2014/2015 Season Announcement

"Each play that we've put into this season has something specific and singular about it.
Taken together, an undeniable theme emerges. These writers, and the characters they've created,
have distinct voices and the stories they tell explore how one voice can change the world. Through singing a song,
writing a song, righting a wrong — each of these plays is a battle cry to raise one's voice."
— Randall Arney, Geffen Playhouse Artistic Director


Join us and enjoy the myriad of perks and exclusivities that come with your purchase of a Geffen Playhouse season subscription.
You won’t want to miss the opportunity to select remaining prime seats for the unforgettable season listed below.


  • The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord

    October 7 - December 21, 2014
    Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater

    Written by Scott Carter
    Directed by Matt August
    Featuring Greg Bryan, Larry Cedar & Armin Shimerman

    CRITIC'S CHOICE! "Funny and thought-provoking ... Superb performances ... Hilariously theatrical!" - Los Angeles Times
    “Don’t miss it. Revel in the stagecraft and utter humanity of these men.” – Daily News
    "Poignant ... deeply satisfying ... sparkling!" - Variety
    "If religion and comedy had a baby, this would be it." - Huffington Post
    “Whip-smart philosophical comedy!” - Broadway World

    A Founding Father, a Victorian novelist and a Russian revolutionary walk into a … stop me if you’ve heard this one. Thomas Jefferson (yes that one), Charles Dickens (the very same) and Count Leo Tolstoy (who else?) are brought together in a blistering battle of wits for the ages. From Scott Carter (Executive Producer of Real Time with Bill Maher), this whip-smart comedy examines what happens when great men of history are forced to repeat it.


    • Geffen Playhouse presents the Eighty Eight Entertainment, Eva Price and Samantha F. Voxakis production of

      Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin

      November 11 - January 04, 2015
      Gil Cates Theater

      Lyrics & Music by Irving Berlin
      Book by Hershey Felder
      Directed by Trevor Hay

      Critic's Choice! A "remarkable portrait ... richly entertaining and ultimately touching." - Los Angeles Times
      "Enriching, humorous and replete with most of the brilliant Berlin tunes ... you do not want to miss a delicious moment of it!" - Broadway World

      Hershey Felder brings to life the remarkable story of Irving Berlin, “America’s Composer.” From the depths of anti-Semitism in Czarist Russia, to New York’s Lower East Side, and ultimately all of America and the world, Berlin’s story epitomizes the American dream. Featuring the composer’s most popular and enduring songs from “God Bless America,” to “White Christmas” and beyond, Hershey Felder’s masterful creation of character and musical performance makes this evening with Irving Berlin an unforgettable journey.

      Geffen Playhouse and Eighty Eight Entertainment thank Steinway & Sons for their support.


    • The Night Alive

      February 3 - March 15, 2015
      Gil Cates Theater

      Written by Conor McPherson
      Directed by Randall Arney
      Featuring Denis Arndt, Dan Donohue, Paul Vincent O'Connor, Peter O'Meara & Fiona O'Shaughnessy
      West Coast Premiere

      “Quite possibly the finest playwright of his generation!” – The New York Times
      “A spellbinding and absolutely gorgeous new play by one of the true poets of the theater!” – Time Out New York
      “Another raw and beautiful entry in this great Irish playwright’s stunning ongoing series of dramatic meditations.” – Chicago Tribune
      “A stunner! So fresh and full of vital poetry that you’ll cling to every word.”
      - The Wall Street Journal
      “Captivating!" - The Hollywood Reporter

      Tommy owes more than he earns. When he is unexpectedly compelled to help Aimee, a young woman with much harder luck than his own, the taste of turmoil he suffers becomes a full-blown meal. With his trademark humor and humanity, three-time Tony Award nominee Conor McPherson makes Phoenix Park, Dublin a place where anyone can rise from the ashes.


    • Switzerland

      March 3 - April 12, 2015
      Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater

      Written by Joanna Murray-Smith
      Directed by Mark Brokaw
      Co-World Premiere with Sydney Theatre Company

      “Joanna Murray-Smith’s new play Switzerland, a gripping psychological thriller about renowned crime writer Patricia Highsmith, creeps up on you and then has you on the edge of your seat.” - The Sunday Telegraph

      Patricia Highsmith, master of the macabre, is racing to finish her novel when an attractive young man arrives representing her impatient publisher. Anxious to be rid of him and return to self-imposed exile, she attempts to terrorize him into fleeing. But he has a dark agenda of his own and will not leave until the final chapter is written.

      In this new Geffen Playhouse commission, Joanna Murray-Smith (The Female of the Species), with her unique brand of humor and mystery, brings to life this literary giant best known for Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley.

      A Geffen Playhouse commission funded by the Edgerton Foundation.


      • The Power of Duff

        April 7 - May 17, 2015
        Gil Cates Theater

        Written by Stephen Belber
        Directed by Peter DuBois
        West Coast Premiere

        Charlie Duff’s nightly newscast makes him a voice to be heard, so why isn’t his teenage son listening? When an on-air prayer for his father goes viral, Duff finds himself at the center of a firestorm over God’s place in the newsroom. When his prayers turn prophetic, Duff suddenly has the power to reach everyone — except his own son. Stephen Belber’s sharp new play asks if there is anything more vital than the faith we have in one another.


      • Murder for Two

        May 27 - July 07, 2015
        Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater

        Book and Music by Joe Kinosian
        Book and Lyrics by Kellen Blair
        Directed by Scott Schwartz
        New Musical Comedy Murder Mystery

        Officer Marcus Moscowicz is a small town policeman with dreams of making it to detective. One fateful night, shots ring out at the surprise birthday party of Great American Novelist Arthur Whitney and the writer is killed … fatally. With the nearest detective an hour away, Marcus jumps at the chance to prove his sleuthing skills — with the help of his silent partner, Lou. Everyone is a suspect in Murder For Two, a hilarious musical murder mystery with a twist. One actor investigates the crime. The other plays all the suspects. And they both play the piano.


        • Bad Jews

          June 9 - July 19, 2015
          Gil Cates Theater

          Written by Joshua Harmon
          Directed by Matt Shakman
          West Coast Premiere

          "The best comedy of the season!"
          - The New York Times

          In the Feygenbaum family, Daphna is the most devout. Just ask her. But her cousin Liam has the rights of the first born grandchild. Just ask him. When their grandfather dies leaving a treasured family heirloom, a battle ignites, escalating to Old Testament proportions. Hailed as one of the funniest plays of the year, Bad Jews can’t resist pointing out the worst in all of us.


        One Additional Production to be Announced!
        One additional play for the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater will be announced at a later date.
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