Wednesday April 14, 2010
Reservations are limited and required for this first-time-ever event so book early. Then grab a $5 Metro Day Pass or other valid Metro fare and experience the traveling theatrical extravaganza. Two sets of performances will begin at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., originating at Union Station and concluding at Watts Towers Amphitheater near the Metro Blue Line 103rd St. Station. The performances are free.
To experience the entire collection, the audience will gather at Union Station, board the Metro Red or Purple lines and disembark at four other stations, where additional performances will take place, before viewing the final presentation at Watts Towers Amphitheater, near 103rd St. Station.
Meet Me @ Metro was conceived by Guillermo Aviles-Rodriguez, artistic director of the Watts Village Theater Company, who invited six companies, including WVTC, to create individual 10-minute pieces relating to the individual venues that will serve as their stages. Experienced as a whole, the piece will revolve around the theme of movement in America today. It was inspired, Aviles-Rodriguez said, by interactions with the youth of Watts who, despite being in their late teens, had never traveled outside a 10-mile radius of their community, as well as by the fact that many Los Angeles residents have never traveled to Watts. It is hoped that Meet Me @ Metro will help bridge that gap.
Participating theatrical companies include: Collage Dance Theatre, East LA Rep, Epic Megalopolis Productions, MooDoo Puppets, The Nonsense Company and Watts Village Theater Company. Performance venues include Union Station East Portal, Pershing Square, 7th Street/Metro Center, Vernon and 103rd Street stations and Watts Towers Amphitheater.
Meet Me @ Metro is made possible by support from the California Arts Council, MAP Fund, The U.S. Census, The United Latino Fund and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
Don't forget to make reservations at wattsvillagetheatercompany.org. For information on getting there, go to the Metro Trip Planner at metro.net.