Designed as evenings for camaraderie and networking, this season?s Super Teatro Vecinos Nights will include Baz Luhrmann?s production of Puccini?s ?La Boh?me,? Wednesday, February 11, 2004, at 8 p.m. at the Ahmanson Theatre of the Los Angeles Music Center; Suzan-Lori Parks? ?Topdog/Underdog,? Tuesday, March 16 at 8 p.m. at the Mark Taper Forum (Music Center); and Universes? ?Slanguage,? Wednesday, May 19, at 8 p.m. at the Ivy Substation in Culver City.
Pre-show activities for all three events will start at 7 p.m. and will include food and drink and special guests.
The Super Teatro Vecinos Night tickets can be purchased by calling (213) 972-7513 or on-line at www.TaperAhmanson.com.
Puccini's ?La Boh?me,? (pictured) which is billed as the greatest love story ever sung, tells of the doomed love affair between the seamstress Mimi and the writer Rodolfo set against the world of Bohemian Paris. Luhrmann?s new Broadway production of ?La Boh?me,? which is set in 1957, will be sung in the original Italian with English surtitles.
?Topdog/Underdog? is the 2002 Pulitzer Prize-winning comic drama, which is directed by George C. Wolfe, and with the use of the infectious, pulsing rhythm of street poetry language tells the tale of two brothers, Lincoln and Booth, who, abandoned as teenagers by both of their parents, are down on their luck and barely surviving in a world they perceive as one big con game, populated by hustlers and victims, topdogs and underdogs.
?Slanguage? is performed by the multi-talented performance troupe Universes who fuse poetry, jazz riffs and hip-hop with politics, down home blues and Spanish boleros. ?Slanguage? which is directed by Jo Bonney, pulsates with the rhythms of the city streets bringing emotional truth and humor to the tough tales of inner-city struggles.
The Latino Theatre Initiative is a concentrated effort to increase attendance of Los Angeles? considerable Latino population at CTG?s theatres. The initiative is designed to create a foundation for the development and production of new Latino plays, and to expand the audiences for this work and all the work of CTG. Diane Rodriguez is the director of LTI. CTG Board Member Corina Villaraigosa is the chair of the Friends of LTI.
For further information about the Super Teatro Vecinos Night, please call Raul Espinoza at (213) 972-7513.