Brynn Shaffer / SMDP Intern
As the BroadStage embarks on its 15th season of performing arts, there is much to look forward to including a large rebranding, three world premieres and a new summer series.
Beyond their usual season which runs September-June, for the first time ever, BroadStage is presenting a summer series, showcasing two plays that will run through the month of July. “Mrs. Krishnan’s Party” by Indian Ink Theatre Company is performing July 8-24 and “Air Play” by Acrobuffos is performing July 21-31.
“We are a facilitator and a conduit of inspiration, joy, learning and introspection while confronting some of the most complex issues of our day,” said Ilaan Mazzini, director of programs and activations at BroadStage. “The works that we present are beautiful works, but they’re also opportunities for learning and artistic expression of some of the most contemporary issues of our day.”
Addressing themes like climate change, social justice, restorative justice and child care, BroadStage brings unique voices to Santa Monica, showcasing some experiences for the very first time.
“This season alone is just sort of epic,” said Mazzini. “We have three world premieres of artworks coming to Santa Monica, we have two West Coast premieres and we have many artists making their Los Angeles debut.”
The 2022-2023 season, which will begin in September, will offer 33 performances in conjunction with the city of Santa Monica, Santa Monica College, and the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation.
The three world debuts are ultra-exciting and the performances include “Being Future Being” by Emily Johnson premiering Sept. 8, “The Look of Love” by Mark Morris Dance Group premiering Oct. 20 and “Memoryhouse” by Barak Ballet premiering June 15.
Thanks to a $10 million endowment from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, BroadStage has undergone a large rebranding effort, as they now advertise a “new name,” a “new look” and a “bold vision.”
“The new ‘B’ logo invites each of us to ‘B’ as we are, to bring our authentic selves to this welcoming space and ‘B’ joyful, ‘B’ moved and ‘B’ inspired,” said artistic and executive director Rob Bailis.
With talent coming from all over the world, as well as several local legends, “you can be certain there will be a performance that you will not soon forget,” said board of directors chair Jennifer Diener.
Founded in 2008 and situated at 11th and Santa Monica, BroadStage is a hub for innovation here on the Westside. The 535-seat venue is a multi-genre performing arts center where, each year, artists present a full season of dance, music, opera, lectures, discussions and more.
Package tickets and schedule inquiries for the 2022-2023 season are now available at broadstage.org.