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Current Productions

Lights Out: Nat "King" Cole

February 5 - March 24, 2019
Written by Colman Domingo & Patricia McGregor
Directed by Patricia McGregor
Music Supervision by John McDaniel
Choreography by Edgar Godineaux
Tap and Additional Choreography by Jared Grimes

In this highly theatrical exploration into the soul of an American icon, Tony and Olivier Award-nominee Colman Domingo and Patricia McGregor imagine Nat "King" Cole as he faces the final Christmastime broadcast of his groundbreaking variety show and weighs the advice of his friend Sammy Davis Jr. to "go out with a bang." Songs such as "Nature Boy," "It's a Good Day" and "Unforgettable" underscore this innovative look at one of America's greatest talents. Starring Emmy Award-nominee Dulé Hill (West Wing, Stick Fly, Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk) as Nat "King" Cole and Daniel J. Watts (Hamilton, Memphis) as Sammy Davis Jr.
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Black Super Hero Magic Mama

March 5 - April 14, 2019
Written by Inda Craig-Galván
Directed by Robert O'Hara

In a comic book world from the mind of a 14-year-old boy, Sabrina becomes superhero Maasai Angel to take on her arch villains. Enter Lady Vulture, Human Hyena and more. Compared to the pain of her real world, this battle is child’s play.
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The Niceties

April 9 - May 12, 2019
Written by Eleanor Burgess
Directed by Kimberly Senior
Featuring Lisa Banes & Jordan Boatman

In this “barnburner of a play” (The Washington Post), two extraordinary women square off in a high-stakes academic debate over race, reputation and who gets the final word on how American history is written. When university professor Janine and her brilliant student Zoe don’t see eye to eye, their routine office hours discussion unexpectedly careens off course—and threatens to derail their careers, lives and the status quo.
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Invisible Tango

May 7 - June 16, 2019
Created & Performed by Helder Guimarães
Directed by Frank Marshall
Original Music by Moby

Magic sensation Helder Guimarães returns to the Geffen with the world premiere of his one-man show, Invisible Tango. Directed by legendary film producer and director Frank Marshall (Jurassic World, Indiana Jones, Goonies, Back to the Future), Invisible Tango explores the nature of secrets and how far we are willing to go to discover them. In the midst of the information age and our culture of over-sharing, Guimarães challenges our interaction with the unknown and explores how we can embrace the magic of wonder and mystery. Guimarães last amazed and charmed Geffen audiences in the smash hit Nothing to Hide, the two-man magic show that extended four times before transferring to New York.
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Backstage at the Geffen

Sunday, May 19, 2019
Join us on Sunday, May 19, 2019 as we honor Harry Belafonte and Lily Tomlin to help raise much needed funds to support the Geffen Playhouse’s artistic initiatives and Education and Community Engagement programs, which serve more than 15,000 disadvantaged youth, students, veterans, seniors and community members each year.
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Mysterious Circumstances

June 11 - July 14, 2019
Written by Michael Mitnick
Inspired by The New Yorker article "Mysterious Circumstances: The Strange Death of a Sherlock Holmes Fanatic" by David Grann
Directed by Matt Shakman

Based on a true story, Richard Lancelyn Green, the world's foremost scholar on Sherlock Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is found dead in his London apartment. With multiple suspects and competing motives, Green's death raises questions that may be answered only by Holmes himself. Inspired by The New Yorker article by David Grann (The Lost City of Z, Killers of the Flower Moon), this world premiere play by Michael Mitnick (Drama Desk Award nominee for Fly By NightThe Siegel) is an ode to literature's most cerebral detective and a meditation on the line between love and obsession.
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2019/2020 Season

August 20, 2019 - July 19, 2020
Join us for the 2019/2020 Geffen Playhouse season, which features a visionary line-up of hilarious comedies, tried-and-true classics and brand new theatrical experiences that will thrill and delight audiences. This season, we welcome to our stage Tony Award winner Idina Menzel (Rent, Wicked), Emmy Award nominee Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) and Academy Award nominee Andy Garcia (Ocean’s Eleven), starring in a parade of not-to-be-missed productions of some of the most innovative theater happening anywhere!
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Upcoming Productions

The Niceties

April 9 - May 12, 2019
Written by Eleanor Burgess
Directed by Kimberly Senior
Featuring Lisa Banes & Jordan Boatman

In this “barnburner of a play” (The Washington Post), two extraordinary women square off in a high-stakes academic debate over race, reputation and who gets the final word on how American history is written. When university professor Janine and her brilliant student Zoe don’t see eye to eye, their routine office hours discussion unexpectedly careens off course—and threatens to derail their careers, lives and the status quo.
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Invisible Tango

May 7 - June 16, 2019
Created & Performed by Helder Guimarães
Directed by Frank Marshall
Original Music by Moby

Magic sensation Helder Guimarães returns to the Geffen with the world premiere of his one-man show, Invisible Tango. Directed by legendary film producer and director Frank Marshall (Jurassic World, Indiana Jones, Goonies, Back to the Future), Invisible Tango explores the nature of secrets and how far we are willing to go to discover them. In the midst of the information age and our culture of over-sharing, Guimarães challenges our interaction with the unknown and explores how we can embrace the magic of wonder and mystery. Guimarães last amazed and charmed Geffen audiences in the smash hit Nothing to Hide, the two-man magic show that extended four times before transferring to New York.
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Backstage at the Geffen

Sunday, May 19, 2019
Join us on Sunday, May 19, 2019 as we honor Harry Belafonte and Lily Tomlin to help raise much needed funds to support the Geffen Playhouse’s artistic initiatives and Education and Community Engagement programs, which serve more than 15,000 disadvantaged youth, students, veterans, seniors and community members each year.
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Mysterious Circumstances

June 11 - July 14, 2019
Written by Michael Mitnick
Inspired by The New Yorker article "Mysterious Circumstances: The Strange Death of a Sherlock Holmes Fanatic" by David Grann
Directed by Matt Shakman

Based on a true story, Richard Lancelyn Green, the world's foremost scholar on Sherlock Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is found dead in his London apartment. With multiple suspects and competing motives, Green's death raises questions that may be answered only by Holmes himself. Inspired by The New Yorker article by David Grann (The Lost City of Z, Killers of the Flower Moon), this world premiere play by Michael Mitnick (Drama Desk Award nominee for Fly By NightThe Siegel) is an ode to literature's most cerebral detective and a meditation on the line between love and obsession.
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2019/2020 Season

August 20, 2019 - July 19, 2020
Join us for the 2019/2020 Geffen Playhouse season, which features a visionary line-up of hilarious comedies, tried-and-true classics and brand new theatrical experiences that will thrill and delight audiences. This season, we welcome to our stage Tony Award winner Idina Menzel (Rent, Wicked), Emmy Award nominee Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) and Academy Award nominee Andy Garcia (Ocean’s Eleven), starring in a parade of not-to-be-missed productions of some of the most innovative theater happening anywhere!
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2019-2020 Season

2019/2020 Season

August 20, 2019 - July 19, 2020
Geffen Playhouse
Join us for the 2019/2020 Geffen Playhouse season, which features a visionary line-up of hilarious comedies, tried-and-true classics and brand new theatrical experiences that will thrill and delight audiences. This season, we welcome to our stage Tony Award winner Idina Menzel (Rent, Wicked), Emmy Award nominee Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) and Academy Award nominee Andy Garcia (Ocean’s Eleven), starring in a parade of not-to-be-missed productions of some of the most innovative theater happening anywhere!

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Gil Cates Theater Season


Idina Menzel

Skintight

WEST COAST PREMIERE
SEP 3 – OCT 6, 2019
Gil Cates Theater
Written by Joshua Harmon
Directed by Daniel Aukin
Featuring Idina Menzel, Eli Gelb & Will Brittain

Hanging on by a thread after her ex-husband gets engaged to a much younger woman, Jodi (Tony Award winner Idina Menzel, Rent, Wicked) retreats to her dad’s swanky Manhattan townhouse. But rather than the comforts of home, she instead finds her aging father’s new live-in boyfriend, Trey—who is 20. In his new comedy, Joshua Harmon (Bad Jews, Significant Other) brings neurotic family drama to the forefront as father and daughter contend with the age-old questions of how to age gracefully in a world obsessed with youth and where love fits into it all.

 


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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

Macbeth

NOV 5 – DEC 8, 2019
Gil Cates Theater
Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Matt Shakman
Featuring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

“Something wicked this way comes.” Three witches, a prophecy and the ambitious general Macbeth (Emmy Award nominee Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones) set the stage for Shakespeare’s timely and timeless tragedy about the dangerous allure of power. As Macbeth violently sets forth to fulfill his fate, he and his wife find themselves mired in murder and cover-up in a bloody attempt to hold onto the throne. Following a triumphant collaboration on Game of Thrones, director Matt Shakman and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau reunite for Shakespeare’s most cinematic play.

 


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Andy Garcia

Key Largo

WORLD PREMIERE ADAPTATION & GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE COMMISSION
FEB 4 – MAR 8, 2020
Gil Cates Theater
Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher & Andy Garcia
Based on the play by Maxwell Anderson and the screenplay by Richard Brooks & John Huston
Produced in association with Frank Mancuso & Andy Garcia
Featuring Andy Garcia

Welcome to the eye of the storm! Key Largo is a bold reimagining of Maxwell Anderson’s Broadway hit that became the iconic noir film starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Returning from World War II, disillusioned Frank McCloud travels to a hotel in Key Largo to pay his respects to the widow of a fallen friend. What McCloud doesn’t count on is an entirely different battle with mobsters who have overtaken the hotel, led by the ruthless Johnny Rocco (Academy Award nominee Andy Garcia). As a hurricane barrels toward the Keys, McCloud must face his demons in order to take down a monster.

 


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Theresa Rebeck

Bernhardt/Hamlet

WEST COAST PREMIERE
APR 7 – MAY 10, 2020
Gil Cates Theater
Written by Theresa Rebeck
Directed by Sarna Lapine

It’s 1899, and the legendary Sarah Bernhardt shocks the world by taking on the lead role in Hamlet. While her performance is destined to become one for the ages, Sarah first has to convince a sea of naysayers that her right to play the part should be based on ability, not gender—a feat as difficult as mastering Shakespeare’s most verbose tragic hero. Fresh off its Broadway triumph, Theresa Rebeck’s shrewd comedy puts the spotlight on a woman who used her singular talent to challenge whether a woman’s place was “to be or not to be” in the greatest role ever written.

 


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Qui Nguyen

Revenge Song: A Vampire Cowboys Creation

WORLD PREMIERE & GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE COMMISSION
JUN 16 – JUL 19, 2020
Gil Cates Theater
Written by Qui Nguyen
Directed by Robert Ross Parker
Featuring the Vampire Cowboys Theatre Company

A rousing, romping, music-filled look at the real life of Julie d’Aubigny, a queer 17th century French swordswoman and opera singer, Revenge Song is a heroine’s journey toward self-discovery and acceptance. In this world premiere Geffen Playhouse commission, conversations about gender and sexuality blend together with the outrageous fun and superhero style of the Vampire Cowboys Theatre Company to create a genre unto itself—a hilarious, historical comedy with hip hop, rock and epic fight scenes.

Major support for this world premiere production provided by the Edgerton Foundation New Play Production Fund.

 



Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater Season

Jen Silverman

Witch

WEST COAST PREMIERE
AUG 20 – SEP 29, 2019
Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater
Written by Jen Silverman
Inspired by The Witch of Edmonton by Rowley, Dekker & Ford
Directed by Marti Lyons

In this fiendishly funny new play by Jen Silverman (The Roommate, Collective Rage: A Play in Five Betties), a charming devil arrives in the quiet village of Edmonton to bargain for the souls of its residents in exchange for their darkest wishes. Elizabeth should be his easiest target, having been labeled a “witch” and cast out by the town, but her soul is not so readily bought. An inventive retelling of a Jacobean drama, this sharp, subversive fable debates how much our souls are worth when hope is hard to come by.


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Larissa FastHorse

The Thanksgiving Play

OCT 22 – DEC 1, 2019
Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater
Written by Larissa FastHorse
Directed by Michael John Garcés

How does one celebrate Thanksgiving and Native American Heritage Month at the same time? In Larissa FastHorse’s biting satire, this is the question facing three “woke” white thespians tasked with devising an elementary school pageant about the first Thanksgiving while avoiding any culturally appropriative missteps. A roast of the politics of entertainment and well-meaning political correctness alike, The Thanksgiving Play puts the American origin story itself in the comedy-crosshairs.

 


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MAR 3 – APR 12, 2020
Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater


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David Kwong

The Enigmatist

WEST COAST PREMIERE
MAY 5 – JUN 14, 2020
Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater
Written and performed by David Kwong

Can you solve the enigma? Prepare for an immersive experience of puzzles, cryptology and illusions by renowned magician and New York Times crossword constructor David Kwong in the intimate Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater. Clues are everywhere, so keep your eyes open and be ready for surprises behind every flip of the card.


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65 minutes, no intermission.

There is no late seating and no re-entry while the performance is in progress. 

 

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