Theatre to Present 'Chavez Ravine'

Posted on: 3/14/2019


 

Theatre Arts to Present 'Chavez Ravine' (May 9-18) 

Los Angeles Mission College’s Theatre Arts program will present “Chavez Ravine”, a hilarious and moving vaudevillian masterwork from the nation’s premiere Latin-American theatre troupe, Culture Clash. 

The fast-paced documentary-style screwball comedy tells the true story of the tight-knit Mexican community in downtown Los Angeles that was completely uprooted to make way for the building of Dodger Stadium. Chavez Ravine will be directed by Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts Robert Cucuzza.

“Chavez Ravine” performances will take place May 9–18, with shows on Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. in the new Arts, Media and Performance Theater. 

In 1949, the federal government passed the National Housing Act, which allocated funds for the building of public housing across America. The City of Los Angeles targeted the predominantly Mexican-American community in Chavez Ravine, declaring the quaint enclave a slum and offering buyouts in exchange for the promise of vouchers for new low income apartments. 

Some took the buyout, others refused to leave. Homes were leveled, the housing plan fell through, and, lo and behold, the Brooklyn Dodgers were looking for a new West Coast home. When the remaining residents refused to leave, Los Angeles claimed eminent domain, dragged them from their homes, and leveled the ravine to make way for Dodger Stadium. In thrilling documentary style, Chavez Ravine tells this story, featuring dozens of real-life local characters including Vin Scully, Fernando Valenzuela, former Mayor Norris Poulson, Walter O’Malley, and Abbot and Costello.

Seven performers and two mariachi musicians play 33 characters in this fast-paced show. Theatre has once again assembled a team of professional artists to work hand-in-hand with students to bring this multidisciplinary production to life.

Tickets go on sale April 1 and can be purchased online at www.lamcstage.com.

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