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New season at Douglas shows solos

Theater group mounts 'Pyrenees'

The Center Theater Group’s second season at the Kirk Douglas Theater in Culver City will feature solo perfs from four L.A.-based performers, two P.L.A.Y. (Performing for Los Angeles Youth) plays and the American premiere of David Greig’s “Pyrenees.”

Season was announced as CTG is putting the finishing touches on new subscription programs that package plays from the three CTG venues. Org’s discount program is also being restructured.

“All Wear Bowlers,” by Trey Lyford and Geoff Sobelle, opens the season Sept. 28 and closes Oct. 28. Two-man show combines silent film comedy with modern multimedia. CTG’s P.L.A.Y. presents Nilo Cruz’s adaptation of Gabriel García Marquez’s short story “A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings.” Running Nov. 19-Dec. 18, “Wings” involves two children talking to an old man who has fallen from the sky.

Culture clashThe Robey Theatre Company and Greenway Arts Alliance production of “Permanent Collection” by Thomas Gibbons runs Jan. 15-Feb. 12. Play, which concerns the collision of art and cultural bias, is part of artistic director Michael Ritchie’s plan to present plays initially produced on smaller stages.

“The Stones,” by Tom Lycos and Stefo Nantsou, is the second P.L.A.Y. presentation and will run March 18- April 9. Inspired by two teens who threw rocks off an overpass in 1994 in Australia, “Stones” was first presented in 1996 in Melbourne.

“Solomania!,” a repertory festival of solo performance artists, will run May 12-June 11. On the bill are hip-hop activist Jerry Quickley in “Live From the Front”; Dan Guerrero’s “¡Gaytino!,” about a journey from East Los Angeles to Broadway and back; Adriana Sevan’s look at the effect of 9/11 on a friendship in “Taking Flight”; and Roger Guenveur Smith’s new piece, “The Watts Towers Project.”

CTG associate producer Neel Keller will direct “Pyrenees,” which opens July 9 and closes Aug. 6, 2006. The Scottish play concerns personal identity and the dream of redefining a life.

CTG is currently selling tickets only as subscriptions.

Packaging plays

Organization plans to create several options for subscribers that would bring together productions from the Ahmanson Theater, Mark Taper Forum and the Douglas. Shows will be grouped thematically, by appropriateness for families, the hip factor and other criteria. The packages, which will likely contain five or six plays, will be announced in mid-August.

CTG is also finalizing a program under which it will offer $20 seats at all of its theaters and eliminate the “pay what you can,” rush and other discount programs. Theatergoers would be able to purchase tickets in advance and have choices in locations.

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