L.A. Theater: 29th SEASON ANNOUNCEMENT (The Road Theatre Company in North Hollywood)

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by Jim Allen on February 23, 2021

in Theater-Los Angeles,Virtual


The Road Theatre Company takes a sharp turn off the beaten path for their 2021 season. Pulling out of a year that turned many artistic avenues into dead ends, The Road is bringing some of Los Angeles’s best intimate theatre across the country and around the world in a bold new format. In short: The Road Theatre’s stage in North Hollywood has been converted into a soundstage. At the crossroads of cutting-edge digital technology and kinetic live theatre, this season will be presented as fully staged theatre productions recorded on a COVID-guideline compliant set, and then streamed — guaranteeing everyone who buys a ticket the best seat in the house!
Each ticket buys access to the performance, which will be streamed at a specific date and time, just like a night out at the theatre. This appointment viewing format is designed to elevate and honor the tireless work of stage artists while offering theatregoers the opportunity to make an event during these quarantined times. Amplified by this new and exciting format, the plays presented in The Road’s 29th Season focus on bold truth, and the courage required to confront and embrace it.
THIS BITTER EARTH by Harrison David Rivers
Directed by Gregg T. Daniel
Jesse, an introspective black playwright, finds his choices called into question when his boyfriend, Neil, a white Black Lives Matter activist, calls him out for his political apathy. As passions and priorities collide, this couple is forced to reckon with issues of race, class and the bravery it takes to love out loud. The 90-minute show premieres on Friday, March 26, 2010, at 5pm and 8pm PT. Remaining mindful of their nationwide audience, The Road will stream additional weekend performances on Saturday, March 27 at 5pm and 8pm PST, and Sunday, March 28 at 4pm and 7pm PT. The show will stream every other weekend through April 25. Tickets are $25.00 and can be purchased at Road Theatre. Runtime: 90 minutes. Mr. Rivers’ musical Broadbend, Arkansas premiered Off-Broadway in 2019. The cast features Matthew Hancock as Jesse and Chase Cargill as Neil.
REYKJAVÍK by Steve Yockey
Directed by Ann Hearn Tobolowsky
In the city of Reykjavík, we eavesdrop on the intertwined lives of lovers, hospitality workers, partygoers, and even a really handsome bird or two. This frank exploration of honesty in relationships offers a glimpse into a cold, dark, magical, and sometimes violent world where everyone still hopes to find joy beneath the glow of the Northern Lights. Premieres Friday, April 30, 2021, and runs through June 6. 110 minutes. Yockey’s critically-acclaimed dark comedy The Flight Attendant premiered on HBO Max last year, renewed for a second season. The cast features Stephen Tyler Howell; Alaska Jackson; Leandro Cano; Brian Ibsen; Danny Lee Gomez; and Jacqueline Misaye.

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