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September 14 – 17, 2023

A Place Called Home, currently celebrating its 30th anniversary, is thrilled to announce the return of its 3rd annual El Centro Del Sur Latinx Theater Festival: Tu Hogar plus FREE Community Block Party in honor of Latinx Heritage Month.

The festival will include a full slate of seven full-length Latinx theatre pieces. Four of the plays featured are critically acclaimed L.A. Encore presentations previously performed in Los Angeles this past season and three of the plays are new and original Latinx plays. Plus, we’re inviting the entire community to join at our FREE Community Block Party on Saturday September 16 from 10 am to 2:30 pm!

Performance Schedule!
*Please see Eventbrite ticketing page for individual show ratings

Thursday, 9/14 @ 8:00 PM (PT)
Company of Angels Presents: Mariposa

by Chris Banda
directed by Jacqueline Guido

The life of the Rodriguez’s, a Mexican American Family living in a small home in Baldwin Park California, twenty miles East of Los Angeles, is confronted by a changing neighborhood, illness, and family traditions which add to difficult decisions they must consider as life moves forward.

Friday, 9/15 @ 8:00 PM (PT)
Skylight Theatre Company Presents: La Egoista 
(Encore Presentation)

by Erlina Ortiz
directed by Daphnie Sicre

Josefina is a stand-up comic on the rise who takes nothing seriously. Her younger sister Betsaida, on the other hand, takes everything seriously. When a sudden diagnosis upends Betsaida’s life, they’re thrown together to rediscover all the affection, friction, and humor that still fuels their relationship.

Saturday, 9/16 @ 3:00 PM (PT)
ACT@APCH Presents: Bodalands, A Comedy in Four Weddings

by Leonard Madrid
directed by Efrain Schunior

Four cousins and four weddings over twenty years. An original Latinx comedy by playwright Leonard Madrid about the life-long bonds of cousins…and everyone gets kidnapped at least once. Bodalands held its first reading at Albuquerque, New Mexico’s Blackout Theatre Company this year.

Saturday, 9/16 @ 8:00 PM (PT)
(Un)Documents (Encore Presentation)

by Jesús I. Valles
directed by Rudy Ramirez

In their first full-length solo show, (Un)Documents, award-winning actor and poet Jesús I. Valles journeys across both sides of a river with two names, moving between languages to find their place as a child, a lover, a teacher, and a sibling in a nation that demands sacrifice at the altar of citizenship.

Sunday, 9/17 @ 12:00 PM (PT)
The Sideway Society Presents: Spread

by Jesús I. Valles
directed by Efrain Schunior
featuring alumni members of A Place Called Home

Take some dry ramen and throw it in a plastic bag. Add Hot Cheetos, beef jerky bits, beans, Hot Fries, and hot water. Anything can be anything. Jeffrey, Andrew, Chris, and Jordan are 9th grade boys and they’re trying their absolute best, and the thing about 9th grade is nobody knows what they’re doing.

Sunday, 9/17 @ 3:00 PM (PT)
About…Productions Presents: L.A. Real (Encore Presentation)

Written & directed by Theresa Chavez
featuring Marlene Beltran

Pondering its complicated layers, a Latina dives deep into her California ancestral history and how she should embrace it on a personal, political and cultural level. How can she connect to a past that has been nearly lost in time and move forward with a deeper sense of her identity?

Sunday, 9/17 @ 7:00 PM (PT)
Pop-Up Playhouse, Burbank Human Relations Council, Tracey Rooney, and Wilson Cruz Present: The Diary of Anne Frank (LatinX) (Encore Presentation)

by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett
newly Adapted by Wendy Kesselman
directed by Stan Zimmerman

A beloved and deeply admired testament to the indestructible nature of the human spirit of Anne Frank, the teen girl who went in hiding with her family during the German Nazi regime. Performed by a predominantly Latinx cast we witness persecution of your beliefs, and who you are, impacts all cultures.


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