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Friday, August 22

BlackBox Productions presents ‘ART’ (OPENING NIGHT)

Lewis Family Playhouse at Victoria Gardens Cultural Center

12505 Cultural Center Drive, Rancho Cucamonga, 91730

7:30pm

(THROUGH AUG. 24) How much would you pay for a white painting? More importantly, is any “priceless” object worth the cost of a friend? BlackBox Productions presents ‘ART’, August 22nd – 24th. This play by Yasmina Reza and translated by Christopher Hampton tests the true bonds of friendship in this hilarious Tony Award Winning play. (Due to adult themes and content, this play is not suited for young audiences). Presented in the Studio Theatre of the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center (Seating is limited). Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm at the Lewis Family Playhouse, 12505 Cultural Center Drive, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739. Tickets are priced at $14.00 and are available online at www.lewisfamilyplayhouse.com or through the Box Office at (909) 477-2752.

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Saturday, August 23

MADlab by Moving Arts

Elephant Stages Lillian Theatre

1076 Lillian Way, Los Angeles, 90038

2:00pm

(AUG. 23-24) At the start of 2014, a group of like-minded theater artists convened in Silver Lake where they united their creative forces to form the Moving Arts Development Laboratory, a.k.a. MADlab. The mission: to form a strong and productive new play development program that lasts longer than a weekend. This is a program dedicated to DEVELOPING and nurturing the playwright’s vision from initial concept to a completed (or comprehensive) first draft.

Through a collaborative effort combining the talent of dramaturgs, playwrights, actors and directors in a series of cold readings, workshops, moderated feedback and intense note sessions these MADLab plays – a natural outgrowth of our commitment to Los Angeles-based playwrights – support and celebrate bold new theater that inspires artists and theater-goers alike.

These are first looks at new plays. Join us in celebration of the new work of six of our playwrights. Come for one play, or two, or three, or the whole weekend! We would love to see you there!

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I was looking at the ceiling and then I saw the sky

Ford Theaters

2580 Cahuenga Blvd, Hollywood, 91326

8:00pm

Southern CA premiere of I was looking at the ceiling and then I saw the sky, composed by John Adams, with a libretto by June Jordan, and performed by Long Beach Opera — Titled after a quote from someone who experienced the 1994 Northridge earthquake firsthand, the story is set amid the aftermath of L.A.’s last mega quake. Seven young, diverse Angelenos are intertwined on their journey toward love and self-discovery. Adams’ opera-musical theater hybrid is a modern day The Threepenny Opera that weds blues, gospel, minimalism, funk and pop. One performance only. Saturday, Aug. 23 at 8 p.m.; Ford Theatres, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood, CA, 90068; $60-$125; (323) 461-3673 or www.FordTheatres.org

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Thursday, September 25

The Renegade One Act Festival (OPENING NIGHT)

Renegade Theatre and Film Group

1514 N. Gardner St., Los Angeles, CA

7:30pm

(SEPT. 25-OCT. 12) The Renegade One Act Festival features the best of local playwrights, including:

 Don't Even Think It written by George Freek

Match Play written by Seth Freeman 

Separated at Birth written by Barton Aronson

Double Date written by Janna King 

Vacationing With Nothing written by Dennis Goza 

What is Love written by Brad Braisdell

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