24th Street Theatre celebrates two decades in 2017-18 with a season that looks both forward and back while highlighting the company’s unique appeal to a wide range of audiences.
“The upcoming season marks our 20th year of magical theater that speaks to the urgency of the times in which we live,” says executive director Jay McAdams. “We’re proud to offer an eclectic mix of provocative theater to adults and kids alike that’s as fun as it is important. And to do it in both English and Spanish.”
24th Street Theatre company members Jesus Castaños Chima and Tony Duran are set to appear in shows that bookend the new season. Beginning Sept. 9, Chima and Duran revise their roles in a revival of one of 24th Street’s most acclaimed shows in its 20-year history: the Spanish language political drama La Razón Blindada by Arístides Vargas (performed with English supertitles). In March, the pair returns, along with Davitt Felder and Andrew Huber, as undocumented workers seeking to become “perfect Americans” in a bilingual play for families: the world premiere of ICE, commissioned by 24th Street and written by Leon Martell. In between, audiences can look forward to 24th Street’s annual Dia de los Muertos celebration on Nov. 2; a two-performance engagement of Pang! by award-winning performance artist Dan Froot and Company in Dec.; and 24th Street’s third annual holiday production of La Víspera (“The Eve”), written by Victor Vazquez and starring members of 24th Street’s surrounding immigrant community. In addition, the theater continues year-round with its popular field trip program for schools, Enter Stage Right, which serves over 10,000 students a year from multiple school districts.
The 24th Street Theatre 20th Anniversary Season schedule is as follows:
Sept. 9 – Oct. 15 (Saturdays at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m.):
La Razón Blindada (“Armored Reason”)
Thursday, Nov. 2 from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.:
Dia de los Muertos
Dec 2 – Dec. 3 (Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.)
Dec. 14 – Dec. 17 (Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m.)
La Víspera (“The Eve”)
March 10 – April 29 (Saturdays at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m.)
World premiere of ICE
24th Street Theatre is best known for its unique niche as a presenter of critically acclaimed, award-winning productions geared for both adult and family audiences. In addition, the company is recognized locally, nationally and internationally as a leader in arts education and community outreach. Using art as a tool to positively impact the world around them, 24th Street’s programming includes free after school enrichment programs, Teatro Nuevo Latino Initiative projects, a music series, outreach programs for at-risk teens, free community events, professional development programs for teachers, arts-ed school workshop and gallery exhibits.