The Broad Stage and esteemed local publisher Red Hen Press return with an enhanced and compelling series, moderated by award-winning actor/writer Sandra Tsing Loh. Watch as performing artists and poets come together to explore social justice themes central to works featured in The Broad Stage's 2020/21 Season. Join us monthly July through December.
Please check back for more livestreams to be announced soon!
The Broad Stage Presents Red Hen Press Poetry Hour: Season 2, Episode 4
Good Trouble, Necessary Trouble
FRI, OCT 16 at 6 PM (PT)
Sandra Tsing Loh hosts a compelling panel of literary voices amplifying the movement for racial justice through their work. Poets and writers appearing on the program include National Endowment for the Arts Award-winning author and artist Frances Payne Adler, Ohioana Book Award winner Kazim Ali, New York Times bestselling author Steve Almond, Guggenheim fellowship recipient Afaa Weaver and 2020 Iowa Poetry Prize winner and 2019 CantoMundo Fellow Felicia Zamora.
The Broad Stage Presents Red Hen Press Poetry Hour: Season 2, Episode 3
Modern Feminism: RBG and Beyond
THU, SEP 24 at 6 PM (PT)
Red Hen Press Poetry Hour has reinvented the traditional poetry reading with artists from across the spectrum: humor, drama, music, science and much more. For the next episode, we focus on the power of feminism with leading feminist poet Judy Grahn, activist and educator Amber Flame and performance artist Monique Jenkinson, known best for her cis-gendered drag queen persona Fauxnique. Fear of Flying author Erica Jong and interdisciplinary poet and gender-liminal, multi- and inter-disciplinary artist C. Bain also appear. Hosted by Sandra Tsing Loh.
The Broad Stage Presents Red Hen Press Poetry Hour: Season 2, Episode 2
The Poetics of Climate Change
THU, AUG 27 at 6 PM (PT)
Nature is all around us, but what is its true impact and influence on the creation of art? Join returning host Sandra Tsing Loh for a conversation on the environment's necessity for our artistic futures. Panelists include poet/naturalist Elizabeth Bradfield, whose recent book Toward Antarctica offers a unique view of The Last Continent through photographs and prose, and science journalist/playwright Alanna Mitchell, whose play Sea Sick tells the tale of her 13 oceanic journeys in 3 years to observe the vast chemical changes at the hand of man and why that matters.
The event also features readings by critically acclaimed poet Natalie Diaz, 2014 Los Angeles Poet Laureate Luis J. Rodriguez and Poet Laureate of Utah Paisley Rekdal.
The Broad Stage Presents Red Hen Press Poetry Hour: Season 2, Episode 1
Finding Truths and Creating Art in Exile
THU, JULY 16 at 6 PM (PT)
Iranian-American poet/writer/playwright Sholeh Wolpé and Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour are joined by Nathalie Handal, editor of the groundbreaking classic The Poetry of Arab Women: A Contemporary Anthology, and multiple prize-winning poet Lory Bedikian for readings and conversations on bridging the gap between perceptions and reality of cultural norms. The artists will dig deep into the lives they live and the lives that people in the West imagine for them.
The Broad Stage Presents Red Hen Press Poetry Hour: Season 1, Episode 6
SAT, MAY 2 at 8 PM (PT)
Saturday night is poetry night with another uplifting evening of poetry, discussion and video highlights, moderated by award-winning writer Sandra Tsing Loh. This week, hear thoughtful verse from poets Camille Dungy, Tess Taylor, Elizabeth Bradfield and Kim Stafford, with videos by Stafford, Adrianne Kalfopoulou and Joe Jiménez.
The Broad Stage Presents Red Hen Press Poetry Hour: Season 1, Episode 5
SAT, APR 25 at 8 PM (PT)
Lift your spirits with another enlightening evening of poetry and discussion, moderated by award-winning writer Sandra Tsing Loh. This week, enjoy live readings from poets Ellen Bass, Dexter L. Booth and sam sax, plus a lively combination of poetry and music from Keith Flynn.
The Broad Stage Presents Red Hen Press Poetry Hour: Season 1, Episode 4
SAT, APR 18 at 8 PM (PT)
The Broad Stage’s continued partnership with LA’s own esteemed literary publisher Red Hen Press makes for a lively evening of poetry, discussion and video highlights, moderated by award-winning writer Sandra Tsing Loh. This week, Allison Joseph, Ron Koertge, Brynn Saito and Lisa C. Krueger join us live to read original works, along with video highlights from Matty Layne Glasgow and Elizabeth Bradfield.
The Broad Stage presents Red Hen Press Poetry Hour: Season 1, Episode 3
SAT, APR 11 at 8 PM (PT)
Immerse yourself in the beauty and power of language with a lively evening of poetry, discussion and video highlights, moderated by award-winning writer Sandra Tsing Loh. This week, beloved poet Richard Blanco, known for reading at President Obama's 2013 inauguration, joins Francisco Aragón, Kim Dower and Blas Falconer in reading original works. Video highlights include selections from Tess Taylor's Rift Zone and much-needed humor from Gaylord Brewer.
The Broad Stage presents Red Hen Press Poetry Hour: Season 1, Episode 2
SAT, APR 4 at 8 PM (PT)
Immerse yourself in the beauty and power of language! Join us for a lively evening of poetry, discussion and short films, moderated by award-winning writer Sandra Tsing Loh. Hear from nationally acclaimed poets Major Jackson, Katharine Cole, Didi Jackson, Douglas Kearney and Francesca Bell, plus commentary from The Broad Stage Artistic and Executive Director Rob Bailis and Red Hen Press Founder and Managing Director Kate Gale.
The Broad Stage presents Red Hen Press Poetry Hour: Season 1, Episode 1
SAT, MAR 28 at 8 PM (PT)
In our first episode of the Red Hen Press Poetry Hour, The Broad Stage Artistic and Executive Director Rob Bailis, Red Hen Press Managing Editor and Co-founder Kate Gale and California state poet laureate Dana Gioia talked—from their respective living rooms—about how poetry responds during a time like this, while poets Douglas Manuel, Jason Schneiderman, Felicia Zamora, Francesca Bell and Brendan Constantine shared their poetry and their kitchens with us! Also featuring selections of previously recorded videos from Blank Verse Films. Hosted by award-winning writer Sandra Tsing Loh.
The Broad Stage Music Mornings
SUN, APR 19 at 11 AM (PT)
Join one of the world’s greatest musical ambassadors for peace, David Broza, for a Sunday morning of uplifting songs and unmistakable musicianship. The superstar troubadour and Broad Stage favorite performs his signature Israeli/Spanish guitar fusion, to guide you towards better days ahead.
Blue Sky Album Release
FRI, APR 17 at 8 PM (PT)
Listen in and get down to the hip new sounds of Blue Sky from The Reverend Shawn Amos & The Brotherhood! Hear from Shawn and Broad Stage Artistic & Executive Director Rob Bailis as they discuss the creative process behind the new album, while sharing inspiring tracks and music videos. As American Songwriter proclaims, “If ‘Blue Sky’ is anything like Amos’s previous collections, it will be a fan favorite all year long.”
The Broad Stage Music Mornings
SUN, APR 12 at 11 AM (PT): Facebook Live
Don't let this year's Easter at home give you the blues! Join blackbox curator The Reverend Shawn Amos, renowned bassist Jennifer Leitham and electrifying saxophonist Mindi Abair for the ultimate remedy: Jazz & Blues selections designed to guide you through these difficult times. We can’t wait to bring this exciting collaboration into your homes!
The Broad Stage Music Mornings
SUN, APR 5 at 11 AM (PT): Facebook Live
Music to soothe and uplift your heart. Cellist Lynn Harrell and violinist/vocalist Lucia Micarelli, both veterans of The Broad Stage, perform some of their favorite pieces, ranging from Classical to Americana, with Leo Amuedo joining Lucia on guitar. We will also be joined by SOL-LA Music Academy students Arya, Layla and Banafsheh Shapouri performing Astor Piazzolla's Oblivion (arr. A. Shapouri).
The Broad Stage Classical Hour
SUN, MAR 29 at 11 AM (PT)
Our first Classical Hour featured internationally acclaimed cellist Antonio Lysy playing Bach’s Sarabande from Suites 2 and 6, while talented student musicians from SOL-LA Music Academy—16-year-old cellist Kaya Ralls and 14-year-old pianist Timotée Allouch—performed selections from Bach, Chopin and Schubert.
Former Broad Stage Classical Artist-in-Residence and current member of the world-famous Takács Quartet, violist Richard Yongjae O’Neill performed a piece by Thea Musgrave and the Bach Preludes Suites in D minor and C major.
Take a trip down memory lane with some of our favorite artist videos from the past few seasons! Whether you’re a fan of Classical, Dance, Jazz & Blues or Theatre, these clips will make you fall in love all over again with the performing arts and provide new takes on shows you may have experienced live.
Invertigo Dance Theatre: Formulae & Fairy Tales
The captivating dance group Invertigo Dance Theatre staged their World Premiere, Formulae & Fairy Tales, with us in September 2019, kicking off our dance season with two memorable performances. We had so much fun with them as we came together to film a music video in front of our theater. Take a look!
Versa-Style Dance Company
Versa-Style Dance Company performed their piece Box of Hope for us on our Main Stage in September of 2017. Versa-Style takes pride in pushing the boundaries of traditional hip-hop dance in order to share the realities of their lives, experiences and struggles within the varied and infinitely complex political and personal landscapes of Los Angeles. Their message really shined through to us—take a look!
The Calder Quartet
We were proud to call the Calder Quartet our Artists-in-Residence. The talented musicians performed the complete Beethoven String Quartet cycle over three seasons, with each program offering a stellar blend of classical and modern pieces. Check out their rehearsal here!
Check out this video of trumpeter Etienne Charles, who graced our Main Stage back in 2019. The talented composer and bandleader shares his love of the music of his native culture of Trinidad with music lovers around the world.
Broad Fest 2019
We are so excited to come together again as a community to celebrate our annual Broad Fest! Here’s a look at the variety of fun that we shared during our 2019 gathering.
Born For This, 2017
Born for This took over our main stage as part of our Theatre Series back in 2017. Do you remember the fun we had with this show? Take a look.