L.A.'s Taper Will Welcome Ivey, Pepe, Edelstein, McDonagh, Bengal Tiger and a New Musical in 2010

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Mark Taper Forum's 2010 season will feature Judith Ivey in The Glass Menagerie, director Neil Pepe's production of Speed-the-Plow, the Los Angeles return of an acclaimed new play set in Iraq, Martin McDonagh's satire of terrorism, and a new musical with songs by a famous living singer-songwriter.
Judith Ivey in the Long Wharf Theatre run of The Glass Menagerie
Judith Ivey in the Long Wharf Theatre run of The Glass Menagerie Photo by T. Charles Erickson

Center Theatre Group, which program's L.A.'s Ahmanson, Taper and Kirk Douglas theatres, unveiled the 2010 slate in recent days. The season will begin with a run of David Mamet's poke at Hollywood sharks, Speed-the-Plow, directed by Pepe, who staged the recent hit Broadway production, to run at the Taper Feb. 10-March 21, 2010.

Rajiv Joseph's acclaimed Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, about two homesick soldiers, a tormented Iraqi and a brooding tiger, will return to CTG's programming following its earlier world premiere at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. The new staging, enhanced for the Taper, is again directed by Moises Kaufman (33 Variations, The Laramie Project). It will play April 14-May 30, 2010.

McDonagh's The Lieutenant of Inishmore, directed by Wilson Milam, who directed the bloody comedy to acclaim in the U.K. and Off-Broadway, will run June 30-Aug. 8, 2010. The satire of violent personalities concerns the murder of the beloved pussycat of an Irish Liberation Army officer.

Two-time Tony Award winner Ivey will play faded belle Amanda Wingfield in L.A. in the Gordon Edelstein-directed production of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie that played Long Wharf Theatre in spring 2009 (and will play Roundabout Theatre Company's Off-Broadway in spring 2010). Performances at the Taper are Sept. 1-Oct. 17, 2010.

The Taper is promising "An Epic American Musical Adventure" to play Nov. 10-Dec. 19, 2010. A multiple Tony Award-winning director (yet to be revealed) will stage a musical that plucks from the songbook of a living-legend singer-songwriter. Expect something "intimate and compelling," according to CTG. The creative personnel will be announced. CTG's artistic director is Michael Ritchie. For more information, visit centertheatregroup.org.

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