THE ENGAGEMENT PARTY set to open at Geffen Playhouse

PHOTO: Justin Bettman | San Marino Weekly | The cast of The Engagement Party at Geffen Playhouse
PHOTO: Justin Bettman | San Marino Weekly | The cast of The Engagement Party at Geffen Playhouse

Geffen Playhouse is set for its West Coast premiere of The Engagement Party, written by Samuel Baum (The Wizard of Lies, Lie to Me) and directed by Tony Award winner Darko Tresnjak (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Anastasia).

The cast includes Richard Bekins (Happy New Year, Love! Valour! Compassion!) as Conrad; Bella Heathcote (Pieces of Her, The Man in the High Castle) as Katherine; Brian Lee Huynh (War Horse, A Clockwork Orange) as Kai; Mark Jacobson (57 Seconds, The 12 Days of Christmas Eve) as Alan; Wendie Malick (Just Shoot Me, Dream On) as Gail; Brian Patrick Murphy (Billions, Vinyl) as Johnny; Jonah Platt (Wicked, A Walk on the Moon) as Josh; and Lauren Worsham (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Sunday in the Park with George) as Haley.

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Previews for The Engagement Party begin Wednesday, October 4, 2023, in the Gil Cates Theater at Geffen Playhouse. Opening night is Thursday, October 12, 2023.

The champagne is on ice, the hors d’oeuvres are perfectly arranged, and the table is exquisitely set. At a swank Park Avenue apartment, a young couple is celebrating their engagement with an intimate gathering of family and friends. When a glass of wine is spilled, the night takes an unexpected turn, unleashing a spiraling sequence of events and revelations that will irrevocably change their lives.

The Engagement Party’s original production at Hartford Stage in 2019 was heralded as a “masterful piece of playwriting” and a “theatrical experience worth its 85 minutes in gold.”

Written by Samuel Baum
Directed by Darko Tresnjak
Previews: October 4, 2023 – October 11, 2023
Opening Night: October 12, 2023
Closing Night: November 5, 2023

Richard Bekins as Conrad
Bella Heathcote as Katherine
Brian Lee Huynh as Kai
Mark Jacobson as Alan
Wendie Malick as Gail
Brian Patrick Murphy as Johnny
Jonah Platt as Josh
Lauren Worsham as Haley

Scenic Designer Alexander Dodge
Costume Designer Joshua Pearson
Lighting Designer Matthew Richards
Original Music & Sound Design by Jane Shaw
Intimacy Director Sasha Nicolle Smith
Production Stage Manager Edward Khris Fernandez
Assistant Stage Manager Mikayla Bettner
Casting Director Phyllis Schuringa, CSA

Monday, Tuesday No performance
Wednesday – Friday 8:00 p.m.
Saturday 3:00 and 8:00 p.m.
Sunday 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.

Gil Cates Theater at Geffen Playhouse
10886 Le Conte Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Tickets currently priced at $30.00 – $129.00. Available by phone at 310.208.2028 or online at Fees may apply.

All Geffen Playhouse productions are intended for an adult audience; children under ten years of age will not be admitted.

Rush tickets for each day’s performance are made available to the general public one hour before showtime at the box office. $35.00 General/$15.00 Student.

Through a variety of events and other opportunities, Geffen Playhouse welcomes college students to experience the live storytelling presented on our stages. We are proud of our association with UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television, and open our doors to all college students throughout Los Angeles. More information is available at