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The Beast of Times

the beast of times

The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center Presents

Encore Performance of “The Beast of Times” headlines

A Night out at the theater
Event to Focus on Theater as a Vehicle for Discussion of

Issues Affecting the LGBT Community

The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center presents “A Night Out at the Theater,” a special community event focused on using theater to promote dialogue on the intersection of social issues affecting LGBT communities. The event will showcase an encore performance of The Beast of Times, an incisive production written and performed by award-winning queer Xicana playwright and performer Adelina Anthony with a contributed monologue performed by Sri Lankan-American transgender performance artist D’Lo. Beast is a queer political fable that explores the contradictions and pains of coming to political consciousness in a world where environmental and ethnic diversity are fast diminishing.

Adelina Anthony

Adelina Anthony

The performance will be followed by a lively community dialogue faciliated by Dr. Tiffany Lopez, theater professor at University of California—Riverside, during which audience members will be invited to participate in a panel discussion on how a wide range of social issues, such as race, gender identity and environmental justice, intersect with the LGBT equality movement. Light refreshments will be served.

The play, in which radicalized animals put humans on trial, follows the story of two protagonists—a dog and a cat—at odds with each other. One is impassioned about her politicization and joining of “the movement”; the other is satisfied with her “creature comforts.” Beast uses pointed humor and stark drama to expose the human love of greed and greed for love, in addition to the devastating effects of environmental degradation on the planet’s non-human inhabitants. Highly entertaining and funny, Beast invites speculation about what these true “others” might say about us, if they could.

Adelina Anthony received a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Award to write and develop this play as a solo work. Once she saw its potential as a two-person play, she invited D’Lo as a co-performer. As a key collaborator in the workshop process, D’Lo contributed a one character monologue to the play, and in 2010, they presented staged workshops at two NPN co-commissioner sites: La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley, CA (where they worked in residency for a week with director Mark Valdez) and—a few months later—at allgo, a Texas statewide organization for queer people of color. Beast had its world premiere in 2013 at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Renberg Theatre.

Artists’ biographies available online at adelinaanthony.com and http:dlocokid.com/bio/

WHAT: A Night Out at the Theater
An encore performance of The Beast of Times
Written by Adelina Anthony (with a monologue contributed by D’Lo)

Directed by Mark Valdez

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WHEN:Friday, January 31, 2014, 8 p.m.

WHERE:L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Renberg Theatre (200-seat capacity)

The Village at Ed Gould Plaza

1125 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood

(one block east of Highland, north of Santa Monica Blvd. Free parking)

COST: General Admission $20

Tickets available at lagaycenter.org/theatre or by calling 323-860-7300

Proceeds benefit the free & low-cost services provided by the Center. 

About the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center
For more than 40 years, the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center has been building the health, advocating for the rights and enriching the lives of LGBT people. We serve more LGBT people than any other organization in the world with services ranging from LGBT specialty care to cultural arts programs; from housing homeless youth to hosting life-enriching programs for seniors. Learn more at lagaycenter.org.