Highlighting Black-owned businesses in Los Angeles
On November 18th, Center Theatre Group hosted its first Black-owned business event before the evening performance of Clyde’s. The play takes place in a local business– a truck-stop diner where the main characters work. In the spirit of the play’s theme, patrons were treated to offerings from six different Black owned businesses local to the L...
Meet the Playwrights Behind the Community Stories Project
As a direct response to the pandemic interrupting Center Theatre Group’s community programs such as our free workshops and library play reading series, Community Partnerships Director Jesus A. Reyes devised a virtual solution—the Community Stories project. “All in-person community programs have taken place at sites throughout Boyle Heights, b...
Scenes From the Vault—Popol Vuh: Heart of Heaven
Happy National Hispanic Heritage Month! Throughout the years, Center Theatre Group has produced many shows that celebrate Hispanic, Latinx, and Chicano history in California, including Zoot Suit (1978, 2017), Chavez Ravine (2003, 2015), Valley of the Heart (2018), and more. These particular productions were presented in partnership with our artisti...
Working to Make Grad School an Opportunity for All
With a dream of becoming a lighting designer or master electrician, East Los Angeles College (ELAC) student Stephan Azua has always relished learning. But he never really imagined that experience would take place in a college classroom.
'Valley of the Heart' Community Conversations Revisit Japanese American Internment and Redress, and Envision a More United America
Amidst news of family separations and migrant caravans at the Mexico-United States border, Luis Valdez’s Valley of the Heart—onstage October 30 – December 9, 2018—could not have come to the Taper at a more pertinent moment.
Different Coasts, Same Problems
It’s easy to take the cold weather attire and accents of the characters of Sweat to mean that the problems they face are endemic to industrial East Coast towns. Yet the reality for so many Angelenos is all too similar to that of the Reading, Pennsylvania working-class characters in Lynn Nottage’s searing play (onstage August 29 – October 7, 2...
Stitching Together Craft, Family, and Community in Boyle Heights
On a Saturday morning in June, a multigenerational group of friends and family gathered around sewing machines and bolts of colorful fabrics at Center Theatre Group’s The Shop.
Orientalism and the Portrayal of Asian Americans in Musicals
Theatre makers around the country are grappling with cultural appropriation and nontraditional casting right now. But the Asian American speakers at a recent Community Conversation are also coming to terms with their own “internal crisis” about beloved (but problematic) classics like Miss Saigon and The King and I....