CENTER THEATRE GROUP RECEIVES 76 SUBMISSIONS FOR INAUGURAL BLOCK PARTY AT THE KIRK DOUGLAS THEATRE
Center Theatre Group Will Remount Three Local Productions for Block Party Celebration
Selected Productions To Be Announced in December
Center Theatre Group received submissions from 76 local theatre companies from North Hollywood to San Pedro, Topanga to Sierra Madre for the inaugural Block Party: Celebrating Los Angeles Theatre at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Block Party will highlight some of the remarkable work being done on stages throughout Los Angeles by fully producing three previously staged productions. For a full list of the theatre companies who submitted an application to be considered, please download the PDF to the right.
Three productions will be selected for presentation at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, April 14 through May 21, 2017. Each production will have a two-week run with 11 performances and will be part of a three-month collaboration with Center Theatre Group. The visiting companies and their productions will receive the full support of Center Theatre Group and its staff in order to fund, stage and market each production. The three visiting companies invited to join Block Party will be announced in December.
“I’m excited to get artists and arts administrators we haven’t worked with before into our building,” said Center Theatre Group Associate Producer Lindsay Allbaugh. “More collaboration can only strengthen our community as a whole, and our community’s national reputation.”
Center Theatre Group accepted submissions for Block Party from intimate theatre companies in the greater Los Angeles area. Each company was able to submit one of its productions that opened between January 1, 2015, and August 12, 2016. With Block Party, Center Theatre Group hopes to strengthen relationships within the Los Angeles community, create additional avenues for the organization to become familiar with local playwrights, actors, directors and designers, and foster relationships between Center Theatre Group staff and the staff at theatre companies throughout Los Angeles.
Block Party receives generous support from Joni and Miles Benickes and Aliza and Marc Guren.
Center Theatre Group has a long history of pairing with local theatre companies including the Deaf West production of “Big River” which was produced at the Mark Taper Forum in 2002 and went on to Broadway before returning to the Ahmanson Theatre in 2005 as part of a national tour. More recently, Center Theatre Group partnered with Ebony Repertory Theatre for the remounting of “A Raisin in the Sun” (which played at the Douglas), 24th Street Theatre’s “Walking the Tightrope” (also at the Douglas) and other productions around the city such as “The Behavior of Broadus” (with Burglars of Hamm and Sacred Fools Theater Company) and “Birder” (with The Road Theatre Company).
Center Theatre Group, one of the nation’s preeminent arts and cultural organizations, is Los Angeles’ leading nonprofit theatre company, programming seasons at the 736-seat Mark Taper Forum and 1600 to 2000-seat Ahmanson Theatre at The Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles, and the 317-seat Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. In addition to presenting and producing the broadest range of theatrical entertainment in the country, Center Theatre Group is one of the nation’s leading producers of ambitious new works through commissions and world premiere productions and a leader in interactive community engagement and education programs that reach across generations, demographics and circumstance to serve Los Angeles.
The Kirk Douglas Theatre is located at 9820 Washington Blvd. in Culver City, CA 90232. Ample free parking and restaurants are adjacent.
October 12, 2016