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Jen Albert trained with Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD) fight master David Woolley and is certified in Unarmed, Rapier and Dagger, Smallsword, Broadsword, Sword and Shield, and Quarterstaff. She is also a martial artist and an original company member of Babes with Blades, Chicago’s only all-female stage combat company. She is the first female to win the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle award for Fight Choreography for the School of Night’s production of Punch and Judy. In addition, she received the 2019 Stage Raw award for Fight Choreography for Marian, or the True Tale of Robin Hood. She also won the 2019 Ovation Award for Fight Direction for Sucker Punch at Coeurage Theatre Company and was nominated again in 2020 for The School of Night’s Production of Klingon Tamburlaine. In addition, Jen choreographs for film, TV, and theatre. Taken from the press release.
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Nearly thirty years after the Los Angeles uprising following the Rodney King verdict, Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 returns home to the Mark Taper Forum to be reimagined with an ensemble cast for a new generation of audiences. A powerful piece of living record and one of the most important works in the history of the Taper, Twilight is a stunning and seminal play that explores the devastating human impact of the five days of uprising following the Rodney King verdict. From nine months of over 300 interviews conducted during the year following the uprising, playwright and scholar Anna Deavere Smith crafted a play that goes directly to the heart of the issues of race and class. Twilight offers stark insight into the complex and pressing social, economic, and political issues that fueled the flames in the wake of the verdict and ignited a conversation about policing and race that continues today. Originally commissioned by and produced at the Mark Taper Forum, this 30th Anniversary Production is set to captivate our city once again. Taken from the website.
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Unrivaled is a co-production between Boston Court and Playwrights’ Arena’
11th-century Ladies-in-Waiting Murasaki Shikibu and Sei Shonagon are, to this day, two of Japan’s most beloved writers. They also kind of hated each other. This play is about friendship, heartbreak, and what it means to be a female artist. Perhaps most of all, it’s about how no matter how much things change, the more they stay the same… even after a thousand years. Taken from the website.
MAR 16 – APR 23,2023
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Everyone who ever died is still here, just in a different part of here. Linda can communicate with them. And if you believe, she can make you hear them, too — in the thin place, the fragile boundary between our world and the other one. With acuity and relentless curiosity, Lucas Hnath’s play transforms the theater into an intimate séance, crafting an unnerving testament to the power of the mind, which has a mind of its own. Taken from the website.
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No one on the playground likes Zealand. He’s always crying. He stinks. He’s just… weird. Everyone on the playground likes Abby. She’s going to be class president! She has so many friends! She’s just… perfect. But, when Abby is caught doing something she shouldn’t be doing, she must spend recess with the pariah of the playground and his wild imagination. When a game of House turns caustic, Abby must confront her assumptions about Zealand and the hurt she has caused all these years while Zealand must do everything he can to get what he truly wants and needs: a friend. Taken from the website.
March 16 – 19,2023.
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Lila (Lauren Patten, Tony Award winner for Jagged Little Pill) is getting by in her Kentucky hometown—scanning groceries at the Save-A-Lot, caring for her erratic brother, and living for Friday nights, when she plays a gig with her band The Lonely Few. And that’s enough. Or she thought it was, until Amy (Ciara Renée, Frozen, Waitress), an established musician ragged from the road, passes through and offers her a shot at something much, much bigger. But is Lila ready for the life she never dared to imagine? A world premiere musical by Zoe Sarnak and Rachel Bonds, The Lonely Few is a love story between two women searching for a sense of home. Taken from the website.
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Sworn to a life solo, Beatrice and Benedick are each determined to evade Cupid’s quiver of arrows, employing against one another rapier wit to defend against what everyone else already knows—that they are hopelessly, desperately in love! Romp, romance, and potential catastrophe collide in William Shakespeare’s fast-moving and irresistibly hilarious and energetic comedy, set in World War II-era Sicily. Taken from the website.
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Feb 5 – March 12, 2023
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The Digital Age has given humanity access to radical equality, effortless connection, and unprecedented intimacy. It has also served as a driver of detachment, alienation, and unbridled anger. Celebrated playwright Caryl Churchill examines these ideas and more through a kaleidoscope of 49 scenes – in just 90 minutes – featuring people from all walks of life, each asking the biggest of questions: What does it mean to be human? Directed by Company Member Emily Chase (Eight Nights). Taken from the website.
Feb 26 – Apr 3,2023