Ladybird – 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. 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. Presented in Spanish with English subtitles. Appropriate for all ages.
Written by Laurie Woolery and Victor Vazquez in collaboration with the ensemble
Directed by Laurie Woolery
Ensemble Members 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, Liliana Vasquez
Community Engager Allegra Padilla
English Supertitles by Aleida Montejo
Supported by The James Irvine Foundation Exploring Engagement Fund
Presented by 24th STreet Theatre
Performances: Dec. 7-15
Saturdays at 3 p.m.: Dec. 7, 14
Sundays at 3 p.m.: Dec. 8, 15
24th STreet Theatre
1117 West 24th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Secure lot on the southwest corner of 24th and Hoover: $5
May 10 (@ 1 p.m.):
Saturday Explorer Series presents The Get Down Boys —The Get Down Boys (Matt Bruer–banjo, Etienne Cremieux–fiddle, Andy Keathley–guitar and Evan Winsor–bass) are a Los Angeles based string band performing high energy traditional and original bluegrass music, along with modern favorites infused with the sounds of Americana. Known for their carefully crafted songs, floor-shaking rhythms, and unmistakable harmonies, The GDBs bring an irresistible and infectious passion to their spin on American roots music. (Appropriate for all ages)
May 17 (@ 1 p.m.):
Saturday Explorer Series presents Los Pinguos — Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Los Pinguos combines Latin rhythms, performed with Spanish guitars, bass and harmonizing vocals. (Appropriate for all ages)
Tickets to 24th STreet Theater productions are always affordable, including 24 cent admission for residents of the theater’s surrounding University Park community. Explorer Series is $5; Teatro del Pueblo is 24 cents for all; and Dia de los Muertos is free.
For more information about 24th STreet Theatre’s 2013-14 season, call (213) 745-6516 or visit online at www.24thstreet.org
Hansel & Greta Bluegrass – The world premiere of a new version of the classic story set in depression-era Kentucky and featuring the rollicking bluegrass sounds of The Get Down Boys. The latest production from LAb24 (Walking the Tightrope), 24th STreet Theatre’s resident experimental theater company dedicated to presenting provocative plays that appeal to kids while maintaining the look and emotional depth of adult theater, is written by Bryan Davidson and directed by Debbie Devine. (Recommended for ages 8+).