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25th Anniversary Season

25th
Anniversary
Season

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Collected Stories

GIL CATES THEATER
SEP 8 - OCT 11, 2020

Written by Donald Margulies

Ruth Steiner, a renowned writer turned teacher, has taken student Lisa Morrison under her academic wing. As their relationship deepens, the line between stories shared amongst friends and material sourced for personal gain begins to blur. In this ever-timely, taut, and moving play, Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies examines the toll that ambition can take and the moment when literary license turns into betrayal.

As the first play directed by Geffen Playhouse founder Gil Cates, Sr. and the beginning of our artistic partnership with Donald Margulies, this play holds a special place in our history.

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A Wicked Soul in Cherry Hill

WORLD PREMIERE MUSICAL
AUDREY SKIRBALL KENIS THEATER
OCT 6 – NOV 15, 2020

Words and Music by Matt Schatz
Directed by Mike Donahue

On a November night in 1994, a murder was committed in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. In this true-crime story told completely through song, a tight-knit Jewish community gathers to recount, remember, and reckon with the details of what happened in—and to—their town. Written with humor and chutzpah, this wholly original musical asks what it does to our souls when our leaders fall from grace.

This play was created during the Geffen Playhouse inaugural The Writers’ Room program, in which six Los Angeles playwrights develop new works with the support and guidance of the Geffen Playhouse artistic team. Major support for this world premiere production provided by the Edgerton Foundation New Play Production Fund.

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The Engagement Party

WEST COAST PREMIERE
NOV 10 – DEC 13, 2020

Written by Samuel Baum
Directed by Darko Tresnjak

In this suspenseful contemporary drama, a young couple celebrates their engagement with an intimate gathering of family and friends. When a glass of wine is spilled, the night takes an unexpected turn, unleashing a spiraling sequence of events and revelations that will irrevocably change their lives.

Directed by Tony Award winner Darko Tresnjak, The Engagement Party’s original production at Hartford Stage in 2019 was heralded as a "masterful piece of playwriting” and a “theatrical experience worth its 85 minutes in gold.”

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The Inheritance (Parts 1 & 2)

WEST COAST PREMIERE
JAN 12 – MAR 14, 2021

Written by Matthew Lopez

Eric and Toby are on the precipice of having it all: promising careers, tight-knit friends, an upcoming wedding, and a rent-controlled apartment in Manhattan. But when two strangers enter their lives—an older man and a younger one—their future suddenly becomes uncertain as they navigate the uncharted waters of modern gay life. Inspired by E.M. Forster’s masterpiece Howards End, The Inheritance examines the debt we owe to a lost generation and whether we’re living up to the promise to take care of our own.

In our 25th anniversary season, Geffen Playhouse welcomes back alumn Matthew Lopez (The Legend of Georgia McBride, 2017) for an extended run of his celebrated two-part epic after its Olivier Award-sweeping London production and triumphant Broadway run.

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Soft Target

WORLD PREMIERE
AUDREY SKIRBALL KENIS THEATER
MAR 2 – APR 11, 2021

Written by Emily Kaczmarek
Directed by Jo Bonney

Nine-year-old Amanda's room is her haven, and her beloved toys are her best friends and confidantes—or at least they used to be. Lately, something's gone dark inside Amanda—and her toys make it their mission to discover why. Highly visual and brilliantly written, Soft Target invites its audience into the wild imagination and theatricality of childhood—even as it asks us to grapple with some of the most painful questions of our time.

Produced with the generous support of Fran & Barry Weissler. Major support for this world premiere production provided by the Edgerton Foundation New Play Production Fund.

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Mindplay

AUDREY SKIRBALL KENIS THEATER
WORLD PREMIERE
MAY 4 – JUN 13, 2021

Written by Vinny DePonto and Josh Koenigsberg
Directed by Andrew Neisler
Featuring Vinny DePonto

A delightful head-trip, Mindplay will astound you with the art of mentalism. Drama Desk Award-nominated theater-maker Vinny DePonto escorts us on a jaw-dropping journey through the dark corners of our minds. In the spirit of the Geffen’s long tradition of magic comes an entirely new theatrical event in which your thoughts play a leading role.

Produced in association with Eva Price.

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Bryan Cranston Directorial Project

GIL CATES THEATER
JUN 22 – JUL 25, 2021

Directed by Bryan Cranston

Making his Geffen Playhouse directorial debut, Tony, Olivier, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Bryan Cranston returns to the Geffen Playhouse to helm a production to be revealed later this spring.

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