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May 2019

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August Wilson’s SEVEN GUITARS

May. 18 to Jun. 15, 2019
Written by August Wilson

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Director: Rovin Jay
Run: May. 18 to Jun. 15, 2019 Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm

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August Wilson’s SEVEN GUITARS is an engaging, music-filled drama that runs about 2hr. 45 min., plus one 15 min. Intermission.

 

Synopsis

From the master playwright of Fences, August Wilson, comes this story in his decade-by-decade exploration of the black experience in America. In a Pittsburgh tenement in 1948, friends gather to mourn the sudden death of a blues guitarist who has died on the verge of his musical success. Flashing back to the busy week preceding Floyd “Schoolboy” Barton’s demise, we learn the reasons for his tragic fall. Mixing the genres of dark elegy, bawdy comedy, and mystery, Schoolboy’s story has…

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June 2019

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LA CAGE AUX FOLLES

Jun. 29 to Aug. 10, 2019
Book by Harvey Fierstein, Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman, Based on the play by Jean Poiret

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Director: Sean F. Gray
Run: Jun. 29 to Aug. 10, 2019 Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm

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This production closed August 10th, 2019.

Synopsis

In this much loved musical that inspired The Birdcage, we peer into the living quarters of a famed drag nightclub where two men partnered in love as well as show-biz, Georges and Albin have their self-worth challenged after twenty years of un-wedded bliss when Georges’ son announces his impending marriage to the daughter of a conservative, right-wing politician. Georges reluctantly agrees to masquerade as “normal” to meet the family of the bride-to-be, but Albin has other plans, which escalate with…

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September 2019

THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE

Sep. 21 to Oct. 19, 2019
Adapted by F. Andrew Leslie, from the novel by Shirley Jackson

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Director: Holland Renton
Run: Sep. 21 to Oct. 19, 2019 Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm

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This Production Closed on Oct. 19, 2019.

Synopsis

Come join us this Halloween season for one of the most terrifying supernatural thrillers of all time. During a paranormal investigation, Dr. Montague and his small team of volunteers visit Hill House, an unwelcoming mansion with a history of secrets and tragedies.  As each guest is affected by the house’s psychological manipulations, their minds, souls, and very lives become endangered.  Based on Shirley Jackson’s chilling novel, this dramatization is sure to leave the audience shivering with delightful terror! CAST LIST:…

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November 2019

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MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY

Nov. 29 to Nov. 30, 2019
by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon

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Director: Phyllis B. Gitlin
Run: Nov. 29 to Nov. 30, 2019 Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm

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This Production Closed Nov. 30, 2019

 

Synopsis

In this holiday sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, presented so successfully by LBP last season, we now focus on Mary, the middle sister in the Bennet household.  Utilizing the same droll humor and intellectual romantic spirit as the Austen classic, enjoy a frolicking good time in this highly entertaining and warm-spirited welcome to the holiday season.  As the verbal sparring and intellectual challenges abound, Mary Bennet breaks away from her past to discover the delicious possibilities introduced when…

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December 2019

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL (2019)

Dec. 7 to Dec. 22, 2019
Written by Charles Dickens, adapted by Gregory Cohen, ‘Phie Mura, and Evan Battle

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Director: Evan Battle
Run: Dec. 7 to Dec. 22, 2019 Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm

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This Production Closed Dec. 22, 2019
Synopsis

The perennial favorite returns for its eighth incarnation at Long Beach Playhouse. In this quick-paced, highly theatrical re-telling of Charles Dickens’ classic tale, the ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Future show Ebenezer Scrooge the poverty of his material wealth and the blessings that come with generosity. Can they convince him to change before it’s too late? Come spend time with the characters you’ve come to love – Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, and of course the irascible miser himself.  This…

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January 2020

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Agatha Christie’s THE UNEXPECTED GUEST

Jan. 11 to Feb. 8, 2020
By Agatha Christie

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Director: Jeff Brown
Run: Jan. 11 to Feb. 8, 2020 Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm

Synopsis

Lost in the fog, a stranger seeks refuge in a nearby house, only to find a man shot dead and his wife standing over him with a smoking gun. But the woman’s dazed confession is anything but convincing, and the unexpected guest decides to help. Remarkably, the police suspect a man who died two years previously; a tangled web of lies reveals family secrets and chilling motives, where the real murderer turns out to be the greatest mystery of all. …

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February 2020

NOISES OFF

Feb. 22 to Mar. 21, 2020
Written by Michael Frayn

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Director: Gregory Cohen
Run: Feb. 22 to Mar. 21, 2020 Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm

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Important Public Notice:

The remaining performances of NOISES OFF have been canceled

In compliance with California Department of Public Health, County of Los Angeles, and the City of Long Beach, the Long Beach Playhouse will be canceling public events until the end of March. We are heartbroken that our audiences will not be able to enjoy the hard work our cast and crews have been working on, but the health and safety of our community is of the utmost importance.

For patrons that have bought tickets for these events, there are a few options for you.

-Exchange your ticket to a different production later in the year, please take a look at our website www.lbplayhouse.org for information on future productions

-Request a refund for the ticket purchased

-Donate your ticket back to the Playhouse

We thank you for your patience and understanding. As you can imagine our box office staff will be rather busy with all of these requests. You may experience longer wait times or call backs due to this increase. You can email the Box Office with your request at boxoffice@LBPlayhouse.org

At this time, we are planning on continuing our planned performances in April. If there is any need to change those events LBP will be contacting all involved.

We are looking forward to when we can welcome back the best audiences in town! But, for now, hang in there Long Beach. Wash your hands, stop touching your face, and take care of each other!

 

Synopsis

For those who love a good British farce, imagine the joy of being able to watch the mayhem going on behind the scenes.  Imagine no longer as we bring you “backstage” during the rehearsals and performances of a comedy that goes hilariously wrong over its months of production.  As this troupe of actors presents an awful flop called Nothing’s On, doors slam, cues are missed, and lives and careers dangle in the balance during what has been called “the funniest…

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June 2020

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VIRTUAL SCENE COLLABORATION CHALLENGE: Plays in 72 Hours!

Jun. 28 to Aug. 14, 2020

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Run: Jun. 28 to Aug. 14, 2020

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We found a way to do theater online!  Welcome to the VIRTUAL SCENE COLLABORATION CHALLENGE: Plays in 72 hours!  Like our PLAYS IN A DAY, the writers and actors had a limited amount of time to write, then learn the scripts, and then record their performances to bring you this online virtual festival of short scenes! On Day One of the 72 hours, writers were given an audience suggested theme: Deep, Dark Secrets.  They then had 8 hours to write…

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August 2020

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Scene From CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF

Aug. 22, 2020
Tennessee Williams

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Director: Sharyn Case
Run: Aug. 22, 2020 One Day Only!

Synopsis

Our production of CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF was planned to be performed on our Mainstage in April 2020, but due to COVID-19 we have had to postpone our full production. So it is with great pleasure we are able to present a dynamic scene from the show with some of our cast for you to enjoy! With special permission from Dramatists Play Service we are offering a chance to see the scene on the online video show platform,…

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September 2020

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Long Beach Gives 2020

Sep. 24, 2020

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Run: Sep. 24, 2020

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  September 24th 2020   City Wide Giving Day! Over 150 Long Beach focused non-profits Donate to LBP here : https://donate.longbeachgives.org/long-beach-playhouse   Our 2020 ‘Not Quite Live All The Time-A-Thon’!  4 – 10 pm 4:15 Special Announcement from Stacy Stone 5:00 Artistic Director Sean Gray talks online programing! 5:15 & 8 Interview with Michael Hernandez-Phillips 6 & 8:45 Performances from Stephen Olear, Jerry Barba, & Serena Bottiani-Henderson 6:30 & 9:15 Interview with Aurora J. Culver Messages from LBP Volunteers, Throwback…

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