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LATIN WAVE: Exploring Myth, Illusion, Cultural Appropriation

Sunday, May 7, 2017 to Sunday, May 21, 2017

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About Productions and the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse announce The Latin Wave: Exploring Myth, Illusion and Cultural Appropriation; May 7-21.

This fascinating series takes a look at the treatment of Latino culture from Hollywood's beginnings and its relevance to current issues of representation. Events include theater, dance, live music, an exhibit, film screenings and an interactive symposium.

Kicking off the events is a screening of the silent film The Gaucho (1927) starring Douglas Fairbanks – who appeared at the Playhouse at the height of his fame – and Lupe Velez, with live accompaniment on the Playhouse's 1926 Wurlitzer theater organ presented in partnership with the Los Angeles Theater Organ Society. Next is a special showing of The Bronze Screen, 100 Years of the Latino Image in American Cinema (2002) with the films' producers Nancy de Los Santos and Susan Racho as invited speakers. This documentary boasts the most comprehensive archive of Latinos in front of and behind the camera and features footage never-before-seen by most contemporary audiences.

At the center of the series is a site-specific remount of the acclaimed They Shoot Mexicans, Don't They? by About Productions featuring live music from members of the LA-based, Grammy-winning, Chicano rock band Quetzal, and choreography by Francisco Martinez. Once touted as "exquisite" by the Los Angeles Times, this immersive theater experience written by Theresa Chavez and Rose Portillo – which tells the story of a New York producer aiming to make a silent movie of the fabled southern California Mission Play – spotlights the era when motion pictures first began to incorporate Latino history and culture into their storylines.

Curated by Dr. Cathy Gudis and Mayela Caro the exhibit Exploring Myth, Illusion and Cultural Appropriation, which features artifacts, documents and photos from historical societies as well as the theater's own archives, will be on display in the Playhouse's Glass Room Gallery and is free and open to the public.

Student actors will also take part in the series performing scenes and dialogue created verbatim from oral histories recently collected from elders who grew up around the Mission Playhouse both onstage and off.

Wrapping up the cultural experience is a free, interactive symposium featuring a panel presentation with respected historians, followed by the opportunity for further discussion in breakout groups.

Calendar of events:
• May 7-21: Exhibit open 1-7 p.m., Thurs. – Sun., FREE
• May 7: The Gaucho, Doors: 1:45 p.m., Show: 2:30 p.m., TICKETED
• May 7: The Bronze Screen, Doors: 5:30 p.m., Show: 6 p.m., TICKETED
• May 18-19: They Shoot Mexicans, Don't They, Doors: 7:15 p.m., Show: 8 p.m. (Preview on Thurs.), TICKETED
• May 20: They Shoot Mexicans, Don't They, Doors: 2:15 p.m. / 7:15 p.m., Shows: 3 p.m. / 8 p.m., TICKETED
• May 21: They Shoot Mexicans, Don't They, Doors: 2:15 / 6:15, Shows: 3 p.m. / 7 p.m., TICKETED
• May 21: Symposium, Doors: 11:30 a.m., Panel: 12 p.m., FREE

For tickets and additional information, please visit http://missionplayhouse.org/event/the-latin-wave or call (626) 308-2868. *All tickets purchased by phone or online may be subject to additional fees and charges. Group discounts available.


Currently celebrating its 28th year, About Productions is a critically acclaimed L.A.-based company that creates original interdisciplinary theater work and educational programs that provoke new perspectives on history and humanity. The company is dedicated to collaboration in generating new work in order to create artistic and community dialogue. About Productions work has been seen extensively in Greater L.A., throughout the U.S., and in Canada, and on national television with it's acclaimed production, "By the Hand of the Father."


Originally built in 1927 to present the Mission Play, now owned and operated by the City of San Gabriel, the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse promotes the development of an artistic program that celebrates the vibrancy of a diverse community by encouraging access to artists, producers and audiences. Located in the heart of a historic neighborhood, the Playhouse relishes its role as a focal point for the arts, for the people of the City of San Gabriel and far beyond.

The project is funded by the City of San Gabriel and supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts; the California Arts Council; the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, the Ford Foundation and the Surdna Foundation through a grant from the NALAC Fund for the Arts Grant Program; with additional support from UC Riverside.

For press materials or additional information on The Latin Wave or About Productions please contact Fly PR: T. (323) 667-1344 or flypr@flypr.net.

Sponsored by: About Productions, San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, City of San Gabriel, National Endowment of the Arts, the CA Arts Council, The National Association of Latino Arts & Cultures
Category Culture
When Sunday, May 7, 2017
   to Sunday, May 21, 2017
Where San Gabriel Mission Playhouse
320 South Mission Drive
San Gabriel, CA 91776
Admission Price: Ticketed; prices vary per event; See website info.
Discount: Group Discounts available.
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