Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center and Playwrights’ Arena Present Inaugural Garage Theatre Production "March" - Los Angeles LGBT Center

Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center and Playwrights’ Arena Present Inaugural Garage Theatre Production "March"

September 23, 2020
Contact: Gil Diaz

The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center and Playwrights’ Arena proudly announce the inaugural production in the Center’s innovative new live theatre series, Garage Theatre. March, conceived and directed by the award-winning director and founder of Playwrights’ Arena Jon Lawrence Rivera, is scheduled to open on Saturday, October 17, with performances taking place in the unique, experimental space of an underground parking structure located below the Center’s Anita May Rosenstein Campus in Hollywood. There will be two performances, at 7:30 p.m. and 9 pm, every Saturday and Sunday night from October 17–November 15.

For its first offering, the Center is joining forces with Jon Lawrence Rivera, one of Los Angeles’ most honored directors and producers. Rivera, who conceived the idea for March, explains: “This is a devised work highlighting anti-trans sentiment prevalent in our culture today. Through a process of writing exercises, the actors will contribute in the writing of the final piece. To secure the safety of the actors, all rehearsals and performances will require daily temperature readings, minimum 6-foot distancing, and wearing face masks and face shields at all times.”

The cast includes MJ Brown/Miss Barbie-Q, Adam Budin, Chad Christopher, Matthew Clark, Diego de Los Andes, Brandon English, Amir Levi, MARDOZA, Coretta Monk, and Roland Ruiz.

The story March tells may or may not take place some 25 years in the future. An authoritarian society is once again in the grips of a pandemic. In a world of mortal danger, three Trans/Gender Non-Conforming women seek a safe place to hide from The Military. Darkly fearful and incorporating elements of magic realism, March begins its journey to the stage as a suspenseful, starkly political drama of peril and liberation.

Garage Theatre was conceived by the Center’s Technical and Events Coordinator and lighting designer Matt Richter and brought into being by the Center’s Director of Cultural Arts Jon Imparato. Created to address the need for live performances that can be mounted with total safety for cast, crew, and audiences alike, Garage Theatre combines the immediacy of live theatre with the security of a drive-in theatre. Utilizing minimal sets, creative lighting, and a private FM radio system to broadcast directly into people’s cars, Garage Theatre is unlike anything done before. Attendance at Garage Theatre is limited to 16 cars, with tickets priced at $20 per car. Boxed meals will be available for pre-order from the Center’s new Liberation Coffee House.

GARAGE THEATRE: Inaugural Production
A Co-production of the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center and Playwrights’ Arena
Conceived and directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera
Produced by Jon Imparato for Los Angeles LGBT Center
Starring: MJ Brown/Miss Barbie-Q, Adam Budin, Chad Christopher, Matthew Clark, Diego de Los Andes, Brandon English, Amir LeviMARDOZA, Coretta Monk, and Roland Ruiz

The Garage at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Anita May Rosenstein Campus
1118 N. McCadden Place, Los Angeles 90038
(one block east of Highland Ave.; just north of Santa Monica Blvd.)

Saturdays and Sundays, October 17–November 15
7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.

TICKETS: $20 per car, General Admission

To purchase tickets, visit lalgbtcenter.org/theatre.

Net proceeds of all ticket sales will support the full range of free and low-cost programs and services offered by the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

About the Los Angeles LGBT Center

Since 1969 the Los Angeles LGBT Center has cared for, championed, and celebrated LGBT individuals and families in Los Angeles and beyond. Today the Center's nearly 800 employees provide services for more LGBT people than any other organization in the world, offering programs, services, and global advocacy that span four broad categories: Health, Social Services and Housing, Culture and Education, Leadership and Advocacy. We are an unstoppable force in the fight against bigotry and the struggle to build a better world; a world in which LGBT people thrive as healthy, equal, and complete members of society. Learn more at lalgbtcenter.org.

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