The world premiere of “Mike Birbiglia: The Old Man and the Pool” will open at the Center Theater Group / Forum Mark Taper on August 3 and will run until August 28 with previews from July 27 to August 2, 2022. This one-man show is written and performed by Mike Birbiglia and led by Seth Barrish.
Hot on the heels of his award-winning Broadway show “The New One,” which made its West Coast premiere at the Ahmanson Theater, comedian and storyteller Mike Birbiglia returns to the Center Theater Group with a story of life, death and a highly chlorinated YMCA pool. With its unique form of comedic storytelling, Birbiglia tells a middle-aged story that asks the big questions: why are we here? And after? And what happens when the items in the doctor’s office that you thought were decorative become very useful.
Birbiglia’s previous pieces “Sleepwalk with Me”, “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend” and “Thank God for Jokes” all garnered Lortel Award nominations for “Best Solo Show” with “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend” winning the 2011 award.” New One” won Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk awards for “Outstanding Solo Performance”.
Mike Birbiglia is a comedian, storyteller, director and actor who has performed for audiences around the world, from the Sydney Opera House to Carnegie Hall. His shows, “The New One,” “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend,” and “Thank God for Jokes,” were all filmed for Netflix. In addition to performing live, Birbiglia is an author and filmmaker who has written, directed, and starred in the films “Sleepwalk with Me” and “Don’t Think Twice.” His book “Sleepwalk with Me and Other Painfully True Stories” was a New York Times bestseller and was a finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor. As an actor, Birbiglia appeared on “Inside Amy SchumerHBO’s “Girls” and “Broad City,” as well as the films “Trainwreck,” “The Fault in Our Stars,” and “Popstar.” He starred as Danny Pearson on “Orange Is the New Black” and Oscar Langstraat on Showtime’s “Billions.” He contributed to “This American Life” on public radio and was honored with the 2017 award Kurt Vonnegut Humor Award.
Seth Barrish is co-artistic director of The Wheelbarrow Group. For Netflix presentations, Barrish was the director of “The New One” and “Mike Birbiglia: My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend”, as well as co-director of “Thank God for Jokes”. Theatrical directing credits include “Thank God for Jokes” (Lucille Lortel nomination), “All the Rage” (Lortel Award, Outer Critics Circle nomination), “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend” (Lortel Award, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations – final performance at Carnegie Hall), “Sleepwalk with Me” (Nightlife Award), “The Tricky Part” (Obie Award, two Drama Desk nominations), “Pentecost” (Drama Desk nomination), “Old Wicked Songs” (Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and Garland Award), “Good” (Straw Hat Award) and many others. Barrish is co-director and co-writer of “Sleepwalk with Me.” As a playwright, he is co-adaptor of “Enemy of the People” (an adaptation of Ibsen’s “An Enemy of the People”). Barrish is a consulting producer for “Don’t Think Twice”.
Center Theater Group, one of the nation’s leading arts and culture organizations, is Los Angeles’ premier nonprofit theater company, which, under the direction of Managing Director/CEO Meghan Pressman and Executive Producer Douglas C. Bakerand in collaboration with the five associate artistic directors, Luis Alfaro, Lindsay Allbaugh, Tyrone Davis, Neel Keller, Kelley Kirkpatrickprogram of the seasons at 736 seats Forum Mark Taper and the 1,600-2,100-seat Ahmanson Theater at the Music Center in downtown Los Angeles, and the 317-seat Kirk Douglas Theater in Culver City. In addition to presenting and producing the widest range of theatrical entertainment in the country, the Center Theater Group is one of the nation’s leading producers of ambitious new works through commissions and world premieres and a leader in programs. interactive community engagement and education sessions that span all generations. , demographics and circumstances to serve Los Angeles.
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Tickets for “Mike Birbiglia:The Old Man and the Pool” are currently on sale and start at $30. They are available via CenterTheatreGroup.orgAudience Services at (213) 628-2772 or in person at the Center Theater Group box offices (at the Ahmanson Theater) at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in downtown LA 90012. Performances are Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.