In 2004, the Latino Theater Company signed a 20-year lease with the city of Los Angeles to manage and undertake the revitalization of the Los Angeles Theater Center (LATC). The result, a new vibrant LATC which will serve as a microcosm of the new Los Angeles: a destination center for those pursuing artistic excellence and a laboratory where both tradition and innovation are honored and honed.
Opening night is October 25th to coincide with the launch of The World Stage Festival which runs through December 22.
The World Stage Festival will celebrate the reopening of the historic Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC) bringing together an exciting array of entertainment which encompasses a wide range of world cultures. Included in the opening weekend of the festival are DANCES FROM A TRIBAL LIFE by American Indian Dance Theatre; THE ROMANCE OF MAGNO RUBIO, from the Ma-Yi Theater Company; WAR OF THE WORLDS - THE RADIO PLAY perfomed by SITI Company; ?íGAYTINO! by Dan Guerrero (pictured).
Subsequent performances include Melancholia by Latino Theater Company (November 1-4 & 8 8,9 & 11) and L.A. VOZ - Spoken Word Festival (November 3, Dec. 1, Dec. 8). The final event of the spoken word festival is a tribute to the world renowned poets Sonia Sanchez and Jose Montoya; and J'ARRIVE...! by Marta Carrasco (November 8,9 & 11); Ravish by Rosanna Gamson/World Wide; Gumdrops and the Funny Uncle by Liz Lerman Dance Exchange;
The focus will of the NEW LAT will be on presenting underrepresented local, national and international artists, through not only the development of their unique stories, but also through the development of their audiences. Programming will include an annual fall performing arts festival, an annual spring subscription series and a summer Conservatory for high school youth. Offerings will include theater, dance and music performances as well as theatrical poetry events, lectures and art exhibitions.
Jose Luis Valenzuela, the Artistic Director of the NEW LATC sent out a personal invitation to all of Los Angeles when he said, "We are bringing people together from different cultures to meet each other, to celebrate our differences, to learn from one another and to understand our common humanity. What better way to build community in the diverse Los Angeles we all Share. Come Join us."
It will be home to The Latino Theater Company; Latino Museum of History, Art and Culture; Culture Clash; The Robey Theatre Company; Cedar Grove Productions; Playwrights Arena; The American Indian Dance Theatre; and The UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television. The theater series will capture the creative vitality which comes from people telling their own stories, and digging deep into their own traditions, to address important issues of our day. This new Center will create a space amidst the excitement of downtown Los Angeles, a space wherein the convergence of people, cultures and ideas gives birth to our future.
Opening night and the after party celebration is open to the public. Audience members will be treated to world class theater, live music, food, spirits and a chance to mingle with the actors and special invited guest who will be in attendance to witness the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Tickets: $28.00 (General); $15.00 (Students, Seniors, groups of 10+); (Please note special ticket prices for L.A. VOZ events). Or you can purchase the NEW LATC CULTURAL PASS which includes 4 Shows of Your Choice - $100.00. For more information or to purchase tickets call: Ford Box Office: (323) 461-3673 or logon to http://www.thenewlatcstore.com. For Group Sales call: (213) 489-0994 Festival seating: First come, First served - no assigned seating
Bel Hernandez is the Publisher of Latin Heat Entertainment, an entertainment trade publication. Prior to starting Latin Heat, Bel was a member of the Latino Theater Companys Actor's Lab.