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July 11 – Aug. 26 (opens Thursday, July 11 @ 8 p.m.; thereafter: Fridays, Saturdays & Mondays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.):
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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 12 – Aug. 17 (Opening Friday, July 12, thereafter Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 4 p.m., Mondays @ 8 p.m.):
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Dancing at Lughnasa
— The beautiful, rolling hills of Ireland hold many stories and secrets. Set in the summer of 1936 during the Celtic harvest festival of Lughnasa, Brian Friel’s Tony Award-winning play, loosely based on the lives of his mother and aunts, is a rich and deeply moving portrait of the everyday lives of five sisters, just as everything is on the brink of change. Open Fist Theatre Company at Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; $20-$30; (323) 882-6912; www.openfist.org

July 13 – Aug. 18 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 4 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m.):
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California 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; Pay-What-You-Want Mondays310-307-3753; www.EchoTheaterCompany.com

July 13 – Sept. 29 (call theater or check online for rotating performance schedule):
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The Skin of Our Teeth — The story of humankind told through the lives of the Antrobus family, Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play is a whirlwind of modernity and antiquity, an inspiring piece of Americana that uses humor, history and mythology to highlight humanity’s drive to carry on. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $10-$42; (310) 455-3723; www.theatricum.com

July 28– Sept 29 (Sunday mornings @ 10:30 a.m.):
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*Peter Alsop’s Kids Koncerts Sunday mornings mean fun for families at Theatricum Botanicum’s magical outdoor amphitheater-in-the-woods: Sunday, July 28: Justin Roberts — smart sing-alongs, interactive rhythmic shouts and jump-out-of-your-seat dancing; Sunday, Aug. 25: The Hollow Trees — grab your partner for a bluegrass spin around the dance floor, as we stomp and sing; Sunday, Sept. 8: LoveBug & Me — one of Topanga’s favorites, back again; Sunday, Sept.15: Rhythm Child — drums and rhythmic fun for the whole family; Sunday, Sept. 22: Peter Alsop — funny and smart songs for kids and their parents; Sunday, Sept. 29: Mista Cookie Jar — Urban-island-folky-rock ‘n’ roll for the inner child. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $10 *Please note: all performances begin at 10:30 a.m.; (310) 455-3723; www.theatricum.com

Aug. 3 – Sept. 29 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m., select Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 8 p.m.):
Fefu and her Friends
— The signature work of early feminist theater by giant of the avant-garde María Irene Fornés, this splendidly surreal comedy-drama  will be performed in multiple spaces in the Odyssey Theatre complex. Part of Odyssey Theatre Ensemble’s 50th AnniversaryCirca ’69Season of significant and adventurous plays that premiered around the time of the Odyssey’s 1969 inception. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; $32-$37; (310) 477-2055 x2; www.OdysseyTheatre.com

Aug. 17 – Sept. 29 (call theater or check online for rotating performance schedule):
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The Gin Game
Real life husband and wife Alan Blumenfeld and Kathrine James star in D.L Coburn’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play. The irascible Martin Weller and self-righteous Fonsia Dorsey share a mutual love of gin rummy. As they play, they reveal secrets that get used against each other – and the game becomes a metaphor for their lives. Directed by Chirstian Lebano and presented in partnership with the Sierra Madre Playhouse. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $38(310) 455-3723; www.theatricum.com

Aug. 17 – Sept 29 (Fridays @ 8 p.m.; Saturdays @ 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m. ):
California premiere of Hannah and the Dread Gazebo Hannah is two weeks away from becoming a board-certified neurologist when she receives a strange package from her grandmother, who may—or may not—have just ended her life in a most flamboyant fashion. The mystery leads Hannah and her family on a surreal, funny, heartbreaking adventure back to their roots in South and North Korea and the forbidden Demilitarized Zone that divides them. Wildly theatrical, Jiehae Park’s startling new comedy twists together creation myths and family histories to explore what it means to walk the edge between cultures. A co-production between the Fountain Theatre and East West Players. The Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90029; $20$40, Pay-What-You-Want Mondays; (323) 663-1525; www.fountaintheatre.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.):
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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.Friday, Sept. 6 at 8 p.m.: Theatricum Unmasked — Theatricum alumni gather to share personal stories from the theater’s over 40-year history; Friday, Sept. 13 at 8 p.m.: McDaniel Brothers in Concert Multi-instrumentalist composers and performers Kellen and Marshall McDaniel will perform their latest genre-defying musical creations;Friday, Sept. 20 at 8 p.m.: Crazy Ladies — In Katherine Griffith’s fast-paced, provocative solo “symphony of insanity,” the veteran actress plays 17 different “crazy ladies” in a world gone mad; Friday, Sept. 27 from 5 p.m.–11 p.m.: One Act Marathon — Theatricum company members perform readings of one-acts by Shaw, Chekhov, Oates, Ionesco and more. 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

Sept, 12 – Oct. 13 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 3 p.m.; previews begin Sept. 5):  
North American premiere of The Solid Life of Sugar WaterA Deaf couple’s relationship is revealed through their lovemaking in this startlingly intimate portrait of a marriage — made even more intense by Deaf West Theatre’s signature performance style combining American Sign Language with spoken English. Candid, uninhibited and visceral, this new play by award-winning playwright Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival prior to an acclaimed run at England’s National Theatre. “Unflinching… I can’t remember when I last saw a play that was at once so forthright and so delicate.” — UK Guardian. Deaf West Theatre @ Inner-City Arts, 720 Kohler Street in downtown L.A.; $30-$44; (818) 762-2998; www.deafwest.org

Sept. 14 – Nov. 10 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m., select Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 8 p.m.):
In Circles
— Director David Schweizer helms the Obie award-winning musical adapted by composer Al Carmines from A Circular Play by Gertrude Stein. A landmark in the “over the top” gay scene in New York of the late ’60s, the play was described by the Burns Mantle Yearbook as “a complete arrangement of words and song and dance effects, each one conceived as if describing its own circle, without convention, story or subject line.” Part of Odyssey Theatre Ensemble’s 50th AnniversaryCirca ’69Season of significant and adventurous plays that premiered around the time of the Odyssey’s 1969 inception. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; $32-$37; (310) 477-2055 x2; www.OdysseyTheatre.com

Oct. 4 – Oct. 6 (Friday @ 8 p.m.; Saturday @ 3 p.m. & 8 p.m., Sunday @ 4 p.m.):
Pressure — Martin Jarvis directs David Haig’s intense, real life thriller, It’s June, 1944, just 72 hours prior to the D Day landings, and one man’s decision will change the course of history. Scottish meteorologist group captain James Stagg advises General Eisenhower on the weather conditions likely to prevail when 350,000 troops are to be sent across the Channel in Operation Overlord. With Stagg predicting severe storms, and Hollywood meteorological movie consultant Irving P. Krick predicting beautiful weather, the future of Britain, Europe and the United States rests on one single forecast. 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

Oct. 11 – Nov. 25 (Fridays, Saturdays & Mondays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.):
West Coast premiere of The Abuelas — A surprise visit from two strangers exposes a devastating secret in Stephanie Alison Walker’s visceral look at the repercussions of Argentina’s so-called “Dirty War.” Developed in the Antaeus Playwright’s Lab, this exciting new play explores the heart’s capacity for forgiveness — even in the face of the harshest betrayal. Andi Chapman directs. Antaeus Theatre Company at the Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center, 110 East Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205; $35; (818) 506-1983; www.Antaeus.org

Oct. 12 – Dec. 15 (Fridays @ 8 p.m.; Saturdays @ 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m. ):
Los Angeles premiere of Between Riverside and Crazy   You can’t beat City Hall, but you can try. In this darkly comic, 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by Stephen Adly Guirgis, ex-cop and recent widower Walter ‘Pops’ Washington has made a home for his newly paroled son in his sprawling, rent-controlled Riverside Drive apartment. But now the NYPD is demanding his signature to close an outstanding lawsuit, the landlord wants him out, the liquor store is closed, and the church is on his back — leaving Pops somewhere between Riverside… and crazy. The Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90029; $20$40, Pay-What-You-Want Mondays; (323) 663-1525; www.fountaintheatre.com

Oct. 17 – Nov. 10 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 7 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.):.
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New York City premiere
of Mayakovsky and Stalin — The newest work from legendary poet/playwright and off-off Broadway pioneer Murray Mednick is a dramatic character study incorporating historical footage and photos to explore two distantly connected relationships: that of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin and his wife Nadya, and of Soviet poet Vladimir Mayakovsky and his married lover and “muse” Lilya Brik. Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce St., New York, NY 10014; $44-$66; 866-811-4111; CherryLaneTheatre.org

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

Saturday, Oct. 26 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 9th 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

Saturday, Nov. 2 from 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.:
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Dia de los Muertos
— Celebrate the joyous tradition of Mexico’s most famous holiday at 24th Street Theatre’s 13th annual free block party with music, dance, homemade tamales and other “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 from the corner of 24th Street and Magnolia 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

Nov. 8 – Dec. 16 (Fridays, Saturdays & Mondays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.):
World premiere
of Eight Nights — The heartfelt, lyrical portrait of a German Jewish refugee haunted by her past, but resiliently moving toward the future, witnessed over the course of generations of the same family that inhabits a single apartment from 1949 to 2016. . Set during the eight nights of Chanukah, and spanning eight decades of the protagonist’s life, Jennifer Maisel’s play gracefully weaves together heart-aching moments with dark yet life-affirming humor. Developed in the Antaeus Playwright’s Lab. Directed by Emily Chase. Antaeus Theatre Company at the Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center, 110 East Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205; $35; (818) 506-1983; www.Antaeus.org

Nov, 14 – Dec. 8 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m.):
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; $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.):
The Hard Problem — In Tom Stoppard’s newest play, Hilary is a young psychology researcher at the Krohl Institute for Brain Science where psychology and biology meet. If there is nothing but matter, what is consciousness? This is “the hard problem” facing science, and for Hilary the possibility of genuine altruism, without a hidden Darwinian self-interest, depends on the answer. Meanwhile she is nursing a private sorrow. She needs a miracle and is prepared to pray for one. 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

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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