LOS ANGELES THEATER
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American Buffalo (Berkeley) Set in an urban junk shop, this drama follows three small-time crooks who make plans to rob a man of his coin collection. Written by David Mamet. Directed by Barbara Damashek. Casting: Aurora Theatre Company, 2081 Addison St., Berkeley, CA, 94704. Previews June 13, 2014, prior to a June 19 opening at the Aurora Theatre.
NEW Bauer This play is based on the life of Rudolf Bauer, a German abstract painter who stopped painting entirely when his artwork was taken under contract as property of Salomon Guggenheim. Written by Lauren Gunderson. Directed by Bill English. A joint production of San Francisco Playhouse and 59e59 Theatre. Casting: Judy Bowman, 140 Cabrini Blvd., Ste. 10, New York, NY 10033. Previews March 18, 2014, prior to a March 22 opening at San Francisco Playhouse. Closes April 19, 2014.
Beijing Spring (Musical) A sung-through musical commemorating the events of the Tiananmen Square Uprising in Beijing in 1989. Music by Joel Iwataki. Lyrics by Tim Dang. Casting: East West Players, 120 Judge John Aiso St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. Previews May 15, 2014, prior to a May 21 opening at the David Henry Hwang Theatre.
Bonnie & Clyde, A New Musical (San Jose) At the height of the Great Depression, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow went from two small-time, Texas nobodies to America's most notorious crime couple. Book by Ivan Menchell. Music by Frank Wildhorn. Lyrics by Don Black. Directed by Michael Navarra. Casting: Stephen Massott, Production Manager, San Jose Stage Company, 490 S. First St., San Jose, CA 95113. Next EPA: Dec 11. Runs June 4-July 27, 2014.
NEW Boys Next Door (Oxnard) This play tells the story four mentally handicapped men who live under the supervision of an earnest, but increasingly "burned out" young social worker named Jack. Written by Tom Griffin. Directed by James Castle Stevens. Casting: Elite Theatre Company, 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard, CA 93035. Runs Feb 28–April 6, 2014.
Crystal Springs (San Francisco) This play tells a tragic tale about two girls, two moms, and bullying. Written by Kathy Rucker. Directed by Anna Jordan. Casting: Nancy Hayes Casting, 400 Treat St., Ste. E, San Francisco, CA 94110. Next EPA: Dec. 12. Runs March 8–23, 2014, at the Eureka Theatre.
The Cat and Squirrel Dialogues A modern-day Aesop’s Fable about a cat and his buddy, who happens to be a squirrel. Written and directed by Jonathan Emry. Casting: Emrys Entertainment, P.O. Box 14572, Van Nuys, CA 91409. Runs Dec. 20, 2013–Jan. 5, 2014.
Death of the Author When a young professor suspects a student of plagiarism, his inquiry ignites events that affect the lives of four other people. Written by Steven Drukman. Directed by Bart DeLorenzo. Casting: Phyllis Schuringa, c/o Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024. Runs May 20–June 29, 2014, at the Geffen Playhouse, Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater.
different words for the same thing After putting years and thousands of miles between them, Alice gets the call to return to her hometown, forcing her to revisit and re–examine the places, events, and relationships that once defined her. Written by Kimber Lee. Directed by Neel Keller. Casting: Mark Simon, Center Theatre Group, Company Offices at the Music Center Annex, 601 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. Runs May 4–June 1, 2014, at the Kirk Douglas Theatre.
Every Five Minutes (San Francisco) A simple homecoming dinner takes a fantastical turn as Mo slips into a dreamscape that even those closest to him can’t imagine. Written by Linda McLean. Directed by Loretta Greco. Casting: Ryan Purcell, Associate Artistic Director and Casting Director, Magic Theatre Lounge, 2 Marina Blvd., Fort Mason Center, Bldg. D, Third Fl., San Francisco, CA 94123. Runs March 26–April 20, 2014, at the Sam Shepard Theater in the Fort Mason Center.
Everything You Touch Skipping back and forth through fashion history of the last few decades, this play presents a viciously funny look at the struggle to find an identity that’s more than skin deep. Written by Sheila Callaghan. Directed by Jessica Kubansky. Casting: Julia Flores, 1613 Chelsea Road, #292, San Marino, CA 91108. Runs April 3–May 11, 2014, at the Theatre @ Boston Court.
NEW Floyd Collins (Musical) (La Mirada) This show focuses on the 1925 story of a man named Floyd Collins, who got trapped 200 feet underground when, chasing a dream of fame and fortune, he attempted to turn a Kentucky cave into a tourist attraction. Book by Tina Landau. Music and Lyrics by Adam Guettel. Additional Lyrics by Tina Landau. Directed by Richard Israel. Casting: Julia Flores, 1613 Chelsea Rd. #292, San Marino, CA 91108. Next EPA: Jan. 28, 2014. Runs March 27–April 13, 2014, at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.
Forever Plaid (Santa Maria and Solvang) After four high school friends known as the “Plaids” die in a car accident on their way to see their first big concert, the singing quartet return from the afterlife to record the album they never had a chance to. Written, originally directed, and choreographed by Stuart Ross. Musical continuity supervision and arrangements by James Raitt. Casting: Erik Stein, PCPA Theaterfest, 800 S. College Dr., Santa Maria, CA 93454. EPAs: San Francisco: early December; San Diego: late January; Seattle: early February. Runs June 19–June 29, 2014, at the Marian Theatre and July 4–27, 2014, at the Solvang Festival Theater.
Funny Money (Torrance) A timid C.P.A. accidentally picks up a briefcase loaded with money. His plan is to flee the country, but not before both the police and his dinner guests arrive. Written by Ray Cooney. Directed by Margaret Schugt. Casting: Torrance Theatre Company, 3031 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503. Runs Jan. 17–Feb. 15, 2014.
God of Carnage (La Mirada) A playground altercation between 11-year-old boys brings together two sets of Brooklyn parents for a meeting to resolve the matter. Written by Yasmina Reza. Translated by Christopher Hampton. Directed by Michael Arabian. Casting: Julia Flores, 1613 Chelsea Road, #292, San Marino, CA 91108. Runs Jan. 24–Feb. 16, 2014, at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.
Harry Thaw Hates Everybody (Berkeley) (Musical) Set against a backdrop of Gilded Age opulence and accompanied by authentic period songs, this play starts with the real-life 1906 murder of New York architectural eminence Stanford White at the hands of deranged coal baron Harry Thaw. Written by Laural Meade. Directed by M. Graham Smith. Casting: Shotgun Players Casting, 1901 Ashby Ave., Berkeley, CA 94703. Runs Oct. 15–Nov. 23, 2014, at the Ashby Stage.
HIR (San Francisco) Newly enlightened Paige is determined to forge a deliriously liberated world for her two wayward children: Isaac, recently discharged from the army under dubious circumstances, and Max, tender, jaded, and in the process of sculpting a third-sex gender identity. A world premiere written by Taylor Mac. Directed by Niegel Smith. Casting: Ryan Purcell, Associate Artistic Director and Casting Director, Magic Theatre Lounge, 2 Marina Blvd., Fort Mason Center, Bldg. D, Third Fl., San Francisco, CA 94123. Runs Jan. 29–Feb. 23 at the Sam Shepard Theater in the Fort Mason Center.
In the Heights (Thousand Oaks) (Musical) This musical tells the story of the vibrant community in New York's Washington Heights neighborhood. Music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Book by Quiara Alegría Hudes. Directed and choreographed by Morgan Marcell. Casting: Lewis Wilkenfeld, Artistic Director, Cabrillo Music Theatre, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Ste. B, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362. Runs March 28–April 6, 2014.
The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism With a Key to the Scriptures (Berkeley) When Gus decides to die, his kids come home with a brigade of disorderly lovers to find that even the house keeps secrets. Written by Tony Kushner. Directed by Tony Taccone. Casting: Amy Potozkin, c/o Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 999 Harrison St., Berkeley, CA 94710. Runs May 16–June 29, 2014 at the Roda Theatre.
Into the Woods (Musical) A parade of familiar fairy tale figures finds its way “Into the Woods,”each character with a different mission in mind. Book by James Lapine. Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Casting: Amy Glazer, 588 Sutter St., #318, San Francisco, CA 94102. Opens June 24, 2014, at the San Francisco Playhouse.
Les Misérables (Musical) (Coronado) In this tale set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, ex–convict Jean Valjean must leave his past behind and keep his vow to raise the young, orphaned Cosette. Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg. Lyrics by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel. English libretto by Herbert Kretzmer. Based on the novel by Victor Hugo. Directed by Robert Smyth. Casting: Maria Mangiavellano, Lamb's Players Theatre, P.O. Box 182229, Coronado, CA 92178. Next non-required principle audition: Dec 7. Runs July 25-Aug. 24, 2014, with a possible extension through Sept. 28, 2014.
Les Misérables (Musical) (La Mirada) An epic and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit, set during the French Revolution. Book by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg. Lyrics by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, adapted by Herbert Kretzmer. Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg. Based on Victor Hugo’s novel. Directed by Brian Kite. Casting: Julia Flores, 1613 Chelsea Road, #292, San Marino, CA 91108. Runs May 30–June 22, 2014, at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.
Les Misérables (Musical) (Sonora) Set during the French Revolution, this show tells the story of a reformed convict and his quest for redemption while being relentlessly tracked down by a police inspector. Book by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg. Lyrics by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, adapted by Herbert Kretzmer. Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg. Based on Victor Hugo’s novel. Directed by Dennis Jones. Casting: Sierra Repertory Theatre, P.O. Box 3030, Sonora, CA 95370. Runs March 1–May 4, 2014.
Let’s Misbehave (Musical) (Long Beach) Featuring over two dozen of Porter’s famous tunes, this show tells the story of one late night in the 1930′s, when three single friends make a pact to fall in love by the Fourth of July. Conceived by Karin Bowersock and Patrick Young. Book by Karin Bowersock. Music by Cole Porter. Arrangements by Patrick Young. Directed by Todd Nielson. Casting: Michael Donovan, P.O. Box 349, Los Angeles, CA 90078. Runs Jan. 24–Feb. 16, 2014 at the International City Theatre.
The Light in the Piazza (Musical) (Costa Mesa) Set in the 1950s, this story revolves around a wealthy Southern woman and her emotionally stalled daughter. When the daughter falls in love, her mother is forced to reconsider both of their futures along with her own past. Book by Craig Lucas. Music and lyrics by Adam Guettel. Directed by Kent Nicholson. Musical direction by Dennis Castellano. Casting: Joanne DeNaut, South Coast Repertory, P.O. Box 2197, Costa Mesa, CA 92628. Previews Jan. 24, 2014, prior to a Jan. 31 opening. Closes Feb 23, 2014.
The Man in the Red Suit With his Denver-area cabin snowed in and his family asleep upstairs, Perry enters into heated metaphysical and spiritual debates with Santa Claus and Satan. Written and directed by Jonathan Emry. Casting: Emrys Entertainment, P.O. Box 14572, Van Nuys, CA 91409. Runs Dec. 20, 2013–Jan. 5, 2014.
Maple and Vine (San Diego) Disgruntled with their 21st-century lives, a young couple meet a charismatic man from a community of 1950s re-enactors who convinces them to forsake their modern commodities for the simple pleasures of the past. Written by Jordan Harrison. Directed by Igor Goldin. Casting: Cygnet Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St., San Diego, CA 92110. Previews Jan. 16, 2014, prior to a Jan. 26 opening at the Old Town Theatre.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Berkeley) Four mismatched lovers enter an enchanted forest filled with fairies that will alter their lives forever. Written by William Shakespeare. Directed by Shana Cooper. Casting: Jessica Richards, Associate Artistic Director, 701 Heinz Ave., Berkeley, CA 94710. Runs Sept. 3–28, 2014, at the California Shakespeare Theater.
Milvotchkee, Visconsin (San Diego) Following a windy storm, an elderly docent at Wisconsin Concrete Park experiences various stages of dementia while trying to put things back in order. Written by Laura Jacqmin. Directed by Robert Barry Fleming. Casting: Donnie Matsuda, Associate Producer, Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company, P.O. Box 710564, San Diego, CA 92171. Next EPA: Dec. 8. Runs May 29–June 29, 2014.
A Moon for the Misbegotten Set in and around a dilapidated Connecticut farmhouse in 1923, this American classic follows Josie Hogan, a boisterous Irishwoman with a quick tongue and a tender heart and Jim Tyrone, a tortured soul haunted by the loss of his mother. Written by Eugene O’Neill. Directed by Jenny Sullivan. Casting: Lisa Tyzzer, Rubicon Theatre Company, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura, CA 93001. Runs March 12–April 6, 2014, at the Rubicon Theatre.
The Music Man (Musical) (Long Beach) Conman Harold Hill poses as a boys' bandleader and sells band instruments and uniforms to naive townsfolk before skipping town with the cash. Book, music, and lyrics by Meredith Wilson. Casting: Musical Theatre West, 4350 E. Seventh St., Long Beach, CA 90804. Runs Feb. 14–March 2, 2014, at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center.
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley (Rancho Cucamonga) (Children’s Musical) Based on the beloved children's book by Jeff Brown, this musical follows Stanley's adventures around the globe, until he finally finds his way back home and becomes a three-dimensional boy once more. Book by Timothy Allen McDonald. Music by Timothy Allen McDonald, Jonathan K. Waller, David Weinstein, and Stephen Gabriel. Lyrics by Timothy Allen McDonald and Jonathan K. Waller. Directed by Kevin Cochran. Casting: Murry Hepner, Victoria Gardens Cultural Center, Lewis Family Playhouse, 12505 Cultural Center Dr., Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739. Runs Jan. 1–Feb. 16, 2014.
A Nice Indian Boy Two Indian men meet and have a number of things in common, from the Hindi language to experiencing the difficulty of being gay in their culture. When they meet in person, it is revealed that one is South Asian and the other is a Caucasian who was adopted by Hindi parents and speaks fluent Hindi. Written by Madhuri Shekar. Directed by Snehal Desai. Casting: East West Players, 120 Judge John Aiso St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. Runs Feb. 20–March 23, 2014, at the David Henry Hwang Theatre.
Noises Off Following the onstage/offstage exploits of a company of actors appearing in a dreadful bedroom farce, this show is complete with mistaken identities, infidelities, scantily clad ladies, and slamming doors. Written by Michael Frayn. Directed by Peter Schneider. Casting: Lisa Tyzzer, Rubicon Theatre Company, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura, CA 93001. Runs Jan. 29–Feb. 23, 2014, at the Rubicon Theatre.
Oklahoma! (Musical) (Santa Maria and Solvang) An endearing love story is told amid the backdrop of a spirited rivalry between Oklahoma’s farmers and cowboys. Music by Richard Rodgers. Book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Based on a play by Lynn Riggs. Directed and choreographed by Michael Jenkinson. Casting: Erik Stein, PCPA Theaterfest, 800 S. College Dr., Santa Maria, CA 93454. EPAs: San Francisco: early December; San Diego: late January; Seattle: early February. Runs July 16–26, 2014, at the Marian Theatre and Aug. 1–24, 2014, at the Solvang Festival Theater.
Once on This Island (Redwood City) (Musical) Set on a lush Antilles island, this show tells the story of a naïve peasant girl and her love for a handsome young aristocrat. Music by Stephen Flaherty. Book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. Based on the book “My Love, My Love,” by Rosa Guy. Directed by Robert Kelley. Casting: Leslie Martinson, Associate Artistic Director, TheatreWorks, P.O. Box 50458, Palo Alto, CA 94303. Runs March 5–30, 2014, at the Lucie Stern Theatre.
The Orphan of Zhao (San Francisco) The first Chinese play to be translated in the West, this play is about a young orphan who discovers the shattering truth behind his origins. Adapted by James Fenton. Directed by Carey Perloff. With BD Wong. Casting: Casting Office, American Conservatory Theater, 30 Grant Ave., 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94108. Runs June 4–29, 2014, at the Geary Theater.
Our Town (Berkeley) Taking the place over a timespan of thirteen years, this play tells the story of an average town's citizens in the early twentieth century as depicted through their everyday lives. Written by Thornton Wilder. Directed by Susannah Martin. Casting: Jonathan Kreuz, Casting Coordinator, Shotgun Players, 1901 Ashby Ave., Berkeley, CA 94703. Next EPA: Dec. 16. Runs Dec. 4, 2014–Jan. 11, 2015.
Over the River and Through the Woods (Glendale) The grandson of a tightly knit Italian-American family dutifully visits his two sets of grandparents for dinner every Sunday. Playing matchmakers, they introduce him to a woman they hope will prevent him from taking a job on the West coast. Written by Joe DiPietro. Casting: Tim and Brenda Dietlein, Glendale Centre Theatre, 324 N. Orange St., Glendale, CA 91203. Runs Dec. 31, 2013–Feb. 8, 2014.
PEN/MAN/SHIP (San Francisco) A father and his son board a ship headed for Africa. When the ship takes an unexpected detour, mysteries are unveiled and true intentions are revealed. Written by Christina Anderson. Directed by Ryan Guzzo Purcell. Casting: Ryan Purcell, Associate Artistic Director and Casting Director, Magic Theatre Lounge, 2 Marina Blvd., Fort Mason Center, Bldg. D, Third Fl., San Francisco, CA 94123. Runs April 30–June 9 at the Sam Shepard Theater in the Fort Mason Center.
The Producers (La Mirada) An unlucky producer and his amiable accountant come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious Broadway flop in history. Adapted by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan. Music by Mel Brooks. Musical arrangements by Glen Kelly and Doug Besterman. Lyrics by Mel Brooks. Directed by David Lamoureux. Casting Amber Snead, Audition Coordinator, P.O. Box 6039, Long Beach, CA 90806. Runs Jan. 31–March 2, 2014.
A Raisin in the Sun (Berkeley) A substantial insurance payment could mean either financial salvation or personal ruin for a poor black family. Written by Lorraine Hansberry. Directed by Patricia McGregor. Casting: Jessica Richards, Associate Artistic Director, 701 Heinz Ave., Berkeley, CA 94710. Runs May 21–June 15, 2014, at the California Shakespeare Theater.
RED (San Diego) Tells the story of an exhilarating and combative battle between student and master in search of the very highest art possible. Written by John Logan. Directed by Michael Arabian. Casting: Jacole Kitchen, San Diego Repertory Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101. Opens March 29, 2014, at the Lyceum Stage.
Reunion (Costa Mesa) Three friends who haven’t seen each other for twenty years attempt to relive their rambunctious past, but have trouble understanding and coming to terms with who they were so long ago. Written by Gregory S. Moss. Directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt. Casting: Joanne DeNaut, South Coast Repertory, P.O. Box 2197 Costa Mesa, CA 92628. Runs March 9–30, 2014 at the Julianne Argyros Stage at South Coast Repertory.
The San Patricios (Santa Maria and Solvang) In this 1840s political drama, immigrant and native, Catholic and Protestant, officer and enlisted soldier collide as we rediscover the personal stories submerged in a war between Mexico and the United States. Written by José Cruz González. Directed by Mark Booher. Casting: Erik Stein, PCPA Theaterfest, 800 S. College Dr., Santa Maria, CA 93454. EPAs: San Francisco: early December; San Diego: late January; Seattle: early February. Runs July 31–Aug. 23, 2014, at the Marian Theatre and Aug. 28–Sept. 7, 2014, at the Solvang Festival Theater.
Se Llama Cristina After waking up in a strange apartment surrounded by drug paraphernalia and an empty crib, a man and a woman must piece together who they are and where the baby might be. Written by Octavio Solis. Directed by Robert Castro. Casting: Julia Flores, 1613 Chelsea Road, #292, San Marino, CA 91108. Previews Jan. 16, 2014, prior to a Jan. 25 opening at the Theatre @ Boston Court.
Seminar (San Francisco) Four aspiring novelists pay five hundred dollars per week for a ten-week, private writing class that includes all the abuse you can take, and maybe some sex. Written by Theresa Rebeck. Directed by Amy Glazer. Casting: Lauren English, San Francisco Playhouse, 588 Sutter St. #318, San Francisco, CA 94102. Previews April 29, 2014, prior to a May 3 opening. Closes June 14, 2014.
Sex and Education (Burbank) When a high school basketball star is caught passing his girlfriend a profanity-laced, sexually charged note, his teacher uses the note to teach him an English composition lesson with the hopes of sparking an intellectual flame. Written by Lissa Levin. Directed by Andrew Barnicle. Casting: Patricia Cullen, The Colony Theatre Company, 555 N. Third St., Burbank, CA 91502. Previews Feb. 12, 2014, prior to a Feb. 15 opening. Closes March 16, 2014.
Show Boat (San Francisco) (Musical) Spanning the years from 1890 to 1927, this musical follows the lives, loves and losses of theater folk on the Mississippi, while highlighting the racial and social changes that were shaping the country. Book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Music by Jerome Kern. Based on the novel by Edna Ferber. Directed by Francesca Zambello. With Heidi Stober, Patricia Racette, Angela Renée Simpson, and Nathan Gunn. Casting: Bernard Telsey and Bethany Knox, 311 W. 43rd St., 10th Fl., New York, NY 10036. Runs June 1–July 2, 2014, at San Francisco Opera.
A Song at Twilight An elderly writer accepts a visit from his former mistress, forcing them to confront their past. Written by Noël Coward. Directed by Art Manke. Casting: Michael Donovan Casting, 7805 W. Sunset Blvd., #200, Los Angeles, CA 90046. Runs March 18–April 13, 2014, at the Pasadena Playhouse.
South Pacific (Mill Valley) Set during World War II, two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war. Book by Oscar Hammerstien II and Joshua Logan. Music by Richard Rodgers. Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein. Directed by Linda Dunn. Casting: the Mountain Play Association, P.O. Box 2025, Mill Valley, CA 94942. Next auditions: Jan. 25, 2014. Runs May 18–June 15, 2014, at the Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre.
Sovereign Body After a wife and mother of two grown daughters welcomes an uninvited Thanksgiving dinner guest, the family’s life is forever challenged and changed. A world premiere written by Emilie Beck. Casting: The Road Theatre, 5108 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601. Runs March 21–May 10, 2014, at the Historic Lankershim Arts Center.
Spamalot (Riverside) (Musical) Inspired by the classic film comedy, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," this hilarious show tells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Book and lyrics by Eric Idle. Music by John Du Prez and Eric Idle. Directed by Gary Krinke. Casting: Performance Riverside, 4800 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, CA 92506. Next auditions: Dec. 8 and 9. Runs Feb 7–16, 2014.
Spring Awakening (San Diego) (Musical) Rebellious 19th-century teenagers take a provocative journey from adolescence to adulthood in this powerful celebration of self-discovery in oppressive times. Book and lyrics by Steven Sater. Music by Duncan Sheik. Based on the play by Frank Wedekind. Directed by Sean Murray. Musical direction by Terry O’Donnell. Casting: Cygnet Theatre, 2410 Congress St., San Diego, CA 92110. Runs March 6–April 27, 2014, at the Old Town Theatre.
Stand-Off at HWY #37 In upstate New York, on the border of a small town and the local Haudenosaunee reservation, a young National Guardsman of Tuscarora heritage has to choose between upholding the oath he took to defend his country and protecting the traditional lands of his people. Written by Vickie Ramirez. Directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera. Casting: Jean Bruce Scott, Producing Executive Director, Native Voices, Autry National Center of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA. Previews Feb. 26, 2014, prior to a Feb. 28 opening at the Autry National Center’s Wells Fargo Theatre. Closes March 16, 2014.
Stupid Fucking Bird In this irreverent remix of Chekhov’s “The Seagull,” the characters discover how disappointing life, art, and growing up can be. Written by Aaron Posner. Directed by Michael Michetti. Casting: Julia Flores, 1613 Chelsea Road, #292, San Marino, CA 91108. Runs June 19–July 27, 2014, at the Theatre @ Boston Court.
Suzette Who Set to Sea (La Jolla) In a small seaside village where women are expected to stay on land and not out-to-sea, young Suzette knows she is different. She longs for the sea and believes she is meant for something greater. Written by Finegan Kruckemeyer. Directed by Eric Johnson. Casting: La Jolla Playhouse, P.O. Box 12039, La Jolla, CA 92039. Touring performances at San Diego County Schools from Feb. 3–April 4, 2014.
The Taming of the Shrew (San Francisco) Bianca’s father says that she cannot wed until the shrewish Kate does, and although anyone who’s man enough to tackle Kate wins a large dowry, she may be too high a price to pay. Written by William Shakespeare. Directed by Rebecca J. Ennals. Casting: Rebecca J. Ennals, Artistic Director, The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, P.O. Box 460937, San Francisco, CA 94146. Next EPA: Dec. 9. Runs June 28–Sept. 21, 2014.
Tartuffe (Costa Mesa) A family watches in awe as the head of the household falls under the spell of a false prophet. Written by Moliére. Adapted by David Ball. Directed by Dominique Serrand. Casting: Joanne DeNaut, South Coast Repertory, P.O. Box 2197, Costa Mesa, CA 92628. Runs May 9–June 8, 2014, at the Segerstrom Stage at South Coast Repertory.
36 Stories (San Francisco) An original work adapted from Sam Shepard’s prose, this play weaves together tales of the great American desert highways. Written by Sam Shepard. Directed and adapted by Amy Kossow. Casting: JoAnne Winter, Artistic Director, Word For Word Performing Arts Company, Z Space Studio, 499 Alabama St., #450, San Francisco, CA 94110. Runs May 17–June 22, 2014, at Z Below Theatre.
36 Views (Santa Maria) An exotic game of greed, sensuality, and shifting perceptions ensues when a dealer in Asian art antiquities and an Asian art historian search for an original copy of a priceless Japanese pillow book. Written by Naomi Iizuka. Directed by Risa Brainin. Casting: Erik Stein, PCPA Theaterfest, 800 S. College Dr., Santa Maria, CA 93454. EPAs: San Francisco: early December; San Diego: late January; Seattle: early February. Runs Sept. 11–28, 2014, at the Severson Theatre.
Three Penny Opera (San Jose) The notorious bandit and womanizer Macheath marries the innocent and virginal Polly Peachum, so her father, who controls the beggars of London, endeavors to have Macheath hanged. German libretto by Bertolt Brecht. Music by Kurt Weill. Directed by Kenneth Kelleher. Casting: Stephen Massott, Production Manager, San Jose Stage Company, 490 S. First St., San Jose, CA 95113. Runs Feb. 8–March 16, 2014, with a possible extension through March 30, 2014.
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Vanya and his stepsister Sonia are paid a surprise visit by Hollywood star sibling Masha and her 20-something boy toy Spike. Written by Christopher Durang. Directed by Nicholas Martin. Casting: Mark Simon, Center Theatre Group, Company Offices at the Music Center Annex, 601 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. Runs Jan. 29–March 9, 2014, at the Mark Taper Forum.
What the Butler Saw (Santa Cruz) This hilarious farce takes place in the exclusive, private mental health clinic of a doctor who is attempting to seduce a prospective secretary when his wife comes home. Written by Joe Orton. Directed by Art Manke. Casting: Julie James, Artistic Director, Jewel Theatre Company, P.O. Box 1080, Santa Cruz, CA 95061. Runs May 1–23, 2014.
The Who & the What (La Jolla) An independent-minded young Muslim woman spends six years writing a novel about women and Islam that threatens to tear apart her conservative family. Casting: La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037. Previews Feb. 11, 2014, prior to a Feb. 19 opening at La Jolla Playhouse. Closes March 9.
Shows Currently Playing
Shows under the Equity Production Contract are required to conduct EPAs (Equity Principal Auditions) once a year and ECCs (Equity Chorus Calls) every six months.
A Christmas Carol (Glendale) (Musical) Visits from three ghosts help miserly Ebenezer Scrooge to see the light and change his ways. Adapted by Brenda Dietlein. Based on the novella by Charles Dickens. Directed by Brenda and Tim Dietlein. Casting: Glendale Centre Theatre, 324 N. Orange St., Glendale, CA 91203. Runs through Dec. 24 at the Glendale Centre Theatre.
Miracle on South Division Street While growing up, Clara had always been told the story of her father’s miraculous vision in his barbershop, but now, 65 years later, a deathbed confession causes the family legend to unravel, with unexpectedly dramatic results. Written by Tom Dudzick. Directed by Brian Shnipper. Casting: Patricia Cullen, 555 N. Third St., Burbank, CA 91502. Previewed Nov. 6 prior to a Nov. 9 opening at the Colony Theatre. Closes Dec. 15.
The Secret Garden (Musical) When an 11-year-old returns to Yorkshire to live with her reclusive uncle, she and a young gardener bring new life to a neglected garden. Book and lyrics by Marsha Norman. Music by Lucy Simon. Directed by Casey Long. Casting: Chance Theater, P.O. Box 3309, Orange, CA 92857. Runs through Dec. 29 at the Chance Theater.
The Story of My Life (Rancho Mirage) (Musical) This holiday-related musical follows the friendship of two childhood friends who recount their adventures, explore their past differences, and ultimately discover that love is at the base of every strong friendship. Book by Brian Hill. Music and lyrics by Neil Bartram. Directed by Ron Celona. Casting: Ron Celona, Artistic Director, Coachella Valley Repertory, P.O. Box 2962, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270. Runs through Dec. 22.
Walkin’ in a One–Hit–Wonderland Winter Warlock takes a walk down memory lane while crooning some chart-topping “one-hit wonders” with his holiday friends. Written by Troubadour Theater Company. Directed by Matt Walker. Casting: Troubadour Theater Company, 6432 Sunnyslope Ave., Valley Glen, CA 91401. Runs through Jan. 19, 2014, at the Falcon Theatre.
Workshops, In Development, Etc.
Fencerow to Fencerow Set against the agricultural policies of the 1970s and ’80s, this new play features three interwoven stories about America’s agriculture, nutrition, and food. Written by Matthew McCray in collaboration with Son of Semele. Casting: Sarah Boughton, Membership Director, 3301 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004. Show dates TBA.
Hearing the Deaf Based on true stories of deaf senior citizens living in Los Angeles, this documentary theater piece explores the struggles and triumphs of the older deaf community and how their lives have been affected by the advancement of communication technology. Written by David Kurs in collaboration with Son of Semele. Casting: Sarah Boughton, Membership Director, 3301 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004. Show dates TBA.