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Inland Pacific Ballet Presents The Nutcracker


A Holiday Tradition Returns to the Inland Empire 
Performances in three theaters between December 9 – December 23, 2017
Claremont, Rancho Cucamonga, Riverside


LOS ANGELES – Enjoy a treasured holiday tradition with family and friends at southern California’s most spectacular production of The Nutcracker from critically acclaimed Inland Pacific Ballet. The Nutcracker comes to life in this magnificent ballet comprised of beautiful sets, dazzling costumes, and more than 80 dancers on stage with a total of 10 performances from December 9-23 at three theatres – Bridges Auditorium, Pomona College in ClaremontLewis Family Playhouse in Rancho Cucamonga, and the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside. This annual holiday show tells the story of a young girl named Clara who receives a magical nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve and sets out on a wondrous journey to the Land of the Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets. Featuring toy soldiers, life-sized dancing dolls, falling snow, a fantastic dream with battling mice, dancing snowflakes, waltzing flowers, new Gingerbread characters in an updated choreographed Mother Ginger scene, Tchaikovsky’s classic score, and the delightful Sugar Plum Fairy that stirs the imagination. Young audience members can look forward to meeting and greeting the cast after the performance for photos and autographs.

 

Photo credits: Copyright © 2015 E.Y. Yanagi

Returning Principal Dancers include Allynne Noelle as the Sugar Plum Fairy with Thomas Garrett and Evan Swenson as the Cavalier, Cameron Schwanz as Arabian, Jonathan Sharp as Drosselmeyer, and Reece Taylor as Mouse King and Arabian. Principal Character Artist Brandon J will perform as Mouse King and Dragon Master. Soloists Michael Milligan will dance the roles of Dr. Stahlbaum and Dragon Master with Hannah Leah Oeding as Snow Queen and Spanish, and Chanel Tekin as Arabian and Spanish.


New Principal Dancers include Madison Morris, a southern California native recently returned from dancing with Houston Ballet, who with her warm and expansive performing style will grace the roles of Dew Drop, Snow Queen and Mrs. Stahlbaum.Gracie Holway, a tall, exquisite, dancer who hails from Michigan will dance the Sugar Plum Fairy, among other roles, andJessica Gadzinski, whose elegance and inner passion make her a perfect interpreter for the Arabian Princess, and Dew Drop roles.

 

 
IPB’s two new soloists are Kelsey Dorr from Lake Forest in Orange County, who among other roles will dance a Rose in Waltz of the Flowers, and Lawrence Chen, a brilliant young artist from Chino Hills who is also currently pursuing his interest in mathematics at Pomona College. With his power, athleticism and grace, Lawrence will be dancing The Nutcracker Prince, the Spanish, Russian, and the Soldier Doll.

 

 

“We are always excited to share our beautiful production of the Nutcracker with loyal fans and new audiences,”

states Artistic Director Victoria Koenig,

 

“and this year we are thrilled to introduce five outstanding new dancers who have just joined the Company. You don’t want to miss these inspiring dancers who all bring fresh and unique qualities to their roles. Their enthusiasm is infectious!”

 

 
The Nutcracker has become the most popular ballet of our times. It was first presented in 1892 at the Maryinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia. The ballet was an adaptation of the 1816 story by E. T. A. Hoffman, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. The Nutcracker was choreographed by Lev Ivanov with music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Marius Petipa, the reigning choreographer at the Maryinsky, fell ill, so the job passed to Ivanov. Tchaikovsky only reluctantly accepted the commission to compose the score which, when completed, he considered “infinitely worse than ‘Sleeping Beauty’.” At the premiere, the ballet was deemed a complete failure. More than 60 years and many productions would pass before The Nutcracker would become a staple of the repertoire in ballet companies around the world and one of the universal traditions of the holiday season.

 

Photo credits: Copyright © 2015 E.Y. Yanagi

Children’s Tickets for IPB’s The Nutcracker start at $23, senior tickets start at $38 and adult tickets start at $41 with premium seats at $59. Performances take place from December 9/10 at 2pm and December 9 at 7:30 pm at Bridges Auditorium, Pomona College in Claremont; December 15/16 at 7:30 pm and December 16/17 at 2 pm at Lewis Family Playhouse in Rancho Cucamonga; and December 22/23 at 7:30 pm and December 23 at 2 pm at the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside.

 

 
Inland Pacific Ballet’s educational outreach program, “A Young Person’s Guide to the Ballet,” is back this season with five additional abbreviated performances of The Nutcracker for PreK-12 students from local area schools that include a talk and demonstration showing the magic of live theater and how dancers tell a story without words. Students are encouraged to participate in simple movement activities in their seats and then view the lavish professional ballet performance, followed by a lively question and answer session. Teachers also have access to a free Study Guide to continue the experience back in the classroom with pre- and post-performance activities aligned through the California State Content Standards for Dance, California Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and the California English Language Development Standards. For many of these students, this will be the first time they get to experience live performance art, being in a theater, and learning about ballet. Information about outreach performances are available at IPBallet.org.

Photo credits: Copyright © 2015 E.Y. Yanagi

Inland Pacific Ballet, is a professional ballet company based in the Inland Empire region of Southern California. The Company is committed to producing exquisitely staged productions of full-length classic story ballets as well as presenting the best in contemporary choreography. Through creative marketing and an extensive Educational Outreach Program, Inland Pacific Ballet strives to introduce new audiences to the magic of ballet, and to make the experience more available and accessible to all. The Company is also committed to the nurturing of new talent and provides an essential training ground for serious young dancers

 

 
Over the past 23 years Inland Pacific Ballet’s Founders/Directors, southern California natives Victoria Koenig and Kevin Frank Myers, have built Inland Pacific Ballet into the premier ballet company in the region, enjoying critical acclaim while performing the largest and most varied repertoire in the area. The Company’s repertoire includes such classics as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Les Sylphides, Graduation Ball and Swan Lake Act II. Full length classical masterpieces include Giselle, Coppélia and a lavish production of The Nutcracker. Contemporary classics include seminal works by the legendary George Balanchine including Serenade, Concerto Barocco and Who Cares? and a growing body of original work that includes creative adaptations of much loved stories such as The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast and Dracula.


Victoria Koenig
 – co-founder and Artistic Director – is a native of Los Angeles where she trained with Carmelita Maracci, Kenneth Kreel, Tania Riaboushinska Lichine and Stanley Holden.  After many years as a professional dancer in such notable companies as the Feld Ballet, New York and extensive international travel as a guest artist and teacher for cultural institutions such as Taiwan’s National Institute of the Arts and Artemis Dance Concentrum in Amsterdam, she returned to Southern California and has become a shaping force in the region’s dance community.  In Los Angeles she co-founded the Los Angeles Chamber Ballet, a critically acclaimed contemporary ballet company known for its creativity and originality.  For eight years she was on the faculty of the Stanley Holden Dance Center where she taught the professional level class attended by local pros as well as visiting artists from companies around the world.  She also served for six years on the dance faculty of California State University, Long Beach.  Now a resident of Claremont, Victoria has brought her many years of professional experience to the Inland Valley as Co-Founder and Artistic Director of both the Inland Pacific Ballet and the Company’s official Academy, which provides unique training and performance opportunities for the region’s serious young dance artists.  She also serves the community as a grant review panelist for State and local arts agencies including the California Arts Council and the Los Angeles City Cultural Affairs Department.  Victoria is also a member of the dance faculty at Pomona College.


Kevin Frank Myers
 – co-founder and Co-Director – is a native of Riverside, California.  He danced with the Houston Ballet in solo roles in the classic repertoire including GiselleSwan LakeThe Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty and in work created on him by Houston Ballet’s renowned Artistic Director, Ben Stevenson.  Later as soloist with the Los Angeles Ballet, he danced principal roles in a variety of Balanchine ballets, including Tarantella and Jewels.  As a Co-Founder and Associate Director of Inland Pacific Ballet and of the Inland Pacific Ballet Academy, Kevin is fulfilling a dream of widening the opportunities for the young people of the Inland Empire to experience the art of ballet and providing local talent with the chance to pursue a career in the field.


Jonathan Sharp – Associate Director – was trained at the National Academy of the Arts and the School of American Ballet, the official school of the New York City Ballet. While on full scholarship at SAB, he was trained by master teachers Stanley Williams, Peter Martins, Andrea Kramarevsky, Suzanne Farrell, Alexandra Danilova, Suki Schorer, and Sean Lavery. After finishing his training there, he danced professionally with the Boston Ballet and the Pennsylvania Ballet. He was also a member of Stars of America Ballet (a touring group headlined by Robert La Fosse and Darci Kistler). He returned to NYC and appeared in the original casts of five Broadway shows: The Red Shoes, Carousel (1994 Tony winner for Best Revival), The Rocky Horror Show Live, The Dance of the Vampires and Fiddler on the Roof. He has also appeared on television as a contract player in the daytime drama Another World, as well as guest-starring on Law and Order and Gilmore Girls. Jonathan is a faculty member of Idyllwild Arts Academy and also teaches and directs all over Southern California. He is an ABT Certified Teacher for Primary to Level 5.

 

 

 

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Inland Pacific Ballet Presents


The Nutcracker

 

Who:   Inland Pacific Ballet, southern California’s premier professional ballet company


What:
  The Nutcracker
Enjoy a treasured holiday tradition with family and friends at southern California’s most spectacular production of The Nutcracker from critically acclaimed Inland Pacific Ballet. The Nutcracker comes to life with this magnificent ballet comprised of beautiful sets, dazzling costumes, and more than 80 dancers on stage. This annual holiday production tells the story of a young girl named Clara who receives a magical nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve and sets out on a wondrous journey to the Land of the Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets. Toy soldiers, life-sized dancing dolls, and a fantastic dream with battling mice, dancing snowflakes, waltzing flowers, and the delightful Sugar Plum Fairy stir the imagination. Meet the cast after the performance for photos and autographs. IPB’s The Nutcracker is an annual holiday tradition for many and family entertainment at its best!


Bridges Auditorium, Pomona College, 450 North College Way, Claremont, CA 91711
Children tickets start at $23; Senior start at $38; Adults start at $41; Premium seats are $59

 

Saturday, December 9, 2017             2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 10, 2017              2:00 p.m.


Lewis Family Playhouse, 12505 Cultural Center Drive, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739
Children tickets start at $27; Senior start at $46; Adults start at $49; Premium seats are $59

 

Friday, December 15, 2017                7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 16, 2017           2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 17, 2017              2:00 p.m.


Fox Performing Arts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501
Children tickets start at $23; Senior start at $38; Adults start at $41; Premium seats are $59

 

Friday, December 22, 2017                7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 23, 2017           2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.


Information & Tickets:  
IPBALLET.org; tickets from $39 with senior/child/group discounts available.

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Flamenco Live Productions  Presents Maria Bermudez’ Sonidos Gitanos ~ ConVivencia ~ 


Flamenco Music & Dance direct from Andalusia, Spain

November 18 & 19, 2017, El Portal Theatre, NoHo

 

Featuring Special Guest Bailaor/Dancer Pedro Córdoba

 

Celebrated by the artists of Jerez de la Frontera as an Ambassador of Gypsy culture, critically acclaimed director, choreographer, and lead dancer, Maria Bermudez brings her internationally successful Sonidos Gitanos (Gypsy Sounds) back to Los Angeles for two nights only at the El Portal MainStage Theatre in North Hollywood on November 18 and 19, featuring ​​master musicians from her adopted home of Jerez, the “birthplace of Flamenco.” Since 1995, Sonidos Gitanos has presented California audiences unique opportunities to experience Flamenco in its most authentic form, laced with spontaneity, improvisation and highlighting the most accomplished dancers Spain offers with distinctive and ever-evolving performances.

 

Photo Credit: Triana Reyes

 

​​Starring alongside Bermudez are Ana de los Reyes, Cante/Singer; Miguel Rosendo, Cante/SingerBernardo Parilla,Gypsy Violin; and Jesus AlvarezGuitar. Along with Bailaoras/Dancers direct from the Linda Vega Dance Studio inSanta Barbara, and Special Guest Artist Pedro CórdobaBailaor/Dancer.

 
Bermudez, a deeply musical artist known for soulfully expressive dancing, was born and raised in Los Angeles, but driven to learn from the legendary gypsy artists with whom she has professionally collaborated for more than two decades – one of very few foreigners to do so. Bermudez is highly recognized for her extraordinary loyalty to the art form and furthering its worldwide reach. Having presented Sonidos Gitanos at such venues as the Hollywood Bowl and John Anson Ford Theatres in Los Angeles, The Joyce Theatre and Lincoln Center in New York, the Festival de Beaucaire in France, the Folk Culture Festival Obwalden in Switzerland, and back home again to the revered Teatro Villamarta, during the prestigious Festival Flamenco de Jerez.

 

​​Onstage, Bermudez invokes the traditions she knows intimately from her earliest days of study under the great dancer and Patriarch, El Farruco (whose great-grandsons grace international stages today). Through a ConVivencia – in the sense of Community or “a life lived,” the respected artist, teacher and choreographer seeks to strengthen the connection between the Andalusian elders and her southern California communities. For the first time, Bermudez and the great musicians of Sonidos Gitanos share the stage with a group of stunning young professionals from Santa Barbara. This quinteto of young artists includeJocy CardenasAmanda CuevasMarisa HaroSabrina Ibarra, and Talia Vestal.

 

“A sense of community is one of the great joys of Sonidos Gitanos … led by Maria Bermudez, a [dancer] capable of focusing on complex percussive heelwork in one passage, powerful emotional projection in another and then throwing it all away in glorious idiosyncratic outbursts….”  – The Los Angeles Times

 

​​In a spirit of coming full circle, this show celebrates the arc of Bermudez’ formidable professional career, as well as the path ahead of aspiring artists drawn toward the sometimes lamenting, sometimes euphoric cry of Gypsy flamenco.

 


Maria Bermudez
 Sonidos Gitanos performs on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. Tickets range from $40$75. El Portal MainStage Theatre is located at 5269 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood. For tickets and information, call (818) 508-4200 or go to www.elportaltheatre.com. Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/SonidosGitanosFlamenco.

 

 

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Maria Bermudez Sonidos Gitanos

~ ConVivencia ~

Flamenco Music & Dance Direct from Andalusia, Spain

 

WHAT:
Celebrated by the artists of Jerez de la Frontera as an Ambassador of Gypsy culture, critically acclaimed director, choreographer, and lead dancer, Maria Bermudez brings her internationally successful Sonidos Gitanos (Gypsy Sounds) back to Los Angeles for two nights only, featuring master musicians from her adopted home of Jerez, the“birthplace of Flamenco.” Since 1995, Sonidos Gitanos has presented California audiences unique opportunities to experience Flamenco in its most authentic form, laced with spontaneity, improvisation and highlighting the most accomplished dancers Spain offers with distinctive and ever-evolving performances.


WHO:

• Director/Choreographer/Dancer:  Maria Bermudez
• Guitarra:  Jesus Alvarez
• Cante/Singer:  Ana de los Reyes

  • Cante/Singer: Miguel Rosendo
    • Gypsy Violin:  Bernardo Parrilla
    • Guest Artist Bailaor/Dancer:  Pedro Córdoba
    • Bailaoras/Dancers direct from Linda Vega Dance Studio in Santa Barbara:  Jocy Cardenas, Amanda Cuevas,Marisa HaroSabrina IbarraTalia VestalWHEN: 
    Saturday, November 18 at 8 p.m.
    and
    Sunday, November 19 at 6 p.m.

    WHERE:
    El Portal MainStage Theatre
    5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601

HOW:
•  (818) 508-4200 or www.elportaltheatre.com
• Visit us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/SonidosGitanosFlamenco
• YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvOgfRpeyho

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxuItlaujgI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsSdZO510wY&t=150s
TICKETS:
• VIP seating, includes post-show meet-n-greet reception (first four rows): $75
• Center Orchestra seating: $55
• Sides seating: $40

 

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Inspired by a true story, ‘The Red Dress’ explores politics, art, romance in Germany between two wars

LOS ANGELES  — Set in Berlin and inspired by a true story, Argyle Road Productions presents the world premiere of a romantic drama by Tania Wisbar that explores the intersection of politics and art during the years between the Treaty of Versailles and the rise of Fascism. The Red Dress opens as a visiting production at the Odyssey Theatre where it runs through Nov. 19

 

Wisbar’s fictionalized account of her parents’ marriage and their forced divorce by the Nazis begins in 1924 Berlin.  Alexandra Schiele (Laura Ligouri) is a famous film actress from a prominent Jewish family who falls in love with a down-on-his-luck World War I vet, Franz Weitrek (J.B. Waterman). Franz is able to parlay his wife’s connections into work as a film director. But when his career takes off making Nazi propaganda films, his wife suddenly becomes a liability. Also in the cast are Rebecca Larsen, Shanti Reinhardt and Dylan WittrockKiff Scholl directs.

 

Although in real life Wisbar’s mother was not an actress, she was from a well-connected Jewish family that was able to get her father, Frank Wisbar, his start in the German film business. Later, when Frank emigrated to the U.S., he became the producer/director of the first filmed series made for television, Fireside Theater. Tania, who was born in Berlin, came to the U.S. as a baby after her parents divorced. She first learned about her family history decades later.

 

 

“In 1999, I discovered an 88-page manuscript my mother wrote as part of a contest for Harvard University,” she explains. “It detailed the continuous harassment she and my father received at the hands of the Gestapo. It was my first and only view of what their marriage was and who they were as a couple in that horrible time.”

 

After her parents were divorced, Wisbar’s mother was brought to the U.S. by the Quakers. Wisbar didn’t learn of her Jewish heritage until she was in her twenties.

 

“It’s a huge loss when you grow up without any community,” she says.

 

In addition to the enormous social and political changes that took place in Germany between 1924 and 1936, those years bridged the history of film — from silents, to black and white, to color. The Red Dress also touches on the Eugenics Movement, which originated in the U.S. but was perfected by the Nazi regime.

 
The creative team includes set designer Pete Hickock, lighting designer Kelley Finn, projections designer Nick Santiago, sound designer Dave B. Marling, costume designer Shon LeBlanc and casting director Ferne Cassel. The production stage manager is Danny Crisp, and Victoria Watson and Racquel LehrmanTheatre Planners produce forArgyle Road Productions.

 

Tania Wisbar’s novel, “Last Cemetery in Berlin,” was optioned for film by producer Jonathan Sanger. In 2011, Sanger directed a critically acclaimed production of her play Birthday Present 2050, which starred Salome Jens

 

The LA Weekly called it

 

“beautifully detailed and elegiac… GO!”

 

Tania is the founding president and CEO of B.E.L.I., a day program for developmentally disabled adults with a large dance troupe that performs throughout Los Angeles. For 14 years she was the editor and reporter of a weekly newspaper in Imperial Beach, CA. She holds degrees in Theater Arts, Speech Pathology and Special Education.

 

Performances of The Red Dress take place Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.,  through Nov. 19. The Odyssey Theatre is located at 2055 SSepulveda Blvd. West Los Angeles, 90025. For reservations and information, (323) 960-5521 or go to www.Plays411.com/reddress

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The Red Dress

 

 

WHAT:
World premiere of The Red Dress — Set in Berlin and inspired by a true story, Tania Wisbar’s romantic drama explores the intersection of politics and art during the years between the Treaty of Versailles and the rise of Fascism.

 

WHO:
• Written by Tania Wisbar
• Directed by Kiff Scholl
• Starring Rebecca LarsenLaura LiguoriShanti ReinhardtJ.B. Waterman, Dylan Wittrock
• Produced by Racquel Lehrman and Victoria WatsonTheatre Planners
• Presented by Argyle Road Productions

 

WHEN:

Performances: through Nov. 19:
• Fridays at 8 p.m.: Nov. 3, Nov. 10, Nov. 17
• Saturdays at 8 p.m.: Nov. 4, Nov. 11, Nov. 18
• Sundays at 2 p.m.: Nov. 5, Nov. 12, Nov. 19

 

WHERE:
A visiting production at the 
Odyssey Theatre
2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90025

 

HOW:
(323) 960-5521 or www.Plays411.com/reddress

 

TICKET PRICES:
• All performances $30
• Preview: $20

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Miss Heart Of Hollywood International Pageant

Miss Heart Of Hollywood International Pageant            Register Now                 

 

Begin your journey to the 2018 Miss Heart Of Hollywood International Pageant, held on Saturday, October 20, 2018.  There are no height or weight requirements for this pageant and all ethnicities are welcome! We are looking for women who are beautiful on the inside and out.

 

The title “Miss Heart of Hollywood” will be awarded to the candidate that embodies inspirational and leadership qualities to be honored as an international role model.

 

You will have the opportunity to represent Heart Of Hollywood Motion Pictures for one year. Gain exposure for your career by empowering and motivating women, as well as participating in community events such as charities and education by bringing happiness and hope to today’s world citizens.

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An Evening with Jonatha Brooke

Critically Acclaimed American Folk Rock
Singer-Songwriter and Guitarist


Zipper Concert Hall, The Colburn School


Wednesday, October 18 at 8:00 p.m.


Who:
Merging elements of folk, rock and pop, often with poignant lyrics and complex harmonies, Jonatha Brooke performs live in concert for one-night only at Los Angeles’ Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School in downtown Los Angeles. Jonatha has been a singer, songwriter, and guitarist since the late 80’s, and her songs have been used in television shows and movies. Jonatha began her career as one half of The Story (originally called “Jonatha & Jennifer”), a duo which played the coffeehouse folk circuit and radio in Boston along with two successful albums. After four major label releases, Jonatha started her own independent label, Bad Dog Records in 1999, and has since released eight more albums including the companion CD to her critically acclaimed one woman, Off-Broadway show My Mother Has 4 Noses (which ran for 10 weeks) and her most recent studio release, the timely “Midnight. Hallelujah” (2016), the first time ever a woman has composed, arranged, produced and performed a complete album of Woody Guthrie songs.


In recent years, Jonatha has co-written songs with Katy Perry (for her album PRISM), and The Courtyard Hounds. She’s also written for four Disney films, various television shows, and composed the theme song for Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse.


“I’m so looking forward to playing Los Angeles again. It’s been way too long, and there’s certainly a lot to sing about. Sometimes it feels like music is the ONLY way to try to make sense of what’s going on in the world. I’ll be bringing some shiny brand new songs, and I will polish off the old beloveds too,”

exclaimed Jonatha

Expect provocative songs, performed with great wit and charm. 

Charming and very funny. A seasoned musician with a beautiful voice, Brooke rocks it

— The New Yorker


When:             Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 8 p.m.


Where:            Zipper Concert Hall
                        Colburn School
200 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012


How/Information:
– Tickets: $37; $28; $18
– 
www.kalakoa.comhttp://kalakoa.tix.com/(800) 595-4849kalakoaent@mac.com
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https://www.facebook.com/kalakoa/; @kalakoa
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pzLWqJQOTc
– 
http://www.npr.org/sections/world-cafe/2016/11/21/502894044/jonatha-brooke-on-world-cafe

– http://jonathabrooke.com/

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Latino Theater Company announces ‘Encuentro de las Américas’ 14 theater companies from across the Americas, one vibrant celebration in the heart of downtown Los Angeles

L.A.’s Latino Theater Company will be joined by 13 companies from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Peru and Colombia for a three-week celebration of dynamic, contemporary Latinx and Latin American theater. Encuentro de Las Américasproduced by the Latino Theater Company in association with Latinx Theatre Commons, is set to take place at downtown’s The Los Angeles Theatre Center from Nov. 2 through Nov. 19.

 

The 14 companies will present their work in repertory, with performances running simultaneously every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the five spaces that make up The LATC’s multi-theater complex. The companies include 24th Street Theatre from Los Angeles, CAArgos Teatro from Havana,CubaCara Mía Theater Company from Dallas, TXCompañía Nacional de las Artes from BogotáColombiaCulture Clash from Los AngelesCAÉbano Teatro from LimaPeruEnsemble Studio Theatre/LA from Los Angeles, CAGuadalupe Cultural Arts Center from San AntonioTXLatino Theater Company from Los AngelesCAMarga Gomez from San FranciscoCANightswimmingfrom Toronto, ONCanadaOrganización Secreta Teatro, from Mexico CityMexicoPregones Theaterfrom BronxNY; and Vueltas Bravas from BogotáColombia.

 

An additional 12 Los Angeles-based artists will be represented in Patas Arriba (“Upside Down”), a late night “micro-theater festival” set to take place in the “belly” of The LATC, where audiences will cycle through the non-traditional performance spaces of the building — Vault, Sub Lobby, Green Room and Tunnel — to experience four 15-minute works during each hour-long performance. Patas Arriba will take place every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with two staggered start times (9:30 p.m. and 9:50 p.m.) and a different line-up of four plays each week.

 

A free Cinema & Music mini-festival on Tuesday and Wednesday nights will pair musical performances with screenings of soon-to be-released films, including Chavelaa new documentary about Costa Rican-Mexican singer Chavela Vargas and NALIP, an evening of short films followed by a concert by Spanish singer Patricia Kraus in her American debut.

 

Finally, the 26 companies will work together to share creative methodologies that will culminate in the co-creation of five new works presented on the last day of the festival. This unique collaboration offers participants an in-depth opportunity to mesh aesthetic diversity of Latinx and Latin American work, thus furthering the mission of the festival to create a global theater community.

 

“That’s what makes our Encuentro so unique, so different from any festival here or anywhere else in the world,”

 

says Latino Theater Company artistic director José Luis Valenzuela.

 

“It’s about artists working together and creating new work.”

 

According to Valenzuela, Encuentro de Las Américas is a natural extension of the national Encuentro presented by LTC three years ago.

 

“In 2014, we explored the relationship of American Latinos to the rest of the theater landscape in the U.S.,”

 

he explains.

 

“The question this time, with artists participating not only from this country, but from Canada, Latin and South America, and the Caribbean, is how can American Latinx and Latin American theater-makers have a conversation? Where are we going? How do we jointly embrace our voice?”

 

The Latino Theater Company is dedicated to providing a world-class arts center for those pursuing artistic excellence; a laboratory where both tradition and innovation are honored and honed; and a place where the convergence of people, cultures and ideas contribute to the future. Now in its 31st year, LTC has operated The Los Angeles Theatre Center, a facility of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and a landmark building in Downtown’s Historic Core, since 2006.

 

 

Encuentro de las Américas takes place from Nov. 2 through Nov. 19. Single tickets are $22 for students, seniors and vets and $44 general admission. Discounts are available for 2-play, 6-play and 13-play packages. Tickets to the Patas Arriba micro-theater festival are $20. Tickets to the Cinema & Music mini-festival are freeTheLos Angeles Theatre Center is located at 514 S. SpringSt., Los AngelesCA 90013. For more information and to purchase tickets, call (866811-4111 or go to www.thelatc.org.

 

 

Detailed descriptions and scheduling:
Encuentro de Las Américas

 

WHAT:
Encuentro de Las Américas
 — Fourteen companies from the U.S. Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Peru and Colombia  celebrate dynamic, contemporary Latinx and Latin American theater during a three-week festival, with five performances presented simultaneously every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the five performance spaces that make up The Los Angeles Theatre Center. An additional 12 Los Angeles-based artists will be represented in Patas Arriba (“Upside Down”), a late night “micro-theater festival” set to take place in the “belly” of The LATC, where audiences will cycle through the non-traditional performance spaces of the building — Vault, Sub Lobby, Green Room and Tunnel — to experience four 15-minute works during each hour-long performance. A free Cinema & Music mini-festival on Tuesday and Wednesday nights will pair musical performances with screenings of soon-to be-released films, including Chavela, a new documentary about Costa Rican-Mexican singer Chavela Vargas and NALIP, an evening of short films followed by a concert by Spanish singer Patricia Kraus in her American debut. Produced by the Latino Theater Company in association with Latinx Theatre Commons.

 

WHO:
24th Street Theatre, Los AngelesCA
♦ La Razón Blindada
 (“Armored Reason”)written and directed by Arístides Vargas — In this sublimely witty and provocative play, two political prisoners are allowed to interact with one another for one hour each week. Confined to their chairs and never allowed to stand, they entertain each other with stories of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza as we witness the power of theater to transport them. Triply inspired by the classic novel “El Quixote” by Cervantes, “The Truth About Sancho Panza” by Franz Kafka, and testimonies from Chicho Vargas and other political prisoners held in Rawson Prison during Argentina’s “Dirty War” of the 1970s. A Los Angeles Times “Critic’s Choice” and winner of the 2011 LA Weekly “Production of the Year” award, this 24th Street production has toured around the U.S. as well as to Mexico City, Culiacán, Baja Mexico, San Salvador, Colombia and Ecuador. (Performed in Spanish with English supertitles)

 

La Razón Blindada
(“The Armored Reason”)
24th Street Theatre
Los Angeles, CA
Photo by Juan Tallo

 

 

Argos TeatroHavana, Cuba
♦ 10 Million / 10 Millones, written and directed by Carlos Celdrán — Cuba, 1970s and ‘80s. A young man comes of age during the tumultuous aftermath of Fidel Castro’s revolution. Torn between the ideals of his communist mother and his alienated middle-class father, he seeks to find his own way in a world turned upside down by history. Winner of the Cuban National Theater Award 2016 and awarded the Cuban Critic Award 2017. (Performed in Spanish with English supertitles)

 

10 Million Argos Teatro Havana, Cuba Photo by Manolo Garriga

 

 

Cara Mía Theater CompanyDallas, TX
♦ Deferred Action by David Lozano and Lee Trulldirected by David Lozano — Javier Mejía arrived in the U.S. as an undocumented minor. Now, years later, he finds himself caught in the tangle of existing immigration laws, new presidential policies and the harsh reality of living in the shadows. Deferred Action follows the lives, loopholes and dangers of those who dare to dream. (Performed in English and Spanish, with Spanish and English supertitles)

 

Deferred Action
Cara Mia Theater Company
Dallas, TX
Photo by Karen Almond

 

 

Compañía Nacional de las ArtesBogotáColombia
♦ Las mariposas saltan al vacío (“The Butterflies jump to the void”) by José Miliándirected by Jorge Cao —  In 1993, José Milián shook the Cuban theatrical scene when he premiered this work about living with AIDS. Shadowed by the presence of death, a motley group of institutionalized individuals debate about life, illness, tolerance, love, treason, loneliness, reality, dream and fantasy before presenting an improvised play for the other patients. (Performed in Spanish with English supertitles)

 

 

Las mariposas saltan al vacío saltan al vacío
(“The Butterflies jump to the void”)
Compañía Nacional de las Artes
Bogotá, Colombia
Photo courtesy of the artists

 
Culture Clash, Los AngelesCA
♦ Culture Clash: An American Odysseywritten by Richard MontoyaRic Salinas and Herbert Siguenza, directed byRobert Beltran — The Chicano kings of comedy perform 33 years worth of monologues and scenes from award-winning productions such as Radio Mambo, Nuyorican Stories, and Bordertown as well as an exclusive piece created just for Encuentro de las Américas. Along the way, we meet the unheard voices of the marginalized and give space to their truth. (Performed in English, Spanish and Caló with Spanish and English supertitles)

 

Ébano TeatroLimaPeru
 Ropa Intima (“Intimate Apparel”) by Lynn Nottage, directed by Haysen Percovich — Set in 1905 New York, Esther, a black seamstress, painstakingly crafts delicate undergarments for clientele ranging from young brides to wealthy matrons to ladies of the night. As Esther yearns to escape her life of drudgery and isolation, letters from a distant admirer in Panama offer the promise of love and a future. (Performed in Spanish with English supertitles)

Ropa Intima
Ébano Teatro
Lima, Peru
Photo courtesy of the artists

 

 

Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA, Los AngelesCA
♦ WET: A DACAmented Journey
written and performed by Alex Alpharaoh, directed by Kevin Comartin — Based on the playwright’s own experiences, Alex Alpharaoh’s acclaimed solo show tells the story of Anner Cividanis, an American in every sense of the word except one: on paper. Chronicling Anner’s life as an undocumented worker, WET: A DACAmented Journey captures the desperation of being a DREAMer in the U.S. (Performed in English with Spanish supertitles)

 

WET: A DACAmented Journey
Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA
Los Angeles, CA
Photo by Youthana Yuos

 

 

Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, San AntonioTX
♦ Conjunto Blueswritten by Nicolás R. Valdez, directed by Ruben C. Gonzalez — Nicolas Valdez time travels seamlessly through button accordion riff and character as he shares a live-music history lesson of conjunto music as a form of cultural resistance and liberation from the campos to the cantinas. (Performed in English and Spanish with Spanish and English supertitles)

 

Conjunto Blues
Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center
San Antonio, TX
Photo courtesy of the artists

 

 

Latino Theater Company, Los AngelesCA
♦ Dementia by Evelina Fernández, directed by José Luis Valenzuela — Skeletons aren’t the only things that come out of the closet in this award-winning Latino swansong about the glamorous death of Moises (his friends call him Moe). Mortality never seemed so fabulous as he invites his closest friends over for a “going away for good party.” Demented fantasies abound as his alter ego, a torch singing drag queen, tempts him into his famous final scene. (Performed in English and Spanish with Spanish and English supertitles)

Dementia The Latino Theater Company Los Angeles, CA Photo by Christopher Ash

 

 

 

Marga GomezSan FranciscoCA
♦ Latin Standardswritten and performed by Marga Gomez, directed by David Schweizer — The adult child of a Cuban entertainer attempts to honor her macho immigrant dad by launching a hipster comedy night at the legendary San Francisco Latino drag club, Esta Noch. An energetic, funny and poignant story of perseverance and creative addiction passed down from immigrant father to lesbian daughter. (Performed in English with Spanish supertitles)

 

Nightswimming, Toronto, ONCanada
 Broken Tailbone, written and performed by Carmen Aguirre, directed by Brian Quirt — Carmen Aguirre leads a public Latin American dance lesson, woven together with hilarious and moving stories of her own experiences in the hidden world of dancehalls in Canada. DJ Don Pedro Chamale creates an irresistible musical environment to get even the most reluctant dancer up on their feet! Daring, sexy and above all, fun, each dance lesson flows into Carmen’s stories of intimacy, politics, culture and the forgotten origins of each dance. (Performed in English and Spanish with Spanish and English supertitles)

Broken Tailbone
Nightswimming
Toronto, ON, Canada
Photo courtesy of the artist

 

 

Organización Secreta TeatroMexico CityMexico
♦ Quemar las naves. El viaje de Emma (“Burning the ships: Emma’s Journey”) written and directed by Rocío Carrillo— A powerful and visually stunning feminist adaptation of Homer’s The Odyssey. Following the death of her husband, Emma embarks on a maritime journey in search of the meaning life. She and her ragtag crew of sailors, pirates, past loves and Greek gods face trials and challenges of mythical proportions. (Performed without words)

 

Quemar las naves. El viaje de Emma
(“Burning the ships: Emma’s Journey”)
Organización Secreta Teatro
Mexico City, Mexico
Photo by Luis Quiroz

 

 

 

Pregones TheaterBronxNY
♦ El Apagón /The Blackout, adapted for the stage by Alvan Colón-LespierJorge B. Merced and Rosalba Rolón, directed by Rosalba Rolón — While riding the New York subway uptown from Brooklyn to El Barrio, eager to witness the birth of his firstborn, a Puerto Rican factory worker and his best friend, Trompoloco are caught in the Great Northeastern Blackout of 1965. Acclaimed as “the quintessential ‘Boricua’ play,” the production is an adaptation of the short story “The Night We Became People Again” (“La noche en la que volvimos a ser gente”) by José Luis González, performed in Spanish and English, and set to the beat of popular Latin songs from the 1950s and ‘60s. (Performed in English and Spanish with Spanish and English supertitles)

 

El Apagón /The Blackout
Pregones Theatre
Bronx, NY
Photo by Marisol Díaz

 

 

Vueltas BravasBogotáColombia
♦ Miss Julia, a bilingual adaptation by J. Ed Araiza based on the play Miss Julie by August Strindberg, directed byLorenzo Montanini — Set in Colombia on Midsummer Eve, Miss Julia and her servant Juan have an encounter that will change their lives forever. As Juan tries to rise from the depths of his servile life, Miss Julia wants to escape the bonds that tie her to a meaningless upper-class existence. The result is a power play of love, lust and a battle of the classes which becomes violent and seemingly out of control. (Performed in Spanish and English with English and Spanish supertitles)

 

Miss Julia
Vueltas Bravas
Bogotá, Colombia
Photo by Federico Rios

 

 

Late night micro-theater festival 
♦ Patas Arriba
 (“Upside Down”): An L.A. Anthology, a late night “micro-theater festival” set to take place in the “belly” of The LATC, where audiences will cycle through the Vault, Sub Lobby, Green Room and Tunnel to experience four 15-minute works during each hour-long performance.

 

WEEK 1:
♦ Morir en Vida, choreographed and danced by Ela Aldrete — Human beings who risk their more valuable possession (their bodies, their lives) in search of a utopian life. (The Vault)
♦ Blood Match by Oliver Mayer — Amidst the heroin fields of Sinaloa, Mexico, three young people form a lover´s triangle in a world where life is cheap and poppies can make or break a man. (Sub-Lobby)
♦ Las García, written and performed by Gabriela Ortega — Two Dominican women of the same bloodline fight to find their true selves. (Green Room)
♦ Ka Ata Quilla by Milagros Lizarraga — The pre-Incan moon divinity of the Titicaca Lake, where the Incan culture began. (The Tunnel)

 

WEEK 2:
♦ Quetzal y Colibrí, written and performed by Alex Alpharaoh and Elisa Noemi (The Vault)
♦ Miss Honduras by Rickerby Hinds — the story of Maria Estela Gallardo. (Sub-Lobby)
♦ Aprender A Caer by Mick García and Cris-lan García — 10 seconds can feel like 10 minutes in which you see a whole life pass by. (Green Room)
♦ Samudrachoreographed by Beatriz Eugenia Vásquez — Inspired by the water issues the planet currently faces and the denial of global warming by some of our world leaders. (The Tunnel)

 

WEEK 3:
♦ Browner, Queerer, Louder, Prouder, written and performed by Monica Palacios — Speaks to our present divisive political and social climate. (The Vault)
♦ Manos Arriba by Mercedes Floresislas — When the guests fail to show up, Ramon needs help from the audience to show the Deaf Latinx pride. (Sub-Lobby)
♦ Queen of Califas by Israel Lopez and the Southland Company — Three drivers make their way through the California Highway system on a lonely Sunday evening. (Green Room)
♦ Jardín by Chicanas, Cholas Chisme — Dia De Los Muertos in Los Angeles: the night when our ancestors come back to visit. (The Tunnel)

 

Cinema & Music mini-festival (free)
♦ Chavela, directed by Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi — An evocative, thought-provoking documentary about the iconoclastic, game-changing artist Chavela Vargas. Followed by a musical performance,
♦ NALIP — an evening of short films followed by a Q&A and concert by Spanish singer Patricia Kraus in her American debut.

 

WHEN: 
Nov. 2 – Nov. 19:

Thursday Nov. 2
• 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: Red Carpet and Opening Ceremonies
• 8 p.m.: Culture Clash: An American Odyssey (Theatre 1)
• 8 p.m.: Las mariposas saltan al vacío (Theatre 2)
• 8 p.m.: WET: A DACAmented Journey (Theatre 4)
• 8:30 p.m.: Dementia (Theatre 3)
• 8:30 p.m.: Broken Tailbone (Avalos Theatre)
• 9:30 p.m. and 9:50 p.m.: Patas Arriba (Vault, Sub Lobby, Green Room and Tunnel)

 

Friday, Nov. 3
• 8 p.m.: Deferred Action (1)
• 8 p.m.: Las mariposas saltan al vacío (2)
• 8 p.m.: Miss Julia (4)
• 8:30 p.m.: Dementia (3)
• 8:30 p.m.: Broken Tailbone (Avalos)
• 9:30 p.m. and 9:50 p.m.: Patas Arriba (Vault, Sub Lobby, Green Room and Tunnel)

 

Saturday, Nov. 4 (matinee)
• 2 p.m.: Deferred Action (1)
• 2 p.m.: Latin Standards (2)
• 2 p.m.: Quemar las naves. El viaje de Emma (3)
• 2:30 p.m.: Ropa Intima (4)
• 2:30 p.m.: Conjunto Blues (Avalos)

 

Saturday, Nov. 4 (evening)
• 8 p.m.: El Apagón / The Blackout (1)
• 8 p.m.: Latin Standards (2)
• 8 p.m.: Quemar las naves. El viaje de Emma (3)
• 8:30 p.m.: Ropa Intima (4)
• 8:30 p.m.: Conjunto Blues (Avalos)
• 9:30 p.m. and 9:50 p.m.: Patas Arriba (Vault, Sub Lobby, Green Room and Tunnel)

 

Sunday, Nov. 5 (matinee)
• 2 p.m.: El Apagón / The Blackout (1)
• 2 p.m.: 10 Million / 10 Millones (2)
• 2 p.m.: Quemar las naves. El viaje de Emma (3)
• 2:30 p.m.: La Razón Blindada (4)
• 2:30 p.m.: Conjunto Blues (Avalos)

 

Sunday, Nov. 5 (evening)
• 7 p.m.: Culture Clash: An American Odyssey (1)
• 7 p.m.: 10 Million / 10 Millones (2)
• 7 p.m.: La Razón Blindada (4)
• 7:30 p.m.: Dementia (3)
• 7:30 p.m.: Broken Tailbone (Avalos)

 

Tuesday, Nov. 7
• 7:30 p.m.: Cinema & Music: free screening of the soon-to-be-released documentary Chavela followed by a musical concert

Wednesday, Nov. 8
• 5 p.m.: La Razón Blindada (4)
• 7:30 p.m.: Cinema & Music: free screening of NALIP (short films) followed by a Q&A and concert by Spanish singerPatricia Kraus
• 10 p.m.: Miss Julia (4)

 

Thursday Nov. 9 
• 12 p.m.: Ropa Intima (4)
• 8 p.m.: El Apagón / The Blackout (1)
• 8 p.m.: Las mariposas saltan al vacío (2)
• 8 p.m.: Quemar las naves. El viaje de Emma (3)
• 8:30 p.m.: Ropa Intima (4)
• 8:30 p.m.: Conjunto Blues (Avalos)
• 9:30 p.m. and 9:50 p.m.: Patas Arriba (Vault, Sub Lobby, Green Room and Tunnel)

 

Friday, Nov. 10
• 2:30 p.m.: Las mariposas saltan al vacío (2)
• 8 p.m.: El Apagón / The Blackout (1)
• 8 p.m.: Las mariposas saltan al vacío (2)
• 8 p.m.: Ropa Intima (4)
• 8:30 p.m.: Dementia (3)
• 9:30 p.m. and 9:50 p.m.: Patas Arriba (Vault, Sub Lobby, Green Room and Tunnel)
• 10 p.m.: Conjunto Blues (Avalos)

 

Saturday, Nov. 11 (matinee)
• 10:30 a.m.: Miss Julia (4)
• 2 p.m.: Culture Clash: An American Odyssey (1)
• 2 p.m.: Latin Standards (2)
• 2 p.m.: Miss Julia (4)
• 2:30 p.m.: Dementia (3)
• 2:30 p.m.: Conjunto Blues (Avalos)

 

Saturday, Nov. 11 (evening)
• 8 p.m.: Culture ClashAn American Odyssey (1)
• 8 p.m.: Miss Julia (4)
• 8 p.m.: Dementia (3)
• 8:30 p.m.: Broken Tailbone (Avalos)
• 9:30 p.m. and 9:50 p.m.: Patas Arriba (Vault, Sub Lobby, Green Room and Tunnel)
• 10 p.m.: Latin Standards (2)

 
Sunday, Nov. 12 (matinee)
• 2 p.m.: Deferred Action (1)
• 2 p.m.: 10 Million / 10 Millones (2)
• 2 p.m.: Quemar las naves. El viaje de Emma (3)
• 2:30 p.m.: WET: A DACAmented Journey (4)
• 2:30 p.m.: Broken Tailbone (Avalos)

 

Sunday, Nov. 12 (evening)
• 5:30 p.m.: Deferred Action (1)
• 5:30 p.m.: 10 Million / 10 Millones (2)
• 5:30 p.m.: Quemar las naves. El viaje de Emma (3)
• 6 p.m.: WET: A DACAmented Journey (4)
• 6 p.m.: Broken Tailbone (Avalos)

 

Thursday Nov. 16
• 8 p.m.: Culture Clash: An American Odyssey (1)
• 8 p.m.: Las mariposas saltan al vacío (2)
• 8 p.m.: Emma (3)
• 8:30 p.m.: WET: A DACAmented Journey (4)
• 8:30 p.m.: Broken Tailbone (Avalos)
• 9:30 p.m. and 9:50 p.m.: Patas Arriba  (Vault, Sub Lobby, Green Room and Tunnel)

 

Friday, Nov. 17
• 8 p.m.: Culture ClashAn American Odyssey (1)
• 8 p.m.: Las mariposas saltan al vacío (2)
• 8 p.m.: La Razón Blindada (4)
• 8:30 p.m.: Dementia (3)
• 8:30 p.m.: Broken Tailbone (Avalos)
• 9:30 p.m. and 9:50 p.m.: Patas Arriba  (Vault, Sub Lobby, Green Room and Tunnel)

 

Saturday, Nov. 18 (matinee)
• 2 p.m.: Deferred Action (1)
• 2 p.m.: 10 Million / 10 Millones (2)
• 2 p.m.: Ropa Intima (4)
• 2:30 p.m.: Quemar las naves. El viaje de Emma (3)
• 2:30 p.m.: Conjunto Blues (Avalos)

 

Saturday, Nov. 18 (evening)
• 8 p.m.: Deferred Action (1)
• 8 p.m.: 10 Million / 10 Millones (2)
• 8 p.m.: Ropa Intima (4)
• 8:30 p.m.: Quemar las naves. El viaje de Emma (3)
• 8:30 p.m.: Conjunto Blues (Avalos)
• 9:30 p.m. and 9:50 p.m.: Patas Arriba  (Vault, Sub Lobby, Green Room and Tunnel)

 

Sunday, Nov. 19 (matinee)
• 2 p.m.: El Apagón The Blackout (1)
• 2 p.m.: Latin Standards (2)
• 2 p.m.: Dementia (3)
• 2:30 p.m.: Miss Julia (4)
• 2:30 p.m.: Conjunto Blues (Avalos)

 

Sunday, Nov. 19 (evening)
• 7 p.m.: El Apagón / The Blackout (1)
• 7 p.m.: Latin Standards (2)
• 7 p.m.: Dementia (3)
• 7:30 p.m.: Miss Julia (4)
• 7:30 p.m.: Broken Tailbone (Avalos)

 

WHERE:
The Los Angeles Theatre Center
514 S. Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

 

HOW:
(866) 811-4111 or www.thelatc.org

TICKET PRICES:
• Single Show: $44
• 2 shows in one day: $80
• 6 shows (mix ‘n match): $180
• 13 shows: $310
• Patas Arriba micro-theater festival: $20 (includes four 15-minute plays)
• Cinema & Music mini-festival: Free
Discounts available for students, seniors and veterans.

 

PARKING:
• Metered parking available on streets surrounding the theater.
• Parking lots range in price from $6 – $12.
• Take the Metro: nearest stop is Pershing Square (two blocks west of The LATC).

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Company of Angels, Los Angeles’ Oldest Professional Theater, Debuts This Land by Mexican-American Playwright Evangeline Ordaz

A deep, painful, joyful story about one extended California family with roots in different parts of the world, who make their home on the same plot of Southern California land over 150 years. Los Angeles native and Mexican-American playwright, Evangeline Ordaz, crafts a rich and complex web of diverse characters from Los Angeles’ Latino, African-American, Anglo, and Native American communities who co-exist as if time were a wheel that constantly doubles back on itself. Through triumph and despair these families discover how deeply they are rooted in the dreams of their ancestors and the land on which they stand. Directed by Company of Angels artistic director, Armando MolinaThis Land debuts on October 20, at Company of Angels, Los Angeles’ oldest professional theater.

 

 
A host of old curses and blessings, traditions and recipes, loves and betrayals, conspire to threaten successive displacements. As the story unfolds, each successive generation grapples with their claim to the land on which they live. This Land takes place through the years; 1843, 1848, 1949, 1965, 1992, on what is now a residential street in Watts. “What’s so exciting about this play is that it’s not your typical history play. The stories are intimate and small yet they seem to whisper a big question so pertinent to Los Angeles today – “Is gentrification just another form of manifest destiny?” comments Artistic Director, Armando Molina.

 

 
Richard Azurdia (My Mañana Comes at Fountain Theatre, Backyard at Echo Theater Company, Bill & Joan at Sacred Fools, one of 54 “fascinating Angelenos” profiled by LA Weekly’s 2015 People issue) stars as Tomas and Fidel Avila. Niketa Calame (voice of young Nala in Disney’s Animated Feature The Lion KingThe Color Purple at Celebration Theater, Ain’t Misbehavin at ICT) portrays Leslie Parker/Mel Miller/Pepe, Ian Alda (Lieutenant of Inishmore at Mark Taper Forum, Broadway Bound at La Mirada and Odyssey Theater) takes on the role of Patrick Dalton/James and Dalton Hill, LeShay Tomlinson Boyce (Hellcab and Seven Red Neck Cheerleaders at Elephant Theater Company, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at Mark Taper Forum, Nominated for a NAACP Theater Award for Insurrection Holding History) plays Leola Parker/Sharon Curtis. Jeff Torres (Theatre: Henry IVLove’s Labour’s Lost, TV: Criminal MindsTelenovela) plays Enrique Avila/Ricardo Reyes, Cheryl Umana (Latino Theatre Company, Artists at Play at LATC, Kaiser Educational Theatre) plays Toya/Della, and Johanna McKay (performed in several productions at Circle X, and The Rubicon Theatre) plays Maeve Hilman. Scenic and Lighting Design by Justine Huen, Costume design by Manee Leija, Sound Design by Becca Kessin, and Video Design by Benjamin DurhamHeather McClane is the Assistant Stage Manager/Props and the Production Stage Manager is Daniel Munoz.

 

 
Ordaz is a UC Berkeley-trained attorney who practiced public interest law before becoming a full-time playwright and television writer. As an attorney she has practiced immigration, fair housing litigation, criminal appeals, and human rights law both in the United States and Mexico. Ordaz’s play This Land was first commissioned by the Center Theater Group which produced a public reading in February 2015. Her play Visitors’ Guide to Arivaca was featured at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ New Play Summit and was the subject of a December 2006 cover story in American Theater Magazine. Borderlands commissioned Visitor’s Guide, which also saw production by Teatro Vision in San Jose and Company of Angels Theater in Los Angeles. Company of Angels also produced Ordaz’s play Bordering on Love. Evangeline is currently a writer on the Starz drama Vida, the Netflix dramaSeven Seconds, and the BET drama In Contempt. She recently completed a film about the underground music scene in East L.A. for Odd Lot Entertainment.

 

 
Molina is a director and writer with a background in theater development. His recent directing credits include The Long Road Todayby Jose Cruz Gonzalez at South Coast Repertory, Distracted by Lisa Loomer at TheaterWorks, in Palo Alto, California, Visitors Guide to Arivaca by Evangeline Ordaz at Teatro Vision, San Jose, California and Company of Angels. Hippie Mexicana aka Digging Rios by Evangeline Ordaz at Borderlands Theater; Sissy by Ricardo Bracho at Company of Angels in Los Angeles, Anna In The Tropics by Nilo Cruz at PCPA Theaterfest in Santa Maria California; Living Out By Lisa Loomer at TheatreWorks and at Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis, The Waiting Room by Lisa Loomer at Company of Angels in Los Angeles, Conjunto by Oliver Mayer at Borderlands Theater Company in Tucson, Arizona, Rocio by Oliver Mayer at King King in Hollywood. Armando received national recognition from the NEA and the Theater Communications Group as a recipient of their Career Development Program for Directors. Before leaving to freelance as a director, Armando was a member of the Cornerstone Theater ensemble. Armando co-founded Latins Anonymous, the critically acclaimed Latino Comedy Group, whose plays were published by Arte Publico Press and continue to be performed nationally.

 

 
Founded in 1959 by a group of television and film actors that included Richard Chamberlain, Leonard Nimoy and Vic Morrow, Company of Angels is the oldest professional theater in Los Angeles.  As such it has a revised mission to provide a space for the voices and audiences neglected by the major regional theaters.

 

 
Company of Angels now produces original work by professional theater artists who reflect the communities that make up the City of Los Angeles and engages residents from low-income communities including Boyle Heights and Skid Row to develop original theater pieces for performance. In this way CoA re-envisions theater to reflect and respond to the richness, diversity, and complexity that is Los Angeles, entertaining new audiences and serving the City of Angels.

 

 
Performances of This Land take place FridaysSaturdaysMondays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m.Oct. 20 through Nov. 13. Tickets are $25; seniors $15; and students $12; Monday performances are Pay-What-You-Can. Company of Angels is located at 1350 San Pablo Street, Los Angeles, 90033. For reservations and information, (323) 475-8814 or go to www.companyofangels.org

 

 

 

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‘This Land’

 

 

WHAT:

A deep, painful, joyful story about one extended California family with roots in different parts of the world, who make their home on the same plot of Southern California land over 150 years. Los Angeles native and Mexican-American playwright, Evangeline Ordaz, crafts a rich and complex web of diverse characters from Los Angeles’ Latino, African-American, Anglo, and Native American communities who co-exist as if time were a wheel that constantly doubles back on itself. Through triumph and despair these families discover how deeply they are rooted in the dreams of their ancestors and the land on which they stand. Directed by Company of Angels artistic director, Armando MolinaThis Land debuts at Company of Angels, Los Angeles’ oldest professional theater.

 

 


WHO:

• Written by Evangeline Ordaz
• Directed by Armando Molina
• Starring Ian AldaRichard AzurdiaNiketa CalameJohanna McKayLeshay Tomlinson, Jeff Torres, Cheryl Umana

  • Scenic and Lighting Design by Justine Huen
    • Costume Design by Manee Leija
    • Sound Design by Becca Kessin
    • Video Design by Benjamin Durham
    • Assistant Stage Manager/Props by Heather McClane
    • Production Stage Manager by Danny Munoz
    • Presented by Company of Angels
  • WHEN:
    Performances October 20 – November 13
    • Fridays at 8 p.m.: Oct. 20, 27; Nov. 3, 10
    • Saturdays at 8 p.m.: Oct. 21, 28; Nov. 4, 11
    • Sundays at7 p.m.:Oct. 22, 29; Nov. 5, 12
    • Mondays at 8 p.m.: Oct. 23, 30; Nov. 6, 13

  • WHERE:
    Company of Angels
    1350 San Pablo Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90033

  • HOW:
    • Go to www.companyofangels.org
    • Email us at  info@companyofangels.org
    • Visit us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/companyofangels
    • Follow us on Twitter: @CoAngels

  • TICKET PRICE:
    $25; senior $15; students $12; Monday performances are Pay-What-You-Can

  • PARKING:
    Free parking in lot and ample street parking.

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World premiere ‘Freddy’ tells dramatic story of 1960s avant-garde hero through theater, music, dance, video

LOS ANGELES— A naïve young woman falls under the spell of Fred Herko, a brilliant ballet dancer of extraordinary charisma and talent and a fiery denizen of Andy Warhol’s Factory. Written by Fountain Theatre co-artistic director Deborah Lawlor, the world premiere of Freddy opens on Sept. 27, inaugurating a new partnership between the Fountain Theatre and the Los Angeles City College Theatre Academy at LACC’s Caminito Theatre.

 

Set in Greenwich Village in 1964 and based on a true story, Freddy fuses theater, music, dance and video to capture the explosive spirit of a passionate artist and a turbulent era. Marty Dew (Steven Spielberg’sReady Player One, Mascot) stars as Fred Herko, a founding member of Judson Dance Theater who was a legendary figure of New York’s avant-garde in the 1960s. Susan Wilder (Still Life at Rogue Machine Theatre) portrays Shelley, whose memories create the framework of the play, while Katie McConaughy(American Idiot at Cupcake Theater) plays her younger self. Mel England (Indie films Best Day Everand Ron and Laura Take Back America, Swimming with the Polar Bears off-Broadway) takes on the role of dancer, artist and designer James Waring, Herko’s friend and mentor. The cast is rounded out by Los Angeles City College Theatre Academy studentsAlexandra FiallosJamal HopesTristen Kim,Jackie Mohr, Lamont Oakley, Connor Clark Pascale, Justice Quinn, Savannah Rutledge,Brianna Saranchock, Trenton Tabak and Jesse Trout. Frances Loy directs.

 

Lawlor, who began her career as a dancer, choreographer and actor in New York, was a personal friend of Herko’s.

 

“I carried around all those memories for a very long time before I finally sat down to write,”

 

she says.

 

“Freddy and I were students of Jimmy Waring together, and we were both involved with the Judson Church, which was at the heart of the downtown dance scene. Freddy was a brilliant talent and good friend to many people. His death shocked us all.”

 

Fred Herko (1936-1964) was a central figure in New York’s downtown avant-garde. A musical prodigy, he studied piano at the Juilliard School of Music before switching to ballet at the age of twenty. In 1956 he won a scholarship to study at American Ballet Theatre School and within a few years was dancing with established choreographers including John Butler, Katherine Litz, Buzz Miller, Glen Tetley and James Waring. He was a founding member of Judson Dance Theater, presenting six of his own works in the group’s concerts between 1962 and 1964 and dancing in works by Al Hansen, Deborah Hay, Arlene Rothlein and Elaine Summers. He was a co-founder of the New York Poets Theatre, which staged one-act plays by poets and provided a podium for happenings by Ray Johnson, Allan Kaprow and Robert Whitman; dances by Yvonne Rainer and Trisha Brown; music by La Monte Young, John Herbert McDowell and Philip Corner; and films by Brian De Palma, Stan VanDerBeek and Andy Warhol. Herko starred in seven of Warhol’s earliest cinematic experiments in 1963, including Jill and Freddy Dancing, Rollerskate/Dance Movie and Salome and Delilah. His untimely death in 1964, at the age of 28, robbed New York’s underground scene of one of its most exuberant and versatile performers who was equally at home performing Comb Music by Fluxus composer George Brecht or camping it up in Rosalyn Drexler’s musical comedy Home Movies.

 

Freddy was always conceived as an off-site project because it requires a larger performance area than what we can offer at the Fountain,”

 

explains Lawlor’s co-artistic director, Stephen Sachs, who is an alumnus of the LACC Theatre Academy.

 

“In addition to sharing their remarkable facility, this collaboration gives Academy students the opportunity to work with professional actors and designers, and it gives us the chance to mentor young people who will become theater artists of tomorrow.”

 

The creative team for Freddy includes dance and movement director Cate Caplin, scenic designer Tesshi Nakagowa, lighting designer Derek Jones, sound designer Vern Yonemura, costume designer Jillian Ross and props master Amrit Samra. The production stage manager is Jasmine KalraJames Bennett and Leslie Ferreira produce for the Fountain Theatre and LACC Theatre Academy respectively.

 

Deborah Lawlor began her career as a dancer, choreographer and actor in New York before moving to South India, where she lived for five years. There, she was involved in the initial development of the international township of Auroville and created two full-length outdoor dance/theater pieces celebrating the community. She spent the next ten years in Australia and France studying ancient cultures of India and Egypt and translating several books in these fields from French into English. Returning to the U.S. in 1986, she became deeply involved in the intimate theater scene and, in 1990, she and Stephen Sachs co-founded the Fountain Theatre. Lawlor is responsible for the Fountain’s extensive dance involvement, including the company’s renowned “Forever Flamenco” series. Other dance projects at the Fountain includeThe Women of Guernica, Lawlor’s flamenco-based adaptation of Euripides’ The Trojan Women, which she also directed, and three full-evening dance-theater pieces which she created and directed: Declarations: Love Letters of the Great Romantics; The Path of Love, which she also directed in South India; and the dance opera, The Song of Songs, with music by Al Carmines. Actor’s Equity Association honored Lawlor with its Diversity Award for her dedication to presenting work at the Fountain that is culturally diverse.

 

A British director currently living in Los Angeles, Frances Loy creates text-based, ensemble driven work inspired and ignited by the darker experiences of humanity. She has a strong aesthetic towards up-close and intimate theater that puts the audience in the heart of the world created by the actors, and has particular experience in alternative performance spaces and immersive theatrical experiences. Frances was co-founder and artistic director of Theatre Delicatessen, described by Time Out London as “the leading light of pop-up theatre,” and she is artistic director of Ferment Theatre, whose production of Tonight/Jungle was given a New York Times “Critic’s Pick” by Ben Brantley. Frances also creates content for VR 360 films and is currently in pre-production for her first short film.

 

The Fountain Theatre is one of the most successful intimate theaters in Los Angeles, providing a creative home for multi-ethnic theater and dance artists. The Fountain has won over 225 awards, and Fountain projects have been seen across the U.S. and internationally. Recent highlights include the Fountain’s Citizen: An American Lyric being selected by Center Theatre Group for its inaugural launching of Block Party at the Kirk Douglas Theatre; and grant awards from The Greenberg Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, and a $50,000 gift from Drama-Logue founder Bill Bordy. The Fountain’s most recent production, the world premiere of Building the Wall by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan, ran for five months and was named “L.A. hottest ticket” by the Los Angeles Times.
Established in 1929, the theater training program at Los Angeles City College is one of the oldest and most respected training programs in the country. It has trained countless numbers of students who have gone on to successful careers in the entertainment industry in acting, directing, casting, production, writing, production coordination, design in lighting, sound, costuming and sets, technical production, technical direction, owners and directors of various theater-oriented businesses and organizations, and numerous technical and costuming specializations. Graduates from LACC have won numerous awards, including recipients of the Academy Award, Emmy Award, Tony Award and Bravo Award. Its teaching excellence has been heralded by the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival, the California Community College Academic Senate, the California Educational Theatre Association, the Los Angeles Community College District, the County of Los Angeles and the City of Los Angeles. Further, the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle gave LACC a special award for “maintaining consistently high standard of programming and production.”

 

Freddy runs Sept. 27 through Oct. 14, with performances on Wednesdays at 8 p.m.Thursdays at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.;Fridays at 8 p.m.; and Saturdays at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. General admission is $25. The Caminito Theatre is located on the campus of Los Angeles City College at 855 N Vermont Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90029. Parking is FREE in Structure 4 on Heliotrope at Monroe (between Santa Monica and Melrose). For reservations and information, call (323) 663-1525or go to www.FountainTheatre.com.

 

 

 

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Freddy
WHAT:
World premiere
 of Freddy — Set in Greenwich Village in 1964 and based on a true story, Freddy fuses theater, music, dance and video to capture the explosive spirit of a passionate artist and a turbulent era. A naïve young woman falls under the spell of Fred Herko, a brilliant ballet dancer of extraordinary charisma and talent and a fiery denizen of Andy Warhol’s Factory. This hybrid dance/theater work by Fountain Theatre co-artistic director Deborah Lawlor will be presented at Los Angeles City College, inaugurating a new partnership with the LACC Theatre Academy.
WHO: 
• Written by Deborah Lawlor
• Directed by Frances Loy
• Starring Marty DewMel EnglandKatie McConaughySusan Wilder
• Featuring members of the Los Angeles City College Theatre Academy: Alexandra FiallosJamal HopesTristen Kim,Jackie Mohr, Lamont Oakley, Connor Clark Pascale, Justice Quinn, Savannah Rutledge, Brianna Saranchock,Trenton Tabak, Jesse Trout
• Presented by The Fountain Theatre in association with Los Angeles City College Theatre Academy

WHEN: 
Performances: Sept. 27 – Oct. 14:
• Wednesdays at 8 p.m.: Sept. 27 (opening night); Oct. 4; Oct. 11
• Thursdays at 3 p.m.: Sept. 28; Oct. 5; Oct. 12
• Thursdays at 8 p.m.: Sept. 28; Oct. 5; Oct. 12
• Fridays at 8 p.m.: Sept, 29; Oct. 6; Oct. 13
• Saturdays at 3 p.m.: Sept 30; Oct. 7; Oct. 14
• Saturdays at 8 p.m.: Sept 30; Oct. 7; Oct. 14

WHERE:
Caminito Theatre
Los Angeles City College
855 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90029

PARKING:
FREE in Structure 4 on Heliotrope at Monroe
(between Santa Monica and Melrose)

HOW:
(323) 663-1525 or www.FountainTheatre.com
• Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheFountainTheatre
• Follow us on Twitter: @fountaintheatre
• Instagram: https://instagram.com/fountaintheatre/

TICKET PRICE:
$25

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Kala Koa Entertainment presents the 2017 Los Angeles International  Ukulele Festival

Saturday, September 30; 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Torrance Cultural Arts Center


LOS ANGELES – Celebrating the little four-stringed wonder – the Ukulele – which has been captivating hearts and bringing musical joy into people’s lives for over 100 years, the 2017 Los Angeles International Ukulele Festival presented byKala Koa Entertainment, is an exciting day-long event dedicated to exploring the musical versatility of the ukulele for the experienced ukulele player, the occasional strummer, or simply the curious spectator. Taking place on Saturday, September 30 from 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center, The Festival includes workshops for all levels of playing ability to work on technique or simply learn to play, live all-star performances by some of today’s most popular ukulele players (included in admission), as well as a variety of vendors and popular Hawaiian food and beverage options (for purchase). The 2017 Los Angeles International Ukulele Festival is the only festival of its kind where one can enjoy all-star performances all-day by today’s hottest ukulele talent plus access to all the workshops, all for $45 for the day – kids 12 and under are free to attend.

 

Honoka & Azita

Workshops at the Ukulele Festival include programs for Beginners (in Japanese and English); Strum-alongs; Pop Songs; Artist Q&As; Reggae Strumming; Scales; Intro to Hula; Singing for Ukulele Players; Chord Melodies; Blues for Ukulele; Intros & Endings; Triplets; and Get your Right Hand Grooving; and more. Artist and Workshop instructors include Li’l RevThe Ukulele Teacher,Cynthia LinFred SokolowMitch ChangUkulenny, MahealaniJody KamisatoVictoria VoxKalei GamiaoKrista Kupau,Mele OhanaHonoka & Azitafulare_pad, among others. Please check the Festival schedule online for updates and times at kalakoa.com/ukulele/schedule.

 

 
The ukulele is an instrument that is rich with history and tradition originating in the 19th century as a Hawaiian adaptation of the Portuguese machete, a small guitar-like instrument, which was introduced to Hawaii by Portuguese immigrants, mainly from Madeira and the Azores and is a member of the lute family of instruments. Ukuleles commonly come in four sizes: soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone and generally employs four nylon or gut strings or four courses of strings. The ukulele gained great popularity elsewhere in the United States during the early 20th century and from there spread internationally.

 

 
The ukulele is commonly associated with music from Hawaii where the name roughly translates as “jumping flea,” perhaps because of the movement of the player’s fingers. Legend attributes it to the nickname of the Englishman Edward William Purvis, one of King Kalākaua’s officers, because of his small size, fidgety manner, and playing expertise. According to Queen Liliʻuokalani, the last Hawaiian monarch, the name means “the gift that came here”, from the Hawaiian words uku (gift or reward) and lele (to come).

 


The ‘uke’ has found a unique home for itself in both traditional and popular music. Artists as diverse as Eddie Vedder, Amanda Palmer, Don Ho, and Jason Mraz have all made use of the ukulele over the years to add a special something to their classic songs. A great starting point for musicians of any age, the uke is an easy to learn instrument that will provide a challenge, as well as musical joy, for years to come.

 
Among the many performers and instructors participating in the 2017 Los Angeles International Ukulele Festival include (check the Festival website for updates):

 


Lil Rev
: A musician, educator, and storyteller of American roots music and culture whose heroes include Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Josh White, Sonny Terry, Cicso Houston and Leadbelly.

 

“Lil Rev isn’t an act, he’s real.”

 

– Joe Hickerson, Former Head of Library of Congress Folk Archive

 

“Listen to this! Lil Rev is great!”

 

– Pete Seeger

 


Victoria Vox: From the cover of the Spring Issue of Ukulele Magazine to the front page of The Wall Street Journal, Victoria Vox is making appearances everywhere with performances unique and endearing, captivating an incredibly diverse audience.

 


Honoka & Azita: Gaining worldwide attention for their electrifying performances, Honoka & Azita are quickly emerging as one of the preeminent ukulele players of the next generation. Energy, fun, passion and pure hearts would best describe this dynamic ukulele duo.

 

 


fulare_pad [phonetically “flu-ry-pad”]: A ukulele-guitar duo in Japan, making the sound to take you on a free and easy journey of music. Their name is a combination of a Japanese word “furari” and an English word “pad” referred to as

 


John Atkins, aka “The Ukulele Teacher” from YouTube: The Ukulele Teacher’s YouTube channel boasts nearly 1,000,000 subscribers and over 300 lessons which attract in over three million views each month with a diverse mix of oldies, kids songs, and the very latest pop tunes. Grace Vanderwaal has credited John with inspiring her to play the ukulele.

 

 

For those interested, a starter Ohana ukulele can be purchased for only $119, which also includes entry into the festival.

 


2017 Los Angeles International Ukulele Festival 
tickets (includes workshops and performances) are $45; $20 students with ID at the door; free for kids 12 & under, and are available online at www.ukuleleisfun.com or call (800) 595-4849. The Torrance Cultural Arts Center is located at 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, CA 90503.

 

 

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Details for Calendar Listing
2017 Los Angeles International Ukulele Festival

 


Who:

Celebrating the little four-stringed wonder – the Ukulele – which has been captivating hearts and bringing musical joy into people’s lives for over 100 years, the 2017 Los Angeles International Ukulele Festival presented by Kala Koa Entertainment, is an exciting day-long event dedicated to exploring the musical versatility of the ukulele for the experienced ukulele player, the occasional strummer, or simply the curious spectator. The Festival includes workshops for all levels of playing ability to work on technique or simply learn to play, live all-star performances by some of today’s most popular ukulele players (included in admission), as well as a variety of vendors and popular Hawaiian food and beverage options (for purchase). The 2017 Los Angeles International Ukulele Festival is the only festival of its kind where one can enjoy all-star performances all-day by today’s hottest ukulele talent plus access to all the workshops.

 


Artists and Workshop Instructors:

Lil Rev; Victoria Vox; Honoka & Azita; fulare_padJohn Atkins, aka “The Ukulele Teacher” from YouTube; Cynthia LinFred SokolowMitch ChangUkulenny, MahealaniJody KamisatoKalei GamiaoKrista KupauMele Ohana; among others

 

 

When:             Saturday, September 30, 2017

9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (doors open at 8:30 a.m.)


Where:            Torrance Cultural Arts Center
                        3330 Civic Center Drive
Torrance, CA 90503


Tickets (Workshops & Performances): $45; $20 students with ID at the door; free for kids 12 & under


How/Information:
– www.ukuleleisfun.com(800) 595-4849
– https://www.facebook.com/kalakoa/; @kalakoa
– The Ukulele Festival on YouTube:


– Full Festival line-up http://kalakoa.com/ukulele/schedule.html

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‘Sinner’s Laundry’ by John Lavelle and ‘Redline‘ by Christian Durso travel two roads to redemption

IAMA Theatre Company celebrates its 10th anniversary
with two world premieres in repertory

 

 

HOLLYWOOD, Calif— Two new plays offer radically different takes on the search for redemption when IAMA Theatre Company opens its 10th Anniversary Season with two company member-written world premieresJohn Lavelle’s fast-paced, edgy sci-fi comedy Sinner’s Laundrydirected by Becca Wolff, opens for press on FridayOct. 20.Christian Durso’s haunting and provocative Redlinedirected by Eli Gonda, opens on Saturday, Oct. 21. Both plays continue in repertorythrough Nov. 19 at the Lounge Theatre in Hollywood.

 

In Sinner’s Laundry the residents of Newport Women’s Correctional Facility have all mysteriously vanished. Courtney Sauls (Dear White People) and Christine Woods (Hello Ladies) star as Jess and Sam, the only two inmates who remain — and they are locked in Rec Room No. 4 with nothing but some crappy board games and their imaginations. Waiting for Godotmeets Orange is the New Blackmeets The Book of Revelations as they navigate their way towards salvation in this unique, funny and poignant exploration of the power of redemption and the divinity within us all.

 

In Redline, engines and heart rates explode on a journey towards redemption in a profoundly intimate theater-going experience. James Eckhouse (All the Way on Broadway, Beverly Hills90210) stars as Raymond, whose moment of road rage along a frigid eastern Sierra highway shattered his relationship with his family forever. The impact of this event ripples through the years until his estranged son (Graham Sibley – Jane the Virgin, Sully) returns to test the limits of forgiveness.

 

Both plays are sharp, intelligent and unflinching in their view of the cruelty of the world, yet grounded in optimism.

 

“John [Lavelle] has a singular voice,”

 

says Wolff of Sinner’s Laundry.

 

 “The world he’s created is absurdist, fantastical, whimsical and very funny. He has such a wonderful grasp of human nature. Here you have two characters in a desperate situation — spoiler alert: no one’s getting out alive. But the play is about how they find the light in each other. They discover humor, heart and forgiveness. And who among us wouldn’t like to find that before it’s all over?”

 

“Even in the most dire of situations, we strive to find hope,” agrees Gonda. “The fingerprints we leave on our children are incredibly profound; they can suffocate and they can liberate. Redline is about how much we allow these fingerprints to define us. Christian is an emotionally fearless playwright with a beautiful capacity for storytelling. Our hope is that, through this story, audiences leave the theater compelled to be even more compassionate, present, better versions of themselves.”

 

Set design for Sinner’s Laundry and Redline is by Rachel Myers, lighting design is by Josh Epstein, original music and sound design is by Peter Bayne, costume design is by Melissa Trn, and props are by Michael O’HaraJen Hoguetand Tom DeTrinis produce for IAMA Theatre Company.

 

IAMA Theatre Company is a Los Angeles-based ensemble of artists committed to invigorating live performance for a streaming generation. Through cutting-edge, cool and hyper-modern stories, IAMA is invested in the immediacy of production and strives to bring audiences out of their personal space and into a shared experience. Founded in 2007, this dynamic theater company is making its mark. Plays generated at IAMA have traveled to off-Broadway, Second Stage and the Roundabout Underground, and have been performed regionally and internationally. IAMA members have been featured in numerous critically acclaimed TV shows and films as well as in a vast array of theater and live performances all over the country. In 2014, IAMA earned the Ovation Award for Outstanding Play in an Intimate Theatre for its Los Angeles premiere of The Recommendation. In 2017, TV producer and creator Shonda Rhimes announced that she would become IAMA’s first-ever “Patron of the Arts” with a generous endowment from the Rhimes Family Foundation. IAMA is breaking the mold by getting the “cord-cutter generation” to come back out to the theater again – you can’t DVR theater!

 

Sinner’s Laundry opens for press on FridayOct. 20, and Redline opens on SaturdayOct. 21. Both plays continue through Nov. 19. Performances take place Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. To find a schedule of which play performs when, scroll down or visit www.IamaTheatre.com. Single tickets are $30, or see both plays for $50. The Lounge Theatre is located at 6201 Santa Monica Blvd, Hollywood CA 90038. To purchase tickets, call (323380-8843 or go to www.iamatheatre.com.

 

 

Details for Calendar Listings
Sinner’s Laundry’ and ‘Redline

 

WHAT:
World premieres 
of Sinner’s Laundry and Redline — Two new plays offer radically different takes on the search for redemption when IAMA Theatre Company opens its 10th Anniversary Season with two company member-written world premieres. In the fast-paced, edgy sci-fi comedy Sinner’s Laundrythe residents of Newport Women’s Correctional Facility have all mysteriously vanished. Jess and Sam are the only two inmates who remain — and they are locked in Rec Room No. 4 with nothing but some crappy board games and their imaginations. Waiting for Godot meetsOrange is the New Black meets The Book of Revelations as they navigate their way towards salvation in this unique, funny and poignant exploration of the power of redemption and the divinity within us all. Meanwhile, engines and heart rates explode on a journey towards redemption in the haunting and provocative Redline. A father’s moment of road rage along a frigid eastern Sierra highway shattered his relationship with his family forever. The impact of this event ripples through the years until his estranged son returns to test the limits of forgiveness.

 

WHO:
Sinner’s Laundry
:
• Written by John Lavelle
• Directed by Becca Wolff
• Starring Courtney Sauls and Christine Woods

 

Redline:
• Written by Christian Durso
• Directed by Eli Gonda
• Starring James Eckhouse and Graham Sibley

 

WHEN:
Oct. 20 – Nov. 19: 
• Friday, Oct. 20 at 8 p.m.: Sinner’s Laundry (Opening Night)
• Saturday, Oct. 21 at 8 p.m.: Redline (Opening Night)
• Sunday, Oct. 22 at 2 p.m.: Redline
• Sunday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m.: Sinner’s Laundry
• Friday, Oct. 27 at 8 p.m.: Sinner’s Laundry
• Saturday, Oct. 28 at 8 p.m.: Redline
• Sunday, Oct. 29 at 2 p.m.: Redline
• Sunday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m.: Sinner’s Laundry
• Friday, Nov. 3 at 8 p.m.: Redline
• Saturday, Nov. 4 at 8 p.m.: Sinner’s Laundry
• Sunday, Nov. 5 at 2 p.m.: Sinner’s Laundry
• Sunday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m.: Redline (understudy performance)
• Friday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m.: Redline
• Saturday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m.: Sinner’s Laundry (understudy performance)
• Saturday, Nov. 11 at 8 p.m.: Sinner’s Laundry
• Sunday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m.: Redline
• Friday, Nov. 17 at 8 p.m.: Redline
• Saturday, Nov. 18 at 8 p.m.: Sinner’s Laundry
• Sunday, Nov. 19 at 2 p.m.: Sinner’s Laundry
• Sunday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m.: Redline

 

WHERE:
Lounge Theatre
6201 Santa Monica Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90038
(just east of Vine)

 

HOW:
• Call 323-380-8843 or go to www.iamatheatre.com
• Visit us on facebook: www.facebook.com/iamatheatre/
• Follow us on twitter: @iamatheatre and instagram: www.instagram.com/iamatheatre/

TICKET PRICES:
One show: $30
Two shows: $50

PARKING:
Street

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