Latino Offerings Expanded In Ford's 2004 Theatre Lineup

The Ford Theatre Foundation, the Ford's non-profit support arm, has increased its Latino theatre offerings of both evening performances and afternoon playreadings/works-in-progress for the 2004 Ford Amphitheatre Summer Season as part of its Latino Audience Initiative.

For the first time the Foundation has partnered with the International Latino Theatre Festival of L.A. (FITLA) to present two companies in the Ford's 87-seat indoor theatre, [Inside] the Ford: Yuyachkani Company, Peru's leading theater company in the West Coast premiere of "Antigona/Antigone" (October 21-24) and Malayerba Company of Ecuador in the West Coast premiere of "De Como Moria Y Resucitaba Lazaro, El Lazarillo"/ Of the Deaths & Resurrections of Lazarus, The Lazarillo (October 28-31). The Yuyachkani company's run also marks the opening of FITLA's annual festival. Both productions are presented in Spanish with projected English titles.

Cantinflas

In addition, the Foundation will present Herbert Siguenza's (of Culture Clash) "Cantinflas" (September 4), a physical comedy and satirical ode to the "Mexican Charlie Chaplin" which received enthusiastic reviews in its brief run in L.A. last fall. Siguenza's performance plus three films featuring Cantinflas (September 1-3) forms a Cantinflas Festival. The film on September 3 will be the Oscar-winning picture of 1956, "Around the World in 80 Days," in which Cantinflas co-starred with David Niven. The films of September 1 and 2 will be announced at a later date.

The Foundation expands its FREE playreading/works-in-progress from 5 events in 2003 to 11 in 2004. That schedule includes readings of new works by L.A'.s established and emerging playwrights (Saturdays, June 5 - August 7) and "They Shoot Mexicans, Don't They?" (August 14 & 21), a workshop production that explores the encounter between early Hollywood and L.A./Southwest Latino cultures by About Productions.

An additional theatre event comes from Baseball Reliquary, most well known for exhibitions of baseball memorabilia, in their first outing at the Ford. "Legacies: Baseball from Flatbush to the City of Angels" (August 15), a montage of humor, music and theatre, features, among other artists, Culture Clash, Dan Kwong, Sue Raney and Heather Woodbury.

Complete 2004 season information and tickets are available at the bilingual (English/Spanish) Ford web site, www.fordamphitheatre.org or the Ford box office, 323 GO 1-FORD (461-3673).

THEATRE EVENTS

NOTE:  * = in the 87-seat [Inside] the Ford

SATURDAYS JUNE 5 to AUG. 7 AT 1:00 P.M.
*LATINO PLAYREADING SERIES
  titles and descriptions for most of these are on the web site - see June, July and August pages on the Ford web site
Hear works-in-progress by the most exciting emerging and established Latino playwrights in L.A. including Joe Hortua and Ann Garcia Romero. Full schedule of authors and titles on WEBSITE at www.fordamphitheatre.org.   Presented by Ford Theatre Foundation.
FREE General Admission

SAT. AUG. 14 & AUG. 21 AT 1:00 P.M.
ABOUT PRODUCTIONS
*THEY SHOOT MEXICANS, DON'T THEY?

This workshop production explores the encounter between early Hollywood and L.A./Southwest Latino cultures. Collaborators include writers Theresa Chavez and Rose Portillo, choreographer Francisco Martinez, music producer Betto Arcos and video artist Janice Tanaka. Presented by Ford Theatre Foundation.
FREE General Admission

SUN. AUG 15 AT 8:00 P.M.
LEGACIES: BASEBALL FROM FLATBUSH TO THE CITY OF ANGELS

Comedienne-emcee Elayne Boosler umpires this manic montage of humor, music and theatre looking at the Dodgers' move from Brooklyn to Los Angeles. Includes performances by Culture Clash (excerpt from Chavez Ravine), Dan Kwong, Sue Raney, Heather Woodbury and more.  Presented by the Baseball Reliquary.

SAT. SEPT. 4 AT 8:30 P.M.
HERBERT SIGUENZA's CANTINFLAS

Culture Clash member Siguenza embodies Cantinflas, dubbed the 'Mexican Charlie Chaplin' for his spot-on physical comedy and social satire. This ode to the folk hero of 51 films returns to L.A. for one night only. Presented by Ford Theatre Foundation.

Yuyachkani Company

THU-SAT. OCT 21-23 AT 8:00 P.M.
SUN. OCT 24 AT 3:00 P.M.
YUYACHKANI COMPANY
*ANTIGONA/ANTIGONE, West Coast Premiere

Peru's leading theatre company offers José Watanabe's poetic adaptation of Sophocles' classic play, seen through contemporary Peruvian eyes. Actress Teresa Ralli portrays all the characters in this tragedy of the arrogance of power.  Presented by Ford Theatre Foundation & FITLA.

THU-SUN. OCT 28-30 AT 8:00 P.M.
SUN. OCT 31 AT 3:00 P.M.
MALAYERBA COMPANY
*DE COMO MORIA Y RESUCITABA LAZARO, EL LAZARILLO / OF THE DEATHS AND RESURRECTIONS OF LAZARUS, THE LAZARILLO, West Coast Premiere

Following their acclaimed L.A. debut and Dionysus award at 2003 FITLA festival, the Ecuadorian theatre group, founded 25 years ago, presents Arìstides Vargas' story of a child's cruel journey through which he discovers something that saves him from violence: dignity. Their finely crafted, political and visceral theater transcends language and focuses on the humanity of the characters.  Performed in Spanish with English titles. and Presented by Ford Theatre Foundation and FITLA.

Prices for theater events range from $12 - $20.
The Ford Amphitheatre season is a program of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and is produced in collaboration with Los Angeles County-based arts organizations. TeleFutura KFTR Channel 46 is television sponsor for the 2004 season.
The Ford Amphitheatre is located at 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, off the 101 Hollywood Freeway across from the Hollywood Bowl and south of Universal Studios. The Ford is disabled accessible. Portable wireless listening devices are available upon request. The Ford offers a number of dining options: a variety of food and beverages is available on site and box dinners for evening events may be ordered in advance. Picnicking is encouraged.
On-site, stacked parking costs $5 per vehicle for evening shows and $3 per vehicle for morning family shows. Satellite parking serviced by FREE shuttles to the Ford is available at
- Universal City Metro Station at Lankershim Blvd. and Campo de Cahuenga in the "kiss and ride" area. Parking is free in the Metro Station lot.
- - Cherokee parking structure at 1718 North Cherokee, just north of Hollywood Blvd., 1.3 miles from the Ford. Parking costs $3 with validation available at the Ford

 
The Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Laura Zucker, Executive Director, provides leadership in cultural services of all disciplines for the largest county in the United States, encompassing 88 municipalities, and provides leadership and staffing to support the regional blueprint for arts education, Arts for All. The Arts Commission, in addition to its grants program that funds more than 250 nonprofit arts organizations annually, funds the largest arts internship program in the country in conjunction with the Getty Trust and programs the John Anson Ford Theatres. The Commission also produces free community programs, including the L.A. Holiday Celebration broadcast nationally and a year-round music program that funds mores than 60 free concerts each year in public sites. The 2003-2004 President of the Arts Commission is Laurel Karabian

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