Playlist:  Plays that Break Boundaries by Jodi Johnson

These plays tackle thought-provoking subjects, challenge societal norms, and offer insightful perspectives on human experiences. They often delve into scientific, philosophical, or ethical topics, presenting them in engaging and compelling narratives.
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An Enemy of the People
written by Henrik Ibsen, 1828-1906 (1882); directed by Martin Jarvis, 1941-; produced by Susan Loewenberg; performed by Rosalind Ayres, 1946-, Gregory Harrison, 1950-, Richard Kind, 1965-, Alan Mandell, fl. 1974-2010, Alan Shearman, Jon Matthews, Josh Stamberg, 1970-, Emily Swallow and Tom Virtue, 1957- (Los Angeles, CA: L.A. Theatre Works, 2014), 1 hour 55 mins  
A thought-provoking play by Henrik Ibsen that delves into the conflict between individual truth and societal pressure, raising questions about integrity and the courage to stand up for what one believes in.
01:54:58
10 May 2023
And the Sun Stood Still
written by Dava Sobel, 1947- (2015); directed by Rosalind Ayres, 1946-; produced by Susan Loewenberg; performed by Robert Foxworth, 1941-, John Vickery, Kate Steele, Michael Kirby, 1925-2002 and Gregory Harrison, fl. 1968 (Los Angeles, CA: L.A. Theatre Works, 2015), 1 hour 51 mins  
brings to life the story of Nicolaus Copernicus, the Renaissance astronomer and mathematician who proposed the heliocentric model of the universe in which the Sun stands at the center. Plagued by self-doubt and threatened by religious censure, Copernicus resisted the publication of his work until just before his death in 1543. And the Sun Stood Still follows Copernicus in those final years as he works to complete his research with the help of Georg Rheticus, a young disciple from Wittenberg, Germany.
01:50:45
10 May 2023
Arcadia
written by Sir Tom Stoppard, 1937- (1993); directed by John Rubinstein, 1946-; performed by Kate Burton, 1957-, Mark Capri, 1951-, Jennifer Dundas Lowe, 1971-, Gregory Itzin, 1948-, David Manis, 1959-, Christopher Neame, 1947-, Peter Paige, 1969-, Darren Richardson, Kate Steele, Serena Scott Thomas, 1961- and Douglas Weston (Los Angeles, CA: L.A. Theatre Works, 2008, originally published 1993), 2 hours 47 mins  
A thought-provoking play by Tom Stoppard that weaves together two storylines set in different centuries, exploring the fascinating connections between mathematics, science, literature, and the nature of time.
02:46:36
10 May 2023
Boy
written by Anna Ziegler (2016); directed by Debbie Devine; produced by Susan Loewenberg; performed by Sarah Drew, 1980-, John Getz, 1946-, Travis Johns, Amy Pietz, 1969- and Bobby Steggert (Los Angeles, CA: L.A. Theatre Works, 2016), 1 hour 21 mins  
An emotional and thought-provoking play by Anna Ziegler inspired by a true story, delving into the complex themes of gender identity and the interplay between nature and nurture.
01:21:15
10 May 2023
Breaking the Code
written by Hugh Whitmore, 1936-; directed by Rosalind Ayres, 1946-; produced by Susan Loewenberg; performed by Sheelagh Cullen, Peter Dennis, Samantha Robson, 1966-, Orlando Seale, 1973-, W. Morgan Sheppard, 1934-, André Sogliuzzo, 1966-, Simon Templeman and Kenneth Danziger (Los Angeles, CA: L.A. Theatre Works, 2003), 2 hours 6 mins  
A compelling play by Hugh Whitemore that tells the remarkable story of British mathematician and codebreaker Alan Turing, shedding light on his groundbreaking work during World War II and the personal challenges he faced. The play thematically links Turing's cryptographic activities with his attempts to grapple with his sexual identity.
02:05:46
10 May 2023
Completeness
written by Itamar Moses, 1977-; directed by Stephen Sachs, 1959-; performed by Jason Ritter, 1980-, Mandy Siegfried, André Sogliuzzo, 1966- and Mia Barron (L.A. Theatre Works, 2011, originally published 2011), 2 hours 3 mins, 123 page(s)  
Computer-science grad Elliot strikes up a conversation in the university library with ambitious molecular biologist Molly, and they agree to collaborate on a cross-departmental experiment. But while unraveling the complexities of science, Eliott and Molly get tangled up in the unsolvable problems of love. In this smart rom-com about passion and programming, Moses asks: if love brings infinite possibilities, how can we ever be complete?
02:03:13
10 May 2023
Copenhagen
written by Michael Frayn, 1933-; directed by Martin Jarvis, 1941-; performed by Shannon Cochran, 1958-, David Krumholtz, 1978- and Alfred Molina, 1953- (L.A. Theatre Works, 2011, originally published 2011), 2 hours 4 mins, 124 page(s)  
A gripping play by Michael Frayn that imagines a meeting between physicists Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg during World War II, delving into the ethical implications of scientific discoveries and the uncertainty principle.
02:04:03
10 May 2023
Doctor Cerberus
written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, 1973- (2010); directed by Bart DeLorenzo; performed by Steven Culp, Pamela J. Gray, Simon Helberg, Jamison Jones and Jarrett Sleeper (L.A. Theatre Works, 2010, originally published 2010), 1 hour 56 mins, 116 page(s)  
A coming-of-age play by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa that follows the journey of a teenage boy navigating adolescence, family dynamics, and his vivid imagination against the backdrop of a late-night horror radio show.
01:56:01
10 May 2023
The Doctor's Dilemma
written by George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950 (1906); directed by Rosalind Ayres, 1946-; performed by Jane Carr, 1950-, Gregory Cooke, 1966-, Ken Danziger, Roy Dotrice, 1923-, Jennifer Dundas Lowe, 1971-, Martin Jarvis, 1941- and Paxton Whitehead, 1937- (Los Angeles, CA: L.A. Theatre Works, 2000, originally published 1911), 1 hour 46 mins  
A satirical play by George Bernard Shaw that explores the moral complexities of the medical profession, questioning the ethics of choosing who lives and who dies when resources are limited.
01:45:47
10 May 2023
Donny's Brain
written by Rona Munro, 1959- (2012); directed by Martin Jarvis, 1941-; produced by Susan Loewenberg; performed by Paul Fox, Jared Harris, 1961-, Siobhán Hewlett, Moira Quirk, 1968- and Sophie Winkleman (Los Angeles, CA: L.A. Theatre Works, 2015), 2 hours 2 mins  
A thought-provoking play by Rona Munro that delves into the mysteries of the human mind and memory, blurring the lines between reality and imagination.
02:02:00
10 May 2023
End Days
written by Deborah Zoe Laufer; directed by Michael Hackett; performed by Josh Clark, Shannon Cochran, 1958-, Dane DeHaan, 1987-, Arye Gross, Kenneth Houston and Kate Rylie (L.A. Theatre Works, 2010, originally published 2010), 2 hours 12 mins, 132 page(s)  
A dark comedy by Deborah Zoe Laufer that humorously tackles themes of faith, loss, and survival in a post-9/11 world.
02:11:51
10 May 2023
The Explorers Club
written by Nell Benjamin; directed by Kate McAll; produced by Susan Loewenberg; performed by Jack Cutmore-Scott, Carson Elrod, David Furr, John Getz, 1946-, Martin Jarvis, 1941-, David Krumholtz, 1978-, Lorenzo Pisoni, Jennifer Westfeldt and Matthew Wolf (Los Angeles, CA: L.A. Theatre Works, 2014), 1 hour 57 mins  
The hapless members of the Explorers Club must confront their most lethal threat yet: the admission of a woman into their hermetically sealed ranks. True, Phyllida Spotte-Hume is brilliant, beautiful, and has discovered a legendary Lost City, but the decision to let a woman into the fraternity could shake the very foundation of the British Empire.
01:56:41
10 May 2023
Extinction
written by Hannie Rayson, 1957- (2015); directed by Martin Jarvis, 1941-; produced by Susan Loewenberg and Anna Lyse Erikson; performed by Seamus Dever, 1976-, Sarah Drew, 1980-, Darren Richardson and Joanne Whalley, 1964- (Los Angeles, CA: L.A. Theatre Works, 2021), 1 hour 56 mins, 4 page(s)  
A gripping play by Gabe McKinley that explores the complexities of male friendship, power dynamics, and the consequences of a fateful night.
01:56:24
10 May 2023
Fake
written by Eric Simonson, 1960- (2008); directed by Eric Simonson, 1960-; performed by Kate Arrington, Coburn Goss, fl. 2000, Francis Guinan, Alan Wilder and Larry Yando (Los Angeles, CA: L.A. Theatre Works, 2009, originally published 2008), 1 hour 43 mins  
A thought-provoking play by Eric Simonson inspired by the true story of the infamous Piltdown Man archaeological hoax, examining the themes of scientific fraud and the pursuit of recognition.
01:43:07
10 May 2023
Franklinland
written by Lloyd Suh; directed by Anna Lyse Erikson; produced by Susan Loewenberg; performed by Gregory Harrison, fl. 1968, Larry Powell and Kurt Kanazawa (Los Angeles, CA: L.A. Theatre Works, 2022), 1 hour 14 mins, 4 page(s)  
A whimsical play by Lloyd Suh that imagines a journey through time and space with Benjamin Franklin as a guide, exploring themes of invention, discovery, and American identity.
01:14:25
10 May 2023
The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial
written by Peter Goodchild (2001); directed by Gordon Hunt, 1929-; performed by Ed Asner, 1929-, Matthew Patrick Davis, Mike Farrell, 1939-, James Gleason, 1882-1959, Sharon Gless, 1943-, Harry Groener, 1951-, Jon Matthews, Rob Nagle, 1970-, David Alan Novak and Robert Pescovitz (Los Angeles, CA: L.A. Theatre Works, 2007, originally published 1993), 1 hour 58 mins  
A riveting play by Peter Goodchild that reimagines the historic Scopes Monkey Trial, exploring the clash between science and religion in the context of evolution.
01:58:11
10 May 2023
Headstrong
written by Patrick Link; directed by Bart DeLorenzo; produced by Susan Loewenberg; performed by Deidrie Henry, Ernie Hudson, 1945-, Ntare Mwine and Scott Wolf (Los Angeles, CA: L.A. Theatre Works, 2013), 1 hour 19 mins  
In the wake of increasing concern over brain trauma in professional athletes, Patrick Link has crafted a story about a retired NFL linebacker who must deal with a family tragedy and his own suffering because of the violence of his chosen sport.
01:18:43
10 May 2023
Intelligence-Slave
written by Kenneth Lin; directed by Matt August; produced by Susan Loewenberg; performed by Garret Dillahunt, 1964-, Joe Spano, 1946-, Josh Stamberg, 1970-, Daniel Stewart, fl. 2013, Nick Toren and Matthew Wolf (Los Angeles, CA: L.A. Theatre Works, 2015), 1 hour 9 mins  
Kenneth Lin's new play, Intelligence-Slave, tells the story of Curt Herzstark, a concentration camp prisoner who is being kept alive by the Nazis because he has invented the world's first hand-held four function calculator. What will happen when he completes the invention, his talents are no longer required, and he becomes dispensable?
01:08:45
10 May 2023
An Immaculate Misconception
written by Carl Djerassi, 1923- (2000); directed by Jenny Sullivan, 1947-; performed by Philip Casnoff, 1949-, Kevin Kilner, 1958-, Kendall Schmidt, 1990- and JoBeth Williams, 1948- (Los Angeles, CA: L.A. Theatre Works, 2000, originally published 2000), 1 hour 34 mins  
A comedic play by Carl Djerassi that raises provocative questions about the possibilities and ethical implications of scientific advancements in human reproduction.
01:33:54
10 May 2023
Life on Paper
written by Kenneth Lin; directed by Rosalind Ayres, 1946-; produced by Susan Loewenberg and Anna Lyse Erikson; performed by Kevin Daniels, 1976-, Seamus Dever, 1976-, Sarah Drew, 1980-, Summer Spiro and Mark Sullivan (Los Angeles, CA: L.A. Theatre Works, 2021), 1 hour 38 mins, 4 page(s)  
A witty and engaging play by Kenneth Lin that follows the tumultuous lives of three characters as they navigate love, relationships, and the ups and downs of existence, with unexpected twists and turns.
01:38:08
10 May 2023
The Lost World
written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 1859-1930 (1912); directed by Brendon Fox; performed by Josh Clark, Kyle Colerider-Krugh, Peter Paige, 1969-, Kirsten Potter, Kate Steele, Tom Virtue, 1957- and Kenneth Alan Williams (Los Angeles, CA: L.A. Theatre Works, 2010, originally published 1912), 46 mins  
An exciting adaptation by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle of his own novel, taking audiences on a thrilling adventure to a hidden plateau where prehistoric creatures still roam.
46:23
10 May 2023
Lucy
written by Damien Atkins, fl. 1998 (2007); directed by Michael Hackett; performed by Lucy DeVito, 1983-, Roxanne Hart, Geoffrey Lower, 1963-, Sarah Rafferty and Raphael Sbarge, 1964- (Los Angeles, CA: L.A. Theatre Works, 2008, originally published 2007), 2 hours 5 mins  
Lucy, who suffers from autism, moves in with her estranged, misanthropic mother. Having lived her entire life with her father, Lucy, as well as her mom, struggle with all the difficulties of such an arrangement.
02:04:31
10 May 2023
Moving Bodies
written by Arthur Girón, 1937- (2000); directed by Rosalind Ayres, 1946-; performed by Emily Bergl, 1975-, Jessica Chastain, 1977-, Jill Gascoine, 1937-, Matthew Gaydos, Harry Groener, 1951-, Arye Gross, Mark Harelik, Kathryn Hahn, 1974-, Katharine Leonard, Mary McGowan, Alec Medlock, 1990-, Jenny O'Hara, 1942-, Raphael Sbarge, 1964-, Joe Spano, 1946- and John Vickery (Los Angeles, CA: L.A. Theatre Works, 2008, originally published 2008), 1 hour 58 mins  
Moving Bodies follows Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman as he explores nature, science, sex, anti-Semitism, and the world around him.
01:57:34
10 May 2023
Paradise
written by Laura Censabella (2015); directed by Anna Lyse Erikson; produced by Susan Loewenberg and Anna Lyse Erikson; performed by Jeff Marlow and Medalion Rahimi (Los Angeles, CA: L.A. Theatre Works, 2022), 2 hours 3 mins, 5 page(s)  
Yasmeen Al-Hamadi is a Muslim, Yemeni-American senior at a struggling inner-city Bronx high school. Dr. Guy Royston is her disaffected science teacher, a former Evangelical with a mysterious past. An unlikely research team, together they embark on a neurological study, leading to stormy conflicts over love, faith and culture.
02:03:09
10 May 2023
Photograph 51
written by Anna Ziegler; directed by Michael Hackett; performed by Matthew Arkin, 1960-, Maxwell Caulfield, Miriam Margolyes, 1941-, Jon Matthews, Darren Richardson and Nick Toren (L.A. Theatre Works, 2011, originally published 2011), 1 hour 28 mins, 88 page(s)  
A compelling play by Anna Ziegler that shines a spotlight on the unsung contributions of scientist Rosalind Franklin in the discovery of the structure of DNA, exploring themes of sexism, competition, and scientific ethics.
01:27:46
10 May 2023
The Physicists
written by Friedrich Dürrenmatt, 1921-1990 (1961); directed by Brendon Fox; performed by Anne Gee Byrd, 1938-, Matthew Patrick Davis, Bruce Davison, 1946-, John de Lancie, 1948-, Matthew Gaydos, Harry Groener, 1951-, Christopher Guilmet, Melinda Page Hamilton, 1974-, Gregory Itzin, 1948-, Roma Maffia, 1958- and Missy Yager (Los Angeles, CA: L.A. Theatre Works, 2009, originally published 1961), 1 hour 42 mins  
A thought-provoking play by Friedrich Dürrenmatt that delves into the ethical dilemmas faced by three physicists in a sanatorium, challenging notions of power, responsibility, and sanity.
01:42:16
10 May 2023
Please Continue
written by Frank Basloe; directed by Rosalind Ayres, 1946-; produced by Susan Loewenberg; performed by Tara Barr, Will Brittain, Jake Green, Taj Jegaraj, Rob Morrow, 1962-, James Scully, Mark Sullivan and Matthew Wolf (Los Angeles, CA: L.A. Theatre Works, 2019), 1 hour 54 mins, 5 page(s)  
A captivating play by Frank Basloe that recounts the infamous obedience experiments conducted by Stanley Milgram, shedding light on the nature of authority and individual morality.
01:53:46
10 May 2023
Proof
written by David Auburn, 1970- (2000); directed by Jenny Sullivan, 1947-; performed by Robert Foxworth, 1941-, Anne Heche, 1969-2022, Kaitlin Hopkins, 1964- and Jeremy Sisto, 1974- (Los Angeles, CA: L.A. Theatre Works, 2003, originally published 2002), 1 hour 49 mins  
A Pulitzer Prize-winning play by David Auburn that explores themes of mathematics, genius, and the search for truth, following a young woman's journey to prove the authorship of a groundbreaking mathematical proof.
01:49:28
10 May 2023
Relativity
written by Cassandra Medley, 1949- (2006); directed by Stuart K. Robinson; performed by Judyann Elder, 1948-, Deidrie Henry, Jason Ritter, 1980-, Terrell Tilford, Lorraine Toussaint, 1960-, Ed Begley, Jr., 1949- and James Pickens, Jr., 1954- (Los Angeles, CA: L.A. Theatre Works, 2009, originally published 2007), 1 hour 51 mins  
A thought-provoking play by Cassandra Medley that examines the complexities of race, science, and family dynamics through the story of a young scientist grappling with her father's flawed research.
01:51:13
10 May 2023
The Ruby Sunrise
written by Rinne Groff (2005); directed by Brendon Fox; performed by Asher Book, 1988-, Kate McGregor-Stewart, 1944-, Elisabeth Moss, 1982-, Jason Ritter, 1980-, Kate Steele and Henry Winkler, 1945- (Los Angeles, CA: L.A. Theatre Works, 2007, originally published 2006), 1 hour 50 mins  
A heartfelt play by Rinne Groff that spans decades, following a determined woman's quest to bring her mother's story to life during the Golden Age of television, tackling themes of ambition, truth, and the power of storytelling.
01:50:03
10 May 2023
Secret Order
written by Bob Clyman (2008); directed by Gordon Hunt, 1929-; performed by George Segal, 1934-, Angela Goethals, Will McCormack, 1974- and Richard Schiff, 1955- (Los Angeles, CA: L.A. Theatre Works, 2008, originally published 2008), 2 hours 4 mins  
A gripping medical drama by Bob Clyman that delves into the world of cancer research, exploring the moral and ethical dilemmas faced by a scientist who makes a groundbreaking discovery.
02:04:25
10 May 2023
Spill
written by Leigh Fondakowski, fl. 2002; directed by Martin Jarvis, 1941-; produced by Susan Loewenberg; performed by Elisa Bocanegra, Gilbert Glenn Brown, Nicholas Hormann, Travis Johns and Jane Kaczmarek, 1955- (Los Angeles, CA: L.A. Theatre Works, 2018), 1 hour 52 mins  
A powerful play by Leigh Fondakowski that delves into the devastating consequences of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, shedding light on the human and environmental impact of the disaster.
01:52:27
10 May 2023
Tooth and Claw
written by Michael Hollinger, 1962- (2013); directed by Jessica Kubzansky; produced by Susan Loewenberg; performed by Jaime Alvarez, Stephanie Beatriz, Daniel Chacon, Richard Gallegos, Daniel Guzmán, Justin Huen, Jay Montalvo, W. Morgan Sheppard, 1934-, Jos Viramontes and Cynthia Watros (Los Angeles, CA: L.A. Theatre Works, 2013), 1 hour 58 mins  
A thought-provoking play by Michael Hollinger that examines the delicate balance between nature and humanity, drawing inspiration from the real-life story of the Galápagos Islands and the struggle to preserve a species.
01:58:19
10 May 2023
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