Following its inaugural season of six world premieres, the Culver City venue enters its second year under the tutelage of CTG ‚ which also features programming at the Mark Taper Forum and Ahmanson Theatre.
The 2005-2006 Kirk Douglas Theatre lineup (subject to change) is as follows:
Directed by Aleksandra Wolska, the work "combines silent film comedy with a modern multi-media performance concept" as the creators perform play two silver screen clowns who literally break through the fourth wall of their silent movie. The work earned 2005 New York Drama Desk Award nomination for its Off-Off-Broadway run at the Here Arts Center.
Based on a Gabriel García Márquez short story, this work of magic realism set in a small Caribbean town finds two children who happen upon a very old man with enormous wings who falls mysteriously from the sky. Cruz earned the 2003 Pulitzer Prize in Drama for his Anna in the Tropics.
The Robey Theatre Company and Greenway Arts Alliance production, directed by Harry J. Lennix, centers on an African-American businessman who is chosen to be the new president of a fine arts museum and implements a change that replaces a revered collection of Impressionist paintings with priceless works of African art.
CTG’s P.L.A.Y. (Performing for Los Angeles Youth) producing director Corey Madden and choreographer Jacques Heim (Diavolo dance company) team up on this work (inspired by a real event) which follows the antics of two teenaged boys who decide tossing stones off a freeway overpass would be fun until they hit a passing motorist who is instantly killed.
- Jerry Quickley in Live From the Front
Combining music, poetry, video and performance style, hip-hop spoken word artist and political activist creates this work which grew out of his travels to Baghdad where he covered the peace movement for KPFK Radio. Brian Freeman directs.
- Dan Guerrero in ¡Gaytino!
Set against a backdrop of 1950's East Los Angeles and 1960-70's New York Great White Way, this solo centers on a father/son relationship and a treasured boyhood friendship through Chicano history and the gay experience. Diane Rodriguez directs.
- Adriana Sevan in Taking Flight
A woman wounded by an errant fragment of a plane engine on September 11, 2001 is aided bedside by her best friend but the constant care and painful rehabilitation tests the relationship. Giovanna Sardelli directs the first play by actress Sevan (Anna in the Tropics, The Clean House - South Coast Repertory).
- Roger Guenveur Smith in The Watts Towers Project
The creator of A Huey P. Newton Story now explores the titular steel and mortar monument in South Central Los Angeles, which were built over a period of 33 years by Italian immigrant Simon Rodia, and have held ground through earthquakes, riots and civic indifference.
Pyrenees by David Greig (July 2-Aug. 6, 2006)
Neel Keller directs the American premiere of the Scottish scribe's work, set in the French mountains, and about a seemingly British man recovering after he was found lying unconscious in the snow. Has he lost his memory or is he hiding something? Subscriptions are currently available to the 2005-2006 season at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd. in downtown Culver City, CA, by calling (213) 628 2772. For more information, visit www.KirkDouglasTheatre.org.