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    Meet the Storytellers

    The Brothers Size

    August 14 – September 8, 2024
    *Special Limited Engagement. Not included in subscription packages; see below for more information.

    Dragon Lady

    September 4 – October 6, 2024

    Waiting for Godot

    November 6 – December 15, 2024

    Noises Off

    January 29 – March 2, 2025

    Furlough's Paradise

    April 16 – May 18, 2025

    The Reservoir

    June 18 – July 20, 2025

    Artistic Director

    Tarell Alvin
    McCraney

    Tarell Alvin
    McCraney

    Introducing the inaugural season curated by Geffen Playhouse Artistic Director Tarell Alvin McCraney, featuring Los Angeles, West Coast, and world premieres, national and international collaborations, and more.

    Meet Tarell

    Artistic Director

    Tarell Alvin
    McCraney

    Tarell Alvin
    McCraney

    Introducing the inaugural season curated by Geffen Playhouse Artistic Director Tarell Alvin McCraney, featuring Los Angeles, West Coast, and world premieres, national and international collaborations, and more.

    Meet Tarell

    Dragon Lady

    SEP 4 – OCT 6, 2024

    PART I OF THE DRAGON CYCLE
    LOS ANGELES PREMIERE
    GIL CATES THEATER

    Written & Performed by Sara Porkalob
    Directed by Andrew Russell

    On the eve of her 60th birthday, Maria Porkalob Sr. fires up her new karaoke machine to regale her granddaughter Sara with her astonishing life story. As a lounge singer who escaped a gangster-controlled nightclub in Manila to become a free-range mother of five in the United States, Maria is a matriarch not to be trifled with. Broadway star and storyteller Sara Porkalob embodies dozens of characters in a trigenerational tour-de-force performance that fuses killer karaoke with laugh-out-loud comedy to tell her family’s incredible origin story.


    Waiting for Godot

    NOV 6 – DEC 15, 2024

    GIL CATES THEATER

    Written by Samuel Beckett
    Directed by Judy Hegarty Lovett
    Produced in Association with Gare St Lazare Ireland
    Featuring Conor Lovett, Aasif Mandvi & Rainn Wilson
    Additional casting to be announced.

    As Vladimir and Estragon wait and wait for the arrival of the elusive Godot, a cast of mysterious misfits interrupt their endless vigil in Samuel Beckett’s tragi-comic masterpiece that has captivated audiences for decades. Timeless and multi-layered, Waiting for Godot changed the course of contemporary drama and remains as resonant and riveting as ever. Gare St Lazare Ireland, “the unparalleled Beckett champions” according to the New York Times, bring their wit and skill to what promises to be a Godot for the ages featuring Conor Lovett (I’ll Find You, Versailles), Aasif Mandvi (Evil, The Daily Show), and Rainn Wilson (Thom Pain, The Office).





    Noises Off

    JAN 29 – MAR 2, 2025

    GIL CATES THEATER

    Written by Michael Frayn
    Directed by Anna D. Shapiro
    A Co-Production with Steppenwolf Theatre Company

    Doors slam, sardines fly, and trousers drop in Michael Frayn’s side-splitting British farce about a theater company desperately trying to get their act together. Both onstage and backstage, chaos reigns for a troupe of floundering actors whose forgotten lines, misplaced props, and steamy romantic entanglements make it nearly impossible for the show to go on. An uproarious love letter to the theater, Noises Off is a peek behind the curtain—where everything that can go wrong, does!





    Furlough's Paradise

    APR 16 – MAY 18, 2025

    WORLD PREMIERE
    GIL CATES THEATER

    Written by a.k. payne
    Directed by Tinashe Kajese-Bolden

    Cousins Sade and Mina used to be inseparable. Now leading very different lives, they return to their childhood town for the funeral of their mother and aunt. While Sade is on a three-day furlough from prison and Mina experiences a brief reprieve from her career and life on the West Coast, the two try to make sense of grief, home, love, and kinship. As the clock ticks down, the cousins grapple with their conflicting memories of the past and their shared hopes for the future. Poetic and theatrical, Furlough’s Paradise explores family dreams of a utopia yet to be realized.


    The Reservoir

    JUN 18 – JUL 20, 2025

    WORLD PREMIERE
    GIL CATES THEATER

    Written by Jake Brasch
    Directed by Shelley Butler
    In Partnership with Denver Center for the Performing Arts & Alliance Theatre

    Josh’s life is a mess. He’s come home to Denver from NYU to get his life together, but can’t manage to stay sober. Desperate for camaraderie, he decides to bring his four loveable grandparents on his road to recovery. He drags them to Jazzercise class. He pressures them into playing memory games. He forces them to eat spinach by the handful. And eventually, when he can no longer help his grandparents, they begin to help him. Served up with outrageous humor and truth, The Reservoir reminds us that sometimes the path forward isn’t the one we expect.




    Act of Creation

    Act of
    Creation

    A New Vision for the Audrey

    The Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater, founded as our intimate space for epic imagining, will live out its true mission to be a bold launching pad for new theatrical events. To engage and program tomorrow’s brightest and cutting-edge theater makers, we need time and space to roll up our sleeves, get our hands dirty, and create new theater from the fertile abundance of artistic relationships we’re nurturing locally, nationally, and internationally.

    A place to experiment is vitally important and the Audrey is about to buzz with numerous projects. Some will make their way to our main stage, others will live outside our walls, and others literally ON our walls, but all will be fresh, fearless, and exciting. In partnership with our neighbors and colleagues at UCLA, we will be inviting trailblazing artists and risk-taking audiences into our new play space with behind-the-scenes development and public programming all season long.

    The Brothers Size

    AUG 14 – SEP 8, 2024

    AUDREY SKIRBALL KENIS THEATER

    Written by Tarell Alvin McCraney
    Directed by Bijan Sheibani
    A Co-Production with The Shed

    Drawing from the rich tradition of the Yoruba people of West Africa, The Brothers Size is a modern-day fable about two brothers in the Deep South. Ogun, the elder brother, embodies hard work and reliability, while Oshoosi, formerly incarcerated, is seemingly carefree and unpredictable. Their relationship is tested when the charismatic Elegba arrives, tempting Oshoosi back to his old habits. As the brothers wrestle with loyalty, freedom, and duty, their humanity is revealed through a raw and heartfelt exploration of the bonds of brotherhood.

    Kicking off his inaugural season as Geffen Playhouse Artistic Director, Tarell Alvin McCraney’s acclaimed play The Brothers Size celebrates its 20th anniversary in the intimate Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater.



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