Armand Gatti's The Imaginary Life of the Street Sweeper, August G. Makes American Premiere April 20

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Casa 0101 Theater artistic director Josefina López presents the American premiere of Armand Gatti's The Imaginary Life of the Street Sweeper, August G., translated into English and directed by Emmanuel Deleage, April 20 in California.

The Imaginary Life of the Street Sweeper, August G., according to press notes, "recounts the life of August G., the author's father, a World War I veteran and street sweeper, destined by fate to a meaningless existence. As a marathon of memories flash before his eyes, he travels through time and space for one last rendezvous with his friends and enemies."

The production, which includes live music and video projections, features a cast of 31 actors led by Serafín Falcón as August G., 46, a street sweeper who receives a blow to the head while striking for better working conditions. The limited engagement continues through May 13. 

The cast also includes Jaime Zevallos as August G, 21; Mario Martinez as August G, 30; Alistair Hunter as August G, Without Age; Verona Masongsong as Pauline; Alex Miramontes as Christian; Claudia Duran as Laurence; Patrick Riviere as White Baron; Melvin Weiss as Grandfather; Lena-Marie as Angelina; Marc Erickson as Perd-Nous; Oscar Basulto as Black Baron; Carmelo Alvarez as Bobelin/Mr. Jacquie; Rafael Calderon as Gamache; Kevin Lino as Roger; Alexander Aguila as Sasseroni/Victor Estribot; Antonio Perez as Julian; Ibrahim Saba as Mesaise; Jon Joseph Gentry as Ostil; Joe Echegaray as Pendaille; Carmelita Maldonado as Nun; Dee Smith as Madame Poulette; Angelina Guzman as Chamelle; Howard Bee as Riot Cop Bassist; Erik A. Gavica as Riot Cop Guitarist; Mark Kraus as Riot Cop Drummer; Josh Duron as Riot Cop Keyboard Player; Ashlee Olivia as Ostil's Wife; Leila Almas as a Dancer; Nahum Ponce as August G, nine-years-old; and Jessica Macedo as a Dancer.

The Imaginary Life of the Street Sweeper, August G. premiered in France in 1962 in French.

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz (Anna in the Tropics)  is scheduled to attend the opening-night performance as the guest of honor at a private reception, which is a fundraiser for a production of Cruz's Lorca in a Green Dress, set for July-August 2012 at Casa 0101 Theater. Other members of the creative team include prop designer López, assistant director Vilma Villela, set designer Marco Deleon, costume designer Carlos Brown, musical director Geoff Gallegos, lighting designer Samantha Ross, choreographer Lindsey Stakoe, graphic designer Gabriela Lopez de Dennis, stage manager Elna Kordijian and assistant stage managers Bianca Uli Estrada and Mickey Miramontes. Gina Linn Espinoza, Estelle Campbell and Sherrie Lofton produce.

The Casa 0101 Theater is located at 2102 E. First Street (at Louis Street) in Boyle Heights, CA. For more information and tickets, call (323) 263-7684 or visit Casa0101.org.

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