Twelfth Night with a Latino Twist!

East LA Rep's 2nd Annual free Shakespeare in the Park

By Fanny Garcia
Published on LatinoLA: August 12, 2004

Twelfth Night with a Latino Twist!

East Los Angeles Repertory Theatre Company will be hosting its second annual Free Shakespeare in the Park performances this summer at local East Los Angeles Parks from August 21 to September 12, 2004. The company has chosen Twelfth Night for this year?s performance which will take place every Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 a.m.

Did Shakespeare wear a sombrero? No, but after reading some of the comedy in the play, the show's director felt sure that it could be translated into the comedy of modern day Latinos. "Latinos have many albures, dichos y refranes, or cultural sayings that are similar to Shakespeare's writings" said Jesus A. Reyes, East L.A. Rep's Artistic Director, "and I believe Twelfth Night is an ideal play for incorporating some of that Latino humor."

East Los Angeles Repertory Theatre Company is the newest theatre company to make the area east of Downtown Los Angeles home. Established in 2002 by a group of friends eager to see theatre in the neighborhoods of their childhood, the company dedicates itself to instilling the role of Latino culture into the American stage. Part of East LA Rep?s mission is to support a platform for Latinos in theatre, and producing the works by established and emerging playwrights of Latino heritage. The company also hopes to create a synergy between business, schools and the community that will ensure the long lasting establishment of the theatre and the arts.

The cast of Twelfth Night is comprised of Latinos from Mexico, Central America, South America and Mexican-American cultures. Performances are free at local East Los Angeles Parks August 12 to September 21 starting at 11 a.m. Audiences are encouraged to bring lunch, blankets and umbrellas. For more information please visit their website at www.eastlarep.com or e-mail them at eastlarepertory@hotmail.com.

And as they say, ?Cada perico a su estaca y cada chango a su mecate.? See you at the show!

About Fanny Garcia:
Fanny Garcia is the Managing Director for East Los Angeles Repertory Theatre Company and is an actor, writer, and community activist.

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