The Cultural Affairs Department of the city of Los Angeles has scheduled numerous theatrical events over the winter 2000-2001 season. Many of these events are free to the public and take place at various venues around the city. Among the events are:
• Will & Co. Workshops. Held regularly, these workshops focus on such Shakespearean topics as fencing, text interpretation and performance. Will & Co. is a traveling theatre organization that produces classics for audiences young and old. Workshops are at Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC). For membership information call (213) 485-1631.
• Roadsigns Reading Series. Monday night theatrical readings, presented by The Road Theatre Co. Lankershim Arts Center, 5108 Lankershim Blvd. NoHo. For information call (818) 752-7568. Free.
• Playwriting Workshop. An ongoing class, Tuesday, 7-10 PM. Also at Lankershim Arts Center, (818) 752-7568. Free.
• Acting Class. Basic theatre skills and scene study class led by Laura Gardner, Wed. 11 AM-1 PM. The focus is on actors with disabilities. At Lankershim Arts Center (same number as above). Free. • Staged Readings of New Plays. An ongoing series produced by Moving Arts, Tuesdays at 8 PM. Readings are followed by discussions moderated by literary director Trey Nichols. At the LATC. Call (213) 622-8906. Free.
• Foxx Follies Readers Theatre. A monthly series of readings of new plays at William Grant Still Arts Center, 2520 W. West View St. For more information call (323) 734-1164. Free.
• Performance: The Power of Black Love: How To Love a Black Man, a comedy by Rene Margary. Sat. Dec 16 at 8 PM and Sunday Dec. 17 at 3 PM at the LATC. Call (213) 485-1681 for tickets and information.
• Benjamin and Judah: A Hannukah Musical, an original musical by composer David Shukiar, presented by Golden Performing Arts Center. The musical interweaves original and traditional songs, tap dance numbers, folk dances, dramatic historical vignettes and the struggles of a modern Jewish family. Dec. 23 at 8 PM at the Madrid Theatre, 21622 Sherman Way, Canoga Park. For tickets and information call (818) 887-9178.
• Website for the Cultural Affairs Department is www.culturela.org. Hot line for the department is (213) 485-ARTS. The Cultural Affairs department's Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) is (213) 473-8339. Accommodations for disabilities are available upon 72-hour notice for department events. Information in alternative formats is also available upon request. Call (213) 473-8343 or TDD (213) 473-8339.
— By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent