The Play You Want
THE PLAY YOU WANT HAS ADDED AN EXTENSION FROM 6/2 – 6/19!
Fed-up by the theatre world’s desires to box him in, Mexican playwright Bernardo Cubría sarcastically pitches “Nar-Cocos,” a play about drug dealers on Día de los Muertos. Much to his surprise, the Public Theatre picks it up. With financial pressures mounting and a newborn at home, this is his chance at a commercial success. But when Scott Rudin offers him a Broadway run on the condition he further exploit his identity and the headlines, he must decide just how much he’s willing to compromise in order to finally be accepted.
CHLOE/MIJA/JLO – Natalie Llerena
GILBERT CRUZ/ALFRED MOLINA – Al Rodrigo
LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA/MIJO/PABLO/JOHN LEGUIZAMO – Roland Ruiz
SAM GOLD/CHAY YEW/VARIETY REPORTER – Christopher Larkin
OSKAR EUSTIS/SCOTT RUDIN – Stewart J. Zully
ABUELA/GLORIA ESTEFAN – Presciliana Esparolini
Performances are Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm; Sundays at 2pm through April 3. Performances continue in repertory beginning Thursday, April 7 at 8pm; Saturdays at 2pm & Sundays at 7:30pm through Sunday, April 24.
Playwright – Bernardo Cubría
Director – Michael John Garcés
Producer – Danna Hyams
Stage Manager – Maurie Gonzalez
Set Designer – Brian Graves
Lighting Designer – Derrick McDaniel
Projection Designer – Nick Santiago
Sound Designer – Marc Antonio Pritchett
Costume Designer – Michele Young
Puppet Designer: Lynn Jeffries
Composer: Arian Saleh
HOLLYWOOD: Vision & Inclusion!
Join us for an exciting panel with industry professionals, as we discuss staying true to the creative vision of a project and creating and fostering opportunities for diversity and inclusion.
Saturday, April 9th, immediately following the 2pm matinee of “The Play You Want”
Location: The Road Theatre on Magnolia.
Info: Come see the show and everyone is invited to stay for a lively, moderated talkback led by Cherish Monique Duke!
Our panelists are:
“The Play You Want is smart, savvy, ironic satire… the ensemble is razor sharp… The historic struggle of Latino artists for dignity and recognition is landscaped for us with acerbic laughs and lapidarian wit.” – Deborah Klugman, Stageraw.com, Recommended-Top Ten Plays in LA
“The Play You Want is the play we need… fantastic cast… deliciously savage… head right away to The Road for this biting… outrageous satire.” – Marc Wheeler, stageandcinema.com
“Highly recommended… Great piece of theatre… Exposes truth wrapped in farce… The beauty of this piece is the amazing transformations that the cast facilitates with grace.” – Michael Sheehan, On Stage Los Angeles
“The production’s director Michael John Garcés… the Road and Cubría turn The Play You Want into a play that, yes, we want.” – Don Shirley, Angeles Stage
“The Play You Want is a brilliant and pervasive piece. It stays with you long after the lights come up and you are alone in your bed. It resonates, it reemerges and it reminds us all that the struggle is real and that whatever progress made is at the mercy of those who are really in charge.” – Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros, NoHo Arts District
“There could be no better medicine for those longing to recover from a two-year-long pandemic shutdown than the abundance of laughter generated in Bernardo Cubría’s The Play You Want.” – Steven Stanley, Stage Scene LA
“… I can’t say how much I also adored this courageous and outrageously funny adventure that also slyly confronts the institutional racism pervasive in our American theatre without shaking a finger in our faces.” – Travis Michael Holder, TicketHoldersLA.com