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2019-20 Season

We are proud to present to you, dear reader, our 2019-20 season. Over the past months (and in some cases, years) we have worked to secure great plays for you and yours, and so, without further ado, here is our slate of vibrant, thought-provoking, fresh and funny new work by a diverse group of playwrights, each of whom explores important social and cultural issues from a wholly unique perspective.

Over the course of 16 months, we will offer up a series of Los Angeles, California, Southern California, West Coast and world premieres that tackle questions of politics, racism, gun control, human rights, cultural identity and more.

“Our 2019-20 season is our most ambitious ever. It perfectly reflects who and what we are as a theater organization. It’s a season of diversity, a rich mixture of new plays representing a wide variety of communities. Our goal is for Los Angeles to see itself on our stage, and this season certainly offers that.” -Stephen Sachs, Co-Artistic Director.

 

The season opens in February, taking us all the way to Spring 2020 with six exciting productions: the West Coast premiere of Hype Man by Idris Goodwin; the Southern California premiere of Daniel’s Husband by Michael McKeever; the California premiere of Hannah and the Dread Gazebo by Jiehae Park; the Los Angeles premiere of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama-winning Between Riverside and Crazy by Stephen Adly Guirgis; the world premiere of Jane Doe by Stephen Sachs; and the Los Angeles premiere of If I Forget by Steven Levenson. In addition, the Fountain will continue to offer its acclaimed Forever Flamenco dance series every month.


 

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We thrilled to kicks off 2019 with our “FemFest” reading series. First up: Lauren Gunderson’s provocative Natural Shocks gets four weeks of staged readings at the Fountain, each weekend spearheaded by a different theater company. In addition to the Fountain, Rogue MachineEcho Theater Company and Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble will cast performances of this darkly hilarious tour-de-force by the most-produced playwright in America. Based on Hamlet’s “To be or not to be” soliloquy, Natural Shocks bursts to life when we meet a woman waiting out an imminent tornado in her basement. She overflows with quirks, stories, and a final secret that puts the reality of guns in America in your very lap. All of the readings will be directed by Ebony Repertory Theatre associate artistic director Andi Chapman.

Further, we’re hosting a breathtaking potpourri of readings of new plays from members of the L.A. theatre community: The Martyr of Moscow by Stephanie Satie, Body Beautiful by Leigh Curran, The Last Night of Schererazade by Paula Cizmar, and Little Theatre by Justin Tanner.

More info about all of the community readings & Natural Shocks on the FemFest Hub


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A dazzling one-night celebrity reading of the classic 1939 screenplay “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” reimagined with Smith as a woman. An idealistic newly-appointed female Senator finds herself fighting corruption in male-dominated Washington. Starring Bellamy Young (Scandal), Sam Waterston (Law & Order), Joshua Malina (The West Wing, Scandal), Jeff Perry (Scandal) and more. Performed in the beautiful Los Angeles City Hall Council Chambers.

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Full event info on the Ms. Smith website.


 

Feb. 23 – April 14, 2019
West Coast premiere of Hype Man — In Idris Goodwin’s “break beat play,” a diverse hip-hop trio is on the verge of making it big on national TV when a police shooting of a Black teen shakes the band to its core, forcing them to confront questions of race, gender, privilege and when to use artistic expression as an act of social protest. Winner, 2018 Elliot Norton Award. Directed by Deena Selenow.

More info about Hype Man, here.


 

Dan Husband Season

May 4 – June 23, 2019
Southern California premiere of Daniel’s Husband  — Michael McKeever’s witty, passionate, funny and, ultimately, heartrending play takes an unflinching look at how we choose to tie the knot — or not. Daniel and Mitchell are the perfect couple. What isn’t so perfect is that Daniel desperately longs to be married, but Mitchell doesn’t believe in it. Then, a life-altering event forces both men to realize that, even in an enlightened society, the denial of fundamental rights leads to devastating results. Starring Bill BrochtrupTim Cummings and Jenny O’Hara; directed by Simon Levy.


 

July 13 – Sept 1, 2019
California premiere of Hannah and the Dread Gazebo — Hannah is two weeks away from becoming a board-certified neurologist when she receives a strange package from her grandmother, who may—or may not—have just ended her life in a most flamboyant fashion. The mystery leads Hannah and her family on a surreal, funny, heartbreaking adventure back to their roots in South and North Korea and the forbidden Demilitarized Zone that divides them. Wildly theatrical, Jiehae Park’s startling new comedy twists together creation myths and family histories to explore what it means to walk the edge between cultures.


 

Riverside Season

Sept. 21 – Nov. 10, 2019
Los Angeles premiere of Between Riverside and Crazy   You can’t beat City Hall, but you can try. In this darkly comic, 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by Stephen Adly Guirgis, ex-cop and recent widower Walter ‘Pops’ Washington has made a home for his newly paroled son in his sprawling, rent-controlled Riverside Drive apartment. But now the NYPD is demanding his signature to close an outstanding lawsuit, the landlord wants him out, the liquor store is closed, and the church is on his back — leaving Pops somewhere between Riverside… and crazy.


 

Jane Doe Season

Jan. 18 – March 8, 2020
World premiere of Jane Doe — In this contemporary retelling of the 1941 Frank Capra classic film Meet John Doe adapted by Fountain Theatre co-artistic director Stephen Sachs (Cyrano, Arrival & Departure, Citizen: An American Lyric), a newspaper writer fabricates a letter to his column from an imaginary homeless woman named “Jane Doe” who announces she will kill herself on the 4th of July because of greedy corporations, corrupt politicians and how hostile and heartless the world has become. When the writer hires a woman to stand-in as the fictitious “Jane”, a national movement is ignited by citizens aching for a savior.


 

Forget Season

March 28 – May 17, 2020
Los Angeles premiere of If I Forget — Simon Levy directs this powerful tale of a Jewish family and a culture at odds with itself by Steven Levenson (book-writer of the hit musical Dear Evan Hansen). Michael is a liberal Jewish studies professor reuniting with his two sisters to celebrate their father’s 75th birthday. A political and deeply personal play about history, responsibility, and what we’re willing to sacrifice for a new beginning, told with vicious humor and unflinching honesty. If I Forget was a New York Times “Critic’s Pick,” while DC Metro calls it “one of the greatest Jewish plays of this century.”