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The Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City has announced that it will host three world-premiere productions — Twist Your Dickens, The Nether and The Royale — in its 2012-13 season. A production of Samuel Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape starring John Hurt is also scheduled.
The full schedule will include:
Aug. 22-Sept. 16: Elephant Room By Trey Lyford, Geoff Sobelle and Steve Cuiffo
With magicians Louie Magic, Daryl Hannah and Dennis Diamond
"By turns fresh, silly and profound, Elephant Room is set in a basement rec room where three semi-pro conjurers hang out and practice their tricks with varying competence. These self-deluded illusionists are brimming with childlike wonder and undeserved self-confidence, but there is something mysterious about their Elephant Room. Things are not as they seem."
Oct. 9-Nov. 4: Krapp's Last Tape By Samuel Beckett
Performed by John Hurt
"On his 69th birthday, Krapp continues his ritual of making a tape recording of his thoughts about the year just passed and listening to his taped thoughts on years gone by. For this birthday he chooses a tape made 30 years earlier, and with a mixture of regret and disgust, he hears his youthful voice, full of strength and bravado, talk about his aspirations and the woman he loved."
Nov. 24-Dec. 30: The Second City's A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens! By Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort
"A holiday party like no other, [this] world premiere serves the trademark humor, irreverence and originality of The Second City."
March 19-April 14, 2013: The Nether by Jennifer Haley
"The moral complexity of the increasingly pervasive and addictive world of virtual reality is explored in the gripping new play. The Nether tantalizes with timely, thought-provoking questions about the growing sophistication of the digital realm, and the possibility that it will become a more fulfilling place to 'live' than the real world. "
April 28-June 2, 2013: The Royale By Marco Ramirez
"Set in the boxing world of the early 1900s, Jay 'The Sport' Jackson has talent and confidence and wants what he feels is owed to him: a shot at the championship….Ramirez's potent story shows how the conviction of one athlete — his spirit of rebellion and his desire to be free to pursue his dreams, can have an impact on society far beyond the sport pages."
And here's the DouglasPlus season at a glance:
August 3-4: Jomama Jones in Radiate
"Radiate is an intimate concert — part happening, part revival — in which the writer and performance artist Jomama Jones embodies a legendary soul singer on her American comeback tour. Jones performs songs from her CDs 'Lone Star,' 'Radiate' and the forthcoming 'Six Ways Home,' while sharing tales from her life-journey."
June 11-16, 2013: Neva, Written and Directed by Guillermo Calderón
"Chile's Teatro en el Blanco's Spanish language production of Neva was one of the highlights of the Radar L.A. festival in June 2011. Neva takes place in 1905 in St. Petersburg where Anton Chekhov's widow, the actress Olga Knipper, is huddled with fellow actors in a dimly lit rehearsal room, while in the streets outside striking workers are being gunned down by the tsarist regime. In keeping with the setting of the play, Neva will be performed in the rehearsal room — Upstairs @ KDT — at the Kirk Douglas Theatre."
There’s more information on this season’s plays HERE.