A production of David Mamet's 2009 play "Race" and a new version of Culture Clash's "Chavez Ravine" are among the highlights of the Kirk Douglas Theatre's 2014-15 season, which was announced Tuesday by Center Theatre Group.
The season will feature two other mainstage productions -- the new play “Luna Gale” by Rebecca Gilman, which was recently seen at Chicago's Goodman Theatre, and the 2010 musical "Girlfriend."
"Race" (Aug. 31 to Sept. 28), which will open the season, comes in a production directed by Scott Zigler, who has had a long association with Mamet and who served as artistic director of New York's Atlantic Theatre Co.
Zigler directed the play at the Philadelphia Theatre Co. in 2011. The drama, which opened on Broadway in 2009, tells the story of a group of attorneys and their arguments over a case involving a white man's alleged crime against a black woman.
Gilman's "Luna Gale" (Nov. 23 to Dec. 21) is a drama about a social worker who finds herself in an ethical dilemma when faced with having to find a home for a baby of two teenage drug addicts. The play opened in January at the Goodman Theatre, where it was directed by the theater's artistic director, Robert Falls.
"Chavez Ravine" (Jan. 27 to March 1, 2015) will be seen in a new version created by the group Culture Clash and director Lisa Peterson. The theater work, which Culture Clash debuted in 2003 at the Mark Taper Forum, follows a Mexican American neighborhood near downtown Los Angeles and the development of what would become Dodger Stadium.
The musical "Girlfriend" (July 12 to Aug. 9, 2015), which opened at Berkeley Repertory in 2010, follows the relationship between two high school boys in Nebraska. The show features songs from the album of the same name by pop musician Matthew Sweet.
In addition to the mainstage offerings, the Kirk Douglas season will include sidebar productions as part of the DouglasPlus series. The lineup includes Dael Orlandersmith’s "Forever" (Oct. 9 to 26); "Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up" (May 21 to 31, 2015) by Lucy Alibar, co-screenwriter for the movie "Beasts of the Southern Wild"; and "How to Be a Rock Critic" (June 17 to 28, 2015) by Jessica Blank and Eric Jensen, based on the life of Lester Bangs.
The DouglasPlus series will also present "Facing Our Truth: Ten-Minute Plays on Trayvon, Race and Privilege” on July 13. The six plays, written in response to the death of Trayvon Martin and subsequent legal case involving George Zimmerman, were commissioned by the New Black Fest in New York and will be read at various theater companies around the country.