LA Escena

LA Escena: Los Angeles' first festival of Hispanic classical theater

Sep 21, 2018 12:00 AM to Sep 23, 2018 12:00 AM at Greenway Court Theater, 544 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles

Cal Poly Pomona and CLASS are proud to co-sponsor LA Escena, Los Angeles' first festival of Hispanic classical theater. The festival is organized by Diversifying the Classics (UCLA), and the project is directed by Barbara Fuchs, with help from graduate students and faculty from UCLA and other institutions, among them Dr. Marta Albalá Pelegrín here at CPP.

This year's festival presents cutting-edge Mexican company EFE Tres, who will present Lope de Vega’s El príncipe inocente (The Innocent Prince), a meditation on political power and culpability reimagined as a dialogue in a prison cell, and El Merolico (The Mountebank), a reworking of Cervantes’ comic interludes as delivered by a traveling performer in small-town Mexico (in Spanish, with English subtitles).

Playwrights’ Arena will present the fourth Golden Tongues, brand-new comedia adaptations from LA playwrights in staged readings: Madhuri Shekar’s School for Witches, or Friendship Betrayed, based on María de Zayas’ La traición en la amistad; Janine Salinas Schoenberg’s Like/Share, a riff on Calderón’s Los cabellos de Absalón; and Michael Premsrirat’s La locura de los ángeles/The madness of angels, adapted from Lope de Vega’s Los locos de Valencia (in English).

Sylvia Blush and Jean Carlo Yunen Arostegui will direct UCLA's LatinX Theater Comunión in Women and Servants, Lope de Vega’s exploration of class, loyalty and desire in a very modern Madrid. The play, only recently rediscovered after 400 years, has been translated into English by UCLA Professor and LA Escena director Barbara Fuchs (in English).

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LA Escena is made possible by the UCLA Center for 17th- & 18th-Century Studies, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Center for European and Russian Studies, Latin American Institute, and Departments of Spanish and Portuguese, Theater, and English, as well as by the generous support of UC Riverside’s College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, UC MEXUS, the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences at Cal Poly Pomona, and USC.