"Bootycandy" by Robert O'Hara at Playwrights Horizon in 2014. Pictured: Benja Kay Thomas, Jesse Pennington, and Jessica Frances Dukes. (Photo by Joan Marcus)

Celebration Theatre Celebrates New Home with Its 2015–16 Season

This is the inaugural season at the company’s new home at the Lex Theatre.

LOS ANGELES: The LGBT-focused Celebration Theatre has announced its 2015-16 season, featuring three Los Angeles premieres, to be staged in a new resident theatre home.

“After wandering the streets of L.A. for two years, all of us at Celebration Theatre are thrilled to have found our new home and even happier to have found it at the Lex Theatre, less than 10 blocks from where we used to be,” said executive director Michael C. Kricfalusi in a statement. The Lex is not only close to the Celebration’s former home; it’s also a stone’s throw from the Village at Ed Gould Plaza, an outpost of the L.A. LGBT Center.

The season begins with the Los Angeles premiere of Kim Jong Funner: A Few Blocks Over, Out of Hiding, In Primetime! (Sept. 18—Oct. 10), an exploration of change through sketch comedy and musical numbers. Todd Milliner and Nick Peet will direct.

Following will be the Los Angeles premiere of Robert O’Hara’s Bootycandy, opening Oct. 30. This compilation of scenes, sermons, and sketches portrays one man’s journey growing up gay and black.

Next will be Dream Boy, opening Jan. 29, 2016, adapted by Eric Rosen from the novel by Jim Grimsley, about two young gay lovers who are violently assaulted by their families for their union. Michael Matthews will direct.

Next is the Los Angeles intimate theatre premiere of The Boy from Oz , opening Apr. 29, 2016, with music and lyrics by Peter Allen and a book by Nick Enright. This jukebox musical traces songwriter/performer Allen’s rise to fame, his marriage to Liza Minelli, and his battle with AIDS. Michael A. Shepperd will direct.

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