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24th Street Theatres Saturday Explorer Series
presents
4 unique storytelling events for families

 

LOS ANGELES (September 8, 2022) The 2022 edition of 24th Street Theatre’s beloved “Saturday Explorer Series” returns with four unique storytelling events for family audiences ages 8 and up, curated by multiple award-winning director and producer Matthew McCray. Performances, each presented in a version that runs approximately 45 minutes, will take place on the 24th Street Theatre stage over the course of four Saturdays, October 1 through October 22.

“This year’s lineup features four incredible performers whose collective work covers such important and compelling subjects as intersectionality, identity, family, and the ways we can honor our heroes,” says McCray. “Audiences — both adults and kids — can expect to be entertained and engaged by the sheer variety of storytelling techniques, from monologue, to song, to rap, to dance and movement.”

Kicking off the series on Saturday, Oct. 1 is Alien Citizen: An Earth Odyssey, written and performed by Elizabeth Liang. Who are you when you’re from everywhere… and nowhere? With American commercial jingles providing her soundtrack, Liang, a dual citizen of mixed heritage who grew up in Central America, North Africa, the Middle East and New England, shares humorous stories about language confusion, racial ambiguity, first love, culture shock, Clark Gable and sandstorms. Alien Citizen has toured internationally to four continents and is now an award-winning film on DVD and digital. Sofie Calderon directs.

On Saturday, Oct. 8, The Good Boy, written and performed by Michael Bonnabel, uses American Sign Language, speech and song to recount the funny and moving story of Bonnabel’s life in 1960s Pasadena, where he was raised by two complicated and loving deaf parents. Learning to communicate his own feelings, dealing with adult responsibilities far beyond his young years, and waiting for an emotional echo in a silent home, Michael was always the “good boy” who never felt quite good enough. Sharing his family’s stories of triumph, grief, dignity and mutual respect, Bonnabel takes us into his young adult life as he struggles to find independence while never giving up in his quest for a deeper connection to his distant and remote father. Darin Anthony directs, and the performance will feature ASL interpretation.

Forgotten Heroes, Stories that Sing, written and performed by Victoria Burnett, is set for Saturday, Oct. 15. In this highly interactive performance piece, Burnett incorporates movement and music to present the true stories of three African American “Buffalo Soldiers” who sacrificed their lives to serve and protect the U.S. after the end of the Civil War— including Cathay Williams, better known as William Cathay, who was the only Black female Buffalo Soldier to serve in the 38th U.S. Infantry before her discharge in 1868, when it was discovered she was a woman.

Wrapping up the series on Saturday, Oct. 22, Joe HernándezKolski’s Pieces of Me is a hip-hop theater piece inspired by his personal experiences growing up in Chicago as a Polish-Mexican American heavy metal headbanger who attended a Black high school. Dancing to the hip-hop beats that shape our lives and bring us together, Hernández-Kolski explores what it means to grow up as a multicultural hyphenate facing race and racism, confronting social issues, and questioning gender and pop culture. Developed with and directed by Benjamin Byron Davis.

“These talented and versatile performers all understand the power of a compelling story told by a single storyteller, and the entire series is suitable for all ages,” notes McCray. “Meaningful engagement in an intimate setting like the 24th Street Theatre is so important, especially for children who often spend too much time in front of a television or computer. Experiencing live, in-person stories is a way to bring people of all ages together to practice the important art of listening and thinking for ourselves.”

24th Street Theatre has been producing the Saturday Explorer Series since 1998, with over 100 shows presented to date.

Saturday Explorer Series performances take place Saturdays at 2 p.m. from October 1 through October 22. Tickets to each performance are $5, with a special price of $2.40 for residents of the theater’s adjacent University Park neighborhood. All audience members over the age of two are required to be masked while in the theater for performances, regardless of vaccination status. 24th Street Theatre is located at 1117 West 24th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007 (at the intersection of 24th and Hoover).

To purchase tickets and for more information, call (213) 745-6516 or go to www.24thstreet.org.

 

Details for Calendar Listings
Saturday Explorer Series

WHAT:
The 2022 edition of 24th Street Theatre’s annual “Saturday Explorer Series” returns with four unique storytelling events for family audiences ages 8 and up, curated by multiple award-winning director and producer Matthew McCray.

WHEN:
Saturday, Oct. 1 at 2 p.m.:

Alien Citizen: An Earth Odyssey, written and performed by Elizabeth Liang, directed by Sofie Calderon
Who are you when you’re from everywhere and nowhere? Elizabeth Liang’s funny and poignant one-woman show is about growing up as a dual citizen of mixed heritage in Central America, North Africa, the Middle East and New England. Liang weaves humorous stories about language confusion, racial ambiguity, first love, culture shock, Clark Gable and sandstorms, with American commercial jingles providing her soundtrack. Alien Citizen has toured internationally on four continents and is now an award-winning film on DVD and digital.

Saturday, Oct. 8 at 2 p.m.:
The Good Boy, written and performed by Michael Bonnabel, directed by Darin Anthony
Using American Sign Language, speech and song, Bonnabel recounts the funny and moving story of his life in 1960s Pasadena where, as a little boy, he searched to find his voice in the middle of a large family raised by two complicated and loving deaf parents. Learning to communicate his own feelings, dealing with adult responsibilities far beyond his young years, and waiting for an emotional echo in a silent home, Michael is always the “good boy” who never quite feels as though he is good enough. Sharing his family’s stories of triumph, grief, dignity and mutual respect, Bonnabel takes us into his young adult life as he struggles to find independence while never giving up in his quest for a deeper connection to his distant and remote father. The performance features ASL interpretation.

Saturday, Oct. 15 at 2 p.m.:
Forgotten Heroes, Stories that Sing, written and performed by Victoria Burnett
In this highly interactive performance piece, Burnett incorporates movement and music to present the true stories of three African American “Buffalo Soldiers” who sacrificed their lives to serve and protect the U.S. after the end of the Civil War— including Cathay Williams, better known as William Cathay, who was the only Black female Buffalo Soldier to serve in the 38th U.S. Infantry before her discharge in 1868, when it was discovered she was a woman.

Saturday, Oct. 22 at 2 p.m.:
Pieces of Me, written and performed by Joe Hernández-Kolski, developed with and directed by Benjamin Byron Davis
In this hip-hop theater piece based on his personal experiences growing up in Chicago as a Polish-Mexican American heavy metal headbanger who attended a Black high school, Hernández-Kolski explores what it means to grow up as a multicultural hyphenate, facing race and racism, confronting social issues and questioning gender and pop culture… all the while laughing in the face of challenge and dancing to the hip-hop beats that shape our lives, get us through and bring us together.

WHERE:
24th Street Theatre
1117 West 24th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007-1725

TICKET PRICE:
General Admission: $5
Residents of neighboring University Park: $2.40

OTHER:
Recommended for audiences 8 and up.

 All audience members over the age of two are required to be masked while in the theater for performances, regardless of vaccination status.

HOW:
(213) 745-6516 or www.24thstreet.org

 

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