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The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles’ 2017-Year of Macbeth continues with four performances of MACBETH in RHYTHM at The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles, 1238 West 1st Street in downtown Los Angeles. Performances are Thursday, May 4th at 8pm, Friday, May 5th at 8pm, and Saturday May 6th at 2pm and 8pm. All seats are $25 and can be purchased at

MACBETH in RHYTHM is an experimental ensemble performance directed by Hannah Chodos, with performers Sam Breen, James Cowan, Lindsey Moore Ford, Emmie Nagata, Danielle O’Terry, and Ben Weaver.  The lighting design is by Bosco Flanagan and the costumes are being designed by Amanda Wing Yee Lee.

Driven by the unyielding momentum pulsing through Shakespeare’s play, MACBETH in RHYTHM is a cascade of live rhythms, polyphonic singing, and raw physicality.  Six performers playing 15 characters pace the audience through cycles of violence and explore the pathology of ambition amidst the responsibility and sacrifice of leadership. Approaching Macbeth primarily as a musical composition, MACBETH in RHYTHM reveals a riveting narrative through the sounds and silences of Shakespeare’s language.


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The Risistible Rise Of Arturo Ui
7:00 PM19:00

The Risistible Rise Of Arturo Ui

See article in Variety!

“The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui” is a parable play that has established itself among the world's classic satires. It has been produced twice on Broadway and in notable off-Broadway productions. The play was inspired by Brecht's own personal experience of Adolf Hitler's rise to power, the ruthless ambitions of Shakespeare's tyrants, and Charlie Chaplin's “Great Dictator.” The title character, Arturo Ui, is a heartless 1930s style Chicago mobster who brutally seizes control of the cauliflower racket and cruelly rises to power.

Louis Fantasia, the director, has staged over 150 opera and plays around the world. He was recently honored by the Goethe-Institut of Los Angeles for his contribution to German culture. The cast of the reading is led by Joe Spano, Roxanne Hart, and Harry Hamlin. Proceeds from this event will support the Shakespeare Center's White House award-winning “Will Power to Youth” program. Will Power to Youth provides transformational arts-based employment opportunities to young people living at the poverty threshhold.

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to Oct 16

World Premiere of "Strings Attached"

Voices Carry, Inc. will present the World Premiere of Strings Attached, a multidisciplinary project, involving contemporary dance, abstract puppetry, an original score, and performance art, for two weekends opening on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles in Downtown LA.

The work, which has been in development for three years, is a window into the human capacity to love, with a focus on the universal feelings of grief, forgiveness, devotion, entrapment, and joy. Voices Carry, a nonprofit corporation guided by Artistic Director Madeline Leavitt, is dedicated to breaking down cultural barriers and embracing diversity through dance, theatre, and performance art.

“The human soul is strong, yet fragile, and in order to get through grief or to a place of forgiveness, there are always strings attached,” says Leavitt about the new work. “To survive life’s challenges, we have to be resilient and resourceful. These are the moments that connect us to one another.”


Tickets, available online here as well as at the door, are $30 for general admission and $15 for students/seniors (60+)/Dance Resource Center members. Ticketing phone number is 310-710-7613.


First Weekend:
• Thu. 10/6, Fri. 10/7, Sat. 10/8 • 8:30pm
• Sun. 10/9 • 7:30pm

Second Weekend:
• Thu. 10/13, Fri. 10/14, Sat. 10/15 • 8:30pm
 • Sun. 10/16 • 7:30pm

The shows are sixty-minute performances, with no intermission.

Doors open 30-minutes before performance times. The performance is suitable for ages 12 and up. Venue is wheelchair accessible and valet parking will be available. For more information, please visit and  

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to May 28

LUNATICS & ACTORS: A Four Clowns Production

 WORLD PREMIERE - April 29 - May 28, 2016

Enter the unsettling world of a 19th Century Parisian clinic where a strange experiment is about to unfold. YOU could become the next subject of the evening's scientific demonstration. Once the electro-shock therapy begins, there's no telling what will happen next...

Based on the real life obsessions of famed doctor, Duchenne du Boulogne, Lunatics & Actors takes its audience into the peculiar hinterland of emotional authenticity. The Four Clowns of this performance veer wildly from reason to insanity to Hamlet, and things are never far from becoming completely unhinged. Who is really mad after all – the lunatic or the actor?


90 minute show 
Friday, April 29 at 8pm
Saturday, April 30 at 8pm - PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN
Friday, May 6 at 8pm - PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN
Saturday, May 7 at 8pm
Friday, May 13 at 8pm
Saturday, May 14 at 8pm
Thursday, May 19 at 8pm
Friday, May 20 at 8pm
Saturday, May 21 at 8pm
Thursday, May 26 at 8pm
Friday, May 27 at 8pm
Saturday, May 28 at 8pm

"70 minutes of enthralling wit and engaging artistry"Broadway World
"lively and heartbreaking ... hilarious and creepy"Theatre Notes
"unforgettable"Discover Hollywood
"one of the funniest shows I’ve seen" - Observations Along The Road

Four Clowns presents Lunatics & Actors @ The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles
1238 W 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90026
by °David Bridel and directed by °Jeremy Aluma

Stage Manager °Ashley Jo Navarro
Assistant Director Amaka Izuchi
Set Designer Fred Kinney
Lighting Designer Azra King-Abadi
Costume Designer Elena Flores
Sound Designer Kate Fechtig
Propsmaster Niki Mercs
Technical Director Matt MacCready
Producers °Jeremy Aluma and °David Anthony Anis
Associate Producers °Jennifer Carroll and °Julianna Stephanie Ojeda

DR. DUCHENNE Thaddeus Shafer

and his Lunatics
BON-BON  *°Tyler Bremer
PEPE Andrew Eldredge
FIFI °Alexis Jones

° Four Clowns Company Member
* Member of AEA

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