Theater Openings: THE PLAY YOU WANT; BRIGHT HALF LIFE; BELOVED (Road Theatre Company in Repertory)

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by Lamont Williams on December 27, 2021

in Theater-Los Angeles,Virtual

THE ROAD THEATRE COMPANY returns to live performances with three plays performing in rep. The world premiere of THE PLAY YOU WANT, written by Bernardo Cubria and directed by Michael John Garcés; the Los Angeles premiere of BRIGHT HALF LIFE, written by Pulitzer Prize-nominee Tanya Barfield and directed by Amy K. Harmon; and the world premiere of BELOVED, written by Arthur Holden and directed by Cameron Watson.

ABOUT THE PLAYS

THE PLAY YOU WANT by Bernardo Cubria – Fed-up by the theatre world’s desires to box him in, Mexican playwright Bernardo Cubría sarcastically pitches “Nar-Cocos” a play about drug dealers on Dia de los Muertos. Much to his surprise, the Public Theatre picks it up. With financial pressures mounting and a newborn at home, this is his chance at a commercial success. But when Scott Rudin offers him a Broadway run on the condition he further exploit his identity and the headlines, he must decide just how much he’s willing to compromise in order to finally be accepted. WORLD PREMIERE!

Opens: Friday, February 11 at 8pm
Previews: February 8-10, 2022
Runs: Friday, February 11 – Sunday, March 27, 2022
Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 8pm; Sundays at 2pm through March 13.

Performances continue in repertory beginning Thursday, March 17 at 8pm; Saturdays at 2pm & Sundays at 7:30pm through Sunday, March 27. There will be no performances March 4, 5 or 6.

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BRIGHT HALF LIFE by Tanya Barfield – The much-anticipated Los Angeles premiere by Pulitzer Prize nominee, Tanya Barfield, is a moving love story that spans decades in an instant – from marriage, children, skydiving, and the infinite moments that make a life together. BRIGHT HALF LIFE was developed during residency at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center’s National Playwrights Conference (Preston Whiteway, Executive Director; Wendy C. Goldberg, Artistic Director) in 2014.

Opens: Friday, March 18 at 8pm
Previews: March 14-16 at 8pm
Runs: Friday, March 18 – Sunday, May 1, 2022
Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 8pm; Sundays at 2pm through Sunday, April 17.

Performances continue in repertory beginning Thursday, April 21 at 8pm; Saturdays at 2pm & Sundays at 7:30pm through Sunday, May 1. There will be no performances April 8, 9 or 10.

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BELOVED by Arthur Holden – In this world premiere, Dorothy and Stephen are married co-owners of a failing real estate company. They’re shocked when they learn that their teenage son has committed a disturbing crime – and they’re devastated when they find out why. In three successive waiting rooms, accompanied by three young professionals, Dorothy and Stephen must overcome confusion, acrimony and bitter regret as they struggle to find a way forward.

Opens: Friday, April 22 at 8pm
Previews: April 18-20 at 8
Runs: Friday, April 22 – Sunday, May 29, 2022
Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 8pm; Sundays at 2pm

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The Road on Magnolia
10747 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood, CA  91601
Tickets: $39.00
Season Pass for all Three Shows: $75.00;
Previews: $15.00; Students/Seniors: $15.00
Sunday Performances are Pay-What-You-Can
For tickets – visit www.roadtheatre.org or call 818-761-8838

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