CTG to Present Writer’s Workshop Festival at Kirk Douglas Theatre

Culver City theater goers will have the opportunity to experience six brand new plays—thanks to Center Theatre Group’s L.A. Writers’ Workshop Festival which will take place January 26 to 28, 2024 at the Kirk Douglas Theatre.

Since its inception in 2005, Center Theatre Group has supported a cohort of playwrights to help them author new plays with the L.A. Writers’ Workshop on topics as varied as Los Angeles itself.

When festival passes go on sale for $45 on December 19, it’s better than Black Friday: all six plays—fully cast with Equity actors—and can be seen for less than the price of three movie tickets. Purchase at CenterTheatreGroup.org. Single tickets are $15. Center Theatre Group subscribers and donors may enjoy two tickets for free as our guests.

Over the course of one fun-filled, jam-packed weekend in Culver City, six original new plays exploring a broad range of themes and subject matters will be read and performed from the Kirk Douglas Theatre stage. You remember during the pandemic when everyone started baking sourdough bread and growing houseplants? Online therapy became a big business thing too. There is a play in there—as there is when Tiffany becomes pregnant and her best friend Carolyn is trying—and not succeeding—at being happy for her. In two more plays, two very different sets of siblings deal with the passage of time and the death of a parent. And finally, one play is a comedic absurdist look at an Italian Monastery and another explores the cost of trying to be the greatest living saint the world has ever known.

“CTG has a long history of nurturing and supporting Los Angeles-based playwrights and plays,” said Center Theatre Group Artistic Director Snehal Desai. “This year, I am particularly excited to include the L.A. Writers’ Workshop as part of our CTG:FWD programming. Great storytelling is only as powerful as the community surrounding it. And CTG:FWD is all about supporting and celebrating community. I hope you’ll join us in January as we welcome six extraordinary playwrights into our space, and help give breath to these incredible new works. There’s nothing quite like being the first to see the next hit play as it begins to take its first steps. We can’t wait to see you there.”

The six plays and their playwrights are Alien Girls by Amy Berryman; Pigeonhole by Jasmine Sharma; Help, But Better by Inda Craig-Galván; Brother Gary by Ramiz Monsef; malcreados by christopher oscar peña; and Teresa by Issac Gómez.

These performances are made possible in part by the City of Culver City and its Cultural Affairs Commission, with support from Sony Pictures Entertainment. The L.A. Writers’ Workshop and new play development at Center Theatre Group are generously supported by an anonymous donor.


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