LAByrinth and Elephant Theatre Companies Begin Bi-Coastal Partnership

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New York's LAByrinth Theater Company and the Los Angeles theatre ensemble Elephant Theatre Company have announced a bi-coastal partnership in an aim to create a theatrical dialogue between the two coasts.

The first production will be the West Coast premiere of LAB artistic director Stephen Adly Guirgis' The Little Flower of East Orange, which will run Nov. 5-Dec. 19 at the Lilllian Theatre. The engagement marks the first production of Little Flower since its 2008 Off-Broadway premiere at the Public Theater.

Elephant artistic director David Fofi will direct the play described as "an inter-generational ghost story set in The Bronx at a charity hospital."

The second work will be the world premiere of Carlo Alban's solo play Intríngulis, which will be presented by the LAByrinth in Los Angeles Nov. 9-Dec. 9, in repertory with Little Flower at the Lilllian. The LAB has been developing the play.

David Anzuelo directs the work. Here's a look at the LAB's description of Alban's play: "Novelist, sniper, television personality, delinquent youth. Window washer, tourist, Beelzebub, idealist youth. Vigilante, rock star wannabe, minuteman, apolitical youth. Illegal immigrant. These are the people in your neighborhood. Carlo Alban will inhabit them all, taking the stage in this solo piece. At the heart of the play is the story of Carlo's family and their move from Ecuador to the United States when Carlo was seven – leaving behind four of his older siblings – and their subsequent economic, legal and social battles. Interspersed are performances of 1960s Latin American protest songs, which speak of the political struggles and the hope for social change that have inspired artists around the world for decades."

The seed for the collaboration was planted in 2006, when Fofi staged the West Coast premiere of Guirgis' In Arabia We’d All Be Kings. The LAB and Elephant also hope that the new collaboration will foster writing workshops, play readings and master classes between the two companies. Visit ElephantStages.

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