Sunday, March 31, 2019

Elina de Santos directs world premiere of sex dramedy ‘The Things We Do’ by former Attorney General-turned-playwright Grant Woods

LOS ANGELES — Bill falls for Sarah, but she is married to Ted. Ted might be a good match for Alice — who is married to Bill. Elina de Santos directs a painfully funny look at modern relationships by former attorney general-turned-playwright Grant Woods. The world premiere of The Things We Do, presented by Never Dark Productions as a guest production at the Odyssey Theatre, opens on April 6, with performances continuing through May 12.

Once trust is broken, how do you get it back?

“The play has a light, comic, sexy feel at the beginning, which draws you in,” says de Santos. “But then, because of the things people do, it gets darker and more real. It’s fresh and surprising.”

According to Woods, “I wanted to explore the situation a lot of couples find themselves in when they reach a certain point in life — people who are in their 40s or 50s and have many years invested in their relationships, but who now must decide whether to go forward or make a change.”

One of Arizona’s premier attorneys, Woods served as Arizona's Attorney General from 1991-1999.

Eifman Ballet Returns to Segerstrom Center with West Coast Premiere of THE PYGMALION EFFECT, 5/24-26

May 24 – 26, 2019 in Segerstrom Hall
Tickets on sale now

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is proud to welcome the return of the Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg with the West Coast Premiere of The Pygmalion Effect May 24–26, 2019 in Segerstrom Hall. A new ballet from the company’s award-winning artistic director and choreographer, Boris Eifman, The Pygmalion Effect is inspired by the Greek mythological tale of Pygmalion – a sculptor who became infatuated with his own life-like carving of a beautiful girl. Renowned for works that are “bold, psychological and highly theatrical” ( The New York Times), Boris Eifman infuses his signature choreographic style into this dynamic new production, set to a score by “The Waltz King” Johann Strauss II.

Single tickets for The Pygmalion Effect start at $29 and are available now online at, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. For inquiries about group ticket discounts for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236.


Buy your grades. Buy your future. 
But what happens when the rest of the world finds out? 

Theatre at Granite Bay presents a brand new musical, written and developed by Director of Theatre Arts Kyle Holmes in collaboration with the students of Granite Bay High School and local composer David Taylor-Gomes. RANKED, which runs April 4-13 with performances Thursday-Saturday all starting at 7pm, asks audiences of all ages -- What are you worth? Who decides? And what do you do when it all comes crashing down? 

High school has always been tough. But in the dystopian world of RANKED, brutal competition reaches new heights as publicized academic excellence comes to define each student's worth. In the face of an intense and perverse culture of performance, Lily must come to grips with her place in the status quo as she watches friends and enemies alike destroy themselves and each other to score their way to the top of academic leaderboards. When an impossible lie is discovered, the fate of these students' futures hangs in the balance.

Kyle Holmes has written a timely and fast paced script that moves with urgency while managing to capture the complexity and nuance of being a driven and vulnerable teenager. And David Taylor Gomes provides a rich and vibrant original score that captures the frenetic energy of high school with catchy pop/rock melodies that will be stuck in your head for days.  

Holmes and Taylor-Gomes started collaborating in 2012 at Granite Bay High School. RANKED will be their seventh musical as director and musical director. In 2017 they were the first amateur theatre group to produce THE UNFORTUNATES, coming off of its run at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and A.C.T. San Francisco. Later in 2017, they developed Boxed Up - The Musical, an episodic six-part musical comedy that took place at the Warehouse Artists Lofts (WAL) First Friday event, and culminated in a concert performance at Capital Stage. Taylor-Gomes wrote the music and lyrics for Boxed Up, while Holmes was one of the show’s writers. Holmes and Taylor-Gomes began writing RANKED in the spring of 2018. During the summer, they teach theatre arts together at Sugarloaf Fine Arts Camp in El Dorado County. 

WHAT: Theatre at Granite Bay presents RANKED, A NEW MUSICAL by Kyle Holmes and David Taylor-Gomes

WHERE: Granite Bay High School, 1 Grizzly Way, Granite Bay, CA 95746

WHEN: April 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13                TICKET PURCHASES:  
Doors: 6:30| Curtain: 7:00                           Tickets: $8 Students/ $12 Adults 
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One of the biggest hits in musical theatrical history, CATS comes to Segerstrom Center for the Arts April 9 – 14, 2019 as part of its North American Tour. The Jellicle cats include Phillip Deceus as “Alonzo,” McGee Maddox as “Bill Bailey/Rum Tum Tugger,” Lexie Plath as Bombalurina,” Mariah Reives as “Cassandra,” PJ DiGaetano as “Coricopat,” Liz Schmitz as “Demeter,” Keri René Fuller as “Grizabella,” Kaitlyn Davidson as “Jellylorum,” Emily Jeanne Phillips as “Jennyanydots,” Tion Gaston as “Mistoffelees,” Tony d'Alelio as “Mungojerrie,” Dan Hoy as “Munkustrap,” Timothy Gulan as “Peter/Bustopher Jones/Asparagus,” Tyler John Logan as “Plato/Macavity,” Anthony Michael Zas as “Pouncival,” Rose Iannaccone as “Rumpelteazer,” Ahren Victory as “Sillabub,” Ethan Saviet as “Skimbleshanks,” Halli Toland as “Tantomile,” Devin Neilson as “Tumblebrutus,” Brandon Michael Nase as “Victor/Old Deuteronomy,” Caitlin Bond as “Victoria,” along with Zachary S. Berger, Nicholas Burrage, Erin Chupinsky, Maria Failla, Justin W. Geiss, Laura Katherine Kaufman, Charlotte O'Dowd, Adam Richardson, Tricia Tanguy and Andy Zimmermann.

Tickets start at $29 and are available for purchase at, by calling (714) 556-2787 and at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. The 2:00 p.m. performance on Saturday, April 13, 2019 will include audio description, open captioning and sign-language interpretation. The Center offers many services for patrons with disabilities including removable wheelchair locations, binoculars and assistive listening devices. To learn more visit

Theatricum Botanicum announces 2019 summer season outdoors in Topanga

TOPANGA, Calif. — Spring has sprung, and Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum is thrilled to announce its annual summer line-up of theater, music and performance in its unique and stunning outdoor setting in Topanga. The Summer 2019 Season will include six plays opening in rapid succession and performed in repertory throughout the summer, along with a host of satellite events.

Kicking off the season on June 1 will be Twelfth Night, William Shakespeare’s delightful comedy of mistaken identities, gender bending, twins lost at sea, love unrequited and love triumphant. Original music by Marshall McDaniel will lend the Bard’s beloved words a refreshing new sound.

June 2 will see the return of Theatricum’s signature production of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, an annual audience favorite. Theatricum’s magical outdoor setting is once again transformed into the Bard’s enchanted forest, conjuring up a world of wonder, magic and romance.

Opening June 8 is Moby Dick–Rehearsed, a seldom-produced whale of a tale by the great Orson Welles, in which an acting troupe works between performances to create a play from Herman Melville's epic novel. Join the voyage under the helm of Captain Ahab, the brooding one-legged fanatic whose revengeful obsession is to kill the dreaded white mammoth, Moby Dick.

Beginning June 22, Theatricum transfers Henrik Ibsen's powerful An Enemy of the People to a

"Four In The Fog" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Four In The Fog" by Doug Mills
Historic Maine schooners American Eagle, Victory Chimes, Nathaniel Bowditch and Stephen Taber in the fog off Rockland Maine.

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The Maine Windjammer Project started in 2007 to preserve the modern history of the Maine Windjammer and to make it available to the generations to come.
This historical archive is available to museums and for historical research.
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Peña Adobe Open House Event, Saturday, April 6, 2019

The Peña Adobe’s “Artists at the Adobe” Returns Saturday, April 6, 2019 The Peña Adobe Historical Society will host their annual “Artists at the Adobe” at the Peña Adobe Park in Vacaville, on Saturday April 6, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The park is located in Vacaville at Peña Adobe Road off Interstate 80 to the left of Lagoon Valley Regional Park’s entrance.

Fairfield’s Sandy Imperatori and members from art workshops she has conducted in Rancho Solano and Vacaville will be at Peña Adobe Park for our returning plein air event.  Sandy studied BFA Graphic Design at Carnegie Mellon University and has conducted the Plein Air Workshop in Virginia City, Nevada for over 20 years.  The former Gallery Director of the Fairfield Visual Arts Association, Sandy began drawing and painting as a young child, and has been painting watercolor for 25 years, which has led to several awards.

Joining Sandy and local artists will be members of the Vacaville Art League and Gallery! Established in January of 1963, The Vacaville Art League is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the development and promotion of the visual arts.  Located in the 129-year-old Segura home on Monte Vista Avenue, the Gallery has provided a place for the public to participate directly in the visual arts since opening on March 16, 1968.  Come meet the members of the Vacaville Art League and learn about their gallery, events and classes.

Bring your art supplies and join the fun or bring a picnic and enjoy the wildlife and listen to the music of the McBride Acoustic Jammers under the direction of Terry and Leslie Cloper!  The Jammers sing and play a variety of instruments including the guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and harmonica.  They meet the first and third Wednesday of the month at the McBride Senior Center at 91 Townsquare in downtown Vacaville.

This annual artists’ event has included over 100 participants in previous years.  Docents will be on hand to answer questions and conduct tours of the Peña Adobe, built in 1842 by the Peña family, who with the Vaca family settled in the Lagoon Valley.  Visit the adjacent Mowers-Goheen Museum and see our collection of artifacts and a woolly mammoth bone found locally near Putah Creek.  This event is free!  For questions in advance, call (707) 447-0518 or visit our website

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Latino Theater Company brings Mexico’s Foro Shakespeare to The LATC with ‘Revoluciones’

World premiere of Revolutions/Revoluciones — A highly theatrical fever-dream that employs magical realism to tell the kaleidoscope journey of a strong and passionate woman facing an impossible tragedy. A desperate mother searches for her disappeared son amidst a totalitarian regime in an unnamed Latin American country. Produced by the Latino Theater Company in association with Mexico’s Foro Shakespeare, an independent non-profit space that generates and develops projects of direct social impact through the performing arts. Presented in Spanish with English supertitles.

• Written by Elaine Romero
Directed by Bruno Bichir
Choreography by Olga Sokolova
• Production design by Naomi González
Starring Corina Vela, Hasiff Fadul, Javier Balderas
• Presented by The Latino Theater Company in association with Mexico’s Foro Shakespeare

Previews: April 18 and April 19
Performances: April 20 – May 12
Thursdays at 8 p.m.: April 18 (preview), April 25, May 2, May 9
Fridays at 8 p.m.: April 19 (preview), April 26, May 3, May 10
Saturdays at 8 p.m.: April 20 (opening), April 27, May 4, May 11
Sundays at 4 p.m.: April 21, April 28, May 5, May 12

The Los Angeles Theatre Center
514 S. Spring Street
Los Angeles CA 90013

• To purchase tickets, call (866) 811-4111 or go to
• For group sales, call (213) 489-0994
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$5 with box office validation, Joe’s Parking structure, 530 S. Spring St. (immediately south of the theater)
• Metered parking available on streets surrounding the theater.
• Take the Metro: nearest stop is Pershing Square (two blocks west of The LATC).

Presented in Spanish with English supertitles.