Bi-Coastal World Premiere,
Presented in association with UCLA Live
and Fomenting ARTS Unlimited, Inc.
“Once again, Ms. Woodbury has built a sweet and sweeping play with breathtaking range”
-The New York Times
“Breathtakingly enthralling… bears comparison to the titanic undertakings of Anna Deavere Smith and Tony Kushner.”
-The L.A. Times
“A triumph of unfettered creativity” – Variety
“With her keen observations, she works as a sort of social historian molding gut-wrenching truths and hilarious caricatures into a portrait of the family of man- past and present.”
-Chicago Sun Times
Heather Woodbury, winner of the inaugural Spalding Gray Award, crafts an ambitious and touching journey in her first ensemble play, Tale of 2Cities, which won the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award while in development. Inspired by the Brooklyn Dodgers’ move to L.A. in 1957, this two-part epic delves into the lasting effects of that upheaval – and subsequent acts of urban erasure – on three generations of characters from both coasts. A modern-day Latino DJ spins together this collision of life stories, spanning decades and neighborhoods, connecting a multitude of American lives to our own.
Featuring Winsome Brown, Michael Ray Escamilla, Tracey A. Leigh, Leo Marks, Diane Rodriguez, Ed Vassallo and Heather Woodbury. Directed by Dudley Saunders. Photo Courtesy of Los Angeles Public Library.
Running time for each part is 140 minutes plus intermission. Parts I and II may be purchased as a package (highly recommended), or may be purchased separately. Flexible Play Package (Parts I and II, pick your own combination of dates): $30, $15 (PS122 Members). On weekends, Parts I and II are separated by an extended dinner break
Tune into select readings and exclusive preview images from Tale of
2Cities now at heatherwoodbury.com
Tale of 2Cities is also a featured presentation in the Impact Festival
The Spalding Gray Award is a new commissioning award created in his honor by Performance Space 122 and UCLA Live Arts Program. The Award supports gifted artists who fully realize Spalding’s legacy, who are fearless innovators of theatrical form, who reach into daily experience and create resonant, transcendent work that makes us all bigger, wider, wiser and, somehow more than we were when we entered the theater. The recipient receives a full production of his or her work during the upcoming seasons at PS122 and UCLA Live.
Read Jason Zinoman’s review of Tale of 2Cities in The New York Times.
Read Charles McNulty’s review in
The LA Times.
October 12 – 29
Opens Thursday, October 12
Tale of 2Cities is one play
presented in two parts:
Part I “Grifters, Drifters and Dodgers”
Part II “Mega Mixicana Waltz”
Tuesdays and Thursdays: Part 1 at 8 p.m.
Wednesdays and Fridays: Part 2 at 8 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays: Part 1 at 2 p.m., Part 2 at 7 p.m.
$20, $15 (students/seniors),