Mainstage Lineup For Long Beach Playhouse 2011-2012 Season Announced

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Long Beach Playhouse Announces 2011-2012 Mainstage SeasonThe Long Beach icon on Anaheim Street announces its next Mainstage Season, bringing plenty of the quality classic theatre Long Beach has come to expect from the Playhouse, while throwing in a couple of twists.

The Playhouse season subscription now includes six plays, with a seventh Holiday show available for purchase at a subscriber discount. This season is one play shorter than last year, but that won’t mean fewer artistic opportunities at the Playhouse.

Artistic Director Andrew Vonderschmitt says, “Our new season layout allows for more time to raise the production value of each show, therefore enhancing the experience for our artists, actors, designers and audience.”

Executive Director Lauren Morris adds, “The space in the Playhouse calendar is allowing us to offer performance opportunities to other deserving companies in Long Beach. Audiences can expect to see shows they know and love at the Playhouse, while experiencing exciting companies like Domino Affect Dance Company or passionate artists like Gregorio Luke on our stage.”

Another big change this season is that we are adding regular Thursday evening performances to the Mainstage.  We have always had a Thursday evening preview performance, but now there will be Thursday performances each week of the run.  There is a special Thursday subscription rate.

October 22, 2011 – November 19, 2011
To Kill a Mockingbird adapted by Christopher Sergel. From the novel by Harper Lee
(Literary Classic)
The world never seems as fresh, as wonderful or terrifying, or as good and evil as it does through the eyes of a child. Atticus Finch must teach his children, Scout and Jem, difficult lessons about racial tolerance, violence and prejudice when he goes against the community by defending a young black man falsely accused of a crime against a white woman. One of America’s greatest stories movingly adapted for the stage.

December 3, 2011 – December 24, 2011
*The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
(Family holiday fun based on the bestselling classic children’s story)
In this hilarious Christmas tale based on the bestselling children’s book, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids– probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem– and the fun-when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on!  *Rights still pending.

January 14, 2012 – February 11, 2012
Barefoot in the Park by Neil Simon
(Romantic Comedy)
One of the sweetest odes to young love and commitment ever written for the theatre. In this delightfully playful comedy, newlyweds Corie and Paul negotiate their first apartment, eccentric neighbors and a meddling mother. This Neil Simon hit sparkles with lively wordplay and laughs as well as with charming characters who find joy-and true love-amid inspired lunacy.

February 25, 2012 – March 24, 2012
Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure adapted by Steven Dietz
Based on the original 1899 play by William Gillette and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The world’s greatest detective has seemingly reached the end of his remarkable career when a case presents itself that is too tempting to ignore. In this spirited, fast-moving and thoroughly theatrical adaptation, Holmes is surrounded by all the elements that fans of his exploits have come to expect: danger, intrigue, wit, humor and surprise. “The game is afoot, Watson-and it is a dangerous one!”

April 7, 2012 – May 5, 2012
Tartuffe by Molière, translated into English verse by Richard Wilbur
(Classic Comic Farce)
This sparkling version of the great French comedy is a hilarious and scathing commentary on human greed and manipulation. Seemingly a beacon of piety, Tartuffe is a guest in the home of wealthy merchant Orgon. But all is not as it seems. Orgon becomes more and more enraptured with his new companion, but the family smells a rat and hatches a cunning plan to outwit the wily hypocrite. An intelligent, rollicking, romp of a farce!

May 19, 2012 – June 16, 2012
The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow by Rolin Jones
(A charming contemporary California coming of age comedy)
Jennifer is just an average California girl who re-engineers obsolete missile components for the U.S. Army from her bedroom. Rolin Jones’ inventive “techno-comedy” chronicles one brilliant woman’s quest to determine her heritage and face her fears with the help of a Mormon missionary, a mad scientist, a pizza delivery guy, an Army Colonel and her astounding creation called Jenny Chow. Funny, lighthearted and irreverent at times, this Obie-winning play poignantly explores the meaning of family and what it means to be human in a technology-obsessed world.

June 30, 2012 – July 28, 2012
Into The Woods book by James Lapine, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
(Hit Broadway musical based on classic fairy tales)
An ambivalent Cinderella? A blood-thirsty Little Red Riding Hood? A Prince Charming with a roving eye? A Witch…who raps? They’re all among the cockeyed characters in James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s fractured fairy tale. What begins a lively irreverent fantasy in the style of “The Princess Bride” becomes a moving lesson about community responsibility and the stories we tell our children-all wrapped in the shiny trappings of a smash-hit Broadway musical.

As has been tradition at the Playhouse, the Thursday evening before opening weekend will be a “pay what you can afford” performance, in order to give as many people as possible a chance to experience the Playhouse.  The Friday before opening of each show is available at a two-for-one ticket price.  Other prices are as follows:

Single ticket prices:
Adult: $24
Senior: $21
Student: $14
Opening Night including Champange Reception: $27

Subscription prices:
Premium Opening Night Subscription: $146
Regular Adult Subscription (Fri-Sun): $126
Thursday Only Subscription: $114
Student Subscription: $75
A five-play flexible subscription can be purchased for $99 and used for both the Mainstage and the Studio.

Tickets are available at, or by calling 562-494-1014, option 1.

Long Beach Playhouse is located at 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach, CA, 90804, right across from the Long Beach Recreation golf course. The Playhouse is community-supported theatre that cuts across age, gender, ethnic, and cultural boundaries. Performances for the Mainstage and Studio Theatre are at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. The box office is open Wednesday-Saturday from 3:00-8:00 pm & Sundays from 1:00-2:00 pm on scheduled matinees only. For more information or to purchase tickets visit or call 562-494-1014.


2 Responses to “Mainstage Lineup For Long Beach Playhouse 2011-2012 Season Announced”
  1. Judith Crawford says:

    I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed A Funny Thing Happened yesterday. It was my first time to L.B. Playhouse, but it won’t be my last.

    I do have a question. My ticket was ordered on line, and the bar code sheet had a seat number assigned. Then I received a bizarre e-mail from “printtixusa” telling me to arrive early because they couldn’t guarantee that I would get a GOOD seat unless I arrived early. (?) Even though I’m only 10 minutes away, I arrived at 1:30, and had to wait until 1:50 to enter the theater. And I did have an assigned seat after all. Can you please explain what the purpose of that e-mail was?

    Thanks for the great show and the explanation for the above. Judy

  2. Abraham Levine says:

    As long time contributors and subscribers to your plays, we are most disappointed that we can get no answer to our earlier inquiries about the way you sell your tickets. For years we have selected our seats by looking at your seating chart. Without this chart, we simply cannot, will not subscribe any longer. Is there any way we can, at the very least get a copy of your seating chart, either in the mail, or on-line. We will really miss you otherwise. You can mail us a seating chart at our address:
    401 Avenida de Jose Redondo Beach, CA 90277. Failing that, if you ever do decide to make your seating chart available do let us know.