|Address||10886 Le Conte Avenue
Los Angeles, California
|Owner||UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television|
|Operator||Geffen Playhouse Inc.|
|Capacity||Gil Cates Theater: 512
Audrey Skirball Kenis Theatre:149
The Geffen Playhouse (or the Geffen) is a not-for-profit theater company producing in two venues - both owned by University of California Los Angeles. It is located in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.
The Geffen Playhouse was built in 1929 as the Masonic Affiliates Club, or the MAC, for students and alumni at UCLA. One of the first 12 structures built in Westwood Village, it was designed by architect Stiles O. Clements.
Originally named the Westwood Playhouse, UCLA purchased the property in 1993. UCLA's then chancellor, Charles E. Young, appointed Gil Cates (founder and former president of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television) Producing Director. The theater was renamed in 1995 after media mogul David Geffen donated $5 million, one of the largest philanthropic donations ever made to an already constructed theater.
In 2002, the David Geffen Foundation made a $5-million lead gift towards an eventually $17-million capital campaign to renovate the theater. The renovation was completed and the Geffen reopened on November 16, 2005; the historic character of the theater was maintained, but the interior was gutted. The renovation resulted in the main 500 seat theater being retained, as well as the new 125-seat Audrey Skirball-Kenis Theater being added.
The Geffen Playhouse offers five plays per season in the Gil Cates Theater and three plays per season in the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater. It also produces and presents special events in both venues on occasion. The theater is known for having well known film and television actors in their productions. Some of the actors and actresses who have appeared in recent productions at the theater include: Jason Alexander, Debbie Allen, Annette Bening, Dana Delany, Roma Downey, Peter Falk, Neil Patrick Harris, David Hyde-Pierce, Carrie Fisher, Rebecca Pidgeon, Martin Short, Alicia Silverstone, Rita Wilson, and James Van Der Beek.
Awards and nominations
|2009 Ovation Awards||Louis & Keely, Live at the Sahara||5||3||Won for Best Production, Lead Actor, and Lead Actress|
|2009 Ovation Awards||Beethoven As I Knew Him||2||1||Won for Sound Design (Erik Carstensen)|
|2009 Ovation Awards||Farragut North||2||0|
|2009 Ovation Awards||Time Stands Still||2||0|
|2009 Ovation Awards||1||0||Nominated for Best Season|
|2010 Ovation Awards||Equivocation||8||3||Won for Best Production, Featured Actor, and Lighting Design|
|2010 Ovation Awards||Through the Night||5||2||Won for Lead Actor and Sound Design|
|2011 Ovation Awards||Extraordinary Chambers||5||0|
|2011 Ovation Awards||Superior Donuts||4||0|
|2012 Ovation Awards||Good People||8||0|
|2012 Ovation Awards||The Jacksonian||1||0|
|2012 Ovation Awards||Radiance: The Passion Of Marie Curie||1||0|
|2012 Ovation Awards||The Pianist Of Willesden Lane||1||0|
|2012 Ovation Awards||1||0||Nominated for Best Season|
|2013 Ovation Awards||American Buffalo||2||0|
|2013 Ovation Awards||Yes, Prime Minister||1||0|
|2013 Ovation Awards||Miss Julie||1||0|
- Geffen Playhouse website
- UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television website
- Ronald Frink Architects - (http://www.rfa-architects.com)
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