The Road Theatre Turns 26!
As we close out 2016, we look back on the year and what we are thankful for, and we look forward to what 2017 will bring us. We are thankful our growing family of theatres here in the NoHo Arts District (and throughout L.A.). When you see a show in NoHo or throughout L.A., you are supporting the hard work, talent and creativity of the 99-seat theatre community.
The NoHo Arts District dot com team will always say: “NoHo is only as great as its people.” And we proudly include The Road Theatre in this group of fabulous NoHo folks. Since 1991, The Road has been brought world, West Coast, and L.A. premieres to the intimate stage. With 25 years of showcasing hundreds of new works, they have countless reasons to celebrate…and countless awards.
• 5 Stage Raw Recommended/Top 10 Productions
• 9 Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Circle Awards
• 15 Los Angeles Stage Alliance Ovation Awards
• 11 L.A. Weekly Awards
• 39 Back Stage West Garland Critics Citations Awards
• 6 Robby Awards
• 67 Valley Theatre League Artistic Director Achievement Awards
• 17 “Critic’s Choice” – Los Angeles Times
• 24 “Pick of the Week/Recommended/Go” – L.A. Weekly
• 19 “Critic’s Pick” – Back Stage West
“With the nation ever more fractured in an election year, we chose to present a selection of plays that explore the notion of identity: who we are alone, and who we are together. To that end, the Road was extremely proud and grateful to be given the rights to Edward Albee’s The Play About the Baby, granted by the playwright himself before his passing in September. Coming up this season, this excursion into identity examines violence and race in Bruce Graham’s White Man on the Bus, the experience of immigrants in the U.S. in Jeff Augustin’s gorgeous Little Children Dream of God, and a return to family identity in the wildly funny and moving The Lyons, by Nicky Silver. Our goal is to entertain, to illuminate, to open the door to real dialogue about how our society finds itself 25 years after the Road first opened its doors.” – Artistic Directors Taylor Gilbert and Sam Anderson
Join the Road for their 2016-17 Season! Here’s a preview of what’s coming to the Road stage.
Los Angeles Premiere
WHITE GUY ON THE BUS
By Bruce Graham
Directed by Stewart J. Zully
January 27 – March 18
At The Road on Magnolia
Ray, a white financial manager from an affluent neighborhood, has a loving wife and liberal family. Shatique is a black nursing student and single mom from the rough side of town. As they ride the same bus to the same gritty prison every week, they seem to be getting to know each other – until Ray reveals his shocking true purpose for taking these weekly rides. As the ties between Ray and Shatique spin into a complex web of moral ambiguity, revenge, and racial biases, they reach a stunning conclusion in this West Coast Premiere of the play the New York Times calls “a frank stare-down at racial perceptions today…an unsettling study in cultural disaffection that is likely to spark discussions afterward.”
West Coast Premiere
LITTLE CHILDREN DREAM OF GOD
By Jeff Augustin
Directed by Andre Barron
February 24 – April 15
At The Road on Magnolia
Having braved a perilous journey to escape a violent husband and a volatile political climate in her native Haiti, Sula is determined to find a better life in America for her unborn sun. She drifts ashore in Miami on an old rubber tire, eleven months pregnant and desperate not to give birth at sea. For a time she finds shelter in a ramshackle apartment building that houses a lively group of refugees, misfits, and people in need. But when Sula’s husband comes hunting her and the baby, Sula realizes she must banish the demons of her past to create a brighter future.
Los Angeles Premiere
By Nicky Silver
Directed by Scott Alan Smith
May 12 – July 1
At The Road on Lankershim
In this scathingly funny look at a family in crisis, the Lyons family is falling apart just when they need to pull together. Rita Lyons, in a heroic effort to keep the family united while her husband, Ben, is dying of cancer, has called their grown children together to say good-bye around his hospital bed. In the ensuing maelstrom of kvetching, guilt-giving, and recriminations, they discover that despite being a family, each of them is utterly isolated. Afraid of closeness and afraid of solitude, the Lyons are unexpectedly propelled into foreign territory- human connection.
In addition to a full season of shows, The Road does a Monday Night Reading Series called The WORD. They will also produce another Off-Road Workshop Series in Spring 2017, which is a new developmental workshop wing of the company that uses off-night theater space to explore and develop new plays. It gives writers, actors and directors space and time to develop works-in-progress, with audience for feedback to then continue developing their pieces toward full production. Then this summer they’ll host the 8th Annual Summer Playwrights Festival.
Artistic Directors Taylor Gilbert and Sam Anderson on the importance of the festival to the theatre, “The Road’s Summer Playwrights Festival offers a wonderfully compressed period of new works and voices from established and emerging playwrights brought to life by the Road ensemble and guest artists who interact in lively discussions with our audiences, different live bands each evening, great food and drink and a tremendous sense of community between artists and theatregoers. An unforgettable event.”
Congratulations, Road Theatre! Here’s to another 25 great years!
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