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Kirk Douglas Theatre announces three main productions for 2010-11 season [Updated]

July 14, 2010 | 11:29 am


With the economy still soft and budgets still tight, Center Theatre Group announced Wednesday a lineup of three productions for the Kirk Douglas Theatre's 2010-11 season. Among the highlights is a revival of Martin McDonagh's "The Cripple of Inishmaan," directed by Tony-winner Garry Hynes, and "This," a new play from Melissa James Gibson.

Throughout the season, the theater will present works under its DouglasPlus series, featuring solo shows and other works. [Updated: a previous version of this post stated that the series presents works in progress. A CTG spokeswoman said that shows are fully produced with shorter runs.]

The season will kick off in the fall with "Venice" (Oct. 17-Nov. 14), a new musical from Matt Sax. The musical, which is a co-production with Kansas City Repertory, tells the story of two brothers who fight each other over how to save their city following a lengthy war. 

"Venice" was commissioned by CTG and received a workshop production as part of DouglasPlus in 2009. It premiered in Kansas City in April. [Updated: An earlier version of this post stated that "Venice" was a co-commission.]

McDonagh's "The Cripple of Inishmaan" (April 6 -May 1, 2011) is set in Ireland in 1934 and follows the inhabitants of a small town who learn that a Hollywood film will be made in their village. The revival production comes from Ireland's Druid Theatre Company and New York's Atlantic Theater Company, and is part of an eight-city, 14-week tour of the U.S.

The comedy had its L.A. debut at the Geffen Playhouse in 1998.

The third and final production of the season is "This" (Aug. 7-28, 2011), the latest play by Melissa James Gibson, which received critical accolades when it opened in late 2009 at Playwrights Horizons in New York. The drama follows a single mother who has shut down emotionally following the death of her husband.

Productions under the DouglasPlus umbrella will include Jamie Adkins “Circus INcognitus,” Tim Crouch's "The Author," Roger Guenveur Smith's "Juan and John" and Kirk Lynn's "The Method Gun."

-- David Ng

Photo: Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. Credit: Craig Schwartz


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