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Center Theatre Group Continues Free Play Reading Series at Libraries


Readings Will Be Presented January through June 2020 at Benjamin Franklin Library, Malabar Library and Robert Louis Stevenson Library

Center Theatre Group will continue its free library play reading series with the readings of six plays on select dates from January to June 2020. The plays will be presented at Benjamin Franklin Library on Tuesdays, Malabar Library on Wednesdays and Robert Louis Stevenson Library on Thursdays. All readings will begin at 6 p.m.

“Tortilla Flat” is written by John Steinbeck and adapted by Forrest Hartl. It will be performed in English on Tuesday, January 14, Wednesday, January 15 and Thursday, January 16.

Presented by Off The Tracks Theatre Company, “Las Arañas Cumplen Años” is written by Camila Villegas and directed by Juan Parada. It will be performed in Spanish on Tuesday, February 11, Wednesday, February 12 and Thursday, February 13.

Presented by East Los Angeles College (ELAC) Storytellers Ensemble, “East Side Story” is written by the ELAC ensemble and directed by James Buglewicz. It will be performed in English on Tuesday, March 17, Wednesday, March 18 and Thursday, March 19. This reading marks Center Theatre Group’s second collaboration with the ELAC Theatre Arts Department.

Presented by Will & Company, “Valor” is written and directed by Fran de Leon. It will be performed in English and Tagalog on Tuesday, April 14, Wednesday, April 15 and Thursday, April 16. “Awake” is written and performed by Joe Hernandez-Kolski. It will be performed in English on Tuesday, May 12, Wednesday, May 13 and Thursday, May 14.

“Caminos: A Mother’s Journey” is written by Teatro Liberado. It will be presented in English and Spanish on Tuesday, June 16, Wednesday, June 17 and Thursday, June 18.

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. New this year, all readings at Benjamin Franklin Library will include ASL interpretation from Interpret THAT.

“It’s incredible to continue into the sixth year of our partnership with the libraries in Boyle Heights and with local theatre companies in order to offer community members free play readings that represent the diversity of this city with plays in English, Spanish, Tagalog and trilingual ASL interpretation,” said Center Theatre Group Community Partnerships Director Jesus A. Reyes. “Additionally, this season of readings includes a second new play from our partnership with East Los Angeles College Theatre Arts Department, which was derived from interviews with Boyle Heights residents. There are so many stories to share and each library a stage for community members to enjoy.”

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

Now in its sixth year, the 2020 library play readings are presented by Center Theatre Group’s Education, Engagement and Community Partnerships department and are supported in part by funding from the California Arts Council’s Creative California Communities grant and the Friar’s Charitable Foundation. 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 the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Ritchie, Managing Director Meghan Pressman and Producing Director Douglas C. Baker, programs seasons at the 736-seat Mark Taper Forum and 1600 to 2100-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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January 3, 2020