Theater

LeBron James joined the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2003, and the team’s fans waited 13 years for their first NBA championship.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Both Deaf and hearing performers will bring Beethoven’s only opera, “Fidelio,” to life this week. The LA Phil is collaborating with Deaf West Theatre.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

“Hooded or Being Black for Dummies” premiered on stage five years ago. As the play continues its LA run, the issues it explores remain relevant today.

‘Hooded or Being Black For Dummies’: Deadly serious satire about race in US

“Hooded or Being Black for Dummies” premiered on stage five years ago. As the play continues its LA run, the issues it explores remain relevant today.

from Greater LA

The story of Cyrano de Bergerac is now re-envisioned as a musical with Peter Dinklage as the lead, and instead of a big nose, his stature is what keeps him from love.

Peter Dinklage portrays Cyrano — without the big nose. Why the 1897 story stays relevant

The story of Cyrano de Bergerac is now re-envisioned as a musical with Peter Dinklage as the lead, and instead of a big nose, his stature is what keeps him from love.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Esa-Pekka Salonen returns to the LA Philharmonic as its conductor laureate after a 13-year departure. He wants to integrate virtual reality into the musical experience.

Marriage of music, theater, VR: Esa-Pekka Salonen wants to create new art

Esa-Pekka Salonen returns to the LA Philharmonic as its conductor laureate after a 13-year departure. He wants to integrate virtual reality into the musical experience.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Actor Andrew Garfield talks about portraying playwright Jonathan Larson in “tick, tick…BOOM!” and reprising the role of Spider-Man.

‘tick, tick…BOOM!’ star Andrew Garfield on art as medicine for the soul

Actor Andrew Garfield talks about portraying playwright Jonathan Larson in “tick, tick…BOOM!” and reprising the role of Spider-Man.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

This holiday season is being rocked by a global supply chain crunch and rising prices. So instead of buying a  physical gift, turn toward experiences.

Give experiences this holiday: city bike tour, hot air balloon ride, bungee jumping

This holiday season is being rocked by a global supply chain crunch and rising prices. So instead of buying a physical gift, turn toward experiences.

from Greater LA

Playwright Sarah Ruhl has spent 10 years recovering from Bell’s palsy, a mysterious and sudden facial paralysis, while juggling motherhood and a writing career.

With facial paralysis due to Bell’s palsy, this writer focused on her mind instead of her body

Playwright Sarah Ruhl has spent 10 years recovering from Bell’s palsy, a mysterious and sudden facial paralysis, while juggling motherhood and a writing career.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

At the start of the pandemic, performance artist Kristina Wong was feeling inessential. The world was on lockdown and her services weren’t in much demand.

Straight outta Koreatown to NYC stage: Kristina Wong shares story of her ‘Auntie Sewing Squad’

At the start of the pandemic, performance artist Kristina Wong was feeling inessential. The world was on lockdown and her services weren’t in much demand.

from Greater LA

Theater is beginning to return after almost a two-year hiatus, but female playwrights are feeling like they are getting the short end of the stick.

Female playwrights say leadership must change for theater to be more diverse and representative

Theater is beginning to return after almost a two-year hiatus, but female playwrights are feeling like they are getting the short end of the stick.

from Greater LA

The Foxhole Theater Company aims to bridge the gap between veterans and civilians, and bring stories that challenge stereotypical views of the military community.

Veterans reflect on the end of the Afghanistan War — in ‘The Ninth Door’ by Foxhole Theater Company

The Foxhole Theater Company aims to bridge the gap between veterans and civilians, and bring stories that challenge stereotypical views of the military community.

from Greater LA

almighty Opp is a puppet show, psychedelic concert, social experiment, and religious service — all in one.

almighty Opp: Puppet-based guerrilla theater feels like a religious experience

almighty Opp is a puppet show, psychedelic concert, social experiment, and religious service — all in one.

from Greater LA

“The Last, Best Small Town” premieres at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga Canyon this Saturday and runs through November 6.

‘The Last, Best Town’: How the American Dream differs for a Latino family and a white family in Fillmore

“The Last, Best Small Town” premieres at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga Canyon this Saturday and runs through November 6.

from Greater LA

A new virtual play by The Actors’ Gang details peoples’ experiences during the Great Depression. It’s called “ We Live On ” and runs through September 6.

‘We Live On’: Tim Robbins' Great Depression-era play aims to help us recover from COVID pandemic

A new virtual play by The Actors’ Gang details peoples’ experiences during the Great Depression. It’s called “ We Live On ” and runs through September 6.

from Greater LA

After 16 months of isolation, Angelenos are beginning to seek in-person arts and cultural events, but LA theaters continue to face big challenges as they try to keep the lights on.

LA theaters are looking to slowly reopen, but legislative challenges remain

After 16 months of isolation, Angelenos are beginning to seek in-person arts and cultural events, but LA theaters continue to face big challenges as they try to keep the lights on.

from Greater LA

The 400-year-old play is being reimagined by the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles as a virtual live-action graphic novel. You can stream it on-demand until July 30.

Shakespearean classic ‘Macbeth’ is reimagined as live-action graphic novel you can stream at home

The 400-year-old play is being reimagined by the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles as a virtual live-action graphic novel. You can stream it on-demand until July 30.

from KCRW Features

COVID-19 took a particular toll on theaters and venues, forcing them to shutter for more than a year.

Actor and activist Danny Glover supports CA measure looking to ‘save the performing arts’

COVID-19 took a particular toll on theaters and venues, forcing them to shutter for more than a year.

from KCRW Features

The series Chalk Lines includes five short plays written by LA playwrights, using immersive audio storytelling to bring to life unsung landmarks in West Adams, Leimert Park, Exposition…

LA playwrights create audio fiction along the Expo Line

The series Chalk Lines includes five short plays written by LA playwrights, using immersive audio storytelling to bring to life unsung landmarks in West Adams, Leimert Park, Exposition…

from Greater LA

Critics review “ In the Heights ,” the film adaptation of Lin Manuel Miranda’s 2008 Tony Award-winning musical, all about the Washington Heights neighborhood in New York City; “The…

‘In the Heights’ has thrilling musical numbers and big story, says critic

Critics review “ In the Heights ,” the film adaptation of Lin Manuel Miranda’s 2008 Tony Award-winning musical, all about the Washington Heights neighborhood in New York City; “The…

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Lin Manuel Miranda's breakout 2008 musical "In the Heights" won four Tony Awards. Now it’s been turned into a movie.

Lin Manuel Miranda’s ‘In the Heights’ explores love, joy, and dreams in Washington Heights

Lin Manuel Miranda's breakout 2008 musical "In the Heights" won four Tony Awards. Now it’s been turned into a movie.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand