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Fatherland

FatherlandThe Fountain Theatre presents the world premiere of a new work of verbatim theater: the true story of a son who turned his father in to the FBI for his dad’s involvement in the Jan 6 attack on Capitol.

Extended through July 21


A 19-year-old son faces the hardest day in his life when he testifies in federal court against his father after informing on him to the FBI. The Fountain Theatre presents the world premiere of Fatherland, a new work of verbatim theater conceived and directed by Fountain artistic director Stephen Sachs. Performances take place February 25 through March 30, with Pay-What-You-Want previews beginning February 22.

The first defendant to stand trial for the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol, Guy Reffitt was found guilty on five criminal counts and sentenced to 7¼ years in prison — based in part on emotional testimony by his son. Fast-moving, powerful, and theatrical, Fatherland erupts verbatim from official court transcripts, case evidence, and public statements.

“This play is not a political diatribe,” says Sachs. “It's the true personal story of a father and a son and the dangerous propaganda that drove them apart. Every word of it is true. It’s a shout of warning in this election year.”

”The heartbreaking family tragedy at the center of this true story is a brilliant window on the staggering human costs of the rise of fascism and the assault on democracy in America,” comments Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan, whose play Building the Wall debuted at the Fountain in 2017.

Stephen Sachs is the award-winning author of 19 plays produced in theaters across the United States and translated worldwide. His international hit, Bakersfield Mist, ran for three months on London's West End starring Kathleen Turner, and Sweet Nothing in my Ear was made into a TV movie starring Marlee Matlin and Jeff Daniels. Over a theater career spanning nearly 40 years, Sachs has been honored with multiple awards, including the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and two Ovation Awards for Best Director. He was recently honored by the Los Angeles City Council for “his visionary contributions to the cultural life of Los Angeles.”

The Fountain Theatre is dedicated to presenting outstanding theater that challenges thinking while shining an artistic light on social justice issues and on the diverse voices and cultures within Los Angeles. The L.A. City Council commended the Fountain for “achieving a position of leadership in the Los Angeles theatre community… producing meaningful new plays of social and political importance that enrich the lives of the citizens of Los Angeles.” The Fountain is the recipient of the Los Angeles Drama Circle’s Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in theater, presented for “outstanding productions of meaningful new plays and first-class performances spanning three decades.” Los Angeles Times theater critic Charles McNulty  hailed the Fountain, stating “No L.A. theater has done a better job of asking us to reexamine our lives through the lens of acute contemporary drama.”  

Fatherland opens on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m., with performances thereafter on Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through March 30 (dark Monday, Feb. 26). Three preview performances take place on Thursday, Feb. 22 Friday, Feb. 23 and Saturday, Feb. 24, all at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $25–$45 Pay-What-You-Want seating is available every Monday night in addition to regular seating (subject to availability) all previews are Pay-What-You-Want.

The Fountain Theatre is located at 5060 Fountain Avenue (at Normandie) in Los Angeles. Patrons are invited upstairs to relax before and after the show at the Fountain’s café. For reservations and information, call (323) 663-1525 or go to www.FountainTheatre.com.

Presenter / Producer: Fountain Theatre

Listed Categories
Theater > Drama


Event Phone: 323-663-1525

Venue
The Fountain Theatre
5060 Fountain Ave.
Los Angeles CA 90029

Regions:
LA - Hollywood / Westside


Performance Dates: 2/25/2024 - 7/21/2024
Sunday, 02/25/2024
Friday, 03/01/2024
Saturday, 03/02/2024
Sunday, 03/03/2024
Monday, 03/04/2024
Friday, 03/08/2024
Saturday, 03/09/2024
Sunday, 03/10/2024
Monday, 03/11/2024
Friday, 03/15/2024
Saturday, 03/16/2024
Sunday, 03/17/2024
Monday, 03/18/2024
Friday, 03/22/2024
Saturday, 03/23/2024
Sunday, 03/24/2024
Monday, 03/25/2024
Friday, 03/29/2024
Saturday, 03/30/2024
Sunday, 04/07/2024
Friday, 04/12/2024
Saturday, 04/13/2024
Sunday, 04/14/2024
Sunday, 04/21/2024
Friday, 04/26/2024
Saturday, 04/27/2024
Sunday, 04/28/2024
Friday, 05/03/2024
Saturday, 05/04/2024
Sunday, 05/05/2024
Friday, 05/10/2024
Saturday, 05/11/2024
Sunday, 05/12/2024
Monday, 05/13/2024
Thursday, 05/16/2024
Friday, 05/17/2024
Saturday, 05/18/2024
Sunday, 05/19/2024
Monday, 05/20/2024
Friday, 05/24/2024
Saturday, 05/25/2024
Sunday, 05/26/2024
Friday, 05/31/2024
Monday, 06/03/2024
Saturday, 06/08/2024
Saturday, 06/15/2024
Monday, 06/17/2024
Saturday, 06/22/2024
Sunday, 06/23/2024
Monday, 06/24/2024
Saturday, 06/29/2024
Sunday, 06/30/2024
Sunday, 07/07/2024
Sunday, 07/14/2024
Saturday, 07/20/2024
Sunday, 07/21/2024

Performance Times
Extended through July 21
Remaining performances:

• Thursday at 8 p.m.: May 16 ONLY

• Fridays at 8 p.m.: May 17, May 24, June 28, July 12, July 19
(dark May 31, June 7, June 14, June 21, July 5)

• Saturday at 3 p.m.: May 18 ONLY

• Saturdays at 8 p.m.: May 18, May 25, June 22, June 29, July 13, July 20
(dark June 1, June 8, June 15, July 6)

• Sundays at 2 p.m.: May 19, May 26, June 23, June 30, July 7, July 14, July 21
(dark May 12, June 2, June 9, June 16)

• Mondays at 8 p.m.: May 13, May 20, June 24, July 8
(dark May 27, June 3, June 10, June 17, July 1, July 15)

Ticket Information:
TICKET PRICES:
$25 – $45:
• Premium Seating: $45
• Regular Seating: $40
• Seniors 65 or older: $35 (regular seating only)
• Students: $25 (valid ID required)
• Monday nights: Regular seating ($40) and Pay-What-You-Want (subject to availability)

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Event Information

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