The L.A. Theatre Digest: March 17–March 23

News   The L.A. Theatre Digest: March 17–March 23
A Tony-winning musical and a Pulitzer-winning play win Los Angeles Drama Critics Awards, plus openings and closings on the West Coast.

Los Angeles Theatre Center finds new Managing Director
After an extensive search, the Los Angeles Theatre Center and the Latino Theater Company welcome Jorge Sciupac as their new managing director. Sciupac has a background in business, neuropsychology, and design. He is also founder of Partnergies, a coaching and training agency aimed to help encourage greater teamwork within organizations. He has also served as a consultant with Taproot where he provided training to the Board of Directors of the LATC.

Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards
On March 20, the LADCC once again honored distinguished achievement in theatre at the Colony Theatre in Burbank. Four Best Production awards were given out: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder at the Ahmanson Theatre, Cloud 9 at Antaeus Theatre Company, Disgraced at the Mark Taper Forum, and The Boy from Oz at Celebration Theatre. Antaeus Theatre Company, Rogue Machine Theatre, and The Echo Theater Company—all leaders in the L.A. theatre community—were recognized for their work. The newest award, the Gordon Davidson Award for distinguished contribution to the Los Angeles theatrical community, was awarded to the Pro99 group. For a full list of winners, visit

Tamara Krinsky, Daniel Bess, and Linda Park
Tamara Krinsky, Daniel Bess, and Linda Park Steven C. Kemp

Cat on A Hot Tin Roof at Antaeus' new home
This weekend marks the opening of Antaeus Theatre’s first show in their new home. Tennessee Williams’ Cat On A Hot Tin Roof officially opens March 23. For more information, visit

Thomas Jefferson Comes to Los Angeles
L.A. Theatre Works presents Jefferson’s Garden, starring Gregory Harrison as Thomas Jefferson. The play, written by Timberlake Wertenbaker, offers a fresh look into one of our countries Founding Fathers and the story of the American Revolution. Directed by Martin Jarvis, this American premiere will run March23-26 at James Bridges Theatre at UCLA in Westwood.

Coming soon to the Los Angeles area:

Written and Directed by Michael Leoni
Featuring David Abed, William Stanford Davis, Erica Katzin, Karsen Rigby, Kristina St. Peter, Devon Werkheiser, and Deborah Vancelette
March 25–April 30
The Coast Playhouse
8325 Santa Monica Blvd in West Hollywood
Seven people trapped in an elevator are forced to reveal who they truly are.

Red Helen
Written by Jennifer Barclay
Directed by Bill Voorhees and featuring Sigi Gradwohl, Amanda Celine Miller, Greg Nussen, Lynn Odell, and Channing Sargent
March 24–May 20, 2017
Theatre Of Note
1517 N Cahuenga in Hollywood
Helen’s three daughters try to carve out their freedom from of the grasp of their mother and their family’s steakhouse.

Punk Rock
Written by Simon Stephens
March 25–May 14
Directed by Lisa James and featuring Jacob B. Gibson, Zachary Grant, Nick Marini, Raven Scott, Kenney Selvey, Story Slaughter, Miranda Wynne, and Mark Daneri
The Odyssey Theatre
2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd. in Los Angeles
Set in the library of an English prep school, seven teens on the edge of adulthood wrestle with what seems like a life time of issues. With the world on their shoulders they grapple with the thought of leaving school and taking college entrance exams, sex, love, and all the problems teens face. All the while, the potential for one, if not all of them, to erupt is brewing just below the surface. These are the kids at the top of their class whose lives at any moment could go spiraling out of control.

Man Of La Mancha
Written by Dale Wasserman
Directed by Julia Rodriguez-Elliott and featuring Geoff Elliott, Cassandra Marie Murphy, Kasey Mahaffy, Gabriel Zenone, Cynthia Marty, Michael Uribes, Jeremy Rabb, Andrew Joseph Perez, Jordan Goodsell, Tyler Miclean, Mario Arciniega, Cassie Simone and Marissa Ruiz
March 26–May 21
A Noise Within
3352 E. Foothill Blvd. in Pasadena
The musical misadventures of Don Quixote—the unlikely Knight—and the power of the human spirit to overcome insurmountable odds.

Closing soon in the Los Angeles area:

Die, Mommie, Die!
Written by Charles Busch
Directed by Ryan Bergmann and featuring Drew Droege, Andrew Carter, Gina Torrecilla, Julanne Chidi Hill, Pat Towne, and Tom Detrinis
Through March 26
Celebration Theatre at the Lex
6760 Lexington in Los Angeles
In an attempt to escape a terrible marriage and live happily with her young lover, an aging Hollywood star murders her husband. When her children discover what has transpired, revenge is plotted and hidden family secrets are brought into the light in this campy noir spoof.

At Home at the Zoo
Written by Edward Albee
Directed by Coy Middlebrook and featuring Troy Kotsur, Jake Eberle, Amber Zion, Lindsey White, Russell Harvard, Tyrone Giordano, and Jeff Alan-Lee
Through March 26
The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
9390 Santa Monica Blvd. in Los Angeles
Comprised of two short plays, The Zoo Story and Homelife, At Home at the Zoo tells the story of publishing executive Peter, his wife Ann, and the violent stranger Peter meets when he goes to read a book in the park. This co-production with Deaf West features non-hearing actors in the roles.

Good Grief
Written by Ngozi Anyanwu
Directed by Patricia McGregor and featuring Dayo Ade, Wade Allain-Marcus, Ngozi Anyanwu, Marcus Henderson, Omoze Idehenre, Carla Renata, and Mark Jade Sullivan
Through March 26
Center Theatre Group
Kirk Douglas Theatre
9820 Washington Blvd. in Culver City
The story of a first-generation Nigerian-American girl growing up in suburban Pennsylvania. From days with her childhood crush to med school, Nkechi makes all the “right” choices but learns that some things never go quite as planned.

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