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UPCOMING EVENTS
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(Most recently updated: April 15, 2021)

 

STREAMING: NOW thru April 25:
Anyone But Me
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L.A.’s acclaimed IAMA Theatre Company presents a compelling new solo comedy about female identity by an exciting Latinx-American voice. Filmed live at L.A.’s Pico Playhouse, Anyone But Me, written and performed by Sheila Carrasco, dissects the psyches of women who struggle with self-identity, exploring the personas we create in order to get by. From the local grocery clerk, to your neighbor’s teenage daughter, to that lady from the cult — this play is about women who want to be someone they’re not. Someone better, easier, stronger… anyone but them. $15 per household; www.iamatheatre.com.

STREAMING: NOW thru April 25:
The Oxy Complex
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L.A.’s acclaimed IAMA Theatre Company presents a compelling new solo comedy about female identity by an exciting Latinx-American voice. Filmed live at L.A.’s Pico Playhouse, The Oxy Complex, written and performed by Anna LaMadrid, is a dark comedy exploring love, sex, loneliness, trauma and the hormone that affects it all — Oxytocin, also known as “the cuddle” or “love” hormone. $15 per household; www.iamatheatre.com.

STREAMING LIVE:  NOW thru April 26 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30 p.m. PT / 10:30 p.m. ET; Sundays @ 4 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. ET; Mondays @ 7:30 p.m. PT / 10:30 p.m. ET):
Underneath the Freeways of Los Angeles
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‘Clue’ meets Chinatown in a live-streamed, interactive murder mystery experience inspired by historical events. It’s 1960, and two bodies have been discovered in the lake at East L.A.’s Hollenbeck Park, right below the newly-built section of the Golden State Freeway that runs directly overhead. You, the audience, will speak directly to the officer in charge of the investigation. You will question the witnesses and persons of interest. Who is the guilty party? Each virtual performance is live. Nothing is pre-recorded. $15-$25; www.EchoTheaterCompany.com/underneath.

STREAMING: NOW thru April 30:
UnRavelled
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Art, music and science intersect in this new drama by award-winning playwright Jake Broder (Louis & Keely Live at the Sahara), set to receive its virtual premiere sponsored by the Global Brain Health Institute, based at the University of California, San Francisco; and Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Ireland. Based on true events and incorporating research and interviews conducted by Broder as a Hellman Visiting Artist at UCSF’s Memory and Aging Center, UnRavelled explores the fascinating connection between the work of Canadian painter Anne Adams (1940–2007) and French composer Maurice Ravel (1875–1937), both of whom lived with the same rare brain disease. Two live seminars featuring experts in the field — including Dr. Bruce Miller, who diagnosed Adams — will take place on Thursday, Feb. 25, immediately following the initial 4 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. ET stream; and Wednesday, March 3 immediately following the stream beginning at 9 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. GMT. Streaming is free at www.UnRavelledPlay.com.

STREAMING April 29 – May 16 (available on demand Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays; dark Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays):
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 examines their past and their future together. A tender, uproarious comedy by Wendy MacLeod (Women in Jeopardy!, The House of Yes) that delves deeply into what we hunger for.  Directed by Marya Mazor and presented virtually by International City Theatre. $30 per household at www.InternationalCityTheatre.org.

STREAMING: May 1 May 22 (Saturdays @ 12:30 p.m. PT / 3:30 p.m. ET):
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Saturday Explorer Series
24th Street Theatre’s “Saturday Explorer Series” for young audiences returns with four live, virtual performances featuring professional storytellers who share tales from around the globe. Sat. May 1: Modern-day griot, storyteller and Renaissance man Al Bostick will share two stories from African Akan folklore, including “Anansi Collects the World’s Wisdom” and “How Anansi the Spider Received the Sky-God’s Stories”; Sat. May 8: Santino Jimenez will tell Morning Stories with My Abuelo: “The Day It Snowed Tortillas” and “Juan Cigarron,” will each be told in English and Spanish; Sat. May 15: Love and Magic with Bennett Schneider brings to life two tales from Oscar Wilde about the magic made by love and compassion, and the love made possible by magic; Sat. May 22:, Shivani Thakkar weaves a story of great love, enchanted forests, an epic war and the birth of the Indian New Year celebration with Mythology, Magic, and Miracles, excerpted from Ramayana, one of India’s best-known epic cannons of work. Appropriate for all ages, best enjoyed by kids 6-10 and their families; $10 per show for the entire household, or all four shows for $24; Reservations at www.24thstreet.org

IRL: Thursday, May 13 @  11 a.m. & 1 p.m. ET:
Islamic Snow White                    
Camden Repertory Theatre offers a “sneak peek” of a new family musical in development with two outdoor performances. The power of a djin, poisoned dates, seven dwarf sisters-in-faith and a mysterious old peddler woman in the woods wearing a face veil offer a unique twist on the well-known tale. The original score features a mix of R&B, hip-hop, pop, jazz and blues. A live band will accompany the cast, a mix of professional actors and artists in training. Appropriate for all ages; outdoors at 7th and Clinton Park, S. 7th St. and Clinton St., Camden, NJ 08103; FREE (reservations necessary to ensure social distancing) Reservations at www.camdenrep.com.

LAUNCHING: May 20:
Season Two of The Zip Code Plays: Los Angeles podcast series
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Antaeus Theatre Company highlights the culture and history of six additional Los Angeles neighborhoods with Season Two of its popular “The Zip Code Plays: Los Angeles” podcast series. Over 45,000 Season One listeners were transported to South Central L.A. (90011), Downtown L.A. (90012), Westwood (90024), Pacific Palisades (90272), Santa Monica (90403) and Sun Valley (91352). Season Two will introduce audiences to the geographically, historically and culturally diverse locales of Echo Park (90026), West Hollywood (90069), Inglewood (90303), Pacoima (91331), North Hollywood (91601) and Monterey Park (91754). Can’t travel? Here’s your chance to get to know Los Angeles, and for Angelenos to explore their own city: Season One is currently available at www.antaeus.org, or wherever you get your podcasts.

IRL: June 18 – Sept. 19 (Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays & Mondays @ 7 p.m.):
Los Angeles premiere of An Octoroon
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Judith Moreland directs the inaugural production on the Fountain Theatre’s new outdoor stage. Playwright and 2016 MacArthur fellow Branden Jacobs-Jenkins won the Obie Award for his radical, incendiary and subversively funny riff on Dion Boucicault’s once-popular 1859 mustache-twirling melodrama set on a Louisiana plantation. A spectacular collision of the antebellum South and 21st-century cultural politics, An Octoroon twists a funhouse world of larger-than-life stereotypes into blistering social commentary to create a gasp-inducing satire that The New York Times calls “This decade’s most eloquent theatrical statement on race in America today.” The Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90029; $40, Pay-What-You-Want Mondays; (323) 663-1525; www.fountaintheatre.com.

PODCAST SERIES available NOW:
Offstage/Unmasked
The Latino Theater Company is launching a new, company-produced and hosted podcast series featuring monthly, bravely curious conversations with Latinx theater artists across the country. Season One is titled “The State of Latinx Theater: A Year Into Covid.” We shut down, we masked up, we went online, we connected, and we’re still here. How has Covid impacted our programming? What’s kept us going? When are we coming back to the stage, and what changes do we need to make to get there? New episodes released on the second Monday of every month at https://anchor.fm/latino-theater-co and wherever podcasts are available.

PODCAST SERIES available NOW:
What the Deaf?!
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What does it mean to be Deaf? No question is off limits in this new podcast. Two young Deaf women, co-hosts Sarah Tubert and Carly Weyers, invite you to explore and share their journeys of dating, working and living in a hearing world, where their voices are in their hands. Available for listening and/or viewing in ASL at www.whatthedeaf.com or wherever you get your podcasts.

AUDIO THEATER: available NOW:
The Thanksgiving Play

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Liza Weil
(Gilmore Girls, How to Get Away with Murder) and Josh Stamberg (Drop Dead Diva, Parenthood, The Affair) star in the newest L.A. Theatre Works state-of-the-art audio recording, a biting satire by newly-named MacArthur Fellow Larissa FastHorse. A roast of well-meaning political correctness, The Thanksgiving Play puts the American origin story in the comedy-crosshairs: Three “woke,” white thespians are tasked with devising an elementary school pageant about the first Thanksgiving, while avoiding any culturally appropriative missteps. The cast also features LATW regulars Ellis Greer and Mark Jude Sullivan. Directed by Rosalind Ayres, the LATW recording includes a virtual interview with playwright Larissa FastHorse by LATW producing artistic director Susan Albert Loewenberg. $20 at www.latw.org, or subscribe to the L.A. Theatre Works 9-play Digital Season for $150.

AUDIO THEATER: available NOW:
Life on Paper

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Sarah Drew
(Grey’s Anatomy, upcoming Freeform drama Cruel Summer) and Seamus Dever (Castle) star in the L.A. Theatre Works state-of-the-art audio recording of an inspired-by-a-true-story play by Kenneth Lin. How much is one life worth? When a billionaire dies in a plane crash, a forensic economist butts heads with a small town actuary over the exact value of one man’s life The cast also features Kevin Daniels (Coop and Cami Ask the World, Council of Dads, Modern Family), Summer Spiro (Platonic) and Mark Jude Sullivan (Michael Wakins). The recording was directed by Rosalind Ayres. Life on Paper, a finalist at the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, is part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series of science-themed plays, with lead funding provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, bridging science and the arts in the modern world. $20 at www.latw.org, or subscribe to the L.A. Theatre Works 9-play Digital Season for $150.

AUDIO THEATER: available NOW:
Extinction

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Sarah Drew
and Seamus Dever are back, alongside Joanne Whalley (Daredevil on Netflix, The White Princess on Starz, Showtime’s The Borgias), in Australian playwright and newspaper columnist Hannie Rayson’s play about the urgent need to combat man-made climate change to protect biodiversity. A zoologist in Australia gets funding to save an endangered species from the very company that threatens its existence. Will this deal with the devil allow her to save the species, or will it destroy her entire life’s work? Extinction is directed by Martin Jarvis and is part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Alfred P. Sloan Foundation-funded Relativity Series of science-themed plays. $20 at www.latw.org, or subscribe to the L.A. Theatre Works 9-play Digital Season for $150.

AUDIO THEATER: available NOW:
BUMP
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Based on the true story of Jorge Odón and the birthing device he invented in his garage, Chiara Atik’s comedy spans time and space in an effort to grapple with the mystery and the miracle of maternity. Rosalind Ayres directs Ana Ortiz (Hulu’s Love, Victor; Ugly Betty; Devious Maids), Herbert Sigüenza (Culture Clash) and Alma Martinez (Gentefied, The Terror) in the L.A. Theatre Works recording, a Relativity Series science-themed play. Also in the cast are Lucy DeVito, who was in the original cast of Bump, as well as Anna Lyse Erikson, Anna Mathias, Andre Sogliuzzo, Devon Sorvari, Inger Tudor and Moira Quirk. According to The New York Times, “In centuries-spanning ‘Bump,’ it’s always Labor Day… If you are pregnant, if you have been pregnant, if you have resulted from a pregnancy, you will probably find [Bump] very funny… If you are a mother, “Bump” is guaranteed to give you flashbacks as to how you became one.” $20 at www.latw.org, or subscribe to the L.A. Theatre Works 9-play Digital Season for $150.

AUDIO THEATER: Release date – April 26:
A Weekend with Pablo Picasso

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L.A. Theatre Works
releases a state-of-the-art audio theater recording of Herbert Sigüenza’s acclaimed solo play to coincide with the April 26 anniversary of the 1937 bombing of Guernica, the inspiration for what is perhaps Picasso’s most famous painting. Sigüenza, best known for his acting work with performance troupe Culture Clash, invites the listening audience into Picasso’s private studio for an intimate and revealing weekend as he prepares to deliver six new works to a buyer on Monday morning. $20 at www.latw.org, or subscribe to the L.A. Theatre Works 9-play Digital Season for $150.

AUDIO THEATER: Release Date – May 5:
For Us All
and No-No Boy
L.A. Theatre Works is proud to release two new recordings sponsored by the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program, a state-funded grant project of the California State Library. In the L.A. Theatre Works-commissioned For Us All by Jeanne Sakata, the world premiere of a remarkable true story, an experienced civil rights lawyer teams up with a group of young Japanese-American attorneys to use a little known legal writ to overturn the convictions of men unjustly sentenced for resisting the Japanese-American internment. While the government uses every tactic to make the case go away, the lawyers and their defendant, Fred Korematsu, insist on nothing short of justice. No-No Boy, Ken Narasaki’s adaptation of the novel by Japanese-American author John Okada, is set during the aftermath of the U.S. government’s incarceration of 120,000 people of Japanese descent during World War II and the resettlement of Japanese Americans to the West Coast. In the play, Ichiro returns to Seattle, where he struggles to transition into post-war life. $20 at www.latw.org, or subscribe to the L.A. Theatre Works 9-play Digital Season for $150.

AUDIO THEATER: Release Date – June 2:
A Good Day at Auschwitz

The extraordinary true story of Abe, a man that playwright Stephen Tobolowsky met at his synagogue. Abe was a fellow of great humor and heart who not only survived three years at Auschwitz — certainly the worst place on earth — but fell in love there. Abe’s life speaks to the resilience of the human spirit, renewal and hope, even when there seems to be none. This L.A. Theatre Works recording stars Alan Mandell as Abe and Stephen Tobolowsky as himself. $20 at www.latw.org, or subscribe to the L.A. Theatre Works 9-play Digital Season for $150.

AUDIO THEATER: Release date – June 30:
World premiere
of The Murder on the Links
In this new, L.A. Theatre Works-commissioned adaptation, by the BBC’s Kate McAll, of the Agatha Christie “whodunit,” detective Hercule Poirot receives an urgent letter from Paul Renauld, summoning him to France. When he arrives, Poirot and his companion Hastings find they are too late to save M. Renauld, as he now lies dead, face down in a grave on the edge of the golf course he was building. Certain facts do not add up, and the case is further complicated by the discovery of another body, which has apparently been stabbed in an impossible way. $20 at www.latw.org, or subscribe to the L.A. Theatre Works 9-play Digital Season for $150.

 

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