The Third Annual California International Theatre Festival will take place Sept. 8–18 in downtown Los Angeles as well as Ventura and Calabasas venues. Festival Director Joe Peracchio spearheaded this year’s exciting and ambitious program, which includes three U.S. premieres and one world premiere.
“We tried to find groups that would represent and speak to the culturally diverse landscape that makes up Southern California,” Peracchio says.
Los Angeles Productions will take place Sept. 8—11 and will feature the U.S. premieres of Komitas’ 10 Commandments & Colors by MIHR Theatre from Armenia; The Cure of Everything by Contrary Company from Canada; and Roadway Closed To Pedestrians (Chaussée Interdite aux Piétons) by Macadâmes Theatre Corporal from France. As well as a staged reading of the 2011 Eugene O’Neil Playwright’s Prize winning play by HBO Def Poet and renowned hip-hop playwright Idris Goodwin; Café Burlesqu-O!; the world premiere of El Canguro (The Kangaroo) and The Global Stage: The Theatre Movement in a Post 9/11 World – a panel discussion with international and American artists, scholars, politicians and celebrities to be held on September 11, 2011 (the 10th anniversary of 9/11).
Ventura productions will take place Sept. 13–15 and Calabasas productions will take place Sept. 16-18. Concert Under the Stars with Marjana Sadowska from Ukraine will perform 9/14 at 7 p.m. at the Museum of Ventura County – Plaza and 9/17 at 8 p.m. at the Calabasas Civic Center Amphitheatre. Marjana is a singer, musician, actress and composer who uses indigenous music from East Europe, the Middle East and the world to tell her stories. ¡Gaytino!, written and performed by Dan Guerrero, will perform 9/13 at 8:30 p.m. and 9/15 at 9:00 p.m., both at the Museum of Ventura County. This critically-acclaimed production of Gaytino! was produced by the Center Theatre Group of Los Angeles in 2006, and tells the tale of a amazing life journey from East L.A. in the ‘50s to New York’s Great White Way in the ‘60s and ‘70s and back to Hollywood, moving from the back of the bus to the front of American pop culture. Scenario for a Non-Existent, but Possible, Instrumental Actor by Evoe Performing Artists from Germany will perform 9/14 at 8:30 p.m. at the Museum of Ventura County, 9/15 at 7 p.m., same place, and 9/16 at 8 p.m. at Calabasas Civic Center. The festival will also include three free staged readings (two of which take place in Calabasas on September 17 and 18) and Across the Borders! CITF Wrap Party! on 9/18 at the Sagebrush Cantina in Calabasas, where Joe Mantegna will be presented with this year’s Gordon Davidson Award.
Tickets range from $17—$30 and can be purchased on the festival’s Web site at www.citfestival.org or by calling 888-712-CITF (2483). Multi-Show Passports can also be purchased, and group rates are available.