Sometimes things don’t work out the way you’d hoped.
Some of you may know that I had designs on jumping into the lip-synch craze with a bunch of fellow female playwrights. I was supposed to be filming this Sunday… downtown… but there’s a MARATHON, my choreographer got ill, and I had to make the tough decision to
cancel postpone the project.
But I want to take a moment to talk about the theatre that was going to host us this Sunday – The Los Angeles Theatre Center!
I worked at the LATC from 2008 – 2009. I came on as an intern, and then Artistic Director Jose Luis Valenzuela gave me the wonderful opportunity to stay on as Literary Manager. I learned so much working at that beautiful theatre, and I fell in love with their mission of producing work by theatrically under-represented peoples.
And this Spring, they are featuring FOUR new works by female playwrights!
- Shades * World Premiere* March 21 – April 14th
Written by Paula J. Caplan. Directed by Jon Lawrence RiveraIt’s 1997, the Hale-Bopp comet zooms overhead, casting its magical glow over a time of relative peace in the U.S. An American family is both haunted and strengthened by its generations of service at home and on the front lines. The politics of war, race, and sex collide with echoes of the past in this compelling drama about what happens to family ties when oppositional politics threaten to tear them apart. Witnesses to life’s fleeting nature, each must take action now or risk losing all. A play about discovering the path to love, laughter, and even some peace beneath the ruins of war. Recipient of the Inaugural Pen & Brush Award for Playwriting.
- Habitat *L.A. Premiere* April 12 – May 12th
Written by Judith Thompson. Directed by Jose Luis ValenzuelaJanet and her mother Margaret both live on Mapleview Lanes – the perfect neighborhood until Lewis Chance buys a house on their street to open a group home for troubled adolescents. Raine, unable to respond emotionally when her mother dies, finds herself at this group home, in a community that has little tolerance for its newest residents. The ensuing battle – over whether the group home stays or not – allows Raine to re-awaken her emotions through rage, and a political will she didn’t know that she possessed.
- The Anatomy of Gazellas *World Premiere* April 25 – May 12th
Written by Janine Salinas Schoenberg. Directed by Jon Lawrence RiveraAlex, a mysterious teen, arrives at a transitional house for young women run by a charismatic Evangelical leader. As the two women struggle to understand each other, Doña Lydia becomes more determined to save the young girl from herself. But Alex has already devised her own plan for salvation with the help of her imaginary friends.
- Beautiful *World Premiere* May 23 – June 16th
Written and performed by Jozanne Marie. Directed by Geoff RivasBeautiful is a solo play about a young girl, an island, and a secret that begs to be told. Told through the spoken word poetry of international artist Jozanne Marie, this harrowing coming of age story will stay with you long after you leave the theater.
Please support this amazing theatre, and enjoy the amazing shows, the beautiful interior, and the four fabulous stages of the Los Angeles Theatre Center!
~Tiffany Antone ~