The Los Angeles Theatre Digest: March 9–March 16

Los Angeles News   The Los Angeles Theatre Digest: March 9–March 16
 
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Mel Brooks and Quincy Jones to Be Honored
Geffen Playhouse’s 15th annual fundraising event, Backstage at the Geffen, will take place on March 19th at the Gil Cates Theater. The proceeds of the event are used to fund new play development, playwright commissions and educational outreach programs. This year the Geffen is honoring two legendary entertainers during the event: Mel Brooks and Quincy Jones. For more information, visit GeffenPlayhouse.org.

The Actors’ Gang Explores Commedia
Starting March 16, the Gang explores the world of Commedia with Harlequino: On To Freedom by Artistic Director Tim Robbins. Using not just commedia, but music and Shakespearean influences, the piece is a conversation on the meaning of freedom. For more information visit TheActorsGang.com.

2Cents Theatre Group’s Festival of Female Playwrights
Approximately 100 artists are gathering at the Hudson Theatre for Acting Out Ink Fest. In its fourth year, the festival celebrates female playwrights and art. Running March 17–19, the festival will take place in and around the Hudson Theatre ansd include plays, live music and art. For more information visit HudsonTheatre.com.

Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Announces New Special Award
At their upcoming 48th annual awards ceremony March 20, the LADCC has announced the creation of the Gordon Davidson Award for distinguished contribution to the Los Angeles theatrical community. Sponsored by the Center Theatre Group in honor of founding Artistic Director Gordon Davidson. This year it will be presented to Pro99. For more information visit LADramaCriticsCircle.com.

Coming Soon to the Los Angeles Area:
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Written by Tennessee Williams
Directed by Cameron Watson and featuring Daniel Bess, Dawn Didawick, John DeMita, Mitchell Edmonds, Julia Fletcher, Henry Greenspan, Harry Groener, Tim Halligan, Michael Kirby, Tamara Krinsky, Eliza LeMoine, Mike McShane, Rebecca Mozo, Linda Park, Ross Philips, Robert Pine, Vivienne Belle Sievers, Jocelyn Towne, Helen Rose Warshofsky, and Patrick Wenk-Wolff
March 16–May 7
Antaeus Theatre Company: The Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center
110 E. Broadway in Glendale
Tennessee Williams’ masterpiece about the utter destruction of a family. Secrets and desires come to life and set a family’s dynamic on fire. This will be the inaugural production at the new home for Antaeus Theatre Company. Visit Antaeus.org

Rules of Seconds
Written by John Pollono
Directed by Jo Bonny and featuring Amy Brenneman, Josh Helman, Matthew Elkins, Jen Pollono, Jamie Harris, Ron Bottitta, Kevin Daniels, Josh Bitton, Leandro Cano, and Feodor Chin
March 16–April 15
Los Angeles Theatre Center
514 S. Spring Street in Los Angeles
Nathaniel “Wings” Leeds, a sufferer of OCD, is challenged to a duel by Boston’s “most dangerous man.” In order to survive this ordeal he enlists the help of his estranged brother, a respected duelist. Wounds are opened and not only blood, but family tension is spilled. Visit TheLATC.org.

Italian Bred
Written by and starring Candice Guardino
March 17–26
The Colony Theatre
555 N. Third St. in Burbank
A comedic tale of growing up in the Big Apple. Guardino wrote down everything her grandmother ever said and uses that to jump in and out of characters from her childhood as she spins a family comedy through the eyes of a little girl. Visit web.ovationtix.com

Malicious Bunny
Written by Matthew Sprosty
Directed by Brian Fox and featuring Markus Taylor, Heidi-Marie Ferren, Andrew McIntyre, Jennifer Edwards, Larry Gilman, Tess Kartel, James Vallejo, Daniel Cordileone, Camila Greenberg, Karen Praxel, Mitchell Holden, and Sherita Starks
March 17–April 9
The Actors Company
916 N. Formosa Ave. in Los Angeles
How far would you go to prove your love for someone? Would you kill for them? Would you kill for them twice? Visit www.MaliciousBunny.com

Closing Soon in the Los Angeles Area:
White Guy on the Bus
By Bruce Graham
Through March 18
The Road Theatre Company: NoHo Senior Arts Colony
10747 Magnolia Blvd. in North Hollywood
Racial differences come to a head in this conversation-provoking story of white privilege and what that means for modern day America. Visit RoadTheatre.org.

Measure For Measure
By William Shakespeaere
Through March 18
Rubicon Theatre Company
4250 Atlantic Ave. in Long Beach
One of Shakespeare’s most famous “problem plays” comes to life at Long Beach Shakespeare. Visit LBShakespeare.org.

Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Written by Eugene O’Neill
Directed by Jeanie Hackett and featuring Angela Goethals, Stephen Louis Grush, Jane Kaczmarek, Alfred Molina, and Colin Woodell
Through March 18
The Geffen Playhouse
10886 Le Conte Ave. in Los Angeles
In O’Neill’s semi-autobiographical work, resentments and bourbon-fueled tirades cause the Tyrone family to expose their darkest natures. A day that begins as any other becomes a night they will never recover. Visit GeffenPlayhouse.org.

God Looked Away
Written by Dotson Rader
Directed by Robert Allan Ackerman and featuring Takuma Anzai, Kevin Bailey, Garrett Clayton, Andrew Dits, Matt Gottlieb, Alexa Hamilton, Judith Light, Al Pacino, Eddy Rioseco and Miles Gaston Villanueva
Through March 19
Pasadena Playhouse
39 S. El Molino Ave. in Pasadena
Billed as “an eye-opening glimpse into a turbulent period in the life and career of one of America’s most mysterious, iconic artists: playwright-screenwriter-novelist Tennessee Williams.” Starring Tony Award winners Al Pacino (Merchant Of Venice, China Doll) and Judith Light (Other Desert Cities, The Assembled Parties). Visit PasadenaPlayhouse.org.

Family Only
Written by Darryl Vinyard
Directed by Arden Teresa Lewis and featuring Riley Rae Baker, Roger Kent Cruz, Frank Gangarossa, Anne Leyden, Sheila Shaw, and Dianne Travis
Through March 19
Theatre West
3333 Cahuenga Blvd. West in Los Angeles
Will has just bought a new home and has invited his family over to celebrate, but on a blisteringly hot day it turns into nothing resembling a celebration. Visit TheatreWest.org.

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