Cultural Arts: Stages
THE NORMAL HEART
A collaboration with the youth board of C.I.T.Y. Project, a CDC-funded HIV prevention program. A youth producer, director, cast, and crew mounted a terrific production of Larry Kramer’s classic play, each mentored by a Cultural Arts Program staff member or associate.
ARTWALLAH: THE 3RD AND 4TH ANNUAL FESTIVALS OF THE SOUTH ASIAN DIASPORA
A collaboration with The South Asian Artists Collective and The Indo-European Cultural Center. Each ARTWallah was a four-day extravaganza of film, theatre, music, performance, literary readings, visual arts exhibits, panel discussions, and more.
BODY OF FAITH
A world premiere by MacArthur Fellow Luis Alfaro, produced in collaboration with Cornerstone Theater Company. A community-based project from the research phase to the stage, Body of Faith featured a cast of 19, stunning set design, original music, choreography, video – even puppets – and presents a vision of LGBT spirituality unlike anything presented before.
BEYOND THE BEYOND: THE GAY FUTUREWORLD
A collaboration with Cornerstone Theater Company, conceived by Lynn Jeffries and Paul Zaloom, directed by Paul Zaloom. A sweet and funny look at what gay life will be like in the eons to come, created in conjunction with LGBT youth and seniors.
JAMES BALDWIN: DOWN FROM THE MOUNTAINTOP
Written and performed by Calvin Levels
Tony Award nominee Calvin Levels’ solo show about the iconic author and human rights activist. Presented in collaboration with the City of West Hollywood.
THE LARAMIE PROJECT-EPILOGUE
A collaboration with Grand Performances in downtown Los Angeles.
THE WORLD GOES ‘ROUND
A collaboration with ABC Daytime. Soap opera stars from All My Children and General Hospital perform Kander & Ebb’s acclaimed Broadway revue.
STANDING ON CEREMONY: THE GAY MARRIAGE PLAYS
A collaboration with Joan Stein. A rotating cast of celebrity actors in readings of 10 short plays by major American playwrights, including Jenny Lyn Bader, Jordan Harrison, Jeffery Hatcher, Moisés Kaufman, Joe Keenan, Neil LaBute, Wendy MacLeod, Kathy Najimy, José Rivera, Paul Rudnick, Mo Gaffney, and Doug Wright.
STANLEY ANN: THE UNLIKELY LIFE OF BARACK OBAMA’S MOTHER
A collaboration with Victoria Mudd and Elizabeth Yng-Wong. West coast premiere of Mike Kindle’s play about the life journey of Stanley Ann Dunham, the mother of the 44th president.
VALLEY OF THE DOLLS
Fundraising celebrity performances in collaboration with co-producer Steve Tyler and Alcott Center for Mental Health.
A collaboration with Playwrights’ Arena. Innovative production staged in the Center’s parking garage as a way to present live theatre during the Covid pandemic.