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Center Theatre Group Hosts Library Play Reading of "Allos"


Reading Will Feature Reggie Lee, Matt Pascua, Jason Rogel and Ellen D. Williams

Center Theatre Group continues its free play reading series with the reading of “Allos: The Story of Carlos Bulosan” at three public libraries in Boyle Heights. The play reading will take place at Benjamin Franklin Library on July 17, at Malabar Library on July 18 and at Robert Louis Stevenson Library on July 19. All readings will begin at 6 p.m. and will be performed in both English and Tagalog.

Written by Giovanni Ortega and directed by Fran de Leon, “Allos: The Story of Carlos Bulosan” brings to life an important American hero the history books don’t mention. Carlos Bulosan followed his brothers from the Philippines to Seattle—and never returned home. He lived and worked across California, including Los Angeles, becoming the voice of the Filipino immigrant experience as a writer and advocate for migrant workers. “Allos” depicts his struggles and his relationship with his brothers, and pays testament to his courage and spirit in a country that rejected him, but that he came to love and call home—America. The cast includes, in alphabetical order, Reggie Lee, Matt Pascua, Jason Rogel and Ellen D. Williams.

The Benjamin Franklin Library is located at 2200 East 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033; the Malabar Library is at 2801 Wabash Ave., Los Angeles, 90033; and the Robert Louis Stevenson Library is at 803 Spence St., Los Angeles, 90023.

For reservations to the reading, contact Jesus A. Reyes at or call 213-972-8028. More information on Center Theatre Group’s community programs can be found at

Center Theatre Group partners with local artists, theatre companies and libraries to present English and Spanish play readings every month. The “Allos: The Story of Carlos Bulosan” reading is presented in partnership with Artists at Play.

The play readings are presented by Center Theatre Group’s Education and Community Partnerships department and are supported in part by funding from the California Arts Council. Through free workshops, events, productions, discussions and other activities that take place at traditional and nontraditional venues,

Center Theatre Group is working to connect with community members and artists throughout L.A. and to facilitate inclusive and thoughtful cultural conversations. Center Theatre Group, one of the nation’s preeminent arts and cultural organizations, is Los Angeles’ leading nonprofit theatre company, which, under Artistic Director Michael Ritchie, programs seasons at the 736-seat Mark Taper Forum and 1600 to 2000-seat Ahmanson Theatre at The Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles, and the 317-seat Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. In addition to presenting and producing the broadest range of theatrical entertainment in the country, Center Theatre Group is one of the nation’s leading producers of ambitious new works through commissions and world premiere productions and a leader in interactive community engagement and education programs that reach across generations, demographics and circumstance to serve Los Angeles.

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July 13, 2018