Echo Theater Company turns 20 in 2017. The 2017 season (#EchoAt20) will include three world premieres as well as one West Coast premiere. In addition, the company will present LABFest 2017, a festival of developmental readings culled from the Echo’s 2016-17 Writer’s Lab, and a 20th Anniversary Short Play Festival of new plays from writers in the Echo family.
The 2017 20th Anniversary Season schedule is as follows:
Jan 21 – Feb 26
The Found Dog Ribbon Dance by Dominic Finocchiaro
Professional cuddler Norma’s quest to return a lost dog to its rightful owner leads her to encounter a slew of oddballs, and maybe even discover a second chance at love. A bittersweet romantic comedy about loneliness, oxytocin and the healing power of Whitney Houston. Directed by Alana Dietze.
April 8 – May 14
Kill Floor by Abe Koogler
Fresh from its world premiere at Lincoln Center, this darkly funny story about starting over looks at how we create family in the most unlikely ways as two small town misfits attempt to reunite with one another and with the people around them. Directed by Chris Fields.
June 8 – June 18
Free staged readings of new plays developed in the company’s 2016-2017 Writer’s Lab featuring plays by Bekah Brunstetter, Mary Laws, Eric Sanders, Matthew Paul Olmos, Jon Caren, Janine Nabers, Tom Jacobson, Mike Batistik, Boni Alvarez and Daria Politan under the artistic direction of Jennifer Chambers.
July 1 – Aug. 6
The Cake by Bekah Brunstetter
Debra Jo Rupp (That ‘70s Show) stars as Della, a baker who makes cakes, not judgment calls — those she leaves to her husband. But when the girl she helped raise comes back home to North Carolina to get married, and the fiancé is actually another fiancée, Della’s life gets turned upside down. She can’t really make a cake for such a wedding, can she? For the first time in her life, Della has to think for herself. Directed by Jennifer Chambers.
Aug. 26 – Sept. 10
The Echo Theater Company ‘20th Anniversary Short Play Festival’
The Echo Theater Company presents their brand new associate company members in an evening of new plays in celebration of the Echo’s 20-year history.
Sept. 23 – Oct. 29
Fixed by Boni Alvarez
Miracles Malcañang is a trans-woman working in the infamous Malcañang Massage Parlor in Los Angeles’ Historic Filipinotown. When Miracles’ forbidden love affair sparks tensions with the city’s hottest political family, two families must come together to understand the power of desire, identity and honor. Directed by Rodney To.