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CalArts' School of Theater Presents "The Angel of History" by Carolyn Forché

Los Angeles, CA--California Institute of the Arts' School of Theater presents The Angel of History, adapted from a book of poetry by Carolyn Forché and directed by Emily Mendelsohn. The audience will join a young mother to witness the moral injustices and disasters of the 20th century.  Audiences will arrive at CalArts to begin their journey to a residence in the city of Val Verde where the performance will take place.  Performance dates are Thursday-Saturday, March 12-14, and Monday-Thursday, 16-19, 2009. Audiences should arrive at CalArts (24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia CA, 91355) by 7:45 p.m.; they will be transported to the location for an 8:00 p.m. performance.  For more information about The Angel of History, contact producer Ashley Walden at ashleyswalden@yahoo.com or by phone at (661) 291-3027, or visit the show's website.

Director Emily Mendelsohn is a 2009 candidate for an MFA in directing from California Institute of the Arts. Her productions include: (CalArts) Unentitled by Deborah Asiimwe, Beginner by Erik Ehn, and Leonardo and Glass Boy (original). Mendelsohn's original work has been presented in New York City at the Internationall Fringe Festival, HERE Arts Center, HOWL Festival, Chashama, Waxworks, Flux Factory Gallery and a Williamsburg metal shop. She has also taught and directed for the past 5 years at Vassar's Powerhouse Theater.

Poet Carolyn Forché is also a translator, anthologist and human rights activist. She has lived in Paris, Beirut and South Africa, which has influenced the international themes often found in her work. She has translated exiled Salvadoran poet, Claribel Alegria, surrealist Robert Desnos and 19th-century French visionary Arthur Rimbaud. Forché has taught at many institutes of higher education including Vasser College, Columbia University, George Mason University and Georgetown University, where she currently teaches. Her works include Gathering the Tribes, Against Forgetting: Twentieth-Century Poetry of Witness, The Country Between Us, The Angel of History, and Blue Hour.

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), the first U.S. higher educational institution to integrate the visual and performing arts under one roof, is recognized as the nation's leading laboratory for the arts. Housing six schools--Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and Theater--CalArts embraces creative cross-pollination among diverse art forms and traditions, and strongly encourages each artist to pursue his or her vision within a broad context of social and cultural understanding.

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