Sunday, August 23, 2009

Latino theatre company takes stage

Latino Theatre Company Takes Stage
By EGP News Service

A new season of theater, dance, and music will begin Sep. 9 at the Los Angeles Theatre Center in downtown Los Angeles’ historic core.

Marking its third full season under the stewardship of the Latino Theatre Company, the theater’s four stages will feature a full roster of plays from the venue’s “Cultural Roundtable.” a group of resident companies. Performances will include “Solitude,” “De la Locura a la Esperanza, From Madness to Hope,” and “La Virgen de Guadalupe, Dios Inantzin,” as well as numerous other diverse offerings.

The opening act, running until Oct. 4, is “Solitude,” performed by the Latino Theatre Company and featuring Robert Beltran (“Star Trek: Voyager,” “Big Love”).

Written by Evelina Fernandez and directed by Jose Luis Valenzuela, the play begins with the funeral of a man’s mother, and soon turns into a story of “lost love, lost friendships, purpose and solitude” when old neighborhood friends come by to celebrate the mother’s life. The production is inspired by the writings of Octavio Paz, according to the theater’s program notes. General admission tickets are $35; students and seniors get in for $15.

Oct. 23 through Nov. 1 is “De La Locura la Esperanza” by Olin Theatre Presenters and Saul Mendez Folkloric Ballet. It is the story of the Salvadoran Civil War of 1980-1992, including the effects of U.S intervention that resulted in many deaths and refugees. General admission tickets are $20; $15 for students and seniors.

And in time for the annual celebration and veneration is “La Virgen de Guadalupe, Dios Inantzin” also by Fernandez, December 10-11. “La Virgen” tells the traditional story of the Virgin Mary and Juan Diego’s encounters in Tepeyac in 1536. It will be preformed at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels, with free admission.

Throughout the season, other plays, dance and music concerts will reflect the diversity of cultures in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Theatre Center is located at 514 S. Spring St in Los Angeles. For more information regarding the entire season of performances during “Faces of the World 2009,” contact (213) 489-0994.

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