverent examination of growing up black in America by rising-star playwright Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm. Marquis and Tru are both 14-year-old black boys, but they exist in two totally different worlds. Marquis is a book smart prep-schooler living in the affluent suburb of Achievement Heights; while Tru is a street savvy kid from deep within the inner city of Baltimore. Their worlds overlap one day in a holding cell. Tru decides that Marquis has lost his “blackness” and pens a how-to manual entitled “Being Black for Dummies”. He assumes the role of professor, but Marquis proves to be a reluctant pupil. They butt heads, debate, wrestle and ultimately prove that Nietzsche and 2pac were basically saying the same thing. Ahmed Best directs. Echo Theater Company @ Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; $20-$34, Pay-What-You-Want Mondays; 310-307-3753; www.EchoTheaterCompany.com

July 11– Sept, 27 (check online or call for repertory performance schedule):
*World premiere of The Last, Best Small Town
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Two neighboring families, one Latinx and one white, live in the town of Fillmore, the self-proclaimed “Last, Best Small Town in Southern California.” Set during the first decade of the 21st century, immediately following the financial crisis, the children of these families come of age, fall in love, suffer loss, and continually hunt for their place in a world that can no longer promise them a better life than their parents. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $10-$42; (310) 455-3723; www.theatricum.com

Aug. 28 – Sept. 13 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.):
Closely Related Keys Home, identity, secrets and lies. An African-American attorney with a career on the rise is shocked to learn she has an Iraqi half-sister in this hard-hitting drama about family conflict and clashing cultures by acclaimed playwright Wendy Graf. Julia Dolan’s carefully constructed life begins to crumble when Neyla, a devout Muslim, arrives in the U.S. with plans to audition for Juilliard. But is there more to her story? International City Theatre, Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 330 E. Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802; $37-$52; (562) 436-4610; www.InternationalCityTheatre.org

Aug. 29 – Sept. 20 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 4 p,m.):
August 29 — Named for the date in 1970 when Los Angeles Times columnist Ruben Salazar was killed while covering a large Chicano-led anti-war demonstration in East L.A., this production marks the 30th anniversary of the original Latino Theater Company production. A university professor relives those late 1960s, early 1970s movement days while writing a book on the life of Salazar, who comes to life to help her recall the past and to challenge her to renew her activism. The play was written and first produced by members of the Latino Theater Company, then known as the Latino Theater Lab, in 1990. Directed by Alberto Barboza. Latino Theater Company at The Los Angeles Theatre Center, (The LATC) 514 S Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013; $22-$48; (866) 811-4111; http://thelatc.org/

Sept. 5 – Sept. 27 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 4 p,m.):
The Last Angry Brown Hat — Four former members of the Brown Berets, a 1960s militant Chicano civil rights organization, reunite after the funeral of a pal. Willie’s brown beret has been stored away in a chest in his welding shop, along with a ton of memories from the “Chicano Power” movement of the ’60s and ’70s. When he and his friends open the chest, the past comes tumbling out. Together, they confront the dichotomy between their youthful anger and radicalism, and their current, more conformist lives filled with adult responsibilities. Latino Theater Company at The Los Angeles Theatre Center, (The LATC) 514 S Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013; $22-$48; (866) 811-4111; http://thelatc.org/

Sept. 12 – Oct. 26 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 4 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m.):
West Coast premiere of Continuity — On a soundstage in a desert in New Mexico meant to look like a melting ice sheet in Greenland, things are running way behind schedule. As over-qualified-but-under-recognized director Maria tries to salvage her big-budget thriller about climate change and eco-terrorism, her cast and screenwriter waste precious minutes of daylight with behind-the-scenes drama. Lindsay Allbaugh directs this startlingly funny new play by Bess Wohl about what is worth saving and what isn’t — especially when we’re facing the end of the world. Echo Theater Company @ Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; $20-$34, Pay-What-You-Want Mondays; 310-307-3753; www.EchoTheaterCompany.com

Saturday, Oct. 10 @ 6 p.m.:
Latino Theater Company’s annual Gala
The Latino Theater Company celebrates 34 years of success with a gala event featuring a cocktail reception, silent auction and gourmet dinner. Honoring public figures who have dedicated their careers and lives to servicing the arts in Los Angeles, LTC’s Marco Antonio Firebaugh Legacy Award will be presented to California State Senator Maria Elena Durazo; the company’s Lupe Ontiveros Dream Award will go to award-winning actress Susan Clark (LTC’s 2013-14 production of Habitat); and the Edith Perez Angel Award will be presented to film producer David Valdés, who serves as president of LTC’s Board of Governors. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Latino Theater Company’s productions as well as outreach programs that contribute arts education and cultural enrichment to our city. Latino Theater Company at The Los Angeles Theatre Center, (The LATC) 514 S Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013; (866) 811-4111; http://thelatc.org/

Oct. 17 – Nov. 8 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 4 p,m.):
World premiere of Sleep with the Angels — In Evelina Fernández’s newest play, Molly is separated from her husband and in desperate need of a childcare provider. Then she discovers Juana standing at her doorstep. Soon, Molly and her kids are swept up into Juana’s magical and charming ways. But, who is Juana, really? Latino Theater Company at The Los Angeles Theatre Center, (The LATC) 514 S Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013; $22-$48; (866) 811-4111; http://thelatc.org/

Thursday, Oct. 22 @ 7:30 p.m.:
Celebrity reading of The Candidate
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The Fountain Theatre presents its 3rd annual celebrity reading at Los Angeles City Hall, a stage adaptation of the 1972 Academy Award-winning movie that starred Robert Redford as a young, straight-talking candidate for the U.S. Senate. 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.

Oct. 23 – Oct. 25 (schedule TBA):
LTC Reading Series — Latino Theater Company presents staged readings of seven new plays over the course of one weekend in this annual series. Latino Theater Company at The Los Angeles Theatre Center, (The LATC) 514 S Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013; FREE; (866) 811-4111; http://thelatc.org/

Oct. 23 – Nov. 8
(Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.):
Lend Me A Tenor Ken Ludwig’s  two-time Tony-nominated screwball comedy is filled with mayhem, high-jinx and hilarity. When world-famous tenor Tito Morelli arrives for a fundraiser at the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, a chain-reaction of mistaken identity and mixed signals spirals out of control, leaving audiences giddy and teary-eyed with laughter. International City Theatre, Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 330 E. Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802; $37-$52; (562) 436-4610; www.InternationalCityTheatre.org

Friday, Oct. 30 from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.:
Theatricum BOO-tanicum

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Unique outdoor theater garden Theatricum Botanicum transforms into the haunted BOO-tanicum with the company’s 8th annual Halloween extravaganza. Wander Theatricum’s wooded grounds in the heart of rustic Topanga Canyon, where the stage and sets are converted into a frightening maze and haunted house. Enjoy delicious food and spooky drinks; actors telling ghost stories; pumpkin and face painting; game booths; performances by Creative PlayGround, Peter Alsop, comedy improv group Off the Grid; and more. Come on down… if you dare. Perfect for ghosts and goblins of all ages. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $15; Children 5 and under Free; (310) 455-2322; www.theatricum.com

Monday, Nov. 2 from 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.:
Dia de los Muertos 
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Celebrate the joyous tradition of Mexico’s most famous holiday at 24th Street Theatre’s annual free block party with music, dance, homemade tamales and “antojitos Latin Americanos,” facepainting, crafts booths — and a graveyard where families can make their own altars for their departed loved ones. The evening kicks off at 5:45 p.m. with a procession led by ceremonial dancers Los Chinelos from the corner of Magnolia and Adams to the festivities at 24th Street Theatre. Bring a flashlight!.  24th Street Theatre, 1117 West 24th St, Los Angeles, CA 90007; FREE; (213) 745-6516; www.24thstreet.org

Friday, Dec. 4 and Saturday, Dec. 5 @ 7:30 p.m.:
18th annual La Virgen de Guadalupe, Dios Inantzin 
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 A Los Angeles holiday tradition, the City’s largest theatrical holiday production features over 100 actors, singers and indigenous Aztec dancers as well as children and seniors from the community 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 $45); (866) 811-4111; http://thelatc.org/

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