In recognition of providing life-enriching productions and performances spanning two decades to LGBT people and their allies, the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center will be honored with the Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in theatre by the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle (LADCC). The award will be presented on Monday, March 19, at LADCC’s 49th annual awards ceremony which honors local theaters in Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura counties.
The Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center is the programming division of the Center’s Cultural Arts department, which was formed in 1998 following the Center’s opening of its $7 million community education and cultural center in Hollywood known as The Village at Ed Gould Plaza.
The Center’s Cultural Arts department has a track record of developing award-winning productions in the Center’s two theaters, the 200-seat Renberg Theatre and the more intimate Davidson/Valentini Theatre. Some of the notable productions hitting the Center’s stages include The Laramie Project, Blackbird, The Goat, Hit the Wall, and most recently, the West Coast premiere of Ike Holter’s Exit Strategy.
“Since 1998 we have been driven to put on provocative and evocative performances that open the audiences’ hearts and minds and spur conversations, but this is just a taste of what the Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center has in store for the next 20 years,” said Center Director of Cultural Arts Jon Imparato. “Thanks to our tireless crews and talented actors, directors, and writers who give it all they’ve got to every performance, we’ll continue to create the very best of local theatre.”
To date, the Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center has scheduled these upcoming productions and performances: A Very Special Evening with Jenifer Lewis on Saturday, January 27 (NOTE: This event is sold out.); The MisMatch Game on Friday, February 2, and Saturday, February 3; An Evening with Sweet Baby J’ai on Saturday, February 10; Dennis Hensley’s You Don’t Know My Life on Sunday, March 11; and CineArte 2018: A Latinx Queer Festival on April 20-22.
Tickets may be purchased online at lalgbtcenter.org/theatre or by phone at 323-860-7300. Net proceeds from all ticket sales will support the full range of free and low-cost programs and services offered by the Center.
For more information about the Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center, visit lalgbtcenter.org/theatre.
For more information about the 49th Annual LADCC Awards Ceremony, visit 2018criticsawards.brownpapertickets.com.
About the Los Angeles LGBT Center
Since 1969 the Los Angeles LGBT Center has cared for, championed and celebrated LGBT individuals and families in Los Angeles and beyond. Today the Center's more than 600 employees provide services for more LGBT people than any other organization in the world, offering programs, services and global advocacy that span four broad categories: Health, Social Services and Housing, Culture and Education, Leadership and Advocacy. We are an unstoppable force in the fight against bigotry and the struggle to build a better world; a world in which LGBT people can be healthy, equal and complete members of society. Learn more at lalgbtcenter.org.