Written By Julio Martinez
Center Theatre Group’s Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Meghan Pressman as the organization’s new Managing Director/CEO. Pressman joins Center Theatre Group from Washington, DC’s Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, where she has served as Managing Director since 2014. As Managing Director/CEO, Pressman will oversee all of Center Theatre Group’s management, finances, communications.
Pasadena Playhouse continues its partnerships with Caltech Theatre and the USC School of Dramatic Arts this Spring, with Mach 33: The Caltech|Pasadena Playhouse Festival of New Science Driven Plays, energizing the conversations about scientific, mathematical, and technological questions by staging readings of new, unpublished, unproduced plays presented by Caltech Theater and Pasadena Playhouse (May 9-11) and the New Works Festival Year 3 (May 17-18), presented by USC School of Dramatic Art. The works included Bones of the Sea, written by James Armstrong, directed by Satya Bhabha, (May 9); Sizzle, Sizzle, Fly, written by Susan Bernstein directed by Rhonda (May 10); and The Surest Poison, written by Kristin Idaszak, directed by Randee Trabitz (May 11).
Kevin Artigue’s Sheepdog, a mystery within a love story about Amina (Erika LaVonne) and Ryan (Lea Coco), two police officers in Cleveland, and what happens to rock their relationship to its core, will have its premiere atSouth Coast Repertory (Apr 14-May 5) on the Julianne Argyros Stage. The SCR commission is directed by Leah C. Gardiner and is part of the 2019 Pacific Playwrights Festival.
The Actors Gym, in association with the Whitefire Theatre, presents Working 2020. Conceived and directed by Academy Award winner Bobby Moresco (Crash, Million Dollar Baby). Stars Michael Pare, Elizabeth Grullon, Tonya Cornelisse, Anne DeSalvo and others. Runs through May 10 at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks, CA.
The Actors’ Gang is reviving its 1986 production of Violence: The Misadventures Of Spike Spangle, Farmer, written by The Actors’ Gang Artistic Director Tim Robbins and Adam Simon, directed by Bob Turton. This no-holds barred satire of militarism and media manipulation opens May 11 The Actors’ Gang Theatre, located at The Ivy Substation in Culver City.
Antaeus Theatre Company has cast its production of Native Son, set in 1930s Chicago, where a longing for social justice ignites a palpable rage within protagonist Bigger Thomas, written by Nambi E. Kelley, based on the novel by Richard Wright, directed by Andi Chapman. Cast includes Noel Arthur, Gigi Birmingham, Jon Chaffin, Ellis Greer, Matthew Grondin, Mildred Marie Langford, Ned Mochel, Victoria Platt and Brandon Rachal. Center Theatre Group is remounting production at the Kirk Douglas Theatre as part of the third annual Block Party: Celebrating Los Angeles Theatre. Opens Apr 20.
Archway Theatre Company returns to the campus of Woodbury University with a post-modern telling of the Euripides classic, Trojan Women,” an examination of the devastation of a war-torn country, adapted and directed by Archway artistic director Steven Sabel. Runs through April 20.
Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum is honoring Mother’s Day with the 21st annual MOMentum Place, a “fantastical world of aerial and circus performers, dancers and musicians in Theatricum Botanicum’s rustic outdoor amphitheater.” Curated by Lexi Pearl, performers include Grant Bishop, Jena Carpenter, Karl Herlinger, Nata Ibragimov, Tyler Jacobson, Fosse Lin-Bianco, Eric Newton, Jacquelyn Shaw, Makenna Susman, Dreya Weber, Emerald Gordon Wulf and more. Occurs May12 at Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga.
Singer/actress Iris Rose returns to The Found Theatre in Long beach after 39 years with her cabaret show, The Siren Song of the Silver Screen,” combining her love of cinema and great songs. She is joined in the performance by Long Beach’s Jeff Paul, who will join Iris in several duets, and San Francisco’s Jeanne Gallo, who will present a tribute to silent films. Plays Apr 27.
The Dortort Center for Creativity in the Arts at UCLA Hillel and the UCLA Younis & Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies present a single performance of The Dig on Apr 30, written and performed by Stacie Chaikin, directed by Pamela Berlin, withnew music for the play, composed and performed by world music artist and peace activist Yuval Ron at the Glorya Kaufman Dance Theatre on the UCLA campus in Westwood.
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Actor Bill Brochtrup shares his thoughts on the upcoming Fountain Theatre premiere of Daniel’s Husband, written by Michael McKeever, directed by Simon Levy, with Tim Cummings, Bill Brochtrup, Ed Martin, Jenny O’Hara and Jose Fernando. Opens May 4.
Julio Martinez hosts Arts in Review, celebrating the best in theater and cabaret in the Greater Los Angeles area, airing Fridays (2-2:30pm), on KPFK 90.7FM. On Apr, 12, Julio welcomes welcomes actresses Jessica Moreno and Alexis Boozer from Wasatch Theatrical Ventures revival of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, directed by Gary Lee Reed. Performs through May 12 at The Lounge Theatre in Hollywood.