Being Transparent with Adina Verson
Happy Jewish American Heritage Month! Since 2006, the United States recognizes and celebrates Jewish contributions to American culture while reflecting on the history and challenges the community has faced throughout the month of May.
‘Jokesters’ at Center Theatre Group
HAPPY APRIL! It’s the month that starts off with dad jokes, belly laughs, prank calls, and awkward moments where you pretend to laugh at your director’s less-than-funny jokes. But for pranksters and comedians, this is the time to shine. Comedy is a unique tool that helps artists communicate their stories through laughs and cackles. It’s a sto...
Rising From the Ashes
Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 spent the first week of rehearsal at the historic headquarters of the Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC). The city of Watts is both directly tied to the L.A. Uprising and a hub of community action, protest, and advocacy since the 1960s.
A Haunted History: Ghastly Ghosts of Center Theatre Group’s Past
This month’s 2:22 – A Ghost Story at the Ahmanson Theatre follows a couple and their friends as they attempt to discover what is haunting their home at 2:22 am each evening. But 2:22 – A Ghost Story isn’t the only spectral sensation to have appeared on our stages. Take a look back at some of the spooky stories that have graced our stages....
Scenes from the Vault—Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
When the World premiere of Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo was produced at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in 2009, an exciting artistic partnership between Center Theatre Group and Rajiv Joseph was born. Not only was it Joseph’s first large-scale production at a major regional theatre, but the following year, the show was trasnferred to the Mark Taper...
Scenes from the Vault: Zoot Suit
When Center Theatre Group’s Founding Artistic Director Gordon Davidson met with Luis Valdez to commission a play that was quintessentially Los Angeles—what came from their meeting redefined theatre history. When Luis Valdez’s Zoot Suit first premiered at the Mark Taper Forum in association with Teatro El Campesino in 1978, it made history as...
Exposing America's History Onstage
With America preparing for its annual 4th of July celebration—albeit in a physically distanced way, perhaps unlike any time before—it must be remembered that the meaning of independence has never been equally applied to all Americans. This point is clearly taking center stage in the national dialogue, especially leading into this year’s Indep...
Community, Empowerment & Being Human in August Wilson’s 'Jitney'
It’s the fall of 1977 in the Hill District. The urban area just west of downtown Pittsburgh is predominantly African American, and in a time of de facto segregation, untraveled by run-of-the-mill taxis. Transportation options are limited, and unlicensed “jitney” cabs are as common there as legal yellow cabs are in white neighborhoods.