|Address||10886 Le Conte Avenue|
Los Angeles, California
|Owner||UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television|
|Operator||Geffen Playhouse Inc.|
|Capacity||Gil Cates Theater: 512|
Audrey Skirball Kenis Theatre:149
The Geffen Playhouse (or the Geffen) is a not-for-profit theater company founded by Gilbert Cates in 1995. It produces plays in two venues, both owned by University of California Los Angeles. The Playhouse is located in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. It was named for donor David Geffen. The current executive director is Gil Cates Jr.
The Geffen Playhouse was built in 1929 as the Masonic Affiliates Club, or the MAC, for students and alumni at UCLA. One of the first 12 structures built in Westwood Village, it was designed by architect Stiles O. Clements. Its courtyard fountain is a piece from Malibu Potteries; the two patterns can be seen on and in Malibu Potteries founder Rhoda May Knight Rindge's daughter's house, the Adamson House, which Clements designed (the same year he designed the Geffen) and for which Rindge provided the tile. The pattern on the lower tier of the Geffen's fountain appears in the Adamson House dining room, while the pattern on the upper tier can be seen on the east exterior face of the dining room, bordering a Moorish arch window.
Originally named the Westwood Playhouse, the property was purchased by UCLA in 1993. UCLA's then chancellor, Charles E. Young, appointed Gil Cates, founder and former president of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, as its producing director. The theater was renamed in 1995 after media mogul David Geffen donated $5 million, one of the largest philanthropic donations ever made to an already constructed theater.
In 2002, the David Geffen Foundation made a $5-million lead gift towards an eventual $17-million capital campaign to renovate the theater. The renovation gutted the theater while keeping its historical character. The Geffen reopened on November 16, 2005 with the main 500 seat theater retained and a new 125-seat Audrey Skirball-Kenis Theater added. In March 2010, the Playhouse's board of directors named the mainstage the Gil Cates Theater. Geffen Playhouse founder Gil Cates Sr. passed away in 2011, and Gil Cates Jr. became the Executive Director of the playhouse in 2015.
The Geffen Playhouse offers five plays per season in the Gil Cates Theater and three plays per season in the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater, as well as producing special events in both venues. The Playhouse is known for performances by film and television actors, including Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Idina Menzel, Andy Garcia, Jason Alexander, Debbie Allen, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Dana Delany, Roma Downey, Peter Falk, Ginnifer Goodwin, Neil Patrick Harris, David Hyde-Pierce, Carrie Fisher, Jane Kaczmarek, Alfred Molina, Rebecca Pidgeon, George Segal, Martin Short, Alicia Silverstone, Rita Wilson, and James Van Der Beek.
Awards and nominations
|2009 Ovation Awards||Louis & Keely, Live at the Sahara||5||3||Won for Best Production, Lead Actor, and Lead Actress|
|2009 Ovation Awards||Beethoven As I Knew Him||2||1||Won for Sound Design (Erik Carstensen)|
|2009 Ovation Awards||Farragut North||2||0|
|2009 Ovation Awards||Time Stands Still||2||0|
|2009 Ovation Awards||1||0||Nominated for Best Season|
|2010 Ovation Awards||Equivocation||8||3||Won for Best Production, Featured Actor, and Lighting Design|
|2010 Ovation Awards||Through the Night||5||2||Won for Lead Actor and Sound Design|
|2011 Ovation Awards||Extraordinary Chambers||5||0|
|2011 Ovation Awards||Superior Donuts||4||0|
|2012 Ovation Awards||Good People||8||0|
|2012 Ovation Awards||The Jacksonian||1||0|
|2012 Ovation Awards||Radiance: The Passion Of Marie Curie||1||0|
|2012 Ovation Awards||The Pianist Of Willesden Lane||1||0|
|2012 Ovation Awards||1||0||Nominated for Best Season|
|2013 Ovation Awards||American Buffalo||2||0|
|2013 Ovation Awards||Yes, Prime Minister||1||0|
|2013 Ovation Awards||Miss Julie||1||0|
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- UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television website
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