Octavio Solis: Scenes with Cranes

Octavio Solis: Scenes with Cranes

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Thursday, Sept. 29 | 8:30 pm
Friday, Sept. 30 | 8:30 pm
Saturday, Oct. 1 | 8:30 pm

Octavio Solis—known for plays of satire, mythology, and steely realism—is considered one of the most prominent Latino playwrights in America. In this world premiere production, a tight-knit East L.A. family is left shattered in the wake of their youngest son’s mysterious death. Devastated, the mother searches for the truth by retracing her son’s final steps. In Solis’ signature blend of classic and contemporary, he parallels John Sibelius’ musical masterwork in a play of the same name. Exquisitely visceral, Chi-wang Yang’s direction of Scene with Cranes navigates the many avenues of loss, leaving us stranded in a meditation on grief. 

Scene with Cranes is a project of Duende Calarts, an initiative of the CalArts Center for New Performance dedicated to developing and producing innovative work emerging from Latinx and Latin American communities and sources.Established in 2009 by Marissa Chibás, Duende CalArts brings prominent and emerging Latinx and Latin American artists from the performance community to develop adventurous projects at CNP. It aims to expand aesthetic boundaries and performance discourse, collaborating with national and international Latinx artists and advancing multilingual works.

The program includes a pre-show talk on October 1st.

“Octavio Solis fearlessly — exuberantly — plunges theater audiences into the sacred and profane.”


Scene with Cranes is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Produced by CalArts Center for New Performance.