A Transparent Musical, based on the Amazon series Transparent, will make its world premiere at Center Theatre Group's Mark Taper Forum next year. Featuring a book by Joey Soloway and MJ Kaufman and music and lyrics by Faith Soloway, the show is set to run May 20–June 25, 2023, with an opening night scheduled for May 31.
With characters from the Golden Globe-winning show written by Joey Soloway, the musical comedy explores a new story as family secrets of the Pfeffermans, a Jewish family living in Los Angeles, come to light and inspire journeys of self-discovery, acceptance, and joy. Tina Landau (SpongeBob SquarePants) will direct the production, with James Alsop providing choreography.
Also in the California theatre's upcoming season is the U.S. premiere of West End favorite 2:22 - A Ghost Story, by Danny Robbins. Matthew Dunster will direct the production, which will run at Mark Taper Forum October 29-December 4, with opening night set for November 4. The supernatural thriller follows Jenny and her husband Sam in their new home, which Jenny believes to be haunted. As the two argue over the paranormal while hosting friends Lauren and Ben for dinner, they decide the only way to solve the mystery is to stay up until 2:22 AM, the time Jenny hears something every night.
The production features set design by Anna Fleischle, costume design by Cindy Lin, lighting design by Lucy Carter, and sound by Ian Dickinson.
Center Theatre Group's 2022-2023 season will also include The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe with Cecily Strong and directed by Leigh Silverman, Lynn Nottage's Clyde's, Anna Deavere Smith's Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, the world premiere of Larissa FastHorse's Fake It Until You Make It, Dominique Morisseau's Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations, Charles Fuller's A Soldier's Play, and A.R.T. and Roundabout Theatre Company's co-produced 1776 revival, the latter featuring a cast of all female, Non-binary, and Trans actors.
“This is a landmark season for the Mark Taper Forum. Never, in our 55-year history, has CTG presented a Taper season written exclusively by artists that are woman-identifying, Transgender, or Non-binary," says Center Theatre Group’s five associate artistic directors in a joint statement. "We were specifically challenged and emboldened by artists, friends, and audiences to address the longstanding predominance of male writers on our stages. The result is a collection of premieres and reimagined masterworks that speak to this extraordinary moment in time, all created by some of the most inspired and inspiring artists working today."
For tickets and more information, visit CenterTheatreGroup.org.