One of the nation’s oldest LGBTQIA+ theatres, Celebration Theatre was founded in December 1982 in a Silver Lake storefront. The nonprofit was expressly organized as a community theatre "of, by, and for gay and lesbian people and their friends."
Presented by Celebration Theatre in association with the Los Angeles LGBT Center, A New Brain is a timely revival of the Finn & Lapine show about second chances and the urgency of art. Celebration Theatre brings us into the world of this queer musical of "captivating eccentricity" (New York Times) with an intimate experience of pathos, humor, and just a little bit of magic—to bring us back to life.
Composer Gordon Schwinn collapses into their lunch and awakes in the hospital, surrounded by their lover, mother, co-worker, doctor, and nurses. Coming face to face with their own mortality, Gordon sees their greatest fear: will they die with their greatest songs still unwritten? A New Brain reminds us that the power of music, love, and the creation of art can never be lost.
Featuring a gender-expansive casting vision from Celebration and director Khanisha Foster; a buoyant score and “fascinating story” (New York Post) from the Tony Award-winning authors of Falsettos and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; LA audiences have the unique opportunity to see A New Brain as it has never been done before.