Lucy Love Desi: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Sitcom

Ellis Greer and Bill Mendieta in "Lucy Loves Desi - A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Sitcom' by Gregg Oppenheimer. Photo by Matt Petit.

January 14 - March 10, 2023


By: Gregg Oppenheimer
Directed by: Brendon Fox
Starring: Ellis Greer, Bill Mendieta, Laila Ayad, Ozzie Rodriguez, Tom VirtueGerard Marzilli 


The onscreen pairing of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz is at the heart of one of the most popular TV shows in history. Who would have thought that to get on the air, they had to battle both a network and a sponsor who thought the show couldn't possibly succeed? Playwright Gregg Oppenheimer – son of I Love Lucy’s creator Jess Oppenheimer – spins the hilarious true story behind America’s beloved TV comedy.


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La Mirada, CA

La Mirada Theatre
for the Performing Arts

January 14, 2023


Palm Springs, CA

McCallum Theatre
for the Performing Arts    

January 17, 2023


Albuquerque, NM

University of New Mexico,
Popejoy Auditorium

January 20, 2023


Modesto, CA

Gallo Center for the Performing Arts,
Mary Stuart Rogers Theater 

January 22, 2023


Livermore, CA

Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center,
Bankhead Theater

January 23, 2023


College Station, TX

Texas A&M University,
Rudder Theatre Complex

January 25, 2023


Wickenburg, AZ

Del E. Webb Center
for the Performing Arts

January 27, 2023


Scottsdale, AZ

Scottsdale Center
for the Arts

January 28, 2023


Butte, MT

Mother Lode Theatre

January 31, 2023


Park City, UT

Park City Institute,
Eccles Center for Performing Arts

February 4, 2023


Fairfield, IA

Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts,
Fairfield Arts and Convention Center

February 7, 2023


Council Bluffs, IA

Iowa Western Community College,
The Arts Center

February 9, 2023


Overland Park, KS

Johnson County Community College,
Polsky Theatre, Midwest Trust Center

February 11 - 12, 2023


Manhattan, KS

Kansas State University,
McCain Performance Series, McCain Auditorium

February 13, 2023


Conway, AR

University of Central Arkansas,
Reynolds Performance Hall 

February 16, 2023


Branchburg, NJ

Raritan Valley Community College,
Edward Nash Theatre

February 19, 2023


Eau Claire, WI

Pablo Center
at the Confluence

February 24, 2023


Manassas, VA 

George Mason University,
Hylton Performing Arts Center

February 26, 2023


Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Byham Theater

February 28, 2023


Gettysburg, PA

Majestic Theater,
Gettysburg College

March 3, 2023


Boone, NC 

Appalachian State University

March 8, 2023


The Villages, FL 

The Sharon L. Morse
Performing Arts Center

March 10, 2023