Theater-Makers To Become Activists

arula-logo-national-month-of-outrageOn Tuesday, January 31, 2017, the last day of the National Month of Outrage: Theatre Artists Unite, Artists Rise Up Los Angeles (ARULA) will stage, E Pluribus Unum: Out of Many, One, a collection of short plays and scenes, music, dance, spoken word, art installations, photography and multi-media presentations at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood at 7pm.

The one night only benefit performance, a response to the recent United States presidential election will focus on turning emotions into positive, social and revolutionary change through art.

According to Sue Hamilton, ARULA executive producer: “Although none of us were pleased by the results of the election, we are determined to present an evening of positive empowerment–turning our emotions into art. Art has the power to expose us to perspectives we might never have previously considered, and in the case of this election, many have felt helpless and even hopeless. We hope that through our art we can encourage not only understanding but activism. ARULA aims to inspire all who wish to be proactively involved the ability to rise up, get involved in social change, and unite our community through creativity.”

Performance Highlights:

  • Hamilton  Broadway cast member and choreographer Karla Garcia, and fellow cast member David Guzman recreate Hamilton’s Best Presentation-winning number, “America,” from this year’s Gypsy of the Year competition in New York City.
  • LA’s The Ghost Road Company explores the fate of women in society as they share an excerpt from their next piece in development, inspired by the story of Oedipus’ mother/wife Jocasta.
  • Arab-American actor/writer Peter Sabri performs his powerful solo performance piece.
  • Robert Yacko (LA Premiere of Sunday In The Park With GeorgeCompany  with Carol Burnett) and Heidi Godt (Mamma Mia  on Broadway) sing Jason Robert Brown’s original post-election composition, “Hope.”
  • ABC Discovers alumnus Santina Muha performs a piece about discrimination that people with disabilities face on a daily basis.
  • Rollence Patugan’s photography installation, “We The People” will be on display.

The evening will also include works from Diana Burbano, Jenn Liu, Hilari Scarl, Amy Keys, Enrico Villanueva, Khalilah Joi, Terry Ray, Mahesh Pailoor, and Wendy Graf.

All proceeds from the performance will be shared by the following organizations whose representatives will also be on hand that evening:

American Civil Liberties Union Council on American-Islamic Relations
Human Rights Campaign
NARAL Pro-Choice America
Natural Resources Defense Council

There will be a post-performance lobby reception.

About Tracey Paleo

Tracey Paleo is Associate Editor at FootLights Magazine. She's also the Founder and Chief Editor of the arts and culture site, Gia On The Move, where she often reviews live performance events.

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