Wednesday, November 9, 2011

HOPE at LATC Extends Through November 20


Hope, Part II of A Mexican Trilogy, a world premiere play with music, written by Evelina Fernandez and presented by Latino Theater Company at the Los Angeles Theatre Center, has extended its run through November 20. It is directed by Jose Luis Valenzuela, with choreography by Urbanie Lucero and musical direction by Ben Taylor and features in its cast: Dru Davis, Olivia Delgado, Sam Golzari, Esperanza America Ibarra, Sal Lopez, Keith McDonald, Dyana Ortelli and Geoffrey Rivas.

In the months between August and October of 1962, Americans lived in real dread of a nuclear confrontation with the U.S.S.R., as the Soviets placed missiles in Cuba, within striking distance of the Gulf Coast states. The sexual repression of the 50s is giving way to liberation in the 60s. Women’s roles are evolving. Machismo might still be the order of the day in some places, but not for long. The days when it is acceptable for a man to strike his wife and beat his children are coming to a close, and fast. And Rock n’ Roll has replaced swing and pop as the musical paradigm of a nation, leaving an indelible imprint on the way Americans think and act.

Elena Garcia has endured the philandering and the violence of husband Carlos for a long time. Many times she has forgiven him. But she cannot continue to do this and face her children. Her brother-in-law wants to comfort her and treat her like a queen. Her older daughter Gina is angry, rebellious and sexual. Younger daughter Betty is obsessed with President Kennedy, and speaks to him on the phone, regularly.

Hope is Part II of A Mexican Trilogy, which traces the Diaspora of Mexicans in the U.S. by following a family during the times of three transformational figures: Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, and Pope John Paul II.

Tickets are $40 general admission and $20 for students and seniors. All seats on Thursdays are $10. New this fall is a dinner-and-show package option available Fridays and Saturdays in conjunction with restaurant partner The Gorbals Restaurant, just one half-block north of the theatre at 501 S. Spring St. The Gorbals features Scottish-inspired cuisine with both meat-based dishes and a wide variety of vegetarian options. A special menu will be available for theatre patrons. (Student and senior discounts are not available for the dinner-and-show package option).

For reservations call 866-811-4111 or go to http://www.thelatc.org/. Los Angeles Theatre Center is located at 514 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013.

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