Marjorie Prime, With Lois Smith, Opens at Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum Sept. 21 | Playbill

News Marjorie Prime, With Lois Smith, Opens at Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum Sept. 21 Marjorie Prime, a new play by Jordan Harrison about a woman whose memory is fading, officially opens at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, CA, Sept. 21 following previews that began Sept. 10.

Lois Smith Photo by Craig Schwartz

Directed by Les Waters, the production continues through Oct. 19 with Lois Smith (Buried Child, The Grapes of Wrath) starring in the title role. The cast also includes Lisa Emery (Casa Valentina), Jeff Ward (Orphans) and Frank Wood (Clybourne Park).

Here's how the production is billed: "Marjorie is a clever, wry woman who, at age 85, finds that her memory is failing. She is living out her days at an assisted living facility where she is frequently visited by her anxious, quick-witted daughter, Tess, and her kind, easygoing son-in-law, Jon. With the urging of Jon and the facility and despite Tess' misgivings, a mysterious young man, Walter, joins the group with the hope that he can help reverse Marjorie's decline."

Set design is by Mimi Lien with costume design by Ilona Somogyi, lighting design by Lap Chi Chu and sound design by Adam Phalen. Casting is by Mark B. Simon, CSA, and the production stage manager is David S. Franklin.

The season will also include Christopher Durang's Tony Award-winning comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; the world premiere of The Tallest Tree in the Forest, written and performed by Daniel Beat; the United States premiere of Roger Crane's The Last Confession; Michael Urie in Jonathan Tolins' Buyer & Cellar; and Joe Orton's What the Butler Saw.

Additionally, Mark Taper Forum season ticket members will have priority access to Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty and Christopher Plummer's A Word or Two.

The Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum at the Music Center is located at 135 N. Grand Avenue in downtown L.A. Tickets, a full performance schedule and more are available by visiting

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