For this episode of the podcast, playwright and performer Dael Orlandersmith joins Neel in conversation about her latest play, “Until the Flood,” which is onstage at the Kirk Douglas Theatre January 24 – February 23, 2020. Dael is a Pulitzer Prize finalist and celebrated artist who is no stranger to Center Theatre Group, having developed many works with the organization including “Bones,” “Stoop Stories,” and “Forever.” Directed by Neel, “Until the Flood” explores the social uprising in Ferguson, Missouri following the shooting of teenager Michael Brown.
For this episode of the podcast, director Ruben Santiago-Hudson joins Michael in conversation about the Tony Award-winning production of August Wilson’s “Jitney,” which is onstage at the Mark Taper Forum November 22 – December 29, 2019. For nearly 30 years, Center Theatre Group has celebrated Wilson’s work, whether it be through productions at our theatres, educational programming, or assisting with his development process on the road to Broadway. We’re now going full circle in bringing the Broadway production of “Jitney” to the Taper—the final play of Wilson’s American Century Cycle to appear on Broadway.
For this episode of the podcast, we’re looking back at a conversation Michael had with playwright David Henry Hwang shortly before “Soft Power” made its World premiere at the Ahmanson Theatre in 2018. “Soft Power,” which began as a project we commissioned as part of our 50th Anniversary season, became a remarkable piece of theatre that is now making its New York premiere in a co-production with the Public Theater.
Center Theatre Group’s Artistic Director Michael Ritchie hosts “30 to Curtain,” a podcast featuring 30-minute interviews with some of the theatre artists creating work across the stages of the Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, and Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles.
Joining this episode of “30 to Curtain” is Neil Pepe, Artistic Director of the Atlantic Theatre Company and also the director of “A Play Is a Poem,” a new play by Ethan Coen currently making its World premiere at the Taper. He’s led the Atlantic Theatre since 1992. He’s back with Center Theatre Group, having previously directed on David Mamet’s “Two Unrelated Plays” and “Romance” and later Frank Gilroy’s “The Subject Was Roses.”
Joining us for this episode of “30 to Curtain” is theatre producer Kevin McCollum. Kevin has produced some legendary Broadway shows throughout his career, including “Rent,” “In the Heights,” and “The Play That Goes Wrong,” which joins us at the Ahmanson Theatre July 9 through August 11, 2019.