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Stage Raw: The Civilians to do L.A. Porno

Stage Raw: The Civilians to do L.A. Porno

Jeff Marlow and Julia Migenes. Photo by Ron Sossi

PORN CITY

That would be us. The San Fernando Valley, to be precise. The Civilians' Artistic Director Steve Cosson (This Beautiful City), composer Michael Friedman (This Beautiful City," Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) and book writer Bess Wohl (Cats Talk Back, In) have "begun investigations in Los Angeles for an untitled porn musical." (I'll bet they have.)   The new project has been commissioned by Center Theatre Group, which presented The Civilians' This Beautiful City at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in 2008.

This musical is being developed under Center Theatre Group's New Play Production Program (NPPP), a laboratory to create new work. Am I dreaming or didn't they boot a handful of new works labs out of the building a few years back? Yet NPPP is described as "a unique and comprehensive new initiative which ensures that a variety of vibrant new theatrical work is produced on CTG's three stages - the Ahmanson Theatre, the Mark Taper Forum and the Kirk Douglas Theatre." The difference appears to be that  Gordon Davidson's labs-of-yore were playwright-based and designed to send new work into further development around the country, whereas Michael Ritchie's NPPP is working with established companies and is commissioning works piecemeal. 

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