Award-winning Los Angeles writer-performers Richard Montoya (“Chavez Ravine” and “Water & Power”) and Roger Guenveur Smith (“Rodney King” and “The Watts Tower Project”) will take part in a DouglasPlus: Conversations event, “Excavating Venice of America,” on Wednesday, June 1 at 8 p.m., at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre.
Montoya and Smith will be joined by three guest speakers to discuss the iconic Southern California community of Venice in conjunction with the artists’ new work-in-progress, tentatively titled “American Venice.”
The speakers include Alison Rose Jefferson, Ph.D., a historian and heritage conservation consultant; Josh Kun, an associate professor of communications and journalism and author of the book “To Live and Dine in L.A.”; and George Pryce, a third-generation Venetian who is a distinguished founder of the pioneering journal “Modern Black Men” and former head of publicity for Death Row Records. CTG’s Associate Artistic Director Diane Rodriguez will be the evening’s moderator.
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