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Complimentary Wine Tasting
Sun, Aug 21
Free for patrons attending the 1pm matinee or 6:30pm performance.

Stage Talks
Wed, Aug 10
Wed, Aug 24

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Sat, Aug 27

Performance Length

1hr 40mns - no intermission

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Recommended for ages 16+

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


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“Marvelous play…. the work abounds in wit, cleverness and surprise.

The work’s comic ping emanates from a scary psychological place — one of the reasons it’s so amusing. Loss haunts the action, and when heartbreak hits in the play’s home stretch, it hits hard.”
- Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times

- Les Spindle, Backstage

A new American comedy every  bit as poetic as it is honest and revelatory. This captures forty-something life at its most vulnerable in a  narrative that charms, shocks and resonates.


There is your first adult life full of hope and promise, and  then there is your second adult life when an unexpected twist or turn  drastically diverts your course. In This, five friends navigate unforeseen circumstances without a  road map.

Fortunately, they have the insights and words of Melissa  James Gibson, who imbues every conversation with rhythm and grace. In her hands  language flows effortlessly with both amazing levity and profound weight, sometimes  contained in a single word as simple as “this.”


The cast features (in alphabetical order) Saffron Burrows (The Bank Job, Law & Order: Criminal Intent), Eisa Davis (Welcome to the Rileys), Glenn Fitzgerald (Dirty Sexy Money), Gilles Marini (Brothers & Sisters, Dancing With The Stars) and Darren Pettie (Mad Men).

By Melissa James Gibson, Directed by Daniel Aukin, Scenic Design by Louisa Thompson, Costume Design by Jessica Pabst, Lighting Design by Matt Frey, and Original Sound Design by Matt Tierney.

"... beautifully conceived, confidently executed and wholly  accessible work, which is not just her finest to date but also the best new play to open Off Broadway this fall."

- The New York Times

PARKING is FREE in Culver City!

FREE covered parking, after 6pm on weeknights and all day on weekends, is available under Culver City's City Hall at Culver Blvd and Duquesne Avenue. Enter on Duquesne.

Mix it up in The Lounge.

At the Douglas the energy isn’t confined to the stage.   The Lounge at the KDT is a perfect place for cocktails, conversation and tasty  treats.  Join us for a variety of special events including pre- and  post-show gatherings sponsored by some of Culver City’s finest eateries, Sunday  afternoon wine tastings, live performances and more.  Enjoy our full bar  and indulge in a liberal amount of mixing and mingling with the cast and other  Douglas-ites.

Read CTG Insider Views from Pier Carlo Talenti, Resident Dramaturg/Literary Manager.

Stage Talk - Wednesday,  Aug 10 – Participate Live ONLINEStage Talks

The August 10 Stage Talk for THIS at the Kirk Douglas Theatre will take  place immediately following the performance. These lively talk  backs are led by our artistic staff and give theatregoers a chance to hear  directly from the show’s creators and actors. Can’t be there in person? Watch  the LiveStream on or submit a question on Twitter @CTGLA or #CTGStageTalks.

Wine Tasting - Sunday, Aug 21, 2011

Ugo - An Italian CafePatrons attending the 1pm and 6:30pm performances of This on Sunday, Aug 21 are invited to join us in The Lounge for a complimentary wine tasting sponsored by Ugo - An Italian Cafe. The tasting will begin immediately following the 1pm matinee and continue until 1/2 hour before the evening performance. What better way to "wine" down your weekend?

Enjoy great deals at all of our Kirk Douglas Theatre Partners!


  • The Playwright Horizons
    production of This
    Melissa James Gibson
  • Directed by
    Daniel Aukin
  • Scenic Design by
    Louisa Thompson
  • Costume Design by
    Jessica Pabst
  • Lighting Design by
    Matt Frey
  • Original Sound Design by
    Matt Tierney
with (alphabetically)
  • Saffron Burrows
  • Eisa Davis
  • Glenn Fitzgerald
  • Gilles Marini
  • Darren Pettie





7/20/2011 This Program pdf
7/8/2011 This Casting Release doc
5/11/2011 This Calendar Release doc