From 2013 Teatro del Pueblo production of “Ladybird”

Teatro del Pueblo / Theatre of the Neighborhood

Teatro del Pueblo (“Theater of the Village”) returns in 2014 with the world premiere of La Víspera (“The Eve”), another warm, funny and unique holiday play about love and sacrifice created from stories shared by members of the local immigrant community during workshops with professional theater artists. Written by Victor Vazquez, co-directed by Jesús Castaños-Chima and Sayda Trujillo, and supported byThe James Irvine Foundation Exploring Engagement Fund, La Víspera gets four performancesDec. 6 through Dec. 14 at 24th STreet Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. All performances are in Spanish with English supertitles, and admission is only24 cents. Following each performance, the audience will be invited to join the performers for a Posada (Christmas procession) around the neighborhood before heading back to the theater for homemade tamales, warm ponche (punch) and a traditional star-shaped piñata.

When a random, mysterious airplane part falls from the sky and crashes through the roof of their church just two days before Christmas, security guard Gio (Abel Flores) and local residents Alma (Magdalena Cordoba), Danny (Nicolas P. Garcia), Rocio (Veronica C. Flores) and Samuel (Ramiro Iniestra) are thrown into a tizzy. Adding insult to injury, parish priest Edgar (José Torres) has been called back to Mexico for his mother’s funeral. Who will lead the service, even if that old cynic José the roofer (Tony Duran) can get the hole fixed in time? Meanwhile Johnny (Lorelle Wilkinson) and Alex (Daniel Sosa) are both in love with José’s daughter, local zumba instructor and single mom Flor (Angelica Diaz), and Flor’s aging neighbor Diana (Yolanda F. Baza), who babysits Flor’s son, has been trying for years to bring the old man around. Also in the cast are Liliana Vasquez as Patty and Lorena Bustillo as Maria, and Charlton Briones, Christian Chahane, Calan Connolly, Dru Farnham, José GungaFlores, Veronica C. Flores, Madelou Gonzalez, José Luis Pastrana, Octavio Quintanilla, Ruben Roland Ramirez Jr., Aurora Rodriguez and Ivonne Rodriguez complete the ensemble.

La Víspera started out as series of “story circles” in which local residents were invited to share their personal stories.

“I recognized a common theme right away,” says playwright Vazquez, who was commissioned by 24th STreet to write a play inspired by local stories. “The pain of families separated by borders, and the joy of the new families they create in another country. I wanted to honor both those realities.” Read more here.

La Víspera
(“The Eve”)

WHAT:
La Víspera (“The Eve”) – The world premiere of a  warm, funny and unique holiday play about love and sacrifice created from stories shared by members of the local University Park immigrant community during workshops with professional theater artists. Following each performance, the audience will be invited to join the performers for a Posada (Christmas procession) around the neighborhood before heading back to the theater for homemade tamales, warm ponche (punch) and a traditional star-shaped piñata.

WHO:
• Written by Victor Vazquez
• Co-directed by Jesús Castaños-Chima and Sayda Trujillo
• Ensemble Members Yolanda F. Baza, Charlton Briones, Lorena Bustillo, Christian Chahane, Calan Connolly, Magdalena Cordoba, Angelica Diaz, Tony Duran, Dru Farnham, Abel Flores, José GungaFlores, Veronica C. Flores, Nicolas P. Garcia,Madelou Gonzalez, Ramiro Iniestra, José Luis Pastrana, Octavio Quintanilla, Ruben Roland Ramirez Jr., Aurora Rodriguez,Ivonne Rodriguez, Daniel Sosa, José Torres, Liliana Vasquez and Lorelle Wilkinson.
• Community Engager Allegra Padilla
• English Supertitles by Aleida Montejo
• Supported by The James Irvine Foundation Exploring Engagement Fund
• Presented by 24th STreet Theatre

WHEN:
Performances: Dec. 6-14
Saturdays at 3 p.m.: Dec. 6, 13
Sundays at 3 p.m.: Dec. 7, 14

WHERE:
24th STreet Theatre
1117 West 24th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007-1725

HOW:
(213) 745-6516 or www.24thstreet.org
• Join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/24thST
• Follow us on Twitter @24thST
• YouTube:http://www.youtube.com/user/24thStreetTheatre

TICKET PRICE:
24 cents

PARKING:
Secure lot on the southwest corner of 24th and Hoover: $5

Generously supported by the Irvine Foundation

Bienvenidos al 2ndo año del proyecto Teatro del Pueblo

Residentes en University Park dan voz
a sus experiencias como inmigrantes
en el estreno mundial de fin de año

La Víspera

LOS ÁNGELES (23 de octubre del 2014) – Teatro del Pueblo del Teatro 24 (24Th Street Theatre) regresa en este 2014 con el estreno mundial de La Víspera, otra conmovedora obra de fin de año, divertida y única, sobre el amor y el sacrificio. Creada a partir de historias compartidas por los miembros de la comunidad inmigrante local durante talleres con artistas profesionales de teatro. Escrito por Víctor Vázquez, co-dirigida por Jesús Castaños-Chima y Sayda Trujillo, y apoyado por laFundación James Irvine Fondo para Exploración del Enlace, La Víspera tendrá cuatro funciones del 6 al 14 de diciembre en el Teatro 24 en el centro de Los Ángeles. Todas las presentaciones son en español con súpertítulos en inglés, y la entrada es de sólo 24 centavos. Después de cada actuación, se invitará al público a unirse a los artistas a una Posada (procesión de Navidad) por el barrio antes de regresar al teatro donde habrá tamales caseros, ponche caliente (punch) y la tradicional piñata en forma de estrella.

Cuando una misteriosa parte del avión al azar cae del cielo y se estrella en el techo de su iglesia sólo dos días antes de Navidad, el guardia de seguridad Gio (Abel Flores) y los residentes locales Alma (Magdalena Córdoba), Danny (Nicolás P. García), Rocío (Verónica C. Flores) y Samuel (Ramiro Iniestra) se vuelven un manojo de nervios. Para colmo de males, el párroco Edgar (José Torres) ha sido llamado desde México para estar en el funeral de su madre. ¿Quién dirigirá el servicio, incluso si ese viejo amargo, José el albañil (Tony Duran) puede arreglar el agujero a tiempo? Mientras tanto Johnny (Lorelle Wilkinson) y Alex (Daniel Sosa) están ambos enamorados de la hija de José, Flor, instructora de zumba local y madre soltera (Angelica Diaz), y la vieja vecina de Flor, Diana (Yolanda F. Baza), quien cuida el hijo de Flor, ha estado intentando durante años engancharse al viejo José. También en el elenco estánLiliana Vásquez como Patty y Lorena Bustillo como María, y Charlton Briones, Christian Chahane, Calan Connolly, Dru Farnham,José Gunga Flores, Veronica C. Flores, Madelou González, José Luis Pastrana, Octavio Quintanilla, Rubén Roland Ramírez Jr.,Aurora Rodríguez e Ivonne Rodríguez completan el conjunto.

La Víspera comenzó con una serie de “círculos” en la que se invitó a los residentes locales para compartir sus historias personales.

“Reconocí un tema común de inmediato”, dice el dramaturgo Vásquez, quien fue comisionado por el Teatro 24 para escribir una obra de teatro inspirada en esas historias. “El dolor de las familias separadas por las fronteras, y la alegría de las familias nuevas que crean en su nuevo país. Quería honrar a esas dos realidades “.

QUE:
La Víspera – El estreno mundial de una conmovedora obra de teatro de fin de año, divertida y única sobre el amor y el sacrificio, creada a partir de historias compartidas por los miembros de la comunidad inmigrante local de University Park durante los talleres con artistas profesionales de teatro. Después de cada presentación, se invitará al público a unirse a los artistas a una Posada (procesión de Navidad) por el barrio antes de regresar al teatro donde habrá tamales caseros, ponche caliente (punch) y la tradicional piñata en forma de estrella.

QUIEN:
• Escrito por Víctor Vázquez
• Dirigido por Jesús Castaños-Chima y Sayda Trujillo
• Miembros del Ensamble: Yolanda F. Baza, Charlton Briones, Lorena Bustillo,
Cristiano Chahane, Calan Connolly, Magdalena Córdoba, Angélica Díaz, de Tony Durán, Dru Farnham, Abel Flores, JoséGunga Flores, Verónica C. Flores, Nicolás P. García, Madelou González, Ramiro Iniestra, José Luis Pastrana, Octavio Quintanilla, Ruben Roland Ramírez Jr., Aurora Rodríguez, Ivonne Rodríguez, Daniel Sosa, José Torres, Liliana Vásquez y Lorelle Wilkinson.
• Enlace comunitario: Allegra Padilla
• Supertítulos en ingles por Aleida Montejo
• Con el apoyo de la Fundación James Irvine Fondo de Exploración del Enlace
• Presentado or el Teatro 24 (24th Street Theatre)

CUANDO:
Presentaciones: Dic. 6 al 14
Sábados a las 3 pm: 6 y 13 de diciembre
Domingos a las 3 pm: 7 y 14 de diciembre

DONDE:
Teatro 24 (24th Street Theatre)
1117 West 24th Street
Los Ángeles, CA 90007

COMO:
(213) 745-6516 o www.24thstreet.org
• Únasenos en Facebook en www.facebook.com/24thST
• Síganos en Twitter @ 24thST
• YouTube: http: //www.youtube.com/user/24thStreetTheatre

PRECIO DEL BOLETO:
24 centavos

ESTACIONAMIENTO:
Lote con seguridad en la esquina suroeste de la calle 24 (24th Street) y Hoover: $ 5

Gracias al Irvine Foundation por su apoyo

 

CREATIVE TEAM

Sayda Trujillo

Sayda Trujillo (Co-Director) is a theatre artist specializing in voice and movement, as well devising original physical theatre performances.  Her performance and teaching experience abroad includes work in Guatemala, Ecuador, Singapore, Spain, Germany, Colombia, UK, Egypt and most recently in Palestine with The Freedom Theatre.  Her three solo shows BANANA LEAVES, DEFINITELY OOPS, and I WAS RAISED MEXICAN have been presented nationally and internationally at theater houses including La Mama ETC, RedCAT, and NYTW.   Since 2005 Sayda has volunteered for Clowns Without Borders performing for thousands of children in Latin America and the Middle East.  Sayda teaches Acting, Tai Chi Chuan, Contact Improvisation, Voice and Solo Performance. Her training combines a BFA in Acting from the California Institute of the Arts; a post-graduate certificate in Physical Theatre from the Dell’ Arte International School of Physical Theatre; and a masters in Voice Studies from the Central School of Speech and Drama in London.

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Victor Vazquez  Victor Vazquez (Writer) is a PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow, and a LAMBDA Literary Emerging LGBT Voices Fellow. He is a recipient of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund McNamara Creative Arts Grant, and holds two BA’s from UC Irvine in creative writing (English) and directing honors (drama). He currently works as a Community Organizer in the Artistic Department at the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, CA. Spanish is his native language. He lives in Los Angeles..
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.

HISTORY

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 AND 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