Upcoming Shows - In the Works:

January 29, 2012
Sunday 5-7pm
Latino Theater Company Play Reading
Los Angeles Theater Center
514 S. Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013

March 13, 2012
UCLA Asian American Studies 187A
Professor Valerie Matsumoto
"Exploring Ethnic Cultural Arts through Oral History"

March 29, 2012
Thursday 6:30-9:30pm
Break the Silence Open Mic held at
The Manazar Gamboa Community Theater
1323 Gundry Ave. Long Beach, CA, 90813

April 4, 2012
Wednesday 11-1pm
Cal Arts in Valencia
Theater History
Professor Chantal Rodriguez E108

Los Angeles, CA
Produced by TeAda Productions and The Latino Theater Company
May 31 - June 24, 2012
Thursday-Saturday 8pm, Sunday 3pm
General $30|Students/Seniors/Groups: $20
Los Angeles Theater Center
514 S. Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Fall 2012-Portland, OR
Fall 2012-Vermont
Stay tuned for times and locations.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

LAO'd and Proud! Not just for the Lao New Year!

Sunday, day 2 of the Lao New Year Festival Nicole is one of the lucky people to have bought our first LAO'd & Proud t-shirts! We sold out on Friday night even before the festival began!

Here's Ova getting the crowd to chant "I'm Lao and I'm proud, even if you're not Lao say it with me, I'm Lao and I'm proud!"

If you want to be LAO'd & Proud all year long you can get one th ese shirts and www.blacklava.com and support Refugee Nation as we get back to work planning and organizing our shows for the Fall.
We need your support so we can keep performing this show and bring it to a theater near you!
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A Day of Festivities and Refugee Nation for families!

After a few hours at the booth and enjoying the festival, it's back to the theater to perform Refugee Nation, the family friendly festival version just 30-45 minutes. The LA Lao'd & proud crew drove down! thanks for the support Bangbay, Chay, Brian & Nakhone! And Jim and Chiaw came the night before - you guys rock! After the show it's back to the booth. Pida greets us outside his booth dressed like the King of Laos! As the days festivities wind down, it's back to the theater for us for another evening show for families who came from as far away as Riverside and Oklahoma and as near as two blocks away.
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Setting up for the Saturday Festival and Performances

After a long Friday of performances and events, we all got up early to set up for the opening of the festival. Ova and Litdet hang the Refugee Nation banner outside the theater. While Marie-reine and Leilani set up the booth to sell t-shirts and tell folks about our shows.

From the booth we see the Legacies ladies arrive on the scene. Once everyone is set up the Festival begins with a parade across the bridge from the theater to the festival grounds.

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Hard work pays off!

You may think all artists have to do is show up and like magic, there's a show. But there is a LOT of preparation weeks prior. And for this show there were a lot of challenges. But in the end it all paid off as one of our most successful events to date where over 1000 people mostly Laotians attended our shows and programs. A quick recap of the last week:

Wednesday, April 1 - Ova and Leilani drive down to San Diego to lead a workshop with SDAYO - San Diego Asian youth Organization at the San Diego Police Department Multicultural storefront. Officer Somsack Thongchanh introduces us and we get started.

Thursday, April 2 - First day in the space, we have been told that we are the first theater company to be in the space. SURPRISE - they have no lights! So we had to rent light and load them in ourselves. Luckily Litdet had a truck to haul it all in. But then, turns out the electrical in the "state of the art" facility can't handle the lights. So when the electricity goes out on the outlets, we wait for the electrician toshow up and help. Ova and Litdet start working on some new performance ideas...

Hey, where did Ova go?
Oh, Ova's under the stage looking for alternative outlets for the lights. This takes "find your light" to a whole new level for this actor!

Marie-Reine ignores it all... "must find people to come to the show, must tell people about the show, must get people to the show..." she types away getting the word out to the press and theater community about tomorrow night's performances.

Friday, April 3 - Opening Night!
More tech rehearsal. Lights to hang, Ed our sound guy comes in. We're ready for Dress Rehearsal, and pow. lights go out again! Ed to teh resuce with the proper connectors that the "state of the art facility" does not have and the "light kit" does not provide. Whew! Crisis averted, 1 hour before the doors open! Yikes, put on the costumes, get backstage.... And....WOW! People start arriving. 300 chairs have been set up. but now they are full! Roque and the Jacob's center staff scrmble to pull out more chairs! 400? 500? people? All Laotians of all ages! It's are larges audience ever and the most Laotians to see the show at once. LEgacies of War makes their presentation and people view the exhibit. Then our show goes up (the half hour family friendly version). Laughter and applause in places there never had been before. When the Elder (Ova) tell the Youth (Leilani) in Lao that she should speak Lao ther eis thundersous applause and it takes a good minute for themt os top before Leilani can say her next line. The show ends with Ova chanting "I'm Lao and I'm proud" to audience debuting our new "LAO'd & Proud" shirts and the audience joins in! Success! And a whole bunch fo new fans...

Couldn't have done it without this crew! Sakuna, Somsack and Channapha and Islanda (not in pic)!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

GETTing READY! Lao Pii Mai San Diego '09

Refugee Nation and Legacies of War troupes setting up in Celebration Hall of the Jacobs Multicultural Center, San Diego. Everything went soooo "smooth"...OK, just kidding. I'd be up for an "Oscar" if you believed me. Besides the lights, schedule, time, vehicle complications, communication...it all went Great! All the events of the Lao New Year festival took place at Market Creek Plaza and the Jacobs Multicultural Center. Amidst the wild and perilous journey from Los Angeles(gigantic pot holes, jay-walkers, the smog-Force, elderly drivers) to San Diego, shimmering rays of sunshine(April, Pida, Paul, Antoine, SomSack, and many others), shined the pavement for our safety.
Notwithstanding the many obstacles and difficulties, every person's Dedication, Hard Work and Will Power pulled together and got the show going...to the very last minute - Lights, Camera, Action! Wait, no Lights!!!

Maybe if these guys knew what to do with the equipment?!?


Hard Work!(Marie-Reine)
Will Power!(Pida and April)