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UPCOMING EVENTS
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(Most recently updated: Sept. 27, 2021)

Launching Oct. 1:
Premeditation
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The Latino Theater Company
has turned its world premiere production, written by resident playwright Evelina Fernández, into a six-part audio theater podcast. Fifty percent of marriages end in divorce… but how many end in murder? Meet two disgruntled housewives from opposite sides of the track: Esmeralda, sophisticated and calculating, and Lydia, foul-mouthed and pragmatic. Both are about to discover the lengths they’ll go to in order to get their husbands’ attention. Episodes One and Two of Premeditation will launch on Friday, Oct. 1, with the remaining episodes scheduled for release every Friday in October: Episode Three on Friday, Oct. 8; Episode Four on Friday, Oct. 15; Episode Five on Friday, Oct. 22; and Episode Six on Friday, Oct. 29. Listen for free at www.latinotheaterco.org/premeditation

Launching Oct. 1:
Rapunzel Alone
A fully-produced, stand-alone audio theater recording released in advance of the world premiere production that will be presented live-in-performance next spring at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and 24th Street Theatre. It’s 1944 and bombs are falling in London. With her mum and dad on the front line, Lettie is evacuated to the country, where she finds refuge on Miss Pearce’s farm. But at what price? Is finding safety for a 12-year-old, mixed-race city girl in a rural, homogenous community akin to isolating her in a tower? Commissioned by 24th Street Theatre and written by Olivier Award-winning playwright Mike Kenny (Walking the Tightrope). Appropriate for ages 7+. Available for free listening at www.thewallis.org/rapunzel.

Oct. 7 – Nov. 18 (Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays @ 8 p.m.; dark Oct. 19-21):
World premiere of Ascension
Ahmed Best directs the world premiere of Darryl G. Watson’s immersive, audience-interactive, sci-fi mystery-thriller that strikes at the heart of our assumptions about faith, memory and reality. The 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

STREAMING live Saturday, Oct. 9 @ 6 p.m. PT / 9 p.m. ET, available on demand thru Sunday, Oct. 24:
Pass the Mic festival
IAMA Theatre Company amplifies Asian American and Pacific Islander voices with five 10-minute short plays, each written and directed by AAPI artists. IAMA ensemble member Parvesh Cheena (Outsourced, My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) and queer/transgender Tamil-Sri Lankan-American actor/writer/comic D’Lo co-host a hybrid live/pre-recorded online festival that features live monologues, musical guests and video montages. www.IamaTheatre.com

Oct. 22 – Nov. 7 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.; previews Wednesday, Oct. 20 & Thursday, Oct. 21 @ 8 p.m.):
Blues in the Night
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The soul of the blues wails out full and strong in this scorching, Tony and Olivier award-nominated musical. Set in 1948 in a rundown Chicago hotel, three women and a man share their stories about the misery and humor of life, love and the dogged determination to do more than just survive. The drama reveals itself through 26 hot, torchy, glorious songs by Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Alberta Hunter, Harold Arlen, Jimmy Cox, Ida Cox and more. Conceived by Sheldon Epps and directed by Wren T. Brown, producing artistic director of L.A.’s Ebony Repertory Theatre and director of ICT’s 2019 hit production of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. International City Theatre in association with Ebony Repertory Theatre, Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 330 E. Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802; $37-$52; (562) 436-4610; www.InternationalCityTheatre.org

Oct. 23 – Nov. 29 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 4 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m.):
World premiere of Poor Clare
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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. The 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

Oct. 23 – Dec. 12 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.; select Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 8 p.m.):
The Serpent
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Odyssey Theatre Ensemble re-opens its re-envisioning of the company’s 1969 West Coast premiere of Jean-Claude van Itallie’s Obie award-winning play—first opened in March 2020 as part of the Odyssey’s 50th Anniversary “Circa ’69” Season, but shuttered five days later by the onset of the Covid-19 shutdown. Now, 19 months later, the cast is back on stage for this unique “ceremony/celebration/exploration” that delights in life as seen through the Book of Genesis and other iconic events. Go ahead – take the apple! Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; $32-$37; (310) 477-2055 x2; www.OdysseyTheatre.comOdyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; $32-$37; (310) 477-2055 x2; www.OdysseyTheatre.com

Oct. 23-Dec. 12 (Opens Saturday, Oct. 23 at 4 p.m.; thereafter: Saturdays @ 8:30 p.m.; Sundays @ 7 p.m.; Mondays @ 8:15 p.m.):
West Coast premiere of The Soldier Dreams
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A darkly funny and moving play about life, death, grief — and dancing. As David lies in a virus-induced coma, his lover, Richard, plays host to David’s family members, each of whom feel they had the most special connection. In this poignant homage to those we love who have left us, the audience becomes witness to everyone’s — including David’s own — memories of David. Open Fist Theatre Company at Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; $20-$30; (323) 882-6912; www.openfist.org

Oct. 30-Nov. 29 (Saturdays @ 10 p.m.; Sundays @ 6 p.m.):
Never Swim Alone
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In this slyly witty and unexpectedly suspenseful satire, two men are locked in a ruthless competition of one-upmanship under the watchful eye of “The Referee,” a young woman with a secret connection to the boys these men used to be. Open Fist Theatre Company at Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; (323) 882-6912; www.openfist.org

Monday, Nov. 1 from 5:45 p.m. – 10 p.m.:
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Celebrate the joyous tradition of Mexico’s most famous holiday — and get vaccinated!. 24th Street Theatre’s annual Dia de los Muertos block party returns as a live, in-person event, headlined by Mexican composer and rock star Jaime López. Entertainment on the outdoor stage will also include performances by Klezmer Juice; “nueva trova” musician/activist Esteban León; Mariachi Calilajara; Aztec dance troupe Huitzilopochtli; ballet folklórico Sol de Fuego; and more. Enjoy homemade tamales, craft booths, a la catrina costume contest and a graveyard where families can make their own altars for departed loved ones. Covid vaccinations and health screenings will be available on site, both courtesy of USC. The evening kicks off at 5:45 p.m. with a procession led by ceremonial dancers Los Chinelos. 24th Street Theatre, 1117 West 24th St, Los Angeles, CA 90007; FREE; (213) 745-6516; www.24thstreet.org

Nov. 6, 2021 – Jan. 23, 2022 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m.; dark Dec. 20 – Jan 7):
Los Angeles premiere of The Children
Lucy Kirkwood’s astonishing, Tony-nominated play is a taut and disquieting thriller about responsibility, reparation and what one generation owes the next. With the outside world in utter chaos following a devastating environmental disaster, two retired nuclear engineers live a quiet life in a remote cottage on the lonely British coast — until a surprise visit from a former colleague upends the couple’s equilibrium and trust. Performed on the indoor stage (proof of vaccination required) at The Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90029; $20$40, Pay-What-You-Want Mondays; (323) 663-1525; www.fountaintheatre.com.

STREAMING Nov. 19 – Nov. 21 (schedule TBA):
RE:Encuentro
digital Latinx theater festival
Latino Theater Company presents 16 Latinx companies and performers from across the U.S. in digital residence at The Los Angeles Theatre Center, offering performances, panels and events via Latino Theater Company’s online platform. Celebrating the richness of contemporary Latinx theater and highlighting the diversity of Latinx culture in communities throughout the country., RE:Encuentro will include performances from Pregones Theater, Bronx N.Y. (We Have Ire by Paul S. Flores); Teatro Alebrijes, San Jose CA (Canción de Cuna para Un Niño Herido/Lullaby for A Wounded Boy by Rodrigo García); Los Rivax Project, Pittsburgh PA (The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Tlaloc Rivas); The Tank and Teatro Circulo, New York NY (Haus of Dust by Gabriel G Torres); Teatro Vivo, Austin TX ((Un)Documents, written and performed by Jesús I. Valles); Su Teatro, Denver CO (Interview with a Mexican, adapted for the stage by Anthony J. García from conversations with “Ask A Mexican” columnist Gustavo Arellano); San Francisco CA-based writer/performer Margo Gomez (Spanking Machine); San Francisco, CA-based writer/performer Irma Herrera (Why Would I Mispronounce My Own Name?); Dallas, TX-based playwright Franky D. Gonzalez (Paletas de Coco); Chicago, IL-based writer/performer Melissa Duprey (Good Grief); and Moriviví Theatre in collaboration with Hand2Mouth, Portland OR: (Distancias, created and performed by Geo Alva, Robi Arce and Michael Cavazos). Los Angeles will be represented by 24th Street Theatre (ICE by Leon Martell); Cornerstone Theater Company (Highland Park Is Here by Mark Valdez); Carrero Creatives (Calle de la Resistencia, book and music by Milton Carrero); writer/performer Elisa Noemi (Enof: Ya basta); and Latino Theater Company (working title: Whittier Boulevard, an original company-devised work). In addition to presenting their work to the public, artists will work together during the residency, sharing creative methodologies in artistic workshops that will culminate in public performances of a co-created new work. These pieces will allow participants and audiences to take an in depth look at the challenges and opportunities of creating work for a virtual platform. Public conversations about the work will include post-performance discussions, roundtable conversations, symposia and distinguished speakers. RE:Encuentro 2021 follows the success of Latino Theater Company’s national Encuentro theater festival in 2014 and international Encuentro de las Americas in 2017. FREE; www.latinotheaterco.org

Launching Dec. 2:
Season Three of The Zip Code Plays: Los Angeles podcast series
Antaeus Theatre Company highlights the culture and history of six additional Los Angeles neighborhoods with Season Three of its popular “The Zip Code Plays: Los Angeles” podcast series. Nearly 65,000 listeners were transported to 12 different Los Angeles locales during Seasons One and Two. Now, in Season Three, playwright Peppur Chambers takes audiences on a visit to 90027: Griffith Park; Diana Burbano brings us to 90028: Hollywood; Daniel Hirsch sets his play in 90039: Frogtown; veteran Antaeus member Ann Noble introduces us to 90262: Lynwood; writer Alex Goldberg shares the wonders of Antaeus Theatre Company’s home turf in 91201: Glendale; and resident Steve Apostolina shines a light on 91505: Burbank. Can’t travel? Here’s your chance to get to know Los Angeles, and for Angelenos to explore their own city. Seasons One and Two are currently available wherever you get your podcasts and at www.antaeus.org.

Friday, Dec. 3 & Saturday, Dec. 4 @ 7:30 p.m.:
La Virgen de Guadalupe, Dios Inantzin
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L.A.’s Latino Theater Company returns to Downtown L.A.’s Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels with La Virgen de Guadalupe, Dios Inantzin, the company’s signature holiday pageant that has taken place annually since 2002. Featuring over 100 actors, singers and indigenous Aztec dancers as well as children and seniors from the community, La Virgen is the City of L.A.’s largest theatrical holiday production. 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. Adapted for the stage by Evelina Fernández from the mid-16th century text The Nican Mopohua and performed in Spanish with English subtitles, the pageant has been covered by The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles HOY, Univision and Fox News among many others.
Latino Theater Company at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90012; FREE (reserved seating available for $45); (866) 811-4111; https://www.latinotheaterco.org

Friday, Dec. 24 from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.:
62nd Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration

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The Emmy Award-winning L.A. County Holiday Celebration joyously returns to The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion to celebrate its 62nd anniversary with a free, live in-person holiday spectacular. The annual event will feature over 20 music ensembles, choirs and dance companies from the many neighborhoods and cultures that make up L.A. Once again, PBS SoCal will host a live broadcast of the event that has been a Los Angeles holiday tradition since 1959, while KCET will be airing the program twice on Christmas Day. Those who can’t make it to The Music Center on Dec. 24 can watch the broadcast live on PBS SoCal or online at pbssocal.org/holidaycelebration. Tickets to the in-person event are free and available on a first-come-first-seated basis. The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles 90012; FREE; Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours required to attend. More information at www.HolidayCelebration.org

Jan. 15 – Feb. 20, 2022 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m., Sundays @ 3 p.m.):
World premiere
of Singing Revolution: The Musical
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A new musical with a crowd-pleasing Euro pop score, Singing Revolution sets a tale of star-crossed lovers against the beautiful, moving and timeless true story of Estonia’s 1987 song-filled, peaceful uprising against the Soviet Union. Broadwater Theatre Main Stage, 6320 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90038; $40; singingrevolutionthemusical.com

Feb. 11 – Feb. 27, 2022 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.; previews Wednesday, Feb. 9 & Thursday, Feb. 10 @ 8 p.m.):
Marry Me A Little
This charming, bittersweet musical two-hander weaves 17 lesser-known songs by Stephen Sondheim into a tale of love and loneliness that The New York Times calls “a disarming experience.” The story of two single strangers who unknowingly live one floor apart is told entirely through songs written early in Sondheim’s career or cut from his groundbreaking Broadway musicals. International City Theatre, Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 330 E. Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802; $37-$52; (562) 436-4610; www.InternationalCityTheatre.org

LAUNCHING Feb. 14, 2022:
Numbered Days
Corey Madden’s poetic memoir will be released as a four-episode podcast series just in time for Valentine’s Day. In this moving and inspiring true story, two passionate people, in love with their art and with each other, experience the power of music and words to sustain them through their numbered days. Available for listening at www.FountainTheatre.com, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Feb. 24 – March 13. 2022 (opens Thursday, Feb 24 @ 8 p.m.; thereafter: Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 7 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m.; previews begin Feb. 18):
Work-in- Progress: IAMA ensemble-devised new play
IAMA Theatre Company presents an exciting new play written, performed and directed entirely by members of the IAMA ensemble. IAMA Theatre Company (venue TBD); 323-380-8843; www.iamatheatre.com

March 12 – April 18, 2022 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 4 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m.):
Los Angeles premiere of Hooded, or Being Black for Dummies
A timely, irreverent examination of growing up black in America by rising-star playwright Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm. Marquis and Tru are both 14-year-old black boys, but they exist in two totally different worlds. Marquis is a book smart prep-schooler living in the affluent suburb of Achievement Heights; while Tru is a street savvy kid from deep within the inner city of Baltimore. Their worlds overlap one day in a holding cell. Tru decides that Marquis has lost his “blackness” and pens a how-to manual entitled “Being Black for Dummies”. He assumes the role of professor, but Marquis proves to be a reluctant pupil. They butt heads, debate, wrestle and ultimately prove that Nietzsche and 2pac were basically saying the same thing. Ahmed Best directs. 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

March 12 – May 1, 2022 (March 12-March 19 at The Wallis Annenberg Performing Arts Center; March 26-May 1 at 24th Street Theatre):
Rapunzel Alone

A sophisticated reimagining of the classic fairy tale geared for adults and children alike, commissioned by 24th Street Theatre and written by Olivier Award-winning playwright Mike Kenny (Walking the Tightrope). It’s 1944 and bombs are falling in London. With her mum and dad on the front line, Lettie is evacuated to the country, where she finds refuge on Miss Pearce’s farm. But at what price? Is finding safety for a 12-year-old, mixed-race city girl in a rural, homogenous community akin to isolating her in a tower?  Appropriate for ages 7+. www.24thstreet.org/

March 26 – May 1, 2022
(Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.):
West Coast premiere of A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney
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

April 15 – May 1, 2022 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.; previews Wednesday, April 13 & Thursday, April 14 @ 8 p.m.):
A Dolls House: Part 2
It was shocking for audiences to watch Nora leave her husband and children in Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 play, A Doll’s House. How shocking will it be for us, in 2022, to dive deeper into the reasons behind that fateful choice in playwright Lucas Hnath’s bitingly funny, Tony-nominated stand-alone sequel to Ibsen’s revolutionary masterpiece? International City Theatre, Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 330 E. Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802; $37-$52; (562) 436-4610; www.InternationalCityTheatre.org

May 26 – June 27, 2022 (opens Thursday, May 26 @ 8 p.m.; thereafter: Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 7 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m.; previews begin May 20):
World premiere of Untitled Baby Play
In this ode to female friendship by Nina Braddock, six women find themselves trapped on an email chain as they plan a friend’s baby shower. What starts out as a comedy of manners for the digital age deepens into something weightier as these women — a doctor, freelance journalist, consultant, teacher, actress and software engineer — contend with cyber miscommunications and email thread snubs, forcing them to question their own convictions, fears and existential angst surrounding the baby issue. When the shower finally comes to pass, neuroses reach full throttle. A meditation on private identity, the crafting of persona, and the agony of life choices. Directed by Katie Lindsay. IAMA Theatre Company (venue TBD); $35; 323-380-8843; www.iamatheatre.com

June 10 – June 26, 2022 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.; previews Wednesday, June 8 & Thursday, June 9 @ 8 p.m.):
The Legend of Georgia McBride Casey is young and broke, with a baby on the way and the landlord knocking on his door. Now, the bar where he works as an Elvis impersonator has replaced his act with a B-level drag show. Casey is about to learn a lot about show business —and himself — in this heartfelt, feel-good, music-filled comedy by Matthew Lopez. International City Theatre, Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 330 E. Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802; $37-$52; (562) 436-4610; www.InternationalCityTheatre.org

July 16 – Aug. 22, 2022 (Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 4 p.m.; Mondays @ 8 p.m.):
West Coast premiere of Continuity
On a soundstage in a desert in New Mexico meant to look like a melting ice sheet in Greenland, things are running way behind schedule. As over-qualified-but-under-recognized director Maria tries to salvage her big-budget thriller about climate change and eco-terrorism, her cast and screenwriter waste precious minutes of daylight with behind-the-scenes drama. Lindsay Allbaugh directs this startlingly funny new play by Bess Wohl about what is worth saving and what isn’t — especially when we’re facing the end of the world. 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

Aug. 26 – Sept. 11, 2022 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.; previews Wednesday, Aug. 24 & Thursday, Aug. 25 @ 8 p.m.):
Valley Song
The first post-apartheid play by South African playwright Athol Fugard is a poignant and hope-filled coming-of-age story that transcends politics. A young girl seeks the courage to embrace the future while her grandfather searches for the wisdom to let go of the past. International City Theatre, Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 330 E. Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802; $37-$52; (562) 436-4610; www.InternationalCityTheatre.org

Oct. 21 – Nov. 6, 2022 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.; previews Wednesday, Oct. 19 & Thursday, Oct. 20 @ 8 p.m.):
Lend Me A Tenor
Ken Ludwig’s  two-time Tony-nominated screwball comedy is filled with mayhem, high-jinx and hilarity. When world-famous tenor Tito Morelli arrives for a fundraiser at the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, a chain-reaction of mistaken identity and mixed signals spirals out of control, leaving audiences giddy and teary-eyed with laughter. International City Theatre, Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 330 E. Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802; $37-$52; (562) 436-4610; www.InternationalCityTheatre.org

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