Nov 122017
Something Rotten! At The Ahmanson Theatre

The cast of the touring production of “Something Rotten!” “Something Rotten!” is part of Center Theatre Group’s 2017-2018 Season at the Ahmanson Theatre and will be presented November 21 through December 31, 2017. For tickets and information, please visit or call (213) 972-4400. Photo by Jeremy Daniel.


“Something Rotten!”


Music and Lyrics by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick
Book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell
Directed and Choreographed by Casey Nicholaw


With 10 Tony nominations including Best Musical, this hilarious new musical comedy tells the story of brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom, two playwrights stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rockstar Will Shakespeare. When a soothsayer foretells the next big thing in theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, the Bottom brothers set out to write the world’s very first musical.

Opens Tuesday, November 21 at 8 p.m. through December 31
Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m.,
Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m. No Monday performances.
Exceptions: No 8 p.m. performance on Thursday, November 23 (Thanksgiving Day). Added 2p.m. performance on Friday, November 24. No 6:30 p.m. performance on Sunday, December 24 (Christmas Eve). Added 2 p.m. performances on Wednesday, December 27 and Thursday, December 28.



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Nov 112017

Dancing with the Stars: Live! – Light Up The Night Tour





All New Show to Feature “Dancing with the Stars” Season 25 Dancers Lindsay Arnold, Alan Bersten, Sharna Burgess, Witney Carson, Artem Chigvintsev, Keo Motsepe, Gleb Savchenko, Emma Slater and More!

Tickets on Sale Now!

Following the success of “Dancing with the Stars: Live! – Hot Summer Nights” and the 25th Season of Dancing with the Stars, America’s favorite dance show, produced by BBCWP, is going back on tour across America this winter with “Dancing with the Stars: Live! – Light Up The Night.” Fans of the show have the opportunity to see the best ballroom dancers in the business perform live in Los Angeles at Microsoft Theater on March 18. This all-new production showcases every style of dance seen on ABC’s hit show produced by BBC Worldwide Productions, from sizzling salsas to elegant waltzes and high energy group numbers, plus original pieces choreographed by Emmy© winning choreographer Mandy Moore.

“Dancing with the Stars: Live! – Light Up The Night” features more of your favorite dancers than ever before, including Lindsay Arnold, Alan Bersten, Sharna Burgess, Witney Carson, Artem Chigvintsev, Keo Motsepe, Gleb Savchenko, Emma Slater, plus Sasha Farber, Jenna Johnson, Hayley Erbert and Brandon Armstrong, with additional surprise casting to be announced.*

Captivating audiences across the country, “Dancing with the Stars: Live! – Light Up The Night” kicks off on December 30th in Charlotte, NC and finishes on March 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA, giving fans the opportunity to experience the excitement, glamour and fun they see in the Dancing with the Stars ballroom every Monday night live in theaters in their very own hometowns.

Tickets for “Dancing with the Stars: Live! – Light Up The Night,” are on sale now. To purchase tickets and to get the full list of tour dates, please visit VIP packages will be available through, giving fans the chance to choose from a variety of packages offering premium tickets, meet and greet opportunities with the cast, exclusive merchandise and photo opportunities.

“Dancing with the Stars: Live! – Light Up The Night” is produced by Faculty Productions in association with BBC Worldwide.

“Dancing with the Stars: Live! – Light Up The Night” Tour Dates:

  • Dec 30: Charlotte, NC (Owens Auditorium)
  • Dec 31: Greenville, SC (Bon Secours Wellness Arena)
  • Jan 2: Atlanta, GA (The Fox)
  • Jan 3: Richmond, VA (Altria Theater)
  • Jan 4: Philadelphia, PA (Tower Theater)
  • Jan 5: Kitchener, ON (Centre in the Square)
  • Jan 6: Rama, ON (Casino Rama)
  • Jan 7: Rama, ON (Casino Rama)
  • Jan 9: New Brunswick, NJ (State Theater)
  • Jan 10: Washington D.C. (MGM National Harbor)
  • Jan 12: Bethlehem, PA (Sands)
  • Jan 13: Bethlehem, PA (Sands)
  • Jan 14: Lancaster, PA (American Music Theater)
  • Jan 15: Lancaster, PA (American Music Theater)
  • Jan 16: Pittsburgh, PA (Bennedum)
  • Jan 18: New York, NY (Radio City Music Hall)
  • Jan 19: Verona, NY (Turning Stone)
  • Jan 20: Windsor, ON (Casino Windsor) *Matinee & Evening Show
  • Jan 21: Buffalo, NY (Sheas)
  • Jan 23: Bangor, ME (Cross Insurance Center)
  • Jan 24: Portland, ME (Merrill Auditorium)
  • Jan 25: Boston, MA (Wang)
  • Jan 26: Uncasville, CT (Mohegan Sun)
  • Jan 27: Uncasville, CT (Mohegan Sun)
  • Jan 28: Baltimore, MD (The Lyric)
  • Jan 30: Cleveland, OH (State Theater)
  • Jan 31: Columbus, OH (The Palace)
  • Feb 1: Cincinnati, OH (The Taft)
  • Feb 2: Indianapolis, IN (The Murat)
  • Feb 3: Rosemont, IL (Rosemont Theater)
  • Feb 5: Ames, IA (Stephens Auditorium)
  • Feb 6: Rockford, IL (Coronado)
  • Feb 7: Ft Wayne, IN (The Embassy)
  • Feb 8: Knoxville, TN (Knoxville Civic Auditorium)
  • Feb 9: Birmingham, AL (BJCC Concert Hall)
  • Feb 11: Nashville, TN (Opry House)
  • Feb 13: Sarasota, FL (Van Wezel)
  • Feb 14: Clearwater, FL (Ruth Eckerd Hall)
  • Feb 15: Hollywood, FL (Seminole Hard Rock)
  • Feb 16: Naples, FL (Hayes)
  • Feb 17: Jacksonville, FL (Times Moran)
  • Feb 18: Orlando, FL (Bob Carr Theater)
  • Feb 21: Austin, TX (Bass Hall)
  • Feb 22: Wichita Falls, TX (Wichita Falls Memorial Auditorium)
  • Feb 23: Dallas, TX (Fairpark Music Hall)
  • Feb 24: Sugar Land, TX (Smart Financial Center)
  • Feb 25: McAllen, TX (McAllen Performing Arts Center)
  • Feb 26: Midland, TX (Wagner Noel)
  • Feb 27: Amarillo, TX (Amarillo Civic Auditorium)
  • Mar 1: Albuquerque, NM (Popejoy)
  • Mar 2: El Paso, TX (Chavez Theater)
  • Mar 3: Phoenix, AZ (Comerica Theater)
  • Mar 4: San Diego, CA (Symphony Hall)
  • Mar 6: Riverside, CA (Fox Theater)
  • Mar 7: Riverside, CA (Fox Theater)
  • Mar 8: Stockton, CA (Stockton Arena)
  • Mar 9: San Jose, CA (City National)
  • Mar 10: Redding, CA (Redding Civic Center)
  • Mar 11: Eugene, OR (Hult Center)
  • Mar 13: Seattle, WA (WaMu Theater)
  • Mar 14: Spokane, WA (INB Center)
  • Mar 15: Boise, ID (Morriston Center)
  • Mar 16: Reno, NV (Grand Sierra)
  • Mar 17: Santa Barbara, CA (Arlington Theater)
  • Mar 18: Los Angeles, CA (Microsoft Theater)

*Cast subject to change.

“Dancing with the Stars” airs Monday nights at 8|7 c on the ABC Television Network.

About Faculty Productions
Faculty Productions, formed by veteran manager and producer Jared Paul in partnership with Live Nation, the world’s leading live entertainment company, produces and creates world-class live branded entertainment and concerts in partnership with the world’s largest media companies. Faculty Productions is responsible for some of the most successful recent global touring productions, including “Dancing with the Stars: Live!” (BBC Worldwide and ABC), “Move Live on Tour” (Derek Hough and Julianne Hough), “America’s Got Talent Live!” (Freemantle Media, Syco Entertainment and NBC), “The Sing-Off Live Tour” (Sony Pictures and NBC), “Glee Live! In Concert!” (FOX and Ryan Murphy Productions), “Big Time Rush Big Time Tour” (Nickelodeon/ Sony Music), “Mixtape Festival” (VH1 and Live Nation) and the “Boston Strong Benefit Concert” (ONE FUND and Live Nation).

About BBC Worldwide Productions
BBC Worldwide Productions is a key business division under BBC Worldwide North America – part of BBC Worldwide, the main commercial arm and wholly-owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) – which operates as a studio in the U.S. and Canada. Based in Los Angeles, BBC Worldwide Productions develops and produces original content as well as scripted and unscripted projects based on BBC formats/brands across all platforms. The studio is responsible for the ratings juggernaut Dancing with the Stars (ABC), Top Gear America (BBC America), and the limited series, The Night Of (HBO).




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Oct 302017

Sensory Safety Kits Enable All To Enjoy The Show At Staples Center


Sensory Safety Kits Now Available at STAPLES Center

The downtown Los Angeles arena is now Sensory Accessible


Life is Washable, Inc. has provided STAPLES Center with “Sensory Safety Kits” for all STAPLES Center events to give all guests the best fan experience in Los Angeles. Loud noises and bright lights can make it difficult or confusing for an individual with Autism, Dementia or a Traumatic Brain Injury to enjoy an event. Friendly @ccess kits are designed to support individuals of all ages, with a variety of sensory needs, and their families, at all sporting events and concerts.

Each kit includes an assortment of useful tools to help individuals enjoy an event with greater comfort. Kits also include identification, in the event that an individual is separated from their family at the event. STAPLES Center staff is alerted and trained to the program, and can assist individuals in obtaining a kit, or throughout the venue, as needed.

These Sensory Safety Kits are the first of their kind available in the Los Angeles area, and each kit includes:

  • A small drawstring bag
  • A pair of noise reducing earmuffs and ear plugs
  • A pair of antiglare glasses
  • A small variety of sensory “fidget” toys
  • A communication card
  • Sanitizing wipes and tissues
  • Identification wristbands, stickers and card (The wristband can note family’s location and contact number in the case of confusion or separation. The sticker can alert other attendees that the individual have some difficulty.)
  • Venue Map (The venue map describes locations of quiet accessible areas, family restrooms, elevators, and emergency plans and exits)
  • Event Schedule (As available)



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Oct 282017

BRAIN CANDY LIVE! Starring Adam Savage And Michael Stevens Coming To Microsoft Theater






The one of a kind stage show BRAIN CANDY LIVE!, starring Adam Savage, editor-in-chief of and former co-host of the Emmy-nominated Discovery series “MythBusters,” and Michael Stevens, creator of award-winning YouTube Channel “Vsauce”, will play Microsoft Theater on April 12. Now in its second year these two explosive minds bring their version of interactive, hands-on, minds-on theatrical experience to cities across the US. Tickets go on sale on Friday, October 27, 2017; for tour details and tickets, visit or

Adam Savage and Michael Stevens are master explainers, bringing along their crazy toys, incredible tools and mind-blowing demonstrations for a celebration of curiosity that literally has audiences shouting “more” after their favorites. Audiences are engaged and enthusiastic test subjects and participants as they spend two hours laughing, learning and exploring during a theatrical experience like no other. BRAIN CANDY LIVE! has been described as “A cross between TED Talks and Blue Man Group.”

Every night, Savage and Stevens literally can’t wait to unleash their collective sense of wonder, curiosity and fun for each new audience. They’re inviting everyone to join-in and get their minds messy as their demonstrations leap off the stage. Adam and Michael’s BRAIN CANDY LIVE! experience is like a two-hour play date with Walt Disney, Willy Wonka and Albert Einstein.

Smart is the new superpower and two of this planet’s most entertaining everyday heroes are coming to your town to rescue you and your family from boredom. Join them as they use their secret recipe of fun, surprise, excitement (and just a pinch of danger) to cook-up and deliver an explosive batch of magical Brain Candy to every mind in the audience.

Tickets are available at For tour details and tickets, visit

About Adam Savage
One of the most highly regarded and watched series on Discovery Channel, “MythBusters” ran for 14 earth-shattering years. Co-executive produced and Co-hosted by Savage, the show mixed scientific method with problem solving gleeful curiosity and plain old-fashioned ingenuity to confirm or bust myths, popular misconceptions and creating its own signature style of explosive experimentation. Today, in addition to creating content for his website, Adam has become a proponent for making, working with the White House to encourage kids and adults alike to get their hands dirty. He’s also a regular at conventions across the country, where his elaborate and handmade costumes (such as Totoro at New York Comic Con) attract much attention … and hugs.

About Michael Stevens
Michaels’ passion for learning, science and making curiosity contagious led him to create Vsauce in 2010. The YouTube channel captures attention with fun questions like, “What Color Is A Mirror?” “Can You Count Past Infinity?” and “Why Are Things Creepy?” Now reaching a collective 17 million subscribers with video views in excess of 2 billion, Vsauce has grown into one of the largest educational networks on the web. Last year, it received the Webby for Best Science and Education Network.

About Michael Weber
Adam Savage, Michael Stevens and director Michael Weber are the brains behind Brain Candy. Widely respected for his innovation, problem-solving and storytelling abilities, Scientific American Magazine wrote, “Michael Weber is a walking Swiss Army Knife.” He has worked with a veritable “Who’s Who” of writers, directors and performers including Daren Aronofsky, Christian Bale, Don Cheadle, Wes Craven, Mos Def, Robert DeNiro, Tom Hanks, Hugh Jackman, David Mamet, Errol Morris, Jack Nicholson, Christopher Nolan, Edward Norton, Julia Roberts, Aaron Sorkin, Martin Scorsese, George Wolfe and Robert Zemeckis. Weber’s work can be seen in dozens of plays and feature films including Forest Gump, Angels in America, The Parent Trap, The Illusionist, Top Dog Underdog, The Prestige, A Year of Magical Thinking and Ocean’s 13. Recent projects include a zero-gravity show to be performed on the International Space Station, an interactive candy store that allows kids to make a gumball travel over 250 miles an hour before they chew it and a magic show for the blind that takes place entirely in the dark.

About MagicSpace Entertainment
Brain Candy Live! is produced by MagicSpace Entertainment. The company is headed by Lee D. Marshall, Joe Marsh, John Ballard, Steve Boulay and Bruce Granath and has been producing and presenting national tours, Broadway shows, concerts and museum exhibits worldwide for over 30 years. Consistently one of the top promoters in North America, MagicSpace Entertainment typically produces and presents more than 250 events in 75 cities per year. They have offices in Park City and Salt Lake City, UT.



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Oct 262017
Dear Evan Hansen Will Be Part Of Ahmanson Theatre 2018 – 2019 Season

L-R: “Dear Evan Hansen” creative team Benj Pasek, Alex Lacamoire, Michael Greif, Steven Levenson and Justin Paul. “Dear Evan Hansen” will be a part of Center Theatre
Group’s 2018 – 2019 Season at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. Photo Credit: Jenny Anderson






The Broadway Hit Comes to Los Angeles in the Fall of 2018

National Tour Which Launches in October 2018 Will Play More Than 50 Cities

Including Buffalo, Charlotte, Chicago, Denver and Los Angeles


Center Theatre Group Artistic Director Michael Ritchie and Broadway producer Stacey Mindich announced that the first national touring production of the 2017 Tony Award-winning Best Musical “Dear Evan Hansen” will be part of Center Theatre Group’s 2018 – 2019 season at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. The Broadway hit will come to Los Angeles in the fall of 2018, specific dates to be announced.

Center Theatre Group Producing Director Douglas C. Baker said, “All of us at Center Theatre Group are thrilled to bring ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ to Ahmanson Theatre audiences. It’s that rare musical that is not only deeply moving and emotional but also entertaining, enlightening and delightful. Truly an unforgettable experience.”

The tour, which will launch in October 2018 at Denver’s Center for the Performing Arts (as previously announced), has also announced tour stops in Charlotte (Blumenthal Performing Arts), Chicago (Broadway In Chicago) and Buffalo (Shea’s Performing Arts Center). The tour will travel to over 50 cities in the first two years.

The winner of six 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, “Dear Evan Hansen” features a book by Tony Award winner Steven Levenson, a score by Academy Award and Tony-winning composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and direction by four-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif. The original Broadway cast recording of “Dear Evan Hansen,” produced by Atlantic Records, was released in February 2017, making an extraordinary debut on the Billboard 200 and entering the chart at number eight – the highest charting debut position for an original cast album since 1961.

Casting, additional cities and engagement dates will be announced at a later date.



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Oct 242017

Lindsey Stirling Warmer In The Winter New Album Tour And DWTS Performances







Critically acclaimed electronic violinist Lindsey Stirling has announced plans to release her first ever Holiday album titled Warmer In The Winter, set for release this Fall on Lindseystomp Music / Concord Records. Featuring a variety of special guests, the album will include renditions of Holiday favorites as well as some original numbers written by Lindsey. Initially announced to fans September 5th via Stirling’s twitter, the album is now available on Pledge Music and can be accessed at More details to follow soon.

In support of the album, Lindsey will embark on her Warmer In The Winter Christmas Tour which is set to kick off in Albany, NY on November 8th. The multi-city trek will hit a number of major cities across the US including New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Los Angeles, and will feature a fully revamped stage production with elaborate Holiday themes as well Stirling’s signature brand of dance routines and on-stage visuals.

Earlier, Lindsey announced on Good Morning America that she will be a member of the cast of ABC’s smash series “Dancing with the Stars”. Along with her dance partner Mark Ballas, the pair appeared in the 8AM hour of GMA alongside other competing cast members Drew Scott, Terrell Owens, Nick and Vanessa Lachey, Franki Muniz, former NBA star Derek Fisher and Paralympic swimmer Victoria Arlen to name a few.

Tickets for Lindsey Stirling’s North American Warmer In The Winter Christmas Tour are on sale now. Lindsey has partnered with CID Entertainment to offer fans three VIP packages including premium reserved tickets, a signed poster, a pre-show Christmas party, a meet & greet with Lindsey, and more. For full package details, visit CID Entertainment. For complete purchase information on the Warmer In The Winter Christmas Tour, please visit

Lindsey Stirling “Warmer In The Winter Christmas Tour” Dates:

  • 11/8/17 Albany, NY Palace Theatre
  • 11/9/17 Tom’s River, NJ Pine Belt Arena
  • 11/10/17 Washington, DC The Anthem
  • 11/11/17 Mashantucket, CT Foxwoods Resort Casino – Grand Theater
  • 11/14/17 New York, NY Beacon Theatre
  • 11/16/17 Philadelphia, PA Academy of Music
  • 11/17/17 Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre
  • 11/22/17 Atlanta, GA Cobb Energy Center
  • 11/24/17 Tampa, FL Starz Center
  • 11/25/17 St. Augustine, FL Saint Augustine Amphitheatre
  • 11/28/17 San Antonio, TX Tobin Center for Performing Arts
  • 12/2/17 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
  • 12/4/17 Omaha, NE Orpheum
  • 12/5/17 Cedar Rapids, IA US Cellular Center
  • 12/6/17 Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre
  • 12/7/17 Minneapolis, MN Orpheum Theatre
  • 12/8/17 Lawrence, KS Lied Center
  • 12/9/17 Denver, CO 1st Bank Center
  • 12/11/17 Idaho Falls, ID Idaho Falls Civic Auditorium
  • 12/12/17 Salt Lake City, UT Eccles Theatre
  • 12/14/17 Eugene, OR Hult Center for the Performing Arts
  • 12/15/17 Spokane, WA INB Performing Arts Center
  • 12/16/17 Seattle, WA The Paramount Theatre
  • 12/18/17 Portland, OR Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
  • 12/20/17 San Jose, CA City National Civic
  • 12/21/17 Los Angeles, CA Microsoft Theater
  • 12/22/17 Las Vegas, NV The Cosmopolitan – Chelsea Theatre
  • 12/23/17 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre

Lindsey Stirling is one of the biggest artist development breakthrough stories in recent years. An acclaimed violinist from Gilbert, Ariz., Lindsey has entered a futurist world of electronic big beats and animation, using her classical violin training to leap through the music industry with almost 10 million YouTube subscribers, over 1.9 billion views on her YouTube channel, 2 Billboard Music Awards, Billboard chart-topping hits and sold out tours worldwide. She’s created a new music world where modern classical meets the infectious energy of dance and electronica. On stage, Stirling moves with the grace of a ballerina but works the crowd into a frenzy, “dropping the beat” like a rave fairy.

Lindsey’s most recent and critically acclaimed third studio album Brave Enough, debuted at #5 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart and went on to score the #1 spot on Billboard’s year-end Top Dance/Electronic Album list, placing ahead of dance music heavyweights Chainsmokers, Flume and Kygo. The album also had the highest selling week for an album title on the ranking chart and Lindsey herself placed at #6 on the Billboard Top Dance/Electronic Artist year-end list. Collaborations on the album include ZZ Ward, Andrew McMahon and the Wilderness, Rivers Cuomo and Christina Perri to name a few, and earned Stirling a 2017 Billboard Music Award for “Top Dance/Electronic Album”. The album’s current single “Love’s Just A Feeling” featuring up and coming songstress Rooty, recently made its powerful debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and has begun to pick up traction at radio across the US.

Lindsey’s professional journey began in September of 2012, with the release of her self-titled debut album. Featuring her smash hit “Crystallize,” which has racked up over 177 million YouTube views, the album reached #1 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Chart and Classical Album Chart, earned her a 2014 Billboard Music Award nomination for “Top Dance/Electronic Album,” and was certified Gold by the RIAA. The album reached #1 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Chart and Classical Album Chart and peaked at #23 on the Billboard Top 200.

In 2014, Lindsey released her sophomore album Shatter Me which debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart and has sold over a quarter million copies in the US. It was #2 on the Billboard Year End Dance Electronic Album Chart, #1 on the iTunes Album Chart, spent an impressive 21 weeks straight at the #1 spot on the Billboard Classical Album Chart, and was recently certified Gold by the RIAA. The album includes a collaboration with Halestorm lead singer Lzzy Hale on her smash single “Shatter Me,” which has over 72 million views on YouTube and took home the 2015 Billboard Music Award for “Top Dance/Electronic Album” of which Avicii, Disclosure, Calvin Harris and Skrillex were also nominated.
In 2016, Lindsey released her first book with Simon& Schuster, a memoir called “The Only Pirate at the Party” which she co-wrote with her sister, Brook S. Passey. Released in January of 2016, the book debuted on the New York Times’ best-seller list and shares stories of Lindsey’s humble yet charmed childhood, humorous adolescence, life as a struggling musician, personal struggles with anorexia, and finally, success as a world-class entertainer.

Lindsey’s critically praised concerts have sold out theaters and arenas across the globe, spanning a wide range of continents including the U.S., Europe and South America. Recently Stirling has played to packed crowds at venues such as Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver, Chicago Theater, New York’s Central Park Summerstage and the Greek Theater in Los Angeles and to date, Lindsey’s tours have sold over 500,000 headline tickets worldwide.

Next up, Lindsey will lend her likeness to a new comic book series called Sparrow, for which Lindsey teamed up with artist/writer Darick Robertson and co-writer R. Eric Lieb and a 2017 Christmas album is set to be released via Concord Records later this Fall.

Stirling is the model of a modern independent recording artist, with a symbiotic relationship with her fans. A motivational speaker in her spare time, Stirling uses her own story to show teenagers that you’ve got to have confidence in the very thing that makes you unique – then wait for the world to catch up.



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Sep 282017
Fifty Million Dollar Donation To The Academy Museum

Image: ©Renzo Piano Building Workshop/©A.M.P.A.S./ Images from L’Autre Image




Museum Leadership, Curatorial Staff, and Plans for Museum Experience Unveiled


On September 27th 2017 The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures announced a landmark donation of $50 million from philanthropists Cheryl and Haim Saban. This commitment—the largest gift to the Academy Museum Campaign—brings the museum’s fundraising success to $288 million, nearly 75% of its $388 million goal. In recognition of their generosity, the May Company Building will now be named the Saban Building. The Museum further announces that Ron Meyer, the distinguished entertainment industry executive, will head its newly established Board of Trustees. Meyer is Vice Chairman of NBCUniversal and with 23 years as the head of the studio, he is the longest serving studio chief. He is also a co-founder and former President of Creative Artists Agency. In addition, the Museum also unveils a first glimpse at concepts for the museum content, including the permanent exhibition, located in the 1939 former May Company building on Wilshire and Fairfax in Los Angeles. The first of its scope and scale devoted to exploring the art and science of movies and moviemaking, the Renzo Piano Building Workshop-designed Museum is scheduled to open in 2019.

Kerry Brougher, Director of the Academy Museum, says, “We could not be happier with the momentum the museum is experiencing on all fronts—from fundraising and governance to content and construction. We are thankful to Cheryl and Haim Saban and to Ron Meyer for their vital support and leadership in bringing the Academy Museum to the world.”

Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company and Chair of the Museum Campaign Committee, says, “We are deeply grateful to Cheryl and Haim for understanding the need for a superb museum of film in the moviemaking capital of the world. With their tremendous commitment, they set a magnificent example for others and bring our dream closer to reality.”

Cheryl and Haim Saban have demonstrated a lifetime of passionate devotion to philanthropic endeavors and have donated over $325 million to charitable organizations to date. Together, the Sabans started the Saban Family Foundation in 1999, which supports medical, children’s and education programs, including Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the Saban Community Clinic, Soroka Children’s Hospital in Israel, the Motion Picture and Television Fund, the Friends of the IDF, the Saban Leadership Seminars through the American Israel Education Foundation, the Brookings Institution, the Saban Theatre, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation.

Haim Saban, Chairman and CEO of Saban Capital Group, Inc., and his wife Cheryl, say, “We are delighted to further our commitment to Los Angeles with this gift to the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. This new home for film will offer incredible experiences for visitors from our community and around the world to enjoy the rich history of our industry. We feel honored to contribute to its creation and thrilled to have our name associated with this historic building and visionary project.”

Ron Meyer says, “I am proud, and humbled, to chair and build the Academy Museum’s new Board of Trustees. The museum has already made great strides in raising funds and developing plans for what will become an essential cultural destination for Los Angeles. It is an honor to be part of such a significant project.”

John Bailey, President, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, says, “Thanks to the vision of the Academy’s Board of Governors, our goal for a museum celebrating the art and sciences of the movies is around the corner. We are proud of our collaborative achievements and believe Ron Meyer, and his Board of Trustees, will be excellent stewards for our project moving forward.”

Mayor Eric Garcetti says, “People from across the globe come to Los Angeles to be inspired, and to see things they have only imagined become real through storytelling. It is only fitting that the filmmaking capital of the world will soon have a space dedicated to its industry and artistry. The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will add another world-class institution to our city’s cultural landscape, and touch the lives of Angelenos and visitors for generations to come.”

Fifty Million Dollar Donation To The Academy Museum

Image: ©Renzo Piano Building Workshop/©A.M.P.A.S./ Images from L’Autre Image

The Museum Experience
The Academy Museum will be the world’s premier institution dedicated to the art and science of movies and moviemaking. Brougher has three essential goals: to convey the power of movies, to give viewers a look behind the scenes into how movies are made, and to explore movies’ impact on culture and our lives.

Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano with Renzo Piano Building Workshop has designed two distinct buildings that will form the Academy Museum’s 300,000- square-foot campus: the Saban Building—a designated Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument—and a soaring spherical addition that features a state-of-the-art theater and a terrace topped with a spectacular glass dome. More than a museum, Museum Director Kerry Brougher envisions a dynamic film center that is simultaneously experiential, immersive, experimental, educational, and entertaining. The buildings will include 50,000 square feet of gallery space, two theaters, cutting-edge project spaces, an outdoor piazza, the rooftop terrace with sweeping views of the Hollywood Hills, an active education studio, a restaurant, and store.

Dawn Hudson, CEO of the Academy, says, “The millions of people around the world who make and love movies will be able to come to the epicenter of filmmaking and experience the magic of this art form. They’ll see firsthand the vast collections of the Academy and the work of our members. And, they’ll be able to do that all year—not just on Oscar night.”

A permanent exhibition tracing the evolution of moviemaking is planned for the second and third floors of the museum. Combining sets, large-scale moving images, costumes, props, sound installations, and dramatic immersive environments, this journey will evoke the power and emotion of film as visitors move through time. The second floor showcases the earliest experiments in converting still images into the illusion of lifelike movement, the invention of new methods of storytelling on screen, and the evocation of atmosphere and mood through the fundamentals of light and shadow. It culminates with Hollywood’s Golden Age and the systemization of the studio’s dream factory. On the third floor, visitors will encounter how filmmakers broke free in the post-studio era and moved beyond the soundstage and into the real world. The final section of the exhibition takes them to faraway galaxies and to places they could only dream of going as they witness the constant quest to push beyond the possible to invent new worlds. Separate from the core exhibition, the third floor also features an Oscars experience, using innovative technology to place visitors on Hollywood’s most prestigious red carpet and stage and give them the rare chance to hold a real Oscar as they accept their award.

Brougher announces that the designers for the core exhibition are the celebrated film production designer Rick Carter, a two-time Academy Award® winner (for Avatar, 2010 and Lincoln, 2013), and the London-based firm of Gainsbury & Whiting, acclaimed for its designs of exhibitions including the Alexander McQueen retrospective Savage Beauty at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and Louis Vuitton Marc Jacobs at the Musée des Arts Decoratifs in Paris.

In addition to this long-term installation, the museum’s temporary galleries will be venues for a lively program of ever-changing exhibitions. These presentations will include retrospectives of major filmmakers, focused explorations of a specific aspect of filmmaking, artist projects and thematic explorations of cultural and social issues, and focused explorations of a specific aspect of filmmaking.

The 1,000-seat theater located in the spherical building will not only be an unforgettable part of each visitor’s experience, but will also become a hub for major film events including premieres, openings and special presentations with the world’s leading filmmakers. A more intimate 288-seat theater will be the museum’s “cinematheque,” offering screenings ranging from Saturday morning matinees for children of all ages to global cinema series. Both theaters will be home to an array of live performances, lectures, panels, and other events that will bring the most notable artists working in film to Los Angeles. Both theaters will be equipped to present film with multidimensional sound experiences and superior screen quality.

Museum Leadership and Curatorial Teams
The Academy Museum’s senior leadership team includes Rich Cherry, Chief Operating Officer; Katharine DeShaw, Deputy Director, Advancement and External Relations; and Deborah Horowitz, Deputy Director, Creative Content and Programming. The Museum’s curatorial team includes Jessica Niebel, Acting Head of Curatorial Affairs; Doris Berger, Exhibition Curator; Ryan Linkof, Associate Curator; Bernardo Rondeau, Associate Curator and Head of Film Programs; J. Raul Guzman, Curatorial Assistant; Dara Jaffe, Curatorial Assistant; Robert Reneau, Film Program Coordinator; and Ana Santiago, Curatorial Assistant.

World-Class Collections
The Academy Museum has actively been acquiring three-dimensional, motion picture objects since 2008. Its holdings now number approximately 2,500 items, representing motion picture technology, costume design, production design, makeup and hairstyling, promotional materials, and awards.

Highlights include the ruby slippers by Adrian from The Wizard of Oz (1939); the doors to Rick’s Café Américain from Casablanca (1942); a collection of objects from Shirley Temple including the tap shoes and portable wooden practice-steps given to her by legendary dancer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson for their famed dance routine in 1934’s The Little Colonel; the original production-used Steadicam created by Garrett Brown; the Aries 1B spaceship model from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) the only surviving full-sized shark model from the original mold used on Jaws (1975); a creature head from Alien (1979), designed by H.R. Giger; and handmade characters and a set from LAIKA’s films Coraline (2009), ParaNorman (2012), The Boxtrolls (2014), and Kubo and the Two Strings (2016).

The Academy Museum’s collection has grown through recent, generous gifts from the Jim Henson Company and the Henson Family, Mattel, Inc., Pixar Animation Studios, the Shirley Temple Black Foundation, the Akram Miknas Pre-Cinema Collection, Universal Studios and Ron Howard, Anjelica Huston, Jeffrey Kurland, and JC Backings.

The Museum will also draw from the unparalleled collection of the Academy, which contains a vast range of motion picture production and history-related objects and technology, works on paper, still and moving images covering the history of motion picture in the United States and throughout the world. The collections include more than 12 million photographs, 190,000 film and video assets, 80,000 screenplays, 50,000 posters, and 20,000 production and costume design drawings. The collection also includes more than 1,600 special collections of film legends such as Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, Alfred Hitchcock, and John Huston. These special collections contain production files, personal correspondence, clippings, contracts, manuscripts, scrapbooks, storyboards, and more. The Academy’s collecting divisions work collaboratively to acquire, preserve, digitize, and exhibit the broad range of materials entrusted to their care by generations of filmmakers and collectors.

The Campaign for the Academy Museum
The Campaign for the Academy Museum Board is chaired by Bob Iger and co-chaired by Annette Bening and Tom Hanks. Its goal is to raise $388 million to support the construction of the buildings as well as its opening exhibitions and programs.


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Aug 072017
Cast Of Big Night At Kirk Douglas Theatre

Wendie Malick will perform in the world premiere of Paul Rudnick’s “Big Night” at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre. Directed by Walter Bobbie, “Big Night” runs September 10 through October 8, 2017. For tickets and information, please visit or call (213) 628-2772.



The World Premiere Will Run September 10 Through October 8, 2017


Center Theatre Group has announced the casting for the world premiere of Paul Rudnick’s new play “Big Night.” Directed by Tony winner Walter Bobbie (“Chicago” and “Bright Star”), “Big Night” begins previews September 10, opens September 16 and continues through October 8, 2017, at the Kirk Douglas Theatre.

The cast includes, in alphabetical order, Brian Hutchinson (“Smokefall” Off-Broadway), Max Jenkins (NBC’s “The Mysteries of Laura”), Luke Macfarlane (ABC’s “Brothers & Sisters”), Wendie Malick (NBC’s “Just Shoot Me!”) and Tom Phelan (ABC Family’s “The Fosters”). One more cast member will be announced at a later date.

The creative team includes set design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by William Ivey Long and lighting design by Ken Billington. Casting is by James Calleri, CSA and Paul Davis, CSA and Brooke Baldwin is the production stage manager. The sound designer will be announced at a later date.

It is the night of the Oscars and a working actor turned Oscar nominee knows that his life is about to change – he just doesn’t know how profoundly. His transgender nephew has plans for his speech, his young agent has plans for his future, his unstoppable mother has plans for the catering and his partner is nowhere to be found. Master satirist Paul Rudnick blends a deep humanity with a honed sense of hilarity in this powerful and funny play about family and fame, the personal and the political, and the drive to stand up and speak out.

Paul Rudnick is a playwright, novelist, essayist and screenwriter, whom The New York Times has called “one of our pre-eminent humorists.” His plays have been produced both on and Off-Broadway and include “I Hate Hamlet,” “Jeffrey,” “The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told,” “Regrets Only” and “The New Century.” He’s won an Obie Award, two Outer Critics Circle Awards and the John Gassner Playwriting Award. Rudnick’s novels include “Social Disease” and “I’ll Take It,” both from Knopf. He’s a regular contributor to The New Yorker and his articles and essays have appeared in Vanity Fair, Esquire, Vogue and The New York Times. HarperCollins published his “Collected Plays” and a book of essays entitled “I Shudder.” He’s rumored to be quite close to Premiere magazine’s film critic, Libby Gelman-Waxner, whose collected columns were published under the title “If You Ask Me.” His screenplays include “Addams Family Values,” the screen adaptation of “Jeffrey” and “In & Out.”

Center Theatre Group, one of the nation’s preeminent arts and cultural organizations, is Los Angeles’ leading nonprofit theatre company, programming seasons at the 736-seat Mark Taper Forum and 1600 to 2000-seat Ahmanson Theatre at The Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles, and the 317-seat Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. In addition to presenting and producing the broadest range of theatrical entertainment in the country, Center Theatre Group is one of the nation’s leading producers of ambitious new works through commissions and world premiere productions and a leader in interactive community engagement and education programs that reach across generations, demographics and circumstance to serve Los Angeles.

Tickets for “Big Night” are available by calling (213) 628-2772, online at, at the Center Theatre Group Box Office at the Ahmanson Theatre or at the Kirk Douglas Theatre Box Office two hours prior to performance.
Tickets range from $25 – $70 (ticket prices are subject to change).

The Kirk Douglas Theatre is located at 9820 Washington Blvd. in Culver City, CA 90232. Ample free parking and restaurants are adjacent.


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Aug 072017
MOCA Exhibitions Fall 2017

Anna Maria Maiolino, Por um Fio (By a Thread), from the Fotopoemação (Photopoemaction) series, 1976, archival inkjet print, 22 3/8 x 31 1/8 in. (57 x 79 cm.), photo by Regina Vater


August 4–December 31, 2017
MOCA Grand Avenue

October 22, 2017–February 26, 2018
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

September 9–December 31, 2017
MOCA Pacific Design Center and the ONE Gallery

August 4–December 31, 2017
MOCA Grand Avenue
Curators: Bryan Barcena and Helen Molesworth

As part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), presents Anna Maria Maiolino, the first comprehensive U.S. museum survey of work by artist Anna Maria Maiolino. The exhibition considers five decades of her varied artistic practice including printmaking, drawing, sculpture, photography, video, and performance. From her early woodcut works and performances, which spoke directly to the tense political atmosphere during Brazil’s military dictatorship, to introspective paper works that express the feelings of alienation and marginalization that arose from her status as an immigrant, Maiolino’s work is uniquely capable of tracing the course of the movements that define Brazilian art history. She channels these through a personal, psychologically charged practice that charts her own introspective path as migrant, mother, and artist. Although she has been the subject of various exhibitions in Europe, Maiolino is only now beginning to be recognized in North America for her accomplishments. Her work is ripe to be explored within new contexts, given that it parallels, and in some cases presages, larger dialogues and processes that defined artistic developments during each period of her five-decade long career. This exhibition will cover the full range of Maiolino’s oeuvre from the early 1960s through the present with an equal focus on its socio-historical dimensions—particularly the issues of migration, linguistic competence, feminism, dictatorship—and the ever-present dialectical tension between art and life, between the timeless and the everyday, between what can be said and what is felt.


MOCA Exhibitions Fall 2017
October 22, 2017–February 26, 2018
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
Curators: Bryan Barcena and Helen Molesworth

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), presents Adrián Villar Rojas: The Theater of Disappearance, a site-specific installation inside The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA’s warehouse space. Villar Rojas (b. 1980, Rosario, Argentina) has built a singular practice by creating environments and objects that seem to be in search of their place in time. Villar Rojas’s interventions beckon viewers to consider fragments that exist in a slippery space between the future, the past, and an alternate reality in the present. With his post-human artworks, Villar Rojas posits the question: What happens after the end of art?

For his project at MOCA, Villar Rojas will radically transform the Little Tokyo space, employing dramatic architectural and aesthetic shifts. In preparation for the installation, Villar Rojas spent a great deal of time exploring technologies used in Hollywood special effects and was struck by the universal digitization of the industry. From his perspective, it echoes a kind of post-human world dominated by technology, and in response, he will create an environment in The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA that is at once tactile and ephemeral, otherworldly and utterly human. Villar Rojas will use remaining materials and surviving bits of “art” from projects produced across the globe and recycle them into new “art,” this time tailor-made for The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. Petrified wood from Turin, stratified columns from Sharjah, and silicone molds from Istanbul will not be reinstalled as what they once were but instead will have a second, unpredictable life. These elements will journey from “art” to “non-art” and back again to “art,” reinforcing their impermanence and our own in relation to our attempts to ascribe imperishable meanings and values to the world around us.

Image credit: Adrián Villar Rojas, The Theater of Disappearance, 2017, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, photo courtesy of the artist, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York / Paris / London, and kurimanzutto, Mexico City, photo by Jörg Baumann

MOCA Exhibitions Fall 2017
September 9–December 31, 2017
MOCA Pacific Design Center and the ONE Gallery
Curators: David Evans Frantz, Curator at the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries, and C. Ondine Chavoya, Professor of Art and Latina/o Studies at Williams College, in collaboration with The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), is pleased to host Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A., organized by ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. The exhibition will be shown in two West Hollywood spaces, MOCA Pacific Design Center and the ONE Gallery. It will feature more than 50 LGBTQ and Chicano artists who created experimental artworks in a variety of media between the 1960s and early 1990s—a period bookended by the Chicano Moratorium, gay liberation, and feminist movements on one end, and the ravages of the AIDS crisis on the other. Axis Mundo is the result of extensive research by co-curators David Evans Frantz, Curator at the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries, and C. Ondine Chavoya, Professor of Art and Latina/o Studies at Williams College. While developing the exhibition, the curators visited archives at institutions throughout North America and the United Kingdom and met with artists—as well as family members, friends, and collaborators of those artists—whose work has not been exhibited publicly since the 1970s or 1980s.

Image credit: Teddy Sandoval, Las Locas, c. 1980, acrylic and mixed media on unstretched canvas, 39 x 52 in. (99 x 133.4 cm), collection of Paul Polubinskas, photograph by Fredrik Nilsen



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Jul 302017

Community Conversations Coming To Ahmanson Theatre






The Two Organizations Will Hold Four Community Conversations

Exploring Themes of this Center Theatre Group Commission

Center Theatre Group’s “Soft Power” Begins

May 3, 2018 and Runs Through June 10, 2018


Center Theatre Group will partner with East West Players on the upcoming world premiere of “Soft Power” at the Ahmanson Theatre May 3 through June 10, 2018, announced Artistic Director Michael Ritchie. Through the partnership, East West Players will add this new work created by Tony Award-winning artists David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori as part of its 2017-2018 Season and will also collaborate with Center Theatre Group on four Community Conversations leading up to the play’s premiere as part of the Ahmanson Theatre’s 2017-2018 Season.

“When we started talking with our colleagues at East West Players about ways to collaborate, we quickly realized that ‘Soft Power’ was the perfect opportunity for us to continue a tradition of artistic partnership by bringing our audiences together once again for a unique new work from David Henry Hwang,” said Ritchie. “The last time we partnered was on ‘Yellow Face’ at the Mark Taper Forum, so it’ll be great to have East West Players’ subscribers join us in another fascinating journey into David’s imagination, this time at the Ahmanson.”

“It is an honor to partner with Center Theatre Group on the world premiere of David Henry Hwang’s ‘Soft Power,’” said Snehal Desai, East West Players’ Producing Artistic Director. “As the playwright that is the namesake of our theatre and whose work East West Players has produced more than any other, David’s prescience and ability to turn a mirror not only to our world as it is, but also where we are heading never ceases to astonish. With this production, our relationship with Center Theatre Group will continue to deepen as we initiate a series of joint Community Conversations on Asian American representation and storytelling. East West Players’ 52nd season is dedicated to community and partnerships, and we are proud to include Center Theatre Group as part of ‘The Company We Keep.’”

The four joint Community Conversations are scheduled to take place on October 26, 2017, January 18, 2018, March 15, 2018 and June 5, 2018. Locations, topics and panelists will be announced at a later date. Center Theatre Group’s Community Conversations are a series of panel discussions free and open to the public that feature local thought leaders in dialogue about the context, issues and ideas finding voice on our stages.

“The Community Conversations are that moment when we ask people in our community to help us make relevant the themes and ideas that are alive on our stage,” said Leslie K. Johnson, Center Theatre Group’s Director of Social Strategy, Innovation and Impact. “Asking thought leaders to come and spark that conversation is exciting. By inviting them into the room, we are able to hear someone who lives these topics every day discuss them in the context of the show.”

“Soft Power” begins as a contemporary play before jumping 100 years into the future and exploding into a Chinese musical about present-day America. This seductive new work has book and lyrics by Hwang and music by Tesori. A beloved East-meets-West musical, China’s 21st-century rise and a Presidential candidate’s fundraiser collide to make mayhem—and some beautiful music. This show is inspired by the West’s often ridiculously inauthentic portrayals of Asia, and China’s quest for world cultural influence, also known as “Soft Power.”

“Soft Power,” directed by Leigh Silverman with choreography by Sam Pinkleton, is a Center Theatre Group commission and marks the first collaboration between Hwang and Tesori.



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Jul 292017
Carmen Cusack To Star In Bright Star At Ahmanson Theatre

Carmen Cusack and Paul Alexander Nolan in the original Broadway production of “Bright Star.” “Bright Star” is part of the 2017-2018 season at the Ahmanson Theatre and will be presented by special arrangement with Joey Parnes Productions October 11 through November 19, 2017. For tickets and information, please visit or call (213) 972-4400. Photo by Nick Stokes.




Tickets For The Award-Winning Musical On Sale Now!

Which Runs October 11 Through November 19, 2017


Center Theatre Group has announced that Carmen Cusack will reprise her Tony-nominated role as Alice Murphy in “Bright Star” at the Ahmanson Theatre. The Tony-nominated Best Musical, with music, lyrics and story by Grammy, Emmy and Oscar winner Steve Martin and Grammy winner Edie Brickell, will be presented by Center Theatre Group by special arrangement with Joey Parnes Productions at the Ahmanson Theatre October 11 through November 19, 2017. The opening is set for October 20 and individual tickets are on sale NOW!

The powerfully moving new musical is directed by Tony winner Walter Bobbie and choreographed by Josh Rhodes. “Bright Star” won the 2016 Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical and Best Score and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music. It also received five 2016 Tony Award nominations including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book, Best Lead Actress in a Musical and Best Orchestrations.

Inspired by a real event, this original musical tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and ‘40s. Propelled by an ensemble of onstage musicians and dancers, the story unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion, beautiful melodies and enthralling performances. Marc Snetiker of Entertainment Weekly called “Bright Star,” “A genuinely delightful show bolstered by an incredible debut from Carmen Cusack.”



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Jul 212017

Submissions For CTG 2018 Block Party



Center Theatre Group Will Remount Three Local Productions for Block Party Celebration

Selected Productions To Be Announced Later This Year


Center Theatre Group received submissions from 53 local theatre companies for the second annual Block Party: Celebrating Los Angeles Theatre at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Block Party will continue to highlight some of the remarkable work being done on stages throughout Los Angeles by fully producing three previously staged productions. The three visiting companies invited to join Block Party will be announced later this year.
The selected productions will be presented at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, March 29 through May 20, 2018. Each production will have a two-week run with 12 performances (including two previews) at the Douglas. All three theatre companies will be part of a collaboration with Center Theatre Group and will receive the full support of Center Theatre Group and its staff in order to fund, stage and market each production.

Center Theatre Group accepted submissions for Block Party from intimate theatre companies in the greater Los Angeles area. Each company was able to submit one of its productions that opened between January 1, 2016, and May 30, 2017.
This year, the round one application was significantly simplified, streamlining the application process for the companies that applied. From this pool of applicants, a select number of companies will be invited to the round two application where more in-depth design information will be requested and considered.

Center Theatre Group’s 2016-2017 inaugural Block Party featured the Coeurage Theatre Company production of “Failure: A Love Story,” which ran April 14 through 23, followed by The Fountain Theatre production of “Citizen: An American Lyric,” which ran April 28 through May 7 and finished with The Echo Theater Company production of “Dry Land,” which ran May 12 through May 21, 2017.

With Block Party, Center Theatre Group hopes to strengthen relationships within the Los Angeles community, create additional avenues for Center Theatre Group to become familiar with local playwrights, actors, directors and designers, and foster relationships between Center Theatre Group staff and the staff at theatre companies throughout Los Angeles.

Block Party receives major support from Aliza Karney Guren and Marc Guren with generous funding also provided by Joni and Miles Benickes.

Center Theatre Group has a long history of pairing with local theatre companies of all sizes including the Deaf West production of “Big River,” which was produced at the Mark Taper Forum in 2002 and went on to Broadway before returning to the Ahmanson Theatre in 2005 as part of a national tour. More recently, Center Theatre Group partnered with 24th STreet Theatre’s “Walking the Tightrope” (which played at the Douglas) and other productions around the city such as “The Behavior of Broadus” (with Burglars of Hamm and Sacred Fools Theater Company), “Birder” (with The Road Theatre Company) and, most recently, “The Hotel Play” (with Playwrights’ Arena).

Center Theatre Group, one of the nation’s preeminent arts and cultural organizations, is Los Angeles’ leading nonprofit theatre company, programming seasons at the 736-seat Mark Taper Forum and 1600 to 2000-seat Ahmanson Theatre at The Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles, and the 317-seat Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. In addition to presenting and producing the broadest range of theatrical entertainment in the country, Center Theatre Group is one of the nation’s leading producers of ambitious new works through commissions and world premiere productions and a leader in interactive community engagement and education programs that reach across generations, demographics and circumstance to serve Los Angeles.

Tickets for Block Party are currently available on season subscription only. For tickets and information, please visit or call the Exclusive Season Ticket Hotline at (213) 972-4444. The Kirk Douglas Theatre is located at 9820 Washington Blvd. in Culver City, CA 90232. Ample free parking and restaurants are adjacent.



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