Friday, September 28, 2012

Brown & Out Theater Festival in Boyle Heights Sept. 28-Oct. 21

 Casa 0101 Theater, Josefina López, Artistic Director, will present Casa 0101’s 2nd Annual Brown & Out Theater Festival (BAOTF), featuring a collection of 10 World Premiere short plays celebrating the Latino/a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning/Queer experience. Produced by Miguel Garcia, the Festival will be presented on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 5:00 p.m., September 28 – October 21, 2012 at The New Casa 0101 Theater, 2102 East 1st Street (at St. Louis Street), Boyle Heights, CA  90033.
       Casa 0101 Theater’s 2nd Annual Brown & Out Theater Festival is sponsored by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, The California Endowment, Building Healthy Communities – Boyle Heights Initiative and Metro.
            Miguel Garcia, Producer Casa 0101 Theater’s 2nd Annual Brown & Out Theater Festival said:  “The inspiration for this new play festival came from the need to provide a creative, safe space where LGBTQ Latino/as could share their many diverse stories out on the stage for ALL audiences to hear in an effort to reduce the stigmas and struggles associated with being Latino/a and LGBTQ.  Given the rise of LGBTQ youth committing suicide due to increased bullying and cyber-bullying, it became very important to present a Theater Festival that would inspire audiences, artists and youth to ‘Live Brown, Out and Proud.’”
       For tickets, please call the Casa 0101 Theater Box Office at323-263-7684, E-mail, or buy online at  Tickets are $20 per person for General Admission; $17 per person for Seniors; and $15 per person for Students/Boyle Heights residents.  Discounts for Groups are also available. Advance reservations are highly recommended.  Theatre patrons can get a $2 discount by presenting their Metro Bus Cards at the Box Office when buying tickets.  Metro bus stations are located on First Street in Boyle Heights at both Soto Street, and at Boyle Street (Mariachi Plaza), within a short walking distance to the theatre.  For a sneak preview of B-roll footage of scenes from Casa 0101 Theater’s 2nd Annual Brown & Out Theater Festival, please visit

        At the 8:00 p.m. performance on Thursday, October 11, 2012, in observation of National Coming Out Day, the Latino Equality Alliance will host a short post-show Q&A and reception, a fundraiser for their organization, which is currently developing an LGBTQ Forum in Boyle Heights that will feature panel speakers and workshops, and promote resources for the Latino/a LGBTQ community.
       A special visual art exhibition will be held in conjunction with the Festival, entitled “Mi Arte.”  Art is that word which brings various colors and emotions in our thoughts.  Art has the power to heal, to forgive, to bond and to freshen up our lives.  Friedrich Nietsche said:  “The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.”  The purpose of this exhibit if for viewers to enjoy, heal and find empowerment.  Curated by Corky Dominguez, Latino artists who will be part of the art exhibition include:  Mars Bravo, George Cambron, Nube Cruz, Karla Leyva and Hector Silva.  The producer of “Mi Arte” and the 2nd Annual Brown & Out Theater Festival is Miguel Garcia.  For further information, please visit the website,

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