Artistic Directors Joseph Leo Bwarie and Dimitri Toscas have set the 2017-2018 Inaugural Season at the newly established nonprofit Garry Marshall Theatre in Burbank.

To celebrate, the Garry Marshall Theatre will hold a free public event, Start With Art at the Marshall, on Saturday, August 5, 2017 from 10 a.m. to noon. The morning will include local eats, coffee and organic juices, free art projects, and special raffle prizes.

“We want the new Garry Marshall Theatre to be an expression of our community, a platform for up-and-coming artists,” says Toscas. “Our hope is to create more of these opportunities for collaborations with boundary-pushing theater-makers in Los Angeles. The inaugural season is made up of four plays by Tony-winning playwrights, each celebrating the spirit and innovation of ART, and each connected, in some way, to Garry himself,” says Toscas.

Subscriptions for the 2017-2018 4-Play Season go on sale to the public August 5, 2017

September 22 – October 22, 2018
Master Class
By Terrance McNally
Directed by Dimitri Toscas

Inspired by world-renowned Opera diva Maria Callas’ magnificent JuiIliard master class series, Terrence McNally’s Tony Award-winning play spotlights the tour-de-force artist and vulnerable woman known as La Divina. Join Callas as she relentlessly coaxes, prods, and edifies her young students, motivating them to give the performances of their lives, while revealing her humor, her demons and her genius.
Intended for an adult audience and may contain adult language and situations.

November 17 – December 31, 2018
A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum
Book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Originally produced on Broadway by Harold S. Prince
Directed by Joseph Leo Bwarie

The Gods of Comedy are pleased! Broadway’s big, fat Roman musical is back, with a new spin on Pulitzer Prize-winner Stephen Sondheim’s raucous comedy that pays tribute to the original funny man himself, Plautus. Ancient Rome is turned on its ear in this bawdy romp of mistaken identity and twisting plots, where secrets hide behind every toga.
Intended for an adult audience and may contain adult language and situations.
Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

February 2 – March 4, 2018
Edward Albee’s
Occupant
A West Coast Premiere
Directed by Heather Chesley

Unapologetically flamboyant and fearlessly groundbreaking, iconic New York sculptor Louise Nevelson reveals her artistic triumphs and her tumultuous personal struggles in a most unconventional interview. Determined to be seen and heard in a predominantly male-driven medium, she muses on her sordid past in Edward Albee’s poignant work about his friend, one of the most singular sculptors of the 20th century. Occupant is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
Intended for an adult audience and may contain adult language and situations.

March 23 – April 22, 2018
Laughter on the 23rd Floor
By Neil Simon
Directed by Michael A. Shepperd

Be whisked back to the golden age of television in Neil Simon’s “love letter” to his early career as a TV writer alongside the likes of comedy legends Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks. It’s a rollercoaster ride, catapulting a not-your-average 1950’s writers’ room into the comedy fray, as they frantically attempt to please their larger-than-life boss, in one of Simon’s funniest comedies.
Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
Intended for an adult audience and may contain adult language and situations.

May 18 – June 24, 2018
Rogue Artists Ensemble’s
Wood Boy Dog Fish
By Chelsea Sutton with Rogue Artists Ensemble
Original Music by Adrien Prévost
Directed by Sean T. Cawelti

Winner of the 2016 Ovation Award for Puppetry Design, and nominated for three Ovation and six Stage Raw Awards, this delightfully macabre take on The Adventures of Pinocchio brings a little wooden puppet to life at the hands of the drunken wood-maker Geppetto in the tumbledown tourist trap amusement park of Shoreside. Their lives spiral through a world of bullies, profiteers, and showmen, until they must face their darkest fears in the belly of the legendary monster, the Dogfish. Combining masks, dance, music, interactive sets, multiple puppetry traditions, projected media, sophisticated 3D effects, and illusions, Wood Boy Dog Fish is Pinocchio like only the Rogues could imagine it.
This show contains mature content and may not be suitable for children under 13 years old.

January 12 – March 18, 2018
marshallARTS Family Series Weekend Matinee
The Enchanted Nightingale
By Lori Marshall and Joseph Leo Bwarie

Journey to far away ancient China in this magical tale of a powerful Emperor and the rarest of treasures – an enchanted nightingale. Experience a magical Tai Chi practice, colorful fan dancing, royal wardrobe, and above all, a most valuable story celebrating the wealth in generosity and the culture and artistry of the Far East.

Film Series at the Marshall
Reservations available starting August 28, 2017

  • Young Doctors in Love – October 9, 2017
  • The Flamingo Kid – October 23, 2017
  • Nothing in Common – November 20, 2017
  • Overboard – December 4, 201
  • Beaches – January 8, 2018
  • Pretty Woman – January 15, 2018
  • Frankie and Johnny – February 5, 2018
  • Exit to Eden – February 19, 2018
  • Dear God – March 5, 2018
  • The Other Sister – March 19, 2018
  • Runaway Bride – April 2, 2018
  • The Princess Diaries – April 16, 2018
  • Raising Helen – May 7, 2018
  • The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement – May 21, 2018
  • Georgia Rule – June 4, 2018
  • Valentine’s Day – June 18, 2018
  • New Year’s Eve – July 2, 2018
  • Mother’s Day – July 16, 2018
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