THE MIC CATCHES EVERYTHING
by t.tara turk-haynes
The Mic Catches Everything - a play about injustice, a life-changing podcast, and when your life's calling changes your life.
Farrah Benson is a black female hardworking Los Angeles DA assigned to prosecute a young black women accused of a crime against a white police officer, with obstacles - namely a podcaster threatening to tear down her case, a journalist from her past, a staff that questions her justice, and a secret that will threaten to unravel it all.
by Meghan Brown
With government leaders getting poisoned left and right, the Tasters have an important job -- eating delicious, gourmet meals and then waiting to see if they die. When rebellious Taster Elyse goes on hunger strike, she kicks off a series of events that will change the course of history... while putting all of the Tasters' lives in jeopardy. In this sharp, energetic new play, Meghan Brown (The Pliant Girls) explores the nuances of political resistance, self-interest, and individual action creating hope in the face of hopelessness.
by Nate Rufus Edelman
On the last night of the 19th century a blizzard entombs the mining town of Silverton, Colorado. In their ramshackle crib, Fat Sally, a soiled dove, and Jew Anne, a fallen angel, drink, smoke and fight as they attempt to stay warm, wait for customers, exorcise their pasts, and bring in a hopeful new century.
THE TWO REDS
by Kemp Powers
Directed by Carl Cofield
In 1940s Harlem, the civil rights movement doesn't exist, and the wide smiles and snappy clothes of the community's denizens belie the darkness of a world in which race opens doors for some, but keeps some doors permanently shut for others. But two dishwashers at Connie's Inn aren't letting that stop them from pursuing their dreams. Detroit Red and Chicago Red, so named for the shocks of red processed hair atop their heads, are going in different directions, but they need each other to succeed. In 20 years, the world will know these two men as Malcolm X and Redd Foxx, but here in the kitchen, they're just “The Two Reds.” And somebody’s got to wash all these damn dishes…
HERE IS WHERE
by Vasanti Saxena
Free-spirited Lena might be overstaying her welcome on her sister Violet’s couch, but she needs just a little more time to get back on her feet. When a box arrives filled with mysterious papers, each sister takes her own path to decipher them. And they have no idea how much of their family history will be revealed.
Opened March 23, 2017
RULES OF SECONDS
by John Pollono
Directed by Jo Bonney
In 1855, the city of Boston is a microcosm of the developing new world. In this sometimes deadly port city, the denizens of England, Spain, France, the Caribbean and points beyond mingle, love and fight with regularity. The one unifying factor among them all is the code duello, a detailed Code of Dueling that has been followed for hundreds of years without question. Unfortunately, even the slightest infraction between gentlemen is grounds for a challenge to be resolved with pistols. When mild-mannered Nathaniel Leeds is challenged by Mr. Brown, the most dangerous man in Boston, he enlists the aide of his estranged brother, James, a renowned duelist. Old family wounds reopen as the brothers attempt to put aside their past to avoid bloodshed. But an old grudge between Mr. Brown and the Leeds mother pushes them toward a tragic, bloody confrontation that exposes the madness beneath the Code.
Featuring: Joshua Bitton, Ron Bottitta, Amy Brenneman, Leandro Cano, Feodor Chin, Matthew Elkins, Jamie Harris, Josh Helman, Damu Malik, Jennifer Pollono With design by: Richard Hoover (scenic design), Neil Peter Jampolis (lights), Cricket S. Myers (sound), Hana Kim (projections), Stephanie Kerley Schwartz (costumes), Ned Mochel (violence design), Ilana Molina (props)
“SHOCKINGLY ORIGINAL… a perfect playground for a cheeky ensemble…exploits the suspense of its situation with an insouciant tongue-in-cheek spirit” — Charles McNulty,Los Angeles Times
“TERRIFIC… easily the best new play that’s premiered in Los Angeles this year… well crafted, easy to follow, and very smart… will leave you laughing like a hyena” — George Brietigam, Broadway World
“RECOMMENDED… STAGE RAW TOP 10… anything goes… absurd situations, clever talk, and the idiocy of a social target, in this case, revenge and masculine honor” — Gray Palmer, Stage Raw
“A PITCH BLACK COMEDY… a contemporary comedy of manners plunged into the savage psychosexual terrain of Neil LaBute” — Bill Raden, LA Weekly
“DARKLY FUNNY… entertaining throughout, building to an exciting (and violent) climax… Pollono’s script is sharp and funny with quite a few tricks and reveals up its sleeve.” — Erin Conley, On Stage and Screen
“INTRIGUING… fast-moving, well-directed… strong performances… a bloody good time was had by all” — Rob Stevens, Haines His Way
“WOW!… EXHILARATING… audacious, irreverent, wholly original… as delightful and quirky as it is unpredictable… intoxicatingly entertaining” — Steven Stanley, Stage Scene LA