Amidst pushy parents, eccentric teachers, hours of repetitive practice, stage fright, the agony of competitions and exams and the dream of greatness, Ted and Richard grow up as ‘piano nerds’. As they mature, they become more aware of the gap between the merely very good and the great, and come to the humbling realization that concert stardom may be out of reach, but they just might be two of the best piano players in the neighbourhood, and that in itself is worth celebrating.
6 Essential Questions tells the story of Renata as she travels to Brazil to reunite with the mother who abandoned her when she was just five years old. In Rio, Renata discovers more than she bargained for in her quest to uncover the truth of who abandoned whom. She is continually tossed about by her undead grandmother and a semi-invisible uncle as they choreograph the ultimate dance of mother and daughter, both of whom must confront their dreams before they can ever attempt to confront each other. Imaginations run wild in this strangely beautiful and funny story loosely based on Uppal’s critically acclaimed memoir, Projection: Encounters with My Runaway Mother, a finalist for both the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction and the Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction.
Jeffrey Archer's play The Accused was written with a nod to the similarities of the performative environments that are the Courts of Justice and the theatre stage: here, the audience listen to the cases made by both sides of a murder trial, ask themselves if Dr Sherwood murdered his wife, if Jennifer Mitchell was his mistress, and which, if any, of his alibis should be believed.
At the end of the trial, the audience are then asked to deliver their verdict; do they think the doctor is guilty or not guilty. After their verdict is given, the play continues, with one of two endings, depending on how they have voted. Only then is the truth fully revealed.
The Accused premiered at the Theatre Royal, Windsor, in September 2000.
Seeing beyond Winston's disfiguring scars and foreseeing a future with him, Lise falls in love and the couple soon marry. Years later, having inherited Lise's gift, two of their children, Theresa and Jerome, must struggle to find their place within the community. But for Leo, their middle child, that is just the start of his worries. As he grows older and the chasm between himself and his family grows, Leo realizes that he doesn't belong to his family. While familial tensions mount and secrets are revealed, the Evans family come to see the monumental effect even the smallest spark can create. Based on the short story by Michael Crummey, Afterimage explores the connections built within both family and community, of finding a place to belong. Winner of the 2010 Governor General's Literary Award in Drama.
Guy and Kathleen grow their crops, raise their daughter, and pay their taxes. But Africa is changing, country by country. White farmers in Zimbabwe must now answer for history’s crimes. When Charles arrives with a smile and a purchase order, there’s more than just land at stake. With violence threatening to erupt, he will do whatever it takes to restore their farm to the ‘native’ population.
As truths are revealed and moralities questioned, are things ever more than simply black and white?
Inspired by real events in Zimbabwe, May Sumbwanyambe’s debut play is an unflinching examination of land ownership, dispossession and justice in a post-colonial world.
Winner of the 2016 Alfred Fagon Audience Award, After Independence received its world premiere at the Arcola Theatre, London, on 4 May 2016, in a production by Papatango Theatre Company.
David Edgar's Albert Speer is a panoramic adaptation of Gitta Sereny’s biography of the man whose devotion to Hitler blinded him to the worst crime of the twentieth century. It was first performed in the Lyttelton auditorium of the National Theatre, London, on 25 May 2000.
Plucked from obscurity to be Hitler’s chief architect and Minister of War, Albert Speer became the second most powerful man in Nazi Germany and the closest Hitler had to a friend. Having narrowly escaped hanging at Nuremberg, Speer emerged from twenty years at Spandau gaol, as he thought, a changed man. But even as he publishes his bestselling accounts of the Third Reich, the extent of his complicity in Nazi crimes returns to haunt him – and his long-suffering family.
The National Theatre premiere was directed by Trevor Nunn and designed by Ian MacNeil, with a cast of 28 actors playing more than 65 parts, including Alex Jennings as Albert Speer and Roger Allam as Hitler.
Almighty Voice and His Wife shakes up a familiar story from the Saskatchewan frontier, reimagining it from the postmodern late twentieth century. The “renegade Indian story” transforms into both an eloquent tale of tragic love and an often hilarious, fully theatrical exorcism of the hurts of history. A modern classic about the place of First Nations people in Canada.
Greg is a once-respected journalist searching for a high-profile story that will help revive his career. Chloe is the missing girl he wrote about six years earlier who has just returned home to a world she no longer recognizes. Instead of leading police to her captor, Chloe turns to Greg to share her story. Unfortunately for him, Chloe won't provide names or locations, and instead dictates exactly how the story should be told. But Chloe has become an international celebrity – both respected and scrutinized by the public – and they all want to know, who is her kidnapper? Why is she protecting him? When Greg begins to question whether truth and fiction have collided, he takes matters into his own hands, in spite of the drastic consequences. Even if that means coming face to face with Chloe's abductor. Inspired by the story of Natascha Kampusch, An Almost Perfect Thing is a multi-perspective thriller about possession and desire, the need to own our stories and our right to the truth.
L.A. Theatre Works presents the exclusive dramatization of Joyce Carol Oates’ best-selling novel. In American Appetites, the façade of an affluent suburban couple crumbles under the weight of tragedy and scandal. When Ian McCullough accidentally pushes his wife through a plate glass window during an argument, the American dream turns into a nightmare. A sophisticated, witty and chilling tale.
An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Lisa Akey, Keith Carradine, Alastair Duncan, Paul Eiding, Anna Gunn, Dan Lauria, Jean Louisa Kelly, Frank Muller, B.J. Ward, Elizabeth Ward Land, Liza Weil and Tegan West.
Featuring: Lisa Akey, Keith Carradine, Alastair Duncan, Paul Eiding, Anna Gunn, Dan Lauria, Jean Louisa Kelly, Frank Muller, B.J. Ward, Elizabeth Ward Land, Liza Weil, Tegan West
In this wild satire, a Mexican immigrant has a feverish dream while studying for his American citizenship exam. He meets a parade of characters ranging from Sacagawea to Teddy Roosevelt to Jackie Robinson, who take him on a mind-bending, hilarious, and poignant trip through American history.
An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast recording, featuring Keith Jefferson, Richard Montoya, Todd Nakagawa, Sean San José, Kimberly Scott, Herbert Siguenza, Tom Virtue, Libby West, and Caro Zeller.
Directed by Shana Cooper. Recorded before a live audience.
Featuring: Keith Jefferson, Richard Montoya, Todd Nakagawa, Sean San Jose, Kimberly Scott, Herbert Siguenza, Tom Virtue, Libby West, Caro Zeller
Dava Sobel’s thoughtful play brings to life the story of Nicolaus Copernicus, the Renaissance astronomer and mathematician who proposed the heliocentric model of the universe in which the Sun stands at the center. Plagued by self-doubt and threatened by religious censure, Copernicus resisted the publication of his work until just before his death in 1543. And the Sun Stood Still follows Copernicus in those final years as he works to complete his research with the help of Georg Rheticus, a young disciple from Wittenberg, Germany. Includes a conversation with playwright Dava Sobel, author of A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos. An L.A. Theatre Works full cast recording, featuring Robert Foxworth, John Vickery, Kate Steele, Michael Kirby, and Gregory Harrison. Directed by Rosalind Ayres. And The Sun Stood Still is part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series featuring science-themed plays. Major funding for the Relativity Series is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, to enhance public understanding of science and technology in the modern world.
Featuring: Robert Foxworth, Gregory Harrison, Michael Kirby, Kate Steele, John Vickery
Pip and Meredith have had a bust-up. It was only about their opinion of a film, but it’s led to more significant differences coming to light. Pip has been having an affair. Meredith is in total shock.
As families and friends become embroiled in Pip and Meredith’s crisis, past prejudices, harsh judgements and painful truths come to light. The arguments that ensue go far beyond just being about Pip and Meredith, and what they should do about their marriage.
In ten taut arguments, William Boyd explores what it is to dispute with those we love – and those we claim to love. He looks at our propensity to judge others and our inherent power to cause real pain. He shows how the arguments we have with one another get to the very heart and reality of our relationships.
Darkly funny in tone, The Argument offers a bitingly acute take on human dynamics. The play was first performed at Hampstead Theatre Downstairs in March 2016.
On a publicity tour in Japan, Carl, a Canadian author, finds himself falling in love amidst the sacred stages of Noh theatre and the seedy dance clubs in Tokyo, wired on cocaine and sake. His object of affection is the young, seductive actor, Yori, but the affair becomes complicated when Carl’s translator and Yori’s sister, Nushi, becomes entranced with him. As his tour continues, he straddles the fragmentary place between two cultures – one of individuality and directness, the other of tradition and formality – and uncovers the dualities that exist in life and love. Based on The Tale of Genji, one of the world’s oldest pieces of literature, MacIvor’s script takes us into the centre of a clandestine Japan as experienced by the visiting outsider.
After suffering an injury during a tour of Afghanistan, Michael, a young soldier, is recovering in the rehabilitation wing of a hospital. The last thing he wants is to spend time with a twelve-year-old girl, but Halley, a spirited Pathfinder and ‘reading fiend’, is eager to earn her community service badge. The pair is at odds from the start, but they find a shared interest in The Red Badge of Courage, the classic American Civil War novel, which spurs them to reveal their own stories. As their friendship grows, uncomfortable truths are exposed and questioned, redefining the meaning of courage and heroism.
Winner of the 2008 Tony Award for Best Play, Tracy Letts' darkly comic epic offers a painfully funny look at a family struggling in the desolate heart of America.
An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast recording, featuring members of the original Steppenwolf Theatre and Broadway productions: Tara Lynne Barr, Shannon Cochran, Deanna Dunagan (Tony Award®, Best Leading Actress), Kimberly Guerrero, Francis Guinan, Scott Jaeck, Ron Livingston, Robert Maffia, Mariann Mayberry, Rondi Reed (Tony Award®, Best Featured Actress), and David Warshofsky.
Directed by Bart DeLorenzo. Recorded by L.A. Thetare Works before a live audience.
Featuring: Tara Lynne Barr, Shannon Cochran, Rosemarie DeWitt, Deanna Dunagan, Kimberly Guerrero, Francis Guinan, Scott Jaeck, Ron Livingston, Robert Maffia, Mariann Mayberry, Robert Pine, Rondi Reed, David Warshofsky
The story of a woman accused of murdering her husband at a military outpost in the Old West. Did hostile Indians force her to scalp him as revenge for his brutality, or did she kill him out of frustration with her plight as a soldier’s wife?
An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring John Castellanos, Harry Hamlin, Amy Irving, Peter Jacobs and Jessica Walter.
Recorded before a live audience.
Featuring: John Castellanos, Harry Hamlin, Amy Irving, Peter Jacobs, Jessica Walter
In a white trash, northern Ontario gothic, we follow Beatrice ‘Beaver’ Jersey as she learns to grow beyond her circumscribed world, struggling with her whacky extended family, her alcoholic father, and her chain-smoking ghost of a mother.
Suzanna sets up Max, her best friend, on a blind date with her husband's co-worker, the mysterious Becky Shaw. What follows is a series of cataclysmic events that forever changes all their lives. Mixing sharp wit and humor with the taut suspense of a psychological thriller, Becky Shaw is a comedy of romantic errors – and a Pulitzer Prize finalist – that will keep audiences guessing.
An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring:
Emily Bergl as Suzanna Slater
Matt Letscher as Andrew Porter
Marsha Mason as Susan Slater
Mandy Siegfried as Becky Shaw
Josh Stamberg as Max Garrett
Directed by Bart DeLorenzo. Recorded before a live audience at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles.
Featuring: Emily Bergl, Matt Letscher, Marsha Mason, Mandy Siegfried, Josh Stamberg
In Beloved Clara, the intense relationships between Robert Schumann, his wife Clara, and Johannes Brahms are brought to vivid life through music and excerpts from their passionate writings. With the arrival of the young, dynamic Brahms into their household, the Schumanns’ fragile marriage is threatened by the deepening bond between Clara and their gifted guest. “This is a beautifully put - together portrait…Kleenex required” says The Guardian (London).
An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Rosalind Ayres, Martin Jarvis and Lucy Parham.
Featuring: Rosalind Ayres, Martin Jarvis, Lucy Parham
Bunny Best has met her unfortunate end after a mishap at a Gay Days parade. Now her two sons, Kyle and Hamilton, have the task of arranging her funeral and caring for her most beloved companion, a troublesome Italian greyhound named Enzo. In the bustle of obituary-writing, eulogy-giving and dog-sitting, sibling rivalry quickly reaches its peak and years of buried contentions surface.
Take an unforgettable ride with the classic sketches that helped make this America’s foremost comedy troupe. The Second City lampoons every aspect of modern American life, with brilliant improvised sketches on subjects ranging from salad bars to affairs of state.
An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Fran Adams, Scott Adsit, Scott Allman, Edward Asner, Samantha Bennett, Jennifer Bill, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Paul Dinello, Arye Gross, Jenn Jolovitz, Tim Kazurinsky, Laura Krafft, Joe Liss, Marsha Mason, Michael McCarthy, Jerry Minor, Tim O'Malley, David Razowsky, Mitch Rouse, John Rubano, Ruth Rudnick, Amy Sedaris, Brian Stack, Jill Talley, Miriam Tolan, Nia Vardalos, Ron West, Peter Zahradnick and Jim Zulevic.
Featuring: Fran Adams, Scott Adsit, Scott Allman, Edward Asner, Samantha Bennett, Jennifer Bill, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Paul Dinello, Arye Gross, Jenn Jolovitz, Tim Kazurinsky, Laura Krafft, Joe Liss, Marhsa Mason, Michael McCarthy, Jerry Minor, Tim O'Malley, David Razowsky, Mitch Rouse, John Rubano, Ruth Rudnick, Amy Sedaris, Brian Stack, Jill Talley, Miriam Tolan, Nia Vardalos, Ron West, Peter Zahradnick, Jim Zulevic
Life has gotten tough for Crystal: her job is in jeopardy; her house has been repossessed; and her daughter has been taken by social services. It's time for Crystal to get going. But in her effort to get her daughter back and put her life on the right track, Crystal is forced to question just how far she's willing to go to survive.
Bethany by Laura Marks is the story of a charismatic saleswoman forced to make moral compromises and impossible choices in a tough economic climate. It was first presented in the UK at the High Tide Festival in Halesworth, Suffolk, on 12 May 2012.
Based on the journalist-playwright’s original article in The New Yorker, Betrayed is the story of three young Iraqi translators who risk everything for America's promise of freedom while their country collapses around them. “The clarity of the writing, the urgency of the story being told … give the play a sharp dramatic impact and a plain-spoken beauty. Painful human experience is presented here as just that. Nothing else is necessary to awaken sympathy, despair and awareness of a grave moral failure on the part of the American government.” - New York Post
An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Jeremy Beck, Kevin Daniels, Andrea Gabriel, John Getz, Sevan Greene, Sam Kanater and Waleed F. Zuaiter.
Recorded before a live audience at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles.
Featuring: Jeremy Beck, Kevin Daniels, Andrea Gabriel, John Getz, Sevan Greene, Sam Kanater, Waleed F. Zuaiter
Marion, a working mother with a special-needs child, has discovered a devastating secret: her husband Curtis has been engaging in a torrid love affair with none other than their son's young teacher, Teresa. Armed with love notes between Curtis and Teresa, Marion shows up to a parent-teacher interview to confront the woman who may be the thread that unravels her life. What ensues is a gripping and raw confrontation between two women, one fighting to protect her family, the other fighting for the family she always wanted.
Standing at the edge of the ship, contemplating a watery demise, Billy is called back to reality when his dead mentor, Sid Diamond, appears as a handpuppet. Sid forces Billy to re-enact his life as a puppet show, rekindling the passion Billy once had for puppets, people and the dream of a life that sparkles. For anyone stuck in the middle – mid-career, mid-love, mid-life – this requiem for a golden boy shines a little light on the wonder of youth meeting the wisdom of age.
Five classmates come together for their thirtieth high-school reunion. Some see it as a welcome trip home, others see it as an obligation, while a few never even left. But as the night wears on, the one-time classmates start to reconnect and reminisce. The more alcohol that's consumed the closer the friends come to confronting their darkest secrets. Once again, Daniel MacIvor proves to us that just because we're all grown up doesn't mean we have everything figured out. His characters are sometimes naive, often crass, but always honest. As they try to reclaim their high-school glory days, these five friends charge headfirst into the secrets they all tried to run so far from.
Twin sisters Poubelle and Angelique are bonded in both biology and shared tragedy after a car accident leaves them orphaned along a prairie highway in a pool of blood. But the young twins are brought home with Dr Glass after their remarkable recovery, and quickly find themselves the subject of endless experiments. In a quest to study Poubelle and Angelique's undeniable bond, Dr Glass's questionable practices are soon scrutinized by a young doctor who might be the twins' only hope for a normal life. Blood: A Scientific Romance probes the questions: do relationships take on new meaning when they begin to shape not only our experiences, but our biology? And do we, in fact, complete one another?
Leni Riefenstahl, 100 years old, is in the office of a young female Hollywood studio executive. Leni's reason to be there is clear: to make one last desperate pitch to direct her first feature film in 50 years. A thought-provoking contemplation on art, politics, and the seduction of fascism, and a theatrical examination of a woman who danced one perfect dance with the devil and forever changed the way films are made. Leni Riefenstahl was one of the most remarkable and controversial women of the 20 century. Dancer, actor, photographer, and filmmaker, Riefenstahl caught the eye of Adolf Hitler with her prodigious first film: The Blue Light. A cinematic innovator, her decision to direct Triumph of the Will, got her blacklisted as a filmmaker until her death in 2003 at 101, unrepentant and mostly forgotten.
Two pschychiatrists - one new and inexperienced, the other his well-established mentor - battle over the diagnosis and treatment of Chris, a young black man who claims to be the son of African dictator Idi Amin. This dark, edgy comedy - winner of the 2001 Olivier Award for Best New Play - will leave you wondering if anyone in this threesome is sane.
An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Teagle F. Bougere, Matt Letscher and Daniel Davis.
Featuring: Teagle F. Bougere, Matt Letscher, Daniel Davis
Blue/Orange is based on Joe Penhall's award winning play of the same name. In a London psychiatric hospital, an enigmatic young man claims, among other things, to be the son of an exiled African dictator - a story that becomes unnervingly plausible. In a fiery and suspenseful debate, his doctor and consultant clash over the patient's diagnosis and treatment. What ensues is an incendiary tale of race, madness and a Darwinian power struggle at the heart of a dying National Health Service. Filmed on location in London, and shot in high definition, this dynamic and often very funny adaptation of Joe Penhall's award-winning play retains the music, lighting and sound team from the original stage production, which premiered in April 2000.
‘Beautifully written - intelligent, complex, uncompromising and compassionate’ The Times
‘Riveting and intense … often-funny, always smart … Parkes delivers those lines with a manic energy illustrative of the lines Chris straddles. And both Simm and Cox match his intensity, to the point where one forgets there are only three speaking characters.’ Multichannel News, USA
‘All three acting performances are strong. Brian Cox is excellent as the ambitious Robert, gradually and artfully revealing the baser impulses that reside beneath the doctor’s polished professional demeanor. Shaun Parkes’s searing portrayal of Chris is the heart of the show and he is particularly good at giving life to the menagerie of concocted and also legitimate-fears that haunt the patient.” CultureVulture, USA
Awards for the original theatre production:
Best New Play Olivier Awards for 2001; Best Play of the Year, Evening Standard Awards 2000; Best New Play, Critics' Circle Theatre Awards 2000
Director: Howard Davies; Written and adapted by: Joe Penhall based on his award winning play of the same name; Producer: Richard Fell; Executive Producer: Bill Boyes; Starring: Brian Cox, John Simm, Shaun Parkes.
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American expatriate Sidney Webb and Sister Margaret, his British colleague, work tirelessly to rehabilitate Cambodian children from the nightmare of prostitution. After a surprise raid on a brothel, an eager young U.S. lawyer places three liberated orphans under Sidney and the Sister’s care. The girls begin the inspirational process of recovery under the loving watch of their new protectors. An excitingly original script by an emerging American playwright.
An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Samantha Abrigo, John Cabrera, Gregory Itzin, Jane Le, Amy Sara Lim, Emily Liu, William Mapother, Jenny O'Hara, Michelle Ongkingco, Elizabeth Pan and Keo Woolford.
Featuring: Samantha Abrigo, John Cabrera, Gregory Itzin, Jane Le, Amy Sara Lim, Emily Liu, William Mapother, Jenny O'Hara, Michelle Ongkingco, Elizabeth Pan, Keo Woolford
An elf named Bob gets banished from the North Pole to learn a lesson about cooperation. Because of his bad attitude, Santa sends him to a small town to help out with their Christmas pageant. Here, Bob is faced with a group of bumbling actors who are doing their best to put on the greatest darn Christmas show their town has ever seen.
Jamie is 22 years old and works 12-hour shifts operating a wood processor, clear-cutting for pulp. At the end of each shift, he walks through the destruction he has created looking for injured birds and animals and rescues those he can. Jamie's desire to escape this world is thwarted by his fear of leaving the place where he has some status.
Bone Cage examines how young people in rural communities, employed in the destruction of the environment they love, treat the people they love at the end of their shift. Bone Cage is about the difficulty in growing and hanging on to dreams in a world where dreams are seen as impractical or weak. It is funny. It is tragic. It is about different kinds of escaping. It is about a soul trapped in its own rib cage, a cage of bone, a bone cage. Winner of the 2008 Governor General's Literary Award for Drama
In this vivid and troubled story of an isolated young man, playwright Leo Butler casts a sharp eye over the city and picks someone for us to follow.
A bleak portrait of modern London and a scathing critique of the economic forces that destroy communities and promote isolation, Boy provoked considerable debate upon its first production. Michael Billington wrote in the Guardian that “there are distinct echoes of Georg Büchner’s fragmented drama Woyzeck in the portrayal of the hero as a victim of social circumstance”, while writing in the Telegraph Laura Shilling observed that “its power to disturb is all the more troubling because it offers neither accusation nor redemption. You find yourself wondering about the morality of turning hopelessness into a beautifully crafted theatrical experience. But what would be a more virtuous alternative?"
Boy received its world premiere at the Almeida Theatre, London, on 5 April 2016.
Boys With Cars follows Naz, a classically trained Indian dancer, who dreams of getting out of small town Port Moody to attend the University of British Columbia. But when Buddy causes a stir over Naz at school, Naz’s university plans begin to crumble quickly.
In 2007 Ravi Jain completed school and was itching to get his feet wet in the theatre scene. With plans to begin his own company, Ravi put off marriage for a few years, much to the disappointment of his mother, Asha, who was getting impatient with Ravi's non-traditional approach to life. In this autobiographical story of the Jain family, Ravi recalls a trip to India with his parents in tow where they ambushed him with a series of prospective wives at every turn. Conveyed through storytelling, A Brimful of Asha is a comedic and heartwarming tale of a family caught between two cultures.
A deal has been struck between two men in India – 2,100 rupees in exchange for a young village woman named Rekha. Sent to Calcutta without knowing why, Rekha finds herself in the confines of a brothel with Jamuna, a prostitute and madam, who is resigned to her trade. In these conditions, Rekha must shape her destiny and find inner liberty.
What if Blanche Dubois didn't go crazy? Or the Three Sisters actually made it to Moscow? When he discovers he's only a fictitious, never seen character in a Oscar Wilde play, Bunbury joins forces with Rosaline, Romeo's never-seen obsession from Romeo and Juliet. Together they infiltrate and alter classic literature, including giving Romeo and Juliet a happy ending.
An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Jean Gilpin, Kathryn Hahn, Melinda Page Hamilton, Peter Paige, Amanda Rowan, Orlando Seale, Andre Sogliuzzo, John Vickery and Matthew Wolf.
Featuring: Jean Gilpin, Kathryn Hahn, Melinda Page Hamilton, Peter Paige, Amanda Rowan, Orlando Seale, Andre Sogliuzzo, John Vickery, Matthew Wolf
Burning Monkey relates the story of a teenage couple and their interactions with an older war veteran, trying to rebuild his fractured relationship with his daughter. While their exchanges initially show a hostile and unsympathetic clash of generations, it soon becomes apparent that they share similar pain – based on their damaged family relationships, and absent parents/children – and they begin to feel empathy for one another’s plight.
In the background, the presence of war looms; the character of Old is haunted by memories of his time as a soldier and the character of Monkey looks forward to a time when he can escape the depressing realities of his life and join the army. In the midst of this, Shell is fifteen, madly in love with Monkey, and pregnant with his child. Her attempts to try and make the irresponsible, immature Monkey stay with her become increasingly desperate.
Burning Monkey is a play that raises important issues for teenagers, addressing themes such as war, violence, separated families and responsibility. It is available both in English- and Welsh-language versions, the latter titled as Mwnci ar dân.
From the shore of Ko Phi Phi in Thailand to a suburb in Utah to a mysterious Kafkaesque hole in the ground, carried away on the crest of a wave gives us brief glimpses into the lives of a sphinx-like escort, a grieving father, a conflicted priest, brothers of legend, a felonious housewife, an accountant of time, an orphaned boy, a radio shock jock and a man who finds things. Each are connected, primarily, by the cataclysmic 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that claimed the lives of over a quarter million people. In a series of vignettes, carried away on the crest of a wave illustrates the ripple effect of one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history and ponders what happens when the events that bind us together are the same events that tear us apart.
Dianne is a printmaker who derives her imagery from pre-history – Neanderthal teeth, the Jericho skulls, old bones. Too many people close to her have passed away and her only son has rebelled by embracing a life of religious fundamentalism. The Cave Painter is a funny, moving one-woman show about being an artist and dealing with loss.
A restaurant. Two curved banquettes. It's a celebration. Violent, wildly funny, Harold Pinter's play displays a vivid zest for life.
Celebration premiered at the Almeida Theatre, London, in March 2000.
Chair is the third play in Edward Bond's The Chair Plays trilogy. In it, Alice is looking after Billy, a young man she took in to her home – illegally – when he was a baby.
One day, when she witnesses a soldier escorting an old woman, someone Alice believes she knows, to prison, she offers a kindness: the soldier has been waiting with his prisoner for over three hours; Alice offers him chair to sit on. This basic, human gesture explodes the secure and private world that Alice had built to protect herself and Billy.
In his introduction, Edward Bond writes: 'Billy cannot be Alice's son but she must be the prisoner's daughter. This is because in the first play the image of the dress confronts the present with the past that all people share in common. When this confrontation is repeated in Chair it is not shared; it is absolutely restricted to one person and the present . . . Saved ends in a gesture of optimism in the mending of the chair. It is not grandiose to call that an act of immanent transcendence because the chair bears human wounds. Since the play was written our situation – the third crisis – has worsened. The chair in The Chair Plays is the sign of that crisis.'
Chair was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 7 April 2000. Its first staged production was seen at the Avignon Festival in July 2006.
Chef tells the gripping story of how one woman went from being a haute-cuisine head chef to a convicted inmate running a prison kitchen. Leading us through her world of mouth-watering dishes and heart-breaking memories, Chef questions our attitudes to food, prisoners, violence, love and hope. Inspired by an interview the playwright, Sabrina Mahfouz, conducted with celebrity chef Ollie Dabbous, Chef studies food as the ultimate art form taking stimulus from Dabbous’s obsession with simplicity and making something the best it can be.
Featuring Sabrina Mahfouz’s distinct, lyrical style in abundance, Chef received its premiere at the Underbelly, Cowgate, during the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, winning a Fringe First, and was subsequently produced at the Soho Theatre, London, in June 2015.
A disturbed mother sends her son, Joe, to burn down a house in an adjacent estate. Manipulating him until he agrees, she abandons him to his fate once he has completed this task. Worse still, the house was not as empty as he thought when he set it alight.
Fleeing from the law, his friends join him on a journey though an increasingly barren and often violent landscape. Despite the difficulty of their situation and the continuing fragmentation of their community, they nonetheless find the spirit and energy to be compassionate to others – particularly a tramp who cannot walk. But the question remains; how will this compassion be rewarded?
The Children was first presented by Classworks Theatre on 11 February 2000 at Manor Community College, Cambridge. The parts of the children were played by pupils from the college. It went on to tour to seventeen venues; in each new venue a different cast of young people played, with only the actors playing Mum and Man remaining constant throughout the tour.
Maxim Gorky's play Children of the Sun is a Chekhovian family drama, written while its author was briefly imprisoned in Saint Petersburg's Peter and Paul Fortress during the abortive Russian Revolution of 1905. It was initially banned, but the imperial authorities allowed it to premiere on 24 October 1905 at the Moscow Art Theatre.
This translation by Stephen Mulrine was published by Nick Hern Books in its Drama Classics series in 2000.
The play's title refers to Russia's privileged intelligentsia, epitomised by Protasov, who is high-minded and idealistic but out of touch with the reality of life, especially for the working classes. The play is set during one of the cholera epidemics of the previous century, but was universally understood to relate to contemporary events, and has come to be seen as a prophetic echo of the coming revolution.
A tree lot. Christmas Eve. One man. One woman. One tree. Who should get it? Each gives reasons through tales of woe as to why they are more deserving of the tree, and each seems unmoved by the other's predicament. A story filled with laughs, heartache, and good old-fashioned Christmas spirit.
Zainab, Chloe & Katya, London’s best ‘clean’ criminals and perpetrators of victimless crime, are forced together in an unlikely trio. This feisty trio soon become the unlikely action heroes of an adventure left to men. A short play commissioned by the Traverse Theatre, 2012, Clean was part of the A Play, A Pie & A Pint Season at Òran Mor, Glasgow and The Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh.
Sabrina Mahfouz’s Clean was originally published in a volume of three plays called The Clean Collection, alongside Dry Ice and One Hour Only . The volume also contained a selection of poetry by the playwright.
‘WHO ARE YOU?’ Monsieur Pierre (the immigration official) poses his usual question, but Heinrich’s unusual answer sets in motion a metaphysical roller coaster. Why would a simple statement of name and profession bring so much attention to an unassuming clockmaker? Maybe because that’s two more things than anyone else in this place remembers . . . ? Soon, Heinrich is reminding his new friend Frieda of memories she’s forgotten and even summoning up a few of his own – of forbidden love, and crimes he may or may not have committed. Is it possible to be guilty of being about to commit a crime, as Monsieur Pierre suspects? And why wouldn’t one recall something so significant as premeditating murder? Armed with a newfound-yet-familiar love for each other, Heinrich and Frieda set about solving this Kafkaesque puzzle. Winner of the Betty Mitchell Award for Best New Play (2009) and named best Canadian play of the 2010-2011 season at the inaugural Toronto Theatre Critics’ Awards.
Collaboration and Taking Sides are companion pieces by Ronald Harwood. Taking Sides premiered at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester in 1995; Collaboration premiered at the same theatre in July 2008, when the two plays were staged in repertory.
In 1931, composer Richard Strauss and writer Stephan Zweig embark on an invigorating artistic partnership. But Zweig is a Jew and the Nazis are on the march. Is it possible to keep artistic aspiration and political action separate? How fine is the line between collaboration and betrayal?
Theatre company Paines Plough’s Come To Where I’m From programme offers a theatrical tapestry of the UK, woven by writers asking if home really is where the heart is. Since 2010, 88 playwrights from across the UK have returned to their home towns to write plays about the places that shaped them. Here, Zodwa Nyoni’s 2013 monologue for the series represents a meditation on place, belonging and the author’s Zimbabwean roots.
In Communion, a recovering alcoholic and her estranged daughter try to negotiate a new relationship in spite of vastly different lifestyles.
A play about love between gun-shy young scientists! Just how does a computer scientist romance a molecular biologist? Elliot offers to build a computer program to help Molly with her latest research project, but they discover that love just might be the winning formula - if they can only move beyond their fear and past heartbreak.
An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring:
Jason Ritter as Elliot;
Mandy Siegfried as Molly;
André Sogliuzzo as Don and Franklin;
Mia Barron as Lauren and Nell.
Includes a conversation with Dan Rockmore, the Chair of the Department of Mathematics and a Professor of Computer Science at Dartmouth College.
Directed by Stephen Sachs. Recorded before a live audience at the James Bridges Theater at UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television in October, 2011.
Completeness is part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series featuring science-themed plays. Major funding for the Relativity Series is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to enhance public understanding of science and technology in the modern world.
Featuring: Mia Barron, Jason Ritter, Mandy Siegfried, Andre Sogliuzzo
Bartolomeo Vanzetti and Nicola Sacco dreamt of the land of the free. Leaving their small Italian villages, they embarked on a long voyage to the United States, only to encounter a world they never could have imagined. Controversially imprisoned for murder, both men must fight for their lives amidst discrimination and public humiliation. Based on actual events, Comrades bring to life Sacco and Vanzetti's seven-year imprisonment and explores the struggles and agonies of two men, tried not for what they did, but for who they were.
Concord Floral is a one-million-square-foot abandoned greenhouse and a refuge for neighbourhood kids; a place all to themselves in which to dream, dare, and come of age. But hidden there is a secret no one wants to confront, and when two friends stumble upon it they set off an unstoppable chain of events, from shadows in parking lots to phone calls from the grave. It's time for the teens of Concord Floral to start talking.
An elderly couple sit in a dark room in their house, doing the crossword, taking their tablets and knitting, all the while raking over a traumatic past that has all but destroyed them.
Conservatory is a compelling play about loss and family which shows that happiness is not a necessary condition of togetherness. It premiered at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, in March 2014.
The Coronation of Poppea, freely adapted from the libretto by Giovanni Francesco Busenello for L'incoronazione di Poppea by Claudio Monteverdi, depicts the triumphant adultery between Poppea and the Roman emperor Nero. Ravenhill updates Tacitus’s scathing portrayal of imperial degeneracy with language which is contemporary, spare and brutally powerful.
This version of the The Coronation of Poppea opened at the King’s Head theatre, Islington, in April 2011, in a production directed by the author.
A play in two acts, Healey introduces two sets of characters. In the first, a lawyer and his partner seek a civil ceremony, but are stopped when the officiant won't perform a homosexual marriage because tenets of his religious beliefs won't allow it. But tensions only mount when they learn that the officiant himself is openly gay. In the second act, a young couple decide to marry to secure a family for their unborn child, despite their poor financial situation. Facing eviction, the husband – a young Aboriginal man – meets his new neighbour, a refugee from Somalia, and they become fast friends. As the young couple finds happiness, prosperity and friendship, their competing civil rights tears that friendship apart. Nominated for the 2010 Governor General's Literary Award for Drama
Every day after school, seventeen-year-old Timothy waits at the neighbourhood crosswalk where years earlier his older sister disappeared. Every day he crosses the street with Jim, the elderly crossing guard. It’s a ritual Timothy thinks might go on forever, until one day he arrives and Jim is absent. Instead, standing at the crosswalk is a young woman – a young woman who looks a lot like his missing sister. The Crossing Guard is a tender meditation on the limits of fidelity.
Deirdre Kinahan's play Crossings is a drama that explores a rural English community over the course of a century, as its inhabitants have to learn how to adapt to change. It was commissioned by Pentabus and New Perspectives and first performed at Pentabus Theatre, Bromfield, Shropshire, on 10 October 2018, as part of a UK tour.
The play opens in 1919, in Badgersbridge Village Hall. The hall is Margaret’s domain and the last place she expected to come face to face with Grace, who knew and loved Margaret’s brother, William. This chance meeting results in an unlikely pairing that will change the course of both of their futures. In Act Two, the action shifts to 2019; Mirjana is a professional carer, waiting to meet Sean’s mother to help her stay in her own home. Mirjana is from Sarajevo, but has lived in the village since escaping the war there as a teenager. The village hall has been her solace and proves an unlikely link between them.
The premiere production was directed by Sophie Motley with set and lighting design by Sarah Jane Shiels. It was performed by Victoria Brazier and Will O’Connell.
Elsa is a typical fifteen-year-old growing up in the early 1960s. Her world revolves around independence, boys, and being popular at school, despite growing concerns surrounding the Cuban missile crisis. In fact, this is Elsa's opportunity to let loose before the world blows up. Knee-deep in teenage angst, her mission is clear: get drunk for the first time and lose her virginity. Though Elsa is old enough to feel the tense political climate, she is young enough to believe there might be a cure for everything. A comedic and compassionate sequel to Ardal's award-winning You Fancy Yourself, The Cure for Everything is a coming-of-age story about a teenager who discovers that the world is more complex than she could have imagined.
Eric Miller is a Belfast Loyalist. He believes his five-week old granddaughter is Gerry Adams, the noted Irish Republican politician who is the president of Sinn Féin.
Eric’s family keep telling him to stop living in the past and fighting old battles that nobody cares about anymore, but his cultural heritage is under siege. He must act.
David Ireland’s black comedy takes one man’s identity crisis to the limits as he uncovers the modern day complexity of Ulster Loyalism.
Cyprus Avenue was first performed at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, on 11 February 2016, before transferring to the Royal Court Theatre, London, in April 2016.
Santa Claus tries to fulfill a child's special Christmas wish while his staff attempts to overcome a supply shortage at the North Pole. A laugh-filled holiday play, innocent enough for the youngest boy or girl, and entertaining enough for adults.
Modern life isn't easy and it never has been.
This explosive play by Leo Butler transports us through time, looking at what happens when the next generation begin to find their feet in an ever-changing world.
Through a kaleidoscope of characters, we see tensions rocket and values crumble, exposing the best and worst of what it means to be human.
This epic roller coaster of a play combines euphoria and despair as different generations of young people ask the same question: where do we go from here?
Decades received its world premiere at Ovalhouse, London, on 7 June 2016, in a production by Brit School for Performing Arts and Technology.
Terese and Louise are on their way to a 'pot-pourri' party: a place where, Terese assures Louise, there will be straight people to talk to. Louise is tired of hanging out with Terese's lesbian-only crowd, and is not expecting much. So when she meets the handsome J.J. she gets more, perhaps, than she'd bargained for.
An examination of the roles that gender and sexuality play in the already complex world of love among friends, Designs for Living was first produced at the Drill Hall, London.
In a white fur coat, “The Queen of the Blues” sits on her luggage outside a Las Vegas hotel. It is 1959; the legendary star cannot enter the hotel without a white escort. So Dinah Washington, in her inimitable style, takes a long pull from her flask and starts kicking up a fuss. Yvette Freeman reprises her Obie award-winning performance in this passionate play that reminds us “What a Difference a Day Makes.” Features songs made famous by Dinah Washington and performed in the play by Yvette Freeman.
An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Paul Eiding, Yvette Freeman, Adriane Lenox, Bud Leslie and Darryl Reed.
Featuring: Paul Eiding, Yvette Freeman, Adriane Lenox, Bud Leslie, Darryl Reed
A dark comedy filled with extraordinary wit and insight, in which playwright Tom Szentgyorgyi explores how we deal with change and loss. Bob meets, falls in love, and plans a wedding with Paula - who then disappears, sending back cryptic clues as to her whereabouts.
An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast recording, starring: Amy Pietz, Kevin Kilner, Judy Blue, Linda Kimbrough, Lusia Strus, Greg Vinkler, Ann Whitney, and Kenny Williams.
Directed by Susan V. Booth. Recorded before a live audience by L.A. Theatre Works.
Featuring: Judy Blue, Kevin Kilner, Linda Kimbrough, Amy Pietz, Lusia Strus, Greg Vinkler, Ann Whitney, Kenny Williams
Doldrum Bay is a bittersweet comedy about the incongruous lives of people stranded by life.
As Magda comes to terms with her demanding father’s terminal illness, her husband Francis seduces a girl dressed as a mermaid with extracts from his Great Irish Novel. It is going to be a world-changing, filmic masterpiece on sex and faith, though he’s been so busy promoting it that he hasn’t written it yet. Their friend Chick has been commissioned to come up with an advertising campaign for the Christian Brothers: advertise God in seven words. Louise is pregnant, trying to keep her head above water. The play is a soul-searching satire on their loves and losses, and their marooned, forty-something lives.
Doldrum Bay premiered in 2003 at the Peacock Stage of the Abbey Theatre, Dublin.
The acclaimed Scottish playwright Rona Munro has created a remarkable story about a man who wakes up from a car crash with brain damage. Now, he sees the world as the person he was three years ago, when his life and loves were in a very different place.
This play is part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series featuring science-themed plays. Lead funding for the Relativity Series is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, bridging science and the arts in the modern world.
Includes a conversation about brain trauma and memory loss with Dr. David Hovda, the Director of the Brain Injury Research Center at UCLA.
Recorded at The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood, in June 2015.
Directed by Martin Jarvis
Producing Director: Susan Albert Loewenberg
Paul Fox as Al
Jared Harris as Donny
Siobhán Hewlett as Trish
Moira Quirk as Flea
Sophie Winkleman as Emma
Associate Producers: Anna Lyse Erikson, Myke Weiskopf
Recording and Mixing Engineer: Mark Holden for The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood
Foley Artist: Jeff Gardner
Assistant Recording Engineer and Editor: Wesley Dewberry
A virus has plagued the city and residents are quarantined. Curfews have been imposed and rumours of government corruption abound. Bureaucratic red tape is creating a food crisis. Laurel and her parents are imprisoned in the basement of their stately home, relying on the generosity of their former gardener, Cheater, for information and supplies. While Laurel and her family struggle just to survive, Cheater becomes intoxicated with his new-found power as a member of the Security and Surveillance police. Laurel must act as go-between if she is to liberate her family from their basement cell, and enters the dark and convoluted world of Cheater, discovering in the process startling revelations about herself, politics, art, violence, and the man they have become dependent upon.
Dreams of Home dives deep into the bleak and ever-challenging world of the New York City homeless. Pedro, a Latino former-playboy down on his luck, and Sandra, a ruined beauty-turned-tramp slowly succumbing to illness, tentatively explore an unexpected romance, on the 6-train subway platform at 103rd and Lexington. Over the course of one 24-hour period, the desperate pair revisit their hardscrabble pasts through ominous dreamscapes, with the Angel of Death acting as Tour Guide.
An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Lisa Marie Ackel, Noe Cuellar, Frankie Davila, Laurie Martinez, Rita Moreno and Juan A. Ramirez.
Featuring: Lisa Marie Ackel, Noe Cuellar, Frankie Davila, Laurie Martinez, Rita Moreno, Juan A. Ramirez
Bessie, Alice, and Margaret have two things in common: they are married to George Joseph Smith, and they are dead. Surfacing from the bathtubs they were drowned in, the three breathless brides gather evidence against their womanizing, murderous husband by reliving the shocking events leading up to their deaths. Reflecting on the misconceptions of love, married life, and the not-so-happily ever after, The Drowning Girls is both a breathtaking fantasia and a social critique, full of rich images, a myriad of characters, and lyrical language.
Dry Ice is a critically acclaimed solo show about a young stripper, which was produced at by the Underbelly, Edinburgh, and the Bush Theatre, London, and directed by David Schwimmer. It played at the Contact, Manchester, the Southbank Centre, London, and the Bush Theatre, London, as part of Madani Younis’s debut season in 2012.
Sabrina Mahfouz’s Dry Ice was originally published in a volume of three plays called The Clean Collection, alongside One Hour Only and Clean . The volume also contained a selection of poetry by the playwright.
The Duchess enters the audacious world of Wallis Simpson – from the filth of Shanghai brothels to the regal splendour of Buckingham Palace – shedding light on the infamous woman for whom King Edward VIII would eventually abdicate his throne. In this adult Alice in Wonderland, Wallis’s personified jewels, her Royal Court chorus, and the royal family themselves dance us through the personal, the political and the fabulist, giving us a glimpse at the life of the controversial woman who diverted the course of the twentieth century.
Standing outside his father's study in Paraguay, Rudi is smoking cigarettes, trying to work up the courage to go in. It has been seven years since he stood in that same spot; seven years since he left his family and their history behind him. As a teenager, Rudi discovered that his father was a doctor at Auschwitz. Trying to reconcile his inherited guilt, Rudi lashed out against his family and his friends, and eventually fled to Germany. While there, he follows in his father’s footsteps by studying medicine, and falls in love with Sarah, the daughter of a Holocaust survivor. Questioning redemption, love, guilt and the sins of the father, East of Berlin is a tour de force that follows Rudi’s emotional upheaval as he comes to terms with a frightening past that was never his own.
Breda, determined that her recent weight loss will not be a wasted effort, has planned a night out with her husband, Billy. Neither can remember the last time they slept together, but Breda intends to change that.
Under the influence of alcohol, however, their date night goes awry, and they find themselves revealing far more than they had intended.
Eden premiered on the Peacock stage of the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, in 2001, and was later mounted on the West End and Broadway. Written as monologues for two actors, it explores the disintegration of marital intimacy in an intimate theatrical format.
Eden’s Empire is a powerful historical play about Anthony Eden’s infamous term as Prime Minister, a gripping account of power and political mistakes.
Fifty years ago, Britain propelled itself into a disastrous war in the Middle East. Condemned by the UN and accused of falsifying intelligence, the Prime Minister was left fighting for his political life against a Party disillusioned, a public betrayed and a wily Chancellor with ambitions to take his place.
Under the pressure of opposition to his war, Prime Minister Anthony Eden rapidly lost his grip on both the Empire and his health. Unable to control either the growing power of both the United States and the Arab world, or his own failing body, history would mark him as the worst British Prime Minister of the twentieth century.
Graham’s uncompromising political thriller explores with electrifying theatricality the events of the Suez Crisis, and the tragic story of its flawed hero – Churchill’s golden boy and heir apparent, Anthony Eden.
Eden’s Empire was first performed at the Finborough Theatre in 2006.
A marvellously bizarre series of sketches inspired by Victorian travelling shows, Edward Gant’s Amazing Feats of Loneliness is a curious miscellany of tricks, jokes and melancholy.
In 1881, the famed and enigmatic impresario Mr Edward Gant presented his renowned travelling show for the final time: a spectacle of grotesquery, tastelessness, black comedy, mystery and magic realism presided over by an opiate-addicted actor. Over a century later, Neilson has reconstructed this intriguing and fantastic historical event. With a cast that includes a girl whose face sprouts pearls and a teddy bear desperate for an imaginary cup of tea, it is a theatrical piece combining the melodrama, extravagance and painful loneliness that characterised a Victorian freak show.
Neilson's play offers a strange and beautiful exploration of sadness and mortality, probing the nature of theatre and spectacle. It was first performed in 2002 at The Drum Theatre at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth.
Einstein’s Gift follows the life and work of Nobel laureate Dr Fritz Haber, a man who risked everything for a country that never accepted him. Haber, a chemist who worked hard to enhance life, discovered too late that when his knowledge was put in the hands of the wrong people, millions would die and that his efforts to serve humanity were futile against political will, nationalism, and war. This updated edition of Vern Thiessen’s compelling play about the collision of power and pride still resonates with verve and vigour.
Deli is trying to revive the fortunes of his mother’s restaurant in Murder Mile, Hackney. But where does his son disappear to on the night of the re-opening? And why does his friend Digger offer him protection?
Elmina’s Kitchen is a thrilling, engaging portrait of a one-parent family struggling to stay within the law while the Yardies are carving up the neighbourhood.
Elmina’s Kitchen premiered at the National Theatre, London, in May 2003.
In Deborah Zoe Laufer's End Days, a suburban family is undergoing a spiritual crisis following the September 11th attacks. Sylvia Stein has turned to Christianity to save her disaffected husband Arthur and her rebellious teenage daughter Rachel. But as Sylvia races around preparing for the Rapture, Rachel is learning that there are more things in Heaven and Earth than are dreamt of in her philosophy.
An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring:
Josh Clark as Jesus and Stephen Hawking
Shannon Cochran as Sylvia Stein
Dane DeHaan as Nelson Steinberg
Arye Gross as Arthur Stein
Kenneth Houston as the Bully
Kate Rylie as Rachel Stein
Directed by Michael Hacket. Recorded at The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood in 2010.
End Days is part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series featuring science-themed plays. Major funding for the Relativity Series is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to enhance public understanding of science and technology in the modern world.
Featuring: Josh Clark, Shannon Cochran, Dane DeHaan, Arye Gross, Kenneth Houston, Kate Rylie
Fasten your seatbelts for a rapid-fire, sophisticated thrill-ride that propels you through one of the most infamous financial scandals in history! With a spicy blend of humor, pathos and music, the big biz machinations of Kenneth Lay, Jeffrey Skilling and Andy Fastow are laid bare as razzle-dazzle entertainment. Lucy Prebble’s Enron casts a shocking new light on today’s economy and how we got here.
An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring:
Steven Weber as Jeffrey Skilling
Gregory Itzin as Kenneth Lay
Greg Germann as Andrew Fastow
Amy Pietz as Claudia Roe
alongside Chris Butler, Jackie Emerson, Pamela J. Gray, Kasey Mahaffy, Jon Matthews, Julia McIlvaine, Russell Soder, Kenneth Alan Williams and Matthew Wolf.
Directed by Rosalind Ayres. Recorded before a live audience at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles.
Featuring: Chris Butler, Jackie Emerson (in-studio), Greg Germann, Pamela J. Gray, Gregory Itzin, Kasey Mahaffy, Jon Matthews, Julia McIlvaine, Amy Pietz, Russell Soder, Steven Weber, Kenneth Alan Williams, Matthew Wolf
In Evelyn Dwyer's madcap B&B, 'The Bower', a motley collection of characters is bound together by a dark secret from the past.
What has Evelyn been hiding all these years? Why has her brother Owen returned from America? Why has Ella found religion? And what is the mysterious presence that haunts their lives? Joe O'Byrne's En Suite is a haunting and funny play about mothers and daughters, secrets and lies, and making breakfast.
En Suite premiered on the Peacock stage of the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, in March 2002.
'A one-act play is like a confession'. So writes Steven Berkoff in the preface to the collection of his One-Act Plays. In his introduction to the collection, Geoffrey Colman, Head of Acting at Central School of Speech and Drama writes: 'It is the one-act play, however, that most profoundly and immediately amplifies Berkoff’s extraordinary literary and theatrical voice. . . In discussion, [Berkoff's] eyes quite literally light up at the mere mention of the one-act construct. With relish, he outlines the bare-knuckled immediacy of its form and fatal but inevitable blow. Perhaps the very real pleasure in reading these nineteen one-act plays by Berkoff should not be about comparing them to his other plays at all, but imagining them newly and in performance. Berkoff’s theatre continues to refuse smallness of theme and narrative, and defies those who wish to collapse the place of theatre into reality-inspired ‘true’. A reading of these pieces will require the need for a performance alertness, ‘real’ at its very threshold.'
In ’Ere, Doreen and Bill are in economic and emotional debt – nothing touches their vapid lives – that is, until they are visited first by a debt collector and then by the most unlikely of men: Jesus.
It's a week before Christmas, and struggling egg farmer/artist Ethan Claymore meets a woman who could turn his life around. But things are shaken up when Ethan receives a visit from his estranged, and recently deceased, older brother.
A dark night in a neglected city suburb. An unnamed man breaks into a flat, scrambling for something to steal. As he rifles through the flat, he finds that there is nothing worth stealing, that vandalism proves unsatisying and that attacking the flat’s occupant, Tom, a mute, too brings only further questions. The burglar is led ultimately to question his own existence, regusing any answers that the mute Tom might offer: all responses lead only to one inevitable outcome.
Existence was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 8 April 2002 in a production featuring Jason Flemyng and Andrew Wincott. The first staged production took place at the Théâtre-Studio Alfortville, Paris, on 28 October 2002.
It's London, 1879, and the hapless members of the Explorers Club must confront their most lethal threat yet: the admission of a woman into their hermetically-sealed ranks. But the intrepid Phyllida Spotte-Hume turns out to be the least of their troubles, in this hilarious farce starring members of the original Broadway cast.
An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Jack Cutmore-Scott, Carson Elrod, David Furr, John Getz, Martin Jarvis, David Krumholtz, Lorenzo Pisoni, Jennifer Westfeldt, Matthew Wolf
Directed by Kate McAll. Music composed and orchestrated by Laurence O'Keefe. Recordings produced by Mike Croiter and Laurence O'Keefe at Yellow Sound Lab for L.A. Theatre Works.
Includes a conversation with essayist, novelist, and cultural critic Eileen Pollack.
The Explorers Club is part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series featuring science-themed plays. Major funding for the Relativity Series is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to enhance public understanding of science and technology in the modern world.
Featuring: Jack Cutmore-Scott, Carson Elrod, David Furr, John Getz, Martin Jarvis, David Krumholtz, Lorenzo Pisoni, Jennifer Westfeldt, Matthew Wolf
Knocked-up and seriously broke, a successful publicist is plunged into a topsy-turvy world of welfare mothers and drug addicts, and forced to confront the family she left behind. Fabulation is a darkly comic rags-to-riches-to-rags tale of falling down and reaching up to find the goodness within.
An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Daniel Breaker, Saidah Arrika Ekulona, Jon Matthews, Gary Perez, Melle Powers, Myra Lucretia Taylor, John Wesley and Charlayne Woodard.
Featuring: Daniel Breaker, Saidah Arrika Ekulona, Jon Matthews, Gary Perez, Melle Powers, Myra Lucretia Taylor, John Wesley, Charlayne Woodard
Oscar-winning and Tony-nominated writer and director Eric Simonson explores the most famous archeological hoax in history. Alternating between 1914 and 1953, journalists and scientists set out to uncover who planted the Piltdown Man skull. Everyone's a suspect, including legendary Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Kate Arrington, Coburn Goss, Francis Guinan, Alan Wilder and Larry Yando.
Fake is part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series featuring science-themed plays. Major funding for the Relativity Series is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to enhance public understanding of science and technology in the modern world.
Featuring: Kate Arrington, Coburn Goss, Francis Guinan, Alan Wilder, Larry Yando
Caryl Churchill's Far Away is a play that looks at conflict and its unsettling effect on our lives, and on our humanity. It was first performed at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, London, on 24 November 2000.
The play is in three short parts. In the first, a young girl called Joan can't sleep; she tells her aunt Harper that she has seen her uncle hitting people with an iron bar. In the second part, several years later, Joan has become a hat maker; she has a developing friendship with another hat maker, Todd. Towards the end of this section there is a procession of prisoners wearing hats, on their way to their execution. In the final section, several years later again, Joan and Todd are taking refuge at Harper's house, and the whole world – including birds, animals and insects – now appears to be at war.
The Royal Court premiere was directed by Stephen Daldry and designed by Ian MacNeil, with Annabelle Seymour-Julen as Young Joan, Linda Bassett as Harper, Kevin McKidd as Todd and Katherine Tozer as Older Joan.
The production transferred to the Albery Theatre in the West End, with performances from 18 January 2001.
The play received its American premiere at New York Theatre Workshop in November 2002 in a production directed by Stephen Daldry, performed by Alexa Eisenstein, Marin Ireland, Frances McDormand, Chris Messina and Gina Rose.
Ever since her brother's untimely death, Marie has been fascinated with angels, believing her brother has become one. Now as a young woman, she has dedicated her doctoral thesis to the subject: the sudden portrayal of angels with feet in Renaissance paintings. As Marie tries to analyze the motive behind this, she begins to uncover questions of existentialism, societal perceptions of women, and the meaning of art and life. Her biggest challenge, though, becomes grasping a seemingly impossible understanding of her brother's suicide, and dealing with her own dislocation.
Rejection has never been so hilarious! After her role in a Woody Allen play was rethought, actress Annabelle Gurwitch was devastated. Then, she got funny. Gurwitch and a revolving cast of fellow show-biz veterans share their stories of getting fired.
An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Hillary Carlip, Carl Capotorto, Illeana Douglas, Paul Feig, Dana Gould, Annabelle Gurwitch, Jason Kravitz, Sandra Tsing Loh, Taylor Negron, Paul F. Tompkins, Jim Turner, Matt Walsh, Elizabeth Warner, Charlayne Woodard and Roy Zimmerman.
Featuring: Hillary Carlip, Carl Capotorto, Illeana Douglas, Paul Feig, Dana Gould, Annabelle Gurwitch, Jason Kravitz, Sandra Tsing Loh, Taylor Negron, Paul F. Tompkins, Jim Turner, Matt Walsh, Elizabeth Warner, Charlayne Woodard, Roy Zimmerman
If you spend time at all in the work place you're going to get laid off, downsized, let go, out-sourced, axed, terminated, canceled, canned, dismissed - Fired! Odds are you might even get Fired Again! Annabelle Gurwitch's hugely popular book “Fired: Tales of the Canned, Canceled, Downsized and Dismissed” has led to the production of a hit movie in addition to the audio-play released by LA Theatre Works.
An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Scott Carter, Rob Cohen, Eric Gilliland, Jonathan Groff, Annabelle Gurwitch, Jeff Kahn, Wendy Kamenoff, Dani Klein Modisett, Maxine Lapiduss, John Lehr, Carol Leifer, Cathryn Michon, Tonya Pinkins, Matt Price, Glenn Rosenblum, Jessica van der Valk, Jane Edith Wilson and Roy Zimmerman.
Featuring: Scott Carter, Rob Cohen, Eric Gilliland, Jonathan Groff, Annabelle Gurwitch, Jeff Kahn, Wendy Kamenoff, Dani Klein Modisett, Maxine Lapiduss, John Lehr, Carol Leifer, Cathryn Michon, Tonya Pinkins, Matt Price, Glenn Rosenblum, Jessica van der Valk, Jane Edith Wilson, Roy Zimmerman
Fish Eyes is the story of Meena, a classically trained Indian dancer who, despite being obsessed with Bollywood movies and her dance career, just wants to be like the rest of her high-school friends. When she develops a massive crush on Buddy, the popular boy at school, Meena contemplates turning down an incredible opportunity to pursue him, even if he barely notices her.
When Olivia loses control at her 50th birthday party, her four best friends decide to intervene once and for all, much to the irritation of Olivia and her lover, Norma. But is she the only one battling a demon? Or do each of these women face an addiction of one kind or another? Five @ Fifty is a raw and darkly comedic portrayal of turning 50 in contemporary society and of the friendships we can't live without.
It’s Black History month but you wouldn’t know it in Tottenham where plans are afoot to turn Kwesi’s All Black African Party hotbed into luxury flats, and it looks like Kiyi’s ‘conscious’ bookstore will soon go the same way.
And then a beautiful visitor shows up in their midst and life goes from bad to worse.
Set against the inexorable march of progress in contemporary London, Fix Up explores race and roots with verve and wit.
Fix Up, Kwame Kwei-Armah’s second play for the National Theatre, London, after 2003’s Elmina’s Kitchen, premiered at the Cottesloe Theatre on 16 December 2004.
When Pierre and Simone planned a vacation to the Irish coast, they were hoping to revive their failing marriage. What they weren't expecting was to stumble upon the body of Mary, a drowned woman, during a walk along the beach. It's not long before curiosity and obsession take over, and the couple begin to piece together Mary's history using both facts and their imaginations. As her story comes alive, Mary's presence integrates itself into Pierre and Simone's lives, resurrecting their memories and regrets, fears and obsessions. Now they must struggle more than ever to revisit the past in order to write their own story.
Sun Wukong’s goal is simple: to feed his son Laoson. Known to his people as the Monkey King, Sun Wukong leaves his home with a promise to return one day and feed the drought-ravaged city of Jung Guo.
Sun Wukong's path, however, becomes a test of strength, agility, and character as he comes face to face with mysterious, enchanting, and heartless creatures. Inspired by the Chinese opera, The Forbidden Phoenix’s lyricism brings us to a world where Chinese parables are woven with the painful history of the immigrant men who suffered greatly to build Canada's railroad in the 1800s. Playwright Marty Chan and composer Robert Walsh create a musical rife with stylized characters, lending itself to a performance brimming with acrobatics, slapstick, and martial arts.
Rick, Ted, Donnie and Cameron are home for their fifteen-year college reunion; a great time to go out for a game of golf and catch up on each other’s lives. Unlike their college days, the conversation doesn’t include talk of beer and final exams, but of colonoscopies, home-security systems, alcoholism, Buddhism and more.
Jem is a self-described butch dyke from Montreal who always imagined spending her life in bars and having multiple flings. When she meets Freda, a woman who exposes Jem’s vulnerabilities, her preconceived notions of who she is become moot as she finds herself partnered in a long-term relationship with kids. Which she surprisingly loves – most of the time. But that’s all changing as Jem and Freda’s marriage shifts from one of love and lust to one of gripes and grumbles.