For our 25th season, we committed to re-engaging with former community collaborators, deepening our exploration and impact in Los Angeles. The communities of Pacoima, West Hollywood, and Watts, three communities that we had collaborated with in the past, set the stage for our dynamic 25th anniversary year.
IT’S ALL BUENO, 2010
Written by Sigrid Gilmer
Directed by Juliette Carrillo
A collaboration with Pacoima, a working class neighborhood in the northeast cornerstone of the city of Los Angeles. The cast of 54 included 43 local residents and 8 more community members worked backstage. Performed at Project Youth Green Community Garden.
MAKING PARADISE: THE WEST HOLLYWOOD MUSICAL, 2010
Book by Tom Jacobson
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
Lyrics by Shishir Kurup
Directed by Michael John Garcés and Mark Valdez
In collaboration with the city of West Hollywood
Performed at Fiesta Hall in Plummer Park, West Hollywood, CA. This project celebrated the City of West Hollywood’s 25th Anniversary of city-hood. It followed the story of four friends who become pioneers of a generation by uniting ex-Soviet immigrants, GLBTQ activists, and senior citizens in establishing West Hollywood as the vibrant cultural, artistic, and political hub it is today.
THE UNREQUITED (BETWEEN TWO WORLDS), 2011
Written by Lynn Manning
Directed by Shishir Kurup
In association with Watts Village Theater Company
Set in Watts, CA during Depression-era 1930s, this world premiere play was based on The Dybbuk, the classic 1914 play by S. Ansky. It followed the tale of Isela. betrothed to a man she doesn’t love while devoted to another. When Isela’s soul is possessed on the eve of her wedding, a Pandora’s box full of secrets, lies, betrayal, and hoodoo is opened.