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Geffen Playhouse and Audible Announce World Premiere Co-Production "Nightfall" for the 2019/2020 Geffen Playhouse Season

May 7, 2019

Geffen Playhouse and Audible will co-produce Nightfall for the Los Angeles theater’s 2019/2020 season, it was announced today. Written by Marisela Treviño Orta (The River Bride, Braided Sorrow, Wolf at the Door) as part of Audible’s Emerging Playwrights Fund, Nightfall will make its world premiere in Geffen’s Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater in February and marks the completion of the Geffen Playhouse 2019/2020 season lineup. 
 
Nightfall is one of the first 25 commissions that make up Audible’s Emerging Playwrights program, a dedicated $5M fund that enables the creation of original plays driven by language and voice, keeping with Audible’s core commitment to elevating listening experiences through powerful performances and extraordinary storytelling. The production will be released as an audio play simultaneously with its opening at Geffen Playhouse, exclusively on Audible for millions of listeners around the world.  
 
In Nightfall, survival becomes the name of the game for Karla and her stepdaughter Olivia when their fraught family camping trip is interrupted by news of a mysterious outbreak causing the humans in nearby San Francisco to become…well, bitey. With little information to go on, the two women must identify the biggest threat to their safety–the supposedly deadly virus, the stranger who stumbles into their campsite or each other. 
 
“We are thrilled to team up with Audible on their commission of Marisela Treviño Orta’s wonderfully original world premiere play,Nightfall,” said Geffen Playhouse Artistic Director Matt Shakman. “This feels like a perfect match, as both Audible and the Geffen are devoted to bringing new plays and new voices to audiences and the ability to collaborate across mediums is a great step toward incorporating theater into new media. We hope this is the first of many collaborations with Audible.”
 
Added Kate Navin, Artistic Producer for Audible Theater, “We are excited that Marisela’s surprising play, one of the first commissions to come out of our Emerging Playwrights Fund will premiere on stage and release on Audible simultaneously. We are thrilled to be co-producing with our wonderful friends at Geffen Playhouse as we continue to expand the slate of outstanding theatrical programming that we make available to global audiences.”

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Geffen Playhouse Announces 2019/2020 Season

February 21, 2019

Geffen Playhouse today announced eight productions that will make up its 2019/2020 season, with one additional production to be announced. This marks the second lineup curated by Artistic Director Matt Shakman and the 24th season for the Los Angeles theater. The season will launch Tuesday, August 20, 2019 and run through Sunday, July 19, 2020. 
 
The 2019/2020 Geffen Playhouse season will commence with comedies including Witch by Jen Silverman, Skintight by Joshua Harmon (Bad JewsSignificant Other), featuring Tony Award winner Idina Menzel, and The Thanksgiving Play by Los Angeles-based playwright Larissa FastHorse. As the season continues, the productions take on a more dramatic tone with Shakespeare’s Macbeth, directed by Matt Shakman and starring Emmy nominee Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones), and a world premiere adaptation of Key Largo by Jeffrey Hatcher and Academy Award nominee Andy Garcia, also featuring Garcia. Geffen Playhouse Chairman Emeritus and former Paramount Pictures and MGM Chairman/CEO Frank G. Mancuso will serve as a producer for this new Key Largo adaptation, uniting with Garcia, his longtime collaborator. Rounding out the season will be the comedy Bernhardt/Hamlet by Theresa Rebeck (Seminar), The Enigmatist, a highly inventive, immersive theatrical experience from renowned magician David Kwong, and a world premiere production of Revenge Song: A Vampire Cowboys Creation, a play with music written by Qui Nguyen (Vietgone), which also serves as the West Coast debut of New York City’s Obie Award-winning “geek theater” Vampire Cowboys Theatre Company. One additional production will be announced to complete the 2019/2020 lineup.

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