Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Evangeline, the Queen of Make-Believe Opens at the Bootleg

The songbook of Grammy Award winners David Hidalgo and Louie Pérez of Los Lobos drives Evangeline, the Queen of Make-Believe, a multimedia play with music by Theresa Chavez, Louie Pérez and Rose Portillo that takes its title from the group’s 1985 rocker Evangeline. Chavez and Portillo co-direct the world premiere production for About Productions, opening at the Bootleg Theater on May 12 for a limited, three-week engagement through May 27. Low-priced previews take place May 3-11.

Evangeline...a devoted daughter by day, a Hollywood go-go dancer by night. A journey of self discovery by a young Chicana, whose neighborhood roots and make-believe world collide when she experiences the West Side art scene and the music of the Sunset Strip, is set against the 1968 student walkouts in East L.A. and the fight for equal education and civil rights. Songs written by Hidalgo and Pérez are drawn from their 40-year catalogue, marking the first time the songbook will be part of an original production. Songs including “Good Morning, Aztlán,” “River of Fools,” “The Neighborhood” and “Revolution” will be played live on stage by East L.A. band Ollin with featured vocalist CAVA (Claudia Gonzalez-Tenorio). Musical direction is by Ollin’s Scott Rodarte.

Newcomer Catherine Lidstone stars in the title role, with Karen Anzoategui as cousin Rita, Danielle Barbosa as her mom, and Jorge Diazas as brother Ray. Also in the cast are Daniel Chacón playing multiple roles including Evangeline’s politically radical boyfriend, and Georgia Reed as Eva’s dance club mentor.

Video design is by award-winning cinematographer Claudio Rocha; set design is by François-Pierre Couture; lighting design is by Jeremy Pivnick; costume design is by Marcy Froehlich; sound design is by Rani de Leon; choreography is by Michele Bachar; and production stage manager is Marjorie Knight.

Evangeline, the Queen of Make-Believe runs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7 pm (please note early curtain time) and Sundays at 2 pm from May 12 - 27, with preview performances May 3-11. For reservations and information, call (213) 389-3856 or visit www.bootlegtheater.org.

In celebration of the premiere run, a “Music Night” featuring Ollin and special guests will be presented on Saturday, May 26, immediately following the performance of Evangeline; call theater for pricing. The Bootleg Theater is located at 2220 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90057.

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