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UPCOMING EVENTS
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(Most recently updated: July 20, 2021)

 

Friday, July 30; Saturday, July 31; & Sunday, Aug. 1 @ 8 p.m.:
Forever Flamenco under the stars on the Fountain Theatre’s Covid-safe outdoor stage
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The Fountain Theatre’s signature flamenco series moves to the Fountain’s new outdoor stage for three nights of sizzling, heart-pounding music and dance. The Los Angeles Times hails the Forever Flamenco series as “the earth and fire of first-class flamenco,” and LA Splash says, “Being the sensual, intimate art form that it is… the way you feel when you walk out of a Forever Flamenco performance is pretty darn fabulous.” July 30: Lakshmi Basile; July 31: Briseyde Zárate; Aug. 1: Vanessa Albalos; Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90029; $30-$50; (323) 663-1525; www.fountaintheatre.com

July 30; Aug. 27; Oct. 1; Oct. 29 (Fridays @ 8 p.m.):
Off The Grid
Take a vacation from the daily grind and enjoy an evening of fast-paced comedy under the stars with Theatricum Botanicum’s resident improv troupe. It’s like a spa day for the psyche! The outdoor amphitheater is terraced into the hillside of rustic Topanga Canyon, so dress casually and bring cushions for bench seating. Appropriate for all ages. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $12; (310) 455-3723; www.theatricum.com

July 31– Nov. 6 (check online or call for repertory performance schedule):
World Premiere of The Last, Best Small Town
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In this modern-day “Our Town” by L.A.-based Latinx playwright John Guerra, two neighboring families, one Latinx and one White, live in the town of Fillmore — the self-proclaimed “Last, Best Small Town in Southern California.” As the first decade of the 21st century unfolds, the children of these families come of age, fall in love and suffer loss in a world that can no longer promise them a better life than their parents had. The outdoor amphitheater is terraced into the hillside of rustic Topanga Canyon, so dress casually and bring cushions for bench seating. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $10-$42 (premium seating available for $60); (310) 455-3723; www.theatricum.com

Friday, Aug. 27, Saturday, Aug. 28 & Sunday, Aug. 29 @ 8 p.m.:
Forever Flamenco
under the stars on the Fountain Theatre’s Covid-safe outdoor stage
Click here to download high-resolution photos
The Fountain Theatre’s signature flamenco series moves to the Fountain’s new outdoor stage for two nights of sizzling, heart-pounding music and dance in August. The Los Angeles Times hails the Forever Flamenco series as “the earth and fire of first-class flamenco,” and LA Splash says, “Being the sensual, intimate art form that it is… the way you feel when you walk out of a Forever Flamenco performance is pretty darn fabulous.” Aug. 27: TBA; Aug. 28: Reyes Barrios; Aug. 29: Ethan Margolis; Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90029; $30-$50; (323) 663-1525; www.fountaintheatre.com

Aug. 27 – Sept. 12 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.; previews Wednesday, Aug. 25 & Thursday, Aug. 26 @ 8 p.m.):
Closely Related Keys

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. Directed by Sandra McClain. International City Theatre, Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 330 E. Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802; $37-$52; (562) 436-4610; www.InternationalCityTheatre.org

Saturday, Aug. 28 @ 7 p.m.
Flex
Hero Theatre
kicks off its 2021-22 season with a staged reading of a new play by Candrice Jones as part of Hero Ignite, a new division of the company that serves as an incubator for original work inspired by the experiences of youth in today’s America. Hero founding member Korey Jackson will direct this reading about a team of young, Black female basketball players in rural Arkansas. They have dreams of going pro — but first, they must navigate the pressures of adolescence. Written in the structure of a four-quarter basketball game, Flex presents a world in which the art of basketball reflects life itself. Free; Rosenthal Theater @ Inner-City Arts, 720 Kohler St., Los Angeles, CA 90021; (213) 538-2026; www.herotheatre.org

Sept. 11 – Oct. 18 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 4 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m.):
World premiere of Poor Clare
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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. The 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

Sept. 18 – Nov. 7 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.; select Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 8 p.m.):
The Serpent
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Odyssey Theatre Ensemble re-opens its re-envisioning of the company’s 1969 West Coast premiere of Jean-Claude van Itallie’s Obie award-winning play — first opened on March 7, 2020 as part of the Odyssey’s 50th Anniversary “Circa ’69” Season, but shuttered five days later by the onset of the Covid-19 shutdown. Now, 18 months later, the cast is back on stage for this unique “ceremony/celebration/exploration” that delights in life as seen through the Book of Genesis. Go ahead – take the apple! Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; $32-$37; (310) 477-2055 x2; www.OdysseyTheatre.com

Sept. 23 – Oct. 28 (Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays @ 8 p.m.):
World premiere of Ascension
Ahmed Best directs the world premiere of Darryl G. Watson’s audience-interactive, sci-fi mystery-thriller that strikes at the heart of our assumptions about faith, memory and reality. The 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

Friday, Sept. 24; Saturday, Sept. 25; & Sunday, Sept. 26 @ 8 p.m.:
Forever Flamenco
under the stars on the Fountain Theatre’s Covid-safe outdoor stage
Click here to download high-resolution photos
The Fountain Theatre’s signature flamenco series moves to the Fountain’s new outdoor stage for three nights of sizzling, heart-pounding music and dance in September. The Los Angeles Times hails the Forever Flamenco series as “the earth and fire of first-class flamenco,” and LA Splash says, “Being the sensual, intimate art form that it is… the way you feel when you walk out of a Forever Flamenco performance is pretty darn fabulous.” Sept. 24: Fanny Ara; Sept. 25: Alexandra Rozo; Sept. 26: Antonio Triana; Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90029; $30-$50; (323) 663-1525; www.fountaintheatre.com

Oct. 22 – Nov. 7 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.; previews Wednesday, Oct. 20 & Thursday, Oct. 21 @ 8 p.m.):
Blues in the Night
The soul of the blues wails out full and strong in this scorching, Tony and Olivier award-nominated musical revue. Three women share their stories of a lying, cheating snake of a man who did them wrong and of their dogged determination to get through it all through 26 hot, torchy numbers by the likes of Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Alberta Hunter, Jimmy Cox, Ida Cox and more. Conceived by Sheldon Epps and directed by Wren T. Brown, founding artistic director of LA.’s Ebony Rep and director of ICT’s 2019 hit production of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. International City Theatre, Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 330 E. Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802; $37-$52; (562) 436-4610; www.InternationalCityTheatre.org

Jan. 15 – Feb. 20, 2022 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 3 p.m.):
World premiere
of Singing Revolution: The Musical
Click here to view the official production music video: “Never Forget Who You Are,” sung by Kristi Roosmaa.

A new musical with a crowd-pleasing Euro pop score, Singing Revolution sets a tale of star-crossed lovers against the beautiful, moving and timeless true story of Estonia’s 1987 song-filled, peaceful uprising against the Soviet Union. Broadwater Theatre Main Stage, 6320 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90038; singingrevolutionthemusical.com

March 12 – Aug. April 18, 2022 (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

March 26 – May 1, 2022
(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

July 16 – Aug. 22, 2022 (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

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