By Carey Purcell
03 Jun 2014
Featuring a modern work by David Mamet, a new work about family by Rebecca Gilman, a revised production by Culture Clash and a musical by Todd Almond and Matthew Sweet, the 2014-2015 season at the Kirk Douglas Theatre will include four mainstage productions and five DouglasPlus productions and readings.
"This new season at the Douglas is a full, rich season,” artistic director Michael Ritchie said in a statement, "and it reflects the phenomenal growth we’ve had at this beautiful theatre. I particularly love the warm, inviting environment we have created for our audiences with our lobby engagement activities and with our friendly staff."
The season-at-a-glance follows.
By David Mamet
Directed by Scott Zigler
Aug. 31–Sept. 28
Opens Sept. 7
"In Race, two lawyers find themselves defending a wealthy white executive charged with sexually assaulting a black woman. When a new legal assistant gets involved in the case, the opinions that boil beneath explode to the surface. When Mamet turns the spotlight on what is thought but not said, dangerous truths are revealed, and no punches are spared."
by Rebecca Gilman
Directed by Robert Falls
Nov. 23-Dec. 21
Opens Dec. 2
"A veteran social worker, Caroline, thinks she has a typical case on her hands when she meets Peter and Karlie, two teenage drug addicts accused of neglecting their baby, Luna Gale. But when Caroline places their daughter in the care of Karlie’s very religious mother, she sparks a family conflict that exposes a shadowy past and forces her to make a risky decision with potentially life-altering consequences."
By Culture Clash
Directed by Lisa Peterson
Jan. 27, 2015–March 1
Opens Feb. 1
"This revisited, re-imagined and remixed Chavez Ravine is written and performed by Culture Clash and will be directed by Lisa Peterson, who was at the helm of its world premiere in 2003 at the Mark Taper Forum. Energized with new material and music from the Rodarte Brothers, Culture Clash continues to examine the constantly changing landscape of urban Los Angeles, in particular, the transformation of a small, tightly knit neighborhood into what was initially to be a low-income housing project, but eventually became Dodger Stadium."
Book by Todd Almond
Music and lyrics by Matthew Sweet
Directed by Les Waters
July 12–Aug. 9
Opens July 19
"Set in Nebraska in the 1990s, two teenage boys – one a social outcast, the other the quintessential jock – explore a relationship during a summer of self-discovery between high school graduation and the rest of their lives. Set to irresistible songs from Matthew Sweet’s landmark pop album of the same name, this rock musical gives voice to those who grew up in small towns, to those who didn’t quite fit in and to everyone who remembers the terror and thrill of first love."
CTG's DouglasPlus season includes Forever by Dael Orlandersmith and Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up by Lucy Alibar, as well as Western Society, devised and performed by Gob Squad and How to be a Rock Critic, by Jessica Blank and Eric Jensen.
CTG will also present Facing Our Truth: Ten-Minute Plays on Trayvon, Race and Privilege, presented July 13.
Visit centertheatregroup.org for more information.