Theater Booklet: Siguenza of San Diego Rep launches a month-to-month present about Latin American tradition

Herbert Siguenza, the playwright at the San Diego Repertory Theater in Residence, writes and hosts a new monthly online show that highlights the culture, heritage and cuisine of a different Latin American country in each episode.

“VAMOS!” – which means “let’s go” in English – premieres on January 11th at 7pm on the Representative’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. A new 15 to 20 minute episode of “VAMOS!” premieres at the same time every second Monday of the month. The series is produced through the Representative’s Amigos del REP program.

“I want my show to highlight the great diversity that makes each Latin American country unique,” Siguenza said in a statement. “This show will be a little escape from our COVID monotony and maybe inspire you to learn more.”

Each show begins with a short illustrated lecture about the respective Latin American country. It also features poets and musicians shedding light on the nation’s culture and a tutorial on a recipe for food or drink associated with that country’s cuisine.

Visit facebook.com/SanDiegoRep/ to watch.

A screenshot of a sample of Falling, a reading that Unscripted Learning will stream online January 14-17.

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Reading “Falling” focuses on autism

Unscripted Learning, a nonprofit educational institution of the National Comedy Theater in San Diego, filmed a reading of a play about a family grappling with the challenges of autism. “Falling” will be streamed online January 14-17.

“Falling” was written by Deanna Jent and staged by La Jolla Playhouse for Jacole Kitchen’s reading. It is about a family dealing with an extreme outbreak of their 18-year-old severely autistic son after his routine was interrupted by visiting a grandmother. The 75-minute reading stars Sylvia Enrique, Gary Kramer, Robert Malave, D. Candis Paule and Arielle Siler.

Streaming tickets are $ 25. All proceeds go to Unscripted Learning. Visit unscriptedlearning.org.

Masked performers at the Ovation Theater

Masked actor in Ovation Theater’s musical “All Shook Up”.

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Ovation films the unique masked version of ‘All Shook Up’

Ovation Theater, which produces at Encinitas Youth Productions, has made a unique production of the Elvis Presley-inspired jukebox musical comedy “All Shook Up,” which will be streamed for four shows starting January 29th.

To ensure the safety of the performers, Ovation’s artistic director, Pamela Laurent, and musical director, Scott Gregory, pre-recorded all of the cast’s vocal tracks separately. Then they filmed a socially distant outdoor performance of the musical with choreographer Susie Dycus, with all of the performers wearing masks. Dycus said the experience is educational for the young actors because they need to learn new tools to communicate with their bodies because their faces are covered in masks.

The recorded production will be streamed on January 29 at 7 p.m., on January 30 at 5 p.m., on February 5 at 7 p.m. and on February 6 at 4 p.m. Group pass tickets cost $ 25 or $ 40. To order, visit ovationtheatre.org.

New Village Arts breaks off the festival

The New Village Arts Theater in Carlsbad has canceled its 2021 Final Draft New Play Festival, which was due to take place this month.

All scripts previously submitted for the festival will instead be considered for the 2022 festival. Due to the pandemic, New Village has canceled all in-person programs on the stage until the end of this year, but some online readings will be presented over the next six months. Additional guidelines for submitting entries can be found at newvillagearts.org.

Pam Kragen writes about theater for the San Diego Union-Tribune. Email to [email protected]

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