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Confronting Past Demons

The Last Angry Brown Hat: An excellent theater experience at the Hayworth Theatre, through January 9

By Edie J. Adler
Published on LatinoLA: December 1, 2009


Confronting Past Demons


Amazing how, much like Cristobal Colon, I keep discovering things that have been there for a long time!

My latest discovery is the Hayworth Theater on Wilshire Blvd., a gorgeous structure declared a Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument in 1983. This beautiful building was designed in 1926 by renowned architect Stiles O. Clements. The place has a certain magic that transports the visitors to a different era.

Neal and I were there recently to enjoy a riveting production of "The Last Angry Brown Hat", the poignant story by Alfredo Ramos, who started his prestigious career when he was chosen as a Fellowship Writer for the Walt Disney Studios.

The play takes you back to East L.A. in 1993. I quote directly from the program: "After the funeral of one of their closest friends, four Chicanos, all ex-Brown Berets, gather in the garage hoping to salvage whatever remains of the bond that once existed between them nearly 25 years ago. The play unfolds in Willie's garage, a welding shop owner attempting to come to terms with his past. Rounding out the four is Louie, a burnt-out math teacher; Jojo, the television writer; and Rude Boy, the Vietnam veteran. These four men spend a better part of an hour courageously confronting their past demons in the most profound way."

My Latino-by-choice husband Neal and I were deeply touched by the emotional performances of Rolando Molina as Willie, Daniel E. Mora as Rude Boy, Ronnie Alvarez as Jojo, and Jesus Mu??oz-Quintal as Louie.

If you want to experience an amazing evening of good theater, don't miss "The Last Angry Brown Hat" playing Thursday through Saturday until January 9th at the Hayworth Theater.

The play is very affordable, but due to language, I suggest you don't take anyone under 13. Grown-ups on the other hand, are in for a treat.

The Hayworth Theater is located at 2529 Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles; for more information you can call them at 323-960-4442 or click here.

About Edie J. Adler:
Edie J. Adler, author of "My Yidishe Grandma" is public speaker, voice over artist and contributor to LatinoLA.com; she and husband Neal live in Valley Glen with their 5 cats, 5 dogs, 3 birds, 2 turtles, 2 frogs, and 1 miniature horse.
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