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Urinetown, The Musical presented by the LAVC Theater Arts Department

Date: 3/27/2020, 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Location: Theater Arts (TA) Horseshoe Theater

Urinetown, The Musical presented by the LAVC Theater Arts Department

The LAVC Theater Department presents the Urinetown, The Musical by Greg Kotis and Mark Hollman on Friday-Saturday, March 27-28, and Thursday-Saturday, April 2-4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Horseshoe Theater.

This darkly comic meta-musical tells of a dystopian society in which everyone must pay a tax in order to use the bathroom.

Urinetown, The Musical takes place in an undisclosed city. For decades, a serious drought has inflicted on society with vast poverty, although callous business tycoons such as the main antagonist Cladwell B. Cladwell, have made a fortune through bribery and the monopolization of restrooms. All toilets have become property of his corporation "Urine Good Company." A brutal police force maintains order, sending violators of the law to a place called "Urinetown." Of course, thanks to the overly ambitious narrator, the audience soon learns that Urinetown doesn't exist; anyone who is sent to Urinetown is simply thrown off of a tall building, falling to their death.

Rumor has it that playwright Greg Kotis came up with the idea when he was compelled to use a pay-to-use toilet while traveling through Europe. The "you must pay to pee" theme struck a chord, and Kotis created the book, teaming up with composer Mark Hollman to write the lyrics. Hollman created the music for Urinetown, and it is delightfully reminiscent of Kurt Weill's highly political Threepenny Opera, with jazzy shades of West Side Story thrown in for good measure.

Believe it or not, this is a comedy. At the heart of the story is a naïve young man, Bobby Strong, who decides to fight for freedom, inspired by the equally tender-hearted ingénue, Hope Cladwell. Their innate virtue and goodness lead them to the conclusion that changes must be made. The people have a right to use the restroom without taxation! --Wade Bradford.

Urinetown, The Musical is being directed and choreographed by LAVC professor Cathy Susan Pyles and musical directed by Music Department professor Patricia Hannifan. The designs are by Department of Theatre Arts chairperson Jennifer L. Read and Theatre staff member Mark Svastics.

Seating is limited, so please order your tickets early! Tickets purchased online at are $20, and tickets purchased at the box office are $25 

The box office will open one hour before curtain time. On the day of your performance, please pick up your tickets at the box office will-call at least 15 minutes before the 7:30 p.m. curtain time. Note: Tickets not picked up by 15 minutes before curtain will be release for sale. There will be no late seating for this production.

For more information, visit the LAVC Theater Arts Webpage.


LACCD encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation, or have questions about the physical access provided, please email Chris Coddington as soon as possible, but no later than ten (10) business days prior to the event. 

Ticket Cost: $20 online at; $25 at the door

Parking: Guest should park in College Road North. Parking permit is not required in designated parking location during time of event. View campus map

For more information please contact: LAVC Theater Department - Cathy Pyles


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