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PREVIEW: "Evangeline, the Queen of Make-Believe"

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Plaza de la Raza’s Margo Albert Theatre

3540 N. Mission Road

Los Angeles, CA 90031

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To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the 1968 East L.A. Student Walkouts, About...Productions is restaging Evangeline, the Queen of Make-Believe, its critically-acclaimed production as part of the Evangeline Initiative which includes multiple community outreach components.

Told through story and song and set in 1968, Evangeline, the Queen of Make-Believe, centers on an East L.A. high school grad who is a devoted daughter by day and a Hollywood go-go dancer by night. Inspired by the time period, she spreads her wings and lands in the distinctly different world of the Westside music and art scenes. As East L.A. begins its own civil rights movement, she must reconcile her own individual journey with the need to hold on to her relationship with her family and her neighborhood. Co-created by Theresa Chavez, Rose Portillo, and Louie Pérez, and featuring Grammy-winning lead singer Gaby Moreno.

Presented in its entirety for the first time in East L.A. at Plaza de la Raza’s Margo Albert Theatre in Lincoln Heights, Evangeline is the only original play to incorporate the Grammy Award-winning songbook of Louie Pérez and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos. The show’s lead singer is Grammy-winning, Gaby Moreno. The Guatemalan-born, L.A.-based singer-songwriter, will interpret the music in an acoustic style that will complement this intimate restaging.

DATES AND TIMES:

Thursday, March 29 - 8pm Preview

Friday, March 30 - 8pm Opening

Saturday, March 31 - 2 p.m.

Saturday, March 31 - 4pm Free Multigenerational Panel

Saturday, March 31 - 8 p.m.

Thursday, April 5 - 8 p.m.

Friday, April 6 - 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 7 - 8 p.m.

Sunday, April 8 - 2pm with Post-Show VIP Fundraiser Reception


Free Street, and Limited Lot, Parking nearby for all performances.

EVANGELINE INITIATIVE EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH:

The Legacy of the 1968 Student Walkouts: How Far Have We Come? Multigenerational panel and community forum includes Walkout organizers Paula Crisostomo and Vickie Castro; Associate Director of InnerCity Struggle Henry Perez; and current high school student activist. Following the panel, audience members will dialogue in small groups with panelists and other community leaders on this history and current relevant issues. FREE. SAT, MARCH 31 @ 4:00PM

• 20-Session Residency at Pueblo de Los Angeles High School - highest-risk students will study Evangeline themes and write plays reenacting their own lives, and attend special morning matinee of Evangeline. Jan-March.

Evangeline Discovery Guide - study guide that explores 1960s cultural and political history; distribution to Residency and morning matinee students.

• Post-Play Discussion with production creators and cast. TBA

The Evangeline Initiative is generously supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs; co-sponsor UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center; and community partners InnerCity Struggle, Plaza de la Raza and Fly PR.

For press materials or additional information on Evangeline, the Queen of Make-Believe please contact Fly PR: T. (323) 739-6182 or info@flypr.net.

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