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December 2018

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IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

Dec. 6 to Dec. 13, 2018

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Run: Dec. 6 to Dec. 13, 2018 Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm

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All Studio Collaborative Shows are Festival Seating meaning there is no assigned seating, it is first come, first serve.

PLEASE NOTE: The Studio Theater is on the 2nd Floor, it is only accessible by stairs, there is no elevator.

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The Studio Collaborative: IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE Company: Alethia Theater Dec. 6, 7, 8, 13 @ 8pm, Dec. 9 @ 2pm 2018. Tickets: $15 Description: One Christmas Eve, an angel desiring to earn her wings stops George Bailey before he jumps off a bridge and walks with him from childhood to this moment in time. Together, they learn what makes a wonderful life, and that no one is a failure who has friends. Company Statement: Alethia Christian Theater aims to provide young…

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MIRACLE ON ANAHEIM STREET

Dec. 1 to Dec. 1, 2018
by Held2gether

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Run: Dec. 1 to Dec. 1, 2018 Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 8pm

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All Studio Collaborative Shows are Festival Seating meaning there is no assigned seating, it is first come, first serve.

PLEASE NOTE: The Studio Theater is on the 2nd Floor, it is only accessible by stairs, there is no elevator.

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The Studio Collaborative: MIRACLE ON ANAHEIM STREET Company: Held2Gether & LBP Dec. 1 @ 8pm, 2018.  Tickets: $20 Description:  Long Beach Playhouse and Held2gether, Improv for Life are teaming up for the 4th Annual “Miracle on Anaheim Street”, a holiday variety to show to benefit the WomenShelter of Long Beach.  Long Beach’s premiere comedy troupe, Held2gether will perform a dozen holiday themed comedic improv scenes, sketches and musical numbers to ring in the holiday sprit and celebrate WSLB’s great mission.…

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October 2018

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Stephen Sondheim’s ASSASSINS

Oct. 12 to Nov. 17, 2018
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by John Weidman

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Director: Sean F. Gray
Run: Oct. 12 to Nov. 17, 2018 Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm

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This Production Closed November 17, 2018.

 

 

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What’s the outcome when The American Dream of success, celebrity, and free speech becomes warped in a madman’s mind?  In this highly thought-provoking musical, musical genius Stephen Sondheim and playwright John Weidman bend time and space to allow the nation’s nine successful and would-be assassins to meet, interact, and inspire each other to try to make their mark in the American history books. Using his signature blend of insightful lyrics and unforgettable music, Sondheim sheds a light on the peculiarly…

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August 2018

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THE TEMPEST

Aug. 31 to Sep. 29, 2018
By William Shakespeare

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Director: Mary Schaugh
Run: Aug. 31 to Sep. 29, 2018 Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm

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This Production Closed Sept. 29, 2018.

 

 

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Trickery, romance, and revenge set the stage for one of Shakespeare’s late masterpieces, in which sprites, goddesses, monsters, and fools hold court. In this fanciful classic that is often described as the darker twin to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a deposed noble turned sorcerer uses powerful magic to raise a great storm, shipwrecking the vessel bearing a group of conspirators onto the sorcerer’s mysterious island home. There, attended upon by a daughter, a magical sprite, and a deformed servant, the…

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July 2018

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THE TWENTIETH-CENTURY WAY

Jul. 20 to Aug. 18, 2018
By Tom Jacobson

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Director: Reed Flores
Run: Jul. 20 to Aug. 18, 2018 Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm

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This production Closed on Aug. 18th, 2018

 

PLEASE NOTE: the Studio Theatre is on the 2nd Floor, it is only accessible by stairs, there is no elevator.

 

 

 

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Based on the true story of two actors who hired themselves out to the Long Beach Police Department in 1914 to entrap “social vagrants” in public restrooms, this highly theatrical tour-de-force brings to life a little known episode in Long Beach history and the history of LGBTQ rights.  As these two actors become absorbed within their play-within-a-play, they explore sexual identity, institutional corruption, self-deception, and the mysteries of the craft of the theatre. This timely look at another time warns…

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June 2018

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LOVE/SICK

Jun. 8 to Jul. 7, 2018
by John Cariani

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Director: Shinshin Yuder Tsai
Run: Jun. 8 to Jul. 7, 2018 Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm

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This Production Closed on July 7th, 2018

 

PLEASE NOTE: the Studio Theatre is on the 2nd Floor, it is only accessible by stairs, there is no elevator.

 

 

Synopsis

Set on a Friday night in an alternate suburban reality,  the writer of Almost, Maine, John Cariani, brings us an evening of nine bittersweet romantic comedies. Simultaneously hilarious and heart-wrenching, these vignettes provide the audience with the full spectrum of being in love, exploring the joy and the pain surrounding relationships ranging from first meetings to long-term marriages. It seems that “happily ever after” may not be in the cards for all relationships, but brief successes may just make the…

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April 2018

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CRUMBS FROM THE TABLE OF JOY

Apr. 27 to May. 26, 2018
by Lynn Nottage

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Director: Diane Benedict
Run: Apr. 27 to May. 26, 2018 Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm

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PLEASE NOTE: the Studio Theater is on the 2nd Floor, it is only accessible by stairs, there is no elevator.

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From the fertile mind of Lynn Nottage who brought us the popular By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, comes this timeless tale of a family’s struggles in 1950s America.  The Crump family, having recently lost their mother, moves from Florida to Brooklyn in search of a better life.  As they struggle to rebuild, they are faced with religious division, racism, and the stresses that come from political, sexual, and social differences.  A cross between The Glass Menagerie and A Raisin…

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March 2018

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LBP NEW WORKS FESTIVAL 2018

Mar. 23 to Mar. 24, 2018

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Run: Mar. 23 to Mar. 24, 2018 Friday and Saturday at 8pm

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LBP NEW WORKS FESTIVAL 2018 Company: LBP New Works Committee producing Tickets: $10 DESCRIPTION: The annual festival nurtures emerging and established playwrights to develop new scripts. Reading 100+ scripts a year, the New Works Literary Committee chooses two top plays to receive a staged reading with critical feedback from professional theatre critics and audience talk back. THIS YEAR’S WINNING PLAYS: HAPPY THANKSGIVING by Tim Boland – Stage Reading Friday, March 23 SNYPOSIS: Full-length play set on Thanksgiving Day, 2016, two weeks…

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TROJAN WOMEN: A Love Story

Mar. 9 to Mar. 18, 2018

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Run: Mar. 9 to Mar. 18, 2018 Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm

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The LBP Studio Collaborative Season offers outside, local theatre companies and performing arts organizations the opportunity to produce their own shows in our Studio Theater. TROJAN WOMEN: A Love Story Company: Alchemy Theatre Company Tickets: $20 DESCRIPTION: Fusing elements of Euripides’s Greek tragedy, high art, and pop culture, playwright Charles Mee examines the aftermath of the burning of Troy by focusing on the plight of the women who survive and raising the question of who really suffers in war: those who…

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HELD2GETHER’S GRASS-FED, FREE-RANGE SKETCH SHOW

Mar. 1 to Mar. 3, 2018

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Run: Mar. 1 to Mar. 3, 2018 Thursday Preview at 8pm, Regular Shows Friday and Saturday at 8pm

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The LBP Studio Collaborative Season offers outside, local theatre companies and performing arts organizations the opportunity to produce their own shows in our Studio Theater. HELD2GETHER’S GRASS-FED, FREE-RANGE SKETCH SHOW Company: Held2gether Tickets: $15 Regular $10 Preview DESCRIPTION: Our dozen all original comedy sketches have been nurtured organically to create the purest, most satisfying laughs for the entire dysfunctional family.  Taste the difference for yourself. COMPANY STATEMENT: Held2gether, Improv for Life was created to bring out each individual’s greatest potential through…

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