All shows are presented in our temporary theater while the Performing Arts Building undergoes renovation. We expect to be back in our newly renovated theater in early 2013.
The season will open with the timeless musical, The Fantasticks (book and lyrics by Tom Jones; music by Harvey Schmidt). The longest-running production of any kind in the world, this celebrated, classic musical combines breathtaking poetry and subtle theatrical sophistication with a simple purity that transcends cultural barriers. LAPC Theatre’s production, to be directed by RoZsa Hovath, will run in late October and early November.
Los Angeles Pierce College Theatre has announced its 2013-2014 Season, which will be highlighted by the move back to the newly-renovated Pierce Performing Arts Center in March, 2014. The first two productions (in October and December, 2013) will be held in the Temporary Performing Arts Complex, while the two plays presented in the spring of 2014 will be produced in the Performing Arts Center on top of the hill, on the Pierce College Campus. Exact performance dates will be announced later this spring.
The season continues in December with It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live, 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings dozens of colorful characters to the stage, the story of the idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life on one fateful Christmas Eve. Frank Catalano directs.
After two-plus years and ten productions in a temporary performing space, LAPC Theatre will re-open the Pierce Performing Arts Center in March of 2014 with William Sayoran’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, The Time of Your Life.
When the Pierce Performing Arts Building originally opened in 1981, the Theatre Department presented Saroyan’s one-of-a-kind comedy-drama as a tribute to the playwright, who died that year. This spring, LAPC Theatre will stage a new production of Saroyan’s classic as a celebration of the grand re-opening of the Performing Arts Center.
Set in 1939 San Francisco on the eve of WWII, The Time of Your Life follows the regulars and strangers who pass the time at Nick’s Saloon. These people from all walks of life seek refuge from the perils and deprivations of the Great Depression. Through Nick’s kindness and the efforts of a mysterious, wealthy patron named Joe, they find a magical arena in which they can be whoever they want to be – at least until the outside world intrudes. Valorie Grear will direct a cast of over 20 actors in the Performing Arts Center’s Mainstage Theatre.
LAPC Theatre’s 2013-2014 Season will conclude in May with award-winning playwright Lee Blessing’s critically-acclaimed drama, Independence. The play is a powerful, uncompromising study of a family divided against itself in the small town of Independence, Iowa. Concerned with an emotionally disturbed
mother and her three daughters, the play blends humor and telling insights as the characters probe for personal truths they desperately need to reveal and accept. Independence will be presented in the Performing Arts Center’s Dow Arena Theatre, and will be directed by Anita Adcock.
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