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FESTIVAL AFTER DARK

Book Drop Bash

Book Drop Bash

Throw the library rules out the window and come celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles. Join foundation members and festival authors at the historic Central Library. Bring a book with you and swap it out for a new one to take home; enjoy complimentary snacks, desserts, local brews and delicious coffee while listening to the live sounds of a KCRW DJ; participate in some tequila tasting; and get home safely by taking a Lyft with a discount code.

Los Angeles Central Library
Saturday, April 22, 8-11 p.m.

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Losing My Religion (in 140 characters or less)

By Hannah C. Langley
Directed by Emily Chase

Charity, prized daughter of a radical anti-gay church, struggles with her faith after failing to convert a nice Jewish boy over Twitter. With the guidance of her alter ego, Judy Garland, and a curious bartender, Charity sees the light, leaving her church and its hateful ways behind. This is play 3 of the New Works Festival Year Two, a workshop of diverse new works by the School of Dramatic Arts’ second Year MFA Dramatic Writing students.

USC’s Massman Theatre
Friday, April 21, 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 22, 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 22, 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 23, 2:30 p.m.

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Spring Awakening

By Frank Wedekind
Translated by Edward Bond
Directed by Laura Flanagan

First performed under heavy censorship in Germany in 1906, Frank Wedekind’s play follows the dawning sexual awakening of a group of teenagers. The source for the Broadway musical, this boldly honest and cutting-edge classic launched 20th century avant-garde theater, yet manages to remain fresh and unsettling even in our own sex-saturated culture.

USC’s McClintock Theatre
Thursday, April 20, 7 p.m.
Friday, April 21, 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 22, 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 22, 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 23, 2:30 p.m.

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Mr. Burns, a post-electric play

April 20–23, 2017
By Anne Washburn
Score by Michael Friedman
Lyrics by Anne Washburn
Directed by John DeMita

In a post-apocalyptic world, a mismatched group of survivors band together to try to recount the heroic fable of youth and innocence triumphing over evil — Bart Simpson’s epic battle against Sideshow Bob in the “Cape Feare” episode of The Simpsons. Starting around a campfire, Anne Washburn’s imaginative dark comedy travels through 82 years of society rebuilding and the creation of a new mythology.

“Downright Brilliant. With grand assurance and artistry, Ms. Washburn makes us appreciate anew the profound value of storytelling in and of itself, and makes a case for theater as the most glorious and durable storyteller of all.” —The New York Times

USC’s Scene Dock Theatre
Thursday, April 20, 7 p.m.
Friday, April 21, 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 22, 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 22, 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 23, 2:30 p.m.

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