The Geffen Playhouse has announced their brand new season, and we can’t wait!
The 2019/2020 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: A World premiere play from Qui Nguyen and The Vampire Cowboys, a world premiere adaptation of Key Largo and an immersive theatrical experience from renown magician David Kwong. They will also be featuring Idina Menzel, Academy Award nominee Andy Garcia and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
Geffen Playhouse season will commence with comedies including Witch by Jen Silverman, Skintight by Joshua Harmon (Bad Jews, Significant Other), featuring Tony Award winner Idina Menzel, and The Thanksgiving Play by Los Angeles-based playwright Larissa FastHorse. As the season continues, the productions take on a more dramatic tone with Shakespeare’s Macbeth, directed by Matt Shakman and starring Emmy nominee Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones), and a world premiere adaptation of Key Largo by Jeffrey Hatcher, featuring Academy Award nominee Andy Garcia. Geffen Playhouse Chairman Emeritus and former Paramount Pictures and MGM Chairman/CEO Frank G. Mancuso will serve as a producer for this new Key Largo adaptation, uniting with Andy Garcia, his longtime collaborator. Rounding out the season will be the comedy Bernhardt/Hamlet by Theresa Rebeck (Seminar), The Enigmatist, a highly inventive, immersive theatrical experience from renowned magician David Kwong, and a world premiere production of Revenge Song: A Vampire Cowboys Creation, a play with music written by Qui Nguyen (Vietgone), which also serves as the West Coast debut of New York City’s Obie Award-winning “geek theater” Vampire Cowboys Theatre Company. One additional production will be announced to complete the 2019/2020 lineup.
“From theater legends like Idina Menzel to Sarah Bernhardt, bloody Scottish kings to a French swordfighter lost to history, this is a season that dreams big and will boldly entertain,” said Geffen Playhouse Artistic Director Matt Shakman. “Though this is my second season as artistic director, 2019-2020 marks some notable firsts for the Geffen—our first Shakespeare production, two world premieres, and a co-production with the dazzlingly inventive Vampire Cowboys Theatre Company from NYC. What isn’t new is our dedication to innovative theatricality, inspirational new voices, and to comedies and sweeping dramas that reflect the wonderful city of Los Angeles while transporting us to places we have only imagined.”