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Premiere Production, 'Behind the Scenes Drama,' Reflects 20 Year History of Youth Theater Program

Los Angeles, CA, May 7--Celebrating both the 20-year anniversary of CAP and the 40-year anniversary of Plaza de la Raza, this year's original production from the CAP/Plaza de la Raza Youth Theater Program is Behind the Scenes Drama, a comical play-within-a-play, developed collaboratively by writer-producer Nancy De Los Santos, writer Tomas Benitez, and 45 high school actors and writers.  Behind the Scenes Drama runs on May 7, 8, 14, 15 at Plaza de la Raza and May 28 and 29 and at REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater) at 631 West 2nd Street Los Angeles, CA 90012.  Admission is free.

CAP is the pioneering public-private youth arts education partnership of California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). Since its inception, CAP has grown from 2 to 46 sites in Los Angeles County and positively impacted the lives of 200,000 young people through its free arts education programs.

As one of the two original CAP partners, Plaza de La Raza is a strong component of CAP's 20th anniversary story. The CAP/Plaza de la Raza Theater Program provides high school and middle school students with instruction in all areas of theater arts. Every year, a guest playwright works with the students to create an original work of theater.

A Chicana originally from Chicago, Nancy De Los Santos is best known as the associate producer of the feature films Selena and the award-winning Mi Familia. She's written for Showtime's drama series, Resurrection Blvd. and the PBS series American Family.  Her long form, Gotta Kick It Up!, about a Latina teenage dance  team, aired on The Disney Channel.  

Behind the Scenes Drama is De Los Santos' fourth play for CAP. Acknowledging 20 years of the program, the play looks back on the history of CAP/Plaza productions and includes characters drawn from its previous plays.

The CalArts Community Arts Partnership (CAP), a program of the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), links the Institute and the diverse communities of Los Angeles County through free, after-school and school-based arts programs for youth. CAP provides the youth in thesr communities challenging learning environments for artistic experimentation and creates access to higher education. Through these CalArts faculty-mentored programs, CAP provides CalArts students the opportunity to teach, to redefine their artistic abilities and to refine the role of artists, arts education, and the arts in society.

CalArts is recognized internationally as a leading laboratory for the visual, performing, media and literary arts. Housing six schools--Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music, and Theater--CalArts educates professional artists in an intensive learning environment founded on artmaking excellence, creative experimentation, cross-pollination among diverse artistic disciplines, and a broad context of social and cultural understanding. CalArts also operates the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) in the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex in downtown Los Angeles.

Last edited by Smith on Aug 18, 2010
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