Friday, March 29, 2013

Tamales De Puerco trilingual play in Boyle Heights opens April 5

Casa 0101 Theater, Josefina López, Artistic Director, will present the play,“Tamales De Puerco (Pork Tamales),” A Trilingual Play in English, Spanish and American Sign Language, written by Mercedes Floresislas, directed by Edward Padilla.
The cast will include:  Arturo Aranda (as Reynaldo Reyes); Alfredo Avila (as Tomas); Oscar Basulto (as Boss); Brian M. Cole (as Deaf Actor); Maria Correa (as Female Deaf Street Vendor); Jaden Delgado (as Mauricio Morales on April 3, 5, 7, 13, 19, 21 and 27, 2013); Mercedes Floresislas (as Mother/Street Customer/Cop/Ensemble); Ramona Pilar Gonzales (as Detective Cohen/Doctor/Ensemble); Cristal Gonzalez (as Norma Morales); Dickie Hearts (as Deaf Actor); Michael Anthony Martinez-Islas (as Health Inspector/Street Vendor/Homeless Man/Ensemble); Scott McMaster (as Cesar); Lynn Moran (as Karla); Miriam Peniche (as Tana); Antonio Perez (as Detective Ramos) and Olin Tonatiuh (as Mauricio Morales on April 4, 6, 12, 14, 20, 26 and 28, 2013).
This production is made possible in part thanks to the generous support of Casa 0101 sponsors, including The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation, the California Endowment, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Herb Alpert Foundation, Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles – A Designated Local Authority, the California Foundation for Stronger Communities, the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation and Metro.
Concurrently with the run of the play an art exhibition entitled, “The Culture of Communication,” will be on display at Casa 0101 Theater.  The exhibit is a sampling of how people express, translate, misinterpret, and see themselves as part of a community – both hearing, and hearing impaired individuals.  Here in Los Angeles the larger community is now Spanish Speaking and often viewed as not part of the American mainstream.  For the Deaf this is often compounded, who are asked to understand the hearing, yet left without the ability to communicate directly to those who can hear.  They understand but are not always understood.

Artists, both hearing and Deaf in the art exhibit, include:  Joy Alumit, Noel Alumit, Oscar Cristerna, Kikki Eder, Margaret Garcia (Art Exhibit Curator and Artist),Sergio Hernandez, Bonnie Lambert, Barry Markowitz, Ester Petschar, Monica Ramirez, Ramon Ramirez, Mary Rappazzo, Michael Rascon and Suzanne Urquiza.  The Opening Reception will be held in The Jean Deleage Art Gallery at Casa 0101 Theater on Thursday, April 4, 2013 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
“Tamales De Puerco (Pork Tamales),” A Trilingual play in English, Spanish and American Sign Language can be described as follows:

When Norma’s husband resorts to violence to cope with her son’s deafness, Norma must flee and maneuver in three languages to survive and protect her child. Recommended for mature audiences only.

In the new Casa 0101 Theater, 2102 E. First Street (at Louis Street), Boyle Heights, CA  90033.

Preview Performances at $15 per ticket will be given on Wednesday and Thursday, April 3 and 4, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.  The Opening Night Performance will be held on Friday, April 5, 2013 at 8:00 p.m., followed by a performance on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. and on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.  Thereafter performances will be given on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and on Sundays at 5:00 p.m. through April 28, 2013.  Concurrently with the run of the play there will be an art exhibition entitled, “The Culture of Communication,” curated by Margaret Garcia.  The exhibition will be in The Jean Deleage Art Gallery at Casa 0101 Theater.

Ticket prices for Opening Night on Friday, April 5, 2013 are $25 each, which includes the performance and post-show reception. Tickets for performances during the rest of the four-week limited run of the show from April 6 – 28, 2013 will be $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 tickets, please call the Casa 0101 Theater Box Office at 323-263-7684, E-mail, or buy online  Like us on Facebook.

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