Teatro del Pueblo
Dec. 13 - Dec. 16
Thurs. & Fri. at 8 p.m., Sat. & Sun. at 4 p.m.
or call 213-745-6516 for more information.
La Vispera ("The Eve")
Written by Victor Vazquez
Directed by Jesús Castaños-Chima
Featuring members of the North University Park neighborhood (located near USC)
La Vispera (“The Eve”) is a Spanish language Christmas show, created from story circles with the residents of North University Park - a modern, Spanish Christmas Carol, set in Los Angeles. A local priest is called away and recommends Jo to lead the community Christmas Eve service, but Jo refuses. With just days to go, the community tries to discover why Jo hates Christmas. With flashbacks, ghosts and even some Zumba, the play explores the stories of our local immigrant community. Presented in Spanish with English supertitles and starring the residents of North University Park, reception with tamales and champurrado after each performance.
In 2013 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.
In 2014 we piloted a community-based project, with the Irvine Foundation's support, to develop proven methods of arts delivery and arts participation in our own community. Through a series of workshops, 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 program continues to 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.
You can support Teatro del Pueblo by making a donation to 24th STreet Today.
Teatro del Pueblo is funded in part by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.