The premiere of the multicamera, virtually produced reading of Luis Alfaro’s “Electricidad,” will take place on Nov. 22 at 5 p.m. The show will be presented on Center Theatre Group’s Digital Stage in partnership with the Getty.
“Electricidad” is the modern adaptation of a Greek classic and is part of the “The Greek Trilogy of Luis Alfaro.” Transplanting themes of the ancient Greek tragedies into the streets of Los Angeles, “The Greek Trilogy of Luis Alfaro” gives voice to the concerns of the Chicanx and wider Latinx communities.
The trilogy launches with “Oedipus El Rey” on Nov. 13 and also includes “Mojada” premiering on Nov. 20. Each reading will be available on demand until Jan. 20, 2021. All three readings will be free to the public and performed in English with Spanish captioning available.
Alfaro is a Chicano writer known for his work in poetry, theatre, short stories, performance and journalism. He is the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and was recently awarded the PEN America/Laura Pels International Foundation Theater Award for a Master Dramatist.
Directed by Laurie Woolery, the cast of “Electricidad” includes Esperanza America, Sal Lopez, Eddie Ruiz and others. In the days following the murder of her father by her mother, Electricidad is committed to vengeance. To get it, she’ll need her brother, Orestes, to return from Las Vegas and help her finish the job.
Transporting Sophocles’ “Electra” to the Los Angeles barrios, Luis Alfaro’s “Electricidad” investigates violence, loss, and redemption through the lens of this age-old tragedy. “Electricidad” was previously produced at the Mark Taper Forum in 2005.
For more information, visit centertheatregroup.org/digitalstage.
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