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UPCOMING EVENTS
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(Most recently updated: Aug. 12, 2020)

 

Ongoing, with a new episode added every Wednesday:
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Pretty Little Wine Moms
Got a secret, Can you keep it? Grab your favorite beverage and listen every Wednesday to Pretty Little Liars co-stars and friends Holly Marie Combs, Lesley Fera and Nia Peeples as they host the quintessential PLL rewatch podcast. Each podcast includes a hilarious breakdown of a Pretty Little Liars episode, an in-depth interview with a special guest from the series, and a quiz show testing everyone’s knowledge of the episode. Past guests include executive producer/showrunner, I. Marlene King; actors Troian Bellisario (Spencer Hastings), Shay Mitchell (Emily Fields), Ian Harding (Ezra Fitz), Tammin Sursok (Jenna Marshall), Janel Parrish (Mona Vanderwaal), Nolan North (Peter Hastings) and Chad Lowe (Byron Montgomery); and Sara Shepard, author of the PLL book series on which the TV show is based, just to name a few. Upcoming guests include: Ashley Benson (Hanna Marin) on Oct. 7; Sasha Pieterse (Allison DiLaurentis) on Oct. 21; and Lucy Hale (Aria Montgomery) on Oct. 28. To hear current and previous episodes of Pretty Little Wine Moms, go to www.prettylittlewinemoms.com/, Apple Podcasts, or wherever podcasts are available.

Tuesday, Aug. 18 @ 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET:
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Premeditation
The Latino Theater Company presents an archival video showing of its acclaimed 2014 production, a dark romantic comedy written by resident company playwright Evelina Fernández and directed by LTC artistic director José Luis Valenzuela. Fifty percent of marriages end in divorce. But how many end in murder? A follow-up, online conversation with the artists will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 19, also at 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET. Both events are free and can be viewed at www.thelatc.org/

Monday, Aug. 24 @ 7:30 p.m. PT / 10:30 p.m. ET:
How It’s Gon’ BeThe Echo Theater Company presents an online reading of a poetic exploration of missed connections by JuCoby Johnson. With adulthood looming in the distance, Jahaan and his friends enjoy the last precious moments of summer vacation. When Jahaan’s father returns after a year away, the world stops spinning for a moment — and lines are drawn in the sand. View it live at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Balc9gJHeAE

Tuesday, Aug. 25 @ 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET:
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Solitude
The Latino Theater Company presents an archival video showing of the 2009, Los Angeles Times “Critic’s Choice” production by Evelina Fernández, directed by José Luis Valenzuela. Inspired by a collection of essays on Mexican thought and identity by Octavio Paz, Solitude explores love, death, destiny and family through a contemporary lens, accompanied by live music from cellist Semyon Kobialka. A follow-up, online conversation with the artists will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 26, also at 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET. Both events are free and can be viewed at www.thelatc.org/

Friday, Aug. 28 @ 4 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. ET:
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The Ballad of Emmett Till
— The original director and cast of the Fountain Theatre’s 2010, multiple award-winning production of Ifa Bayeza’s soaring work of music, poetic language and riveting theatricality reunite for a live-streamed reading of the play on the 65th anniversary of Till’s murder. Tickets are $20.00 at www.fountaintheatre.com/fountain-digital/the-ballad-of-emmett-till-2020.

Friday, Aug. 28 @ 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET:
August 29 — Tune in for the Latino Theater Company’s “sneak-peek” reading of a play named for the date in 1970, exactly 50 years ago, when Los Angeles Times columnist Ruben Salazar was killed while covering a large Chicano-led anti-war demonstration in East L.A. In the play, a university professor is writing a book on the life of Salazar. As she writes, those days from the late 1960s and early 1970s come to life, helping her recall the past and challenging her to renew her activism. Written and first produced in 1990 by members of the Latino Theater Company, then known as the Latino Theater Lab, August 29 was initially announced to open this month at the Los Angeles Theatre Center and is now scheduled to receive a fully staged production in 2021. The reading will be preceded by a live, online conversation on Thursday, Aug. 27, also at 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET. Both events are free and can be viewed at www.thelatc.org/

Tuesday, Sept. 1 @ 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET:
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La Olla — An archival video presentation of the Latino Theater Company’s 2016 production. A bit player in a shady 1950s L.A. nightclub finds a pot full of cash in this adaptation, by Evelina Fernández, of the Roman comedy, The Pot of Gold by Plautus. Inspired by the Rumberas films of the golden age of Mexican Cinema, the LTC incorporates its distinctive style of comedy, music, dance and imagery to explore one of the most basic aspects of human behavior — greed. A follow-up, online conversation with the artists will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 2, also at 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET. Both events are free and can be viewed at www.thelatc.org/

Friday, Sept. 4 @ 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET:
The Last Angry Brown Hat — A “sneak-peek” reading by the Latino Theater Company of Alfredo Ramos’s play in which four former members of the Brown Berets, a 1960s militant Chicano civil rights organization, reunite after the funeral of a pal. Together, they confront the dichotomy between their youthful anger and radicalism, and their current, more conformist lives filled with adult responsibilities. Originally announced for LTC’s 2020 on-stage season at the Los Angeles Theatre Center, the fully staged production has been postponed until 2021. The reading will be preceded by a live, online conversation on Thursday, Sept. 3, also at 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET. Both events are free and can be viewed at www.thelatc.org/

Tuesday, Sept. 8 @ 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET:
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This is a Man’s World
— An archival video presentation of a solo, semi-autobiographical coming of age story written and performed by Latino Theater Company founding member Sal Lopez. In this candid and intimate performance, music and memory swirl as Lopez relives the lessons that shaped his life, from the scent of a piroul tree in Mexico to the thrill of young love to the effects of the Watts Riots and the birth of his son. A follow-up, online conversation with Lopez will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 9, also at 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET. Both events are free and can be viewed at www.thelatc.org/

Friday, Sept. 11 @ 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET:
SHE — A “sneak-peek” reading by the Latino Theater Company of a new coming-of-age drama by Los Angeles-based, emerging playwright Marlow Wyatt. In a small town filled with poverty and neglect, 13-year-old SHE escapes by re-imagining her reality through poetry, until — forced to make her own way — she discovers that dreams cost… and you don’t always pay with money. Latino Theater Company’s previously announced on-stage world premiere of SHE has been postponed until next year. The reading will be preceded by a live, online conversation on Thursday, Sept. 10, also at 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET. Both events are free and can be viewed at www.thelatc.org/

Tuesday, Sept. 15 @ 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET:
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La Victima — A groundbreaking look, infused with humor, music and dance, at the history of Mexican-U.S. immigration from the intimate perspective of two families. Originally created by El Teatro De La Esperanza, a company that helped define Chicano theater and an entire generation of theater professionals, La Victima was the first show ever produced by the Latino Theater Company, in 1985. Watch archival footage of LTC’s 2010 revival featuring the late Lupe Ontiveras (Selena, Desperate Housewives), who was one of LTC’s founding company members. A follow-up, online conversation with the artists will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 16, also at 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET. Both events are free and can be viewed at www.thelatc.org/. Latino Theater Company will produce a second revival of La Victima, in collaboration with students from UCLA’s School of Theater Film and Television and the East Los Angeles College Theater Arts Department, when the company resumes production on the Los Angeles Theatre Center stage in 2021.

Friday, Sept. 18 @ 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET:
Sleep with the Angels — A “sneak-peek” reading by the Latino Theater Company of the newest play by Evelina Fernández, which will receive its world premiere at the Los Angeles Theater Center in 2021. Molly is separated from her husband and in desperate need of a childcare provider. Then she discovers Juana standing at her doorstep. Soon, Molly and her kids are swept up into Juana’s magical and charming ways. But, who is Juana, really? The reading will be preceded by a live, online conversation on Thursday, Sept. 17, also at 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET. Both events are free and can be viewed at www.thelatc.org/

Tuesday, Sept. 22 @ 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET:
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Home — An archival video presentation of last season’s Latino Theater Company production of writer/performer Nancy Ma’s coming-of-age tale about growing up sandwiched between two cultures. Desperately seeking approval from her Chinese Toisan immigrant family, Nancy journeys away from her home in New York City’s Chinatown in search of the American dream — only to learn that you can only find “home” when you accept where you come from. Join Ma and director Geoffrey Rivas for an online conversation on Wednesday, Sept. 23, also at 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET. Both events are free and can be viewed at www.thelatc.org/

Friday, Sept. 25 @ 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET:
Just Like Us — A “sneak-peek” reading by the Latino Theater Company of Karen Zacarias’s play based on Helen Thorpe’s bestselling book of the same name. This documentary-style piece follows four Latina teenage girls, two of whom are documented and two who are not, through young adulthood. Their close-knit friendships begin to unravel when immigration status dictates the girls’ opportunities — or lack thereof. LTC’s previously announced Los Angeles premiere will now take place at the Los Angeles Theatre Center in 2021. The reading will be preceded by a live, online conversation on Thursday, Sept. 24, also at 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET. Both events are free and can be viewed at www.thelatc.org/

Tuesday, Sept. 29 @ 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET:
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The Mother of Henry The Latino Theater Company presents an archival video showing of Evelina Fernández’s Los Angeles Times “Critic’s Choice” and Los Angeles Drama Critics award-winning play. Travel back to the working class melting pot of East LA of the 1960s where five diverse employees in the returns department at the iconic Boyle Heights Sears form a tight bond as they cope with upheaval in their personal lives, their community and the rapidly changing world around them during the course of one tumultuous and historic year – 1968. A follow-up, online conversation with the artists will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 30, also at 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET. Both events are free and can be viewed at www.thelatc.org/

Oct. 1 – Nov. 19 (Fridays @ 7 p.m. ET / 10 p.m. ET):
Unmasking New Works  The Latino Theater Company presents online readings of 8 new plays by Los Angeles-based playwrights in this weekly series. Plays are selected to reflect the full range of diverse communities and life in Los Angeles. All reading are free and can be viewed at http://thelatc.org/

Tuesday, Oct. 6 @ 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET:
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A Mexican Trilogy
, Part 1: FaithThe Latino Theater Company presents an archival video showing of Part 1 of Evelina Fernández’s acclaimed trilogy. Travel with the Morales family through decades of the Mexican-American experience, beginning with a remote mining town in Arizona during World War II. A Mexican Trilogy is the winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle’s Ted Schmitt Award and is published by Samuel French. Filled with music, humor and a pinch of magical realism, A Mexican Trilogy is the winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle’s Ted Schmitt Award and is published by Samuel French. A follow-up, online conversation with the artists will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 7, also at 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET. Both events are free and can be viewed at www.thelatc.org/

Tuesday, Oct. 13 @ 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET:
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A Mexican Trilogy
, Part 2: Hope  The Latino Theater Company presents an archival video showing of Part 2 of Evelina Fernández’s acclaimed trilogy, set in the Phoenix home of the Morales family during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Filled with music, humor and a pinch of magical realism, A Mexican Trilogy is the winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle’s Ted Schmitt Award and is published by Samuel French. A follow-up, online conversation with the artists will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 14, also at 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET. Both events are free and can be viewed at www.thelatc.org/

Tuesday, Oct. 20 @ 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET:
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A Mexican Trilogy
, Part 3: Charity  The Latino Theater Company presents an archival video showing of Part 3 of Evelina Fernández’s acclaimed trilogy. The final chapter in the story of the Morales family takes place in 2005 Los Angeles following the death of Pope John Paul II. Filled with music, humor and a pinch of magical realism, A Mexican Trilogy is the winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle’s Ted Schmitt Award and is published by Samuel French. A follow-up, online conversation with the artists will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 21, also at 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET. Both events are free and can be viewed at www.thelatc.org/

Oct. 23 – Nov. 8 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.):
California premiere of Daisy Sean Devine’s compelling historical drama explores the moment in TV history that the political attack ad was born. During the 1964 U.S. presidential campaign, as turmoil raged over Civil Rights and the Vietnam War, a group of Madison Avenue ad men working for Lyndon B. Johnson unleashed the most powerful political commercial ever conceived: the “Daisy” ad. International City Theatre, Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 330 E. Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802; $37-$52; (562) 436-4610; www.InternationalCityTheatre.org

Tuesday, Oct. 27 @ 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET:
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Dementia  — An archival video showing of Evelina Fernández’s innovative play tackling topics taboo in the Latino community, including homosexuality, AIDS, teen pregnancy and euthanasia — all through the Latino Theater Company’s uniquely styled lens. First produced in 2002, Dementia garnered a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Theater Production and four Ovation nominations, and was revived by the LTC in 2010 (Los Angeles Times “Critic’s Choice”) and again in 2017. A follow-up, online conversation with the artists will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 28, also at 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET. Both events are free and can be viewed at www.thelatc.org/

Friday, Dec. 11 @ 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET:
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La Virgen de Guadalupe
, Dios Inantzin — An archival video showing of Latino Theater Company’s signature holiday pageant, which has taken place annually since 2002 at Downtown L.A.’s beautiful Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Adapted for the stage by Evelina Fernández from the mid-16th century text The Nican Mopohua and performed in Spanish with English subtitles, La Virgen is the City of L.A.’s largest theatrical holiday production with over 100 actors, singers and indigenous Aztec dancers as well as children and seniors from the community. Join the tens of thousands who have become transfixed by the story of Juan Diego, a simple peasant to whom the Virgin Mary appeared on four occasions in the mountains of Tepeyac near Mexico City in 1531. A Los Angeles Times “Critic’s Choice,” the production has been featured by The New York Times, American Theatre, Univsion, Telemundo and Fox News among many others. An online conversation on Thursday, Dec. 10 will precede the event, also at 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET. Both events are free and can be viewed at
www.thelatc.org/

 

CLOSED PRODUCTIONS
SLATED TO RE-OPEN IN 2021
(DATES TBA)

Human Interest Story (Fountain Theatre)
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A timely drama about homelessness, celebrity worship and truth in American journalism. Newspaper columnist Andy Kramer (Rob Nagle) is laid off when a corporate takeover downsizes the City Chronicle. In retaliation, Andy fabricates a letter to his column from an imaginary homeless woman named “Jane Doe” who announces she will kill herself on the 4th of July because of the heartless state of the world. When the letter goes viral, Andy is forced to hire a homeless woman (Tanya Alexander) to stand-in as the fictitious Jane. She becomes an overnight internet sensation and a national women’s movement is ignited. A world premiere written and directed by Stephen Sachs (Arrival & Departure, Citizen: An American Lyric, Bakersfield Mist). The Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90029; $20$40, Pay-What-You-Want Mondays; (323) 663-1525; www.fountaintheatre.com.

La Vie en Rose (Odyssey Theatre)
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Her fans can’t bear to say goodbye! Responding to popular demand, Grammy award-winning chanteuse Julia Migenes re-opens her farewell series of concert performances for five additional weeks. Join Migenes for this evening of French chansons by Edith Piaf, Charles Aznavour, Léo Ferre, Jacques Brel, Michel Legrand and others. Accompanied on piano by Victoria Kirsch and directed by Academy Award-nominated director Peter Medak. (All songs performed in French.) Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; $25-$40; (310) 477-2055 x2; www.OdysseyTheatre.com

The Serpent (Odyssey Theatre)
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A re-envisioning of the Odyssey Theatre’s 1969 West Coast premiere of Jean-Claude van Itallie’s Obie award-winning play, a celebration of life as seen through the Book of Genesis, presented as part of the company’s 50th Anniversary “Circa ’69” Season. Fifty years later, Ron Sossi will again take the helm of this unique “ceremony/celebration/exploration” that remains a prime example of the innovative nature of the period. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; $32-$37; (310) 477-2055 x2; www.OdysseyTheatre.com

 

NEW PRODUCTIONS
EXPECTED TO OPEN IN 2021

(DATES TBA)


A Day in the Death of Joe Egg
(Odyssey Theatre)
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One of the groundbreaking plays of the ’60s and a continuing audience favorite, Peter Nichols’ play is an incisive, wonderfully theatrical examination of the private language of a marriage and the ways that it enriches and destroys. This semi-autobiographical portrait of a couple who must come to terms with having a disabled child is included on the National Theatre’s list of the “100 Most Significant Plays of the Twentieth Century.” Robin Larsen directs for the  Odyssey Theatre Ensemble’s 50th Anniversary “Circa ’69” Season. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; $32-$37; (310) 477-2055 x2; www.OdysseyTheatre.com

A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney (West Coast premiere – a guest production at the Odyssey Theatre)
Tonight, aided by a pack of cigarettes, a bottle of vodka, three actors and a pile of dead lemmings, Walt Disney will read you a screenplay he wrote about his final days on earth. This darkly imaginative, ambitiously titled, fiercely funny play by Lucas Hnath (Broadway’s A Doll’s House, Part 2; Hillary and Clinton) turns the public persona of the self-made American folk hero, creator of “The Happiest Place on Earth,” on its head — recounting, among other things, his failed attempt to make EPCOT a functional working city and the urban legend of his cryogenically frozen head. “A blood-pumping and often hilarious evening of theater.” — Theater Mania. A visiting production at the Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; $35; (323) 960-4412; www.Onstage411.com/Disney

August 29 (The Latino Theater Company at the Los Angeles Theatre Center)
Named for the date in 1970 when Los Angeles Times columnist Ruben Salazar was killed while covering a large Chicano-led anti-war demonstration in East L.A.  A university professor relives those late 1960s, early 1970s movement days while writing a book on the life of Salazar, who comes to life to help her recall the past and to challenge her to renew her activism. The play was written and first produced by members of the Latino Theater Company, then known as the Latino Theater Lab, in 1990. Directed by Alberto Barboza. Latino Theater Company at The Los Angeles Theatre Center, (The LATC) 514 S Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013; $22-$48; (866) 811-4111; http://thelatc.org/

Closely Related Keys (International City Theatre)
Home, identity, secrets and lies. An African-American attorney with a career on the rise is shocked to learn she has an Iraqi half-sister in this hard-hitting drama about family conflict and clashing cultures by acclaimed playwright Wendy Graf. Julia Dolan’s carefully constructed life begins to crumble when Neyla, a devout Muslim, arrives in the U.S. with plans to audition for Juilliard. But is there more to her story? International City Theatre, Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 330 E. Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802; $37-$52; (562) 436-4610; www.InternationalCityTheatre.org

If I Forget (Los Angeles premiere – Fountain Theatre)
From Steven Levenson, book-writer of the hit musical Dear Evan Hansen, comes this powerful tale of a Jewish family and a culture at odds with itself. Michael is a liberal Jewish studies professor reuniting with his two sisters to celebrate their father’s 75th birthday. A political and deeply personal play about history, responsibility, and what we’re willing to sacrifice for a new beginning, told with vicious humor and unflinching honesty. If I Forget was a New York Times “Critic’s Pick,” while DC Metro calls it “one of the greatest Jewish plays of this century.” The Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90029; $20$40, Pay-What-You-Want Mondays; (323) 663-1525; www.fountaintheatre.com

Joe and Betty (Padua Playwrights)
Poet/playwright Murray Mednick directs a revival of his wrenching, fiercely funny portrait of a poor Jewish couple living in the Catskills in 1951. Admittedly autobiographical, Mednick’s darkly comic depiction of the disintegration of his parents’ marriage was the recipient of the prestigious American Theatre Critics Association’s Steinberg New Play citation. “A dark pleasure… Mednick’s pitch-black comedy dug deeply into the writer’s life and came back with a winner… Top Ten of 2001” — Los Angeles Times; “Harrowing, deeply distressing and memorable… These are perhaps the worst parents you will ever see on the stage… [Betty] is a fascinating creation, like Mr. Mednick’s play.” — The New York Times. Location TBD; $25; (323) 960-5770; www.Onstage411.com/JoeandBetty

Just Like Us (Los Angeles premiere – The Latino Theater Company at the Los Angeles Theatre Center)
What makes us American? Based on Helen Thorpe’s bestselling book, this documentary-style play by Karen Zacariás follows four Latina teenage girls in Denver, two of whom are documented and two who are not, through young adulthood. Their close-knit friendships begin to unravel when immigration status dictates the girls’ opportunities.— or lack thereof. When a political firestorm arises, each girl’s future becomes increasingly complicated. directed by José Luis Valenzuela. Latino Theater Company at The Los Angeles Theatre Center, (The LATC) 514 S Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013; $22-$48; (866) 811-4111; http://thelatc.org/

La Victima (The Latino Theater Company at the Los Angeles Theatre Center)
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Latino Theater Company, in collaboration with students from UCLA’s School of Theater Film and Television and the East Los Angeles College Theater Arts Department, presents a revival of El Teatro De La Esperanza’s groundbreaking look at the history of Mexican-U.S. immigration from the intimate perspective of two families. Created in 1976 by a company that helped define Chicano theater and an entire generation of theater professionals — and the first show ever produced by L.A.’s then brand-new Latino Theater Company in 1985 — the story of the Villas and Mendozas spans four decades and is infused with humor, music and dance. One of the most important plays in the canon of American Latinx theater, La Victima could not be more relevant today. The bilingual production incorporates a mix of English, Spanish and “Spanglish” that can be understood by all audiences.Latino Theater Company at The Los Angeles Theatre Center, (The LATC) 514 S Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013; $22-$48; (866) 811-4111; http://thelatc.org/

Our Man in Santiago (world premiere – Theatre West)
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A comic spy thriller inspired by the true story of a spectacularly failed U.S. attempt to overthrow Chile’s democratically elected leader. In this new political farce by two-time Emmy nominee and WGA award-winner Mark Wilding (Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, Good Girls, Charmed), the CIA enlists an inexperienced, unsuspecting agent to follow up with a last-ditch, poorly conceived and wildly dangerous effort to hasten the 1973 Chilean coup d’état. Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd, West, Los Angeles, CA 90068; $25-$30; (323) 851-7977; www.TheatreWest.org

Picnic (Odyssey Theatre)
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble presents William Inge’s sensual, passionate and delightfully funny classic with an all Black American cast. On a balmy Labor Day in the American Heartland, neighbors are getting ready for the annual picnic. But when a young drifter comes into town and stirs up the emotions of small-town beauty Madge Owens, friendships are pushed to the limits. Winner of the 1953 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award. Directed by John Farmanesh-Bocca. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; $32-$37; (310) 477-2055 x2; www.OdysseyTheatre.com

Poor Clare (world premiere – The Echo Theater Company)
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Clare is just a regular noblewoman living in medieval Italy, trying out hairstyles and waiting to get married… until a man named Francis starts ranting in the courtyard. Alana Dietze (Dry Land, The Wolves) directs Chiara Atik’s new play, based on the real story of St Clare of Assisi. about what happens when your eyes are opened to the injustice of the world around you and you can’t look away. Echo Theater Company @ Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; $20-$34, Pay-What-You-Want Mondays; 310-307-3753; www.EchoTheaterCompany.com

SHE (world premiere – The Latino Theater Company at the Los Angeles Theatre Center)
Los Angeles-based emerging playwright Marlow Wyatt penned this award-winning coming-of-age drama set in the 1970s. Growing up in a small town filled with poverty and neglect, 13-year-old SHE escapes by re-imagining her reality through poetry. Her dreams take flight when she is presented with the opportunity to attend the prestigious Vanguard Academy. Forced to make her own way, she soon discovers that dreams cost… and you don’t always pay with money. Imani, artistic director of the Richard Allen Center for Culture and Art in N.Y.C., directs. Latino Theater Company at The Los Angeles Theatre Center, (The LATC) 514 S Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013; $22-$48; (866) 811-4111; http://thelatc.org/

Sleep with the Angels (world premiere – The Latino Theater Company at the Los Angeles Theatre Center)
In Evelina Fernández’s newest play, Molly is separated from her husband and in desperate need of a childcare provider. Then she discovers Juana standing at her doorstep. Soon, Molly and her kids are swept up into Juana’s magical and charming ways. But, who is Juana, really? Latino Theater Company at The Los Angeles Theatre Center, (The LATC) 514 S Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013; $22-$48; (866) 811-4111; http://thelatc.org/

Slow Food (International City Theatre)
A vacationing couple celebrates their anniversary at a Greek restaurant in Palm Springs — but will the marriage survive the service? As a wacky waiter insinuates his way into their meal — and their lives — the couple examine their past and their future together. A tender, uproarious comedy from Wendy MacLeod (Women in Jeopardy!, The House of Yes) that delves deeply into what we hunger for. International City Theatre, Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 330 E. Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802; $37-$52; (562) 436-4610; www.InternationalCityTheatre.org

The Last Angry Brown Hat (The Latino Theater Company at the Los Angeles Theatre Center)
Four former members of the Brown Berets, a 1960s militant Chicano civil rights organization, reunite after the funeral of a pal. Willie’s brown beret has been stored away in a chest in his welding shop, along with a ton of memories from the “Chicano Power” movement of the ’60s and ’70s. When he and his friends open the chest, the past comes tumbling out. Together, they confront the dichotomy between their youthful anger and radicalism, and their current, more conformist lives filled with adult responsibilities. Latino Theater Company at The Los Angeles Theatre Center, (The LATC) 514 S Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013; $22-$48; (866) 811-4111; http://thelatc.org/

The Night Buster Keaton Dreamed Me (West Coast premiere at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and  24th Street Theatre)
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Two orphan girls fend for themselves in a fire-scarred apartment. So far, they’ve managed to elude Child Protective Services, but now it looks like Mrs. Giamatti next door might be on to them. Is this all a dream? Or are they being filmed for a movie like the ones their mother used to take them to at the Silent Movie Theatre on Fairfax? When Buster Keaton mysteriously appears on the eve of Haley’s birthday, the boundaries of the girls’ reality are stretched. “A surrealistic play about personal loss and the power of the imagination… bouncy and moody, hungry and hostile, dreamy and daffy all at once” — Ted Hadley, Buffalo News. Winner of the 2012 Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition (under the play’s original title, “Cut-Ups”). Presented in English with Spanish supertitles by 24th Street Theatre, renowned for presenting sophisticated, emotionally rich and provocative theater that can be enjoyed by both adults and kids, separately or together. 24th Street Theatre, 1117 West 24th St, Los Angeles, CA 90007; $10-$24; (213) 745-6516; www.24thstreet.org

The Soldier Dreams  (Open Fist Theatre Company)
A darkly funny and moving play about life, death, grief and dancing. As David lies dying, his lover Richard is forced to play host to David’s well-intentioned but poorly prepared family members, each of whom feel they had the most special connection to David. Award-winning Canadian dramatist Daniel MacIvor takes the audience inside everyone’s memories of David — including his own. Open Fist Theatre Company at Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; $20-$30; (323) 882-6912; www.openfist.org

The Untitled Baby Play (world premiere – IAMA Theatre Company)
In Nina Braddock’s new comedy about private identity, persona projection, the agony of life choices and female friendship, six women use email to plan a baby shower for their mutual friend — catapulting each into respective existential spirals about fertility, motherhood and purpose. Directed by Katie Lindsay. Directed by Katie Lindsay. IAMA Theatre Company at Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; $35; 323-380-8843; www.iamatheatre.co

Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum 2021 Summer Season
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Theatricum’s annual summer season of theater, music and performance in a unique and stunning outdoor setting. Five main-stage theater productions performed in repertory throughout the summer, plus a host of satellite events: Momentum Place on Mother’s Day; Family Fun Days with Creative PlayGround and Peter Alsop’s Kids Koncerts on Sunday mornings June through Oct.; Theatricum’s annual Family Barn Dance on July 4; the annual Under the Oaks salon series on Friday nights in September; comedy improv from Off the Grid; the company’s bi-annual The Woody Guthrie Story, a tribute to the songwriter, folklorist and labor leader who was also a longtime Theatricum friend; celebrate Halloween with Theatricum BOO-tanicum; and more. Patrons are welcome to arrive early and picnic before a performance. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290; $10-$42; (310) 455-3723; www.theatricum.com

Tuesday, Nov. 2 from 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.:
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Dia de los Muertos
— Celebrate the joyous tradition of Mexico’s most famous holiday at 24th Street Theatre’s annual free block party with music, dance, homemade tamales and “antojitos Latin Americanos,” facepainting, crafts booths — and a graveyard where families can make their own altars for their departed loved ones. The evening kicks off at 5:45 p.m. with a procession led by ceremonial dancers Los Chinelos from the corner of Magnolia and Adams to the festivities at 24th Street Theatre. Bring a flashlight!. 24th Street Theatre, 1117 West 24th St, Los Angeles, CA 90007; FREE; (213) 745-6516; www.24thstreet.org

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