A Southern Christmas

Ford Foundation nurtures Latino theatre with reading series, June 4

By Lizzet Alvarez
Published on LatinoLA: June 3, 2005

A Southern Christmas

The Ford Theatre Foundation in Hollywood has been committed to nurturing Latino theatre and is doing it yet again with its third annual Latino Playreading Series. The series consists of twelve works-in-progress by the most exciting and established Latino playwrights in Los Angeles and reflects a wide range of Latino experiences. The series opens with the Chilean-born author Guillermo Reyes?s award-winning play. A Southern Christmas, on June 4.

The story is about a nine year-old boy who spends Christmas with his spinster aunt in the South?South America, that is, where Christmas fall in summer and Santa suffers heat stroke. This adult comedy-drama shows the cheer, heartbreak and politics of a South American Christmas from a child?s point of view.

Diane Rodriguez, the newly appointed associate director for new play production at the Center Theatre Group, will direct A Southern Christmas. The cast includes some of the most talented actors Los Angeles has to offer, including Sal Lopez; Ruth Livier, best known for playing Yolanda Santiago on Resurrection Blvd; and Bobby Placencia whose film credits include Maria Full of Grace.

Guillermo Reyes (pictured) is currently working as the head of the playwriting program and Associate Professor at Arizona State University. His works include Chilean Holiday, Mother Lolita, Miss Consuelo, and Men on the Verge. Chilean Holiday was published in the Humana Festival, the ?Oldest, best-known and most respected theatre festival in the United States?-Denver Post. Although Guillermo Reyes resides in Arizona, He will be making an appearance at the Ford and be available for a Q and A after his reading.

Amongst the talented playwrights participating in the series this year are Anne Garcia-Romero, who aside from being a successful playwright has written projects for Disney Creative Entertainment; Jose Cruz Gonzalez, a recipient of a 2004 TCG/Pew National Theatre Residency grant; and Monica Sanchez who is best known as an actress, but is a woman of all trades including a Director. All readings are on Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. June 4 through August 20, 2005 in the 87-seat [Inside] the Ford theatre. To see the full schedule online, please go to the Ford?s website at www.FordAmphithatre.org.

Tickets are priced at five dollars and can be purchased over the phone at (323) 461-3673, online at www.FordAmphitheatre.org, or at the box office. The Ford Amphitheatre is located at 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East in Hollywood, CA.

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