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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Meet the Cast
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
. 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!