Drawing on the stories and testimonies of witnesses, WVTC will develop several performance pieces exploring the 1965 Watts Riot/Rebellion with the goals of preserving community memory and making the community’s history more accessible. Additional research on the event, as well as on other relevant episodes of civil unrest—the 1992 riots and the 1943 Zoot Suit roots—will be conducted by project staff and incorporated into the final productions. Performances will take place at various locations in the community, including one at the intersection where the riots started on the corner of Avalon Blvd and 116th St, during the summer of 2013.
WVTC's donors, board, staff and community witnesses are invited to a special "Viewings" of this transformative work-in-development at Salon de la Plaza (East 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA) Sunday, April 22 @ 4pm. The audience will experience witnesses' testimonies retold by the interviewers and get a chance to talk to the Director, Larissa Kokernot, and others from the artistic team about the work. Refreshments will be served and the run time is approx. 1hr.
The Riot/Rebellion Team:
* Artistic Director: Guillermo Avilés-Rodríguez
* Managing Director: David Mack
* Director: Larissa Kokernot
* Production Stage Manager: Rita Cofield
* Playwright: Donald Jolly
* Dramaturg: Joe Luis Cedillo
* Humanities Advisor: Mona Heinze
* Juan Carrillo
* Joe Luis Cedillo
* Rita Cofield
* David Guerra
* Donna Simone Johnson
* Larissa Kokernot
* Elia Saldana
Thank you for your support and see you there!
This project was made possible with support from Cal Humanities, an independent non-profit state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information, visit www.calhum.org. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily represent those of Cal Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.
This activity is funded in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Any findings, opinions or conclusions contained herein are not necessarily those of the California Arts Council or the National Endowement for the Arts.