BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF.: The Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts has announced its 2015–16 season. Among a variety of concerts and other performances are a plethora of theatre events, including revivals, new plays and children’s theatre.
The theatrical season at the Wallis begins with the Broadway national tour of A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters (Oct. 13–25). Gregory Mosher will direct this revival starring Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal.
Next, Lightwire Theater will present The Ugly Duckling (Oct. 10–18), a retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s fable using electroluminescent puppetry for young audiences.
Following will be Tom Dugan’s Wiesenthal (Oct. 23–Nov. 8), a true story about Simon Wiesenthal, the Holocaust survivor who devoted his life to bringing war criminals to justice. Dugan will be reprising the role, which he first performed at the Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row in New York City last year. Jenny Sullivan will direct this production at the Lovelace Studio Theater.
Just in time for the holidays will be Oregon Shakespeare Festival‘s production of Guys and Dolls (Dec. 1–20), the classic musical by Frank Loesser, Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, directed by Mary Zimmerman. This production will be staged at the Bram Goldsmith Theater.
Following will be Jesse Eisenberg’s The Revisionist (March 29–April 17, 2016), about a young American who travels to Poland to visit a cousin and forms an unexpected friendship along the way. This production will take place at the Lovelace Studio Theater.
Next is Theatreworks USA’s The Lightning Thief (April 8–9, 2016), adapted from the book by Rick Riordan about a preteen demigod.
Following will be the Theatre Lovett of Dublin‘s The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly (April 30–May 8, 2016) as part of the Theatre for Young Audiences series.
Next will be the West Coast premiere of Anthony Giardina’s The City of Conversation (May 12–29, 2016), about a woman with great influence on liberal Washington, D.C., who must deal with her son’s Reagan-supporting girlfriend. This play premiered at Lincoln Center.
The theatre season concludes with Seedfolks (June 4–5, 2016), adapted from the book by Paul Fleischman about a garden that transforms a neighborhood. Sonja Parks will star.