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 2014

      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

        “Critic's Choice! Conor McPherson shines! Mixes mystery and menace
        with touching comedy!"
        - Los Angeles Times
        "GO!" "One of the best playwrights alive!" "Poignant." - LA Weekly
        "A master craftsman ... laughing and crying in equal measure!" - The Huffington Post
        "The acting under Randall Arney's fluid direction is marvelous!" - Broadway World

        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 6 - April 19, 2015
        Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater

        Written by Joanna Murray-Smith
        Directed by Mark Brokaw
        Featuring Laura Linney and Seth Numrich
        Co-World Premiere with Sydney Theatre Company

        “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

        An attractive young man interrupts acclaimed novelist Patricia Highsmith at her reclusive home. When might the publishers expect the next anticipated addition to her sinister “Mr. Ripley” series? The author’s real-life dry humor and macabre imagination meet with this mysterious character’s own darkly seductive agenda in this gripping new play – leaving you breathless through its very final chapter.

        In this original 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

          “Smart and intriguing!” – The Boston Globe
          “Captivating!” – WBUR
          “Quite extraordinary… shows what the power of live theater can be!” – WGBH
          “Full of wit and laugh-out-loud humor … the drama is superb!”
          Berkshire Fine Arts magazine
          “A deeply moving new play whose power creeps slowly into one’s consciousness and then lingers long after the experience.” – Broadway World

          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

          "A hilarious musical whodunit!" - The New York Observer
          " Ingenious! A snazzy double-act! - The New York Times
          " A must see jolt of caffeinated creativity!" - NY1

          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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