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Oct 24, 2016

Make Halloween Last Longer with FROM DUSK TILL DAWN

Every year it happens: We get all excited about Halloween ... then it just lasts a few hours. This year, Fathom Events and Miramax are helping solve that problem:

"From Dusk Till Dawn," the movie that brings vampires, criminals, bikers and families together like no other, is returning to theaters for two days only - Nov. 6, and Nov. 9. 

So don't ruin the fun by following the calendar. 

Join the Gecko brothers and the Fuller family for a wild ride south of the border to the home of Santanico Pandemonium and the vampires that brought together Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez for a 20-year partnership that reshaped the movies.

Whether you've seen it over and over or you're a first-timer, "From Dusk Till Dawn" explodes on the big screen and never lets up, making it a wild ride that's even wilder in theaters.

Tickets are available now via Fathom Events or at participating theater box offices, and a full set of media materials is available here.

Oct 23, 2016

JORY BOY presenta remix oficial de DETRÁS DE TI a dueto con OZUNA


El respetado y admirado cantante de Reggaeton, JORY BOY, se encuentra estableciendo un gran legado a pasos agigantados. 

El artista estremeció la industria de la música urbana con el lanzamiento veraniego de su sencillo promocional "DETRÁS DE TI", y ahora, presenta el remix oficial del tema a dueto con OZUNA. 

Esta poderosa colaboración ha llevado la canción a nuevos niveles, acumulando millones de streams en sus primeros días en Spotify, donde gracias a su gran popularidad se encuentra en los Playlist principales de la plataforma.

"Detras De Ti" se ha convertido en uno de los temas urbanos mas exitosos del año, aún cuando su ascenso y dominio no ha alcanzado el máximo potencial. 

El tema se ha mantenido en el Top 20 del chart urbano por varias semanas consecutivas. 

En plataformas operadas directamente por el consumidor, como lo es el canal de On-Demand, Music Choice, la canción ha dominado la posición #1 en múltiples ocasiones.

El video musical del tema original sobrepasa los 1.2 millones de visitas en YouTube, cifra que será multiplicada con el lanzamiento del video Remix junto a Ozuna en las próximas semanas. 

Y no es de esperarse menos de este talentoso artista que cuenta con más de 1.2 millones de seguidores en sus redes sociales, y exitosos temas como "No Me Condenes" feat. J Alvarez, "Imposible Amor," y "Quédate Conmigo" feat. Zion y Wisin.

Este mes de noviembre, Jory Boy lanzará un EP titulado "Otra Liga", la secuela de su exitoso primer álbum "Matando La Liga". Esta nueva producción incluirá un tema en colaboración con Maluma, entre otras colaboraciones. El disco será distribuido por Cinq Music.
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Jory Boy drops official remix single for, 'Detras de Ti' feat. Ozuna

New music from rising reggaeton star, Jory Boy out today on New Music Friday. The official single remix for, 'Detras de Ti' features Urban artist Ozuna. Jory Boy will be releasing his EP, 'Otra Liga' very soon under Cinq Music distribution. 

LISTEN HERE: Detrás de Ti feat. Ozuna

Fox Makes Put Pilot Commitment For New Comedy Series Inspired By The Real Life Experiences Of Dwayne Johnson, Former WWE Head Writer Brian Gewirtz

Fox Television announced that it has made a put pilot commitment for The Untitled Dwayne Johnson/Brian Gewirtz/Andrew Gurland Wrestling Project, a comedy series inspired by the real life experiences of Dwayne Johnson and former WWE head writer, Brian Gewirtz.

The half-hour single camera comedy offers a behind-the-scenes look at a fictional professional wrestling outfit and chronicles the one-of-a-kind odd couple relationship that develops between a charismatic young Rock-like character and a painfully awkward comedy writer new to the world of wrestling. 

A fish out of water among all of these alpha males, this very beta former sitcom writer needs as much help as he can get navigating the extremely passionate, sometimes crazy and always unpredictable world of professional wrestling.
"This November will mark the 20th anniversary of my professional wrestling debut. I was 24 years old, putting in the hard work, making $40 bucks per match and had no clue of the long journey that lay ahead of me with characters and backstage stories so colorful you'd think there's no way that can be true," Johnson said. "The entertaining show that goes on in front of the crowd pales in comparison to the insanely entertaining show that goes on backstage. Brian and myself can't wait to tell our stories."
"Coming from Hollywood to the wrestling industry, with its intense backstage atmosphere and larger than life personalities, was a major culture shock," Gewirtz said. "After working in the business for over 15 years, Dwayne and I had encounters and experiences that were unbelievable as well as unforgettable. We can't wait to bring this project to the fans."
"This has been a long time passion project and we're thrilled to be jumping into the network comedic space on a topic we love and know so well," Garcia said. "Fox, Gary Sanchez Productions and Andrew Gurland are the perfect partners to help us bring this story to life."
"Ferrell and I met in the wrestling ring so doing this show with Dwayne Johnson brings us full circle," McKay said. "And there's no one more talented (or limber) than Andrew Gurland to steer this project."
"I've always gravitated towards comedy that comes from a real place, which is why I jumped at the opportunity to work with Dwayne and Brian," Gurland said. "Their stories about the real drama behind pro-wrestling's larger than life spectacle are hilarious and surprisingly poignant. I hope I do them justice."
The project is a co-production of Seven Bucks Productions and Gary Sanchez Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television. 

Seven Bucks Productions' Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, Brian Gewirtz along with Gary Sanchez Productions' Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Kevin Messick will serve as executive producers. 

Andrew Gurland will write the pilot script and serve as an executive producer.

About Seven Bucks Productions
Co-founded by Dwayne Johnson and producing partner Dany Garcia, Seven Bucks Productions is a multi-platform production company pioneering original content for television, film, emerging technologies, and digital networks. Crossing all entertainment verticals, Seven Bucks Productions creates innovative content rooted in authenticity, strong storytelling, and passion.

Seven Bucks Productions has an ever-expanding slate including tent-pole movies such as Paramount's ‪Baywatch, New Line's Shazam, Universal's The Janson Directive and Dreamworks' Alpha Squad Seven. The company also produces original television programming including HBO's "Ballers," Spike TV's "Rock the Troops" and HBO Documentary Films "Rock and a Hard Place."

Keith and Margo's Murder Mystery Dinner is Great to Check out for Halloween or Any Time of the Year


Written by Jesus Figueroa

With 30 years of murder mystery dinners Keith O'Leary and Margo Morrison continue a tradition of Murder Mystery dinners with performances across the nation.

A dinner Murder Mystery hosted at several Maggiano's Little Italy locations every weekend, performances nationwide and private events, there's more to this performance than meets the eye.

O'Leary said the performance changes every month and many people go back time and time again to have a brand new experience every visit.

The murder mystery genre has had a long history, starting as a party game and growing due to popularity. In 1935 the first murder mystery game was released.

The most well known murder mystery game "Clue" was released in 1948 and became the first murder mystery board game.

In the early 1980s role-playing versions of the murder mystery game popped up.

O'Leary and Morrison started in 1985 and has been co-hosted Mary Higgins Clark, Peter Falk, and Dr. Henry Lee.

"We started the company back in 1985, thats over 30 years ago, in Los Angeles," O'Leary said. "We started doing weekends at hotels and then it moved into public dinners."

The quality of the show grew and continues to evolve and bring more and more attendees from around the world to the Murder Mystery Dinners.

"We have basically been responsible for spreading it across the country," O'Leary said.

The attendees sign-up and upon arrival to the dinner get a welcome letter with questions to ask each other. The only thing the attendees know to start is that there are actors mixed in the group, but are unaware of who the actors are.

The dinner is typically three hours long and  starts with a cocktail reception where a murder takes place and then the clues start coming.

Three murders take place in total. At the end of the dinner the guest get to write down their guess as to who did it before the detective solves the murder logically.

An award ceremony is had with the best guest theories are given prizes.

With offices on both the East and West Coast they still travel extensively, producing weekends, dinners, private parties, a unique CSI team-building experience, as well as corporate events for virtually the entire Fortune 500.

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Follow Thisfunktional on snapchat and follow through the Murder Mystery dinner on Oct. 23 starting at 6 p.m. PT. Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. but there will be some extra stuff before the event starts.

Campaign-Fully Funny Capitol Steps to Treat Playhouse Square Audiences to Hilarious Musical Political Satire Oct. 29

Those equal opportunity offenders who put the “mock” in democracy are back with a new show guaranteed to deliver pre-election laughs. 

The CAPITOL STEPS…who claim to be “the only group in America funnier than Congress”…have put audiences on notice: Come to Playhouse Square’s Connor Palace Theatre ready for bi-partisan belly laughs, guffaws and snickers, Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Thank to our politicians, there’s never a shortage of material for the Steps, who said, “Typically the Republicans goof up and the Democrats party, or the Democrats goof up and the Republicans party. That’s what we call the two party system.” 
It’s all fodder for their performances which (for those who’ve never been entertained by the Steps) is a cross between “Saturday Night Live” and Second City’s topical humor. In addition to U.S. politicians, everyone is fair game for their musical satire, whether it’s O.J. Simpson, Osama Bin Laden, Paris Hilton or Russia’s Vladimir Putin. 

And, of course, there have never been two such presidential candidates as this year for material to feed The Steps comedic satire!

This never-ending wealth of humor has enabled the Steps to churn out yearly topical comedy albums, with titles like When Bush Comes to Shove; Between Iraq and a Hard Place and One Bush, Two Bush, Old Bush, New Bush. Their current album is Campaign and Suffering. 

On their website at, fans can download a new satirical song each week such as “Sound of Moose-Sick” (sung to “The Sound of Music”) or “Obama Mia!” (sung to “Mama Mia!”).

Composed of current and former Congressional staffers, The Capitol Steps began in 1981 at the office Christmas party of former Senator Charles Percy. 

And…like most things in Congress…they never knew when to stop. (The group notes that most of the members of Congress for whom the Capitol Steps have worked have either been defeated or placed under investigation.)

The Steps’ bi-partisan satire soon spilled over to: live performances, their own specials for Public Television, as well as appearances on all three networks, regular exposure on National Public Radio and an on-going weekend gig as resident comedy artists at Chelsea’s in Washington, DC’s Georgetown district.

The view from the Capitol Steps pokes fun at issues and public figures, with past administration jibes including a skit about a certain President who “played the saxophone without inhaling;” a Steps’ cum Mrs. Dan Quayle singing “I Want A Man With A Slow Mind” and other song parodies like “We Arm The World” (to “We Are The World”),“Heard It On The Nightline,” “Hang Down Your Head, Tom Daschle,” “You Can’t Fly With Giant Thighs,” “Pirates of Ted’s Pants”…you get the picture.

Many celebs and politicians (some of whom have been targets themselves) have performed with the Steps, such as Sam Donaldson, Vice President Gore, Pat Robertson and former President Bush. In fact, his experiences with the troupe prompted this comment from the senior Bush: “The Capitol Steps make it easier to leave office!”

(Tickets are $45, $35, $25 & $10 Smart Seats for the CAPITOL STEPS’ Sat., OCT. 29th 7:30 pm show at Playhouse Square’s Connor Palace Theatre. Available online at; at the ticket office; or call 216-241-6000.)

MADONNA: REBEL HEART TOUR to Premiere on SHOWTIME® on Dec. 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Showtime Networks and MADONNA have announced that her highly-anticipated concert film, "MADONNA: REBEL HEART TOUR" will premiere on Dec. 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME, on-air, on demand and over the internet. 

"MADONNA: REBEL HEART TOUR" was shot around the world and features a collection of live and behind these scenes footage culminating in performances at the Sydney Olympic Park in March of this year. 

The film is co-directed by Danny B. Tull and Nathan Rissman, both of whom have worked extensively with Madonna on her feature films and tour movies. 

Madonna will be honored later this year as Billboard magazine's 2016 Woman of the Year award, at a star-studded event held in conjunction with the publication of Billboard's Women in Music list, which identifies the 50 most powerful female executives in the industry each year. 

For a first look at "MADONNA: REBEL HEART TOUR," go to:
"When it comes to putting on a show, there is only one Madonna - an iconic performer that we're thrilled to have on our air," David Nevins, President and CEO, Showtime Networks Inc, said. "With her unique creative vision and unmatched stage presence, our viewers will see an arena show packed with visual theatrics, stunning costumes and intricate choreography, featuring new hits and beloved classic songs."
As the premier destination for the best concert films and music documentaries, "MADONNA: REBEL HEART TOUR" joins a growing list of Showtime Documentary Films featuring music's biggest names including recent concert films from The Who, The Rolling Stones, Lenny Kravitz, One Direction, Mumford & Sons, U2, The White Stripes and Paul McCartney, along with the documentary films featuring Michael Jackson, David Bowie, The Eagles, Nas, The Police, Elvis Costello, Public Enemy, Ozzy Osbourne, Kings of Leon and Billy Joel. For more information on the SHOWTIME Music Makers collection, go to

The set list for "MADONNA: REBEL HEART TOUR" spans all decades of the iconic superstar's illustrious career, including songs from Rebel Heart (the No. 1 dance hits "Living for Love" and "Bitch I'm Madonna") to classic fan favorites like "Material Girl" and "Holiday" and a "Dress You Up" medley that included "Get Into The Groove," "Everybody" and "Lucky Star." Memorable highlights from the tour include her first-ever live concert performance of "Take a Bow," acoustic versions of "Like A Prayer," "Secret" and "Don't Tell Me." At each tour date during the song "Unapologetic Bitch," Madonna would bring someone up from the crowd to dance with her during the song. Some nights it was a fan, another night it was Katy Perry. Other guest dancers included: Amy Schumer, Ariana Grande, Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Diplo, Gwendoline Christie, Graham Norton and Anderson Cooper.

Produced by Live Nation Global Touring, the Rebel Heart Tour kicked off on September 9, 2015 in Montreal and visited arenas in 55 cities on four continents over seven months. Madonna performed 82 shows, plus a special fan club show in Melbourne. 

The tour grossed $169.8 Million with 1,045,479 in attendance, making her the top grossing touring female artist in the history of Billboard Boxscore with over $1.31 billion in ticket sales sold over the course of her career. Madonna is also the fourth top grossing touring act (behind The Rolling Stones, U2 and Bruce Springsteen) since tracking began in 1990.

The Rebel Heart Tour was directed by Jamie King with musical direction by Kevin Antunes (the band's keyboardist Ric'key Pageot, drummer Brian Frasier-Moore, guitarist Monte Pittman, and background vocalists Kiley Dean and Nicki Richards), lead choreography by Megan Lawson, hair by Andy LeCompte, makeup by Aaron Henrikson, and costume design by Arianne Phillips.

Madonna also recently announced special evening of music, art, mischief and a live performance on Dec. 2 to benefit Raising Malawi, the non-profit she founded in 2006. Raising Malawi is currently constructing Malawi's first pediatric surgery and intensive care unit which will double the number of life-saving surgeries performed on children each year, provide intensive care after critical surgeries and train specialized Malawian medical staff. 

The facility, which will be called the Mercy James Institute of Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care, will open in 2017.

Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ and FLIX®, and also offers SHOWTIME ON DEMAND®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ ON DEMAND and FLIX ON DEMAND®, and the network's authentication service SHOWTIME ANYTIME®. Showtime Digital Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of SNI, operates the stand-alone streaming service SHOWTIME®. SHOWTIME is currently available to subscribers via cable, DBS and telco providers, and as a stand-alone streaming service through Apple®, Roku®, Amazon and Google. Consumers can also subscribe to SHOWTIME via Hulu, Sony PlayStation® Vue and Amazon Prime Video. SNI also manages Smithsonian Networks™, a joint venture between SNI and the Smithsonian Institution, which offers Smithsonian Channel™, and offers Smithsonian Earth™ through SN Digital LLC. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV. For more information, go to

Trend-Setting Video Social Network MUSICAL.LY Featured on the Cover of this Week's BILLBOARD MAGAZINE


76 MILLION TOTAL VIEWS, the world's fastest growing video social network is on the cover of this week's Billboard Magazine

Billboard describes the platform as a "bona fide cultural phenomenon" and "trend-setting app" that is "changing the music industry" for its "ability to translate song clips into streams and sales." 

Further highlighting the platform's cultural impact, has launched a new program called #NextWave to support music discovery on the app. 

Starting this month, will feature a special #NextWave folder each month that will contain 15 songs from new and emerging artists. 

The artist that has the most videos created to their song in the #NextWave folder, will earn a campaign on's coveted homepage, providing exposure to over 133 million users.

British sensation Anne-Marie, who the Independent calls "one of pop's brightest new stars," is the winner of #NextWaveOctober. Anne-Marie's catchy new R&B/pop single "Alarm" peaked at #1 on the Top Songs chart.
"At we are always thinking of new and innovative ways to enhance the app experience that speaks to our passionate 'musers.' With the launch of #NextWave, we're excited to support so many of the emerging artists that contribute to our creative community and help them reach a broader audience," Inga Bereza, Director of Music & Entertainment Partnerships at, said.

In total, over 488,000 videos were created for the #NextWaveOctober campaign, resulting in more than 76 million total views. 

In addition, 5 of the #NextWaveOctober songs charted on's top 100 songs chart. More information on the #NextWave program can be found HERE. has attracted major artists and entertainers including Gwen Stefani, Alicia Keys, Britney Spears, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, The Chainsmokers, Meghan Trainor and Jason Derulo to name a few. 

It has become the ultimate destination for users to share, discover and create videos with their peers. 

Most recently, was described in VICE Magazine as 'the music industry's new secret weapon" and also featured on the Billboard's Digital Power Player's list for its groundbreaking success and unique position in the digital and music spaces. 

The platform has also been featured in numerous segments on Good Morning America.

Founded in 2014, by creator Alex Zhu and longtime friend, Luyu Yang, is a video social network for creating, sharing and discovering short videos. Every day, millions of people use as an outlet to express themselves through singing, dancing, comedy, and lip-syncing. The app celebrates creativity with videos that are shared across the community. With over 133 million users, has hit #1 in the iOS app store for free apps in 20 countries - including the United States. In June of 2016, released its breakout livestreaming platform, which provides the community with a broader canvas on which they can express themselves. Immediately following its official launch, began trending and hit the number one spot in 8 countries in the iOS app store. is available for download through the Apple App Store, Google play, or the Amazon Appstore.

LAST GIRL STANDING Gets Multi-Territory Release

On the eve of its US release by Dark Sky Films, Benjamin R Moody's acclaimed post-modern slasher "LAST GIRL STANDING" has secured distribution in over twenty territories including the UK, Scandinavia, Portugal, Turkey, Korea, China and Taiwan.

Chosen by Fangoria as one of the top 10, must see horror films of 2016, "LAST GIRL STANDING" follows the only survivor of a brutal massacre as she struggles to reclaim her shattered life. 

A new job leads to new friends, but can she shake off the stigma of her past or is she destined to repeat the slaughter.

"LAST GIRL STANDING" received its World premiere at FrightFest in London where it was snapped up for UK distribution by Icon Films and went on to win five awards including Best Film at Portland Underground Film Festival, Best Director at Eerie Horror Film Festival and Best Actress at New York City Horror Film Festival.

LAST GIRL STANDING will open theatrically on November 1 in theatres in Los Angeles and Austin, Texas, with a day and date DVD and VOD release.

RedTube extends offer to Larsa Pippen to work for adult entertainment site

The adult entertainment website REDTUBE has offically extended an offer to Larsa Pippen following her divorce from Scottie Pippen.

They figure Larsa might have some financial considerations following her divorce from Scottie and wanted to extend an offer for an advisory role with RedTube.

Larsa would work alongside their content producers and provide insight/feedback on their concepts for upcoming videos.

(For example, if she thinks a certain scene needs more butt or the performers need to switch positions, they'd take her advice and use it.)

Check out the letter and let me know what you think of the news in the comments below.

Casa 0101 Theater, Josefina Lopez, Angel City Theater Ensemble Founder Vance Valencia Present The Los Angeles Premiere of MARIELA IN THE DESERT

Rachel Gonzalez, Vance Valencia, Vannessa Vasquez,
Randy Vasquez, Denise Blasor and Kenneth Miles Ellington Lopez

Five-Week Run:
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 5:00 p.m.
November 4 – December 11, 2016
(No Performances Thanksgiving Weekend: Nov. 25, 26 & 27) 


CASA 0101 Theater, Josefina López, Artistic Director and the newly formed production company, Angel City Theater Ensemble (ACTE), Vance Valencia, Founder, will present the Los Angeles Premiere of the critically acclaimed play "MARIELA IN THE DESERT," written by Karen Zacarías, directed by Robert Beltran (Star Trek: Voyager; Zoot Suit; Eating Raoul). 

“When is Art a Lie?” Mariela and Jose were once the golden couple of the Mexican artists’ inner circle. 

Together they built a family and an artist colony to host friends Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and Rufino Tamayo. 

But now their daughter has grown up and run away, their friends are too famous to call, and artistic inspiration has been strangled by isolation and lies. 

Set in the northern Mexican desert in 1950, "MARIELA IN THE DESERT" is a deadly mystery—a layered yet profoundly honest story of what happens to a family when creativity is forced to dry and wither away.

The cast of six includes: Rachel Gonzalez (of North Hollywood) as Mariela Salvatierra; Vance Valencia (of Boyle Heights) as Jose Salvatierra; Vannessa Vasquez (of Van Nuys) as Blanca Salvatierra; Randy Vasquez (of West Hollywood) as Professor Adam Lovitz; Denise Blasor (of Reseda) as Oliva Salvatierra and Kenneth Miles Ellington Lopez (of North Hollywood) as Carlos Salvatierra.
Josefina López, Artistic Director of CASA 0101 Theater said, “It is an honor and privilege to present the Los Angeles Premiere MARIELA IN THE DESERT, written by pre-eminent playwright Karen Zacarías, who was recently singled out by American Theater Magazineas one of the Top Ten Most Produced Playwrights in the USA. It is equally exciting to be collaborating on this production with the newly formed Angel City Theater Ensemble.”
Vance Valencia, Founder of the newly formed Angel City Theater Ensemble (ACTE) said, “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to present the work of Karen Zacarías, who, along with playwright and screenwriter Josefina López, are among the most important Latina voices on the theatrical landscape today. This production of MARIELA IN THE DESERT marks the birth and first production of Angel City Theater Ensemble. ACTE is a group of professional actors pooling together their collective one hundred plus years of theater experience to serve the Latino community. It is our dream to fill a severe void in Latin American communities in Boyle Heights and beyond, and to bring the Canon of Classic American and World Theater to them with the works of American, European and Latin American authors such as Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, Edward Albee, Eugene O’Neill, Eugène Ionesco, Harold Pinter, Luis Valdez and José Rivera, among others. Charter Members of ACTE include myself, as well as actors Daniel E. Mora, Denise Blasor and Randy Vasquez, the latter two whom appear with me in this production.”
Karen Zacarías said, “I wrote this story as an homage to my Grandmother….and all the women in our lives who have held back on a dream for their family. I wrote this for my Grandfather…because he too had blessings and burdens. I wrote this to come to terms with the pulls of being an artist and a mother. I wrote this to show a very real Mexican family that we usually do not see on TV. It’s a universal story of parents and children…full of humor and love and, yes, pain.”
“Love, commitment, creativity, sacrifice and redemption. These are ideas that resonate throughout the play,” Robert Beltran, the director of this production, said. “It is the story of one woman’s struggle to protect and nurture her children, and to stay true to her husband. In the end she finds redemption through her sacrifice, and frees herself to live a life in creativity.”
Opening Night is Friday, Nov. 4 at 8:00 p.m. 

The play will be presented for a five-week run on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 5:00 p.m. from November 4 – December 11, 2016 on the Main Stage at CASA 0101 Theater, 2012 East First Street (at St. Louis Street across the street from the Hollenbeck Police Station), Boyle Heights, CA 90033. There will be no performances on Thanksgiving Weekend, November 25th, 26th and 27th.

Tickets during the six-week run are $25 per person for General Admission; $20 per person for Students and Seniors; and $15 per person for Boyle Heights residents. This show is recommended for mature audiences. Advance reservations are highly encouraged.

Free Parking is available on several streets surrounding the theatre. Free Parking is also available on Fridays and Saturdays only at the Boyle Heights City Hall Parking Lot located at 2130 East First Street (at Chicago Street) by entering the lot from Chicago Street; the lot is closed on Sundays. For tickets, please call the CASA 0101 Theater Box Office at 323-263-7684, E-mail, or buy online at Like us on Facebook at

Concurrently with the run of the play The Jean Deleage Art Gallery located in the lobby of CASA 0101 Theater will be presenting the art exhibit, “Diaspora Manifestations from the Heart: Presencia Salvadoreña,” featuring the works of three artists, Dora Magana, Margoth Abregoand Ricardo Garcia O’Meany. Each artist shares a common experience of a forced departure from their homeland El Salvador during the civil war conflict. The techniques used by the artists range from oil paintings, acrylic on canvas, to drawings on paper. Each artwork is charged with emotion, memory and denouncement. From figurative paintings to abstract manifestations all join together to share their hopes, dreams and struggles. The exhibit is curated by Jimmy Centeno.

About The Play:
MARIELA IN THE DESERT is the winner of the National Francesca Primus Emerging Female Playwright Award, National Latino Playwrights’ Award and was a Finalist for the International Susan Smith Blackburn Award. Commissioned by South Coast Repertory Company, the play received its World Premiere at The Goodman Theater in Chicago, IL in January – February 2005. The play as also been presented at The Denver Center, the Theater of the First Amendment and Milagro Theater, among others.

Karen Zacarías’s MARIELA IN THE DESERT is a critically acclaimed play. The Washington Post wrote, “With motifs that include the purpose of art, the bitterness of failure and the hard choices that have historically faced women, ‘Mariela’ is a substantive play as well as an elegantly crafted one,” while the Denver Post wrote, “It’s a play much like the family that lives in it. Think of a fraying blanket with many loose threads. Pull just one, and you fear it might just fall apart. That it never does – the family or the play – is writer Karen Zacarías’ achievement. Her characters are fully drawn and her dialogue is infused with a color all its own ‘Mariela in the Desert,’ lingers in the mind like the sandy desert air.”

About The Playwright, Director and Cast of MARIELA IN THE DESERT:
Karen Zacarías (Playwright) was recently hailed by American Theater Magazine as one of the Top Ten Most Produced Playwrights in the USA. Zacarías, a Helen Hayes Award-winning playwright, is currently working with director Jose Luis Valenzuela bringing her Telenovela comedy play with music, Destiny of Desire from its successful World Premiere at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. to a co-productions at South Coast Repertory in Orange County (through November 13, 2016) and The Goodman Theater in Chicago (March – April 2017).

Other plays written by Karen Zacarías to be produced in California this season include: Mariela in the Desert at Casa 0101 Theater in Boyle Heights November 4 – December 11, 2016; Into the Beautiful North at Central Stage, Berkley, October 2016 and San Diego Repertory in April 2017; and The Book Club Play in January 2017 at Jewel Theater Company in Santa Cruz. Other notable upcoming productions include Native Gardens at The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, at Victory Gardens in Chicago, and Vermont Stage.

Last year Karen Zacarías had five World Premieres: Destiny of Desire at Arena Stage; Native Gardens at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; Oliverio: A Brazilian Twist at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; Ella Enchanted: The Musical at First Stage and Into the Beautiful North at Milagro Theater. Other award-winning plays including The Book Club Play, Legacy of Light, Mariela in the Desert, The Sins of Sor Juana, the adaptations of Just Like Us and How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent and many more.

She collaborated on the libretto for The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises for the Washington Ballet at The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and she has written 10 Theatre for Young Audiences musicals with composer Deborah Wicks La Puma (including Jane of the Jungle which premiered at South Coast Repertory in 2012). She is one of the inaugural resident playwrights at Arena Stage and is a core founder of the Latino Theatre Commons, a national network that strives to update the American narrative to including the stories of Latinos. She is the founder of Young Playwrights’ Theater, an award-winning theater company that teaches playwriting in local public schools in Washington, D.C. Karen Zacarías lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and three children.

Robert Beltran (Director) was born in Bakersfield, CA and currently resides in Los Feliz, CA. He is the seventh of 10 children of Mexican-Native American ancestry, though Beltran describes his heritage as Latindio. After finishing high school, he attended Fresno State College, where he graduated with a degree in Theater Arts. Beltran landed his first film role in Luis Valdez’s Zoot Suit in 1981. One year later, he landed the role of Raoul in Paul Bartel’s Eating Raoul.

Other appearances include: Gaby: A True Story, Nixon, and another Paul Bartel film, Scenes From The Class Struggle in Beverly Hills, among others. In the theatre, he is has appeared in productions for Luis Valdez’s El Teatro Campesino, where he originated the role of Sonny Villa in I Don’t Have To Show You No Stinking Badges. Other theatre appearances include work at Los Angeles Theatre Center and the California Shakespeare Festival among others.

Beltran founded and serves as co-artistic director of the East LA Classic Theater Group, with a staff of professional actors. There, he played Hamlet and served as co-producer as well as director. He has also appeared in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Henry IV, A Touch of Venusand The Price, among others. In 1995, he was chosen for the part of Commander Chakotay on the television show, Star Trek: Voyager. He also had a recurring role in Big Love for Home Box Office. At that time, he received a Nosotros Golden Eagle Award as Best Actor in a Television Series.

Beltran supports National Down Syndrome Society and has engaged over recent years in a series of classical drama workshops mainly on Shakespeare. He has also participated in several Schiller Institute conferences speaking on the subject of classical drama, most recently on his 2003 staging of Clifford Odets’ 1948 play The Big Knife.

In October/November 2014 he directed CASA 0101 Theater’s predominately all Latina/o cast of William Shakespeare’s play, Julius Caesar, which was also presented as part of Encuentro 2014, A National Latina/o Theatre Festival. Most recently, as an actor, Beltran was seen in the Latino Theater Company’s A Mexican Trilogy: An American Story written by Evelina Fernández.

Rachel Gonzalez (Mariela Salvatierra) has appeared in numerous starring roles as CASA 0101 Theater over the years, including the World Premiere of Josefina López’s play, Hungry Woman, in which she portrayed the central role of Canela Guerrero directed by Corky Dominguez, and in William Shakespeare’s play, Julius Caesar, appearing a Brutus, in production helmed by director Robert Beltran.

Vance Valencia (Jose Salvatierra and Founder of Angel City Theater Company) last appeared at CASA 0101 Theater in the title role of William Shakespeare’s play, Julius Caesar, directed by Robert Beltran. He has appeared in leading roles with a wide variety of companies including the Inner City Cultural Center, The Met, Hudson Theatre, Los Angeles Theatre Center and Taper Too. Television credits include: On Common Ground, Roswell, Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose Place, Hunter and General Hospital.

Vannessa Vasquez (Blanca Salvatierra) was nominated for a 2015 Daytime Emmy Awardâ for her role of Camila Barrios on Hulu’s hit original teen drama series, East Los High. She was nominated for an Imagen Foundation Award for her portrayal of Magdalena Cruz in the film, Sins of a Call Girl. Other roles include Esperanza in the film Narca and Gracie in the action film Misfire. She studied at the Stella Adler Acting Conservatory and Upright Citizen’s Brigade and she holds a B.A. degree in Theatre and Psychology from the University of Houston. She was named one of the top eight leading ladies in the September 2016 issue of TV y Novelas Magazine. She is a spokesperson for the organization Ignite National, empowering girls and young women around the country to become civically and politically engaged. This is her first appearance with CASA 0101 Theater.

Randy Vasquez (Professor Adam Lovitz and Charter Member of Angel City Theater Ensemble) is making his CASA 0101 Theater debut in this production. Vasquez has appeared as Series Regular on the television shows, JAG, First Monday, The Love Boat: The Next Wave and Acapulco H.E.A.T. On stage he has appeared in New York at the Public Theatre, Harold Clurman Theater and Berkley Rep/Circle Rep. Locally in Los Angeles he has been seen on stage at the Redcat Theatre, Theatre 40, NoHo Arts Center, Macha Theatre, San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, Secret Rose Theater and Theater West.

Denise Blasor (Oliva Salvatierra and Charter Member of Angel City Theater Ensemble) is making her debut at CASA 0101 Theater. She has appeared extensively on stage with companies such as the Elephant Theatre, The Group at Strasberg, Stella Adler Theatre in New York, Fountain Theatre, The Old Globe, La Plaza de la Raza, The Getty Museum, Odyssey Theatre and Los Angeles Theatre Center. Her film, Dentro De La Casa De Bernarda Alba, was nominated by the Imagen Award Foundation in 2015 as Best Short. She appeared as Margarita Xirgu/Yerma in the film Death in Granada, also starring Andy Garcia and Esai Morales; the film won the Imagen Award for Best Motion Picture.

Kenneth Miles Ellington Lopez (Carlos Salvatierra) was last seen at CASA 0101 Theater in the leading role of Jimmy Ramirez in the musical Eastside Heartbeats. Born and raised in San Antonio, TX, he attended The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York. He has appeared in The Christians at the Mark Taper Forum and Hit the Wall at the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center. He was most recently seen in the Latino Theater Company’s A Mexican Trilogy: An American Story written by Evelina Fernández.

The play’s Production Team includes: Josefina López (of Silver Lake), Artistic Director, CASA 0101 Theater, Producer; Vance Valencia (of Boyle Heights) Founder, Angel City Theater Ensemble; Emmanuel Deleage (of Silver Lake), Executive Director, CASA 0101 Theater, Producer; Edward Padilla (of Boyle Heights), Board President, CASA 0101 Theater, Casting Director; Robert Beltran (of Los Feliz), Director; Deena Tovar (of Los Angeles), Stage Manager; Marco DeLeon (of Los Angeles) Set Designer; Abel Alvarado (of Los Angeles) Costume Designer; Kevin Vasquez (of San Fernando Valley) Lighting Designer; Vincent Sanchez (of Commerce) Sound Designer and CASA 0101 Theater Facilities Manager; Alexander Cooper (of Koreatown) Property Master; YeeEun Nam (of Miracle Mile) Projection Design; Sohail e. Najafi(of Culver City), CASA 0101 Theater Technical Director; Jorge Villanueva (of Boyle Heights), Light Board Operator; Mark Kraus (of Los Angeles) CASA 0101 Theater Administrator and Webmaster; Lupe Arrelanes (of Los Angeles) CASA 0101 Theater Marketing; Jimmy Centeno(of Los Angeles) Art Exhibit Curator; Gabriela López de Dennis, Soap Studio Inc. (of Los Angeles), Key Artwork Design and Program; Ed Krieger (of La Crescenta), Production Photographer and Steve Moyer Public Relations (of Los Angeles), Press Representative.

CASA 0101 Theater’s sponsors include: Bloomberg Philanthropies, The California Endowment, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and The Herb Alpert Foundation.

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