Center Theatre Group Season Begins Sept. 14 With St. Jude, Uncle Ho to Uncle Sam and Rodney King

By Carey Purcell
September 14, 2013

The Center Theatre Group's season kicks off Sept. 14 with the DouglasPlus presentations of Luis Alfaro’s St. Jude, Trieu Tran’s Uncle Ho to Uncle Sam and Roger Guenveur Smith’s Rodney King.



The DouglasPlus trio of solo performances is part of the Radar L.A. festival, the international contemporary theatre festival presented by REDCAT and CalArts in association with Center Theatre Group. 

The season also includes the world premiere of the musical The Black Suits and Samuel Beckett's I'll Go On. A holiday performance of a re-twisting of The Second City's A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens, as well as the world premiere of different words for the same thing, will also be presented. 

"We stated early on that the Douglas would offer as broad a scope of theatre as possible," CTG artistic director Michael Ritchie said in an earlier statement. "With the announcement of the 2013-2014 season, we are definitely continuing that commitment."

Center Theatre Group has presented more than 70 productions, workshops and readings since its birth. The world premieres of Alex Timbers and Michael Friedman's musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Rajiv Joseph's dark comedy and Pulitzer Prize finalist Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo and the revival of William Inge's Come Back, Little Sheba moved to Broadway, and other works have been produced Off-Broadway and at regional theatres throughout the country.

The season at a glance follows:

The Black Suits
Music and Lyrics by Joe Iconis
Book by Joe Iconis and Robert Maddock
Directed by John Simpkins
World Premiere
Oct. 27–Nov. 24


"The Black Suits is set in a garage in suburban Long Island where four boys (lead singer, guitar, bass and drums) are preparing for stardom by way of the St. Anne's Battle of the Bands."

Gate Theatre production of
Barry McGovern in
I'll Go On
By Samuel Beckett
From "Molloy," "Malone Dies" and "The Unnamable"
Texts Selected by Gerry Dukes and Barry McGovern
Directed by Colm Ó Briain
Jan. 10, 2014–Feb. 9


"I'll Go On is based on three of Beckett's novels — 'Molloy,' 'Malone Dies' and 'The Unnamable.'"

different words for the same thing
By Kimber Lee
Directed by Neel Keller
World Premiere
May 4-June 1


"Set in the small town in southwestern Idaho, and the vast spaces that surround it, different words for the same thing depicts the intersecting lives of the townspeople as they deal with the web of love, tradition, religion, politics and heartbreak that connect them all."

Bonus Option
The Second City's
A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens!

by Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort
Directed by Marc Warzecha
December 8-29


"Created in collaboration with CTG, The Second City's satirical twist on Dickens features Scrooge, the Cratchits and all the time-traveling ghosts normally found in this uplifting holiday fare. Twist Your Dickens! also breathes new life into the classic tale of hope and redemption with celebrity guests, audience-interactive improvisation, a few new characters and a festive party atmosphere in the lobby — complete with the cocktails Tiny Timtinis and Scroogedrivers."

DouglasPlus
St. Jude
Written and Performed by Luis Alfaro
Directed by Robert Egan
Uncle Ho to Uncle Sam
By Trieu Tran with Robert Egan
Directed by Robert Egan
Rodney King
Created and Performed by Roger Guenveur Smith
Sept. 14–Oct. 6


"In St. Jude, written by Luis Alfaro and directed by Robert Egan, Alfaro faces his father's stroke and a flood of family memories. In Uncle Ho to Uncle Sam, written by Trieu Tran with Robert Egan, and directed by Egan, Tran recalls the harrowing journey he took from Vietnam to Canada to the United States, and his quest to find some place to belong. The piece had its premiere last year at ACT Seattle. In Rodney King, created by Roger Guenveur Smith, new light is shed on the man whose famous question, 'Can't we all get along?' continues to resonate 21 years after it was first posed to a riot-torn Los Angeles in 1992."

More information can be found by visiting centertheatregroup.org