Live from the KDT, a series of new multicamera, virtually produced readings and productions recorded at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, will launch with readings of CTG Creative Collective member Luis Alfaro’s acclaimed three-play series of Chicano adaptations, “The Greek Trilogy of Luis Alfaro” presented in partnership with the Getty.
“Electricidad” (adapted from Sophocles’ “Electra”) premieres online October 17, “Oedipus El Rey” (adapted from Sophocles’ “Oedipus the King”) premieres online October 24 and “Mojada” (adapted from Euripides’ “Medea”) premieres online October 31.
Transplanting themes of the ancient Greek tragedies into the streets of Los Angeles, Alfaro’s plays give voice to the concerns of the Chicanx and wider Latinx communities. From performances around the world including celebrated runs at the Mark Taper Forum, Public Theater, Getty Villa and Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Alfaro’s electric adaptations question the role that citizens and community play in social issues facing us all today.
All three readings will be free to the public and performed in English with Spanish captioning available. Each reading will be available on demand until December 31, 2020.
Live from the KDT will continue with “Kristina Wong for Public Office” (premiering online October 30 and continuing on demand through November 29, 2020) featuring CTG Creative Collective member Wong in a virtually staged production exploring the performance artist’s leap from potential reality TV stardom to hyperlocal politics. Presented in partnership with The Broad Stage, the video will be free to Center Theatre Group subscribers and supporters and members of The Broad Stage. All others can access the event for $10.
Center Theatre Group’s annual L.A. Writers’ Workshop Festival: New Plays Forged in L.A. will be represented this season as part of Live from the KDT beginning with a virtually produced reading of “Christa McAuliffe’s Eyes Were Blue” written by Kemp Powers (2019-2020 L.A. Writers’ Workshop member), a haunting meditation on race and privilege in America. Additional L.A. Writers’ Workshop Festival readings will be announced. The videos will be free to Center Theatre Group subscribers and supporters and $10 for all others.
Live from the KDT will also include Not a Moment, But a Movement, a series of three events pairing play readings with visual artists and musicians to create an interdisciplinary collaboration intended to amplify and center Black artists. Presented in conjunction with Watts Village Theater Company and The Fire This Time Festival, each event will feature a host who guides the audience through an audio-visual experience which leads into a virtually produced play reading and is paired with a post-event Community Conversation to create a uniquely comprehensive cultural event. The first in the series will premiere in December 2020.
The video will be free to Center Theatre Group subscribers and supporters and $10 for all others.