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Openings & Extensions (Jan 5)

January 5, 2012

I’ll be directing ARSENIC AND OLD LACE at the Covina Center for the Performing Arts. Auditions are Sat. January 7 at 10am and Mon. January 9 at 7pm – open call. Callbacks 7pm on Wed the 11th.  

Tech JOB OPENINGS at the Covina Center for the Performing Arts.

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JAN 6 – 8: A TRIBUTE TO ELVIS starring Scot Bruce. Join in birthday cake for Elvis after the show on the 8thCovina Center for the Performing Arts. Then ALWAYS PATSY CLINE with Sally Struthers and Christa Jackson JAN 26 – FEB 5. 104 N. Citrus, Covina 91723. Easy and free parking.

 

JAN 6 – JAN 15: A Noise Within (ANW), the acclaimed classical repertory theatre company, brings its hit production of MICHAEL FRAYN’s hilarious NOISES OFF to its new Pasadena theatre for a brief run from Friday, January 6 to Sunday, January  15, 2012, reprising for eight performances the comedy that played to sold-out houses at its former Glendale venue during the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons. Featuring the original A Noise Within cast, Noises Off, directed by Julia Rodriguez-Elliott and Geoff Elliott, pays tribute to the art of theatre-making itself as chaos reigns onstage and off. 3352 East Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107. (626) 356-3100 or visit http://www.ANoiseWithin.org.

 

 

JAN 6 – FEB 18: Do gay men become their mothers?   Celebration Theatre presents in association with Billy Miller the second show of its 2011-2012 Season, Leslie Jordan starring in the World Premiere of FRUIT FLY, written and performed by Leslie Jordan and directed by David Galligan.   Celebration Theatre, 7051B Santa Monica Blvd in Hollywood.

 

JAN 6 – FEB 26: City Garage, resident company at Track 16, Bergamot Station, under the patronage of Tom Patchett, is proud to announce the West Coast premiere of Neil LaBute’s Filthy Talk for Troubled Times. LaBute, known for his biting portrayals of misogynistic and deceitful men, subtitles the work “scenes of intolerance.” City Garage, working with LaBute, is presenting the play in the entirely new setting of an opening at a high-end art gallery. In this provocative conception by director Frédérique Michel, featuring the paintings of Cameron Jordan, the art objects on display are naked females, but the drunk male patrons remain just as conflicted, angry, and baffled as ever by the eternal mystery of women. This special project is a collaboration with the Robert Berman Gallery, running in conjunction with its show featuring the work of photographer Gerald Slota and the prose of Neil LaBute,  Home.Sweet.Home. The shows will run together in January 2012, with the exhibition scheduled January 7, through January 29 and the play continuing through February 26th.

 

JAN 6 – 28: Sixth Avenue is thrilled to present the Los Angeles Premiere of NERVE, written by Adam Szymkowicz, choreography by Laura Harrison and directed by Michael Matthews (Take Me Out, What’s Wrong With Angry) and starring Anna Rubley and Adam Silver. First dates suck. Elliot has never had an online date before–at least not one that showed up. Susan has had far too many but would prefer not to discuss them. When they arrange to meet in a bar one night, all their flaws are revealed along with a surging desperation that may or may not be love. The El Centro Theatre – Chaplin Stage, 804 N. El Centro Ave., Hollywood.

 

JAN 7 – FEB 26: Written, directed and performed by Raymond J. Barry, “Awake in a World That Encourages Sleep” will perform at the Electric Lodge in Venice. Starring Raymond J. Barry from “Justified”, Joseph Culp from “Mad Men,” and Tacey Adams, “Awake in a World That Encourages Sleep” first premièred at Theatre for the New City in New York to rave reviews. Tickets are $25.00 general, $18.00 seniors, $15.00 students and can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/210533.  

 

JAN 10 – FEB 5: LONESOME TRAVELER – “Tom Dooley,” “Goodnight Irene,” “Puff, the Magic Dragon” “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “This Land is Your Land.” These songs remind us of a time when music brought us all together; when it changed us. Lonesome Traveler takes us from the backwoods of Appalachia to the nightclubs of New York and San Francisco; from the mid 1920s to the mid 1960s. Experience the music that made history and the history that made music. This is a journey down the rivers and streams of American Folk music, while presenting a revealing perspective of the roots forever embedded in our culture. Laguna Playhouse 606 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach, CA 92651

 

JAN 13: La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts presents the third High Definition screening of this season’s National Theatre Live series, by presenting COLLABORATORS, written by John Hodge and directed by National Theatre’s Nicholas Hytner. La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd. in La Mirada. TRAVELLING LIGHT – Sunday, February 19, 2012 – 2pm;  THE COMEDY OF ERRORS – Sunday, March 18, 2012 – 2pm. 14900 La Mirada Boulevard in La Mirada, near the intersection of Rosecrans Avenue where the 91 and 5 freeways meet. Parking is free.

 

 

JAN 13 – 22: The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center proudly announces the return of Broadway’s funniest broad, Jackie Hoffman (The Addams Family). Beginning January 13, the Center’s Renberg Theatre hosts the West Coast premiere of Hoffman’s all-new solo show, Jackie Five-OH! In her new show, which was written by Hoffman and her director, Michael Schiralli, the kvetcher-in-chief muses about her own decay as she reaches the landmark of her 50th year, the bitterly funny actor-comic unflinchingly skewers sacred cows such as the Tony Awards and Holocaust movies, flings acid-dipped barbs at the Broadway hierarchy, and does painfully accurate imitations of a gallery of showbiz icons, including Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore. The Village at Ed Gould Plaza 1125 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood.

 

JAN 13 – 22: Loss. Love. Hope. And laughs! Hold on tight as funny woman Miriam Peniche takes you on her true life’s journey from adversity to how she re-staged her life into a music-and-dance-extravagant-costumes-luxurious-make-upspectacular-scenes kind of life. Faking It is a solo show written & performed by Miriam Peniche and directed & dramaturgy by Gabriela López de Dennis. The New Casa 0101 Theater, 2102 E. First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033. For reservations call (323) 263-7684, email tickets@casa0101.org or visit casa0101.org.

 

JAN 14 – FEB 19: The Echo Theater Company has announced it will present the Los Angeles premiere of God’s Ear, a play by Jenny Schwartz, directed by Rory Kozoll. In God’s Ear, a couple suffers a tragic accident, and their grief propels them into a fantastical world where the Tooth Fairy sings, their flight attendant is a cross dresser, and GI Joe offers family counseling. It’s a lyrically absurd journey of love, loss, and laughter. The Zephyr Theatre is located at 7456 Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, 90046.  Street parking is available.

 

 

JAN 15: The Collaborators in HD – A blistering new play from John Hodge, writer of Trainspotting. Moscow in 1938 is a dangerous place to have a sense of humor – even more so a sense of freedom. Novelist Mikhail Bulgakov, living among dissidents, stalked by secret police, has both. And then he’s offered a poisoned chalice: a commission to write a play about Stalin to celebrate his sixtieth birthday. Inspired by historical fact, Collaborators embarks on a surreal journey into the fevered imagination of the writer as he loses himself in a macabre and disturbingly funny relationship with the omnipotent subject of his drama. Presented by LA Theatre Works at James Bridges Theater 235 Charles Young Dr., LA 90095.

 

JAN 15: The all-new, live show “MythBusters: Behind the Myths,” starring Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, co-hosts of the Emmy-nominated Discovery series “MythBusters,” makes its debutat Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on January 15th 2012 for one performance only.  Tickets are on sale beginning Friday, November 11th at 10:00 am through Ticketmaster by calling 866-448-7849or online at ticketmaster.com. The show is on a 28-city national tour that begins in Modesto, California on January 6, 2012.

 

THROUGH JAN 15: The Group Rep presents Sam and Bella Spewack’s deliciously dark comedy MY THREE ANGELS, directed by Larry Eisenberg. Ticket purchase/Info:  www.thegrouprep.com or (818) 763-5990.  Lonny Chapman Theatre at 10900 Burbank Boulevard, NoHo 91601

 

THROUGH  JAN 15: THE ANIMAL WITHIN by Ralph Troph premieres at the Elephant Space. This comedy tells the tale of wealthy socialite Sylvia Argus, who hires a sexy young girl as a live in housekeeper. As Melody gushes about living at Sylvia’s elegant house on the beach, her youth and enthusiasm awaken Sylvia’s long-repressed attraction to women. Sylvia’s husband, Dr. Robert Argus, arrives home surprised to find an attractive young woman having moved into his house, and fears that having Melody there will disrupt his marriage. Sylvia insists that Melody stay, and that’s all it takes to bring out The Animal WithinThe Elephant Space, 6322 Santa Monica Boulevard (just west of Vine), in Hollywood. Street parking available. 

 

JAN 17: ONE NIGHT ONLY – Irvine Barclay Theatre in association with Arts Orange County presents performances by London’s Royal National Theatre. January 17, 2012  – Collaborators; February 29, 2012  –  Travelling Light; March 26, 2012    – Comedy of Errors; April 12, 2012  –  She Stoops to Conquer. Irvine Barclay Theatre – 4242 Campus Drive in Irvine. 949-854-4646 | www.thebarclay.org

 

JAN 18: ONE NIGHT ONLY – The all-new, live show “MythBusters: Behind the Myths,” starring  Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, co-hosts of the Emmy-nominated Discovery series “MythBusters,” makes its debut at the Fox Performing Arts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, on Wednesday, January 18 at 7:30pm for one performance only.  Tickets are now on sale at Ticketmaster.

 

JAN 18: ONE NIGHT ONLY –  Show your appreciation for the arts atDowntown Culver City’s Third Wednesday “Discover the Arts” Happy Hour. Support local artists in a neighborhood known for its creative spirit. Galleries will remain open throughout the evening including Fresh Paint ArtGallery 9Gregg Fleishman Studio/GalleryRoyal T and more. Create your own masterpiece on the boulevards in the Family Chalk Area. Inspire your palate with a bevy of drink specials and dining discounts from a palette of restaurants. Have a cocktail with A Perfect Murder’s Gwenyth Paltrow (her portrait that is) at Rush Street Bar

 

JAN 19-22, 2012: LA Theatre Works presents Next Fall by Geoffrey Nauffts, featuring Jean Smart and original off-Broadway cast member Patrick Breen. Two men in love, two parents in denial, and two friends on speed dial. Luke believes in God; Adam believes in everything else. When an accident changes everything, Adam must turn to Luke’s family and friends for support… and answers. Next Fall captured the hearts and minds of Broadway, winning a 2010 Outer Critics Circle Award as Best New American Play and a Tony Award nomination for Best Play. (Thursday @ 8 pm; Friday @ 8 pm; Saturday @ 3 pm & 8 pm; Sunday @ 2 pm & 7 pm)

 

JAN 20 – 29: Ted Neeley, best known as the star of the Norman Jewison film of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” as well as the Broadway and National Tours, returns to the Rubican Theatre to debut his new concert, “Ted Neeley and The Little Big Band,” an up-close-and-personal musical event which previews January 20, opens January 21, and continues for a limited run through January 29 in Rubicon’s intimate 190-seat home in Ventura’s Downtown Cultural District. Rubicon Box Office at 1006 E. Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001 : www.rubicontheatre.org

 

JAN 21: British Singer-Entertainer, Toni Morrell returns to The Grove by popular demand with her critically-acclaimed one-woman show, “Remembering The Ladies.”  Voted “Best Solo Show in California Theatre 2010” and nominated for “Best Special Theatre Event in L.A. 2011” by Broadway World, “Remembering The Ladies” is a Multi-Media Tribute to the Legendary Ladies of Music, Stage and Screen through song, story and film clips.  Not by doing impersonations, but in her own unique style, Toni Morrell salutes such Legendary Ladies as Judy Garland, Edith Piaf, Shirley Bassey, Marlene Dietrich, Lucille Ball, Marilyn Monroe, Liza Minnelli, Lena Horne, Cher, Bette Midler, Peggy Lee, Debbie Reynolds and many others. The Grove Theatre is located at 276 E. Ninth Street, Upland, CA 91786.

 

JAN 21 – FEB 12: LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS & MC COY RIGBY ENTERTAINMENT are thrilled to present the third show of their 2011-2012 season with the Los Angeles regional theatre premiere production of THE 39 STEPS, adapted by Patrick Barlow (based on the Alfred Hitchcock film) and directed by Jessica Kubzansky.  The cast of THE 39 STEPS will feature Troubadour Theater Company’s Matt Walker, Andrew Borba, Dana Green and David McBean.  THE 39 STEPS  at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd in La Mirada.

 

JAN 21 – FEB 26: Furious Theatre’s No Good Deed  world premiere of a gritty and savagely humorous live-on-stage action adventure that is part theater and part graphic novel. In Furious Theatre Company’s bold exploration of the way junk news and media hype thwart the best efforts of real life heroes, no good deed goes unpunished when teen illustrator Josh Jackson transforms into a superhero – only to face mortal consequences for his actions in an epic battle of good vs. evil. (Mature audiences). [Inside] the Ford 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood, CA  90068. Written by Matt Pelfrey. Original graphic illustrations by Ben Matsuya. Directed by Dámaso Rodriguez.

 

JAN 21 -29: The Rubicon Theatre opens its 2012 season with Ted Neeley (Jesus Christ Superstar). Backed by a little (five-piece) band of big talents, Ted takes us back to his Texas roots with a winsome bit of backwoods blues and country, performs highlights from rock-and-roll musicals such as Tommy, Hair, Sgt. Pepper’s… andSuperstar, sings excerpts from his film scores for Robert Altman and others, and premieres new, never-before-heard pop compositions. Followed by Nazi Hunter – Simon Wiesenthal – February 18 – March 11, 2012; Hello! My Baby – March 24 – April 15, 2012; Gem Of the Ocean – May 19 – June 10, 2012; and Private Lives –  September 8 – September 30, 2012. www.RubiconTheatre.org or call the box office at 805.667.2900. 1006 East Main Street in Ventura.

 

JAN 22 – FEB 19: The cast has been set for the critically-acclaimed Ebony Repertory Theatre production of Lorraine Hansberry’s American classic “A Raisin in the Sun,” playing at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre. Joining the cast from the Ebony Repertory Theatre production is Kim Staunton, who has been cast in the role of Lena Younger. Other cast members include (in alphabetical order) Kenya Alexander, Keith Arthur Bolden, Brandon David Brown, Kevin Carroll, Jason Dirden, Deidrie Henry, Amad Jackson, Scott Mosenson, Bechir Sylvain and Ellis E. Williams. Phylicia Rashad will reprise her direction of the play that Frank Rich of The New York Times said (in 1983) “. . . changed American theatre forever.”

 

THROUGH JAN 22: “Fela!,” which is based on the life of the charismatic Kuti and is highlighted by many of Kuti’s most captivating songs, has a book by Jim Lewis and Bill T. Jones, music and lyrics by Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, additional lyrics by Jim Lewis, additional music by Aaron Johnson and  Jordan McLean, and was conceived by Bill T. Jones, Jim Lewis and Stephen Hendel. “Fela!” features the visionary direction and choreography of two-time Tony Award-winner Jones (“Fela!” and “Spring Awakening”), who was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in December 2010. Ahmanson Theatre, CTG.

 

THROUGH JAN 22: The Elephant Theatre Company has announced its production of Baby Doll by Tennessee Williams, directed and designed by Joel Daavid, at the Lillian Theatre in Hollywood. The cast of Baby Doll is Lulu Brud, Tony Gatto, Ronnie Marmo, and Jacque Lynn Colton among others. Baby Doll will play a limited engagement through December 18.  The Lillian Theatre is located at 1076 N. Lillian Way (just west of Vine, off Santa Monica Boulevard), in Hollywood.  Street parking is available.        

 

JAN 24 – FEB 19: The Pasadena Playhouse announced the full cast and creative team for ART at The Pasadena Playhouse. ART, by Yasmina Reza stars Tony Award-nominee Roger Bart, Academy Award-nominee Michael O’Keefe and Emmy Award-winner Bradley Whitford and will be directed by nine-time Emmy Award-winner David Lee. ART is the acclaimed international hit from playwright Yasmina Reza (God of Carnage). 39 S. El Molino, Pasadena 91101.

 

JAN 26-FEB 5: Sally Struthers in Always Patsy Cline with Christa Jackson at the Covina Center for the Performing Arts. More than just a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically in 1963 the show is based on a true story about Cline’s friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger (played by Struthers). Seger befreinded Cline (played by Christa Jackson) in a Texas honey-tonk in 1961 and continued correspondence with Cline until her death. Directed by Frank Minano. 104 N. Citrus, Covina 91723.

 

JAN 27: Chance Theatre in Anaheim opens its 2012 season. The West Coast Premiere of the edgy musical love story Rooms, a rock romance opens the season January 27 – March 4, 2012. The Southern California Premiere of the dark comedy Reborning occupies the second slot of the year April 20 – May 20. The modern musical version of Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story runs June 29 – August 5. The Orange County Premiere of the post-apocalyptic comedy Boom closes the season September 21 – October 21. For the holidays, the Chance will present two of its popular productions: the ninth annual staging of The Eight: Reindeer Monologues (November 26 – December 22) and the return of the audience favorite Little Women – The Broadway Musical (November 16 – December 23).

 

JAN 27 – FEB 19: Here’s your chance to see this 2009 Tony Award-winner for Best Play in a more intimate setting! In Yasmina Reza’s savagely caustic comedy, a playground altercation between eleven-year-old boys brings together two sets of Brooklyn parents for a meeting to resolve the matter. At first, diplomatic niceties are observed, but as the evening progresses and the rum flows, it quickly deteriorates into a finger-pointing, fur-flying, hilarious brawl, leaving the couples with more than just their liberal principles in tatters. International City Theatre is located in the Long Beach Performing Arts Center at300 E. Ocean Boulevard in Long BeachCA 90802. For reservations and information, call the ICT Box Office at 562436-4610 or go towww.InternationalCityTheatre.org

 

JAN 28 – FEB 12:    Sleeping Beauty: The Time Traveler, with book by Janet Stanford, Lyrics by Andrea Dodd and Music by Deborah Wicks-La Puma, makes its West Coast premiere at MainStreet Theatre Company.  The musical, geared to girls and boys ages 5 and up, updates the Sleeping Beauty story by sending a modern-day 5th grader who is obsessed with the Nintendo game “Zelda” back in time to the age of Charlemagne, where he meets a young Princess Aurora. Aurora longs to be a knight and go off on adventures, and doesn’t understand why her parents have never let her leave the castle walls. An intimate, 536-seat venue, the Lewis Family Playhouse is the crown jewel of the three-acre, 89,000-square foot Victoria Gardens Cultural Center.

 

JAN 28 – 29: Parson’s Nose Productions (PNP), the professional, Pasadena theater company “introducing classic theater to all ages,” will present the witty and touching 15th Century classic “Everyman” as its fifth offering of the 2011-2012 season. “Everyman” will be performed by Parson’s Nose Artistic Director Lance Davis in an original, 50 minute adaptation by Mr. Davis, directed by company member Michael Faulkner, with music by local artist Tom Peters. Lineage Performing Arts Center in Old Town Pasadena, 89 South Fair Oaks Avenue, 91105. PayWhatYouWish, but reservations suggested.  parsonsnose@mac.com or call 626-403-7667

 

 

 

JAN 28 – MAR 4: Coeurage Theatre mounts Lanford Wilson’s BALM IN GILEAD. Balm in Gilead, was inspired by conversations overheard in an Upper Broadway cafe frequented by “the riff raffs, the bums, the petty thieves, the scum, the lost, the desperate, the dispossessed, the cool.” The play was made famous by Steppenwolf Theatre, in a production directed by John Malkovich. The cast featured Gary Sinise, Laurie Metcalf, and Tom Irwin, among others. Balm in Gilead was the first Off-Off-Broadway to be published and commercially produced. It utilizes overlapping dialogue, simultaneous scenes, and a loosely structured plot enacted by a cast of 24 characters. The Actor’s Circle Theatre, 7313 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90046.

 

JAN 28 – MAR 4: Racquel Lehrman and Theatre Planners have announced they will present the world premiere of Expecting to Fly by Michael Hyman, directed by Kiff Scholl, for a limited engagement at the Elephant Space in Hollywood. Expecting to Fly is a dark and sometimes humorous journey through the young minds and memories of Jared and his former lover, Sean. As the two men look back on their time together, they try to come to terms with what they lost, and experience that one last perfect kiss, to set each other free.  6322 Santa Monica Boulevard (one block west of Vine), in Hollywood.  Street parking is available.

 

JAN 28 – MAR 11: Director Laurie Woolery and dramaturg Luis Alfaro team up on an explosive tale of humor and heartache in a changing Mexico. TheWest Coast premiere of El Nogalar (“The Pecan Orchard”) by Tanya Saracho. When the Galvan family returns home to Mexico after years in the U.S., they must come to terms with encroaching drug cartels, economic upheaval and a new class order. Inspired by The Cherry Orchard, Saracho makes Chekhov’s classic story her own, instilling it with a thrilling sense of immediacy.  The Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Ave.
Los Angeles CA 90029. (323) 663-1525 or www.FountainTheatre.com 

 

THROUGH JAN 29: DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA at Crown City Theatre with Juliet Landau, whose performance was brilliant IMHO, and Matthew J. Williamson. 11031 Camarillo Street, North Hollywood, CA 91602 (Just west of the Lankershim/Vineland intersection… Located on the campus of St. Matthew’s Church)

 

THROUGH JAN 29: Broadway’s biggest blockbuster, WICKED will return to its Los Angeles home, the Pantages Theatre, for a strictly-limited engagement this holiday season running November 30, 2011 – January 29, 2012.  When it first played the Pantages in 2005, it broke box office records and sold out in record time.  WICKED returned two years later to begin an extended engagement that would go on to run two years, becoming one of the longest-running Broadway musicals in L.A. history. Katie Rose Clarke as Glinda and Mamie Parris as Elphaba with Liz McCartney as Madame Morrible and Mark Jacoby as The Wizard.  PANTAGES THEATRE 6233 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

 

JAN 29 – MAR 25: Finding Fossils tells the story of an estranged father and his gay son in the wake of the death of a family member.  The two meet up at the family’s cabin over the July 4th weekend and explore their rocky past, attempt to find common ground in their grief and determine what the future holds for each of them. In the end the ties between father and son are too powerful to deny. The play is a journey that at times is sorrowful, yet also funny, entertaining and deliciously human. The Road Theatre Company at the HISTORIC LANKERSHIM ARTS CENTER 5108 Lankershim Blvd. North Hollywood, CA  91602

 

FEB 2 – MAR 11: Table for Two Productions presents Private Lives at GTC Burbank. Noel Coward’s Private Lives follows the saga of perpetually dueling lovers Amanda and Elyot, two divorcees who unwittingly book adjoining rooms while honeymooning with their new spouses. They soon realize the folly of their new marriages and impulsively flee together to Paris, only to be caught days later by their jilted spouses. This stylish, savvy and still-timely comedy is loaded with pointed barbs about modern romance and the people we can’t live with—or without. 1111-B West Olive Ave, Burbank CA, 91506. Private Lives is a Guest Production at GTC Burbank. For more information on GTC Burbank, go to www.gtc.org.

 

FEB 3 -12: Cabrillo Music Theatre’s production of RING OF FIRE: THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH makes its Thousand Oaks premiere at the Civic Arts Plaza. Directed by and starring original Broadway star Jason Edwards, RING OF FIRE opens on Friday, February 3rd, 2012, and plays until Sunday, February 12th, at the 1,800-seat Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, located at 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks.  Louis B. Robin, Cash’s longtime friend and estate manager, is lending his time and rich history to Cabrillo’s production. Cabrillo Music Theatre at (805) 497-8613. 

 

FEB 3 – 25: The life of the Buddha in his own words — the evolution of his thought, his triumphs, and the rarely portrayed tragedy at the end of his life. John CReilly directs the West Coast premiere of Evan Brenner’s moving and enlightening one-man play, Buddha: Triumph & Tragedy In The Life Of The Great Sage. BOOTLEG THEATER 2220 Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90057 HOW: 800-838-3006 or www.thebuddhaplay.com

 

FEB 3 – MAR 11: Fresh on the heels of its World Premiere at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland, YOURS, ISABEL a new play by Christy Hall receives its American Premiere at Actors Co-op’s Crossley Terrace Theatre. Hall wrote YOURS, ISABEL after being asked to read over 100 pages of actual letters written between a husband and wife during World War II.  The letters were given to Ms. Hall by a relative of the title character who thought they would make a good play.  The relative had transcribed all the letters into a Word document and placed them on a CD. Actors Co-op’s Crossley Theatres are located at 1760 N. Gower Street, Hollywood, CA 90028, on the campus of Hollywood Presbyterian Church  (323) 462-8460 ext. 300 or reserve online at www.ActorsCo-op.org.

 

FEB 4: The Blank Theatre opens the West Coast premiere of The Cost of the Erection  by Jon Marans, directed by Daniel Henning (through March 18). This season’s shows will be presented at two different Hollywood venues:  The Blank’s 2nd Stage Theatre, 6500 Santa Monica Boulevard (on Theatre Row), and the Stella Adler Theatre, 6773 Hollywood Boulevard (at Highland). 

 

FEB 5 – MAR 25: Santa Monica Playhouse is proud to announce the World Premiere of J-Powers’s Pentagon Papers in the 40th anniversary year of the Watergate break-in. For the first time on stage, the hidden history of the Vietnam War that destroyed more than one president is dramatized. Santa Monica Playhouse, currently celebrating the second half of its 50th Anniversary of continuous theatrical service to the community is located at 1211 4th Street Santa Monica, CA. For reservations and information go to http://SantaMonicaPlayhouse.com or call 310-394-9779 ext. 1.

 

FEB 10: The Lyric Theatre on N. La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles, Dorrie Braun, Founder and Executive Director, JC Gafford, Artistic Director, has announced a season of four plays for 2012, which will kick off February 10 with a new production of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf by Ntozake Shange, followed by two world premieres, Jupiter Zoom by Callie Kimball, andFeedback by Jane Miller, and concluding with Aftershocks by Doug Haverty.

 

FEB 10-26: 3-D Theatricals opens 2012 with THE SOUND OF MUSIC, followed by A CHORUS LINE (May 11-27), AVE Q (June 13-29), I LOVE A PIANO (Sep 7-23) and HAIRSPRAY (Oct 12-28). PLUMMER AUDITORIUM is located at 201 E. Chapman Ave. in Fullerton.  Parking is free in the structure across the street.

 

 

FEB 17-18: The Giver (Laguna Playhouse Theatre For New Generation Production)

Written by Eric Coble from the book by Lois Lowry, Directed by Donna Inglima. 606 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach, CA 92651.

 

THROUGH FEB 19: The Victory Theater Center presents the world premiere of a comedic true story about a single man’s struggle to adopt against all odds.  No one expected Johnny O’Callaghan to ever become a father. But a documentary shoot in Africa becomes a nine-month adventure during which he finds a son… and discovers himself. Who’s Your Daddy?,written and performed by Johnny O’Callaghan and directed by Tom Ormeny, opens at The Little Victory Theatre on November 11, with previews beginning November 4. The Little Victory Theatre is located at 3326 WVictory Blvd in BurbankCA 91505. For information and to purchase tickets, call 818-841-5422 or go towww.thevictorytheatrecenter.org.

 

 

FEB 24 – MAR 4: Fairy Tales – Cinderella and Hansel & Gretel (Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre Production). Laguna Playhouse.

 

FEB 28 – MAR 7: Hershey Felder will return to The Pasadena Playhouse with a special presentation of the world premiere of LINCOLN – AN AMERICAN STORY for Actor and Symphony Orchestra which will be performed in front of a 45-piece orchestra, preceded by his tour-de-force works, MONSIEUR CHOPIN – the love story of Frédéric Chopin and the authoress George Sand, featuring Chopin’s most beautiful piano music, and MAESTRO: LEONARD BERNSTEIN – the hit production that has played nationwide. All three works are written and performed by Hershey Felder and directed by Joel Zwick. Pasadena Playhouse 39 S. El Molino, Pasadena 91101. Tickets are available 24 hours online at www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org.

 

MAR 1: The Antaeus Company, L.A.’s classical theater ensemble, opens its three play season for 2012.
Productions will include The Seagull by Anton Chekhov (March 1-April 15), Macbeth by William Shakespeare (July 12-August 26), and You Can’t Take It With You by George SKaufman and Moss Hart (October 11-November 25). The first season under the leadership of newly appointed interim artistic directors Tony AmendolaRob Nagle and John Sloan will continue the company’s focus on great ensemble pieces.

 

MAR 3: George Clooney joins the cast of “8” for a benefit performance one night only at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles. Rob Reiner directs.

 

MAR 13 – APRIL 18: Sister’s Easter Catechism – Will my bunny go to heaven?

Written by Maripat Donovan, Directed by  Mark Silvia. Sister answers age old questions of the Easter season like “Why isn’t Easter on the same day every year like Christmas?”, and “Will my bunny go to Heaven?”. Part pageant, and wHOLY hysterical, this latest of the sinfully funny Late Nite Catechism series unearths the origins of Easter bunnies, eggs, baskets, bonnets, and, of course, those yummy Peeps. Laguna Playhouse.

 

MAR 15-18: LA Theatre Works presents Look Back in Anger by John Osborne, featuring Sarah Drew and Matthew Rhys. Set in the UK at the dawn of the ‘60s social unrest, this savage morality tale spawned the phrase “angry young man.” Jimmy Porter barely ekes out a living running a candy stall by day and playing jazz trumpet by night. Although he usually takes his frustrations out on his emotionless wife, Jimmy’s scathing tongue and self-loathing seems destined to destroy everything. (Thursday @ 8 pm; Friday @ 8 pm; Saturday @ 3 pm & 8 pm; Sunday @ 2 pm & 7 pm)

 

APR 7: The Blank Theatre opens the world premiere of Sukie and Sue: Their Story, a comedy by Michael John LaChiusa, directed by Kirsten Sanderson (through May 20).This season’s shows will be presented at two different Hollywood venues:  The Blank’s 2nd Stage Theatre, 6500 Santa Monica Boulevard (on Theatre Row), and the Stella Adler Theatre, 6773 Hollywood Boulevard (at Highland). 

 

APR 19-22: LA Theatre Works presents Frost/Nixon by Peter Morgan, featuring Stacy Keach who reprises his starring role as Richard Nixon in this look at the disgraced president’s interviews with legendary British talk show host, David Frost. Over a one week period, the former president’s desperate attempt to withstand a defacto trial of his legacy degenerates into a personal struggle with his inner demons. (Thursday @ 8 pm; Friday @ 8 pm; Saturday @ 3 pm & 8 pm; Sunday @ 2 pm & 7 pm)

 

APR 21 2012: Members of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles (GMCLA members), conducted by Artistic Director E. Jason Armstrong, set sail aboard the luxurious Crystal Serenity for Crystal Cruises’ highly anticipated 2012 “Film and Theatre Experiences of Discovery” theme cruise from Los Angeles to New York through the Transcanal Passage April 21 to May 8, 2012. For more information on this Film and Theatre Cruise and to make reservations, please contact Deborah Deming at Frosch Classic Cruise & Travel (800) 688-8500 or (818) 936-2000.

 

APRIL 24 – MAY 20: Tickled Pink – WORLD PREMIERE Written by Martin Bergman and Rita Rudner, Directed by  Martin Bergman, Featuring Rita Rudner. Mindy Solomon absolutely has to leave Miami. Florida is bad for her head and her hair! Dreaming of a dancing career on Broadway, she moves to New York, but events soon force her to rethink her grand plan. Laguna Playhouse.

 

THROUGH MAY 12Le Salon de Musiques’ Second Annual Season at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Fifth Floor. (I went to a few last season and these intimate concerts are amazing, as is the champagne and food.) All concerts are held from 4 – 6 pm one Sunday of every month beginning October 16, 2011 through May 20, 2012.  Composers for this season range from Brahms, Mozart, Schubert and Schumann to Tchaikovsky, Grieg ,Bax, Myaskovsky and Arensky. Full details hereFacebook.

 

MAY 17-20: LA Theatre Works presents Opus by Michael Hollinger. Sex, drugs and chamber music! Talent and temperaments collide in this amusing and compelling behind-the-scenes look at a “high-strung” string quartet. A world-famous ensemble threatens to unravel as it prepares for a high-profile performance at the White House when its most talented member goes missing. Hiring a gifted young woman as a replacement, however, unleashes a maze of backstage maneuvering that tests loyalty, morality and the group’s very passion for music itself.  (Thursday @ 8 pm; Friday @ 8 pm; Saturday @ 3 pm & 8 pm; Sunday @ 2 pm & 7 pm)

 

MAY 31: The Blank Theatre’s season will conclude with The Blank’s 20th Annual Nationwide Young Playwrights Festival (through June 24). This season’s shows will be presented at two different Hollywood venues:  The Blank’s 2nd Stage Theatre, 6500 Santa Monica Boulevard (on Theatre Row), and the Stella Adler Theatre, 6773 Hollywood Boulevard (at Highland). 

 

MAY 31 – JUNE 24: Mrs. Honey B’s Guide to the Good Life. Written by Maripat Donovan

and directed by Mark Silvia. This new adventure channels Maripat’s critically acclaimed comedic skills into Mrs. Honey Buczkowski, a 30 year veteran teacher of home economics and health at Richard Nixon High School in Dixon, Illinois. Fresh out of retirement due to her adjustable rate mortgage, Mrs. Honey B. is thrilled to bring her domestic genius to the local adult education center. Whether you’re a crackerjack house cleaner or a domestically challenged slop, Mrs. Honey B knows how to unleash the domestic engineer in all of us. Laguna Playhouse.

 

 

JUNE 14 – 24: The 3rd annual Hollywood Fringe Festival.

November 15- Venue Registration Open

February 1- Participant Registration Open

April 1- Registration Deadline for Guide Inclusion

June 7-12- Fringe Previews

June 13- Fringe Opening Night Gala

June 14-24- Third Annual Hollywood Fringe Festival

June 24- Fringe Award Ceremony

 

JUNE 21-24: LA Theatre Works presents The Browning Version byTerence Rattigan, featuring Martin JarvisIan Ogilvie and Joanne Whalley. Terence Rattigan’s 1948 masterpiece about a schoolmaster who must give up his 18 year post at an English public school. Brilliantly exploring the complexity of the human heart, it also predates Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in its scathing examination of a marriage. A contemporary of Noël Coward and Somerset Maugham, Rattigan’s wit and depth remain timeless. (Thursday @ 8 pm; Friday @ 8 pm; Saturday @ 3 pm & 8 pm; Sunday @ 2 pm & 7 pm)

 

JULY 19-22: LA Theatre Works presents Rhinoceros by Eugene Ionesco.What do you do when everyone around you is turning into a rhinoceros?  In Eugene Ionesco’s farcical French classic that defines Theatre of the Absurd, Stanley Berenger is an unhappy clerk who faces this odd reality in his daily life. Written during the German occupation of Paris, this masterful comedy became a metaphor for conformity and culture that still resonates today. (Thursday @ 8 pm; Friday @ 8 pm; Saturday @ 3 pm & 8 pm; Sunday @ 2 pm & 7 pm)

 

SEP 5 – NOV 25: THE BOOK OF MORMON comes to the Pantages. 

 

 

 

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