Angel City Culture Quest

CalArts Center For New Performance: Scene With Cranes

Episode Summary

Today we are speaking with two very special guests: Travis Preston, CalArts Center for New Performance Executive Artistic Director and Dean of the CalArts School of Theater, and acclaimed playwright Octavio Solis, one of the most prominent Latino playwrights in America, to discuss his play Scene With Cranes.

Episode Notes

In celebration of its 20th anniversary season, we'll look at the ways CalArts Center for New Performance - or CNP - has been an incubator for testing, developing and producing artistic projects, and what Travis calls a truly different paradigm for creating professional work. 

And We'll speak with Octavio about Scene With Cranes and his process in writing it, including  the varied symbols that cranes represent and even an unexpected master class from one of the leads in this production.

CalArts is one of the preeminent theater training grounds in the country, designed to educate the whole person and to prepare fully equipped theater artists to transform the field. 

Scene With Cranes is part of a project of Duende CalArts, an initiative of the Center for New Performance - or CNP - dedicated to developing and producing innovative work emerging from Latinx and Latin American communities and sources. Established in 2009 by Marissa Chibás, Duende CalArts develops adventurous projects at CNP that aim to expand aesthetic boundaries and performance discourse, and advance multilingual works.

The play will have a short run from September 29 to October 1, at REDCAT in downtown Los Angeles. And the program will include a pre-show talk with playwright Octavio Solis in conversation with director Chi-wang Ya(a)ng on Saturday, October 1st at 7:30 PM.

Creative Team

Director: Chi-wang Yang
Playwright: Octavio Solis
Scenic Designer: Efren Delgadillo Jr.
Lighting Designer: Christopher Akerlind
Costume Designer: Edurne Fernandez
Sound Designer: Cristian Amigo

Marissa Chibás, Lourdes
Emilio Garcia-Sanchez, Angel
Stacia Marcum, Ruby
Isaias Alexander Miranda, Nico
Angela Rosado, Letty
Hilario Saavedra, Ramiro
Tony Sancho, Lieutenant David Leyva
Hannah Trujillo, Yolie

September 29 at 8:30pm
September 30 at 8:30pm
October 1 at 8:30pm
REDCAT, Los Angeles

Join us October 1 at 7:30pm for a pre-show conversation with playwright Octavio Solis and director Chi-wang Yang.

TICKETS for "Scene With Cranes" are now on sale here.