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A new “Shakespeare in LA” segment, featuring Susan Angelo (Theatricum Education Director Emeritus). She’s always worth a listen!

Our own Ellen Geer, Theatricum’s Artistic Director, is featured in this blog!

Peter Alsop for Adults

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Peter Alsop for Adults

Leave the kids at home for this one! Join us for a delightfully fun evening of Peter’s songs performed by his friends; actors, songwriters, comedians, storytellers, psychologists … more

Guest Blog: Seedlings Playwright Brynne Frauenhoffer

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Guest Blog: Seedlings Playwright Brynne Frauenhoffer

Seedlings Summer Playreadings begin Sunday, August 21 at 11 am with Brynne Frauenhoffer’s Bury Me. The working class town of Pacific, Missouri is the setting for this story of unplanned consequences, where seemingly random events reveal very different perspectives of faith, destiny, life choices and women’s bodies as battle-grounds. Brynne’s a young, Chicago-based playwright who was eager to dig into her new play before she arrives on the weekend of her reading.  So we invited her to Skype into the first table read of her play, where director Miranda Stewart and the cast explored her play with Brynne observing (and contributing) from a computer screen. (One of those times we love technology!)

Here’s a few words from Brynne about the origins of her exciting play, and her experience with us so far:

Sitting with a legal pad on the driveway of my dumpy college rental house in September 2013, I began pouring the fury of my first-ever heartbreak into my first-ever full-length play. The play started with a story from a friend about her parents’ first pregnancy, to which I added my own post-breakup anguish, religious grapplings, and Missouri upbringing to create a gory, gutsy first draft.

Since then, insightful friends and generous companies have shared their reactions, talents, and stories to help me find more honest portrayals of Josh, Michelle, Christy, Ruth, Mark, and Amy—but the Seedlings program has given me my first extended workshop process. For any playwright, but especially a green one like me, it’s such a gift to be able to come in with new drafts and work with a director and dramaturg committed to bettering your play. Already, the team at Theatricum has helped me to clarify the story’s most dramatic moments. I am so grateful to the company for giving me this chance to continue shaping Bury Me and show it to a fresh audience, which will be the first in California to hear my words!

After hearing the creative team and cast read and respond to my newest draft over Skype, I can’t wait to get in the room with them and watch what they do onstage on the 21st. I hope you’ll join us!

Table Read of BURY ME

Finding terrific stuff during the Table Read of “Bury Me”

 

The reading, held in our intimate S. Mark Taper Foundation Pavilion, is FREE. Enjoy refreshments, meet the artists and share your thoughts and ideas to become part of the new play process at Theatricum.

For more information on Botanicum Seedlings, including our Dramaturgy Workshop beginning in September, click HERE. You can also connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @botseedlings.

Hope to see you soon!

Under the Oaks

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Under the Oaks

Four concerts, cool music, cool nights!  Featuring: Judy Norton (Sept 1), Little Faith (Sept 8), Tom Allard & Guests (Sept 15), Many Distant Cities (Sept 22) – all in an intimate outdoor setting

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Special Event

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Special Event

Woody Guthrie is celebrated in this unique and engaging musical portrait of the self-described “rambling man from Oklahoma” … more

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EDGY & CLASSIC

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EDGY & CLASSIC

Our 2016 Season! Five plays to  keep you enthralled, thinking, and entertained. Plan to see them all!

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ROMEO AND JULIET

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ROMEO AND JULIET

Set in present day East Jerusalem, Shakespeare’s timeless tale of love brings new meaning for today’s audience.

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 “SMART, WELL-EXECUTED… for a classic mix of romance and tragedy, the company’s Romeo and Juliet expertly fits the bill.” —CurtainUp

FRESH AND VIBRANT. The old story loses none of its power and, indeed, gains a more immediate relevance. I loved it.” — Paul Myrvold, Theatre Notes

FRESH AND AUTHENTIC… The first act is often funny and ribald, just barely setting us up for the tragic ending… reminds us that prejudice and hatred continue to be prevalent forces in the world.” — Justin Biel, Topanga Messenger

 

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TOM

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TOM

A World Premiere! Artistic Director Ellen Geer adapts Harriet Beecher Stowe’s ground-breaking novel, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,’  in this fresh, critically-acclaimed re-telling.

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BRINGS VISCERAL INTENSITY to the horrors of that shameful chapter in our nation’s history… With depth and nuance, Gerald C. Rivers reclaims the title role from its more contemporary pejorative associations… the sprawling narrative sports ample stellar turns” — Philip Brandes, Los Angeles Times

BRILLIANT… a moving and kaleidoscopic tale of slavery set in the natural, expansive Theatricum Botanicum amphitheater…. powerfully brings to life a shameful time in American history.” — Elaine L. Mura, LA Splash

HEARTBREAKING… presciently ponder[s] the plight of Blacks after the Reconstruction Era, but also in our own times” — Ed Rampell, People’s World

PROVIDE[S] UNIQUE INSIGHT… highlights the true characteristics of the strong, determined, loving “Uncle Tom” alongside the brutal nature of America’s slave-trading past… standout performers… viewing TOM, we are reminded of the importance of the great novel and the impact of literature and art to create social change.” — Justin Biel, Topanga Messenger

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THE IMAGINARY INVALID

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THE IMAGINARY INVALID

Moliere’s comedy rocks the house with laugher! And our gender-bending “take” will leave you in stitches! NEW! Enjoy a catered dinner before the show on Sept 9th!

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“[A] SAUCY, FROTHY ROMP… inventive, imaginative, madcap merriment” — Ed Rampell, Hollywood Progressive

“HILARIOUSLY ENGAGING Perfect comedic timing, energy and just the right dose of disorder.” —Justin Biel, Topanga Messenger

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TITUS ANDRONICUS

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TITUS ANDRONICUS

A favorite of audiences throughout his lifetime, Shakespeare’s tale is re-imagined for today’s audiences. NEW! Enjoy a catered dinner in our garden before the show on August 16 & Sept 16,

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“BOISTEROUS, UNSPARING… DELIVERS THE GOODS… Director Ellen Geer smartly associates perpetual war, double standards, backroom dealings, fluid loyalties, and mindless violence in fictional Rome to the present day… offers unusual depth in difficult roles” — Ravi Narasimhan, Backscatter

“GRIPPING… [a] splendid production… Ellen Geer has done a terrific job in making a play filled with many characters and detailed action comprehensible to a modern audience… .passionate playing at its very best.” — Paul Myrvold, Theatre Notes

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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

Our signature production! Set in Topanga’s woodland, it’s people with lovers, family, fairies – and a talking donkey! Starting July 28, Enjoy a catered dinner in our garden before your show on select dates!

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