Los Angeles Weekly Digest: March 24–31

Los Angeles News   Los Angeles Weekly Digest: March 24–31 Into the Woods and The Encounter come to town, and L.A. bids farewell to Fun Home.
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Die, Mommie, Die! Extended
Celebration Theatre’s production of Die, Mommie, Die! has been extended through April 9. Charles Busch’s campy noir spoof finds an aging Hollywood star murdering her husband to live happily with her young lover as her children plot revenge and spill family secrets. Directed by Ryan Bergmann and featuring Drew Droege, Andrew Carter, Gina Torrecilla, Julanne Chidi Hill, Pat Towne, and Tom Detrinis. Celebration Theatre is located at the Lex at 6760 Lexington in Los Angeles. For more information visit CelebrationTheatre.com.

The Encounter Comes to L.A.
Los Angeles and the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills are welcoming “one of the most compelling theatrical experiences ever staged on Broadway and in London.” The West Coast premiere of a story inspired by true events that transpired in the Amazon, The Encounter, will have a limited run from April 6–16 at the Bram Goldsmith Theater. Each member of the audience dons a pair of Sennheiser headphones in order to fully immerse themselves into the tale being woven on stage. The Encounter is directed and performed by Simon McBurney. Artistic Director of the Wallis, Paul Crewes, said, “When I first saw The Encounter at the Bristol Old Vic, it blew me away. The Encounter combines Simon’s remarkable storytelling with cutting-edge technology that allow audiences to have a unique shared theatre experience that is unlike anything people have ever had before.” TheWallis.org

L.A. Theatre Works Records Moss Hart Adaptation.
Act One, written by James Lapine and adapted from Moss Hart’s autobiography, will be recorded during its five-performance run April 27–30 at the James Bridge Theater at UCLA. Each of the performances will be broadcast live and recorded in front of an audience. The performances and will be made available as a podcast through iTunes and Wondery.com. Visit LATW.org for more information.

Center Theatre Group’s Board of Directors Welcomes New Member
The NBC Entertainment Chairman and Tony Award winner Robert Greenblatt has joined the Board of Directors of the Center Theatre Group. A Tony Award-winning producer (A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder), Greenblatt also worked alongside Michael Ritchie and Center Theatre Group to develop 9 to 5: The Musical and The Drowsy Chaperone. According to Greenblatt, “I look forward to doing everything I can to bring great theatre to more and more people in Los Angeles.”

Julie Andrews Co-Hosts Tribute to Henry Mancini
The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is celebrating the musical legacy of composer Henry Mancini on Saturday April 1. The music of Mancini has been the soundtrack to some of Hollywood’s most memorable movies for over 50 years. The star-studded celebration includes performances by Patti Austin, Kristin Chenoweth, Clint Holmes, Quincy Jones, Dave Koz, Monica Mancini, Matthew Morrison, Robert Wagner, John Williams, and the Frost School’s Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra conducted by Chris Walden. The evening will honor Mancini’s Music, Ginny Mancini, and the Mancini Family, with all proceeds going to the Wallis’ artistic, educational and outreach programs. For more information about the benefit please visit TheWallis.org.

Australian Theatre Company Seeks Plays for June Readings
This June, the award-winning Australian Theatre Company is seeking full-length plays for their summer reading series. This year’s theme is “United on Stage, a celebration of inclusivity and diversity that reflects the cultural melting pot that is both America and Australia today.” Plays will be read every Monday in June at 7 p.m. at the Zephyr Theatre located on Melrose Avenue. The readings are presented by the Australian Consulate General of Los Angeles and admission is free. To submit a play for consideration, contact literary manager Leah Patterson at literary@australiantheatrecompany.org.

Coming soon to the Los Angeles area:
Lord of the Underworld's Home for Unwed Mothers
Written and by Louisa Hill
Directed by Tony Abatemarco and featuring Corryn Cummins, Adrian Gonzalez, Amy Harmon, Michaela Slezak, Marilyn Winkle, Dani Larson, Katelyn Moore, Kurt M. Peterson, and Mary A. Stiefvater
March 31–May 14
Skylight Theatre
1816 1/2 N. Vermont in Los Angeles
After getting pregnant in 1965 and giving her child up for adoption, a mother searches for her now 25-year-old child. However, the child is really into Death Metal and has no desire to connect with her mother. Visit SkylightTheatre.org.

The Hollow
Written by Agatha Christie
Directed by Sherry Coon
March 31–May 7
Theatre Palisades
941 Temescal Canyon Rd in Pacific Palisades
In the home of Sir Henry and Lucy Angkatell, a weekend turns murderous. The handsome Dr. John Cristow has been shot and everyone is a suspect, from Sir Henry to the Butler. Inspector Inspector Colquhoun and Sergeant Penny step in to solve the crime. Based on Christie’s 1946 book. Visit TheatrePalisades.com

Supper
Written by Phinneas Kiyomura
Directed by Alina Phelan and featuring Darrett Sanders, Joel Scher, Alex Elliot-Funk, Will McFadden, and Keiko Elizabeth
April 1–May 20
Theatre Of Note
1517 N Cahuenga in Hollywood
A reunion of four wealthy brothers on the eve of the eldest’s wedding in Japan; a dark comedy filled with stinging lies and biting truths. Visit www.TheatreOfNote.com

Into The Woods
Written by James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim
April 4–May 14
Directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, featuring Anthony Chatmon II, Eleasha Gamble, Evan Harrington, Lisa Helmi Johanson, Bonne Kramer, Patrick Mulryan, Darick Pead, Fred Rose, Stephanie Umoh, Laurie Veldheer, Joshua Archer, Sean Peter Forte, Javier Ignacio, Kate Moore, and Alanna Saunders
Fiasco Theater
Center Theatre Group: Ahmanson Theatre
135 N. Grand Ave. in Los Angeles
The acclaimed Fiasco Theater production is a re-invention of this audience favorite about the power of wishes and what happens when they really do come true. Visit CenterTheatreGroup.org.

The Legend Of Georgia McBride
Written by Matthew Lopez
Directed by Mike Donahue and featuring Andrew Burnap, Matt McGrath, Nija Okoro, Larry Powell, and Nick Searcy
April 4–May 14
Geffen Playhouse
10886 Le Conte Ave in Los Angeles
Life in the panhandle of Florida is hard. After years of struggling and living there, Casey decides to make the big leap to truly make it as an Elvis impersonator. Little does Casey know that he’ll soon be the Queen, not King, of rock ‘n’ roll. Visit GeffenPlayhouse.org

Closing Soon in the Los Angeles Area:
Fun Home
Through April 1
Center Theatre Group: Ahmanson Theatre
135 N. Grand Ave. in Los Angeles
The 2015 Tony Award-winning musical chronicles Bechdel's youth in rural Pennsylvania as she discovers her own sexuality and her tenuous relationship with her gay father. Visit CenterTheatreGroup.org

Zoot Suit
Through April 2
Center Theatre Group: The Mark Taper Forum
135 N. Grand Ave. in Los Angeles
Zoot Suit returns to the Mark Taper Forum, where it premiered in 1978, to celebrate Center Theatre Group’s 50th anniversary. The piece portrays the events surrounding the infamous 1942 Sleepy Lagoon murder. Visit CenterTheatreGroup.org.

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