30 to Curtain

Jan 25 2020 5 31 mins

Center Theatre Group, a nonprofit organization, is one of the largest and most active theatre companies in the nation, programming at the Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, and Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles.



Dael Orlandersmith on “Until the Flood”
Jan 25 2020 • 28 min
Center Theatre Group’s Associate Artistic Director and Literary Director Neel Keller guest hosts “30 to Curtain,” a podcast featuring 30-minute interviews with some of the theatre artists creating work across the stages of the Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, and Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles. For this episode of the podcast, playwright and performer Dael Orlandersmith joins Neel in conversation about her latest play, “Until the Flood,” which is onstage at the Kirk Douglas Theatre January 24 – February 23, 2020. Dael is a Pulitzer Prize finalist and celebrated artist who is no stranger to Center Theatre Group, having developed many works with the organization including “Bones,” “Stoop Stories,” and “Forever.” Directed by Neel, “Until the Flood” explores the social uprising in Ferguson, Missouri following the shooting of teenager Michael Brown. For more on Center Theatre Group and its upcoming productions, visit CenterTheatreGroup.org.


Ruben Santiago-Hudson on "Jitney"
Nov 21 2019 • 35 min
Center Theatre Group’s Artistic Director Michael Ritchie hosts “30 to Curtain,” a podcast featuring 30-minute interviews with some of the theatre artists creating work across the stages of the Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, and Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles. For this episode of the podcast, director Ruben Santiago-Hudson joins Michael in conversation about the Tony Award-winning production of August Wilson's "Jitney," which is onstage at the Mark Taper Forum November 22 – December 29, 2019. For nearly 30 years, Center Theatre Group has celebrated Wilson’s work, whether it be through productions at our theatres, educational programming, or assisting with his development process on the road to Broadway. We're now going full circle in bringing the Broadway production of “Jitney” to the Taper—the final play of Wilson’s American Century Cycle to appear on Broadway. For more on Center Theatre Group and its upcoming productions, visit CenterTheatreGroup.org


David Henry Hwang on "Soft Power" (Live)
Oct 15 2019 • 28 min
Center Theatre Group’s Artistic Director Michael Ritchie hosts “30 to Curtain,” a podcast featuring 30-minute interviews with some of the theatre artists creating work across the stages of the Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, and Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles. For this episode of the podcast, we’re looking back at a conversation Michael had with playwright David Henry Hwang shortly before “Soft Power” made its World premiere at the Ahmanson Theatre in 2018. “Soft Power,” which began as a project we commissioned as part of our 50th Anniversary season, became a remarkable piece of theatre that is now making its New York premiere in a co-production with the Public Theater. For more on Center Theatre Group and its upcoming productions, visit CenterTheatreGroup.org



Bill Irwin on "On Beckett"
Oct 03 2019 • 32 min
Center Theatre Group’s Artistic Director Michael Ritchie hosts “30 to Curtain,” a podcast featuring 30-minute interviews with some of the theatre artists creating work across the stages of the Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, and Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles. Joining this episode of “30 to Curtain” is Bill Irwin, who joins Center Theatre Group at the Douglas with his tour-de-force and deeply personal play, On Beckett. Bill is regularly called a virtuoso, a master of his craft, and has been designated a “genius” by the MacArthur Foundation. You’ve seen him in everything from TV shows like "CSI" and "Sesame Street" to his Tony Award®-winning turns in plays like "Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "Fool Moon"—roles he reprised with Center Theatre Group. Bill is a multi-hyphenate artist and creator—and also exactly the right guide into the world and work of playwright Samuel Beckett. For more on Center Theatre Group and its upcoming productions, visit CenterTheatreGroup.org


Neil Pepe on "A Play Is a Poem"
Sep 24 2019 • 37 min
Center Theatre Group’s Artistic Director Michael Ritchie hosts “30 to Curtain,” a podcast featuring 30-minute interviews with some of the theatre artists creating work across the stages of the Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, and Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles. Joining this episode of “30 to Curtain” is Neil Pepe, Artistic Director of the Atlantic Theater Company and also the director of "A Play Is a Poem," a new play by Ethan Coen currently making its World premiere at the Taper. He’s led the Atlantic Theater since 1992. He’s back with Center Theatre Group, having previously directed on David Mamet’s “Two Unrelated Plays” and “Romance” and later Frank Gilroy’s “The Subject Was Roses.” For more on Center Theatre Group and its upcoming productions, visit CenterTheatreGroup.org


Kevin McCollum on "The Play That Goes Wrong"
Jun 20 2019 • 34 min
Center Theatre Group’s Producing Director Douglas C. Baker guest hosts this episode of “30 to Curtain,” a podcast featuring 30-minute interviews with some of the theatre artists creating work across the stages of the Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, and Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles. Joining us for this episode of “30 to Curtain” is theatre producer Kevin McCollum. Kevin has produced some legendary Broadway shows throughout his career, including "Rent," "In the Heights," and "The Play That Goes Wrong," which joins us at the Ahmanson Theatre July 9 through August 11, 2019. For more on Center Theatre Group and its upcoming productions, visit CenterTheatreGroup.org


Lucas Hnath and Les Waters on "Dana H."
May 31 2019 • 27 min
Center Theatre Group’s Artistic Director Michael Ritchie hosts “30 to Curtain,” a podcast featuring 30-minute interviews with some of the theatre artists creating work across the stages of the Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, and Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles. Our guests on this episode are playwright Lucas Hnath and director Les Waters, who join us for the World premiere of “Dana H.” Lucas returns to us, having last brought his play The Christians to the Mark Taper Forum in 2015, also directed by Les. Lucas is now fresh off two huge Broadway triumphs: “A Doll’s House, Part 2” and “Hillary & Clinton.” Les was Artistic Director of Actors Theatre of Louisville from 2012 to 2018 and has collaborated with Lucas on a number of projects over the years. Our Director of Communications James Sims caught up with Lucas and Les in the lobby of the Douglas as the two took a break from rehearsals to discuss their creative process and what little can be said about this play, which is full of surprises. “Dana H.” is onstage at the Douglas May 26 – June 23, 2019. For more on Center Theatre Group and its upcoming productions, visit CenterTheatreGroup.org


James Lapine on "Falsettos"
Apr 18 2019 • 33 min
Center Theatre Group’s Producing Director Douglas C. Baker guest hosts this episode of “30 to Curtain,” a podcast featuring 30-minute interviews with some of the theatre artists creating work across the stages of the Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, and Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles. Joining this episode of “30 to Curtain” is James Lapine, the writer and director of “Falsettos,” which is onstage at the Ahmanson April 16 through May 19, 2019. James is a multiple Tony Award-winning writer and director, having helped create such Broadway classic musicals as “Sunday in the Park with George,” “Into the Woods,” “Passion,” and “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” He is a longtime collaborator with composers Stephen Sondheim and William Finn. Center Theatre Group was honored to have him in Los Angeles to discuss his storied career, this Tony-nominated revival of “Falsettos,” and the musical’s intriguing history. For more on Center Theatre Group and its upcoming productions, visit CenterTheatreGroup.org


Matthew Bourne on "Cinderella" & "Swan Lake"
Feb 07 2019 • 39 min
Center Theatre Group’s Artistic Director Michael Ritchie hosts “30 to Curtain,” a podcast featuring 30-minute interviews with some of the theatre artists creating work across the stages of the Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, and Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles. Joining this episode of “30 to Curtain” is Sir Matthew Bourne, who has brought a new generation of audiences to dance, breaking down the walls between classical ballet and theatrical entertainment. In 1995, Matthew changed the worlds of dance and theatre when his daring interpretation of Swan Lake made its World premiere in London. A year later, it had become the longest running ballet on the West End. And a year after that, in 1997, he made his U.S. debut here with Center Theatre Group at the Ahmanson Theatre, where Swan Lake became an instant hit before becoming the longest running ballet on Broadway. And he now returns to the Ahmanson with a revival of another of his classics, Cinderella, onstage February 5 through March 10, 2019. We’re proud to have Matthew consider the Ahmanson his second home and also to have him as an Associate Artist at Center Theatre Group. For more on Center Theatre Group and its upcoming productions, visit CenterTheatreGroup.org


"Come From Away" (Live)
Nov 27 2018 • 26 min
Center Theatre Group’s Artistic Director Michael Ritchie hosts “30 to Curtain,” a podcast featuring 30-minute interviews with some of the theatre artists creating work across the stages of the Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, and Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles. For this special live edition of “30 to Curtain,” you’re invited to join us for an event we held in celebration of Broadway’s “Come From Away,” which arrives at the Ahmanson Theatre November 28, 2018 through January 6, 2019. Our friends at the Official Residence of Canada in Los Angeles hosted us for a panel discussion with the creators of this hit show and two people that are part of the real-life story behind the musical. Moderating this live episode of “30 to Curtain” is friend of Center Theatre Group and celebrated Canadian actress Nia Vardalos. For more on Center Theatre Group, its programs and upcoming productions, visit CenterTheatreGroup.org.


Luis Valdez on "Valley of the Heart"
Nov 03 2018 • 32 min
Center Theatre Group’s Artistic Director Michael Ritchie hosts “30 to Curtain,” a podcast featuring 30-minute interviews with some of the theatre artists creating work across the stages of the Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, and Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles. Joining this episode of “30 to Curtain” is Luis Valdez, the founder and Artistic Director of El Teatro Campesino and a legendary theatre artist who has a storied history with Center Theatre Group, including as the writer and director of “Zoot Suit,” which made its World premiere at the Mark Taper Forum in 1978 and had a celebrated revival in 2017 as part of our 50th Anniversary Season. Luis returns to the Taper this season with his latest play, “Valley of the Heart,” which is onstage October 30 through December 9, 2018. For more on Center Theatre Group, its programs and upcoming productions, visit CenterTheatreGroup.org.


Eliza Clark & Neel Keller on "Quack"
Oct 06 2018 • 25 min
Center Theatre Group’s Artistic Director Michael Ritchie hosts “30 to Curtain,” a podcast featuring 30-minute interviews with some of the theatre artists creating work across the stages of the Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, and Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles. Joining this episode of “30 to Curtain” is playwright Eliza Clark and director Neel Keller. Clark—a member of Center Theatre Group’s L.A. Writers’ Workshop—has developed plays at organizations including Manhattan Theatre Club and the Studio at Cherry Lane Theatre and is a writer and co-executive producer on “Animal Kingdom” for TNT. Keller—an Associate Artistic Director at Center Theatre Group—is directing the World premiere of Clark’s play “Quack,” onstage at the Kirk Douglas Theatre October 21 – November 18, 2018. For more on Center Theatre Group, its programs and upcoming productions, visit CenterTheatreGroup.org.


Dominique Morisseau on "Ain't Too Proud"
Sep 06 2018 • 33 min
Center Theatre Group’s Artistic Director Michael Ritchie hosts “30 to Curtain,” a podcast featuring 30-minute interviews with some of the theatre artists creating work across the stages of the Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, and Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles. Perfect for the drive to the show—or really any time—“30 to Curtain” allows audiences to hear from some of the leading theatre artists of our time and discover how their work made it to Center Theatre Group's stages. The first guest on “30 to Curtain” is playwright Dominique Morisseau. Morisseau—the acclaimed, award-winning playwright best known for her three-play cycle The Detroit Project and hot off a stint writing for the Showtime series Shameless—wrote the book for “Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations,” onstage at the Ahmanson Theatre August 21 – September 30, 2018. For more on Center Theatre Group, its programs and upcoming productions, visit CenterTheatreGroup.org.


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