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The City of Conversation
The City of Conversation
by Anthony Giardina

The City of Conversation, first seen at Lincoln Center, promises to be the talk of the campaign season. Savvy Hester Ferris is the doyenne of Georgetown dinner parties whose influence in liberal politics is legendary. But when her son suddenly turns up with a Reaganite girlfriend and a shocking new conservative world view, Hester must choose between preserving her family and defending her cause.

"A juicy, funny and terrific new play." - The New York Times


Seedfolks
Seedfolks
Children’s Theatre Company’s
Seedfolks Adapted from the book by Paul Fleischman
Directed by Peter C. Brosius
Featuring Sonja Parks

Newbery Medal-winner Paul Fleischman’s Seedfolks comes to life in a raw, inspiring story you’ll never forget. Thirteen very different voices—old, young, Haitian, Hispanic, tough, haunted and hopeful—tell one amazing story about a garden that transforms a neighborhood.

RECOMMENDED FOR AGES 8+
RUNNING TIME: 60 MINUTES WITH NO INTERMISSION

“Tells the tale of healing and restoration with agility, empathy and a whole lot of heart.” - Minneapolis Star-Tribune



Barbara Boxer
ARTS & IDEAS: CONVERSATIONS AT THE WALLIS The Wallis and Writers Bloc present BARBARA BOXER with Paula Poundstone

In partnership with Writers Bloc, The Wallis’ popular Arts & Ideas series continues with Senator Barbara Boxer in conversation with Paula Poundstone. Since 1992, Barbara Boxer has stood for progressive politics in the U.S. Senate. She has been a steadfast advocate for women’s rights, environmental protection, and healthcare. In The Art of Tough: Fearlessly Facing Politics and Life, her new memoir about her decades in politics representing California’s interests in the House of Representatives and in the Senate, Senator Boxer unveils her weaknesses and reminds us of her great strength as a pioneer in Washington. She takes us back to her involvement in significant political struggles, including the Clarence Thomas hearings to Iraq, with environmental challenges such as climate change front and center. Sometimes she’s won, and often she has lost. But she proves that by speaking up and speaking out, doing the right thing matters.
The Senate is indeed a perplexing place, and although it has its shining moments, it is not really what we would call hilarious. But Paula Poundstone is. Comedy Central ranks her as one of the best American comedians of all time, and she is a member of the Comedy Hall of Fame. She was the first woman to host the Washington Press Club dinner, and is the spokesperson for the esteemed American Library Association. She’s had comedy specials on HBO and Bravo, has appeared regularly on late night television. You can catch her comedy acts all over the country, and hear her on NPR’s “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me.”
Tickets: $59 & $49 (ticket price includes a copy of Barbara Boxer’s book The Art of Tough: Fearlessly Facing Politics and Life.


Hershey Felder
Hershey Felder

Carmen de Lavallade's <i>As I Remember It</i>
Carmen de Lavallade's As I Remember It
SPECIAL EVENT
October 28, 2016
AS I REMEMBER IT: CELEBRATING CARMEN DE LAVALLADE’s 85th BIRTHDAY
directed by Joe Grifasi
co-written by Carmen de Lavallade and Talvin Wilks

Dance icon Carmen de Lavallade returns home to Los Angeles for her 85th Birthday Celebration. As I Remember It is an intimate portrait of the legendary artist told through dance, film and her personal writings. From her childhood days playing in the empty lots of 1930’s Los Angeles to performing on the world’s grand stages, this very special evening will be inspiring for dancers and dance lovers of all ages.


Kyle Riabko: <i>Burt Bacharach Reimagined</i>
Kyle Riabko: Burt Bacharach Reimagined
November 4-5, 2016
KYLE RIABKO: BACHARACH REIMAGINED
A Solo Concert

Kyle Riabko, star and creator of the hit West End and Off Broadway show Close To You: Bacharach Reimagined brings his highly acclaimed arrangements of the many hits of Burt Bacharach – most of which Bacharach wrote with longtime lyricist Hal David - to The Wallis for an intimate solo concert. Riabko, accompanying himself on guitar, will perform his unique versions of such classics as “Alfie,” “I Say a Little Prayer,” “Walk on By,” “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” and many, many more.

“It’s a love letter to me. Kyle has done something truly unique with my music, and he’s a beautiful singer and one hell of a guitar player. I loved it. It’s brilliant. I can’t say enough about it!” - Burt Bacharach

“Heartthrob handsome Kyle Riabko searches out the emotional layers of the songs with impressive precision. [He’s] terrific…Sheer musical talent.” - New York Times


Merrily We Roll Along
Merrily We Roll Along

Jacob Jonas
Jacob Jonas
January 13, 2017
JACOB JONAS THE COMPANY

Los Angeles-based Jacob Jonas The Company is gaining a national profile for its honest storytelling and visceral performances. The company has toured North America since its birth in 2014, bringing its mix of contemporary ballet and acrobatic movement to stops including New York, Vancouver and Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Dance Festival. Also known for its film and photography work and its robust social media presence, the company has hosted #camerasanddancers photography meet-ups with social influencers and cultural institutions including The Getty, LACMA, Los Angeles Tourism Board,, Dance Camera West and countless others.

"When Jacob Jonas The Company performs, energy doesn’t just seem to bounce off the walls, it reverberates off of bodies.” - Los Angeles Times


Morgan's Journey
Morgan's Journey
January 21 - 22, 2017
MORGAN’S JOURNEY
Created and Performed by Robert Morgan
Directed by David Craig

Morgan’s Journey has been delighting children and their families around the world for nearly three decades. The play is a captivating exploration of joyous yet challenging childhood experiences and offers audiences a unique opportunity for active participation. From the moment of his birth, we follow Morgan the Clown on a journey of discovery. We delight in the presents he receives, especially his last one, a wise sock puppet who becomes his companion. Encountering inevitable growing pains, Morgan learns a valuable and moving lesson about love and the true meaning of friendship.

“A perfect gift of a show.” The Scotsman

Run time: 60 minutes with no intermission


Dan Zanes & Friends
Dan Zanes & Friends
Family Concerts @ The Wallis
January 29, 2017
DAN ZANES & FRIENDS

Dan Zanes & Friends return to The Wallis after wildly popular engagements the previous two seasons. Once again, the Grammy Award-winner will bring his friend Sonia de los Santos for a bi-lingual English and Spanish concert for kids and kids-at-heart.

“Zanes’ kids music works because it is not kids music; it’s just music—music that’s unsanitized, unpasteurized, that’s organic even.” New York Times Magazine

Recommended for all ages.
Run time: 60 minutes with no intermission.


946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips
946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips
February 8 - March 5, 2017
Kneehigh in association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Berkeley Repertory Theatre present
946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips
Adapted by Michael Morpurgo and Emma Rice

Imagine being twelve and having soldiers occupying your house and land, with only your cat to tell your secrets.

Kneehigh Theatre, who wowed audiences at The Wallis with Brief Encounter, return with 946, which was originally produced by our new Artistic Director Paul Crewes. Kneehigh’s signature sorcery of music, puppetry and foolishness will transport us to Slapton Sands, England in 1944. Based on the beloved book by War Horse author Michael Morpurgo, 946 explodes everything we thought we knew about the D-Day landings in this tender tale of love and war.



Edward Albee's At Home at the Zoo
Edward Albee's At Home at the Zoo
March 7-26, 2017
The Wallis and Deaf West Theatre production of
Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo
Directed by Coy Middlebrook

The Wallis and Deaf West Theatre, the companies behind the hit revival of Spring Awakening in Los Angeles and New York, bring their sign language take to Albee’s classic short play The Zoo Story (1959) and its acclaimed prequel, Homelife (2004). Together these short plays form At Home at the Zoo, the complete story of publishing executive Peter, his wife Ann and Jerry, the volatile stranger Peter meets in the park. The Wallis’ Coy Middlebrook directs this new production featuring both deaf and hearing actors.

"An essential and heartening experience. Mr. Albee is, among other things, a chronicler of life as erosion. Yet in seeing these works side by side you discover that growing older does not have to mean creative atrophy. 'The Zoo Story' is infused with a young man’s frustration and hormonal energy, while 'Homelife' is the product of an older, more contemplative mind." - The New York Times

“Under Coy Middlebrook's direction, Albee's lacerating insights retain their delicious sting.” The Los Angeles Times on Deaf West’s The Zoo Story


Twelfth Night
Twelfth Night
March 14 - 19, 2017
Filter Theatre in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company present
Twelfth Night
By William Shakespeare
Created by Filter Theatre
Directed by Sean Holmes

Filter’s explosive and irreverent new take on this beloved romantic comedy of mistaken identity combines dynamic narrative drive with a torrent of sound and music creating one of the most accessible Shakespeare productions of recent years.


Limon Dance Company
Limon Dance Company
March 24-25, 2017
Limón Dance Company

Concerto Grosso
Chaconne
Corvidae
The Exiles
The Moor’s Pavane


Hailed as one of the world’s greatest dance companies, the Limón Dance Company has been at the vanguard of American Modern dance since its inception in 1946. The Company is the living legacy of dance theater developed by José Limón and his mentors, Doris Humphrey and Charles Weidman, whose innovative works revolutionized American dance. After Limón’s death in 1972, the Company pioneered the idea that it was possible to survive the death of its founder, setting an example for the entire dance field. Now in its 70th year, the Company is renowned for its technical mastery and dramatic expression, and demonstrates both the timelessness of José Limón’s works and the humanistic vision that guides the repertory choices.

“For drama, virtuosity, and grace, there’s no finer company.” - The Village Voice

85 minutes with one intermission.


The Encounter
The Encounter
April 6-16, 2017
Complicite / Simon McBurney
THE ENCOUNTER

In 1969, Loren McIntyre, a National Geographic photographer, found himself lost among the people of the remote Javari Valley in Brazil. It was an encounter that was to change his life: bringing the limits of human consciousness into startling focus. In this solo performance Simon McBurney traces McIntyre’s journey into the depths of the Amazon rainforest, using binaural technology (3D audio) to build an intimate and shifting world of sound.

“This production from the genre-bending Complicite company is one of the most fully immersive theater pieces ever created.” The New York Times

Headphones will be provided and must be worn throughout the performance.
Run Time: 2 hours
Recommended for ages 12+

A Complicite co-production with Edinburgh International Festival, the Barbican, London, Onassis Cultural Centre – Athens, Schaubühne Berlin, Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne and Warwick Arts Centre.


Santa Cecilia Orchestra Trio
Santa Cecilia Orchestra Trio
April 29, 2017
Family Concerts @ The Wallis
SANTA CECILIA ORCHESTRA TRIO

Under the baton of the legendary Maestra Sonia Marie De León de Vega, the Los Angeles-based Santa Cecilia Orchestra breaks down barriers so that everyone can enjoy the beauty of classical music. After its sold-out concert last season, Santa Cecilia Orchestra returns with a trio performing family-friendly classics, including works by Latino composers, in the intimate Lovelace Studio Theater.

Lovelace Studio Theater
Recommended for all ages.
Run time: 60 minutes with no intermission.


Paul Taylor Dance Company
Paul Taylor Dance Company
May 5-7, 2017
PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY

Since its founding in 1954, the Paul Taylor Dance Company has been one of the world's most sought after ensembles, performing in well over 500 cities in 64 countries, bringing Paul Taylor's repertoire -- now numbering 144 dances -- to every part of the globe. Mr. Taylor continues to make two new dances a year - and will bring a program of new and classic work to The Wallis.

"Paul Taylor is the world's greatest living artist, irrespective of medium." - Terry Teachout
"The American spirit soars whenever Taylor's dancers dance." - San Francisco Chronicle


<i>Matthew Bourne's Early Adventures</i>
Matthew Bourne's Early Adventures
May 18 - 21, 2017
New Adventures
Matthew Bourne’s EARLY ADVENTURES

Matthew Bourne is hailed as the UK’s most popular and successful Choreographer/ Director. He is the creator of the world’s longest running ballet production, a five-time Olivier Award winner, and the only British director to have won the Tony Award for both Best Choreographer and Best Director of a Musical.

Matthew Bourne returns to his roots in Early Adventures, a program of hit pieces that launched the career of ‘Britain’s favourite choreographer’ and saw the birth of the style, wit and sheer entertainment that his company New Adventures brought to Swan Lake, The Car Man, Edward Scissorhands and Sleeping Beauty. With designs by long-time collaborator, Lez Brotherston, Early Adventures is a US premiere and forms part of the company’s 30th Anniversary celebrations.

“Bourne is a masterly storyteller.” - The New York Times

“A rare treat! Bourne's wit and flair are in full play.” - The Sunday Times

PROGRAM:
The Infernal Galop: This is France as seen by the uptight English imagination, with all the traditional clichés joyously paraded for our entertainment and climaxing in Offenbach's inevitable Can-Can!

Town and Country: Moving and hilarious, this heartfelt pastiche explores notions of national character from a bygone era through the evocative music of Edward Elgar, Noël Coward and Percy Grainger, amongst others.

Supported using public funds from Arts Council England.
Selected performances made possible by generous support from the Selwyn Family.
Photos: Roy Tan


Battlefield
Battlefield
May 24-28, 2016
Battlefield
Based on Mahabharata and the play written by Jean-Claude Carrière
Adapted and directed by Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne

The internationally renowned team of Peter Brook, Marie-Hélène Estienne and Jean-Claude Carrière together revisit the great Indian epic Mahabharata thirty years after Brook’s legendary production took world theater by storm.

The devastation of war is tearing the Bharata family apart. The new king must unravel a mystery: how can he live with himself in the face of the devastation and massacres that he has caused. An immense canvas in miniature, this central section of the ancient text is timeless and contemporary, asking how we can find inner peace in a world riven with conflict.

“Peter Brook's return to the Mahabharata is breathtaking - a dazzling piece of theatre."
The Guardian

70 minutes without an intermission.

A C.I.C.T. - Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord production Co-produced by The Grotowski Institute ; PARCO Co. Ltd / Tokyo ; Les Théâtres de la ville de Luxembourg ; Young Vic Theatre ; Singapore Repertory Theater ; Le Théâtre de Liège ; C.I.R.T. ; Attiki Cultural Society and Cercle des Partenaires des Bouffes du Nord.


Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles: <i>Pride @ The Wallis,</i>
Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles: Pride @ The Wallis,
June 3, 2017
GAY MEN’S CHORUS OF LOS ANGELES
PRIDE @ THE WALLIS

For over 37 years, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles has been bringing people together and serving as a voice for equality. The Wallis welcomes back GMCLA to the Bram Goldsmith Theater for a spirited concert in celebration of June Pride Month.


The Pride
The Pride
JUNE 6-30
The Wallis production of
THE PRIDE
By Alexi Kaye Campbell
Directed by Michael Arden
The Pride is a gorgeously-drawn drama alternating between two very distinct time periods and sets of characters whose fate is written by their eras. In 1958, Philip is married to Sylvia, but is secretly attracted to her colleague Oliver. In 2008, Philip lives with his boyfriend Oliver, who continually destroys their relationship with his addiction to casual sex and turns to their friend Sylvia for guidance and support. As the past and present worlds collide, The Pride’s complex love triangle provides a provocative, humorous and insightful look at fidelity and forgiveness.


Ezralow Dance
Ezralow Dance
July 13-14, 2017
EZRALOW DANCE
PRIMO PASSO
Directed & Choreographed by Daniel Ezralow

Los Angeles native Daniel Ezralow returns to The Wallis to premiere Primo Passo – Italian for “first step” – a deeply personal work that, as the title suggests, is both a career retrospective and an investigation of what’s next. Inspired by observing his children learning to walk, Ezralow will revisit and reimagine his works to explore their initial artistic impulse. Whether he’s creating modern dances or choreographing for Broadway, the Oscars or the Olympics, it all begins with the first step – and this extraordinary evening will provide a glimpse inside the process.


OUR GREAT TCHAIKOVSKY
OUR GREAT TCHAIKOVSKY
July 19 - August 6, 2017

Hershey Felder
"OUR GREAT CHAIKOVSKY"
A Play with Music
Written and Performed by Hershey Felder
Directed by Trevor Hay

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is Russia’s most famous composer and one of the greatest composers of all time, known for his beautiful lilting melodies from the ballets Romeo and Juliet, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and the ferocious brilliance of his symphonic works. At the age of 53, Tchaikovsky conducted the premiere of his enigmatic Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique,” of which he said, “Let them guess what it means…” Nine days later he was dead. To this day, how and why he died is still a mystery. The extraordinary Hershey Felder returns to The Wallis for the Los Angeles Premiere of his newest work, Tchaikovsky, which unveils the life of one of the most beloved and tormented composers of all time.

“Hershey Felder, the actor, pianist, writer and phenomenal serial portraitrist of great musicians from Beethoven to Gershwin, is a genius.” Chicago Sun-Times