Center Theatre Group’s 14th season at the Douglas features a world premiere comedy, a Pulitzer Finalist Drama, the West Coast Premiere of a smash hit parody of a mega-hit Musical, plus the continuation of an exciting new tradition
Paul Rudnick’s “Big Night,” Gerard Alessandrini’s “Spamilton”
Quiara Alegría Hudes’ “Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue,” and the Second Annual Block Party
Make Up the New Season at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre
The New Season Begins September 3, 2017, and Runs Through May 20, 2018.
Center Theatre Group Artistic Director Michael Ritchie has set the 2017-2018 season at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City.
“This is a diverse season of productions at the Douglas,” said Ritchie. “But one thing they all have in common is that they resonate with the arts and culture of Los Angeles.
“We open with humorist Paul Rudnick’s hilarious but moving look at that uniquely L.A. holiday, Oscar night. In ‘Big Night,’ Paul begins his story on a day when Hollywood seems to be the center of the universe and then turns the world upside down.
“The next work also looks toward Hollywood, where the run of ‘Hamilton’ promises to be a juggernaut,” said Ritchie. “And for the people who come out of ‘Hamilton’ wanting more or those just left wanting tickets, Gerard Alessandrini’s ‘Spamilton’ salutes and skewers Lin-Manuel Miranda’s masterwork … and it’s a flat-out funny night in the theatre.
“Next we looked to our own theatre across town, the Mark Taper Forum, where we are producing Quiara Alegría Hudes’ ‘Water by the Spoonful.’ It’s a powerful work, but it is only one chapter in Quiara’s stunning trilogy. By producing ‘Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue’ at the Douglas, we are able to dive more deeply into the work of this exciting playwright.
“And finally, while we are only halfway through our inaugural Block Party, it is already clear that this is a tradition that needs to continue. We chose three productions from Southern California’s many intimate theatres for this year’s Block Party. It has allowed us to introduce our audiences to three amazing theatre companies and deepen our connections with the deep pool of talent and creativity that makes the L.A. theatre community such a singular force.
“Theatre is a collaborative art form that, at its best, sparks conversations among the artists that create it and the audience members that experience it. This season’s productions are guaranteed to keep people talking – at times they may change the way you see your neighbor, at other times they may change the lyrics you sing to your favorite tune – but over the course of the season they will make you laugh, cry, dance and explore the countless theatrical opportunities the city has to offer.”
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