Before NYC, West Coast Premiere of The Civilians' This Beautiful City Begins Sept. 21 in L.A. | Playbill

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News Before NYC, West Coast Premiere of The Civilians' This Beautiful City Begins Sept. 21 in L.A. Rehearsals have begun for the West Coast premiere of This Beautiful City, the theatrical investigation of the center of the American evangelical Christian movement, written by Steven Cosson and Jim Lewis, with music and lyrics by Michael Friedman.

Commissioned and developed by The Civilians and co-produced with New York City's Vineyard Theatre, This Beautiful City opens Sept. 28 at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, one of the venues of Center Theatre Group, and continues through Oct. 26. Previews begin Sept. 21. Off-Broadway's Vineyard will run the show in 2009.

Directed by Cosson, the cast features (in alphabetical order) Emily Ackerman, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Brad Heberlee, Brandon Miller, Stephen Plunkett and Alison Weller.

This Beautiful City features set design by Neil Patel, costumes by Alix Hester, lighting by David Weiner, sound design by Ken Travis, music direction by Erik James, projection design by Jason H. Thompson and choreography by John Carrafa. Casting is by Bonnie Grisan. Production stage manager is Hannah Cohen.

"Set in Colorado Springs at the base of the majestic Pike's Peak, This Beautiful City is a new play with music that details the explosion of America's evangelical Christian movement," according to production notes. "Developed by the acclaimed theatre troupe The Civilians, This Beautiful City was created from fascinating and revealing interviews with church members, civic leaders, progressive activists and individuals from all walks of life in the Rocky Mountain town that has rapidly become the epicenter of the Evangelical movement."

Tickets are on sale now and are available by calling (213) 628-2772, online at, in person at the Center Theatre Group box office at the Ahmanson Theatre or two hours prior to performances at the Kirk Douglas Theatre box office. The Kirk Douglas Theatre is located at 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA.

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