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'A Play Is a Poem' Calendar


September – October 2019


“A Play Is a Poem”

By Ethan Coen

Directed by Neil Pepe

World Premiere

In Association with Atlantic Theater Company


“A Play Is a Poem” is a new collection of five one acts by Ethan Coen set in the hillbilly hollows of Appalachia, the executive suites of Hollywood, a New York tenement apartment, the smoke-filled office of a Los Angeles private eye and a magnolia-scented gazebo in Natchez, Mississippi. Each place holds a different story – together they offer an eccentric look at life across America that only Ethan Coen could deliver.


Previews begin September 11. Opens September 21. Through October 13, 2019.

Previews (September 11 – 20): Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2:30 and 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m. No Monday performance.

Opens Saturday, September 21 at 8 p.m.

Regular Performances (September 22 – October 13): Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. No Monday performances.

Exceptions: No 2:30 p.m. performance on Saturday, September 21.


Tickets go on sale to the general public on July 24 (subject to change).

Ticket Prices: $25 – $110 (Ticket prices are subject to change.)

Tickets will be available online at, by calling Audience Services at (213) 972-4400 or in person at the Center Theatre Group Box Office. Groups: (213) 972-7231. Deaf community: Information and charge, visit Groups: (213) 972-7231. Deaf Community: Information and charge, visit


Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum

At The Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A. 90012

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July 16, 2019