Press Release

The award-winning Echo Theater Company will continue its commitment to original work in the new year, introducing Los Angeles to important, emerging playwrights from across the country.

“Four plays for our time: poignant, disturbing, funny, biting and heart-breaking,” says Echo artistic director Chris Fields. “How do we go on? Playwrights always seem to know the answer.”

March 16 – April 22, 2018
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 4 p.m.; Mondays at 8 p.m.
The season kicks off on March 16 with the world premiere of An Undivided Heart by novelist, religious writer and playwright Yusuf Toporov, presented as a co-production with like-minded company and co-resident at Atwater Village Theatre, Circle X Theatre Company.

Part thriller, part spiritual mystery, Toporov’s beautiful and timely play explores how we go on in the face of unspeakable acts. Developed at the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, where Fields was in the cast, the production will be directed by Fields and will feature Circle X artistic director Tim Wright in the acting ensemble.

April 11 – April 26, 2018
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m.
Next up will be the West Coast premiere of What Happened When, a dark and provocative memory play in the guise of a ghost story, by New York-based Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre’s Daniel Talbott (Slipping).

On a snowy night, three siblings huddle together in the dark with a flashlight and each other for protection — protection from a very real monster roaming the rooms of their house below.

July 14 – Aug. 19, 2018
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 4 p.m.; Mondays at 8 p.m.
Summer brings the West Coast premiere of Cry It Out by playwright and screenwriter Molly Smith Metzler, who explores the absurdities of new motherhood, the conflict between returning to work and staying home, and how class impacts parenthood and friendship in an insightful and darkly comic drama commissioned by the 2017 Humana Festival of New Work at the Actors Theatre of Louisville.

Sept. 15 – Oct. 21, 2018
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 4 p.m.; Mondays at 8 p.m.
Finally, closing out the season in September, the Echo will present the West Coast premiere of Gloria, the explosive Pulitzer Prize finalist by MacArthur “genius” Branden Jacobs-Jenkins that took New York and London by storm in 2017 — a razor-sharp, bitingly funny drama about ambition, style, status, success and selling out to the highest bidder.