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Announcing Our 2015-16 Season
CenterStage has made it our mission to bring you the hottest new plays from the world's most talented young and established writers. Recent seasons have witnessed the early development of plays like Handle with Care, Imaging Madoff and My Mother's Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding before they went on to success Off-Broadway and in regional theaters. Last season's premiere productions of Naked in Encino and The Hit Factory were wildly well received by audiences and critics alike. For our 39th Season, we are again bringing hot, new Regional and World Premiere productions that continue to make us a destination theatre for audiences and playwrights.
CenterStage 39th Season
Oy Vey, It's the Calamari Sisters!
World Premiere - October 8-25, 2015
Created by Jay Falzone, Dan Lavender, and Stephen Smith
When Delphine and Carmela Calamari are hired to cater an event at a Jewish funeral home, there's no telling what they'll whip up in the kitchen. From matzah balls to meatballs and gefilte fish to baccala, the girls try desperately to bridge the cultural gap in the only way they know how — by singing, dancing, and cooking through memorable songs less-than-appropriate for your typical interment.
Coney Island Christmas
East Coast Premiere - December 5-20, 2015
by Donald Margulies, based on "The Loudest Voice" by Grace Paley
When a young Jewish girl is cast to play the role of Jesus in the school Christmas pageant, her immigrant parents struggle to balance their holiday traditions with their new role as Americans. This new play from Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Margulies weaves together nostalgia, music, merriment, and multi-holiday pageants into a delightful holiday show for people of all ages and all faiths.
The Hit Factory 2...Brill and Beyond
World Premiere Musical - February 6-21, 2016
Conceived and Written by Ralph Meranto and Sandy Foster
The team that brought you last year's sell-out sensation The Hit Factory is back with an all-new tribute to American popular music. Using last year's pop infused "Brill Building Sound" as jumping-off point, The Hit Factory 2 takes us to the end of that era as singer-songwriters became the norm and performers like Neil Diamond, Paul Simon, Neil Sedaka, Carol King and Bobby Darin became household names.
Other Desert Cities
Area Premiere - April 2-17, 2016
by Jon Robin Baitz
A searing comedy-drama in the tradition of August: Osage County and Bad Jews, the joys of a family reunion quickly unravel when a prodigal daughter returns to her family's Palm Springs home and announces plans to publish a childhood memoir. As her retired ambassador father, image-conscious mother, rehabbing aunt and ne'er-do-well brother team up to stop her, long-held family secrets continue to be revealed. This 2012 Broadway hit, from the author of Substance of Fire and the creator TV's Brothers and Sisters, was nominated for a Tony Award® for Best Play and a Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Ain't Misbehavin', the Fats Waller Musical
May 7-22, 2016
Music by Thomas "Fats" Waller
Conceived by Murray Horwitz and Richard Maltby Jr.
Tony Award® Winner, Best Musical
The Joint will be Jumpin' when the golden age of The Cotton Club and Savoy Ballroom get recreated in this rollicking, finger-snapping, toe-tapping and bawdy tribute to the Harlem Renaissance of the early 1900s. A stellar cast, including Di'ta Monique and Darren Frazier from The Hit Factory, sing the songs that made the inimitable "Fats" Waller an international sensation.
Interpreted Performance Dates to come soon.
Post Show Chats with the cast follow the first and second sunday matinee performances.
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