MainStage

The Factory. The Motel. The Nightclub. The Cafe. Extraordinary things happen in ordinary places.

 

REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES

BY JOSEFINA LÓPEZ

comedy cut from a different cloth

In a tiny, family-run factory, fabric flies and tempers flare when Ana, fresh out of high school, rebels against the status quo with dreams of becoming a writer. But deportation and the pressure to not abandon her heritage become a heated debate. These incredibly strong women gossip about food and sex and love…and size, while rewriting Corporate America’s definition of beauty.

A coming of age comedy, set in East LA, written, directed and designed by an all-women team.

 

THE MOUNTAINTOP

BY KATORI HALL

a masterpiece reaching historic heights

April 3, 1968. Memphis. The Lorraine Motel. Room 306. Tomorrow, it will become the scene of one of our nation’s greatest losses. But tonight, it is just another stopover motel for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Full of vivid theatricality, poetic language, and surprising twists, this drama takes us to the summit of a man’s historic life and offers a stunning new view of his dream for our nation.

“…daring, rousing and provocative.” Entertainment Weekly

February 6 - March 10, 2019

 

LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR AND GRILL

The time is 1959, a seedy bar in Philadelphia. The audience is about to witness one of Billie Holiday's last performances, given four months before her death. More than a dozen musical numbers — including “What a Moonlight Can Do,” “Crazy He Calls Me,” “Easy Living,” Strange Fruit,” “Taint Nobody’s Biz-ness If I Do,” and “God Bless the Child” — are interlaced with salty, often humorous, reminiscences to project a riveting portrait of the lady and her music.

Casting and creative team for Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill will be announced shortly. Lady Day replaces the previously announced Pang Spa.

“In my imagination,” says playwright Lanie Robertson, “(Billie Holiday) enters, doesn’t know where she is, sees the microphone, and knows she’s supposed to sing. Once she starts singing, the music is like an injection of heroin. By the time she finishes, she knows where she is and what she has to do.” Late in life, Holiday could still bring the house to silence.  The New York Times said, “The quiet usually held, as one of the great singers of the last century turned jazz songs and standards into searching, and searing, portraits of life and love gone wrong that cast a shimmering spell.”

May 15 to June 2, 2019

 

THE SPITFIRE GRILL

MUSIC AND BOOK BY JAMES VALCQ
LYRICS AND BOOK BY FRED ALLEY
BASED ON THE FILM BY LEE DAVID ZLOTOFF

a hearty helping of the great American musical - Order up!

Run away to a small town where they “roll the streets up at night” and find yourself in a café that serves up a soul-stirring story with a strong cup of joe. This joyous musical bubbles over with toe-tapping fun and soaring, heart-felt melodies – and is proof that a new beginning is as close as your own back porch.

“Rich and satisfying! Tender and touching!” – Billboard

July 10 - August 11, 2019


 

the Fine Print: this season is full of exciting, challenging and risk-taking storytelling, these plays may contain adult language and situations, even some suggested nudity*…for details contact the box office. And, as always, due to the nature of LIVE THEATRE these productions, dates, talent and titles are subject to change. All ticket sales are final and non-refundable (with the exceptions of cancelled events) and handling or credit card fees are always non-refundable. That’s it. Now come see a show!