Chicano Legacy Project Encuentro and Staged Reading

Renowned East Los Angeles Chicano leaders and highest-risk Latino youth unite to show their stories, struggles, and triumphs

By LatinoLA Contributor
Published on LatinoLA: March 18, 2016

Chicano Legacy Project Encuentro and Staged Reading

About…Productions theater company announces two related Chicano Legacy Project (CLP) arts education events in East Los Angeles that will feature renowned Chicano leaders, including a play written by highest-risk Latino youth.

On April 9, 2016, the Chicano Legacy Project Encuentro will feature acclaimed film director Jesus Treviño and award-winning journalist Luís Torres (Peabody, Edward R. Murrow, and nine Golden Mike Awards). Treviño and Torres will lead a conversation about their exceptional careers and involvement in the CLP. The afternoon will also include live performance excerpts by professional actors from the developing CLP play, and selected excerpts from Treviño's distinguished body of work including the documentaries Yo Soy Chicano and La Raza Unida, and episodic television dramas, Resurrection Blvd and New York Undercover. The event is presented in partnership with the Chicano Resource Center at the East L.A. Library.

On April 21 and April 22, 2016, the Chicano Legacy Project will present a Staged Reading of a student-written play. The play is drawn from a rich archive of Chicano Legacy plays written by students over the past five years and is based on their interviews with Chicano leaders, including activists, journalists, filmmakers, educators, etc. This culminating Staged Reading event represents the work of the first year of a two-year project that provides highest-risk students in East L.A. the opportunity to create and co-produce a full production premiere. The full production premiere, set for the spring of 2017, is the first in the history of About…Productions' Young Theaterworks program. Treviño and Torres. The Project's current students are responding to these plays and creating new material that is being woven into one collective piece. The Staged Reading will be performed by professional actors and volunteering students.

WHAT: Chicano Legacy Project Encuentro featuring Filmmaker Jesus Treviño and Journalist Luís Torres
WHEN: Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: East L.A. Library's Chicano Resource Center
4837 E. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90022
TICKETS: FREE and Open to the Public

WHAT: Chicano Legacy Project Staged Readings Performed by Professional Actors
WHEN: Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. and Friday, April 22, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Plaza de la Raza's Margo Albert Theatre
3540 N. Mission Road, Los Angeles, CA 90031

These events are Sponsored by: About Productions Theatre Compay, Chicano Resource Center at the East LA Library and UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC).
TICKETS: FREE and Open to the Public


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