Geffen Playhouse has been a hub of the Los Angeles theater scene since opening its doors in 1995. Noted for its intimacy and celebrated for its renowned mix of classic and contemporary plays as well as provocative world premiere productions, the not-for-profit organization continues to present a body of work that garners national recognition. Named in honor of entertainment mogul and philanthropist David Geffen, who made the initial donation to the theater, the company was founded by Gilbert Cates and is currently helmed by Executive Director Gil Cates, Jr., Artistic Director Matt Shakman and Board Chair Howard Tenenbaum. Proudly associated with UCLA, the Geffen welcomes an audience of more than 130,000 each year, and maintains extensive education and community engagement programs, designed to involve underserved young people and the community at large in the arts.
Geffen Playhouse has been awarded more than 50 regional theater awards, including seven accolades for best overall productions and a special Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle award for best new play in Los Angeles for both Jane Anderson’s commission The Quality of Life and David Wiener’s Extraordinary Chambers. Geffen Playhouse also commissioned Donald Margulies’ Time Stands Still, which received a Tony Award nomination for Best Play in 2010, Jeffrey Hatcher’s new adaptation of Frederick Knott’s Wait Until Dark, which was produced at several other regional theaters, and Joanna Murray-Smith’s Switzerland, which was produced internationally and featured Laura Linney and Seth Numrich in its premiere Los Angeles run. Other world premiere works include Joan Rivers: A Work in Progress by a Life in Progress, Carrie Fisher’s Wishful Drinking, which opened on Broadway in 2009, Donald Margulies’ The Country House, co-produced with and commissioned by Manhattan Theatre Club and which opened on Broadway in 2014, and Derek DelGaudio’s In & Of Itself, which premiered Off Broadway in April 2017.
World Premiere and Geffen Playhouse Commission Written by Michael Mitnick Inspired by The New Yorker article "Mysterious Circumstances: The Strange Death of a Sherlock Holmes Fanatic" by David Grann Directed by Matt Shakman Based on a true story…Read More »
Written by Eleanor Burgess Directed by Kimberly Senior Featuring Lisa Banes & Jordan Boatman In this “barnburner of a play” (The Washington Post), two extraordinary women square off in a high-stakes academic debate over race,…Read More »
World Premiere Created & Performed by Helder Guimarães Directed by Frank Marshall Original Music by Moby Magic sensation Helder Guimarães returns to the Geffen with the world premiere of his one-man show, Invisible Tango.…Read More »
World Premiere AdaptationAdapted by Jefferson Mays, Susan Lyons And Michael ArdenPerformed by Jefferson MaysDirected by Michael Arden Tony Award winner Jefferson Mays 'I Am My Own Wife, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder' breathes new…Read More »
Written by Jose RiveraDirected by Jo BonneyFeaturing: Sara Koviak, Michael Mando, Zilah Mendoza, Onahoua Rodriguez And Juan Francisco Villa How many of us have wished for one more chance to say the right thing. A Better Orpheus Inc. provides an…Read More »