8 Los Angeles theater companies to see in 2014

2014 will be a big year for Los Angeles theater and these 8 companies are the ones to watch. Might we suggest you grab tickets now?

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The Road Theatre's 2012 world premiere of "That Good Night."

The Road Theatre's 2012 world premiere of "That Good Night." Photograph: Deverill Weeks, courtesy The Road Theatre

The Road Theatre Company

Since the Road was founded in 1991, the membership-based company of creatives has built a reputation for presenting original works designed to introduce new voices and thoughts to the American stage. The company is also deeply invested in their NoHo community and the neighborhood’s revitalization, with active involvement in community service and educational outreach. In addition to live performances at their two nearby venues (their secondary venue is part of the NoHo Senior Arts Colony), they also present a free weekly series of staged readings of new plays every Monday night, as well as art exhibits, and writing and acting classes. Onstage now is The Different Shades Of Hugh by Clete Keith, a new play that explores the highly personal world of an artist’s creative process as well as the moral and ethical ramifications of what happens when an artist’s vision faces compromise. Clete’s play was presented in 2012 at The Road Theater Company’s Summer Playwrights Festival.

  1. 5108 Lankershim Blvd
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Jules Willcox and Ann Noble in "The Liar" at The Antaeus Company.

Jules Willcox and Ann Noble in "The Liar" at The Antaeus Company. Photograph: Geoffrey Wade, courtesy of The Antaeus Company

The Antaeus Company

Located in the heart of the NoHo Arts District, The Antaeus Company (It’s "'An-tee-us, come see us!' not 'An-tay-us, they don’t pay us'"') is a non-profit membership corporation with about seventy members, most of whom are actors, who have built a classical theater ensemble. Unique among 99-seat theater companies in LA, Antaeus is known for “partner casting,” meaning there are two casts for every stage production. Set for their 2014 
season are two contemporary classics and a world premiere. Top Girls by British scribe Caryl Churchill and The Curse of Oedipus—a one-evening history of Greece’s Royal House of Thebes newly created by Kenneth Cavander. Wrapping up the season is Wedding Band: A Love/Hate Story in Black and White—Alice Childress’ 1966 masterpiece. Taking place in 1918 South Carolina, the drama is about two people in love who yearn to be together as husband and wife, but are kept apart by society’s mores and laws prohibiting interracial marriage.

  1. 5112 Lankershim Blvd
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Theatre of NOTE's production of "A Mulholland Christmas Carol"

Theatre of NOTE's production of "A Mulholland Christmas Carol" Photograph: Darrett Sanders, courtesy Theatre of NOTE

Theater of NOTE

This one-act theatre ensemble, founded in 1981, is a non-profit, democratic company that primarily performs new original works. Based in Hollywood, one of Theatre of NOTE's best annual events is “NOTEworthy,” a series of staged readings of new works-in-progress, offering playwrights a chance to participate in a talkback with the cast and audience, giving them an opportunity to make revisions based on this feedback. Theatre of NOTE is hosting their 19th annual performance marathon Jan. 18, which is equal parts benefit and exactly what the name implies—an all-day, all-night "last-man-standing" evening of performances.

  1. 1517 N Cahuenga Blvd
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The Theatre @ Boston Court

The Theatre @ Boston Court Photograph: courtesy The Theatre @ Boston Court

The Theatre @ Boston Court

Boston Court Performing Arts Center is an outpost for creative, bold and daring works in the San Gabriel Valley. Every year, you can find a diverse program of concerts and theater in an intimate setting. The Theatre @ Boston Court was recently awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Art Works Grant to support new play development. Coming up in the new year is Se Llama Cristina by Octavio Solis, a gritty, poetic look at the uncertainty of life and our desperate need for belonging. That production will be followed by a world premiere co-production with New York’s acclaimed Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Entitled Everything You Touch, Sheila Callaghan’s play is a viciously funny look at the struggle to find an identity that's more than skin deep.

  1. 70 N Mentor Avenue
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