CSULB Alumni Association names ICT’s caryn desai ‘2018 Distinguished Alumna’

  LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 25, 2018) — International City Theatre artistic director caryn desai [sic] has been named the Distinguished Alumna from the College of the Arts for 2018 by the California State University Long Beach Alumni Association. According to Association president Robert Irwin and executive director Gay Arakawa, this is the highest alumni award bestowed by the Association …

The Voice of Cardboard Piano; Award-Winning Playwright Hansol Jung

The Los Angeles Premiere of Cardboard Piano is currently underway at International City Theatre, bringing a gripping new drama about the religious and cultural roots of intolerance to the Long Beach stage. Artistic Director caryn desai first fell in love with Cardboard Piano at the 2016 Humana Festival for New Plays, and knew she needed to bring this story to …

Cardboard Piano History: The Ugandan Civil War

Los Angeles Premiere! By Hansol Jung Directed by caryn desai The second show in International City Theatre’s 33rd Season is the West Coast Premiere of Cardboard Piano; a powerful play about intolerance, war, forgiveness, and love. Artistic Director caryn desai first saw Cardboard Piano premiere at the Humana Festival in 2016 and couldn’t be more thrilled to be directing the …

About Daddy Long Legs- ICT’s 2018 Headliner!

  Based on the classic novel that inspired the 1955 movie with Fred Astaire, International City Theatre is thrilled to be starting our 2018 Season with a heartwarming new musical, Daddy Long Legs. Having just closed Off-Broadway in June 2016, Daddy Long Legs has piqued the interest of many theatre-goers, intrigued by this historic, two person show. With an award …

2018 Season

International City Theatre’s 2018 Season  We have officially announced their 2018 line up, and it is going to be a great year for Long Beach theatre. Artistic Director and Producer caryn desai presents her 33rd Season as a season of “Hope, Humor, and Heart.” Starting off the year is Paul Gordon & John Caird’s Daddy Long Legs; a Cinderella-story musical …

3 great reasons the world needs to know about Henrietta Leavitt

A celestial romance and true story of discovery, Silent Sky explores the life and career of Henrietta Swan Leavitt (1868-1921) as she fearlessly asserts herself in the male-dominated world of early astronomy. Hired by the Harvard Observatory as a human “computer” to catalog the stars, Henrietta’s story plays out against a landscape of early feminism and universe-revealing science, reminding us …

A peek at the process behind our Free Saturday Family Theatre program

Arts Education is a very important part of our mission here at International City Theatre. One of the many educational programs we offer is our Free Saturday Family Theatre series. This series features 1-hour performances that are created specifically for families and younger children. Made possible in part by funding from the Port of Long Beach, these free performances are …

Meet the cast of International City Theatre’s *Crimes of the Heart*

Set in Hazlehurst, Mississippi in 1974, Crimes of the Heart tells the story of the three Magrath sisters. Lenny, the oldest sister, will be played by Jennifer Cannon. Jennifer was most recently seen on the ICT stage playing Abigail in the West Coast Premiere of Abigail/1702, directed by caryn desai. Jennifer is an improv artist, dancer, stilt walker, martial artist and co-founder/producer, with …

3 reasons LA area theatregoers need to see a play about artificial intelligence

Artificial Intelligence, or A.I., is interesting for many reasons.   For one, it is already a large part of our life in the 21st century. A.I. powers self-driving cars, helps you “tag” images on Facebook, powers “Siri” on your iPhone and “Alexa” on the Amazon Echo, helps suggest interesting movies for you to watch on Netflix, and helps you find …

The robot that inspired the script: BINA48

Uncanny Valley playwright Thomas Gibbons was sitting in the waiting room of a dentist’s office in August of 2011 when he noticed an article in the National Geographic magazine sitting on the table. The article mentioned Bina48, an uncannily realistic humanoid robot designed to look like a real human being named Bina Rothblatt, cofounder of the company who created Bina48. …