Benefit Reading starring Al Pacino & Geoffrey Rush in The Merchant of Venice
7:30 PM19:30

Benefit Reading starring Al Pacino & Geoffrey Rush in The Merchant of Venice

Legendary actor Al Pacino joins fellow Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush for Simply Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice, a one-night only staged benefit reading to support The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles.  Simply Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice will take place Monday, October 28 at 8pm at The Gindi Auditorium, American Jewish University.

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Will Power to Youth's Twelfth Night
to Aug 10

Will Power to Youth's Twelfth Night

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Join us for the thrilling and original disco 70s conclusion to the seven week summer youth employment and art program, Will Power to Youth.

Thursday, August 8 at 10 am

Friday, August 9 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, August 10 at 7:30 pm (reception following the show)

Reservations are free; Suggested donation $10 at the door

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DOUBLE DOUBLE – A Meditation on Macbeth
to Jan 27

DOUBLE DOUBLE – A Meditation on Macbeth

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An SCLA Guest Company Presentation

Macbeth didn’t die on the battlefield of Dunsinane — he entered witness protection and was relocated to 1950s Los Angeles to sell insurance. 

Double Double collides Macbeth with the classic film noir Double Indemnity, delivering mind-bending musical mayhem, Macbeth in a fedora, king-killings galore, honey'd hams, red hots, and three dancing witches of Stanwyck…!  

Preview: Thursday, 1/17, at 8 pm
Performances: 1/18 – 1/27
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm
Sundays at 7 pm

Ticketing –

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Welcome To Illyria!
to Dec 16

Welcome To Illyria!

Its a classic love story! Girl meets boy. Boy disguises girl as boy. Boy meets man. Man loves woman. But woman loves boy. And boy loves man. And, well it’ll all make sense in the show!

Come join Four Clowns as they make Shakespeare's most outrageous comedy even outrageous-er! It's the same story you know and love with a little less poetry and a lot more clowning. This kind of reckless adaptation will either delight or disgust you. Only one thing's for sure, you're going to have an absolute blast!

Fridays at 8pm / Saturdays at 8pm / Sundays at 2pm and 8pm

Tickets are $15 at the door or $12 online. Sunday matinees are $10!

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to Jul 20

The Shakespeare Institute

The Shakespeare Institute
Led by Louis Fantasia

July 9-20, 2018
Mon.- Fri. - 9:30-4:30

The Los Angeles Shakespeare Institute:
Is a unique, two-week institute for English and Drama teachers, presented by The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles and the UCLA William Andrews Clark Library. The Institute focuses on teaching Shakespeare through performance.

The Course Features:
An international faculty of scholars, educators and theatre professionals;
and takes advantage of one of the world's great libraries and research
centers, its extraordinary gardens, and its proximity to the entertainment capital of the world.

Topics Covered Include:
Scene study, verse and text work, voice, movement, classroom pedagogy, theatre history and criticism. Attendance at selected plays and museum is required during the two week course. Outside reading and a final evaluation are also required.

The Focus for Summer 2018:
“We Band of Brothers” - Shakespeare and the Warrior’s Return.
The plays for the 2018 Institute include: Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, and Troilus & Cressida.

For Information and Application Contact: Marina Oliva, The Shakespeare Center of Los
Angeles, 1238 W. 1rst St., LA, CA, 90026, ( 213-481-2273

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Will Power to Youth
to Aug 11

Will Power to Youth

Will Power to Youth Summer 2018

Youth Employment Applications and Performance Information will be announced soon!

Will Power to Youth is an award-winning one of a kind youth development, employment and empowerment program that hires young people ages 15-21 living at the poverty threshold from the Los Angeles area. Youth are hired full time for 7 weeks to produce and perform an adaptation of a Shakespeare play that incorporates their thoughts and feelings into Shakespeare’s text.  Participants build literacy skills, educational resiliency, inter-personal communication skills, and become much more work ready as their awareness of workplace etiquette grows while earning wages for their creative contributions to a youth-driven theatrical production.(Click here for Will Power to Youth Impact Report)



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to Jul 1


HENRY IV by William Shakespeare

Directed by Daniel Sullivan

Featuring Tom Hanks as Sir John Falstaff, with Harry Groener, Hamish Linklater, Joe Morton, and Rondi Reed.

At The Japanese Garden on the West Los Angeles VA Campus

24 performances only! – June 5 to July 1 (Press opening June 8)

“Henry IV,” staged by Tony Award winning director Daniel Sullivan, featuring Tom Hanks in his Los Angeles stage debut as Shakespeare’s greatest comedic character Sir John Falstaff, with Harry Groener as Northumberland, Hamish Linklater as Prince Hal,  Joe Morton as Henry IV, and Rondi Reed as Mistress Quickly.  Director Dan Sullivan has distilled the exploits of Falstaff – “the villainous and abominable misleader of youth” - and his ne’er-do-well protégé Prince Hal from “Henry IV Parts One and Two,” into an evening of Shakespeare’s finest and most touching comedy. 

The Japanese Garden, located on the West Los Angeles VA Campus, may be entered at 11301 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90073.  The grounds are open at 6:30pm for pre-show picnics.  (Alcohol is not permitted within the West LA Veteran Healthcare Campus.) 

*To purchase tickets by phone, call the Vendini Customer Support Center
 (866) 710-8942 and provide the passcode "SCLA"

**If you require the features of accessible seating, please call (213) 481-2273, ext 1 to speak with a representative who will assist you with your purchase.

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Romeo & Juliet
to May 6

Romeo & Juliet

Following The Vagrancy's “BEST PLAY” nominated production of MACBETH, the award-winning theatre company proudly presents Shakespeare’s ROMEO AND JULIET, helmed by Artistic Director Caitlin Hart. 
Our heroine, Juliet, is fated to die fighting for independence from her oppressive father, Lord Capulet. We watch as the power of her star-crossed love for the youthful Romeo fuels her bravery to take action. Supported by her beloved Nurse and aided by the secular arbiter, Elder Lawrence - Juliet fights for her love…and her freedom.

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Staged Reading of Julius Caesar
7:00 PM19:00

Staged Reading of Julius Caesar


The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles
presents a reading of
William Shakespeare's

Julius Caesar



In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles’ landmark production of Julius Caesar on the steps of City Hall, the Shakespeare Center, presents a staged-reading of Julius Caesar in City Hall. The Sunday, March 18, reading will be directed by renowned Shakespeare scholar and director Louis Fantasia; and stars Joe Spano (NCIS); Mira Furlan  (Lost);  Armin Shimerman (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine); and Jamison Jones (24) 




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9:30 AM09:30

Professional Development Julius Caesar

Professional Development Workshop Led by Louis Fantasia - Julius Caesar

Participants will engage in exercises and strategies to improve their students' achievement in core academic subjects (English, Social Studies and Drama) via collaborative class projects and individual performance assignments that will allow them to scaffold and interpret content information and critical ideas within and across area subject matters using Shakespeare’s texts and the history of Shakespeare's times and life to deepen their content mastery, while developing new teaching strategies. We expose teachers to Shakespeare plays in performance and create an environment for participating teachers to be able to meet District standards in an increasingly professional way.

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to May 6


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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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