CALABASAS—Mark your calendars and look no further for those wondrous summer plans: the California International Theatre Festival beckons this summer! The third year of the festival promises US premieres of theatre from Canada, Ireland, Israel and more!

In its third year of operation, the California International Theatre Festival is gearing up for an exciting summer of international cinema, right in Southern California. All productions on display at the festival will be premiering for the very first time in the United States.

Festival Director Linda Purl tells Canyon News that the City of Calabasas has united with the festival for the third season, in an effort to bring “world class theatre” to anyone interested in viewing it. More than ever, Purl explained the need and importance of a film festival with global ambitions: “In our new global paradigm, we felt that there was a need for an apolitical and international arena for the theatre arts to be
expressed, where people can come over a 10-day period to get their
finger on the pulse of a collective consciousness.”

Exciting new shows from around the world will be on display in July throughout multiple scheduled venues in Calabasas, mainly focused in the Founder’s Hall and the Carlson Family Theatre. There will be a variety of viewing types; some events are by invitation only, while others are free and open to the public, and many require the purchase of a ticket. The theatre selections include “Essence of China,” “Stones,” “The End,” “Working with Pinter,” “The Ring Road” and “Around the World in 80 Minutes.”

The festival begins on July 17 and ends on July 25, so don’t delay!

For those interested in moving beyond the viewing of productions, the festival also has an apprenticeship program for students ages 18 and older. The focus, Purl explains, is on international threatre disciplines.

Tickets (both individual and group) can now be purchased through the California International Theatre Festival website.

To find out more about performance dates, ticket prices, the apprenticeship program and more, visit