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Aiding the Development of American Theatre

April 3rd, 2015

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ICT has produced 76 world and regional premieres.

Celebrating their 30th anniversary this year, International City Theatre has had many achievements over the course of their history. Running in the black for continuous years, winning over 300 professional awards for their productions, but one achievement truly demonstrates what their company’s goal is: to continue the development of theatre as an art form by producing new works by new voices. The achievement is this — they have produced 145 shows, and 76 of them have been regional or world premieres.

This means that more than half of the shows they have produced have been seen for the first time at ICT. That is an incredible feat, one that certainly credits their intent to aid in the development of American theatre. In fact, this current 30th Anniversary season includes three premieres: LA premieres of The Heir Apparent (a very funny comedy) and Sondheim on Sondheim (an opportunity to hear the genius himself talk about his life and music while performers bring his music to life). Their upcoming production, Abigail/1702, is a West Coast Premiere and another shining example of engrossing storytelling of a psychological thriller.

Abigail/1702 answers the question of what happened to Abigail Williams. It’s 1702, a decade after The Crucible‘s infamous seductress danced with the devil in Salem. This thrilling next chapter finds Abigail living under an assumed name in a village far from Salem, trying to start afresh. Will she find redemption, or will the devil have his due?

ICT has been at the forefront of contemporary theatre for more than a quarter century, and Abigail/1702 supports their commitment to producing new works by new voices.

Abigail/1702 runs April 29 – May 24. All performances are at International City Theatre at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center. For tickets, call 562-436-4610 or visit

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