Mystage Guide

Segerstrom Stage
All the Way Logo

by Robert Schenkkan
directed by Mar​c Masterson
September 2 - October 2, 2016

1963. Lyndon B. Johnson has been catapulted into the most powerful job on earth. No stranger to back room deals, Johnson takes us with him—flattering, backslapping, placating and bullying as he maneuvers to pass the groundbreaking Civil Rights Act. From Martin Luther King, Jr. to George Wallace, some of America’s most dynamic leaders stand beside him—or against him—during this tumultuous time, captured vividly in the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit.

Recommendation: Suitable for ages 13 and above. Contains adult language and complicated political themes.

Destiny of Desire Logo

by Karen Zacarías
directed by José Luis Valenzuela
West Coast Premiere
October 14 - November 13, 2016

On a stormy night in Bellarica, Mexico, two baby girls are born—one to poverty, one to privilege—and then secretly switched by a scheming former beauty queen. Eighteen years later the girls meet, brought together by misfortune. Or is it destiny? In this fast-paced comedy inspired by popular telenovelas, forbidden love, revenge, infidelity and burning passion abound. (And musical numbers make it the perfect guilty pleasure!)

A coproduction with the Goodman Theatre.

Recommendation: Suitable for ages 13 and above.

Moby Dick Logo

Lookingglass Theatre Company’s
adapted and directed by David Catlin
from the novel by Herman Melville
West Coast Premiere
January 20 - February 19, 2017

The power—and the poetry—of Melville’s colossal novel is transformed into a masterwork for the stage. Driven on by a self-destructive madman, larger-than-life characters search for the white whale, pitting themselves against the Seven Seas with a fiery passion, in this robust and theatrically stunning production by Chicago’s renowned Lookingglass Theatre Company. 
A co-production with Alliance Theatre and Arena Stage.

Recommendation: Suitable for ages 12 and above.

The Siegel Logo

by Michael Mitnick
directed by Casey Stangl
World Premiere
March 24 - April 23, 2017

Ethan Siegel is in love. Tonight he’s going to ask Alice’s parents for permission to marry her. There’s just one hitch. Ethan and Alice broke up two years ago—and she’s in a serious relationship with someone else. But Ethan is undaunted. An irresistible comedy about modern love and the need to go back in order to move forward.

Recommendation: Suitable for high school and above. Contains adult language.

The Monster Builder Logo

by Amy Freed
directed by Art Manke
May 5 - June 4, 2017

Rita and Dieter are thrilled to meet Gregor, the world’s most celebrated architect. His buildings rise from the earth like twisted post-post-modern megaliths. So why has he taken on the remodel of a decaying boathouse, a project that was supposed to go to Rita and Dieter? They’re ready for a confrontation, but nothing prepares them for the heart-stopping truth about their idol. Another outrageous comedy from the author of The Beard of Avon.

Recommendation: Suitable for high school and above. Contains adult language.

Julianne Argyros Stage
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by Aaron Posner
inspired by William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice
directed by Michael Michetti
West Coast Premiere
October ​2-2​3, 2016

With audacious humor and bold inventiveness, Aaron Posner (SCR’s The Tempest) takes The Merchant of Venice from its Shakespearean setting to post-Civil War Washington, D.C., with hints at life in America today. In the complex and contradictory worlds of blacks, whites, Jews and Christians, money changes hands with dangerously high stakes, philanthropic acts mask blatant opportunism and would-be lovers hide—and then uncover—their differences. While love gets a chance, does hope remain for a just and kind tomorrow?

Recommendation: Suitable for high school and above. 

The Roommate Logo

by Jen Silverman
directed by Martin Benson
West Coast Premiere
January 3-22, 2017

Sharon is sensible. An Iowan. An empty nester. Curious and very, very talkative. For the first time in her life, at age 54, she takes in a roommate to make ends meet. Robyn, a new arrival from the Bronx, is hiding a lifetime of secrets. But Sharon has a way of getting to the truth—the fascinating, shocking truth. This intriguing and funny play proves it’s never too late to shake things up—for better or worse.

Recommendation: Suitable for high school and above. Contains adult language and drug use.

Orange Logo

by Aditi Brennan Kapil
directed by Jessica Kubzansky
West Coast Premiere
March 5-26, 2017

Leela is different. A teenager from India, she sketches life’s important moments in her journal. When a family wedding gets boring, her rebellious cousin decides to make a run for it with her boyfriend—and take Leela along. As they careen dangerously through Orange County, everything takes on mythic significance for Leela, who challenges their view of her—and each other. A touching story about a unique young woman’s search for her place in the world.

Recommendation: Suitable for age 13 and above. Contains adult language.

A Doll's House, Part 2 logo

by Lucas ​Hnath
directed by Shelley Butler
World Premiere
​April ​9-​30, 2017

In the final scene of Ibsen’s classic A Doll’s House, Nora makes the shocking decision to leave her husband and children. A door slams. The curtain falls on a stunned audience. Lucas Hnath continues Nora’s story in this intriguing play with a decidedly modern perspective. Fifteen years have passed when there’s a knock on that same door. Why is Nora back—and what will her return mean to those she left behind?

Recommendation: Suitable for high school and above. Contains adult language.

All the Way logo source: Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum; Moby Dick ​logo: Moby Dick, adapted by David Catlin from Herman Melville, at Lookingglass Theatre Company in Chicago. (Photo by Liz Lauren)