The East of Broadway Spring Season 2012 at Los Angeles Theatre Center

The East of Broadway Spring Season will take place and is opening next week with The Vault: Bankrupt. This year marks our 6th year as operators of the The LATC and we have overcome many challenges and obstacles to produce our most ambitious year of programming to date. The East of Broadway Spring Season opening next week presents a series of plays that are not only diverse in their representation of the communities that make up Los Angeles, but also in addressing major issue affecting us all. We look forward to seeing you in the audience. Theatre is alive in L.A.! 

Opening Next week! Thursday, March 29th!
 

The Vault: Bankrupt
Written and performed by The Vault Ensemble
Directed by Aaron Garcia & Fidel Gomez
Produced by The Latino Theater Company 
March 29 – April 21   Stock markets are crashing, pantheons of commerce have crumbled, and nations are begging… begging for more. More of what exactly? In an all new original work, the Vault Theater Ensemble asks the age old questions, what is the true value of money? Does it buy happiness? Love? Can you get it with cheese? DTLA comes to life yet again taking the audience on a thrilling chase for the answers. Follow the money trail to a front row seat in The Vault!LATC – Theater 4 
Thursday – Saturday 9pm General: $20 
Students, Seniors & Veterans: $15 | $10 Thursday
 
 
The Girl Most Likely To

World Premiere! 
Written by Michael Premsrirat 
Directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera
Produced by Playwrights’ Arena and The Latino Theater Company in association with PAE Live! 
April 20 – May 13 A Filipino boy wants nothing more than to be accepted for who he is. Forget that he likes wearing girl’s clothes to school and breaks out to do impromptu Christina Aguilera songs. That’s nothing compared to the trouble he is headed for. A funny, heart-wrenching, sweet play about owning your self.This production is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the James Irvine Foundation, the California Community Foundation, and Time Warner, Inc.Thursday – Saturday 8pm and Sundays at 3pm General: $30
Students, Seniors & Veterans: $20 | $10 Thursday 
 
 
 
Café Vida
Written by Lisa Loomer
Directed by Directed by Michael John Garcés
A Cornerstone Theatre Company Production, presented by The Latino Theater Company
Previews: April 26 -29, May 3 – 4,
May 5 – May 20  Acclaimed playwright Lisa Loomer pens the first production in Cornerstone Theater Company’s Hunger Cycle with an original work, Café Vida. Chabela and Luz are two rival homegirls ready to leave the gang life and begin anew at Café Vida, the only place in the city that gives young women and their shady pasts a genuine second chance to start a new life free of violence. It’s here that these former enemies pull themselves up by their shoelaces, maintain a steady diet of self-respect, learn to compost, tend a garden, julienne an onion and take your lunch order with a smile and a heaping side of transformation. 
 
Produced in partnership with Homeboy Industries and Homegirl Café. Community partners include Hunger Action LA, Solano Canyon Community Garden, and the Urban & Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College. Café Vida is the first play in Cornerstone Theater’s recently launched Hunger Cycle, a series of nine world premiere plays investigating the universal and urgent need for food and how filling that need has the power to transform individuals and communities. Thursday – Saturday 8pm | Sunday 2pm 
 
 
Charity: Part III of A Mexican Trilogy 
Written by Evelina Fernandez
Directed by José Luis Valenzuela
Produced by The Latino Theater Company
May 11 – June 3
Starring Ofelia Medina
Set before the backdrop of the death of Pope John Paul II and the Papal conclave in 2005, Charity is the humorous and poignant story of three generations of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans in the United States. War, religion, loss and ancient traditions collide as the matriarch great grandmother, born before the Mexican Revolution, refuses to die.This production is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the James Irvine Foundation, the California Community Foundation, and Time Warner, Inc.

Thursday – Saturday 8pm | Sundays at 3pm General admission: $40 
Students, Seniors & Veterans: $20 | $10 Thursday

 
 
Camp Logan
West Coast Premiere!
Written by Celeste Bedford Walker 
Directed by Alex Morris
April 28 – May 27 | LATC – Theater 4 

reviews: April 26 -27 | Opening: April 28                                        

1917 – Texas, the Black 24th infantry are bivouacked nearby and after constant conflict and confrontation with the white civilians and Houston police the 24th marches on the town. What happens next is history… 

 

Refugee Nation
Written by Leilani Chan & Ova Saopeng 
Directed by Armando Molina
June 2 – June 24 

A mother lives alone in the darkness. A father struggles to forget a lost war. A son battles in the streets of urban America. A daughter searches for answers in her community. Refugee Nation is about a young generation struggling to understand their history and the silence of an elder generation still healing form the traumas of war. What can we learn from the wounds of a war over 30 years ago in the hope to find healing? (Based on the stories of Laotian refugees in the U.S.) After touring the country for over 5 years, Refugee Nation is proud be returning home to premiere the completed work for the first time in Los Angeles.

 

 

Language Rooms 

Written by Yussef El Guindi,Directed by Evren Odcikin, June 2 – June 24

 Ahmed is a shining example of the American Dream, working as a translator in a Homeland Security detainment facility. Soon after his big promotion, his loyalty is called into question as office politics take a turn for the absurd.

*Winner – 2010 Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award*

 

Additional Programming: 

 SP!T – May 10 & June 14 – 8pm 

The Projects – March 26, April 23, May 21, June 18 – 8pm

Playwrights’ Arena New Pages Lab – March 26, April 30, May 28, June 25

Robey Theatre Company presents a reading of “The Nacirema Society Requests the Honor of Your Presence at a Celebration of Their First Hundred Years” by Pearl Cleage – Sunday June 24th

Metropolitan Master Chorale in concert April 1 & June 24th