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Different Words For The Same Thing



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Special Events
Project D.A.T.E.

Direct Access Theatre Experience
Date; May 24, 2014
On Sale:  Feb 4, 2014

Stage Talks

May 14 at 8:00pm
May 28 at 8:00pm

Performance Length

Approx. one hour and
50 minutes with no intermission


June 5 at 7:00pm

Be Aware

Recommended for ages 14+
Mature content and descriptive violence.

Children 6 and under who may cry or fidget are never admitted.


CTG Show Guide for Parents

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A Funny and Moving New American Play.

"Sensitively executed sentimental family drama, suggestive of a new generational take on Our Town."

The Hollywood Reporter

Thirteen years and 1,800 miles separate Alice from her childhood home. But after one phone call, the small-town streets and characters that once shaped her come rushing back and threaten to never let her go.

Under the direction of Neel Keller, who helmed last season’s thriller The Nether, one of the largest cast in KDT history brings three generations of a multi-ethnic middle-America family to unforgettable life.

"…it's good to see Center Theatre Group bestow such an attractive production on a work by a promising playwriting talent. Neel Keller…stages 'different words' with a lyrical simplicity on a set by Sarah Krainin that dissolves and reconfigures with filmic ease. This is a sure-footed ensemble offering."

Los Angeles Times

Kimber Lee, a vibrant new voice in the American theatre and the recipient of the prestigious PoNY fellowship awarded by the Lark Play Development Center, weaves an intricate tapestry of contemporary Americana.

"Keller and company imbue Lee's sweet play with a quietly affecting blend of humor and poignancy...the ensemble effort is sublime."

EDGE Los Angeles

Fans of vigorous new works like The Nether and The Royale and of landmark American dramas such as Our Town and Joe Turner’s Come and Gone will fall under the spell of this play as it unfolds the secret joys and heartbreak of the family at its core.

"Kimber Lee is a remarkable writer who nails each character with only a few phrases or words, regardless of language. These words are stunningly real and evocative…A brilliant work that should not be missed."

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Go inside the casting process of different words for the same thing in this article.

Meet the Cast

different words for the same thing

What is your family recipe?
Be a part of our Community Cookbook

Everyone has that traditional family recipe or meal that is steeped in memory, story and nostalgia. Maybe it’s Dad’s special waffles that he would make on rainy Sunday mornings, or Grandma’s oyster soup that no-one really enjoyed but was an indispensable part of your Christmas tradition. Maybe you finally cracked the code on your Tío’s famous "Birthday Birria” recipe or have a killer cornbread combo that has been passed down through three generations.

We invite you to share your recipe with us, so that we can include it in our different words Community Cookbook – celebrating all the diverse culinary traditions of the Kirk Douglas Theatre community.

Please send the recipe to In addition, we’d love to get a short anecdote about the recipe and a picture of the finished dish or any other media that will help tell the unique story of your favorite family food.

Once the production is complete, you’ll receive a free digital copy of the book.

Share your tradition with us!


  • By
    Kimber Lee
  • Directed by
    Neel Keller

  • Set Designer
    Sarah Krainin
  • Costume Designer
    Candice Cain
  • Lighting Designer
    Geoff Korf
  • Composer and Sound Designer
    Paul James Prendergast
  • Sam Anderson
  • Jackie Chung
  • Stephen Ellis
  • Monica Horan
  • Devin Kelley
  • Rebecca Larsen
  • Savannah Lathem
  • Erick Lopez
  • Malcolm Madera
  • Alyson Reed
  • Hector Atreyu Ruiz
  • José Zuniga

Donor Recognition

The Los Angeles production of different words for the same thing is generously supported in part by Artistic Director’s Circle member Timothy Regler.



5/7/2014 World Premiere PDF
4/23/2014 different words for the same thing Program pdf
4/11/2014 Rehearsals PDF
3/27/2014 Cast PDF
2/27/2014 different words for the same thing Calendar