La Jolla Playhouse is pleased to announce that Teatro Máscara Mágica (TMM) has been named the 2013/2014 Resident Theatre Company. Spearheaded by Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley, the Resident Theatre Program aims to encourage the artistic development of up-and-coming performing arts organizations, while advancing and contributing to the San Diego theatre scene as a whole. The program provides a temporary home each year to one of the many local troupes without a permanent venue. Each year, the Playhouse selects a local arts organization through a competitive application process, to use one of the La Jolla Playhouse venues for two productions rent free. In addition to performance space, the Playhouse provides the Resident Theatre Company with lighting and sound support as well as advice in the areas of marketing and development. Previous Resident Theatre participants have included Eveoke Dance Theatre, San Diego Asian American Repertory Theater, MOXIE Theater and Mo'olelo Performing Arts Company.
2013/2014 Resident Theatre Company: Teatro Máscara Mágica
Detained in the Desert
August 29 - September 15, 2013
Teatro Máscara Mágica begins its residency this summer with a production of Josefina López's Detained in the Desert. A response to the anti-immigrant atmosphere in Arizona and the rise in violence against Latinos fueled by extremist media, Detained in the Desert parallels two completely different people: Sandi, a second-generation dark-skinned Latina, and Lou Becker, an inflammatory talk show radio host, whose lives converge in the Sonoran desert in Arizona. López is best known as the author of the play Real Women Have Curves, and as the co-author of the screenplay for its film adaptation, which earned her the Humanitas Prize for Screenwriting. She is also a novelist and the Founder and Artistic Director of CASA 0101 Theater in Los Angeles' Boyle Heights neighborhood.Heralded as the "Theater of the People," Teatro Máscara Mágica (TMM) was founded in 1989 and is a culturally diverse, community based team of artists and supporters of the arts that believe all races, creeds and cultures should have the opportunity for artistic expression and experiences of the highest quality – particularly in the multi-sensorial realm of live theater. The brainchild of two of San Diego's best known Latino directors, William Virchis and Dr. Jorge Juerta, Teatro Máscara Mágica serves the County with quality professional theatre and for nearly 25 years has been recognized as a national leader in developing a curriculum of dynamic, enlightening theatre productions coupled with community-based outreach and educational experiences. With its performances, TMM has proved its dedication to increasing the production of multicultural theatre, providing professional theatrical opportunities to underrepresented segments of the population and to subsidizing ticket prices to make live theatre affordable to families and the less affluent.
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