Block Party 2018: Celebrating Los Angeles Theatre
March – May 2018
First Production: “Bloodletting” from Playwrights’ Arena
Previews March 29 and 30, 2018. Opens March 31 at 8 p.m. Through April 8.
by Boni B. Alvarez
Directed by Playwrights’ Arena Artistic Director Jon Lawrence Rivera
Second Production: “Ameryka” from Critical Mass Performance Group
Previews April 19 and 20, 2018. Opens April 21 at 8 p.m. Through April 29.
Written and directed by
Critical Mass Performance Group Artistic Director Nancy Keystone in collaboration with the company
Third Production: “Die, Mommie, Die!” from Celebration Theatre
Previews May 10 and 11, 2018. Opens May 12 at 8 p.m. Through May 20.
by Charles Busch
Directed by Ryan Bergmann
Center Theatre Group’s second annual Block Party highlights some of the remarkable work being done on other stages throughout Los Angeles by fully producing three previously staged productions.
First Production: “Bloodletting”
“Bloodletting” follows Farrah and Bosley, two Filipino American siblings who recently lost their father. They arrive on an island called Palawan to scatter his ashes when a typhoon hits and they are forced to seek shelter at a tiny café. The peculiar café owner and his granddaughter share tales of aswangs (witches) with the siblings—that is until Farrah discovers she has a few peculiarities of her own.
Second Production: “Ameryka”
From the American Revolution to the global war on terror, from the struggle for civil rights to the fight against communism, “Ameryka” shines a light on the promises and pitfalls of democracy. An ensemble-created piece developed over six years, it showcases Critical Mass Performance Group’s kaleidoscopic style of found texts, movement, original music and exuberant spectacle.
Third Production: “Die, Mommie, Die!”
“Die, Mommie, Die!” is a campy noir classic that follows the devious actions of aging Hollywood star Angela Arden (played by Drew Droege in drag) who is trapped in an unhappy marriage and plots to kill her husband in order to be with her young lover. When Angela’s children learn of her plot and seek revenge, madness ensues in this over-the-top comedy.