Kirk Douglas Theatre season is announced

Times Staff Writer

Julie White's reprise of her Tony Award-winning performance in "The Little Dog Laughed," the latest work by hip-hop performer Danny Hoch, an Iraq War-themed play and an exploration of evangelism in America are among the offerings planned for Center Theatre Group's 2008-09 season at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City.

The season opens with the West Coast premiere of "This Beautiful City" (Sept. 28-Oct. 26), from Obie Award-winning troupe the Civilians, based on interviews with church members and others in the Rocky Mountain "epicenter" of America's evangelical movement. Written by troupe founder Steven Cosson and Jim Lewis, it features music and lyrics by Michael Friedman, whose "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson" was seen at the Douglas last year.

Douglas Carter Beane's satiric farce, "The Little Dog Laughed," opened on Broadway in 2006. The play, starring White as a manipulative Hollywood agent, runs Nov. 23-Dec. 21.

The new year opens with "Taking Over," Hoch's newest solo show, a look at the effects of gentrification on American cities (Jan. 23-Feb. 22). Hoch staged and co-created "Flow," which was part of UCLA Live's International Theatre Festival in 2004.

The world premiere "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo," by Rajiv Joseph (May 17-June 7), looks at war through the eyes of American soldiers, an Iraqi translator, the ghosts of Saddam Hussein's sons and a tiger.

The West Coast premiere of "Heddatron" (July 12-Aug. 2) wraps up the season. Elizabeth Meriwether's comic play deconstructs the Henrik Ibsen classic, "Hedda Gabler," with live actors -- and "fully functioning" robots.


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