24th Street Theatre logo24th Street Theatre celebrates two decades in 2017-18 with a season that looks both forward and back while highlighting the company’s unique appeal to a wide range of audiences.

“The upcoming season marks our 20th year of magical theater that speaks to the urgency of the times in which we live,” says executive director Jay McAdams. “We’re proud to offer an eclectic mix of provocative theater to adults and kids alike that’s as fun as it is important. And to do it in both English and Spanish.”

24th Street Theatre company members Jesus Castaños Chima and Tony Duran are set to appear in shows that bookend the new season.

The 24th Street Theatre 20th Anniversary Season:

Sept. 9 – Oct. 15, 2017
La Razón Blindada (“Armored Reason”)
Written and directed by Argentine playwright Arístides Vargas,
Inspired by the classic novel El Quixote by Cervantes, The Truth About Sancho Panza by Franz Kafka, and testimonies from Chicho Vargas and other political prisoners held in Rawson Prison during Argentina’s “Dirty War” of the 1970s. Jesus Castaños Chima and Tony Duran reprise their roles as political prisoners who are allowed to interact with one another for one hour a week — but must remain in their chairs and never stand.
Presented in Spanish with English supertitles.
Appropriate for ages 14 and up.

Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017
Dia de los Muertos
Latin surf rock band The Space Sanchos headlines 24th Street Theatre’s annual, free block party. Celebrate the joyous tradition of Mexico’s most famous holiday with entertainment on two stages, homemade tamales, face painting, crafts booths and a graveyard where families can make their own altars for their departed loved ones.

Dec. 2 – Dec. 3, 2017
Pang!
Performing amidst a forest of microphones, sound effects, props and musical instruments, award-winning performance artist Dan Froot and Company presents a triptych of live radio plays based on the life stories of three families living with hunger in Miami, Cedar Rapids and South Central Los Angeles.

Dec. 14 – Dec. 17, 2017
La Víspera (“The Eve”)
A warm, funny and unique holiday play about love and sacrifice created from stories shared by members of the local University Park immigrant community during workshops with professional theater artists. Stay after the performance for homemade tamales, champurrado (hot chocolate) and a traditional star-shaped piñata.
Presented in Spanish with English supertitles.

March 10 – April 29
World premiere
ICE
Written by Leon Martell. Commissioned by 24th Street.
A bilingual, humorous, musical journey in search of what it means to be American. Two men arrive in the U.S. with big dreams… but no documents. With a love of baseball, Tia Victoria’s salsa recipe and the help of a talking sock, the pair works day and night to make their taco truck the Uncle Sam of mobile restaurants. Will a contest to be the most American food truck at Dodger Stadium for the 4th of July prove to Immigration, Naturalization and Customs that they truly belong?
Appropriate for ages 7 and up.

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