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Green Day's

American Idiot

Produced in Collaboration with Deaf West Theatre

October 2 – November 10, 2024

Mark Taper Forum

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ARTISTIC DIRECTOR SNEHAL DESAI’S DIRECTORIAL DEBUT AT THE MARK TAPER FORUM

INVIGORATING ORIGINALITY…. SHOULD THRILL GREEN DAY FANS WHILE RECRUITING LEGIONS OF NEW ONES.

A true rock opera … the music is thrilling: charged with urgency, rich in memorable melody and propulsive rhythms.

Slinging razor guitars, thundering drums, and an anti-hero named Johnny. Not the prelude of typical entries in the canon of musical theatre. But these elements herald a groundbreaking American musical all the same: with the burning passion of characters who yearn for something more, songs bursting with emotion, and a story that dares you to feel and celebrate and hope.

The music of Green Day and the lyrics of lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong captured the zeitgeist of a generation with its Grammy Award®-winning multi-platinum album. American Idiot puts those raw emotions front and center in a highly theatrical and thoroughly satisfying rock opera that burns up the stage.

The Center Theatre Group's production will be directed by Artistic Director Snehal Desai, produced in collaboration with Tony Award-winning Deaf West Theatre, and feature an ensemble of both Deaf and hearing actors, performing simultaneously in American Sign Language and English. CTG and Deaf West have a long history of bold and exciting collaborations, including Pippin, Sleeping Beauty Wakes, and Big River—which went on to have an acclaimed run on Broadway.

This production of American Idiot challenges us to stretch the canvas of traditional theatre, painting new possibilities by connecting the material to Deaf characters and digital innovation. The expressive power of American Sign Language will bring a vibrant symphony of meaning and emotion to the songs of Green Day.

—DJ Kurs, Artistic Director, Deaf West Theatre

To kick-off my first season, I am excited to make my CTG directorial debut at the Taper with a new take on Green Day’s American Idiot. This explosive musical will take on a whole new meaning when we join forces with our friends at Deaf West Theatre, for the fourth time in our history, to tell this punk rock and wholly American musical tale in both English and American Sign Language. Pair that with the timing of what is sure to be a memorable election year, and we have the makings of what I believe truly great theatre should be all about: timely, resonant, boundary-pushing, inclusive, and electrifying.

—Snehal Desai, Artistic Director, Center Theatre Group


Produced in collaboration with Deaf West Theatre
Artistic Director, DJ Kurs

To learn more about Deaf West Theatre, visit deafwest.org.


This production of Green Day’s American Idiot is licensed by Music Theatre International.


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Produced in Collaboration
with Deaf West Theatre
Music by Green Day
Lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong
Book by Billie Joe Armstrong & Michael Mayer
Choreography by Jennifer Weber
Directed by Snehal Desai

Venue Information

The Mark Taper Forum is located at 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles CA 90012.

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Ticket Prices

Prices start at $35.

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On sale: August 21, 2024

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Performance date: October 9, 2024

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Performance Length

The performance length is approx. one hour and 40 minutes, with no intermission.

Please Note

Green Day will not be performing in this presentation. Recommended for ages 16 and up.

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Performance date: October 17, 2024

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Accessibility and Amenities

Our ACCESS program is committed to accessibility for all audiences. We offer a number of services to accommodate persons requiring mobility, vision, and hearing access.

One Saturday matinee for every mainstage Center Theatre Group production is designated as an ACCESS performance. These performances are designed for patrons who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, and/or have low vision. ACCESS performances at the Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, and Kirk Douglas Theatre all offer American Sign Language interpretation and Audio Description.

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Performance date: November 2, 2024