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.

  • Choir Boy

    September 16 - October 26, 2014
    Gil Cates Theater

    Written by Tarell Alvin McCraney
    Directed by Trip Cullman
    Featuring Nicholas L. Ashe, Grantham Coleman, Caleb Eberhardt,
    Leonard Kelly-Young, Donovan Mitchell, Jeremy Pope & Michael A. Shepperd

    Final Performances for this West Coast Premiere

    CRITIC'S CHOICE! "Touching and funny!" - Los Angeles Times
    “Believe the buzz!” - Variety
    "Soars on its revelatory singing!" - The Hollywood Reporter
    "A play to see and a playwright to watch!" - KCRW
    FIVE STARS! "Sparkling ... gloriously theatrical... fantastic cast!" - Frontiers

    At the Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys, a young black man knows what is expected of him. Work hard, fall in line and if you’ve got the voice for it, use it to praise God in the school choir. Within these walls, Pharus Young, with the voice of an angel and a keen mind, should be a star. But in the face of Drew’s time-honored traditions, can music overcome silence? Award-winning playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney navigates expectation, alienation and the overwhelming desire to be heard.

    • 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 Larry Cedar, David Melville & 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

        “Irving Berlin has no place in American music, he is American music.” - Jerome Kern
        “Hershey Felder is in a category all his own." - American Theatre

        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
        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, Conor McPherson (The Seafarer, The Weir) 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
        World Premiere Co-Production with Sydney Theatre Company

        "One closes Highsmith's books with a feeling that the world is more dangerous than one had imagined." - The New York Times

        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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