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UPCOMING EVENTS
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(Most recently updated: Nov. 23, 2021)

LAUNCHING Dec. 2:
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Season Three
of The Zip Code Plays: Los Angeles podcast series
Antaeus Theatre Company highlights the culture and history of six additional Los Angeles neighborhoods with Season Three of its popular “The Zip Code Plays: Los Angeles” podcast series. Nearly 65,000 listeners were transported to 12 different Los Angeles locales during Seasons One and Two. Now, in Season Three, playwright Peppur Chambers takes audiences on a visit to 90027: Griffith Park; Diana Burbano brings us to 90028: Hollywood; Daniel Hirsch sets his play in 90039: Frogtown; veteran Antaeus member Ann Noble introduces us to 90262: Lynwood; writer Alex Goldberg shares the wonders of Antaeus Theatre Company’s home turf in 91201: Glendale; and resident Steve Apostolina shines a light on 91505: Burbank. Can’t travel? Here’s your chance to get to know Los Angeles, and for Angelenos to explore their own city. Seasons One and Two are currently available wherever you get your podcasts and at www.antaeus.org.

Friday, Dec. 3 & Saturday, Dec. 4 @ 7:30 p.m.:
La Virgen de Guadalupe, Dios Inantzin
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L.A.’s Latino Theater Company returns to Downtown L.A.’s Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels with La Virgen de Guadalupe, Dios Inantzin, the company’s signature holiday pageant that has taken place annually since 2002. Featuring over 100 actors, singers and indigenous Aztec dancers as well as children and seniors from the community, La Virgen is the City of L.A.’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 by Evelina Fernández from the mid-16th century text The Nican Mopohua and performed in Spanish with English subtitles, the pageant has been covered by The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles HOY, Univision and Fox News among many others.
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; https://www.latinotheaterco.org

LAUNCHING Dec. 14:
Franklinland
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L.A. Theatre Works
releases a state-of-the art audio theater recording of Franklinland, a re-imagining of a founding father’s fatherhood written by Lloyd Suh and starring Gregory Harrison and Larry Powell. As it turns out in this funny and moving new play, growing up the son of Benjamin Franklin, the greatest scientific mind in the world — inventor of the lightning rod, the odometer, the glass harmonica, bifocal glasses, and, in his spare time, the United States of America — is not all it’s cracked up to be. L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series of science-themed plays is produced with lead funding by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, bridging science and the arts in the modern world. www.latw.org

Friday, Dec. 24 from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.:
62nd Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration

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The Emmy Award-winning L.A. County Holiday Celebration joyously returns to The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion to celebrate its 62nd anniversary with a free, live in-person holiday spectacular. The annual event will feature over 20 music ensembles, choirs and dance companies from the many neighborhoods and cultures that make up L.A. Once again, PBS SoCal will host a live broadcast of the event that has been a Los Angeles holiday tradition since 1959, while KCET will be airing the program twice on Christmas Day. Those who can’t make it to The Music Center on Dec. 24 can watch the broadcast live on PBS SoCal or online at pbssocal.org/holidaycelebration. Tickets to the in-person event are free and available on a first-come-first-seated basis. The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles 90012; FREE; Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours required to attend. More information at www.HolidayCelebration.org

Jan. 15 – Feb. 20, 2022 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 3 p.m.):
World premiere
of Singing Revolution: The Musical
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Featuring 20 triple-threat performers, a five-piece band and a crowd-pleasing Europop score, this world premiere musical 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. Set in Talinn, Estonia and spanning four decades, Singing Revolution is inspired by actual events that led to Estonian independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. The tiny country’s journey to freedom through the power of song acts as a reminder to us all that the power of peaceful resistance can change the world. Broadwater Theatre Main Stage, 6320 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90038; $40; singingrevolutionthemusical.com

Broadwater Theatre Main Stage, 6320 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90038; $40; singingrevolutionthemusical.com

Jan. 15 – Feb. 20, 2022 (Saturdays @ 8 p.m. & Sundays @ 5 p.m.):
World premiere
of It’s alive, it’s ALIVE!
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The world premiere of an outrageous musical satire that reflects on our national panic in the face of the pandemic, conceived and performed by legendary performance artist John Fleck (Blacktop Highway, Mad Women, NEA Four) and directed by Fleck’s longtime collaborator, David Schweizer. Joined onstage by music director John Snow on upright bass; Scott Peter on piano; and singer/dancers Gabriela Bonet and Kyle G. Fuller, Fleck uses musical numbers, dance sequences and broad characters to create a hilarious and uniquely ribald theatrical rollercoaster that skewers our fears and assumptions about everything from COVID-19 to our identity as earth dwellers at this precarious moment. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; $25; (310) 477-2055 x2; www.OdysseyTheatre.com

Feb. 4 – Feb. 6, 2022 (Friday @ 8 p.m.; Saturday @ 3 p.m. & 8 p.m; Sunday @ 4 p.m.):
Pipeline
L.A. Theatre Works returns to in-person performance, celebrating Black History Month with Dominique Morisseau’s compelling exploration of the modern education system and those it does and doesn’t privilege. Nya, a dedicated teacher at an inner-city school, is desperate to give her only son opportunities that her own public high school students will never have. When a controversial incident at his private school threatens to get Omari expelled, Nya must confront his rage and her own fight to give her son a future — without turning her back on their community. 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; (310) 827-0889; www.latw.org

Feb. 11 – Feb. 27, 2022 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.; previews Wednesday, Feb. 9 & Thursday, Feb. 10 @ 8 p.m.):
Marry Me A Little
This charming, bittersweet musical two-hander weaves 17 lesser-known songs by Stephen Sondheim into a tale of love and loneliness that The New York Times calls “a disarming experience.” The story of two single strangers who unknowingly live one floor apart is told entirely through songs written early in Sondheim’s career or cut from his groundbreaking Broadway musicals. International City Theatre, Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 330 E. Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802; $37-$52; (562) 436-4610; www.InternationalCityTheatre.org

LAUNCHING Feb. 14, 2022:
Numbered Days
Corey Madden’s poetic memoir will be released as a four-episode podcast series just in time for Valentine’s Day. In this moving and inspiring true story, two passionate people, in love with their art and with each other, experience the power of music and words to sustain them through their numbered days. Starring two-time Emmy award-winning Anna Gunn as the author and Tony Amendola as Bruno. Also featuring Jack Stehlin and Jeanne Sakata. Available for listening at www.FountainTheatre.com, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Feb. 19 – April 10, 2022 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m.)
World premiere of Detained
The world premiere of a gripping docudrama by 2021 Lorraine Hansberry Award -winning playwright France-Luce Benson, based on actual interviews, that explores the rippling impact of mass deportations. Performed on the Fountain Theatre’s indoor stage (proof of vaccination required).  The Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90029; $20$40, Pay-What-You-Want Mondays; (323) 663-1525; www.fountaintheatre.com.

Feb. 24 – March 13. 2022 (opens Thursday, Feb 24 @ 8 p.m.; thereafter: Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 7 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m.; previews begin Feb. 18):
Work-in- Progress: IAMA ensemble-devised new play
IAMA Theatre Company presents an exciting new play written, performed and directed entirely by members of the IAMA ensemble. IAMA Theatre Company (venue TBD); 323-380-8843; www.iamatheatre.com

March 11 – March 13, 2022 (Friday @ 8 p.m.; Saturday @ 3 p.m. & 8 p.m; Sunday @ 4 p.m.):
Twelfth Night
L.A. Theatre Works records Shakespeare’s gender-bending comedy of manners for future radio broadcast, distribution on CD, digital download and online streaming. Viola is ship-wrecked on the shores of Illyria and to survive assumes the role of a male page to Duke Orsino. Duke Orsino sends Viola, now disguised as a ‘Cesario’ to press his suit with the beautiful Viola – who promptly falls in love with ‘him’. Confusion reigns until the truth is finally revealed and the love triangle resolves itself with the introduction of Viola’s lost brother. Each of the four performances at UCLA’s state-of-the-art James Bridges Theater will be recorded live in front of an audience. 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

March 12 – 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 12 – May 1, 2022 (March 12-March 19 at The Wallis Annenberg Performing Arts Center; March 26-May 1 at 24th Street Theatre):
Rapunzel Alone

A sophisticated reimagining of the classic fairy tale geared for adults and children alike, commissioned by 24th Street Theatre and written by Olivier Award-winning playwright Mike Kenny (Walking the Tightrope). It’s 1944 and bombs are falling in London. With her mum and dad on the front line, Lettie is evacuated to the country, where she finds refuge on Miss Pearce’s farm. But at what price? Is finding safety for a 12-year-old, mixed-race city girl in a rural, homogenous community akin to isolating her in a tower?  Appropriate for ages 7+. www.24thstreet.org/

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

April 15 – May 1, 2022 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.; previews Wednesday, April 13 & Thursday, April 14 @ 8 p.m.):
A Dolls House: Part 2
It was shocking for audiences to watch Nora leave her husband and children in Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 play, A Doll’s House. How shocking will it be for us, in 2022, to dive deeper into the reasons behind that fateful choice in playwright Lucas Hnath’s bitingly funny, Tony-nominated stand-alone sequel to Ibsen’s revolutionary masterpiece? International City Theatre, Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 330 E. Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802; $37-$52; (562) 436-4610;
www.InternationalCityTheatre.org

April 22 – April 24, 2022 (Friday @ 8 p.m.; Saturday @ 3 p.m. & 8 p.m; Sunday @ 4 p.m.):
The Sun Also Rises
.A. Theatre Works records an LATW-commissioned adaptation, by the BBC’s Kate McAll, of Ernest Hemingway’s breakthrough novel for future radio broadcast, distribution on CD, digital download and online streaming. A group of friends decamp from 1920s Paris for the Festival of San Fermin in Pamplona. Jake loves the aristocratic Bret Ashley but Bret’s wandering eye lands on a young toreador.  In the week of drinking, bullfighting and jealousy that follows, friendships will be upended and hopes for loved dashed. Each of the four performances at UCLA’s state-of-the-art James Bridges Theater will be recorded live in front of an audience. 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; (310) 827-0889; www.latw.org

April 23 – May 15, 2022 (Thursdays through Sundays)
Tea
Hero Theatre presents a revival of Tea, Valina Hasu Houston’s powerful, lyrical exploration of the immigrant experience. An all-female, Asian-American ensemble tells the story of five Japanese “war brides” thrust into rural Kansas alongside their American GI husbands after World War II in this comic, poignant and surprising play that explores a little-known chapter in American history. Rosenthal Theater @ Inner-City Arts, 720 Kohler St., Los Angeles, CA 90021; (213) 538-2026; www.herotheatre.org

May 20 – May 22, 2022 (Friday @ 8 p.m.; Saturday @ 3 p.m. & 8 p.m; Sunday @ 4 p.m.):
Once Upon A Time in Nazi Occupied Tunisia
L.A. Theatre Works records Josh Azouz’s vivid, brutally comic and heartbreaking new play about home, identity and survival. Four months into the Nazi occupation of Tunisia, two couples — one Muslim and one Jewish — are trying to survive war and marriage, and save themselves from a Nazi named Grandma. Each of the four performances at UCLA’s state-of-the-art James Bridges Theater will be recorded live in front of an audience. 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; (310) 827-0889; www.latw.org

May 26 – June 27, 2022 (opens Thursday, May 26 @ 8 p.m.; thereafter: Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 7 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m.; previews begin May 20):
World premiere of Untitled Baby Play
In this ode to female friendship by Nina Braddock, six women find themselves trapped on an email chain as they plan a friend’s baby shower. What starts out as a comedy of manners for the digital age deepens into something weightier as these women — a doctor, freelance journalist, consultant, teacher, actress and software engineer — contend with cyber miscommunications and email thread snubs, forcing them to question their own convictions, fears and existential angst surrounding the baby issue. When the shower finally comes to pass, neuroses reach full throttle. A meditation on private identity, the crafting of persona, and the agony of life choices. Directed by Katie Lindsay. IAMA Theatre Company (venue TBD); $35; 323-380-8843; www.iamatheatre.com

June 10 – June 26, 2022 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.; previews Wednesday, June 8 & Thursday, June 9 @ 8 p.m.):
The Legend of Georgia McBride Casey is young and broke, with a baby on the way and the landlord knocking on his door. Now, the bar where he works as an Elvis impersonator has replaced his act with a B-level drag show. Casey is about to learn a lot about show business —and himself — in this heartfelt, feel-good, music-filled comedy by Matthew Lopez. 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 24 – June 26 (Friday @ 8 p.m.; Saturday @ 3 p.m. & 8 p.m; Sunday @ 4 p.m.):
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
L.A. Theatre Works records Tom Stoppard’s wildly inventive first play for future radio broadcast, distribution on CD, digital download and online streaming. While attempting to discover the roots of Hamlet’s unhappiness, two courtiers go on a journey to plumb the depths of the universe’s mysteries. Stoppard takes us through a tilted version of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy while casting new light on questions of fate, mortality and the meaning of existence. Each of the four performances at UCLA’s state-of-the-art James Bridges Theater will be recorded live in front of an audience. 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; (310) 827-0889; www.latw.org

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

Aug. 26 – Sept. 11, 2022 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.; previews Wednesday, Aug. 24 & Thursday, Aug. 25 @ 8 p.m.):
Valley Song
The first post-apartheid play by South African playwright Athol Fugard is a poignant and hope-filled coming-of-age story that transcends politics. A young girl seeks the courage to embrace the future while her grandfather searches for the wisdom to let go of the past. International City Theatre, Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 330 E. Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802; $37-$52; (562) 436-4610; www.InternationalCityTheatre.org

Oct. 21 – Nov. 6, 2022 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.; previews Wednesday, Oct. 19 & Thursday, Oct. 20 @ 8 p.m.):
Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me A Tenor
This 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

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