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Special Events

Stage Talks
Oct 20 & 27, 2010

Target Young Audiences Performances
Nov 2, 3, 9, 10, 2010

Project  D.A.T.E.
Direct Access Theatre Experience
Nov 6, 2010

Nov 18, 2010

Performance Length

2hrs 30mins

Be Aware

Recommended for ages 13+

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


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A new  synthesis of rhythm and rock opera no fan of either art form should pass up.”

- Bob Verini, Variety

“The year’s best musical! Though early in its creative life, the next major American musical could well be in the making.”
- Time Magazine

A  next generation Broadway musical that uses the vocabulary of hip-hop while sampling Othello and Brecht to spin an epic tale of struggle and redemption  sure to entertain audience members from 15 to 50 to 150.

Matt Sax and Eric Rosen, creators of the 2007 audience  favorite Clay, return triumphantly  to the Douglas with Venice, an ambitious new musical with a highly original score that  fuses hip-hop, R & B and even opera.

Set in the not-too-distant future, this tale of two brothers with conflicting ideas of how to lead a city caught in a terrorist war is a visionary new theatrical work filled with love, politics, treachery, tragedy and exhilarating music.

The choreography team for Venice includes John  Carrafa who received Tony Award Nominations for Urinetown and Into  the Woods and a 2007 Media Choreography Award for his work on The Polar  Express and Tanisha Scott who’s diverse resume includes everything from  Alicia Keys’ As I Am tour to the music video for Beyonce’s Upgrade U to the feature film Notorious for 20th Century Fox. 

A co-production with Kansas City Repertory Theatre.

PARKING is FREE in Culver City!

We offer FREE covered parking at Culver City's City Hall, after 6pm on weeknights and all day on weekends! (Enter on Duquesne Avenue.)

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.

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

Audience Feedback about Venice

Loved it! A modern entertaining twist on the traditional musical format.
- Meredith. West Los Angeles.

LA Times Reviewer just didn't GET this show! I'm an old lady, and I was VERY willing to "suspend disbeilef." I enjoyed all the music, and even left singing I Can See the Sunrise....
- Kathy Wexler. Culver City. 

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Venice is Recommended by the LA Stage Alliance

O! Ovation Recommended The LA Stage Alliance Ovation Voters, a body of theatre professionals selected annually through a rigorous application/interview process by the Ovation Review Committee, has determined through their votes cast, that Venice is ranked in the top 20% of all registered productions in the 'Overall Production' category.


  • Book
    Eric Rosen
  • Music
    Matt Sax
  • Lyrics
    Matt Sax & Eric Rosen
  • Additional Music
    Curtis Moore
  • Directed by
    Eric Rosen

  • Set and Costume Design
    Meghan Raham
  • Lighting Design
    David Weiner
  • Sound Design, Music Production, Incidental Music
    Joshua Horvath
  • Projections
    Jason H. Thompson
  • Music Direction
    Curtis Moore
  • Choreography
    John Carrafa and Tanisha Scott
  • Uzo Aduba
  • Erich Bergen
  • Rodrick Covington
  • J.D. Goldblatt
  • Andrea Goss
  • Preston Mui
  • Javier Muñoz
  • Victoria Platt
  • Angela Wildflower Polk
  • Matt Sax
  • Donald Webber, Jr.
  • Morgan Weed





9/2/2010 Venice Cast Announcement doc
7/20/2010 Venice Calendar doc