The Autry National Center presents Evangeline REMIXED, a work-in-progress multimedia play featuring musical performances by Grammy AwardÔÇôwinning Los Lobos musicians David Hidalgo and Louie P?®rez, on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at 7:30 p.m.
Set in East L.A. during the late 1960s, Evangeline REMIXED centers on a young Chicana, played by Catherine Lidstone, who is a devoted daughter by day and a Hollywood go-go dancer by night. As East L.A. begins to deal with its particular civil rights issues, she must reconcile her individual journey with the need to hold on to her relationship with her family and her neighborhood. Her struggle reflects the shared history of the city and its citizens at a time of enormous social change.
Evangeline REMIXED will debut P?®rez not just as one of the project's originators but also as a featured storyteller and member of the ensemble of actors and musicians. Evangeline REMIXED is co-written by P?®rez with Theresa Chavez and Rose Portillo, who direct the production. P?®rez and Hidalgo draw on their 40-year catalogue to provide the soundtrack for the play, marking the first time the songbook is part of an original production. The project also integrates video designed by award-winning cinematographer Claudio Rocha, making Evangeline REMIXED a dynamic live multimedia performance.
"My lyrics have always come from a personal experience populated by people, places, and things from the reality of growing up in a Mexican-American community," explains P?®rez.
The performance, which is presented in partnership with About Productions, takes its title from Los Lobos's 1985 rocker "Evangeline." This REMIXED Evangeline production returns to the Autry after an initial sold-out workshop performance in 2011.
"We are pleased to present Evangeline REMIXED as part of our commitment to sharing the diverse stories of the American West through exhibitions and a range of public programs," said Robyn Hetrick, Director of Public Programs and Events at the Autry. "We're delighted that in addition to audiences enjoying the evening performance featuring David Hidalgo and Louie P?®rez, high school students from East Los Angeles will have the opportunity to interact with these artists to help give voice to their own stories and experiences."
In partnership with About Productions' Young Theaterworks, a program serving at-risk high school students, the Autry will provide transportation for over 120 students and teachers to attend an open rehearsal of Evangeline REMIXED on Friday, March 22. Students will get an inside look at the production and engage in dialogue with Portillo and Chavez about topics including traditional gender roles in Latino families, the role of youth in protest movements, and their personal identification with the stories being told. A tour of the museum will follow, tying in themes from the project with cultural artifacts from the Autry's collection.
General admission tickets for the performance are $20 for general admission and $15 for Autry members. Admission includes a post-play discussion for all attendees. A private reception with P?®rez and Hidalgo will also take place following the performance. Tickets for the program plus the post-performance reception are $50 and support the education programs of About Productions. For tickets or information, please visit TheAutry.org.