Rick Najera and his comedy ensemble, LATINOLOGUES TU, have partnered up with Latino Family Institute, an adoption, foster care, and family support agency, to collect new unwrapped toys at its three remaining Saturday shows of 2008 (Nov 8, Nov 15, Nov 22). Toys will be accepted at The Hayworth Theatre box office in exchange for a half-priced admission ticket, (only $10). Najera and cast will present the gifts to the children at Latino Family Institute at Christmastime. LATINOLOGUS TU will then take a holiday hiatus and return after the New Year.
Latino Family Institute provides adoption and foster care services in Los Angeles County and provides family support through a child abuse prevention program in Orange County to Latino families impacted by HIV/AIDS and substance abuse. LFI also provides Adoption Options trainings state wide and Puerto Rico. All services are provided at no costs to families. Programs include Adoption, Foster Care, Kinship Care, Infant Adoption Awareness Training Program (IAATP), Abandoned Infant Assistance program (AIA), and Nuestras Familias project.
"We are honored to be able to give back to our kids", comments Najera. "When you make a child smile, it's a gift to them and a gift to you."
LATINOLOGUES TU is an award-winning, nationally recognized live sketch comedy monologue showcase about Latino life in America. It is the longest running and only Latino showcase of its kind in America with a rotating cast. The show, and its original version, was written, created, directed and produced for stage by award-winning sketch comedy writer/actor Rick Najera.
Remaining LATINOLOGUES TU shows for 2008 are Nov 8, Nov 15, and Nov 22 and will return after the New Year. The Hayworth Theatre is located at 2509 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90057. Cast includes Jesse Garcia, Odalys Garcia, Idalis De Leon, Richard Villa, Rafael Agustin, Daniela Melgoza, Jade Catta-Preta, and Rick Najera and produced by Rosalinda Morales and Oskar Toru??o. Tickets are $20. Call the box office at (323) 960-4442 or visit www.latinologues.net.