April 23, 2004 |
It might be comforting to believe the old adage about sticks and stones, but truth is: Names hurt. Stripping such words of their power is the aim of college-age performers Miles Gregley, Rafael Agustin and Allan Axibal. As the title for their socially conscious stage show, they've strung together three slurs hurled at their respective communities: "N*gger Wetb*ck Ch*nk."
April 21, 2004 |
A dispute over who will operate the long-troubled Los Angeles Theatre Center heated up Tuesday when Chief Assistant City Atty. Pete Echeverria said a temporary arrangement for developer Tom Gilmore to manage the building was invalid because it had not been approved by the City Council. Gilmore has already begun operating the center.
November 14, 2003 |
It was the morning after the opening-night party, and the organizers of the second International Latino Theatre Festival of Los Angeles were clearly feeling the effects. Not just of dancing, talking and noshing hors d'oeuvres until 2 a.m., mind you. Jorge Folgueira, William Flores and Flavia Saravalli still were emotionally hung over from the opening of "Our Lady of the Clouds" (Nuestra Senora de las Nubes), a raucous but meditative two-character piece from Ecuador.
June 21, 2003 |
Competing visions of the future of downtown's Los Angeles Theatre Center, outlined in responses to a request for proposals by the city's Cultural Affairs Department, range from a $5-million theater company to a venue for a contest with a $1-million prize. Prompted by Cultural Affairs budget cuts, the city intends to shift management of LATC from Cultural Affairs to a private operator. The new manager would take over on Jan. 2.
May 28, 2003 |
Wanted: someone to operate Los Angeles Theatre Center. The Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department has managed the city-owned downtown complex since the building's original operating company collapsed in 1991. But last week the department issued a request for proposals from any other interested parties who might like to take over. Applications are due June 17. The target date for the new operator to begin managing the building is Jan. 2.
March 19, 2003 |
For the first time in more than a decade, Bill Bushnell walks from Spring Street into the lobby of Los Angeles Theatre Center -- the throbbing heart of L.A.'s theater scene in the late '80s, when Bushnell was in charge of the Skid Row-adjacent building in downtown L.A. "Nothing much has changed," he says, as he looks around the cavernous space -- but then he notices that the doors that lead into the building's theaters are painted a different color.
October 5, 2002 |
It should be easy to live proudly, without regret--and when the time comes, to die that way too. But for Moises, who's about to make that big exit, the situation has become complicated. His closest friends and family are gathered for one last party when secrets come bubbling up, scattering people to separate parts of the house. Aware of things crumbling around him, Moises slips into another fog bank of AIDS-related dementia, where a new clarity emerges.
August 25, 2002 |
A press release cautions that "Edgewalkers" contains nudity and pervasive sexual themes. Indeed, as Ella Fitzgerald sings "Ants invaded my pants," from the witty Rodgers and Hart classic "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered," the work's lead dancer and choreographer, Michael Mizerany, will doff that particular article of clothing. He will also be completely naked. And in bed with another man.
August 22, 2002 |
If it's not one thing, it's your mother, the saying goes. And if there's a key to unraveling Canadian playwright Larry Fineberg's intellectually probing but emotionally bewildering new downbeat drama, "Failure of Nerve," it lies in the icy matriarchal presence supplied by Barbara Bain's gripping performance for Playwrights' Arena at the Los Angeles Theatre Center.