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Years of Making Diversity in the Arts a Priority
112
Plays Focusing on the Narrative of "Otherness"
108
Playwrights Acting as Cultural Ambassadors

Honoring our history as the oldest non-profit professional theater in Los Angeles, Company of Angels produces theater that reflects and responds to the richness, diversity, and complexity that is our city. Our Company of diverse theater artists fosters mutual learning partnerships with the residents of Los Angeles through artistic development opportunities, community building enterprises, and life experiences. Company of Angels develops emerging artists, creates new work, and re-envisions theater to entertain new audiences and serve the City of Angels.

Company of Angels is dedicated to creating theater that is deeply connected to its community. We aim to share and help give voice to the many stories that exist in our community.

With a collective of Actors, Directors, Playwrights, Designers, and Administrators, our company forges ongoing and meaningful relationships with the residents of Los Angeles.

Founded in 1959 by a group of television and film actors that included Richard Chamberlain, Leonard Nimoy and Vic Morrow. Company of Angels is the oldest repertory theater in Los Angeles. The Company spent its early years producing the classics of American theatre as well as presenting new work and received almost every Los Angeles theatrical award, including the LA Drama Critics’ Circle Award, the Drama-Logue Award, the LA Weekly Award, and the Ovation Award.

In 2005 the company began to plan for its 50th Anniversary by re-assessing its history and planning for its future. This process resulted in a new mission statement that committed the Company to reflecting the City of its birth through the art of theater. Since that time the Company has produced eight seasons of original theater by under-represented artists who reflect the communities that make up the City of Los Angeles. In addition, the Company engages non-theater artists from low-income communities including Boyle Heights, Skid Row and the Cancer community to develop original theater pieces for performances on our main stage.

2 0 1 5   S E A S O N

written & performed by LA youth
developed & directed by JESSE BLISS

CoA’s annual presentation of SPOKEN MOVEMENT. A culminating performance of spoken word by inner-city youth in partnership with Legacy LA. FREE.

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written & performed by HALO PARTICIPANTS
developed & directed by LUI SANCHEZ

COMING DECEMBER 2015

written by GREGORY RAMOS
directed by ARMANDO MOLINA & G. RAMOS
Haunted by memories of a complicated past, John returns to Los Angeles to convince his sister, Corazon, to sell the family home. 

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written by COA PLAYWRIGHTS GROUP
directed by DIRECTOR COLLECTIVE

An exploration and dedication to the unheralded workers, from car washeros to uber drivers and hot dog vendors to shoe shiners, who serve us daily.

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written by CARLOS MORTON
directed by GUILLERMO AVILES-RODRIGUEZ

An unapologetic historical adaptation based on the life and times of Oscar “Zeta” Acosta, a controversial figure in Chicana/o letters, who mysteriously disappeared in 1974.

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Continue to make diversity an integral part of Los Angeles theatre. Please donate to our 2016 Season of new partnerships and new stories.

December 12-21, 2014
THE HEY WORD
LIVE FROM THE BASEMENT
Written by The Halo Project (Skid Row) Participants & The Hayword Residents Developed/directed by Lui Sanchez & Pat Cochran

A theatrical event of story, song, and soulful scenes by residents of the Downtown Los Angeles Hayward Apartments.



May 1-25, 2014
L.A VIEWS 7: Traffic Jam (Ten minute play festival)
Written by Company of Angels Playwrights Group

Toll roads, buses, human cargo, and road closures of the mind, the vastness of Los Angeles beckons, but so many things get in way.


December 6-22, 2013
THE GIRL IN THE ENCHANTED FOREST
Written by Daniel Munoz
Directed by Heather McLane
When Cassie and her teddy bear, Pretend, hide so they won’t miss Christmas, they accidentally find themselves in The Enchanted Forest, where imagination is ruled by all. Cassie embarks on an incredible journey and meets some colorful characters along the way. When a witch threatens to stop Christmas forever, Cassie and her newfound friends must find a way to save Christmas and The Enchanted Forest, while learning the meaning of sharing.

November 8-24, 2013
Nat & EM
Written by Julie Taiwo Oni
Directed by Deena Selenow
Welcome to Mixed Race America: An imagined romance between cultural icons Nat King Cole and Emily Dickinson leads to the creation of an unforeseen world.

October 4-13, 2013
CIRCUS SouL.A. Written by The Halo Project (Skid Row) Participants Developed/directed by Lui SanchezA theatrical event of verbal acts and wholehearted tales that speak to the souls of Downtown Los Angeles community residents.
September 3-5, 2013
MY SISTER BY NO OTHER NAME (A Wings Project)
Written/directed by Gregory D. Alexander
3 WOMEN 3 CHAIRS 1 NAME
3 Woman board a bus heading home and learn more about themselves then they could imagine, but it’s too late.

July 2-3, 2013
Company of Angels in Association with Chicago’s theater company Teatro Luna
GENERATION SEX/LUNA UNLACED
Developed by Teatro Luna
Directed by Alexandra Meda
Teatro Luna, America’s ONLY Pan-Latina Theatre Company, Takes Their Work on the Road to the American Southwest and to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, making a stop at Company of Angels with a workshop of their new original performances.

May 16, 2013 & August 22-23, 2013
SPOKEN MOVEMENT
A creative showcase by Urban L.A Youth
Developed/directed by Xavi Moreno
“SPOKEN MOVEMENT” Is a culmination performance of Creative Writing, Performance and Spoken Word Workshops with Teaching Artist: Xavi Moreno. For the past weeks youth met developing their own creative works of Spoken Word, Dance and Theater. Each individual work combines the topics: Violence, Drugs, Equality, Peace, Freedom, Unity, Change, Family, Culture, Language, Social Justice & Love.

May 10-June 16, 2013L.A VIEWS 6: pLAylist (Ten minute play festival)
Written by Company of Angels Playwrights Group
L.A.Views: pLAylist hits ‘play’ on some of the best L.A. Songs. It’s a (playwrights’) mix-tape to Los Angeles, to its freeways and palm trees, traffic and culture, language and the Hollywood dream. Our pLAylist goes Drag Queen to Transgender teen cruising, “Whittier Blvd” on the Eastside, Hipster “Free Fallin’ ” on the “405″. It’s East meets West, It’s a mix of current day Hollywood Blvd evokes Hollywood past, Thee Midniters with a Morrissey clash or an Asian Girl Rapper to the MacArthur Park Undocumented, we mix-it up like that! This is “Dedicated to you.” So hit play and/or rewind to replay the feeling when someone gives you a mix-tape. Time to hit pLAy!

March 22-24, 2013
’57 CHEVY
A workshop production starring Ric Salinas of Culture Clash
Written by Cris Franco
It’s 1964 and ten-year-old “Junior” is in crisis: his Old World Mexican dad is loading their entire familia into his 1957 Chevy and moving from their familiar East Side neighborhood to a new tract home in the middle-class homogeneous San Fernando Valley. This one-man memory play (written by Cris Franco and performed by Culture Clash’s RIC SALINAS) explores the Baby Boomers’ generation of “double immigrants” who first moved from their homelands to the U.S. barrios in search of opportunity — then moved into the suburbs in search of color TV and the middle-class American dream!

February 15-March 1, 2013
Company of Angels in Association with BWSOTU
BLACK WOMEN STATE OF THE UNION
Written by Tanya Alexander-Henderson, Kellie Dantzler, Penelope Lowder, Sigrid Gilmer & Lisa B. Thompson
Directed by Ayana Cahrr, Nataki Garrett & Kila Kitu
“BWSOTU-Taking Flight” theatrical pieces include Sigrid Gilmer’s “Simulacra,” which pokes fun at the representations of Black women in recent feature films; Lisa B. Thompson’s “I Don’t Want to Be,” about the ties of survival that strengthen the mothers of innocent crime victims; Kellie Dantzler’s “Evolutionary” takes a look at a prominent Civil Rights activist mother giving deathbed advise on the need for humor; Tanya Alexander-Henderson’s “Ritual” is a poetic inspirational meditation; and Penelope Lowder’s “The Follicle Prison War,” an hilarious parody about notions of beauty and hair weaves set in the future, and “15 Minutes’” which attempts seeks a solution to Black women’s quest for love.

January 4-13, 2013
***Nominated for 2 L.A. Weekly Theater Awards 2013***
THEIR EYES SAW RAIN (extension)
Written by West Liang
Directed by Justin Huen
Bang! Thunder kicks. Rain falls for seven months. Incessant. In the small, crumbling town of Castle. There is indolence and apathy. Three brothers make it their mission to keep from being washed away.

To READ and STAGE in L.A. Reading Series 2013 presented:
August 2-3, 2013
A VISIT FROM SAN CRISTOBAL by Gregory Ramos
April 28, 2013
BROWN BUFFALO by Carlos Morton
March 31, 2013
REACHING AUTONOMY by Penelope Lowder
November 8-December 16, 2012
***Nominated for 2 L.A. Weekly Theater Awards 2013***
THEIR EYES SAW RAIN (extension)
Written by West Liang
Directed by Justin Huen
Bang! Thunder kicks. Rain falls for seven months. Incessant. In the small, crumbling town of Castle. There is indolence and apathy. Three brothers make it their mission to keep from being washed away.

September 7-16, 2012
CONSCIOUSNESS UNDER CONSTRUCTION
Written by The Halo Project (Skid Row) Participants
Developed/directed by Lui Sanchez
A theatrical event of verbal acts and wholehearted tales that speak to the souls of Downtown Los Angeles community residents.

August 3-26, 2012
***Nominated for an Ovation Award 2012***
THE BRAHMIN AND THE TIGER and other stories of love loss and courage in between
Conceived/directed by John Miyasaki
A collection of fairy tales gathered from throughout Asia and the Pacific Islands. Blending oral tradition with original music and movement, these stories will entertain and delight people of all ages.

April 26-June 3, 2012
LA VIEWS V: APRIL 29, 1992 (Ten minute play festival)
Written by Company of Angels Playwrights Group
8 short plays set in the 1992 Los Angeles Civil Unrest that followed the exoneration of four LAPD officers involved in the Rodney King beating. The unrest sparked widespread looting, assault, and arson. In all, 53 people died, thousands more were injured, and property damage topped 1 billion dollars. Twenty years later, these plays dig through our City’s ashes and offer accounts of a time whose impact on Angelenos is still being assessed. From business owners to looters, newscasters to people trapped in the darkness of it all, a diversity of perspectives shed light on the legacy of 4/29/92.

February 16-March 25, 2012
WINDCHIMES
Written by John Dubiel
Directed by John Miyasaki
Upon the return of a volatile relative, past joys and pains are reexamined and secrets are revealed. Each family member must decide what it means to forgive and be forgiven.

To READ and STAGE in L.A. Reading Series 2012 presented:
July 25, 2012
SWEETER THAN PUSSY by Tom Jacobson
June 27, 2012
WHEN THE CHUNT COMES by Ricardo A. Bracho
May 30, 2012
SUN MAIDEN by Wayne Peter Lieberman

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