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The National Theatre of Scotland and The Royal Shakespeare Company Production of


By David Greig

Directed by Roxana Silbert

The English General storms the castle on Dunsinane Hill and kills The King – but finds The Queen alive and unwilling to relinquish the throne. Unable to grasp the alien customs of the country, the General soon finds his peace mission spinning out of control. Fierce one minute and funny the next, Dunsinane is a modern language epic examining the limits of power – with uncanny parallels to present day politics.

The National Theatre of Scotland (Black Watch, Let The Right One In) teams up with the Royal Shakespeare Company (Les Misérables, Matilda The Musical) for a theatrical event you will not want to miss.

“Games of Thrones has nothing on this play." - Chicago Tribune

“You hardly need to brush up on your Shakespeare to see that the peacekeeping and nation-building of Dunsinanehas no end of resonance here and now.” - Washington Post

“A rich, funny, fascinating sequel to Shakespeare’s great tragedy.” - The Telegraph (UK)

“If it’s riveting spectacle, challenging ideas and human drama you want, this is the show to see”. - The Times

Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal
Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal
Back by Popular Demand!


Following sold-out performances at The Wallis this past season, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal (BJM) returns with a new program, featuring “Zero in On” and “Kosmos.” An internationally-renowned repertory company led by Artistic Director Louis Robitaille, BJM has continued to grow with their signature energy and spirit of exploration since their formation in 1972. While preserving the essence of the company, BJM works today with some of the most prestigious figures in the world of dance and contemporary ballet. Displaying its radiant and expressive style, BJM explores the creative side of contemporary trends while firmly committing to classical aesthetics in a unique style that often has an uplifting effect on the soul.

“BJM pushes boundaries — emotional, physical and the limits of the art form.” – The Chronicle Herald

100 minutes, including a 15-minute intermission

SFJAZZ Collective<br>The Music of Joe Henderson & Original Compositions
SFJAZZ Collective
The Music of Joe Henderson & Original Compositions
SFJAZZ Collective

The SFJAZZ Collective is an all-star jazz ensemble comprising eight of the finest jazz performer/composers at work today. Launched in 2004 by SFJAZZ, the Collective has quickly become one of the most exciting and acclaimed groups on the American and international jazz scenes. As soloists, composers and bandleaders, they represent all that is happening now in jazz. Hailing from Puerto Rico, New York, Venezuela, Philadelphia, New Zealand, and Israel, the Collective's multi-cultural lineup mirrors the explosion of jazz talent around the globe. SFJAZZ Collective’s debut at The Wallis will pay tribute to legendary saxophonist and composer Joe Henderson, with a repertoire that spans Henderson’s illustrious career from the early Blue Note years through his resurgence on Verve Records in the 1990s. The New York Times raves that SFJAZZ Collective is "A reliably superb all-star confab…a superbrain for what serious jazz sounds like now."

The Wallis and Neiman Marcus Present Ken Downing
The Wallis and Neiman Marcus Present Ken Downing

Designer As Dramatist — The Intersection Of Fashion And Theater

In partnership with Neiman Marcus, The Wallis presents Designer As Dramatist — The Intersection Of Fashion And Theater with Ken Downing, Fashion Director for Neiman Marcus, and guest panelists to be announced. Ken Downing is credited for re-inventing Neiman Marcus of Beverly Hills, and has appeared as a fashion industry expert on the “Oprah Winfrey Show,” “The Rachel Zoe Project” and “Project Runway All-Stars.”

NOTE: The final date for this event is to be determined as Mr. Downing assembles his guest panel.

Igor Levit: An Evening of Beethoven Sonatas
Igor Levit: An Evening of Beethoven Sonatas

Igor Levit began playing piano at age three, and had his first successes on the concert stage as a child in his hometown of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. At age eight, his family moved to Hannover, Germany, where he completed his piano studies at Hannover Academy of Music, Theatre and Media in 2009 with the highest academic and performance scores in the history of the institute. Levit has appeared in major concert halls and music festivals throughout the world, and has won several international awards, amongst them second prize at the International Maria Callas Grand Prix, Athens (2004), first prize at the International Piano Academy Competition in Hamamatsu (2004), silver medal and three awards at the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv (2005) and the Luitpold Prize for young artists in Bad Kissingen (2009). For his Wallis debut, Igor Levit will perform an evening of Beethoven sonatas.

Brentano String Quartet
Brentano String Quartet

Named for Antonie Brentano, whom many scholars consider to be Beethoven’s “Immortal Beloved,” the Brentano String Quartet (Mark Steinberg, violin; Serena Canin, violin; Misha Amory, viola; Nina Lee, cello) was founded in 1992, and has appeared throughout the world to popular and critical acclaim. “Passionate, uninhibited and spellbinding,” raves the London Independent; The New York Times extols its “luxuriously warm sound [and] yearning lyricism…a gripping performance;" and The Times (London) opines, “the Brentanos are a magnificent string quartet…This was wonderful, selfless music-making.” The quartet has worked closely with some of the most important composers of our time, including Elliott Carter, Charles Wuorinen, Chou Wen-chung, Steven Mackey, Bruce Adolphe, and György Kurtág. For their engagement at The Wallis, the Brentano String Quartet will perform Haydn’s Quartet in B?-Major, Op. 50, No.1; Bartok’s Quartet No. 3; and Debussy’s String Quartet.

Spring Awakening
Spring Awakening
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts,
Deaf West Theatre & Cody Lassen present

Spring Awakening

Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater
Music by Duncan Sheik
Directed by Michael Arden

Based on Frank Wedekind’s controversial 1891 expressionist play and featuring an electrifying score, Spring Awakening follows the lives of a group of adolescents as they navigate their journey from adolescence to adulthood in a fusion of morality, sexuality and rock & roll. Deaf West Theatre’s innovative new production of the Tony Award-winning musical - performed simultaneously in American Sign Language and spoken English by a cast of 25 - was heralded as an “emotional triumph” by the Los Angeles Times and enjoyed a sold-out engagement at downtown L.A.'s Rosethnal Theatre in the fall of 2014.

“It's hard to enumerate all the ways in which the Deaf West's “Awakening” is so very, very good. The signing in this production does more than simply translate; it ennobles. Spencer Liff's choreography incorporates signing and movement into perfectly coordinated sequences that seem completely organic to the narrative, while music director Jared Stein exploits the show's young singers to spine-tingling effect. Yet the real star of the evening is director Michael Arden, whose staging involves a mind-bogglingly intricate meld of the show's many disparate elements. Compositionally spectacular and emotionally truthful, his ‘Awakening’ awakens us to the dormant possibilities of this musical, with all the goosebumps and teardrops to prove it.” - Los Angeles Times

Satchmo at the Waldorf
Satchmo at the Waldorf
The Long Wharf Theatre and Shakespeare & Company Production of

By Terry Teachout

Directed by Gordon Edelstein

Starring John Douglas Thompson

It's March 1971 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, and Louis Armstrong has just played one of the final performances of his extraordinary career. Unwinding backstage, he recounts events that transformed him into the world-famous "Satchmo." With no-nonsense manager Joe Glaser at his side, Armstrong kept steady through an era of enormous social change…but at what cost? This is Satchmo at the Waldorf, an absorbing and uplifting new play about the music, struggles and triumphs of the man who invented jazz. Starring Obie-winner John Douglas Thompson as both Armstrong and Glaser in a tour de force performance, this exhilarating production arrives in Los Angeles following smash-hit, sold-out engagements at the Long Wharf Theatre and Shakespeare & Company.

“One of the most compelling actors of his generation…a top-notch performance,” – The New York Times

“Extraordinary! Riveting!...Tour de force would be an understatement.” – The Boston Globe

“Masterful performance!” – Hartford Courant

Running Time 90 minutes with no intermission

ATTENTION: This show contains strong language and is recommended for mature audiences.