Oct 182016


Center Theatre Group Will Remount Three Local Productions for Block Party Celebration
Selected Productions To Be Announced in December


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
Los Angeles
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
Historic Filipinotown
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.

Capital W
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
West Hollywood
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.
Atwater Village
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
Santa Monica
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
North Hollywood
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
Boyle Heights
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
Atwater Village
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
Valley Village
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
Atwater Village
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.

Fountain Theatre
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
Los Angeles
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.

Four Larks
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.

Fugitive Kind
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.

Griot Theatre
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.

Hudson Theatricals
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
Los Feliz
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
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
Los Angeles
Missyng Pictures is a production company focused on stories of or told by women and minorities in varied genres and mediums, live or recorded.

Moving Arts
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
Long Beach
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
Atwater Village
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
Santa Monica
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
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
Santa Monica
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.

The Garage
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
North Hollywood
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
Silver Lake
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
West Hollywood
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
Los Angeles
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
North Hollywood
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
Atwater Village
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
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
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
North Hollywood
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.”

Theatre West
Hollywood Hills
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
North Hollywood
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
Picfair Village
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.

Whitefire Theatre
Sherman Oaks
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
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.



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Jun 022016

2016-2017 Season At The Kirk Douglas Theatre


CTG Marks 13 Seasons at the Douglas and 50 Years in Los Angeles Five World Premieres and an American Premiere Set for the Douglas Plus the Launch of the Block Party Celebration Featuring Three Plays Selected From Among the Best Recent L.A. Productions

The New Season Begins September 10, 2016, and Runs Through August 6, 2017.

Center Theatre Group Artistic Director Michael Ritchie has set the 2016-2017 Season at the CTG/Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City.

“This is an exciting season of firsts,” said Ritchie. “We have filled our 13th season at the Douglas with premieres – five world premieres and one American premiere.
“And, as we celebrate Center Theatre Group’s 50 years of creating theatre in Los Angeles, we also want to turn the spotlight on some of the remarkable work being done on the other stages throughout L.A. with our inaugural Block Party featuring three plays chosen from the many amazing works done by our fellow theatre companies over the last two years.

“Looking back into our recent past, in 2015, DouglasPlus audiences got a glimpse into the fantastic world of Lucy Alibar’s Southern childhood when we presented ‘Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up’ as a work in progress. Now she is ready to premiere her truly unique coming of age story and we are thrilled to have it on our stage.”
“We also welcome back award-winning playwright Jon Robin Baitz for his seventh production at CTG and third world premiere with the politically charged ‘Vicuña,’” said Ritchie, “as well as Tim Crouch whose ‘Adler & Gibb’ looks at the artists behind the art and promises to be as inciting as his immersive play ‘The Author’ that rocked DouglasPlus audiences in 2011.

“Celebrated playwright Lauren Yee will join us for the first time with her funny, touching and very personal play, ‘King of the Yees,’ which places her family center stage.
Writer/co-director Deborah Stein and co-director/performer Suli Holum will also join us for the first time with a stunningly inventive work, ‘The Wholehearted,’ featuring performance and video with rockabilly and country music to tell the story of a female boxing champion and her battles outside of the ring.”

“We will celebrate a new voice in the theatre with the first play by actress and now playwright Ngozi Anyanwu,” said Ritchie. “Her ‘Good Grief’ explores the difficult journey to adulthood. I am proud to bring her new work to life at the Douglas and look forward to more work from this talented writer.
“It is a season that continues the growing tradition of bold, theatrically adventurous plays that have come to define the Kirk Douglas Theatre. I have always strived to present
the widest possible range of theatrical experiences. This season features plays from internationally renowned theatre artists and emerging local voices. Stories will reveal themselves in the privacy of a childhood bedroom and under the bright spotlight of a national election. We are collaborating with theatres across the country, the globe and just across town to bring theatre that will engross, challenge and entertain our audiences.”

The 2016-2017 season at the Douglas is part of Center Theatre Group’s 50th anniversary that includes the previously announced 2016-2017 season at the Ahmanson Theatre and the 2017 season at the Mark Taper Forum, which will be announced this summer. Both the Taper and the Ahmanson are part of The Music Center of Los Angeles County and are the theatres where Center Theatre Group began in 1967. Center Theatre Group added the Kirk Douglas Theatre in 2004.

“Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up”
By Lucy Alibar

Lucy Alibar in “Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up”

Playwright/performer Lucy Alibar in “Throw Me on the Burnpile. Photo by Craig Schwartz.

Oscar-nominated screenwriter Lucy Alibar (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”) brings her unforgettable Southern childhood to fantastical life in “Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up,” launching the 2016-2017 season. Directed by Center Theatre Group Associate Artistic Director Neel Keller, the world premiere of this touching and hilarious one-woman show runs September 10 through October 2, 2016, with opening set for September 16.
Written and performed by Alibar, “Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up” blends a lecherous goat, Pentecostals on the radio, a clutter of inbred cats, phone calls from death row, Daddy’s burnpile and countless other rich ingredients into a delicious and magical stew of stories about a singular childhood in Grady County, Florida.
“Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up” was developed by Center Theatre Group and was presented as a work in progress at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in 2015 as part of Center Theatre Group’s DouglasPlus program.

Lucy Alibar’s plays have been produced or developed at the National Theatre Studio in London, Joe’s Pub, the Ojai Playwrights Conference, Berkeley Rep Ground Floor, Williamstown Theatre Festival, HERE Arts Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Avignon Festival, Women Center Stage at Classic Stage Company and the Cherry Lane Theatre. Her first movie, “Beasts of the Southern Wild” (an adaptation with Benh Zeitlin of her stage play “Juicy and Delicious”), received the Sundance Grand Jury Prize, the Cannes Film Festival Caméra d’Or and earned Alibar nominations for BAFTA, Oscar and a Scripter Awards. She is a Sundance Screenwriting Fellow, a two-time finalist for the Heideman Award at Actors Theatre of Louisville and finalist for the O’Neill Playwrights Conference.
Lucy is an alumni of the Obie Award-winning Youngblood and cofounder of the New Georges Writer/Director Lab.

By Jon Robin Baitz

Playwright Jon Robin Baitz

Playwright Jon Robin Baitz.

As the 2016 election cycle reaches its fevered peak, Tony nominee and Pulitzer finalist Jon Robin Baitz dives into the debate with the world premiere of “Vicuña,” October 23 through November 20, 2016. The opening is set for October 30.
Directed by Robert Egan, “Vicuña” delves beneath the overstitching, through the weave and into the true power of the power suit. A suit may or may not make the man but it definitely reveals him – offering the world a glimpse of his taste, judgement and intelligence. Influenced by the evolving political landscape, Baitz’s new play focuses on a brash candidate on the rise and the world-renowned tailor who just might have the final piece needed to clinch the election.

“Vicuña” will be the seventh play by Jon Robin Baitz to be presented by Center Theatre Group and the third to receive its world premiere with CTG. Past productions at the Taper include “Dutch Landscape” (world premiere), “The Substance of Fire,” “Three Hotels,” “Ten Unknowns” and “Other Desert Cities.” “The Paris Letter” received its world premiere at Kirk Douglas Theatre. Baitz’s other plays include “The Film Society,” “The End of the Day,” “A Fair Country,” “Mizlansky/Zilinsky,” and a new version of Ibsen’s “Hedda Gabler” (for Broadway starring Kate Burton). He is a Pulitzer Prize finalist for “A Fair Country” and “Other Desert Cities” and a Guggenheim, NEA and American Academy of Arts & Letters Award winner. His screenplays include “The Substance of Fire” and “People I Know” starring Al Pacino. Baitz created the drama series “Brothers & Sisters” in 2006, after writing an episode of “The West Wing” (“The Long Goodbye”).

“The Wholehearted”
Conceived and Created by Stein | Holum Projects
Written by Deborah Stein

Performer/co-director Suli Holum in the ArtsEmerson workshop production of “The Wholehearted.”

Performer/co-director Suli Holum in the ArtsEmerson workshop production of “The Wholehearted.” Photo by Kate Freer.

Stein | Holum Projects’ engrossing one-woman show “The Wholehearted” is presented as part of DouglasPlus, December 2 – 11, 2016, with opening set for December 3.
Written and co-directed by Deborah Stein and performed and co-directed by Suli Holum with original songs by Obie Award-winning composer and sound designer James Sugg, the world premiere production is produced in association with La Jolla Playhouse.
Set in a boxing gym where female boxing phenom Dee Crosby is preparing for a whole new fight, “The Wholehearted” looks past the neatly-packaged Cinderella stories of sports coverage into the real world of a woman grappling with lost love and an abusive husband. “The Wholehearted” blends music, video and physicality into a singular theatrical experience that Don Aucoin of the Boston Globe called, “a boldly arresting work, elevated its pervasive and skillful use of video and by Holum’s alternately brooding and explosive portrayal of Dee.”

Stein | Holum Projects (SHP) is the creative partnership of playwright/director Deborah Stein and performer/director Suli Holum. Drawing on over a decade of experience in both experimental and regional theatre, SHP works with a core group of accomplished designers to create a unique hybrid of the highly visual and dexterously verbal; interdisciplinary physical theatre with complex and nuanced characters. Their first play, “Chimera,” premiered at HERE as part of Under the Radar and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance.

Suli Holum is a founder and former Co-Artistic Director of Pig Iron Theatre Company where she established herself as a collaborative playmaker. With diverse training that includes Lecoq, Viewpoints, puppetry and various dance forms, Holum creates work that is highly physical and transformative. Her off-Broadway acting credits include “Hot ‘n’ Throbbing,” “Courting Vampires,” “Live Girls,” “Lebensraum” (Drama Desk Award) and regionally she appeared in “Born Yesterday”(Helen Hayes nomination) at Arena Stage. She is a recipient of a 2010 TCG Fox Resident Actor Fellowship.

Deborah Stein’s other plays include “Heist!” (Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival commission), “God Save Gertrude” (Workhaus Collective, Theatre @ Boston Court), “Wallflower” (Stages Repertory Theatre) and “Bone Portraits” (Stillpoint Productions). Deborah has created collaborative original work with artists such as Joseph Chaikin, Dominique Serrand and Lear deBessonet. Since 2000 she has collaborated on six original works with Pig Iron Theatre Company, for which she received three Barrymore Award nominations.

“Adler & Gibb”
By Tim Crouch

Playwright Tim Crouch. Crouch’s “Adler & Gibb” will have its American premiere as part of Center Theatre Group/Kirk Douglas Theatre’s 2016-2017 season.

Playwright Tim Crouch. Crouch’s “Adler & Gibb” will have its American premiere as part of Center Theatre Group/Kirk Douglas Theatre’s 2016-2017 season. Photo by Amelia Dowd.

Co-commissioned by Center Theatre Group with the Royal Court Theatre in London, the American premiere of “Adler & Gibb” will be presented as part of DouglasPlus, January 17 – 29, 2017, and opens January 18, at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. “Adler & Gibb” is written by Tim Crouch and directed by Crouch, Andy Smith and Karl James.
“Adler & Gibb” tells the fictional story of Janet Adler and Margaret Gibb, legendary boundary-pushing conceptual artists working in New York late last century. When they abruptly step away from the limelight at the height of their careers, the mysterious move only adds fuel to their fame.
When “Adler & Gibb” opened at the Royal Court Theatre in London, Paul Taylor of The Independent said, “… an evening that starts off with the air of a studied prank becomes emotionally piercing …” calling the production “memorable and rewarding. …”
And Andrzej Lukowski of Time Out London raved, “At its best, this hilarious, harrowing and maddening interrogation of the value of art explodes with fearless intent and piercing intelligence … Tim Crouch has earned his place in the contemporary theatre pantheon.”
Tim Crouch returns to the Kirk Douglas Theatre where his searing and immersive play “The Author” was presented as part of DouglasPlus in 2011. His other plays include Obie Award-winning “An Oak Tree” (Odyssey Theatre), “My Arm,” “ENGLAND” (a play for galleries), “what happens to the hope at the end of the evening” and “I, Malvolio.” Tim works with a number of associates and collaborators to produce his writing. Organizations that have been involved more deeply in the work – through commission or co-production – include the Royal Court Theatre, the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh, the British Council, Brighton Festival, Singapore Arts Festival, Culturgest in Lisbon, Warwick Arts Centre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre.

Good Grief
By Ngozi Anyanwu

Playwright Ngozi Anyanwu. Anyanwu’s “Good Grief” will have its world premiere as part of Center Theatre Group/Kirk Douglas Theatre’s 2016-2017 season.

Playwright Ngozi Anyanwu. Anyanwu’s “Good Grief” will have its world premiere as part of Center Theatre Group/Kirk Douglas Theatre’s 2016-2017 season. Photo by Craig Schwartz.

Winner of the 2016 Humanitas/Center Theatre Group Playwriting Prize, Ngozi Anyanwu’s “Good Grief” has its world premiere at the Douglas from February 26 to March 26, 2017, and opens March 5. Directed by Patricia McGregor, this is the first of Anyanwu’s plays to receive a full professional production.

“Good Grief” follows Nkechi (played by Anyanwu), a good Nigerian-American girl frozen in her own coming of age story. When tragedy strikes on an unplanned break from college, she retreats into her childhood home and reexamines the many steps she’s taken on the way to adulthood, from first crush, to missed connections to the struggles of a first generation girl blending in to her suburban Pennsylvania reality.
Additional casting will be announced at a later date.

A recent graduate of the University of California San Diego’s MFA acting program, Ngozi Anyanwu is an actress, writer, producer and director. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre from Point Park University and performed at the Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Barrington Stage, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and the Mark Taper Forum.
Anyanwu is the founder and one of the original members of the 1st Generation Nigerian Project where she served as Artistic Director and wrote and performed along with several other amazing Nigerian-American female artists under the direction of John Gould Rubin (Bank Street Theatre, Women Center Stage Festival). She now serves as Co-Artistic Director of Now Africa’s Playwrights Festival. She has directed “She Gon Learn,” by Lisa Strum for the Emerging Arts Festival and for the United Solo Festival. She has also served as assistant director at Intar (Unit 52) and under Eve Best with Old Vic New Voices.

Block Party:
Celebrating Los Angeles Theatre

Drawing upon the rich local theatre community, Block Party: Celebrating Los Angeles Theatre at the Kirk Douglas Theatre will be presented over six weeks, April 14 – May 21, 2017.

Los Angeles is home to over 250 theatre companies, featuring an abundance of talent, diversity and ingenuity. Center Theatre Group is tapping into this deep pool of artists to create the inaugural Block Party – a selection of three recent productions from local theatre companies, highlighting some of the best work the city has to offer.

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 2003 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 in conversation with the play’s sequel/prequel “Clybourne Park” and was presented simultaneously at the Taper), 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).

Theatre companies from the greater Los Angeles area are invited to submit shows that have been produced in the past two years for Block Party. Applications are being accepted through August 12, 2016, and the chosen productions will be announced in the fall.

“King of the Yees”
by Lauren Yee

Playwright Lauren Yee.

Playwright Lauren Yee.

The 2016-2017 season at the Kirk Douglas Theatre concludes with the world premiere production of Lauren Yee’s bitingly funny and heartbreakingly honest new play, “King of the Yees.” Directed by Joshua Kahan Brody and produced in association with
Goodman Theatre, Yee’s hilarious romp through her own history runs July 9 through August 6, 2017. The opening is set for July 16.

For nearly 20 years, playwright Lauren Yee’s father Larry has been a driving force in the Yee Family Association, a seemingly obsolescent Chinese American men’s club formed 150 years ago in the wake of the Gold Rush. But when her father goes missing, Lauren must plunge into the rabbit hole of San Francisco’s Chinatown and confront a world both foreign and familiar. “King of the Yees” is a joyride across cultural, national and familial borders that explores what it means to truly be a Yee.
In his review of Lauren Yee’s earlier play “Crevice,” Robert Hurwitt of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote, “Yee has an acute ear for contemporary speech and applies a devilishly keen satiric eye to the manners and mores of her generation (and its parents).”
Lauren Yee’s plays include “Ching Chong Chinaman,” (Pan Asian Rep, Mu Performing Arts, Impact Theatre), “The Hatmaker’s Wife” (Playwrights Realm, The Hub,
Moxie Theatre, AlterTheater, PlayPenn), “Hookman” (Encore Theatre, Company One), “in a word” (SF Playhouse, Cleveland Public Theatre, Strawdog), “King of the Yees” (Goodman Theatre – New Stages), “Samsara” (Victory Gardens, Chance Theatre, O’Neill Conference) and “The Tiger Among Us” (MAP Fund, Mu). A former Dramatists Guild fellow, MacDowell fellow, Public Theater Emerging Writers Group member, Women’s Project Lab playwright, Second Stage Shank playwright-in-residence, Playwrights’ Center Core Writer and Playwrights Realm Page One playwright, Yee was nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, L. Arnold Weissberger Award, and Outer Critics Circle’s John Gassner Award. She is a Ma-Yi Writers’ Lab member and holds commissions from Denver Center, Lincoln Center/LCT3, Mixed Blood, Portland Center Stage, South Coast Rep, and Trinity Rep. She currently lives in New York. She holds a B.A. from Yale and MFA from UCSD.


2016-2017 Season is Currently Available by Season Ticket Memberships Only.
The 2016-2017 season at the Douglas is currently available by season ticket memberships only. For information and to purchase season tickets by phone, call the Exclusive Season Ticket Membership Hotline at (213) 972-4444. For more information
about season tickets visit CenterTheatreGroup.org/Douglas.

The Douglas Experience
A popular feature of the Kirk Douglas Theatre is The Lounge, where patrons can enjoy a cocktail before the show in the comfortable lobby of the theatre, and chat with the well-informed and engaging staff. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks can be taken into the seating area. (Many of the productions feature themed cocktails – Tiny Timtini for The Second City’s “A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens!”)
Patrons are encouraged to come early and explore the interactive displays and activities in The Lounge that are specially crafted for each production. Past productions have included experiences as diverse as a photo booth where patrons could have their photo taken laughing alone with the salad of their choice (for “Women Laughing Alone with Salad”), a timeline showing the history of Chavez Ravine with an area left blank for patrons to add their own memories of Los Angeles (for “Chavez Ravine”), and an electric guitar in the historic ticket booth of the theatre for patrons to rock out with (for “The Black Suits”).
In addition, the productions have Stage Talks – post-show conversations in The Lounge facilitated by CTG’s knowledgeable and specially trained staff.

The Kirk Douglas Theatre is located at 9820 Washington Blvd. in Culver City.
Parking is free in the nearby Culver City’s City Hall garage, and a number of the restaurants within steps of the theatre offer exclusive discounts to Kirk Douglas Theatre ticket holders.

Center Theatre Group, a non-profit organization, is one of the largest and most active theatre companies in the nation, programming subscription seasons year-round at the 736-seat Mark Taper Forum and the 1,600 to 2,000-seat Ahmanson Theatre at the Music Center of Los Angeles, and the 317-seat Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. In addition to providing theatre of the highest caliber to the rich, diverse communities of Southern California and beyond, CTG supports a significant number of play development and arts education initiatives.

Center Theatre Group’s 2016-2017 Season at the Kirk Douglas Theatre

First Season Production:
September 10 – October 2, 2016
(Opens September 16)
“Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up”
Written and Performed by Lucy Alibar
Directed by Neel Keller
World Premiere

Second Season Production:
October 23 – November 20, 2016
(Opens October 30)
by Jon Robin Baitz
Directed by Robert Egan
World Premiere

December 2 – 11, 2016
(Opens December 3)
“The Wholehearted”
Conceived and Created
by Stein | Holum Projects
Written and Co-Directed by Deborah Stein
Performed and Co-Directed by Suli Holum
Produced in association with La Jolla Playhouse
World Premiere Production

January 17 – 29, 2017
(Opens January 18)
“Adler & Gibb”
by Tim Crouch
Directed by Tim Crouch, Andy Smith and Karl James
A Center Theatre Group co-commission with the Royal Court Theatre
American Premiere

Third Season Production:
February 26 – March 26, 2017
(Opens March 5)
“Good Grief”
by Ngozi Anyanwu
Directed by Patricia McGregor
World Premiere

Fourth Season Production:
April 14 – May 21, 2017
Block Party: Celebrating Los Angeles Theatre
Three productions selected from local theatre companies, highlighting some of the best work of L.A.

Fifth Season Production:
July 9 – August 6, 2017
(Opens July 16)
“King of the Yees”
By Lauren Yee
Directed by Joshua Kahan Brody
Produced in association with Goodman Theatre
World Premiere Production



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