Mamet musical hits Culver City

Douglas Theater also features 'Jackson'

The world premieres of theatrical works that look at two American presidents and David Mamet’s first musical highlight the 2007-08 schedule at the Kirk Douglas Theater in Culver City.

Mamet’s tuner, “A Waitress in Yellowstone,” was slated to close the current season but has been pushed back to open May 18, 2008.

An irreverent Wild West rock musical, “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,” written and directed by Alex Timbers, with music and lyrics by Michael Friedman, will run Jan. 20-Feb. 17. Tuner covers the story of the country’s seventh president, a rock star in his day whose achievements were sullied by some of his less admirable traits.

Tanya Barfield’s “Of Equal Measure” details the Woodrow Wilson presidency as viewed through the character of Jade Kingston, a black stenographer working in the White House. The historical drama, directed by Leigh Silverman, will run July 9-27, 2008.

Center Theater Group, which operates and programs the venue, also has booked the West Coast premieres of Matt Sax’s one-man hip-hop musical “Clay,” Sept. 19-Oct. 14; “En un Sol Amarillo” (In a Yellow Sun), which will be performed in Spanish with English supertitles by the Bolivian troupe Teatro de los Andes Oct. 28-Nov. 25; and Nilaja Sun’s exploration of life in a New York City, “No Child,” March 7-April 13.

“I also love the ambition of these pieces,” said CTG artistic director Michael Ritchie. “There’s an internal energy in all these works that is present and persistent and addictive.”

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