Nov 132017
 

Water by the Spoonful At The Mark Taper Forum

 

“Water by the Spoonful”

By Quiara Alegría Hudes
Directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz

A janitor, a software mogul, a college grad and an IRS paper-pusher have one thing in common. Although they live thousands of miles apart, these four people share a secret: they’re recovering addicts who have found a safe haven in an online chat room. There, with liberal doses of jokes and bullying, they help each other navigate the broken terrain of their lives. But when an Iraq War veteran’s tragedy spills over into their cyberhome, everything changes. In this fearless Pulitzer Prize winning play by Quiara Alegría Hudes (“In the Heights”), worlds virtual and real unfold onstage, challenging our notions of family, forgiveness, community and courage.

DATES AND TIMES:
Previews begin January 31. Opens February 11. Through March 11, 2018.
Previews (January 31 – February 10):
Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m.
No Monday performance.
Exceptions: Added matinee on Saturday, February 10 at 2:30 p.m.
Opens Sunday, February 11 at 7 p.m.
Regular Performances (February 13 – March 11):
Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m. No Monday performances.

 

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Jul 282017
 
Head Of Passes At Mark Taper Forum

Phylicia Rashad and Francois Battiste in The Public Theater production of “Head of Passes.” Written by Tarell Alvin McCraney and directed by Tina Landau, “Head of Passes” plays September 13 through October 22, 2017, as part of Center Theatre Group’s 50th anniversary season at the Mark Taper Forum. For tickets and information, please visit CenterTheatreGroup.org or call (213) 628-2772. Photo by Joan Marcus. ©2016 Joan Marcus

 

CAST IS SET FOR CENTER THEATRE GROUP’S PRODUCTION OF

“HEAD OF PASSES”

AT THE MARK TAPER FORUM SEPTEMBER 13 THROUGH OCTOBER 22, 2017

Phylicia Rashad Returns to the Taper in Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Piercing New Play

 

Center Theatre Group has announced the cast for “Head of Passes” by Oscar winner and playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney. Directed by Tina Landau and featuring Tony winner Phylicia Rashad, “Head of Passes” begins previews September 13, opens September 24 and continues through October 22, 2017, at the Mark Taper Forum.

Joining the previously announced Rashad, the cast includes, in alphabetical order, Alana Arenas, Francois Battiste, Kyle Beltran, J. Bernard Calloway, James Carpenter, John Earl Jelks and Jacqueline Williams.

The creative team includes scenic design by G.W. Mercier, costume design by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by Jeff Croiter and sound design by Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen. The production stage manager is David S. Franklin.

Family and friends are gathering to celebrate Shelah’s (Rashad) birthday under the leaky roof of her home at the mouth of the Mississippi River. But an unwanted birthday party and unrelenting rains are only the first challenges in this contemporary parable inspired by the Book of Job in which unexpected events turn the reunion into the ultimate test of faith and love. As her world seems to collapse around her, Shelah must fight to survive the rising flood of life’s greatest challenges in this poetic and piercing new play.

 

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Jul 172017
 
Head Of Passes At Mark Taper Forum

Phylicia Rashad and Francois Battiste in The Public Theater production of “Head of Passes.” Written by Tarell Alvin McCraney and directed by Tina Landau, “Head of Passes” plays September 13 through October 22, 2017, as part of Center Theatre Group’s 50th anniversary season at the Mark Taper Forum. For tickets and information, please visit CenterTheatreGroup.org or call (213) 628-2772. Photo by Joan Marcus. ©2016 Joan Marcus

 

“Head of Passes”

By Tarell Alvin McCraney
Directed by Tina Landau

 

Family and friends are gathering to celebrate Shelah’s (Phylicia Rashad) birthday under the leaky roof of her home at the mouth of the Mississippi River. But an unwanted birthday party and unrelenting rains are only the first challenges in this contemporary parable inspired by the Book of Job in which unexpected events turn the reunion into the ultimate test of faith and love. As her world seems to collapse around her, Shelah must fight to survive the rising flood of life’s greatest challenges in this poetic and piercing new play.

DATES/TIMES:
Previews begin September 13.
Opens September 24. Through October 22, 2017.
Previews (September 13 – September 23):
Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 6:30 p.m.
No Monday performances.
Exceptions: Added 1 p.m. performance on Sunday, September 17; added 2:30 p.m. performance on Saturday, September 23
Opens Sunday, September 24 at 7 p.m.
Regular Performances (September 26 – October 22):
Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m. No Monday performances.

 

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Jun 252017
 
Heisenberg At Mark Taper Forum

Denis Arndt and Mary-Louise Parker in the Manhattan Theatre Club production of “Heisenberg.” Written by Simon Stephens and directed by Mark Brokaw, “Heisenberg” plays June 28 through August 6, 2017, as part of Center Theatre Group’s 50th anniversary season at the Mark Taper Forum. Photo by Joan Marcus. ©2016 Joan Marcus

 

PERFORMANCES BEGIN JUNE 28 FOR “HEISENBERG”
PLAYING AT THE MARK TAPER FORUM THROUGH AUGUST 6, 2017

Denis Arndt and Mary-Louise Parker Reprise the Roles They Played on Broadway

 

Preview performances begin June 28 for “Heisenberg” at the Mark Taper Forum.

Written by Tony Award and two-time Olivier Award winner Simon Stephens, “Heisenberg” opens July 6th and will continue through August 6th 2017.

Directed by Drama Desk Award winner Mark Brokaw and featuring Tony nominee Denis Arndt and Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Mary-Louise Parker, the creative team for “Heisenberg” includes Mark Wendland (scenic design), Michael Krass (costume design), Austin R. Smith (lighting design) and David Van Tieghem (sound design).

Amidst the bustle of a crowded London train station, Georgie (Parker) spots Alex (Arndt), a much older man, and plants a kiss on his neck. This electric encounter thrusts these two strangers into a fascinating and life-changing game as “Heisenberg” brings to blazing, theatrical life the uncertain and often comical sparring match that is human connection.

When “Heisenberg” received its world premiere at Manhattan Theatre Club in 2015, Ben Brantley of The New York Times called the play “a probing work that considers the multiplicity of alternatives that could shape our lives at every moment.” On returning to see the Broadway run in 2016, Brantley said “Heisenberg” “seems more shimmeringly and satisfyingly elusive each time I see it.” Adding that Parker and Arndt are “the sexiest couple on a New York stage just now.”

Mark Kennedy of Associated Press said playwright Simon Stephens “does nothing less than alchemy here. He captures new love and old love at the same time, hope and fear, the new world and the old. He’s turned the simplest of tales — boy meets girl — into an unexpectedly rich thing with just two chairs, two tables and two actors.” Jesse Green of New York Magazine added, “Under Mark Brokaw’s exquisite direction, the two actors could not be better.”

“Heisenberg” was commissioned by Manhattan Theatre Club and received its world premiere in the summer of 2015 as part of The Studio at Stage II – Harold and Mimi Steinberg New Play Series, MTC’s initiative to bring bold new work to audiences. “Heisenberg” was then transferred to the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre in 2016. Manhattan Theatre Club, under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, has become one of the country’s most prominent and prestigious theatre companies. Over the past four and a half decades, MTC productions have earned numerous awards including six Pulitzer Prizes and 20 Tony Awards. MTC has a Broadway home at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) and two off-Broadway theatres at New York City Center (131 West 55th Street).

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 “Heisenberg” are available by calling (213) 628-2772, online at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org or at the Center Theatre Group Box Office. Tickets range from $25 – $95 (ticket prices are subject to change).

The Mark Taper Forum is located at The Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A. 90012.

 

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Jun 052017
 
Heisenberg At Mark Taper Forum

Denis Arndt and Mary-Louise Parker in the Manhattan Theatre Club production of “Heisenberg.” Written by Simon Stephens and directed by Mark Brokaw, “Heisenberg” plays June 28 through August 6, 2017, as part of Center Theatre Group’s 50th anniversary season at the Mark Taper Forum. Tickets are currently available by season ticket membership only. Photo by Joan Marcus. ©2016 Joan Marcus

Heisenberg At Mark Taper Forum
By Simon Stephens
Directed by Mark Brokaw

Amidst the bustle of a crowded London train station, Georgie (Mary-Louise Parker) spots Alex (Denis Arndt), a much older man, and plants a kiss on his neck. This electric encounter thrusts these two strangers into a fascinating and life-changing game as “Heisenberg” brings to blazing, theatrical life the uncertain and often comical sparring match that is human connection.

Previews begin June 28. Opens July 6. Through August 6, 2017.
Previews (June 28 – July 5):
Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m.
No Monday performances.
Opens Thursday, *July 6 at 8 p.m.
Regular Performances (*July 7 – August 6):
Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m. No Monday performances.

TICKET INFO: Ticket Prices: $25 – $95 (Ticket prices are subject to change.)
Tickets are available by season ticket membership only at CenterTheatreGroup.org/Taper or by calling the Exclusive Season Ticket Hotline at (213) 972-4444. Single tickets go on sale on May 7 and will be available online at CenterTheatreGroup.org, by calling Audience Services at (213) 628-2772 or in person at the Center Theatre Group box office. Groups: (213) 972-7231. Deaf community: Information and charge, visit CenterTheatreGroup.org/ACCESS.

LOCATION: Center Theatre Group / Mark Taper Forum At the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A. 90012

 

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Apr 212017
 
Rehearsals For “Archduke” At The Mark Taper Forum

L-R: Cast members Stephen Stocking, Patrick Page, Josiah Bania and Ramiz Monsef in rehearsal for the world premiere of Center Theatre Group’s production of “Archduke.” Written by Rajiv Joseph and directed by Giovanna Sardelli, “Archduke” will play April 25th through June 4th, 2017, at the Mark Taper Forum. For tickets and information, please visit CenterTheatreGroup.org or call (213) 628-2772. Photo by Craig Schwartz. All Uses © 2017 Craig Schwartz

 

REHEARSALS BEGIN FOR CENTER THEATRE GROUP’S PRODUCTION OF

“ARCHDUKE”

AT THE MARK TAPER FORUM APRIL 25th THROUGH JUNE 4th 2017

Pulitzer Finalist Rajiv Joseph Returns to the Taper with the World Premiere of His New Play

 

Rehearsals have begun for Center Theatre Group’s production of “Archduke.” Written by Rajiv Joseph, the world premiere of “Archduke” begins previews April 25th, opens May 7th and continues through June 4th 2017, at the Mark Taper Forum.

Directed by Giovanna Sardelli, the cast includes, in alphabetical order, Josiah Bania, Stephanie McVay, Ramiz Monsef, Patrick Page, Stephen Stocking and Todd Weeks.

The creative team includes scenic design by Tim Mackabee, costume design by Denitsa Bliznakova, lighting design by Lap Chi Chu, music and sound by Daniel Kluger, casting by Telsey + Company and the production stage manager is David S. Franklin.

“Archduke” follows the unlikely path to terrorism as three strangers, already struggling to get by, receive a death sentence in the form of a tuberculosis diagnosis. But being young men with nothing to lose in Belgrade, 1914, makes them the perfect recruits for a secret organization looking to strike a blow in the name of Serbian nationalism.

“Archduke” explores the short journey from individual hardship to public harm as personal desperation is cultivated into an act with international significance and a few average men spark World War I.

Rajiv Joseph’s “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo” premiered at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in 2009 before moving to the Taper in 2010 and Broadway in 2011. “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo” was named a 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Drama and was also awarded a grant for Outstanding New American Play by the National Endowment for the Arts. Joseph’s play “Guards at the Taj” was a 2016 Obie winner for Best New American Play and 2016 Lucille Lortel winner for Best Play. His other plays include “The North Pool,” “Gruesome Playground Injuries,” “Animals Out of Paper” and “The Lake Effect.” His plays have been translated and produced worldwide.

 

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Mar 182017
 
Live Art “Remote L.A.” At Taper

Participants in “Remote L.A.,” part of Center Theatre Group’s 50th season at the Mark Taper Forum. Created by Rimini Protokoll, “Remote L.A.” is a pedestrian-based live art experience that takes place on the streets of Downtown L.A. Performances for “Remote L.A.” run through April 2, 2017. For tickets and information, please visit CenterTheatreGroup.org or call (213) 628-2772.
Photo by Craig Schwartz. All Uses © 2017 Craig Schwartz

 

RIMINI PROTOKOLL’S LIVE ART WALKING EXPERIENCE “REMOTE L.A.” OPENS MARCH 14 AS PART OF CENTER THEATRE GROUP/MARK TAPER FORUM’S 50TH SEASON

“Remote L.A.” Takes Place Throughout Downtown L.A.

 

Pedestrian-based live art experience “Remote L.A.” opened Tuesday, March 14 at 4 p.m. as part of Center Theatre Group’s 50th season at the Mark Taper Forum. Created and conceived by Stefan Kaegi and Jörg Karrenbauer of international documentary theatre team Rimini Protokoll, “Remote L.A.” takes place in Downtown L.A. and will run through April 2, 2017.

Audiences will join a group of 50 people exploring Downtown Los Angeles on a guided audio tour that seems to follow them as much as they are following it. Audience members meet up, put on headphones and have their perspectives changed as they are provided with a soundtrack to the streets, sights and rooftops of Los Angeles. A computer-generated voice sets them out on a trail through the city, guiding the group’s movements in real time. The performance reveals a “secret Los Angeles,” journeying to places normally unseen, places where humans encounter their limits, places where crowds gather, back alleyways, dark hallways and common areas seen through a new lens. Participants are not just audience members, they are actors and spectators, observers and observed, individuals and a pack, all at the same time.

 

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Feb 082017
 
“Zoot Suit” Opens February 12th At Mark Taper Forum

L-R (foreground): Andres Ortiz and Oscar Camacho (in background Roco Lpez, Raul Cardona, Daniel Valdez and Tiffany Dupont) in the revival of “Zoot Suit.” Written and directed by Luis Valdez and presented in association with El Teatro Campesino, “Zoot Suit” opens February 12, 2017, as part of Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum’s 50th anniversary season. For tickets and information, please visit CenterTheatreGroup.org or call (213) 628-2772.
Photo by Craig Schwartz. All Uses © 2017 Craig Schwartz

“ZOOT SUIT” OPENS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2017

AT CENTER THEATRE GROUP/MARK TAPER FORUM

“I have tried my best to defend what is most precious in our American society – a society now at war against the forces of racial intolerance and totalitarian injustice,” (George Shearer, defense attorney for the 38th St. Gang in “Zoot Suit”)

Currently in previews, Center Theatre Group’s “Zoot Suit” opens February 12 at the Mark Taper Forum. This legendary play with music will continue through March 19, 2017, (extending one week from the originally announced closing date). Written and directed by Luis Valdez, “Zoot Suit” is presented in association with El Teatro Campesino.

The cast includes (in alphabetical order), Brian Abraham, Mariela Arteaga, Demian Bichir, Melinna Bobadilla, Oscar Camacho, Stephani Candelaria, Raul Cardona, Fiona Cheung, Tiffany Dupont, Caleb Foote, Holly Hyman, Kimberlee Kidd, Rocío López, Jeanine Mason, Tom G. McMahon, Andres Ortiz, Michael Naydoe Pinedo, Matias Ponce, Rose Portillo, Gilbert Saldivar, Richard Steinmetz, Evan Strand, Bradford Tatum, Raphael Thomas and Daniel Valdez.

Choreography for “Zoot Suit” is by Maria Torres, the production includes songs composed by Lalo Guerrero, the music director is Daniel Valdez, casting is by Rosalinda Morales, Pauline O’con, CSA, and Candido Cornejo, Jr., CSA. Scenic design is by Christopher Acebo, costume design is by Ann Closs-Farley, lighting design is by Pablo Santiago, sound design is by Philip G. Allen and projection design is by David Murakami. The associate director is Kinan Valdez and the production stage manager is David S. Franklin.

 

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Jan 312017
 
“Zoot Suit” Previews Have Begun

L-R: Center Theatre Group Artistic Director Michael Ritchie, “Zoot Suit” writer/director Luis Valdez and cast member Tiffany Dupont on the first day of rehearsal for “Zoot Suit.” Presented in association with El Teatro Campesino, “Zoot Suit” will play January 31 through March 12, 2017, as part of Center Theatre Group / Mark Taper Forum’s 50th anniversary season. All Uses © 2017 Craig Schwartz

“ZOOT SUIT” PREVIEWS BEGIN TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2017
AT CENTER THEATRE GROUP/MARK TAPER FORUM
**Please note cast change below.

Nearly 40 years after its world premiere, the original creator Luis Valdez will once again fill the Taper stage with a company of 25 actors, singers and dancers weaving fact and fiction together as they portray the events surrounding the infamous 1942 Sleepy Lagoon murder in Los Angeles. Filled with heart, sly wit and the infectious songs of Lalo Guerrero, ‘‘Zoot Suit’’ remains an urgent portrayal of the clash between generations in a Chicano family, the rifts between cultures in America and how racism and injustice can haunt a city and a society.

“Zoot Suit” begins previews this Tuesday, January 31st 2017, at Center Theatre Group / Mark Taper Forum. The legendary play with music opens February 12 and will continue through March 19, 2017, (extending one week from the originally announced closing date).

Written and directed by Luis Valdez, “Zoot Suit” is presented in association with El Teatro Campesino.

The cast includes (in alphabetical order), Brian Abraham, Mariela Arteaga, Demian Bichir, Melinna Bobadilla, Oscar Camacho, Stephani Candelaria, Raul Cardona, Fiona Cheung, Tiffany Dupont, Caleb Foote, Holly Hyman, Kimberlee Kidd, Rocío López, Jeanine Mason, Tom G. McMahon, Andres Ortiz, Michael Naydoe Pinedo, Matias Ponce, Rose Portillo, Gilbert Saldivar, Richard Steinmetz, Evan Strand, Bradford Tatum, Raphael Thomas and Daniel Valdez.

**The role of Henry Reyna will now be played by Matias Ponce. Jeremy Ray Valdez, who was originally announced for the role, has withdrawn from the production.

Choreography for “Zoot Suit” is by Maria Torres, the production includes songs composed by Lalo Guerrero, the music director is Daniel Valdez, casting is by Rosalinda Morales, Pauline O’con, CSA, and Candido Cornejo, Jr., CSA. Scenic design is by Christopher Acebo, costume design is by Ann Closs-Farley, lighting design is by Pablo Santiago, sound design is by Philip G. Allen and projection design is by David Murakami. The associate director is Kinan Valdez and the production stage manager is David S. Franklin.

International stage and screen star Demian Bichir (Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight,” FX’s “The Bridge,” Showtime’s “Weeds,” Soderbergh’s “Che” and “A Better Life,” Academy Award nomination) plays the indelible role of El Pachuco.

Actors Daniel Valdez and Rose Portillo are returning to “Zoot Suit” after appearing in the world premiere production at the Taper in 1978, as well as at the Aquarius Theatre in Hollywood, on Broadway and in the film. Valdez played the leading role of Henry Reyna, while Portillo played Della, his barrio girlfriend. The two will be reunited for this new production, with Valdez now playing Enrique Reyna (Henry’s father) and Portillo playing Dolores Reyna (Henry’s mother). Daniel Valdez will also music direct once again.

Jeanine Mason, who plays Della, won season five of “So You Think You Can Dance” and recently appeared in ABC’s “Of Kings and Prophets.” She also played a recurring role on ABC Family’s “Bunheads.”

Matias Ponce, who plays Henry Reyna, has appeared in Los Angeles, New York and regional theatre productions of such plays as “Handball,” “Short Eyes,” “Faith, Part I of A Mexican Trilogy” and “The Fat Ugly Ho.” Film and television credits include “Flight World War II,” “Lie to Me,” “Victorious” and “Rizzoli & Isles,” among many others.

“Theatre has always created an extraordinary connection between artists and audiences,” said Center Theatre Group Artistic Director Michael Ritchie. “Nowhere is that more clear than in the uniquely intimate space of the Mark Taper Forum. And that connection continues well beyond the curtain call in plays like Luis Valdez’s ‘Zoot Suit,’ which changed the cultural landscape when it premiered at the Taper almost four decades ago and will continue to offer a vital insight when it opens our 50th season at the Taper in 2017.”

“Zoot Suit” was originally commissioned and developed by Center Theatre Group, playing for nearly a year in Los Angeles first at the Taper from August 6 to October 1, 1978, then from October 10, 1978, through July 1, 1979, at the Aquarius in Hollywood. It went on to become Broadway’s first Chicano play, was made into a major motion picture and became a cultural phenomenon.

Bank of America is the title sponsor for “Zoot Suit.”

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 to “Zoot Suit” are available by calling (213) 628-2772, online at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org or at the Center Theatre Group box office, located at the Ahmanson Theatre. Tickets range from $25 – $99 (ticket prices are subject to change). The Mark Taper Forum is located at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A. 90012.

 

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Jan 282017
 
“Archduke” author Rajiv Joseph

Rajiv Joseph, whose play “Archduke” will have its world premiere in Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum’s 2017-2018 season at the Los Angeles Music Center. Directed by Giovanna Sardelli, “Archduke” will play April 25 through June 4, 2017. For tickets and information, please visit CenterTheatreGroup.org or call (213) 628-2772.
Photo by Rohit Chandra.

“Archduke” By Rajiv Joseph

Directed by Giovanna Sardelli

World Premiere

Written by Pulitzer finalist Rajiv Joseph (“Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo,” “Guards at the Taj”), “Archduke” follows the unlikely path to terrorism as three strangers, already struggling to get by, receive a death sentence in the form of a tuberculosis diagnosis. But being young men with nothing to lose in Belgrade, 1914, makes them the perfect recruits for a secret organization looking to strike a blow in the name of Serbian nationalism. “Archduke” explores the short journey from individual hardship to public harm as personal desperation is cultivated into an act with international significance and a few average men spark World War I.

DATES / TIMES:
Previews begin April 25. Opens May 7. Through June 4, 2017.*

Previews (April 25 – May 6):
Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

Exceptions: Added 1 p.m. performance on Sunday, April 30 and 2:30 p.m. performance on Saturday, May 6; No Monday performances.

Opens Sunday, May 7 at 7 p.m.
Regular Performances (May 9 – June 4):
Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2:30 and 8 p.m.;
Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m. No Monday performances.
Exceptions: No public performances May 9 and 10 (student matinees only);
No Monday performances.

Jan 272017
 

12 Regional Finalists In A. Wilson Monologue Competition

CENTER THEATRE GROUP SELECTS 12 STUDENTS FOR

AUGUST WILSON MONOLOGUE COMPETITION REGIONAL FINALS

TO BE HELD AT THE MARK TAPER FORUM ON FEB. 27

Top Two Students Will Participate in National Finals on Broadway on May 1, 2017

 

Center Theatre Group has selected 12 local high school students to participate in the regional finals for the 2017 August Wilson Monologue Competition (AWMC) to be held at the Mark Taper Forum on Monday, February 27.

This is the sixth consecutive year Center Theatre Group is hosting the Southern California component of the national monologue competition. The program is designed to inspire and educate Los Angeles youth using monologues from August Wilson’s “American Century Cycle,” a 10-play dramatization of the African American experience in the 20th century.

Those selected to participate in the regional finals are Joey Aquino (Los Angeles), Luke Baxter (Moreno Valley), Kelly Bouslaiby (Fontana), Hollis Dohr (Sherman Oaks), Asa Ferguson (Los Angeles), Hannah Franklin (Long Beach), Elija Hall (Los Angeles), Habin Lee (Los Angeles), Arjang Mahdavi (Granada Hills), Ehvinny Mora (Rowland Heights), Alexander Villaseñor (Los Angeles) and Aryana Williams (Carson). The students represent seven local high schools within Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties.

Aquino and Williams both participated in the 2016 competition where Williams took third place.

The students selected will receive training and rehearsal sessions provided by Center Theatre Group throughout January and February. The sessions will allow the students to refine their performances while gaining valuable acting techniques.

 

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Jan 132017
 

“ZOOT SUIT” CASTING IS COMPLETE AND REHEARSALS HAVE BEGUN

 

“ZOOT SUIT” CASTING IS COMPLETE AND REHEARSALS HAVE BEGUN

Center Theatre Group’s “Zoot Suit” Plays at the Taper January 31 – March 12, 2017

 

Casting for Center Theatre Group’s production of “Zoot Suit” is now complete and rehearsals have begun for this legendary play with music. “Zoot Suit” begins previews January 31, opens February 12 and continues through March 12, 2017, at the Mark Taper Forum. Written and directed by Luis Valdez, “Zoot Suit” is presented in association with El Teatro Campesino.

In addition to the previously announced Demian Bichir, Jeanine Mason, Rose Portillo, Daniel Valdez and Jeremy Ray Valdez, the cast now also includes (in alphabetical order), Brian Abraham, Mariela Arteaga, Melinna Bobadilla, Oscar Camacho, Stephani Candelaria, Raul Cardona, Fiona Cheung, Tiffany Dupont, Caleb Foote, Holly Hyman, Kimberlee Kidd, Rocío López, Tom G. McMahon, Andres Ortiz, Michael Naydoe Pinedo, Matias Ponce, Gilbert Saldivar, Richard Steinmetz, Evan Strand, Bradford Tatum and Raphael Thomas.

Choreography for “Zoot Suit” is by Maria Torres, the production includes songs composed by Lalo Guerrero, the music director is Daniel Valdez, casting is by Rosalinda Morales, Pauline O’con, CSA, and Candido Cornejo, Jr., CSA. Scenic design is by Christopher Acebo, costume design is by Ann Closs-Farley, lighting design is by Pablo Santiago, sound design is by Philip G. Allen and projection design is by David Murakami. The associate director is Kinan Valdez and the production stage manager is David S. Franklin.

 

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