Curtis Theatre & STAGEStheatre
present

Joe Landry's
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE
A Live Radio Play

Directed by Amanda DeMaio

December 15 - 18, 2022
Thursday 8pm Friday 8pm
Saturday 1pm, 4pm, & 8pm Sunday 3pm


This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

Presented in partnership with STAGEStheatre.

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Curtis Theatre & Southgate Productions
present
A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder

Directed by Jonathan Infante
Music Direction by Stephen Hulsey

February 10 - 26, 2023
Fridays - 8pm   Saturdays - 8pm Sundays - 3pm


When the low-born Monty Navarro finds out that he's eighth in line for an earldom in the lofty D'Ysquith family, he figures his chances of outliving his predecessors are slight and sets off down a far more ghoulish path. Can he knock off his unsuspecting relatives without being caught and become the ninth Earl of Highhurst? And what of love? Because murder isn't the only thing on Monty's mind....

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder is the knock-'em-dead, uproarious hit and winner of Best Musical at the 2014 Tony Awards.

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Becoming Austin Nation
From Crack to PhD: A Drag Queen's Story

Written and Performed by Austin Nation

Sunday, March 26, 2023 - 5pm


Austin Nation will share his humorous and insightful journey From Crack to PhD: A Drag Queen’s Story. Diagnosed with HIV/AIDS at  the age of 26, Austin’s story is one of a person coming face-to-face with their own mortality. Now 40, Austin beat back his demons and is  living his best life as a drag performer, professor of nursing at Cal State Fullerton, andNursing Supervisor at USC Keck Medical Center. This is a story you do not want to miss.

Audience members are invited to attend a talkback with writer/performer Austin Nation following the performance.

Content Advisory: This production contains references to drug use, sex, and adult language.


The Curtis Theatre is proud to announce Amplify — an initiative to address the inequality in performing arts programming. This program provides a platform and outlet for performing artists of all kinds, while expanding the inclusivity and outreach of the Curtis Theatre to a diverse artistic community.

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Yesterday and Today
The Interactive Beatles Experience

Saturday, April 15, 2023 3pm & 8pm


What’s your favorite Beatles song?

Yesterday and Today is an innovative and unique show based on the works of the Beatles. Brothers Billy, Matthew, and Ryan McGuigan perform as themselves and leave the song choices completely in the hands of the audience by asking them three things: their name, their favorite Beatles song, and why. Responses are delivered to the band, and a set list is written minutes before the curtain rises, with the audience members’ personal connections to the music crafting the narrative of the evening.

Every show is different, every show is interactive, and every show proves that the Beatles’ music truly is the soundtrack to our lives.

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Orchestra Collective
of Orange County
Romantic Reveries

April 29-30, 2023
Saturday 7pm Sunday 3pm


Experience three remarkable Romantic masterworks, each painting a unique picture of acharacter or moment in time: Jean Sibelius’s immortal “Finlandia,” the majestic Hiawatha “Overture of Samuel Coleridge Taylor,” and Cécile Chaminade’s magical “Callirhoë Suite.” The concert will be capped off by a performance of the “Cello Concerto of Edward Elgar,” featuring internationally-renowned cellist László Mezõ.


OCofOC is a collectively-run symphony orchestra based in Orange County, California. Founded in 2016 by veterans of the Southern California classical music scene, OCofOC believes that creative collaboration yields amazing results, and produces one-of-a-kind musical events that will thrill both longtime concert-goers and complete musical newcomers alike!

www.ocofoc.org

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Tea For Three
Lady Bird, Pat, & Betty

Saturday, May 13, 2023 3pm & 8pm


Particularly pertinent in an era of heightened politics, Tea for Three humanizes the political scene with a story both whimsical and deeply moving — a behind-the-scenes look at Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, and Betty Ford. Share the journey of each as she deals with the fishbowl of First Ladydom.

Emmy Award-winning actress Elaine Bromka, with over 30 years in film, television, Broadway, and Off-Broadway, starred as eight First Ladies opposite Rich Little in the PBS show The Presidents. Intrigued by their stories, she went on with playwright Eric H. Weinberger to create this one-woman show.

A tale of a remarkable trio in a most unusual job — and 80 minutes of heartwarming delight!

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The House of Flightless Birds

Written by Baylee Shlichtman

Staged Reading Directed by David Campos

Sunday, May 21, 2023 · 5pm


When Manuel tosses a wish to a satellite, an injured sparrow crashes into his patio. He decides to nurse the bird back to health, keeping it a secret from his family who has plenty of secrets of their own.

The House of Flightless Birds tells the story of characters whose familial ties and  intersectional identities, including Latinx, queer, and neurodivergent, shape the world they live in.

This play was originally commissioned by AlterTheater Ensemble, San Rafael, California.

Audience members are invited to attend a talkback with playwright
Baylee Shlichtman following the performance.

Content Advisory: This production contains strong language, mature themes, and simulated portrayals of violence against animals.


The Curtis Theatre is proud to announce Amplify — an initiative to address the inequality in performing arts programming. This program provides a platform and outlet for performing artists of all kinds, while expanding the inclusivity and outreach of the Curtis Theatre to a diverse artistic community.

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Orchestra Collective
of Orange County
3rd annual
Summer Serenade

Saturday, June 3, 2023 - 3pm & 7pm


Back by popular demand, OCofOC presents an afternoon and evening concert en plein air. Hear chamber music favorites and a few surprises at this intimate outdoor concert.


OCofOC is a collectively-run symphony orchestra based in Orange County, California. Founded in 2016 by veterans of the Southern California classical music scene, OCofOC believes that creative collaboration yields amazing results, and produces one-of-a-kind musical events that will thrill both longtime concert-goers and complete musical newcomers alike!

www.ocofoc.org

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The Revolutionists

by Lauren Gunderson

Directed by Amanda Hallman

June 16 - 25, 2023
Friday - 8pm Saturday - 3pm & 8pm Sunday - 3pm


Presented in association with Begins and Ends with ‘A’ Productions

Four fierce women lose their heads in this irreverent theatrical journey set during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror. This grand and dream-tweaked comedy is about violence and legacy, art and activism, feminism and terrorism, compatriots and chosen sisters, and how we actually go about changing the world.


Revolutionary Fashion:
The "Anti Fashion" of the 1790s

Costume talkback and reception with Costume Designer Aja Bell.

Saturday, June 17, 2023
Champagne and hors d'oeuves - 5pm
Presentation and Q&A - 6pm

$25 with your ticket

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