The events will take place at UCLA Live's venues including Royce Hall, Freud Playhouse and Macgowan Little Theater.
The lineup currently includes:
The Suzhou Kun Opera Theater of Jiangsu Province brings the Los Angeles debut of their three-part work which is a grand example of "Chinese kunqu opera, an art form combining literature, music, dance and drama" according to show materials. "A handpicked young cast from Taiwan, Hong Kong and mainland China, with exquisite handmade costumes" will perform in this "abridged version of the original sweeping text... from the mists of the Ming Dynasty."
Heather Woodbury pens this commission from UCLA Live and New York City's P.S. 122 told in two parts and featuring a multi-racial ensemble directed by Dudley Saunders. The work was "inspired by the move of the Brooklyn Dodgers to Los Angeles in 1957 and traces the devastation it wrought upon three generations in two communities – the one that lost its home team, and the one evicted to make way for the team's new stadium."
English director, dancer and mime artist Andrew Dawson brings his autobiographical piece — which earned the Total Theatre Award and the Herald Angel Award at the 2005 Edinburgh Festival — to the U.S. The work is billed as "a tender elegy to his father, whose body went undiscovered for ten days after he died in 1985."
The event will feature Gare St. Lazare Players Ireland Access All Beckett (Nov. 7-12) and Dublin's Gate Theatre production of Waiting for Godot (Nov. 15-19). Walter Asmus directs the latter and A Piece of Monolgue, which is part of the former.
Conceived, directed and adapted by Lee Breuer from Ibsen's classic A Doll’s House, the new take on the drama casts all female roles with tall actresses, and male roles are played by actors under five feet tall.
The London-to-Off-Broadway comedy created by the renowned clown Slava blends spectacle and visual images with a finale that will blow the audience away.
Canada's experimental theater company STO Union presents two works: the first "questions psychoanalysis, religion and capitalism as a means of defining what is inherently mysterious" and the latter "recounts the story of four generations of a single family as they wind their way through the 20th century" as the audience is seated at a table surrounding the cast.
Yiimimangaliso: The Mysteries (March 7-18, 2007)
South African theater company Dimpho Di Kopane brings their work billed as "Biblical tales based on a medieval cycle of English plays [that] are transformed... into a vibrant and provocative music and dance theater spectacle." For tickets or subscriptions to UCLA Live, call (310) 825-2101. For more information, visit www.uclalive.org.