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Performances Keeping Downtown Night Life Active in August

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Tuesday, August 05, 2008, at 03:12PM
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August doesn't slow down Downtowners wanting to hit the streets and have a surreal night out as the New LATC opens "Portrait of the Architect in Ruins" this weekend. "It's not your grandparents play . . it's edgy." says New LATC's Andrew Shafer, the young producer who wants to challenge what Downtown theater can become.

Another goal of the New LATC is to offer options for neightborhood residents, and with a creative community embedded in Downtown's Historic Core, not many will fear a risky theater offering.

Experimental multi-media performance is used to tell the story of two siblings wrestling with the suicide of an older brother by using a combination of music, dance, theater, projection, and animation.

For the past year Los Angeles based artist Sheila Vand has been leading a group of collaborators from different artistic disciplines, including musicians, writers, live DJs, dancers, actors, animators, and filmmakers as they have developed the story.

"Portrait of the Architect in Ruins" opens Friday, August 8th and runs on the 9th, 10th and then the 16th and 17th of August. Curtain is at 8pm; General Admission-$20; Students-$12.

More Theater from New LATC: Starting September 12th, New LATC will host Face of the World Festival, an international festival of that will include 18 performances in theater, dance and spoken word in three months. The productions will include New York's Jose Limon Dance Company's Cennenial Tour and Ofelia Medina's play about the life of Frida Kahlo, Cada Quien Su Frida.

On Grand Ave: The first play in the new Mark Taper Forum, which just completed a year-long renovation, will be a revival of John Guare’s American comedy “The House of Blue Leaves”. It begins previews August 30th, opening September 14th and continuing through October 19th. It will be directed by Nicholas Martin and the cast will feature (in alphabetical order) Diedrich Bader, Mia Barron, Kate Burton, Angela Goethals, James B. Harnagel, James Immekus, Jane Kaczmarek, James Joseph O’Neil, John Pankow, Rusty Schwimmer and Mary Kay Wulf.

Meanwhile, over on Traction CD'9s Jan Perry sent a text message to "atTraction" cast member and Arts District resident Jonathan Jerald saying "I hear Ed is in the play." Jerald texts back "Yes, he plays a know-it-all stuck on the internet."

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