Los Angeles' Taper Nabs America Premiere of Hare's Bush Drama Stuff Happens

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Center Theatre Group's founding artistic director Gordon Davidson — who is set to leave the position following this season — will direct the American premiere of David Hare's controversial Bush administration drama Stuff Happens as his farewell work.

The newly-announced addition to the CTG season will begin May 25 at the Mark Taper Forum and open June 5 for a run through July 17.

Stuff Happens which depicts nearly every major politico attached to the Bush White House, follows the prelude to the invasion of Iraq using actual quotes from the administration peppered with imagined dialogue. The work debuted at London's National Theatre and has only appeared stateside in readings at the New York Theatre Workshop and Hartford Stage.

"Initially, I wanted to 'retreat' into the world of the classics to say goodbye, but I could not escape my feelings about our society, about where we are now and how we got there,” stated Davidson in a release. "When I read Stuff Happens I said to myself, 'We have to do it.'" He added, "Though it’s a familiar story, Hare provides us with many new insights.”

Hare's other works include Racing Demon, Murmuring Judges, The Absence of War, Plenty, The Secret Rapture, Skylight, The Blue Room, Amy’s View, The Judas Kiss and Via Dolorosa.

Edward Albee's Tony Award winner The Goat, or, Who Is Sylvia? currently plays at the Mark Taper Forum. The season will continue with Luis Alfaro's Electricidad (March 27-May 15), Stuff Happens (June 5-July 17) and August Wilson's final decade play Radio Golf (July 31-Sept. 18). Tickets to Stuff Happens at the Taper, 135 North Grand Ave. in Los Angeles, CA will go on sale March 8 and can be purchased by calling (213) 628-2772 or on-line at www.TaperAhmanson.com.

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