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A Letter from Michael Ritchie: October 2018

From the Center Theatre Group Program


Dear Community Member,
If you’ve never been to Center Theatre Group before, I want to welcome you to what I hope will be a wonderful experience. For those of you who are returning…it’s nice to have you back here with us!

At Center Theatre Group, we believe theatre creates an extraordinary connection between artists and audiences, and helps to create an energy that feeds a city, a culture, and a society. Theatre, at its best, reflects the community it serves. As one of the nation’s most influential nonprofit theatre companies, we proudly continue our 52-year tradition of using the art of theatre to broaden horizons and illuminate new perspectives.

Both of this month’s shows do just that. Dear Evan Hansen is a Broadway phenomenon that recently launched its national tour to 50 cities around the country. We feel very lucky to be presenting this production—with beautiful music, a top-notch company, and an important message—in Los Angeles.

Quack is a brand-new play by the wonderfully talented playwright Eliza Clark. It began its life in our L.A. Writers’ Workshop, a program that supports a group of local playwrights in the creation of new works over the course of a year. It’s a very sharp, very funny piece of theatre that also adds to the bigger conversation we’re having right now about privilege and power in America.

These two productions show you just a little bit of the breadth of the shows we present and produce at Center Theatre Group—which also includes the Mark Taper Forum. But what’s onstage is only a small fraction of our work, which also includes programs engaging artists, community members, and theatre’s next generation.

If you are entertained, excited, or enlightened by your experience at the theatre, please consider coming a little deeper into the fold of the Center Theatre Group family by becoming a subscriber, making a tax-deductible donation to support our nonprofit mission, or simply returning for more theatre. We’ll be happy to welcome you back! See you soon.


Michael Ritchie
Artistic Director

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