Mark Taper Forum Slate Includes Bent Revival and Branden Jacob-Jenkins' Appropriate

News   Mark Taper Forum Slate Includes Bent Revival and Branden Jacob-Jenkins' Appropriate The Center Theatre Group has announced plans for a revival of Martin Sherman's Bent, Branden Jacob-Jenkins' Appropriate and Arthur Miller's The Price, starring Kate Burton and Alan Mandell, as part of the 2015 season at the Mark Taper Forum.

Miller's The Price, directed by Tony Award winner Garry Hynes (The Beauty Queen of Leenane) will open the season Feb. 11-March 22, 2015. Tony nominee Burton (Hedda Gabler) and Mandell ("A Serious Man") co-star.

According to CTG, "Two brothers who haven't spoken to each other in 16 years come together to settle their late father's estate. Victor, a police officer of 28 years, his brother, Walter, a successful surgeon, and Victor's wife, Esther (played by Burton), gather in the attic of family’s New York brownstone, where they are met by Solomon, a wise and wily antiques dealer (played by Mandell)."

Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad (Gem of the Ocean, A Raisin in the Sun) will direct Paul Oakley Stovall's new comedy Immediate Family, running April 22-June 7. "When the Bryant siblings come together for the first time in five years to attend a wedding, the family reunion quickly becomes a hilarious family showdown. Secrets are revealed and long-held beliefs are challenged as a spirited game of cards brings all of the family’s dysfunctions to the table."

Sherman's Bent, directed by Tony nominee Moisés Kaufman (33 Variations) will run July 15-Aug. 23. "Set in Germany in the 1930s, Bent follows the struggles of gay men trying to survive in Nazi Germany, in particular two men who, in the midst of the darkest moments of mankind, manage to give and receive love and find strength in each other."

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' Appropriate, directed by Eric Ting, follows Sept. 23-Nov. 21. "As estranged family members convene in Arkansas to settle the patriarch’s estate, they discover in the ruin and clutter of their crumbling plantation home an album filled with disturbing photos. Sparks fly when the siblings debate possible family ties to this unwanted legacy, and their tenuous reunion brings up old rivalries and family secrets that soon toss them all into a tailspin." Lucas Hnath's The Christians, to be staged as a church service that will include an on-stage choir comprised of local groups, will run Dec. 2-Jan. 10, 2016, under the direction of Les Waters. "After 20 years of growing his congregation into the thousands, Pastor Paul does some soul searching and reaches a conclusion that shakes the church’s very foundation with a message that challenges one of the basic tenets of his ministry. As Pastor Paul summons the courage to lead his flock in a new direction, he faces questions about his motivations, and his personal and professional relationships begin to fray. The Christians is a compelling drama that conveys the deep emotions and consequences of one man's personal revelation."

Season memberships are currently available. Phone (213) 972-4444 or visit CenterTheatreGroup.org/Taper.

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