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Cal Stage premiers ‘Learning Spanish’

By From page B9 | February 20, 2013

In Los Angeles the African-American Ghetto runs right into the Latino Barrio. Watts, one of the densest populated areas in Southern California rife with crime, meets the Barrio, “East-Los,” where gangs hold turf and the night air rings with sirens. This is where playwright Leslie David Perry has set his new play, “Learning Spanish.”

“Mr. Perry’s new play is a touching story about how two people of different races and ages try to escape the epidemic of violence that surrounds them,” California Stage Producer/Director Ray Tatar said.

As the story unfolds Loretta runs from an abusive husband and finds friendship with Henry, an older unmarried security guard who spends his nights writing letters to newspapers on social issues.

Perry has been an educator, actor, producer, director and writer. He began his artistic life in the theater by directing and writing plays in many colleges and universities. Perry pioneered African-American protest thater, as well as taught at the University of California, Berkeley. Later in life, he became a master storyteller and has been educating and entertaining audiences for more than 30 years.

The play directed by Ray Tatar stars Gladys Imperio Acosta, Alejandra Iskow, Alejandra Montezuma, David Perez and Wayne Cook.

“Learning Spanish” plays from March 1-24 in the Wilkerson Theater at the R25 Arts Complex, 1725 25th Street at 25 and R Streets in Midtown Sacramento. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for military, students, SARTA members people younger than 12 years old and seniors. Groups of six or more get special discounts. Easy free parking is available. No late seating. For reservations call (916) 451-5822 or order online at CalStage.org.

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