The Center Theater Group has announced upcoming seasons for its Mark Taper Forum and Kirk Douglas Theater venues, including five world premieres and a digital stage offering. These seasons mark the last for artistic director Michael Ritchies, who announced in June that he would retire at the end of 2021 (although he is still working with the artistic team to complete the programming for the 2021-2022 season. ).
The Mark Taper Forum season begins February 22, 2022, with the previously announced West Coast premiere of Jeremy O. Harris’ Slave game, directed by Robert O’Hara and also returning to the main shoot. Phylicia Rashad, who created the role of Angel in the world premiere of Blues for an Alabama sky 25 years ago at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta, he will return to Pearl Cleage’s work, this time as a director, for a tour starting April 6. The world premiere of Rajiv Joseph’s King James, a co-production with the Steppenwolf Theater Company, follows in June, then the world premiere of Mike Birbiglia: The Old Man and the Pool in July.
The Mark Taper Forum season also includes The Lehman trilogy, previously announced as part of the Center Theater Group season at Ahmanson Theater, and a CTG Digital Stage production: a world premiere of I am going to see you by Jon Robin Baitz, with release dates to be announced.
Kirk Douglas Theater season kicks off March 6 with the world premiere of Benjamin Benne Alma, produced in cooperation with American Blues Theater. The world premiere of Tambo & Bones by Dave Harris will be produced in collaboration with Playwrights Horizons.
This summer at the Kirk Douglas Theater will see two productions as part of Block Party: Los Angeles Theater Celebration. : The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s production of To T or not to T? A trans comic journey through (T) estosterone and masculinity, written and performed by D’Lo, and the Sacred Fools Theater Company production of The artist couple, written by Brendan Hunt.