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"Linda Vista" Opens at Taper


Tracy Letts’ Play Will Continue Through February 17, 2019

Currently in previews, the Steppenwolf Theatre Company production of Tracy Letts’ “Linda Vista” will open on January 16 at 8 p.m. at Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum. Directed by Dexter Bullard, the production will run through February 17, 2019.

The cast includes, in alphabetical order, Ian Barford, Tim Hopper, Sally Murphy, Caroline Neff, Chantal Thuy, Cora Vander Broek and Troy West.

The creative team features scenic design by Todd Rosenthal, costume design by Laura Bauer, lighting design by Marcus Doshi and sound design by Richard Woodbury. Edward Sobel is the dramaturg and the production stage manager is David S. Franklin.

Letts’ bitingly hilarious play “Linda Vista” tells of Wheeler, a 50-year-old man who is floating. His marriage is over, his job is mundane and the best years of his life appear to be behind him. A move from the cot in his ex-wife’s garage to his own apartment opens up new possibilities for love, sex and maybe a taste of redemption.

Full of opinions, yet short on self-examination, Wheeler must reconcile the man he has become with the man he wants to be in this searing new work that Hedy Weiss of the Chicago Sun-Times called “a male midlife crisis tragicomedy of epic proportions.” The Wall Street Journal’s Terry Teachout said “Linda Vista” “might just be Mr. Letts’ best play yet.”

Tracy Letts is an award-winning playwright, actor and Steppenwolf ensemble member. He is the author of plays “Mary Page Marlowe,” “The Scavenger’s Daughter,” “Superior Donuts,” “August: Osage County” (Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award), “Man from Nebraska” (Pulitzer Prize finalist), “Bug” and “Killer Joe.” Also an actor, he received the 2013 Tony Award for Best Actor in Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.” TV and film credits include “Lady Bird,” “The Lovers,” “Christine,” “Elvis and Nixon,” “The Big Short,” HBO’s “Divorce” and two seasons as Senator Lockhart on Showtime’s “Homeland.”

“Linda Vista” was commissioned by and the world premiere presented at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago, IL in April 2017.

Center Theatre Group, one of the nation’s preeminent arts and cultural organizations, is Los Angeles’ leading nonprofit theatre company, which, under Artistic Director Michael Ritchie, programs seasons at the 736-seat Mark Taper Forum and 1600 to 2100-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.

Tickets are available online at, by calling Audience Services at (213) 628-2772 or in person at the Center Theatre Group Box Office (at the Ahmanson Theatre at The Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles). Tickets range from $30 – $99 (ticket prices are subject to change). The Mark Taper Forum is located at The Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A. 90012.

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January 11, 2019