Teatro del Pueblo / Theatre of the Village
presenta / presents
Saturday & Sunday @3pm, Dec 7-8, 14-15
Celebrate the holidays with
posadas, piñatas, ponche
All performances are SOLD OUT, but you can get on to the WAIT LIST one hour prior to each show:
Lista de Espera
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Unique holiday show uses art to make a difference in the community
What are the things that we carry? What are the things that we love that make us who we are? 24th STreet Theatre’s Teatro del Pueblo (“Theater of the Village”) presents the world premiere of a warm, funny and unique holiday play about love and sacrifice, created from stories shared by members of the local community during workshops with professional theater artists. Written by Laurie Woolery and Victor Vazquez, directed by Woolery, and supported by The James Irvine Foundation Exploring Engagement Fund, “Ladybird” gets four performances Dec. 7 through Dec. 15 at 24th STreet Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. All performances are in Spanish with English supertitles, and admission is only 24 cents.
The story of Norma, a Mexican immigrant who longs for home but comes to know and see the hardworking and generous members of her local neighborhood as a new, if different kind of family, Ladybird weaves together the true stories and real-life experiences of the residents of 24th STreet Theatre’s North University Park neighborhood.
Following the performance, 24th STreet literally brings the entire show into the heart of their community with a Posada (Christmas procession) that takes actors and audience into and around the neighborhood before bringing everyone back to the theater to celebrate with food, warm ponche (punch) and a traditional star-shaped piñata.
Ladybird was developed in a series of creative writing workshops, acting workshops and storytelling circles that began earlier this year.
Ladybird is written by Laurie Woolery and Victor Vazquez in collaboration with the ensemble; directed by Laurie Woolery; set design is by Ricardo Soltero; lighting design is by Bob Scales; sound design is by Will Schuessler; community engager is Allegra Padilla; and English supertitles are by Aleida Montejo. Live music by Carlos P. Hernandez-Mata.
The ensemble includes Yolanda F. Baza, Charlton Brio, Earl I. Briones, Lorena Bustillo, Dalia Canche, Jesus Castaños-Chima,Maria de Lourdes Conde, Angelica Diaz, Tony Duran, Abel Flores, Veronica C. Flores, Nicolas P. Garcia, Madelou Gonzalez,Deisy Gutierrez, Jacques Hurtado, Gabriela Martinez, Maria Ortiz, Ismael Ramirez, Aurora Rodriguez, Ivonne Rodriguez, Luis A. Valentan, Carolina Vargas and Liliana Vasquez.
“This turned into a much bigger project than we had initially envisioned,” explains Woolery. “When you start gathering stories from the community, you need a vehicle to house and honor them. There was such an outpouring, so much enthusiasm and passion, and the stories so inspirational, that we layered them together and a play burst forth. This is an amazingly committed group that has been creating and rehearsing for months despite juggling families, school, jobs – many of them are working more than one job.”
“I saw the impact that 24th STreet was making on my kids with their free afternoon ‘After Cool’ program, and I had always thought, how wonderful if they could do that with adults,” says local residentIvonne Rodriguez. “I’ve known these people from the neighborhood – I see them at the theater in line for a tamale or picking up their kids, and we say hello – but the kinds of stories that have come out while shaping this play are not the kinds of things we would ever have shared. Listening to and getting to know these people, the fire in their bellies that they have to live, has really changed my life. There’s always such tremendous energy in the ‘circle.’ I draw that energy in and it has helped changed the path of my life.” (A working mother of three who never graduated high school, Ivonne was inspired by the work 24th STreet does in the neighborhood and decided to test for her GED. She is now in her third semester at L.A. Trade Tech and will be applying to USC in January.)
Laurie Woolery is a director, playwright, educator and actor who has worked at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Goodman Theatre, Cornerstone Theater Company, South Coast Repertory, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Denver Center, Los Angeles Theatre Center, Inge Center for the Arts, Ricardo Montalban Theatre, Deaf-West Theatre, fofo Theatre, Highways Performance Space, Sundance Playwrights Lab and Sundance Children’s Theatre. She is on faculty at Citrus College and California State University Northridge and serves on the Board of the Latino Producers Action Network, Network of Ensemble Theaters and the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America.
Ladybird will have four performances over the course of two weekends: Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m., Dec. 7 through Dec. 15. Admission is 24 cents. Secure parking is available for $5 in the lot on the southwest corner of 24th and Hoover. The theater is air-conditioned and wheelchair accessible. For reservations and information, call (213) 745-6516 or go to www.24thstreet.org. Appropriate for all ages.
LAURIE WOOLERY (Director) Laurie Woolery is a director, playwright, educator and producer who has worked at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Goodman Theatre, Cornerstone Theater Company, South Coast Repertory, Denver Center, Los Angeles Philharmonic, East West Players, Los Angeles Theatre Center, Plaza de la Raza/RedCAT, Fountain Theater, Ricardo Montalban Theatre, Deaf-West Theatre, Highways Performance Space, Sundance Playwrights Lab and Sundance Children’s Theater. Laurie has created new works with a diversity of communities from incarcerated women to autistic youth to residents of a Kansas town devastated by a tornado. Laurie has created site-specific work from prison yards to a sawmill in Northern California. Ms. Woolery is the former Associate Artistic Director of Cornerstone Theater Company and Conservatory Director at South Coast Repertory. Laurie is teaches at USC, Cal Arts, Citrus College, CSU Northridge and serves on the Board of the Latino Producers Action Network and the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America.
Victor Vazquez was born in Compton, California, and was raised in the city of Paramount. After first meeting the arts at 18, he went off to earn a double BA in English (creative writing emphasis) and drama (directing honors) from University of California, Irvine. He is a Cornerstone Theatre Company Institute alumni (i6), and has also co-company managed the institute in Pacoima (i7). He is now an arts administrator for Center Theatre Group, a teaching artist, and a playwright in Los Angeles. He lives in Echo Park, and as a PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow for 2014, he is currently working on an online collection of poems titled MEN.
Allegra Padilla: I am a community-builder and practical dreamer native to Los Angeles. I received my education from Pasadena City College and UC Santa Cruz It is an honor to be part of team 24th Street Theatre for the past 3 1/2 years. Teatro del Pueblo is a source of inspiration on the healing power of the arts and drives me to do my best due to the level of commitment, fearlessness and passion from all those involved.
In 2003 we launched our Teatro Nuevo initiative to bring more Spanish-speaking audiences into the theatre, and that program has landed 24th Street Theatre in the forefront of cross-cultural theatre programming. Last year we piloted a community-based project through which we created a production using neighborhood residents, most of whom were Spanish-speakers. The community interest in the production was extremely strong and let us know that they want more participatory arts programming in the future. This project will build upon the lessons learned over the past few years, mainly that we need to commit more resources to community-based programming, including money, staff time, food, and new video technology. With the Irvine Foundation’s support, we can fully develop proven methods (i.e. Cornerstone Theatre) of arts delivery and arts participation in our own community.
WORKSHOPS & REHEARSAL
We invited community members to star in our Teatro Del Pueblo project! 24th STreet offered a series of free adult acting workshops with the goal of creating a holiday production in December starring residents of North University Park. Participants worked with professional directors and actors to create a work of holiday art for your community at the same time.
Estamos invitando a nuestros vecinos para participar en nuestro proyecto Teatro del Pueblo. En los siguientes meses vamos a ofrecer una serie de clases de actuación para adultos con la meta de producir una obra en Diciembre con nuestros vecinos de North University Park. Van a trabajar con actores y directores profesionales y al mismo tiempo crear una ofrenda creativa para la comunidad.
Generously supported by the Irvine Foundation
Gracias al Irvine Foundation por su apoyo