Roger Guenveur Smith and Richard Montoya Make L.A. History Come Alive With A New Play
L.A. History Play
L.A. History Play

At the DouglasPlus Conversation making audiences aware of the Roger Guenveur Smith and Richard Montoya play-in-progress tentatively titled “American Venice” and their research process and consultants. Photography courtesy of the Kirk Douglas Theatre/L.A. Center Theatre Group, 1 June 2016.

On the untold stories front and making Los Angeles history alive through theatre, on June 1, 2016 an audience viewed a glimpse into the creative and research processes of award winning Los Angeles writer-performing artists/anthropologists Richard Montoya and Roger Guenveur Smith as they made the public aware of their play-in-progress tentatively titled “American Venice.” As part of a DouglasPlus Conversation “Excavating Venice of America” held at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City, California –– I, Los Angeles historian Alison Rose Jefferson, Josh Kun of University of Southern California (a 2016 McArthur Fellowship awardee) and George Price, a third generation Venetian, joined Montoya and Smith in a conversation about stories of Los Angeles’ shared and contested history of this iconic oceanfront neighborhood. L.A. Center Theatre Group’s Associate Artistic Director Diana Rodriguez was the evening’s moderator. As consultants on this project, I and the other speakers along with the audience were pleased to have a chance to hear Montoya and Smith read excerpts from the play-in-progress. More information about the opening of the “American Venice” play based on untold true stories about the African American and other group’s experiences will arrive in late 2017.

Roger Guenveur Smith and Richard Montoya, writer-performing artists at the DouglasPlus Conversation performing a section of their play-in-progress tentatively titled “American Venice” to encourage audience awareness of the upcoming formal staging of the new work. Photography courtesy of Kirk Douglas Theatre/L.A. Center Theatre Group, 1 June 2016.

 

Alison Rose Jefferson, Los Angeles historian and Diana Rodriguez, L.A. Center Theatre Group’s Ass. Artistic director participating in the DouglasPlus Conversation making audiences aware of the Roger Guenveur Smith and Richard Montoya play-in-progress tentatively titled “American Venice.” Photography courtesy of the Kirk Douglas Theatre/L.A. Center Theatre Group, 1 June 2016.

 

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