What’s The WORD at The Road?

Mark your calendars for The WORD onMonday nights at The Road Theatre in the NoHo Arts District.

Did you know? In addition to a full season of shows, The Road does a free Monday night reading series called The WORD.

“THE WORD is the first step for The Road Theatre Company to hear new works and it gives the company and the public a “first look”. Plays are meant to be heard and performed and this helps with the development of the play and sees if it translates from the page. The next phase would be our Summer Playwrights Festival, our Off Road, a few of the ways we have to help create new theatre and fulfill The Road Theatre Company’s mission statement.” Carlyle King, director of The Word Road Theatre Company artistic board member.


Located in the NoHo Senior Arts Colony
10747 Magnolia Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
(818) 761-8838


(PARKING: Limited parking in NoHo Senior Arts Colony as well as ample street parking)

November 13th: The Death and Life of Mary Jo Kopechne

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by By Peter Lefcourt

Directed by Terri Hanauer

Featuring: John Cragen, Richard Herd, Brian Ibsen, Ivy Khan, Tom Musgrave and Anna Zak

It’s 2:30 A.M, July 19th, 1969, twenty-four hours before astronauts land on the moon. Senator Edward M. Kennedy has driven his car into a pond on Chappaquiddick Island. He manages to escape; his 28-year-old passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, does not. Panicked, he returns to his hotel room, and while waiting for his blood alcohol to fall below the DUI level so he can report the accident and explain what he was doing with a young, unmarried woman en route to the beach at midnight, he is visited by his two dead brothers, JFK and RFK, and his stroke-ridden father, who help him do damage control and attempt to salvage his political career. An hour later, another unexpected guest shows up. Soaking wet.


November 20th: Dry Bones

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by James McManus

Directed by Jacob Smith

Featuring: Coronado Romero, Liz Fenning, Adam Meredith, Ivy Khan, and Allan Wasserman

“Boo and Half Pint are childhood friends growing up and fighting to get by in a dying factory town in Western Pennsylvania. In a swirl of love, anger, and lyricism, Dry Bones explores the journey of five intertwined lives and the price survival demands, when the world changes around you. This is the latest work from Princess Grace Award, Helen Merrill Playwriting Award, and New Dramatists member, James McManus.”

December 11th: And Away We Go

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by Terrence McNally

Directed by Pavel Cerny

Cast: Brian Graves, Lizzy Kimball, Judith Scarpone, Kimberly Alexander, Crash Buist, John Apicella and Samuel Martin Lewis

Times change, but life in the theatre remains the same: chaotic, sometimes brutal, but often euphoric. AND AWAY WE GO jumps through time from backstage in ancient Athens to a rehearsal at the Globe, from Versailles’ Royal Theatre to the first reading of a new play by Chekhov– with an unlikely stop at Corral Gables FL and the American premiere of Waiting for Godot along the way. “Terrence McNally plants a big wet kiss on his lifetime love– the theatre. A frolicsome valentine to the glorious, maddening, demanding world of footlights, spotlights and ghost lights”– New York Times

December 18th: When the Son is Shining

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by Jeffrey Fischer-Smith

Directed by Michael LaPolla

Sponsored by Carlyle King

Cast: Ann Hu, Chad Coe, Jessica Suzanne Wierzba, Coronado Romero, Allan Wasserman, Ann Hearn, Andrew Manardo

WHEN THE SON IS SHINING, the fifth in the nine-play cycle “An American Family,” is about survival. As 1960s America falls apart, so does a small Long Island family. Morality collapses on all fronts. Big and small family worlds are in upheaval. Father, mother, son, wife, neighbors – all find themselves pitted against each other. No one will arise unscathed but will their world completely unravel?

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Lisa Bianconi
Author: Lisa Bianconi

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