Ten Days of International Latino Theatre

FITLA arrives for their second season, beginning November 7

By Flavia Saravalli
Published on LatinoLA: November 5, 2003

Ten Days of International Latino Theatre

The 2nd season of FITLA?s International Latino Theatre Festival of Los Angeles will present its annual showcase of world-class Latino theatre. The theatre festival also includes an educational program and various special events. All events will be held from November 7-16, 2003 at Los Angeles Theatre Center, Japan America Theatre, and other venues throughout Los Angeles.

The showcase Escena Latina will present 11 different productions by renowned theatre companies from the United States and Latin America. Spanish, English, and bilingual productions will be presented. This year Fitla welcomes Malayerba (Ecuador) - one of the most important theatre groups in Latin America - presenting their internationally acclaimed play Our Lady of the Clouds, Marianela Boan (Cuba) with the contemporary dance show Lifting/Blanche, Producciones Nabi (USA) performs their critically celebrated The Dwarf in the Bottle; and, other prestigious companies such as Franklin Caicedo (Chile-Argentina), Linea de Sombra (Mexico), Rosa Luis Marquez (Puerto Rico), and Havfama (USA), Kapa-Kapa (Angola).

Tickets for the showcase productions are $15 each and $12 for students and seniors. Tickets are already on sale at Los Angeles Theatre Center?s box office
(213) 473-0640.

Escena Latina?s Program:
Friday Nov. 7 Our Lady of the Clouds by Malayerba (Ecuador)
At 8PM in Spanish

Saturday Nov. 8 Emperor Gynt by Franklin Caicedo (Argentina)
At 8PM in Spanish

Sunday Nov. 9 ART by HavFama (US)
At 6PM in Spanish

Tuesday Nov. 11 Gallery of the Dying from Linea de Sombra (Mexico)
At 8PM Visual Show

Wednesday Nov. 12 I have so many Tangos by Franklin Caicedo (Argentina)
At 8PM-Tango Recital

Thursday Nov. 13 film Seven Days, Seven Nights directed by Joel Cano.
A co-production from France, Cuba and Italy.
At 8PM in English & Spanish

Friday Nov. 14 Prometida Terra Amada by KAPA-KAPA (Angola)
At 6PM in Portuguese

Neruda, Let me Sing for You by Franklin Caicedo (Argentina)
At 8PM in Spanish

Saturday Nov. 15 Donde El Viento Hace Bu?uelos by Rosa Luisa Marquez and Malayerba (Puerto Rico)
At 6PM in Spanish

The Dwarf in the Bottle by Productions Nabi (US)
At 8PM in Spanish

Sunday Nov.16 Lifting & Blanche by Marianela Boan (Cuba)
At 6PM, dance performance
FITLA?s Educational Program has 4 main components:

The Youth Program enables over two thousand public school students to attend at no cost an adaptation by Tony Plana?s East L.A. Classic Theatre of Shakespeare?s Much Ado about Nothing;

The Creative Workshops are designed for participants from all over the world and are taught by distinguished theatre teachers from Iberoamerica;

The four-day Academic Symposium provides an opportunity for scholars throughout the Latino world to present their research and debate this year?s theme ?Theatre and its Intercultural Practices in Contemporary Times?; and,

The College Outreach Program links the Department of Modern Languages at Claremont McKenna College with the festival by providing students the opportunity to attend the symposium and performances in exchange for extra credit.

Included in the Special Events are performances from diverse Angelino theatre groups at the following venues: Stages Theatre Center of Hollywood, Casa del Mexicano, Cara a Cara Theatre, and Casa 0101 Theatre.

In this world-gathering celebration of the scenic arts, FITLA?s International Latino Theatre Festival will advance Los Angeles? prominence within the international performing arts community. ?FITLA?s mission is to bring together the different Latino cultures from within and without the United States through their work in theater, and to share that experience with the Los Angeles community. We want to open a dialogue between the public and the diverse Latino artists from different parts of the world,? said Jorge Folgueira, director and founder of the Festival.

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