L.A.'s Mark Taper Forum Premieres Loomer's Living Out Jan. 18-March 9

News   L.A.'s Mark Taper Forum Premieres Loomer's Living Out Jan. 18-March 9 Forget "The Nanny Diaries." Lisa Loomer, author of The Waiting Room and the screenplay "Girl, Interrupted," exposes the humor and pathos in the nanny-wealthy family relationship in her latest work, Living Out. The world premiere dramatic comedy plays Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum Jan. 18-March 9.

In Loomer's L.A., the nannies are all East Side Latin Americans who cross over to the West Side to raise the children of the well to do. Nancy, the lawyer, needs Ana, the immigrant, to take care of her baby, but this puts pressure on Ana's ability to raise her own child. The play deals with issues of race, class, immigration law and America's dependence on immigrant-powered industries.

Bill Rauch directs. He is the co-founder and artistic director of L.A.'s Cornerstone Theater Company, who travel across the country staging community productions of great works, including The Good Person of New Haven (Brecht set in Connecticut), Three Sisters From West Virginia (Chekhov set in the Rust Belt and focused on Appalachian migration) and The Marmath Hamlet (Shakespeare's tragedy told as a Wild West show in the oldest Vaudeville theatre in North Dakota). Their most recent production was Erik Ehn's holiday show, Mary Shelley's Santa Claus.

Living Out features Amy Aquino, Carlos Gomes, Daniel Hugh Kelly, Zilah Mendoza, Kate A. Milligan, Maricelo Choa, Diane Rodriguez and Elizabeth Ruscio.

Designing the show are Christopher Acebo (sets), Candice Cain (costumes), Lap Chi Chu (lighting) and Jon Gottlieb (sound). Joe Romano composed the original score.

For ticket information, call (213) 628-2772. The Mark Taper Forum is located at 135 N. Grand Ave. and on the web at http://www.taperahmanson.com.