2024 Season

April 6 – May 28
Written by David Pownall
Directed by Ron Sossi
In this farcical period-play with music, playwright David Pownall introduces Sergei Prokofiev and Dmitri Shostakovich, two composers who fall victim to the ranting and bullying of Josef Stalin and Andrei Zhdanov in communist Russia. Stalin and Jdanov, reveal anti-democratic, formalist musical tendencies, alien to the Soviet people and their artistic tastes…music that could make a whole population sick! The composers must decide if they should write music in the style ordered by the Master, or continue composing according to their own rules? Since the play explores life under the Soviet regime, the question becomes a matter of life or death. Set in 1940’s Kremlin, Masterclass is a hilarious satire with live piano, peanuts, and of course, vodka… Directed by Ron Sossi.

April 18 – May 5
Written and Starring Pat Kinevane
Directed Jim Culleton
Pat Kinevane returns to present his Olivier and triple Edinburgh Fringe First-winning Fishamble’s KING. KING tells the story of Luther, a man from Cork named in honor of his Granny’s hero, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Luther only leaves his apartment for essential journeys, such as performing as an Elvis impersonator. This unique piece explores prejudice, privilege and resilience, as Luther struggles to live life to the fullest. ‘Incredibly compelling’ (Irish Times). ‘Unsurpassed… immaculate’ (Sunday Independent). 

June 29 – August 25
Written by Noël Coward
Directed by Bart DeLorenzo
Design for Living by Noël Coward follows the lives of Gilda, Otto, and Leo, a stylish trio of artistic oddballs. In this this dark romance told in three acts, the threesome navigates a thorny third-wheeling relationship through the trials and tribulations of professional success and romantic betrayal. Gilda loves Otto…but so does Leo. Leo loves Gilda…but so does Otto. It’s a revolving door of passion, treachery, and never-ending champagne problems. Can love prevail against the norms of society? The search for an answer breeds hilarity and shocking drama in this provocative soap-opera made for the stage. 

September 14 – November 3
Written by James Ijames 
Directed by Gregg Daniel
Four black men find themselves stuck in a waiting room for the afterlife. As they attempt to make sense of their new surroundings, Isa, Daz, Grif, and Tiny are forced to confront the reality of their past. Created in response to the ever-growing list of slain black men and women, Kill Move Paradise illustrates the potential for collective transformation and radical acts of joy. 

October 5 through November 24
Written by Georges Feydeau
Adapted by Charles Marowitz
Directed Daniel Passer
Ventroux is a prominent politician. His wife Clarisse likes to wear as few clothes as possible. They have guests and he tries to persuade her to put more clothes on – but she keeps taking more clothes off. The play is loosely based on the breakdown of Feydeau’s own marriage and displays all of his masterful dramatic tricks as characters are pulled back and forth spinning dizzily in a surrealistic climax of complications.

May 16 through May 25
Odyssey Student Outreach Production with Los Angeles City College Theatre Academy
Written by Richard Alger of Theatre Movement Bazaar
Directed by Tina Kronis
Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and set in a present day Hollywood TV and film studio.  As Alice tries to make her dreams come true, she falls into the cruel court of the entertainment industry, where everyone is subject to the wayward whims of the Studio Executive, and the backlot becomes an enchanted scene of accidental surrealism. This production is made possible by the Los Angeles County’s Creative Recovery LA grant.


Dance at the Odyssey
Music at the Odyssey
Comedy at the Odyssey
Thresholds of Invention