LIST OF PAST PLAYS
World Premiere of Building the Wall — The newest play by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan(The Kentucky Cycle, All the Way, Hacksaw Ridge), directed by award-winning Michael Michetti. It’s the very near future, and the Trump administration has carried out his campaign promise to round up and detain millions of immigrants. Now, a writer interviews the supervisor of a private prison as he awaits sentencing for carrying out the federal policy that has escalated into the unimaginable. This riveting, harrowing and illuminating drama delivers a powerful warning and puts a human face on the inhuman, revealing how when personal accountability is denied, what seems inconceivable becomes inevitable.
Building the Wall is produced at The Fountain Theatre as a part of a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere. Other partnering theaters are Borderlands Theatre (AZ), City Theatre (FL), Curious Theatre (CO), and Forum Theatre (DC), with support from Paul Prokop. For more information please visit nnpn.org.
Building the Wall website.
RUNAWAY HOME by Jeremy Kamps. World premiere. Three years after Hurricane Katrina, the unhealed wounds of New Orleans’s Lower 9th Ward continue to fester. In this powerful, funny and deeply moving Mother/Daughter story, fourteen-year-old runaway Kali embarks on a journey to pick through the wreckage of what used to be her life. Rhyming, stealing, and scamming her way through the still-destroyed neighborhood, engaging the vivid, lively denizens who remain, she grapples with the real cost of what she lost and is forced to confront the even higher cost of moving forward.
THE CHOSEN by Chaim Potok, adapted for the stage by Aaron Posner. LA Premiere. Directed by Simon Levy. 50th Anniversary production celebrating the publication of the beloved novel. From the theatre that brought you the smash hit My Name is Asher Lev. This funny, poignant and powerful story of fathers and sons, recognition and acceptance of “the other”, and the value of a purposeful life is a timeless classic and timely.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE by Stephen Sachs. World premiere. From the team that created the smash hit Cyrano, Arrival and Departure is a modern-day re-imagined deaf/hearing stage adaptation of the classic 1945 British film, Brief Encounter. Starring Troy Kotsur and his real-life wife actress Deanne Bray, a man and woman — both deaf and married to different people — meet accidentally in a train station. A friendship develops over time, escalating into a passionate love affair neither permit themselves to consummate. Not only an unforgettable love story, the re-imagined new play will dramatize the challenges of communication, social isolation, diversity and self-empowerment. And the necessity of human connection.
CITIZEN: AN AMERICAN LYRIC by Claudia Rankine, adapted for the stage by Stephen Sachs, directed by Shirley Jo Finney. At the Kirk Douglas Theatre. April/May. To launch CTG’s the first-ever Block Party festival celebrating the best of LA intimate theatre.
FREDDIE by Deborah Lawlor, directed by Frances Loy. Sept/Oct at Los Angeles City College Theatre Academy. Fountain Theatre inaugurates a new partnership with LA City College Theatre Academy to bring the unforgettable tale of dancer Freddie Herko to life in this bold, experimental theatre/dance hybrid.