Center Theatre Group Will Remount Three Local Productions for Block Party Celebration
Selected Productions To Be Announced in December
CENTER THEATRE GROUP RECEIVES 76 SUBMISSIONS FOR
INAUGURAL BLOCK PARTY AT THE KIRK DOUGLAS THEATRE
Center Theatre Group received submissions from 76 local theatre companies from North Hollywood to San Pedro, Topanga to Sierra Madre for the inaugural Block Party: Celebrating Los Angeles Theatre at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Block Party will highlight some of the remarkable work being done on stages throughout Los Angeles by fully producing three previously staged productions.
Three productions will be selected for presentation at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, April 14 through May 21, 2017. Each production will have a two-week run with 11 performances and will be part of a three-month collaboration with Center Theatre Group. The visiting companies and their productions will receive the full support of Center Theatre Group and its staff in order to fund, stage and market each production. The three visiting companies invited to join Block Party will be announced in December.
“I’m excited to get artists and arts administrators we haven’t worked with before into our building,” said Center Theatre Group Associate Producer Lindsay Allbaugh. “More collaboration can only strengthen our community as a whole, and our community’s national reputation.”
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, 2015, and August 12, 2016.
With Block Party, Center Theatre Group hopes to strengthen relationships within the Los Angeles community, create additional avenues for the organization 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 generous support from Joni and Miles Benickes and Aliza and Marc Guren.
Center Theatre Group has a long history of pairing with local theatre companies 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 Ebony Repertory Theatre for the remounting of “A Raisin in the Sun” (which played at the Douglas), 24th Street Theatre’s “Walking the Tightrope” (also at the Douglas) and other productions around the city such as “The Behavior of Broadus” (with Burglars of Hamm and Sacred Fools Theater Company) and “Birder” (with The Road Theatre Company).
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.
The Kirk Douglas Theatre is located at 9820 Washington Blvd. in Culver City, CA 90232. Ample free parking and restaurants are adjacent.
Block Party Applicants
2Cents Theatre Group
2Cents Theatre is dedicated to the rejuvenation and exposure of theatrical ART from all eras, drawing from strengths, ambitions and aspirations of our diverse and evolving community of artists. We commit to create that which moves us to passion, and to make it accessible to unexposed and theatrically unfulfilled audiences.
Actors Co-op Theatre Company
Actors Co-op is a company of Christian actors driven by passion for the Lord Jesus Christ. We are dedicated to pursuing the highest standards of theatrical excellence and to building up our members spiritually, personally and professionally in order to be an outreach of Christ’s hope.
Antaeus Theatre Company
Antaeus is a cooperative theatre ensemble founded to empower the actor and to bring classical theatre to Southern California. The company exists to create a family of artists and audiences and is dedicated to exploring stories with enduring themes.
Australian Theatre Company
Australian Theatre Company is committed to selecting and producing work of extraordinary quality, and sharing the very best of our Australian culture with American audiences. Our intention is to further enrich the relationship between Australians and Americans by offering our voices, stories, culture, talent and spirit via world-class theatrical projects.
Bootleg Theater is a gathering place, a large 1930’s warehouse, a home and a watering hole for adventurous Los Angeles performing artists and their audiences. Our uniquely beautiful, nontraditional theater space both inspires and compels us to work with artists and companies to create daring, genre-bending, striking performance events.
Buzzworks Theater Company
Buzzworks is a company of professional artists presenting new plays and new takes on established works for people seeking a theatrical buzz.
Multiple locations throughout Los Angeles
Drawing on traditions of collaborative devising and site-specific performance, Capital W seeks to create immersive, intimate theatrical worlds that bring into focus the lives of audience members through proximity to the stories of others.
Celebration Theatre is a community of artists dedicated to presenting innovative, provocative and relevant work that examines the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and allied (LGBTQQIA) experience. We challenge society’s perceptions of this community and give a vibrant voice to its evolving identity.
Chalk Repertory Theatre
Unconventional spaces throughout Los Angeles
Chalk Repertory Theatre is dedicated to producing classical and contemporary plays in unconventional spaces. Working with a diverse group of artists, we create work that is designed to reach a non-traditional audience and stimulate community discussion. We aim to transform ideas that non-theatregoers have about what theatre can be, to create work that is intimate, relevant and accessible to all.
Circle X Theatre Co.
Circle X Theatre Co. is a not-for-profit ensemble of artists dedicated to highly provocative, boldly theatrical productions of new and rarely-seen plays and the development of new works for the stage. We believe in imagination over budget, adrenaline over inertia, irreverence over convention and excellence over all.
City Garage creates and presents original works, experimental and adventurous new writing, and new interpretations of classic texts that explore contemporary ideas and issues in a distinctive, strongly physical, highly visual, multi-disciplinary style. It is the resident theater company at Bergamot Station Arts Center in Santa Monica.
Coeurage Theatre Company
Coeurage Theatre Company exists to make impassioned theatre accessible for all audiences through pay what you want admission and fresh, challenging productions.
Collaborative Artists Ensemble
Founded in 2007, Collaborative Artists Ensemble aims to challenge and provoke both the artists as well as the audience with less frequently performed plays and new works. We are drawn to smaller shows that focus on psychologically complex characters and themes that invite the audience to see things in a new light.
Company of Angels
Company of Angels produces theater that reflects and responds to the richness, diversity and complexity that is our city. Company of Angels develops emerging artists, creates new work and develops new voices from under-represented communities to entertain new audiences and serve the City of Angels.
Critical Mass Performance Group
Various locations throughout Los Angeles
Critical Mass Performance Group is committed to long-term collaborative development of new works, reinterpretations of classic texts, and the use of both traditional and alternative performance spaces. We aim to explore big questions of human existence, which reverberate socially, politically and spiritually, for us. The ensemble is committed to engaging in a dialogue with the community of Los Angeles through our work, education and accessibility.
DOMA Theatre Company
DOMA Theatre Company enhances audiences’ theatre experience beyond their expectations by presenting established and original musicals and plays in unique interpretations and settings.
DOMA’s goal is to unite the theatre community in order to augment audiences and promote the arts.
Echo Theater Company
The Echo Theater Company supports playwrights and new works for the theater by creating an environment that empowers the playwright to their own progress while bringing fresh and engaging theatrical events to Los Angeles.
Eclectic Company Theatre
Eclectic Company Theatre is a place for theatre artists to see their individual voice realized. A collaborative community promoting artistic freedom while presenting original and established works, and providing support and training to new and seasoned producers.
Ensemble Studio Theatre – The Los Angeles Project
EST/LA creates an environment that encourages the initiation, exercise, and practice of artistic imagination and expression. We are dedicated to developing and producing new work by established and emerging American playwrights, providing a lifelong artistic home to our membership of theatre professionals and sustaining live theatre – the vital and unique interaction of artist and audience.
The Fountain creates, develops and produces new plays and reimagined classics expressing the diverse social issues and cultures of Los Angeles and the nation. We give artistic voice to the voiceless; while engaging communities and students through our outreach programs, bringing the life-affirming experience of live theatre to new audiences.
Four Clowns is a Los Angeles-based, nationally and internationally touring clown troupe, dedicated to entertaining audiences and shining light on humanity. We aim to redefine the audience’s relationship to the performers on stage with every show.
Downtown Los Angeles
Four Larks creates contemporary performance at the intersection of theatre, music, visual art and dance. We work with an ensemble of actors and musicians to create modern spectacle from found objects and texts. We mine mythology to examine the most persistent questions of the human experience, and translate them for a contemporary audience.
Atwater Village, Silver Lake & Downtown L.A.
Fugitive Kind Theater is a collective dedicated to community and to telling stories to that community with our full selves. We believe in liveness and that all theater-making must begin with joy and collaboration. We believe in sharing space with strangers and leaving us all more alive than we used to be.
Good People Theater Company
The Good People Theater Company is membership theater group dedicated to presenting revivals of musicals and plays in intimate spaces, produced to the highest standards by actors, designers, staff and technicians of many generations. Our style is spare; we focus on honoring the author’s storytelling, and believe theater changes lives.
Everyone has a story to tell. That’s what we do in theatre. Yet women, artists of color, and artists with physical disabilities have been left out of the conversation – their voices unheard – in traditional theatre. When our stories lack diversity, our past remains deficient and our future less bright. Griot Theatre exists to give voice to artists from underrepresented groups to interpret theatre in new ways.
Harold Clurman Lab Theater
The Harold Clurman Laboratory Theater Company provides the community, through theater and discussion, with a place of exploration and experimentation of what it means to be a human being.
The Hudson Theatre is committed to collaborating with writers and producers to bring high caliber work to Hollywood’s Theatre Row. Founded in 1991 the theatre complex has aided in the development of hundreds of new works.
IAMA Theatre Company
IAMA Theatre Company is a multidisciplinary ensemble of artists dedicated to producing original, vibrant and voyeuristic theatre. IAMA provides a home for emerging artists, reaching a continually growing audience and enriching the future of theatre within our diverse Los Angeles community.
Impro Theatre performs completely improvised, full-length plays in the styles of the world’s greatest writers. We encourage a profound level of joy and engagement between performers and audience by creating completely unique, spontaneous plays for each audience. We also teach and promote narrative improvisation at the Impro Theatre School and Studio.
Invertigo Dance Theatre
Throughout Los Angeles
Invertigo Dance Theatre creates connections and community through dance, storytelling, theatre and music. Through our performances and community programming, we make dance compelling, fun, thought-provoking and accessible.
Kritzerland Productions presents new musicals, plays and musical revues as well as rarely done classics; all with an emphasis on creating and celebrating great roles for women of all ages.
Latino Theater Company
Downtown Los Angeles
The Latino Theater Company operates the Los Angeles Theatre Center, where our mission is to provide a world-class arts center for those pursuing artistic excellence; a laboratory where both tradition and innovation are honored and honed; a place where the convergence of people, cultures and ideas contribute to the future.
Little Fish Theatre Company
San Pedro/LA Waterfront Arts District
Little Fish Theatre is an artists’ ensemble who presents quality productions year-round, drawing material from contemporary and classic plays that lend themselves to an intimate performance space. We aim to explore provocative, stimulating theatrical entertainment, while providing a environment for theatre artists and an inviting nexus for local and visiting audiences to our 65-seat venue.
Los Angeles LGBT Center & Sixth Ave. Productions
The LA LGBT Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Program is committed to enriching lives through the ultimate expression of art. Through diverse art forms as theatre, music, dance, comedy and visual art we strive to reflect the diverse lives of the LGBT community and our friends.
Lunar River in association with Padua Playwrights
Silver Lake & West Hollywood
Lunar River brings spectators and performers together for the instantaneous construction of community. Lunar River produces new theatre that is questioning, experimental and provocative, new experiences that belong to our time and place, and aspire to resonate after the performance has ended.
Missyng Pictures is a production company focused on stories of or told by women and minorities in varied genres and mediums, live or recorded.
Silver Lake & Los Feliz
Moving Arts is committed to creating, producing and promoting adventurous theatrical new work by diverse Los Angeles artists for diverse audiences.
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble
West Los Angeles
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble produces adventurous and innovative theatre for a general L.A. audience, including the creation of new American work, the re-visioning of classics,
experimentation with current developments in world theatre, and continuing investigation of “process” as a creative tool. The work tends to be international in scope, provocative in content and exploratory in style.
Olio Theatre Works, Inc.
Los Angeles & Orange Counties
Olio Theatre Works, Inc. is an independent theatre company in Los Angeles County. We ensure that art remains a right, accessible to everyone. We provide high-quality entertainment at affordable prices and entertainment solutions for every occasion and venue including stage, screen, schools, corporate functions, community events and more.
Open Fist Theatre Company
The Open Fist Theatre Company is a community of actors, playwrights, designers and directors who believe that to realize the force and potential of a relevant, living theatre it is necessary to create, nurture and unite a company founded on the pursuit of artistic excellence. We seek through diverse styles and forms to illuminate the essential relationships that connect individuals and their societies as we forge our own collective identity through our work.
Pacific Resident Theatre
Pacific Resident Theatre is a resident theatre company dedicated to providing programming of the highest quality, in order to entertain, inform and educate our multicultural community. We also rediscover rarely performed classics, and foster and develop new works through the collaboration of an artistic ensemble influenced by societal relevance and promote the theatre arts by providing opportunities for artists and craftsmen to develop and enrich their skills.
Panndora Productions provides a safe, appreciative, socially diverse and artistically excellent space for playwrights, directors, actors and other theatre professionals and audiences to experience the exploration and adventure of great new plays.
Playwrights’ Arena, under the leadership of artistic director Jon Lawrence Rivera, is dedicated to discovering, nurturing and producing bold new works for the stage written exclusively by Los Angeles playwrights.
Rogue Artists Ensemble
Silver Lake, Downtown L.A. & Little Tokyo
Rogue Artists Ensemble is a unique American theatre ensemble that is focused on design. Our original plays use an arsenal of international storytelling techniques which include puppets, masks, theatrical magic, projection, sophisticated technology, audio sampling, dance and more to create an unforgettable and totally different kind of experience for young and old alike. Our goal by using this varied approach is to attract a new generation of theatre-goer who has come to expect more in this tech savvy world.
Rogue Machine Theatre
Rogue Machine Theatre produces World Premieres of new plays, primarily by Los Angeles-based playwrights, and produces other plays new to Los Angeles. They seek to be a theatre that nurtures contemporary playwrights, mirrors and examines contemporary culture, engages the community and creates a dialogue that resonates after the curtain closes.
Ruskin Group Theatre Company
Ruskin Group Theatre Company exposes the community to the life-changing experience that the theatre can be and celebrates the spirit of the artist and audience alike while performing outreach through our “Healing through the Arts” program.
Sacred Fools Theater Company
Sacred Fools Theater Company is dedicated to creating and fostering a dynamic, empowered artistic community in Los Angeles. The company is run solely by the ensembled artists. We develop new plays and projects which challenge traditional expectations of the theatrical experience. Our goal is to produce work which invigorates, enlightens and entertains. We believe that theater is a popular and vital art form which inspires and transforms its audience and its members.
Santa Monica Playhouse
Santa Monica Playhouse aims to present innovative works not seen on L.A. stages, support new artists, original works, cultural exchange, diversity, and uses its unique environment for training, creation and exploration to inspire audiences with a profound appreciation for theatre as a necessity for our community’s health and evolution.
Sierra Madre Playhouse
San Gabriel Valley
The Sierra Madre Playhouse is dedicated to the American experience. It produces American plays and puts them into a cultural and historical context. It celebrates and produces music by emerging artists. It encourages and fosters an appreciation of live performance in people of all ages.
Skylight Theatre Company
Los Feliz/East Hollywood
Skylight Theatre Company expands mainstream theatre through the telling of relevant and more inclusive stories. A vibrant family of artists, we discover, develop and produce original works, introduce plays new to L.A., and educate and nurture the people that create them.
TeAda Productions expands the awareness of issues affecting underserved communities through the development and presentation of performances by people of color. Our community-based projects provide artists the space to explore cultural and political issues most relevant to their communities. TeAda serves as a bridge between artists of color and the health, education and social justice issues of their communities.
The Blank Theatre
The Blank Theatre is committed to the enrichment of Hollywood’s cultural life through production of first-rate theatre, education of current and future artists and creation of groundbreaking new works for the theatrical repertoire.
As artists, finding and nurturing our own voices is very important. The Garage hopes to find an outlet for self-expression that we can share with our community. We choose to be proactive in our creative endeavors and simultaneously we wish to spread social awareness.
The Group Repertory Theatre
The Group Rep fosters growth of legitimate theatre in the greater Los Angeles area while reaching out to the community, including youth groups, schools and charities.
The Junction Theatre
Established at the Sunset Junction in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, The Junction Theatre embraces the rich cultural diversity of our community to create invigorating, innovative
and inclusive theatre.
The Matrix Theatre Company
The Matrix Theatre Company believes that race is the most important theme in our daily lives and over the last seven years has devoted itself to exploring that theme in its many approaches and permutations. The objective is to give the audience a cumulative experience by dealing with race in different aspects and point of views.
The Moving Art Collective
An ensemble-based company dedicated to creating works inspired by the power of the actor’s physicality. The Moving Art Collective creates a visceral connection between audience, performer and the work onstage. Through the marriage of text and movement, our pieces challenge the audience to reflect on their own lives and the world around them.
The New American Theatre
Culver City, West L.A. & Hollywood
The New American Theatre seeks to inspire, educate and nurture our community and community of theatre artists towards a thoughtful and humane world view through the art of storytelling.
The Next Arena
The Next Arena is a theater company dedicated to creating an artistic arena of innovative and unflinching performing arts throughout greater Los Angeles by offering a forum where actors, writers and visual artists can collaborate to produce daring theater that celebrates the diversity of human experience.
The Road Theatre Company
The Road Theatre Company presents plays new to the Los Angeles public that introduce socially and/or politically relevant voices to the American stage. We also introduce under-served audiences to the world of theatre and further establish our company as a champion of new works in Los Angeles.
The Robey Theatre Company
Downtown Los Angeles
The Robey Theatre Company develops stories about the Global Black experience and reinterprets Black Classics.
The Victory Theatre Center
The VTC is a small theatre, but what’s experienced here is large. The Victory Theatre Center is a creative hub for audiences and artists to engage with one another through ground-breaking theatrical productions, educational opportunities and social events in an intimate setting that can’t help resulting in intoxicating conversation.
The West is a multimedia storytelling collective, the purpose of which is to contribute to the overall mental and emotional health of the community, to find how art is useful and somehow a part of everyday life, to serve and create community and the sense of community, and to provide a home for all artists.
Theatre 40 of Beverly Hills
Theatre 40, one of the premiere small theatre companies in Los Angeles, provides excellent theatre productions of both classic plays and new works. Theatre 40 expands our audiences through innovation, selection of material, quality of productions and overall satisfaction of our organization.
Theatre Asylum/Combined Artform exists to produce full and co-productions, explore multi media internet programming and to be an active member in the Los Angeles performance community. We nurture talent from within and reach out to our fellow artists, providing venues, resources and collaboration for all manner of live performance.
Theatre Movement Bazaar
Various location throughout Los Angeles
Theatre Movement Bazaar is a company dedicated to creating original performance works. We merge elements of dance, text, cinema and media from diverse sources to create provocative theatrical storytelling with an emphasis on physical action. We strive to reinvigorate the theatre for contemporary audiences.
Theatre of NOTE
Theatre of NOTE is a democratic ensemble of L.A. theatre artists dedicated to creating high caliber, original work that challenges its audience and its members.
Theatre Unleashed is committed to presenting engaging, entertaining and thought-provoking theatre. We pledge to push our artistic ambitions beyond restraints with a dedication to both the development of new works and original takes on established classics worthy of the words “Theatre Unleashed.”
Supporting Artists/Impacting Community is why Theatre West was founded 54 years ago. We give artists rehearsal space, workshops and productions, resulting in hundreds of original plays. We educate over 2,500 LAUSD Title I students in theatre & music, while 11,000 children attend our Storybook Theatre, performed by members of AEA.
Vista Players is a theater group committed to producing high-caliber, socially relevant works by contemporary playwrights. Co-founded in Northern California, the “boundlessly talented” ensemble grew to “the standard by which others were judged” (Sacramento News & Review). The world premiere of “Happy Armenians” marks the troupe’s Southern California relaunch.
Vs. Theatre Company
Vs. Theatre Company produces ORIGINAL works, West Coast/Los Angeles Premieres, and rarely performed plays from major playwrights, EXPLORE the human potential for triumph and tragedy, CHAMPIONS the theatre as a living art form; to reach out to a larger and more diverse audience and ENTERTAINS and CHALLENGES that audience.
Watts Village Theater Company
South Los Angeles
Watts Village Theater Company nurtures and produces works of theater and educational
programming that inspire action and dialogue about contemporary social issues to honor the rich history, cultural diversity and under-served populations of South Los Angeles.
West Coast Jewish Theatre
West Los Angeles
West Coast Jewish Theatre portrays Jewish history, philosophy and culture through theatrical productions dealing with Jewish life in days past, present and future. Through these presentations we hope to reveal the universal truths that foster a respect for and understanding of Jewish heritage in order to bridge the brotherhood of man.
The Whitefire Theatre is committed to a creative environment for writers, directors and actors to develop new projects and to continually develop their craft while living up to its stellar reputation of providing cheeky, witty material to the local theatre community.
Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum
Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum educates and entertains audiences of all ages by presenting classics, socially relevant plays, and education programs. By passing on a sense of history, great works of art inform the present generation and inspire the future. A natural outdoor sanctuary for the arts, all of our work seeks to help understand the world we live in and to embrace our shared humanity.
Working Stage is a group of classically trained artists in the Los Angeles theatre community looking to produce art that heightens our awareness of and kinesthetic response to the human condition.