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Openings and Closings (Oct 5)

October 4, 2012

I’m directing DEATH OF A SALESMAN at the Covina Center for the Performing Arts. Oct 12-Nov 4.  

OCT 4 – NOV 25: Cate Caplin directs and David O music directs THE BEAT GOES ON: A Celebration of the Young at Heart, with performers 60 or over. Theatre of Arts Arena Stage in Hollywood. 818-606-6679 or

OCT 4 – DEC 20: After a critically acclaimed extended run (LA Weekly – PICK OF THE WEEK) at Beverly Hills Playhouse, A Child Left Behind now runs at Ruskin Group Theatre, in Santa Monica. When LAUSD teacher and playwright Alan Aymie was given his second pink slip from the school district that he had worked in for a decade, and later “graded” by the LA Times, he decided that it was time to provide a voice for the teaching professional.

OCT 5 – 14: Ophelia’s Jump Productions brings AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY to The Grove Theatre in Upland.

OCT 5 – 14: Piotr Borowski directs The King of Hearts Is Off Again for five performances only at the Odyssey Theatre. (English subtitles)

OCT 5 – NOV 18: Candlelight Pavilion presents ANYTHING GOES with Stage and Musical Direction by Douglas Austin Clark, Choreography by John Vaughan.

OCT 6 – NOV 11: Griot Theatre of the West Valley presents as its inaugural production, William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, directed by Malik B. El-Amin, produced by Sabah El-Amin and Malik B. El-Amin. At Bethel Encino.

OCT 6  – MAR 2:  “Hansel and Gretel” an interactive musical. Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. West, in Los Angeles, 90068.

OCT 6 – 21 –  The MainStreet Theatre Company’s first show of its 2012/2013 season: Pinkalicious the Musical.

THROUGH OCT 6: THE LAST FIVE YEARS at Hudson Guild Theatre. Directed and produced by Kristen Boule. Musical director: Peter Darling. Presented by KBP Theatre Group. Starring Kate Bowman and Juan Lozano.

OCT 6 – 28: Claudia Weill directs Nate Rufus Edelman’s THE BELLE OF BELFAST, Atwater Village Theatre.

OCT 6 – NOV 17: Elina de Santos directs Rob Mersola’s DIRTY FILTHY LOVE STORY at Rogue Machine.

THROUGH OCT 7: Michelle Kholos Brooks’ FAMILY PLANNING at The Co-op of Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice.

THROUGH OCT 7: Alberto Lomnitz directs Daniel Serrano’s ROME AT THE END OF THE LINE at 24th Street Theatre, a US premiere, performed in Spanish with English subtitles.

THROUGH OCT 7: The Greenway Arts Alliance presents the one-man show THE KING OF THE DESERT

THROUGH OCT 7: THE FANTASTICKS, directed and produced by Charlie Mount; music direction by Graham Jackson. Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. West, in Los Angeles, CA 90068.

THROUGH OCT 7: David Emmes directs Alan Ayckbourn’s ABSURD PERSON SINGULAR at South Coast Rep.

THROUGH OCT 7: Sabrina Lloyd directs Jann Karam’s one woman show, RECLINING NUDE ON LA CIENEGA, Elephant Stages – Lillian Theatre at 1076 Lillian Way, in Hollywood,

THROUGH OCT 7: Katselas’ LAb WORKS – 7 new plays at the Skylight Theatre on Vermont.

OCT 7 – NOV 4: Ed Begley Jr, Felicity Huffman and Rod McLachlan appear in David Mamet’s NOVEMBER at the Mark Taper Forum.

OCT 7 –NOV 11: Paul Stein directs Leonard Nimoy’s VINCENT at the Black Dahlia Theatre.

THROUGH OCT 7: The Pasadena Playhouse presents UNDER MY SKIN, helmed by Ragtime director Marcia Milgrom Dodge.

OCT 8: ONE NIGHT ONLY – Rita Wilson in concert at the Geffen, a fundraiser for the Playhouse and the Actors Fund.

OCT 8: ONE NIGHT ONLY – staged reading of Michael Hollinger’s new work HOPE AND GRAVITY at South Coast Rep.

OCT 9: ONE NIGHT ONLY, a staged reading of Monica Torres’ LIVING THE DREAM, directed by Dean Farell Bruggeman at The Electric Company Theatre in Valley Village.

THROUGH OCT 9: Shaheen Vaaz directs A WIDOW OF NO IMPORTANCE for East West Players.

OCT 10 – NOV 4: Michael Colgan directs John Hurt in Samuel Beckett’s KRAPP’S LAST TAPE at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City.

OCT 11 -14: East West Players debuts EVOKE: A Festival of Diverse Voices that expand the dialogue of Asian American experiences.

OCT 12 – 28: 3-D Theatricals presents HAIRSPRAY at Plummer Auditorium in Fullerton and NOV 2-4 at Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, directed by TJ Dawson, choreo by Dana Solimando and music direction by Allen Everman.

OCT 12 – NOV 18: Agatha Christie’s AND THEN THERE WERE NONE at Actors Co-op David Schall Theatre in Hollywood.

OCT 12 – 31: Wicked Lit tackles three plays at Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery. M.R. James’ “Count Magnus”, F. Marion Crawford’s “The Dead Smile” and Johann Ludwig Tieck’s “Wake Not the Dead.” All three adaptations by Jonathan Josephson, Jeff Rack, and Paul Millet.

OCT 12 – NOV 11: Cate Caplin directs and David O music directs THE BEAT GOES ON starring a cast 60 and over. The Theatre of Arts Arena Stage, 1625 N. Las Palmas in Hollywood.  818-606-6679 or email

Oct 12 – NOV 4: I direct Arthur Miller’s DEATH OF A SALESMAN at the Covina Center for the Performing Arts.

OCT 12 – NOV 18: Doug Kaback directs Lanie Kazan in the world premiere of SURVIVING MAMA at Edgemar Center for the Arts.

OCT 12 – NOV 18: Linda Kerns directs Agatha Christie’s AND THEN THERE WERE NONE, Actors Co-op’s David Schall Theatre.

OCT 13 – NOV 11: The Theatre @ Boston Court presents “Creation” a world premiere play by Kathryn Walat, directed by Michael Michetti.

OCT 13 – NOV 18: Ilmar Taskar directs Steve Gough’s world premiere absurdist work, G () D () T  in the Great Scott Theatre at The MET Theatre in Hwood.

OCT 13 – NOV 18: Jeff Liu directs Paul Kikuchi’s SLICE at Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena. Presented by Metamorphosis Theatre Company.

OCT 13 – DEC 1: John Langs directs BAD APPLES, inspired by real-life prisoner abuses at Abu Ghraib prison. Atwater Village Theatre.

THROUGH OCT 13: The Whitefire Theatre presents the world premiere of Andy Bloch’s The Bellflower Sessions directed by Bryan Rasmussen. (I directed the reading of this last year with Ray Abruzzo).

OCT 14: ONE NIGHT ONLY. Celebrity Autobiography. At ACME Comedy Theatre, 135 N. La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036. 7:30 p.m. Roger Bart, Colin Hanks, Florence Henderson, Laraine Newman, Eugene Pack, Dayle Reyfel, Michael Urie, Rita Wilson and Other Comedy Greats .Reservations:

THROUGH OCT 14: Bend in the Road, a new family musical based on Anne of Green Gables, has been set for a limited engagement at the Carrie Hamilton Theatre (upstairs at The Pasadena Playhouse) in Pasadena.

THROUGH OCT 14: SCR presents Sarah Ruhl’s play EURYDICE. SCR’s production portrays the Underworld as a water-infused landscape, where Eurydice arrives with her memory washed away.

THROUGH OCT 14: ALL THE KINGS MEN written by Robert Penn Warren. Based on his novel. Directed by Larry Novikoff.

THROUGH OCT 14: Kirsten Sanderson directs Mike Farrell in George Shea’s DR. KEELING’S CURVE at The Blank Theatre in Hollywood.

THROUGH OCT 14: Steve Jarrard directs Carson McCullers’ rarely performed The Square Root of Wonderful produced by Collaborative Artists Ensemble. Raven Playhouse. 5233 Lankershim Blvd., NoHo 91601.

THROUGH OCT 14: World premiere of Christian Durso’s SHINER opens IAMA Theatre’s 2012-13 season. Working Stage Theatre in WeHo. Neil Patrick Stewart directs Graham Sibley and Laila Ayad.

THROUGH OCT 14: THE WORLD GOES ‘ROUND Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb at ACTORS CO-OP Crossley Theatre 1760 N. Gower Street, Hollywood.

THROUGH OCT 14: Third Street Theatre presents THE FULL MONTY.

THROUGH OCT 14: Based on a true story, Lady Patriot reveals an intimate look into the prejudices and patriotism of three ladies who lived during the Civil War. Ted Lange’s new play LADY PATRIOT at the Hudson Theatre 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, CA  90038.  or call (323) 960-7822.

THROUGH OCT 14: Theatre Palisades presents 12 ANGRY MEN, directed by Sherry Coon at Pierson Playhouse in Pacific Palisades.

OCT 14 & 28: Stan Morse directs Liquid Radio Players’ improve – a take on 1940s radio shows – at Sierra Madre Playhouse.

OCT 14, NOV 11, DEC 9, JAN 13, FEB 10, MAR 10, APR 14, MAY 19: Le Salon de Musiques (a personal favorite of mine) – very intimate performances at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 5th floor, with food and champagne. or (310) 498-0257

OCT 17 – NOV 11: In La Razón Blindada, Argentine-born playwright/director ARÍSTIDES VARGAS infuses El Quijote with The Truth about Sancho Panza and testimonies. Rubicon Theatre of Ventura.

OCT 17 – NOV 18: Jeff Goldblum stars in Theresa Rebeck’s SEMINAR, directed by Sam Gold, at the Ahmanson Theatre.

THROUGH OCT 18: Thursdays only, THE LAUGH PACK. Bruce Fine hosts an all-star line-up of talent including comedy stars Cathy Ladman, Dennis Regan, 92-years-young Max Turell, vocalist Sonya Kahn, plus surprises. Buffet sponsor is Chipotle Mexican Grill.

OCT 18 – DEC 9: Gigi Birmingham directs a double cast of YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU at Antaeus.

OCT 18 – 21: Five performances only of Charlayne Woodard’s one woman show that she wrote THE NIGHT WATCHER for LA Theatre Works at the James Bridges Theater on the campus of UCLA.

OCT 19 – 21: Four performances only of NEARLY LEAR, Susanna Hamnett’s mischievous adaptation at 24th Street Theatre. Edith Tankus directs.

OCT 19 – 28: Nick DeGruccio directs 1776 at Cabrillo Music Theatre.

OCT 19 – NOV 25: Joy Cha wrote and performs HAH NAH, a one woman show, at the Lounge Theatre in Hollywood. Gary Lee Reed directs.

OCT 19 – NOV 18: Kent Nicholson directs Bill Cain’s HOW TO WRITE A NEW BOOK FOR THE BIBLE at South Coast Rep.

THROUGH OCT 20: Karen Landry directs Cindy Lou Johnson’s BRILLIANT TRACES for the Ruskin Group in Santa Monica.

OCT 20 – DEC 9: John Perrin Flynn directs Samuel Hunter’s 2011 Obie Winner A BRIGHT NEW BOISE for Rogue Machine.

OCT 20 – DEC 16: Darkness! Audience in the dark! Actors in the dark! No light! Evenings of short plays in a surreal setting by the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble. “DARK” and “MORE DARK,” running in repertory.

OCT 20 – 28: SWEENY TODD at Porticoes Theatre, 2033 E. Washington, Pasadena. It moves to Miles Playhouse in Santa Monica Oct 31 – Nov 4.

OCT 20 – NOV 10: Jennifer Chang directs A. Rey Pamatmat’s EDITH CAN SHOOT THINGS AND HIT THEM at GTC Burbank.

OCT 20 – NOV 25: Dámaso Rodriguez directs Shaw’s THE DOCTOR’S DILEMMA at A Noise Within.

OCT 20 – DEC 16: Shirley Jo Finney directs the LA premiere of IN THE RED AND BROWN WATER.

OCT 20 – 21: Theatricum Botanicum’s BOTANICUM SEEDLINGS – a look at new works, one weekend only.

THROUGH OCT 21: David Rose directs Steven Tomlinson’s AMERICAN FIESTA at the Colony Theatre.

THROUGH OCT 21: Kevin Bigger directs THE39 STEPS at the Laguna Playhouse.

THROUGH OCT 21: Marya Mazor directs OVERLOOKED at the Chance Theatre, where a homeless man becomes an art exhibit.

OCT 24 – 28: Cirque du Soleil’s DRALION is in Ontario at Citizens Business Bank Arena. It moves NOV 1-4 to the Long Beach Arena.

OCT 25: ONE NIGHT ONLY – a free staged reading of EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, a new play by Jason Grasl (Blackfeet tribe) 7:30 pm, at the Wells Fargo Theater at the Autry National Center in Griffith Park.

OCT 26 – NOV 18: Bonnie Hellman directs, and Roy Leake, Jr. music directs, Stephen Schwartz’ GODSPELL, JR. with new lyrics and with young performers. Eclectic Company  Theatre.

OCT 26 – DEC 2: J. Michael Ferniany wrote and directs WHO CAN STOP THE MOON? Meta Theatre in LA.

OCT 26 – DEC 15: Mark St. Amant directs Keith Huff’s THE DETECTIVE’S WIFE at the Historic Lankershim Arts Center, a Road Theatre Co west coast premiere.

THROUGH OCT 27: Josh Morrison directs LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS for Theatre Unleashed at Studio Stage.

THROUGH OCT 27: A KIND OF LOVE STORY, written and directed by Jenelle Riley. The story of a man and woman perfect for each other, if only they could meet.

THROUGH OCT 27: Bill Voorhees directs Kirsten Vangsness’ POTENTIAL SPACE at Theatre of NOTE.

OCT 27 – NOV 18: Features new plays, visual arts, and community events, collaborators have created this platform for encouraging Black women to self-identify as dynamic, expressive, and nurturing contributors to society. BLACK WOMEN: STATE OF THE UNION – TAKING FLIGHT at the Skylight Theatre. Ayana Cahrr and Nataki Garrett direct the pieces.

OCT 28: ONE DAY ONLY – The La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts presents TREASURE ISLAND – part of the Young Audiences Season.

THROUGH OCT 28: THE FULL MONTY at Third Street Theatre in WeHo, or call 1.888.71.TICKETS (84253)

THROUGH OCT 28: Rex Pickett’s SIDEWAYS THE PLAY at Ruskin Group in Santa Monica.

THROUGH OCT 28: John Steinbeck’s SWEET THURSDAY at Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice.

THROUGH OCT 28: “The Circle” Written by W. Somerset Maugham. Directed by Jules Aaron. “The Circle” captures the poise of high society in the 1920s with observations about the sexes and the nature of relationships that are as fresh and funny today as they were when Maugham was alive.

THROUGH OCT 28. Coeurage Theatre Co presents the West Coast premiere of Sean Graney’s hit play. Originally produced by The Hypocrites theatre company, The 4th Graders Present an Unnamed Love-Suicide received a transfer to New York after a wildly successful run in Chicago. A truly dark comedy, the play is literally the suicide note of a ten year old, which his classmates are forced to act out. Director Joe Calarco was a cast member of the original production.

THROUGH OCT 28: The world premiere of THE RED ROOM written by former WGA President Christopher Knopf and directed by NoHo Arts Center Artistic Director James J. Mellon.

THROUGH OCT 28: Ken Sawyer directs Ira Levin’s DEATHTRAP at the LA Gay and Lesbian Center.

THROUGH OCT 28: Anthony Skorid’s one man show ONASSIS at The Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood.

THROUGH OCT 28: James Eckhouse directs Keliher Walsh’s YEAR OF THE RABBIT at Atwater Village Theatre.

THROUGH OCT 28: For The Rogue Machine, John Perrin Flynn directs Henry Murray’s THREE VIEWS OF THE SAME OBJECT.

THROUGH NOV 3: The Wanderlust Theatre Co debuts with David Lindsay-Abaire’s WONDER OF THE WORLD at The Lost Studio in LA.

NOV 3 – DEC 4: Jessica Kubzansky directs THE LANGUAGE ARCHIVE for East West Players.

NOV 4-5: Eddie Frierson writes and performs in MATTY: AN EVENING WITH CHRISTY MATHEWSON, the first superstar of baseball, at Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena.

THROUGH NOV 4: Ed Begley, Jr and Felicity Huffman in David Mamet’s NOVEMBER, directed by Scott Zigler, at the Mark Taper Forum.

THROUGH NOV 4: Crown City Theatre presents J.B. Priestley’s DANGEROUS CORNER, directed by Gary Lamb.

THROUGH NOV 4: Eric Hunicutt directs Carrie Barrett’s FOCUS GROUP PLAY at the Skylight Theatre Complex.

THROUGH NOV 4: CHEKHOV UNSCRIPTED & TWILIGHT ZONE UNSCRIPTED – a different play every night. Odyssey Theatre Ensemble 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., LA.

THROUGH NOV 4: Odyssey Theatre Ensemble and Impro Theatre present CHEKHOV UNSCRIPTED and TWILIGHT ZONE UNSCRIPTED. A different play every night.

NOV 6 – DEC 2: Sheldon Epps directs Vanessa Williams, David St. Louis and others in INTIMATE APPAREL at the Pasadena Playhouse.

THROUGH NOV 10: The new adaptation of Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic opera “Ruddigore” re-sets the action to Morro Bay, California in the late 1950s.

THROUGH NOV 10: Pulitzer winner Donald Margulies’ COLLECTED STORIES at the Odyssey Theatre, executive produced by three-time Academy Award nominee Diane Ladd, directed by Terri Hanauer.

NOV 10 – DEC 9: Ben Guillory directs and produces Philip Yordan’s ANNA LUCASTA. Presented by Robey Theatre Company in association with Latino Theater Company at LATC.

THROUGH NOV 12: Ty Mayberry directs Joe Penhall’s BLUE/ORANGE at the Dance Conservatory of Pasadena. Winner of the Olivier and London Evening Standard Awards for Best New Play, as well as the London Critics Circle Theatre Award.

NOV 15 – DEC 15: “Mrs. Mannerly.” West Coast Premiere. Written by Jeffrey Hatcher.  Performed In Repertory with “The Last Romance.”

THROUGH NOV 18: Bart DeLorenzo directs Shakespeare’s CYMBELINE for A Noise Within.

THROUGH NOV 18: Moliere’s THE FOOLS at Actors’ Repertory Theatre.

THROUGH NOV 18: “SILENCE! THE MUSICAL” with Davis Gaines at the Hayworth Theatre.  My interview with the song writers here.

NOV 23 – DEC 9: Jim Culleton directs Pat Kinevane’s SILENT about a homeless man. Winner of the Scotsman Fringe First and the Herald Festival Fringe 2011 and the Argus Angel, Brighton Festival 2012. Odyssey Theatre.

THROUGH NOV 25: Frédérique Michel directs Charles Mee’s ORESTES 3.0: INFERNO at City Garage, Building T1, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica.

THROUGH  NOV 25: THE BOOK OF MORMON comes to the Pantages.

DEC 8 – DEC 23: Geoff and Julia co-direct Geoff’s adaptation of A CHRISTMAS CAROL at A Noise Within.

DEC 13 – 23: Curt Hansen (Next to Normal and Hairspray) joins Charlene Tilton and the cast of A SNOW WHITE CHRISTMAS at the Pasadena Playhouse.

JAN 11 – FEB 3: Candlelight Pavilion in Claremont presents I LEFT MY HEART (A Salute to the Music of Tony Bennett). FEB 8 – MAR 24: Candlelight Pavilion in Claremont presents THE SOUND OF MUSIC. MAR 29 – MAY 5: Candlelight Pavilion in Claremont presents SWEET CHARITY. MAY 10 – JUN 16: Candlelight Pavilion in Claremont presents THE FULL MONTY. JUN 21 – AUG 4: Candlelight Pavilion in Claremont presents THE KING AND I. AUG 9 – SEP 8: Candlelight Pavilion in Claremont presents THE SOUND OF MOTOWN. SEP 13 – OCT 13: Candlelight Pavilion in Claremont presents SWEENY TODD. NOV 30 – DEC 28: Candlelight Pavilion in Claremont presents BECAUSE IT’S CHRISTMAS.

JAN 11 – FEB 10: Judd Hirsch and Tom Cavanaugh star in FREUD’S LAST SESSION at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica. Tyler Marchant directs.

JAN 24 – FEB 24: January 24- February 24, 2013. “7 Stories.” West Coast Premiere. Written by Morris Panych. Directed by Bruce Gray.

JAN 25 – FEB 17: International City Theatre presents AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS. MAR 22- APR 14: Terrence McNally’s MASTER CLASS. JUN 7-30: Sarah Ruhl’s DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE. AUG 23 – SEP 15: John Logan’s RED. OCT 11 – NOV 3: Marc Camoletti’s DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER.

FEB 11 & 17: Musical Theatre Guild presents CHESS at the Alex Theatre in Glendale on the 11th and the Scherr Forum in Thousand Oaks on the 17th

FEB 23 – MAY 11: Michael Michetti directs Frank Galati’s adaptation of THE GRAPES OF WRATH at A Noise Within.

FEB 26 – APR 11: DIVORCE PARTY THE MUSICAL at the El Portal Theater in NoHo.

MAR 2 – APR 14: Pavel Cerny writes and directs BELZ! THE JEWISH VAUDEVILLE MUSICAL at the Whitefire Theatre.

MAR 16 – MAY 19: Geoff and Julia co-direct Sarah Ruhl’s EURYDICE at A Noise Within.

MAR 21 – APR 21: “Remembrance.” Written by Graham Reid. Directed by Tim Byron Owen. “Remembrance” charts the love that develops between a Protestant father and a Catholic mother who meet in the cemetery where their sons are buried, both victims of violence.

APR 6 – MAY 26: George Farquhar’s THE BEAUX STRATAGEM at A Noise Within.

APR 2013: In 2013, to celebrate the City of San Gabriel’s Centennial, the Mission Playhouse will present a fully‐staged version of The Mission Play. This work, set in California during the 1700’s, was first staged 100 years ago, ran for decades and drew millions of people to San Gabriel. More information

APR 15 & 21: Musical Theatre Guild presents A CATERED AFFAIR (Los Angeles premiere) at the Alex Theatre in Glendale on the 15th and the Scherr Forum in Thousand Oaks on the 21st.


MAY 16 – JUN 16:  “Opening Night.” West Coast Premiere. Written by Norm Foster. Directed by Bruce Gray. From the writer and director of this past season’s hit, “The Long Weekend.”

JUN 10 & 16: Musical Theatre Guild presents Gershwin’s GIRL CRAZY at the Alex Theatre in Glendale on the 10th and the Scherr Forum in Thousand Oaks on the 16th.

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