Taper’s Season Full of Laughter and Drama

Monday Sep 9, 2013

A new season rich with laughter and compelling drama was announced for the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum by Michael Ritchie, CTG Artistic Director.

The Taper's 2014 season, the 47th season at the Music Center of Los Angeles, will begin with the deliciously witty 2013 Tony Award-winning play "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" by Christopher Durang, directed by Nicholas Martin.

It continues with the world premiere production of Daniel Beaty's illuminating play with music about Paul Robeson, "The Tallest Tree in the Forest," directed by Moisés Kaufman.

The United States premiere of a play filled with Vatican intrigue - Roger Crane's "The Last Confession" starring David Suchet and Brian Bedford will be directed by Jonathan Church.

Michael Urie will be featured in the off-the wall, off-Broadway hit comedy of Jonathan Tolins' "Buyer & Cellar," directed by Stephen Brackett.

And not to be missed are the world premiere of Jordan Harrison's fascinating play "Marjorie Prime," directed by Pam MacKinnon, and featuring Lois Smith; and the classic Joe Orton farce "What the Butler Saw" directed by John Tillinger and featuring Paxton Whitehead.

In addition, Mark Taper Forum season ticket members will have priority access to "Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty" and Christopher Plummer's "A Word or Two," both playing at the Ahmanson Theatre.

"It's a season of well-crafted comedies and of powerful dramas filled with intrigue and compassion," said Ritchie. "We have the perfect balance with three comedies ranging from clever homage to the nutty absurdities of improbable situations, and three dramas - a murder mystery, the story of a towering American figure, and a humane play that turns immortality on its ear.

"I'm proud that so many of these plays will be seen for the first time in Los Angeles, including two world premiere dramas, and two comedies that are fresh from Broadway and off-Broadway. And, along with some of the most interesting playwrights of today (and yesterday), we have a roster of truly gifted theatre artists joining us: actors David Suchet, Brian Bedford, Lois Smith, Daniel Beaty, Michael Urie and Paxton Whitehead and directors Moisés Kaufman, Nicholas Martin, Pam MacKinnon, John Tillinger, Stephen Brackett and Jonathan Church."

"This is a season that encapsulates all that theatre offers," said Ritchie. "Vivid stories and characters sweep us away for a few hours as we are thinking, learning, feeling, laughing and sharing. There is no better place for this communal act than the sweet intimacy of the Mark Taper Forum. Come join us."


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