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October 2 - November 10, 2024
Center Theatre Group in Collaboration with Deaf West Theatre
Music by Green Day
Lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong
Book by Billie Joe Armstrong & Michael Mayer
Directed by Snehal Desai
Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles




Deaf West Theatre and Center Theatre Group present a groundbreaking production of Green Day's American Idiot, reimagined for today's audience. Through ASL, powerful performances, and immersive staging, we explore themes of identity and rebellion while amplifying the voices of Deaf and multi-cultural communities. With nods to contemporary culture and direct audience engagement, this electrifying interpretation pushes boundaries and celebrates the diversity of human experience.

Join us for a bold and intimate journey of self-discovery and empowerment. Through thought-provoking portrayals and Brechtian techniques, our talented ensemble dives deep into universal themes, mirroring the pulse of contemporary society. Experience the raw energy and emotional depth of this modern classic as never seen or heard before, as we invite both Deaf and hearing audiences to join us in this exhilarating exploration.


"This production of American Idiot challenges us to stretch the canvas of traditional theatre, painting new possibilities by connecting the material to Deaf characters and digital innovation. The expressive power of American Sign Language will bring a vibrant symphony of meaning and emotion to the songs of Green Day."

—David Kurs, Artistic Director, Deaf West Theatre

"This explosive musical will take on a whole new meaning when we join forces with our friends at Deaf West Theatre, for the fourth time in our history, to tell this punk rock and wholly American musical tale in both English and American Sign Language. Pair that with the timing of what is sure to be a memorable election year, and we have the makings of what I believe truly great theatre should be all about: timely, resonant, boundary-pushing, inclusive, and electrifying."

—Snehal Desai, Artistic Director, Center Theatre Group

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