Dolores Huerta to join Tim Robbins for post-performance discussion for WE LIVE ON
the Bunch of actors The theater will host a special discussion following the Friday August 6 performance of We Live On, with Dolores Huerta, founder and president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, which joins the Artistic Director Tim robbins on a panel moderated by Mariana Da Silva.
Da Silva tells the story of Huerta on stage; She is also a co-founder of El Cine, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing film education for the cost of a movie ticket to marginalized communities, primarily Latinx. We Live On Now in its world premiere until September 4, is based on Hard Times of Terkel studs, with additional text by Tim robbins and the cast.
Under the direction of Robbins, this live virtual production is presented in three parts. With music by Cameron Dye and David Robbins, this world premiere presents 30 stories of the Great Depression, including those of Huerta, Dorothy Day, and CÃ©sar Chavez. All tickets are Pay-What-You-Can and are available online at www.TheActorsGang.com or 310-838-4264.
Dolores Huerta is a civil rights activist and community organizer. She has worked for labor rights and social justice for over 50 years. In 1962, she and Cesar Chavez founded the United Farm Workers union. She served as vice-president and played a pivotal role in many of the union’s accomplishments over four decades.In 2002, she received the $ 100,000 Puffin / Nation Award for Creative Citizenship which she used to establish the Dolores Huerta Foundation (DHF). The DHF links the revolutionary community organization with state and national movements to register and educate voters; advocate for educational reform; make infrastructure improvements in low-income communities; advocate for greater equality for the LGBT community; and create strong leadership development. She has received numerous awards: among them the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Prize from President Clinton in 1998. In 2012 president obama awarded Dolores the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States.
About We Live On
We Live On, a live virtual production, will run until September 4. Each part features ten stories and is presented as a complete experience. Audiences around the world can also participate in a pre-recorded online screening every Sunday, September 5 to September 5, at 9:00 a.m. (PT) for part one, at 10:30 a.m. (PT) for part two, and at 12:00 p.m. (PT). for the third part. This marks the first Bunch of actors main production since the theater closed in March 2020.
Fifty-one years ago, author and columnist of the common man, Terkel studs, interviewed businessmen, auto workers, farmers, vagrants, striptease artists, boarders, seamstresses and union leaders and asked them what it was that to live during the Great Depression. Their words of survival have a direct link to the challenges faced around the world during the COVID pandemic. About a year ago, on the 50th anniversary of The Hard Times, faced with the inability to reunite, The Bunch of actors started working via zoom to accommodate Terkel’s tough times. The production explores 30 different stories – a mix of stories documented by Terkel and original stories drawn from the family histories of the cast members – of courage and determination, a testament to what it takes to survive times without previous, which are now featured on three different performances. “We started to develop We Live On in April 2020 and it started with a question: how, as artists, do we approach the fear of this time, the loss, the despair, the queues in the food banks, poverty?We weren’t interested in distracting or avoiding this historic period that we were living through. We wanted material that was stimulating and addressed the challenges of living in desperate times. At the same time, it was essential to tell the stories of the survivors, knowing that the courage and resilience of those who went through the Great Depression could be a source of inspiration and hope for our audience today. I had the chance to meet Terkel studs – one of my longtime heroes, a journalist who gave voice to the anonymous, the forgotten – and interviewed him for LACMA before his death. Studs was such an important documentary maker of the human condition, of what it takes to survive in hardship. Those Hard Times voices that Studs left with us, remain resonant and essential today, perhaps more so than when they were first recorded in 1970, a reminder of the tenacity, faith and love he We will need to recover from the trauma, unprecedented isolation and loss of loved ones that we have recently experienced.As actors, I think it’s important to find that kind of material to wrestle with. I am fortunate to have a company of actors who understand not only the importance of reaching the truth on a difficult subject, but also, in this difficult time of being apart, of reaching that truth in community. with each other. It is our hope to create this community around the world with our audiences in an intimate, personal and immediate way. We Live On is a play born out of loss and the confines of lockdown that seeks to create healing and catharsis and hope for a shaken world. “-Tim robbinsthe Bunch of actors Theater strives to make its content accessible to all patrons. Admission is Pay What You Can, but the theater offers free tickets to patrons who can’t afford to donate. For more information or if you have any questions, need assistance or access to free tickets, please send an email to [email protected].Some of the stories featured in We Live On include:Sally Rand, whose fans dance to the accents of Debussy’s “Clair de Lune” and Chopin’s “C sharp minor”, caused a sensation at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair and helped launch a career which lasted over 30 years. (Based on Terkel studsinterview with Sally Rand) Union activist Cesar Chavez, who was pushed into action by the targeted mistreatment of field workers he witnessed as a child during the Great Depression. (Based on Terkel studsInterview with Cesar Chavez) Louis Banks, who traveled the rails from Arkansas to Los Angeles on top of a boxcar with the dream of becoming a chef and the hope of finding a job in the North. (Based on Terkel studsinterview with Louis Banks) The words of Langston hughes, the Harlem Renaissance poet, played by contemporary poet Cyrus Roberts. Dolores Huerta of United Farm Workers discusses farm workers and immigrants
rights.StÃ©phanie Galindo gives voice to the misery of migrant workers and unearths the stories of the 28 formerly anonymous “deportees”. (Original story)Horace Clayton Jr., who left the comfort of his well-off upbringing for a tour of the south side of Chicago where he was mobilized by the unified and organized labor protests of the black community. (Based on Terkel studsHorace Clayton Jr. Interview Lawrence Zuckerman talks to his niece Cady about the long-term effect of his parents’ Russian Jewish immigrant experience during the Great Depression. (Original story)
Ruth gray Ratner survived a heart-wrenching education in the Great Depression and, as she tells Hannah Hartman, has no worries about surviving the pandemic. (Original story)Dorothy Day, the Catholic social activist, and his work with the homeless, the hungry, the impoverished of New York City throughout the Great Depression (based on Terkel studsinterview with Dorothy Day) The cast of We Live On Part One includes: Jeronimo Spinx (Louis Banks), Guebri VanOver (Dynamite Garland), Mary Eileen O’Donnell (Harry O’Donnell – his father), Josh Latzer (Martin DeVries), Stephanie G. Galindo (Anonymous), Hannah Hartman ( Ruth gray Ratner – his family friend), Jeanette Horn (Evelyn Finn), Vincent Foster (Harry Hartman), Dora Kiss (Julia Walther) and Cihan Sahin (Marshall and Steve).The cast of We Live On Part Two includes: Ana Ming Bostwick-Singer (Olga & William Bostwick – her grandmother and grandfather), Adam J. Jefferis (Slim Collier), Mariana Da Silva (Dolores Huerta), Patti Tippo (Sally Rand), Gratiela Brancusi (Jane Yoder), StÃ©phanie Pinnock (Elsa Ponselle), Luis Quintana (Jose yglesias), Jeremie Loncka (Harry & Peter Loncka – his grandfather and great-grandfather), Miroslav Vejnovic (Ed Paulsen) and Bob Turton (Hank Oettinger). The cast of We Live On Part Three includes: Stephan Smith ( Horace R. Cayton Jr.), Cady Zuckerman (Lawrence Jay Zuckerman), Pedro Shanahan (Bob Stinson), Megan Stogner (Dr. David J. Rossman), Kayla Blake (William Kealohaonalani Sniffen – Her grandfather), Kathryn Carner ( Peggy Terry), Robert Chavez (Cesar Chavez), AdÃ¨le Robbins (Dorothy Day), Kaili hollister (Ernest Russell – his great-grandfather) and Cyrus Roberts (Langston hughes).
Free tickets are available on request.
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