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Hello and ... Goodbye!

The American Latino Theatre kicks the opening of Hello and...Goodbye! with benefit for BIENESTAR, Oct. 3

Published on LatinoLA: October 3, 2009


Hello and ... Goodbye!


The American Latino Theatre (AmLT), the only Latino theatre company headquartered in Hollywood, proudly announces the Los Angeles premiere of Arthur Meiselman's Hello and...Goodbye! The production kicks off it's opening night on Saturday, October 3 at 'the lot' (formerly Warner Hollywood Studios) with an evening emceed by Television host Carmen De La Paz and the Latin jazz sounds of Oskar Cartaya's Enclave. There will be matinees during the week for AmLT's Youth Theatre program, which plans to bus in several hundred students from the LA unified and other school districts, performances will be in English and Spanish.

The time is 1985 and AIDS is finally being acknowledged by mainstream American media. Danny is a young gay man in the late stages of the disease. He has stopped taking his medication and has only his caustic sense of humor to keep him going, yet it has alienated any friends he had left. He has all but given up when he receives a phone call from a stranger. Sandra is a straight-laced na?»ve woman who contacts Danny through a support organization. He makes it clear that he's not interested in being a charity case, but he hungers for human contact. Sandra becomes the punch line to many of his jokes and the focus of his anger. Yet, although the two come from vastly different worlds they share an isolation that keeps them talking. Part curiosity, part rage, their friendship begins to take root. The play follows their often antagonistic phone conversations and explicitly shares their prejudices, fears, and struggles until they must decide to accept one another completely. But can they?

Originally, produced in Seattle followed by a run in San Francisco. The production is directed by David Llauger-Meiselman of Boricua Films and features performances by: Felipe Alejandro, Pete Carrillo, Alex Garner, Mikaila Henderson, Kristen Marie Nielsen, Nicole Ortega, Maria Felipe, Alfredo J. Maduro, and Jennifer Plascencia. Spanish translation provided by Wilmer Rojas & Jon Eckfeld.

Hello and...Goodbye! is the work of playwright, director, and poet Arthur Meiselman. His work has a worldwide audience and he is currently the editor Scene 4 Magazine. He created the first American combined theatre and dance repertory company, The Ensemble, and was the artistic director of a series of performing companies based in the U.S. and Europe. An original member of the CBS Workshop and the CBC Saturday Night series, he has also produced and directed for the screen.

Hello and...Goodbye! also features the work of award-winning designers: Lighting by F. Mark Woods, Production Designer Lawrence S. Smilgys and is accompanied by an art installation that includes photography by Woods and paintings by Smilgys.

A portion of the proceeds from this production will benefit BIENESTAR, a leading Latino community service and advocacy organization in Southern California, with locations in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Coachella, that provides two services: HIV testing and prevention.

"Our goal is to bring productions that raise social consciousness and partnering with BIENSTAR is where we'll start," said Felipe Alejandro, producer and co-founder of AmLT. "With our upcoming production Hello and Goodbye!, we address issues particularly as they pertain to Latinos living in Los Angeles."

David Llauger-Meiselman added, "We invite the public to join us at our upcoming event as we address not only HIV/AIDS issues but also as an opportunity to meet us and the entire American Latino Theater Company, because we plan to produce plays that touch upon so many life issues. Our hope is that the public allows us the opportunity to live out our mission of being a community theatrethe people's theatre," he paused, "our theatre."

The AmLT is a recently formed 501(c) 3 non-profit company co-founded by Felipe Alejandro, David Llauger-Meiselman and Lawrence S. Smilgys who collectively bring over 50 years of theatrical experience to the table. Calling 'the lot' its home, the AmLT looks to make use of this unique venue to bridge the Latino experience with the Hollywood community. For season tickets, production dates, and additional information, visit:http://www.amlt.org

PERFORMANCE INFO:

'the lot' (formerly Warner Hollywood Studios)
1041 N. Formosa Ave., Fairbanks Bldg.
West Hollywood, CA 90046
Limited Engagement: begins October 3 - 31, 2009
Tickets: $25 at etix.com
Or $20.00 for tickets at the door (cash only)
Seniors and Students w/Id $8 (cash only)
Call to make reservations or for group sales 323-850-2655

Directions: From the 101 Hollywood Freeway exit Santa Monica Blvd. Travel West approximately 2 miles West. Turn left on Formosa, and 'the lot' is on the right.

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