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Santa Monica College Broad Stage Announces 20015-16 Season Line-Up

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April 7, 2015 -- George Orwell’s “1984” by the Headlong Theatre Company of London will make its U.S. debut as part of the Eli and Edythe Broad Stage’s 2015-16 season, theater officials announced.

Santa Monica College Broad Stage officials last week announced a line-up of international performers included in the theater’s eighth season. And for the first time, the theater will present a series of “pop-up concerts” around Los Angeles that will be streamed live on social media sites, said Natasha Shrieves, spokeswoman for the Broad Stage.

“It’s an exciting year for us,” said Mitchell Heskel, the Broad Stage’s director. “Our 2015-16 season includes a phenomenal line-up of global artists who are at the forefront of artistic excellence and innovation.”

Among the season’s highlights, acclaimed actress Lisa Dwan performs three one-act plays in a one-woman show that premiered to sold-out audiences in London. Also, South Africa’s Isango Ensemble will return this season with an acclaimed version of “Carmen.”

Performances by Grammy winner Rosanne Cash, opera soprano Angela Gheorghiu, singer Aaron Neville, jazz pianist Hiromi, the L.A.-based Calder Quartet, and classical musicans Sir James Galway, Andre Watts and Jonathan Biss also are on tap this season, Shrieves said.

The season’s dance highlights include performances by Shaping Sound, Charles “Lil Buck” Riley, and the return to the Broad Stage of Brooklyn-based choreographer Ronald K. Brown.

Colin Hay, former front man of Men at Work,  Israeli signer David Broza,  Banda Magda and Russian  “mafia” Debauche headline the Broad Stage’s World Fusion Series for the new season, said Shrieves.

Family offerings this season include Carnegie Hall’s “Musical Explorers” program, an interactive musical experience featuring the music of Los Angeles’ diverse cultures; The Box Brothers, a Netherlands-based ensemble that mixes music and comedy; and “Carnival of Animals,” performed by Australia’s award-winning Circa.

Added this season by popular demand, “National Geographic Live!” will showcase explorers, filmmakers and photographers in a serious of shows including “Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous,” “Pristine Seas” with Enric Sala and “Hidden Life of Wolves,” with Jim and Maimie Dutcher.

The Broad Stage’s 2015-16 season begins September 19 with a kick-off party and performance by Gheorghiu.

Season subscriptions for Broad Stage members are on sale now. Subscriptions for the general public go on sale June 1. Single-performance tickets go on sale August 8.

For the complete 2015-16 season schedule and to purchase subscriptions and single tickets online, visit thebroadstage.com, or call 310-434-3200.


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