Kirk Douglas hosts new-play fest

The New Work Festival runs March 23-27

New Theater for Now, the Center Theater Group’s original new-play development program, will take place at the Kirk Douglas Theater in Culver City from March 23-April 10.

It brings together the development labs of the Mark Taper Forum — Asian Theater Workshop, Blacksmyths Theater Lab, Latino Theater Initiative and Other Voices — with the New Work Festival, which offers plays by Naomi Iizuka (“36 Views”) and Jessica Goldberg (“Sex Parasite”), among others.

New Theater for Now was established simultaneous with the opening of the Taper in 1967. Its productions will be presented as open public rehearsals.

The New Work Festival runs March 23-27, and features the following works: “Get What You Need” by Goldberg, directed by Abigail Desser, March 23 at 8 p.m.; “Bird in the Hand” by Jorge Ignacio Cortinas, directed by Juliette Carrillo, March 24 at 8 p.m.; “Strike-Slip” by Iizuka, March 25 at 8 p.m.; “Chasing Nabokov’s Butterflies” by Kate Moira Ryan, directed by Neel Keeler, March 26 at 1 p.m.; “In the Canopy of the Forest” by Joseph Fisher, directed by Bart DeLorenzo, March 26 at 5 p.m.; “Let the Pony Sing” by Michelle Carter, helmed by Stefan Novinski, March 26 at 8 p.m.; “Half Life” by John Mighton, helmed by Daniel Brooks, March 27 at 1 p.m.; and “The Refugee Hotel” by Carmen Aguirre, directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera, March 27 at 5 p.m.

The second week of the festival includes “East L.A. Days/Fellini Nights,” a three-part work by Marisela Norte; Sandra Tsing Loh’s “LAUSD”; Shishir Kurup’s “Merchant on Venice”; and Roger Guenveur Smith’s “Watts Towers Project.”

A $20 pass is available that offers access to all fest events.

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