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Posted: Monday, October 14, 2013 2:11 PM


Get ready, get set…get ¡Ser! The world premiere of a comedic solo show written and performed by Karen Anzoategui that features live music by CAVA and Walter Miranda written in collaboration with Louie Pérez of Los Lobos. ¡Ser! is a riveting personal narrative that examines a queer Latina’s strained relationship with each of her two homes: Los Angeles, and Buenos Aires. Spending years in both cities, she dreams of a pilgrimage to meet her soccer idol Diego Maradona and see him play. The back and forth migration of her upbringing, amidst major moments in Argentine history, leaves her with few role models save an over-sexed Argentinean English teacher and a mute that communicates via horn. Featuring live music and her own soccer skills, Karen delights in her zany journey to find community and love in pursuit of her ¡GOL!

“Karen shines on stage,” says director Marcos Nájera. “She has a magical ability to flip in and out of multiple characters like a chameleon. She’s wonderfully funny, and the show has the feel of a lively Argentine soccer game.”

Anzoategui has been developing ¡Ser! for the past seven years. At LATC, live music will be incorporated for the first time.

“Creating music for ¡Ser! posed a challenge because of the intimate nature of the play,” explains co-composer, percussionist and lead vocalist CAVA. “But we let Karen’s stories take us back in time, and the music evolved into the soundtrack that continually plays in her mind. We are the voice she was not able to find growing up, the voice that represents who she has become.”

¡Ser! opens on Saturday, Nov. 16, continuing through Dec. 8 on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. (dark Thursday, Nov. 28). There will be one low-priced preview on Friday, Nov.15 at 8 p.m. A moderated discussion will follow the performances on Nov. 17, Nov. 24 and Dec. 1. General admission is $30, except opening night (Nov. 16) which is $50 and includes an after-show soirée, with music spun live by DJ collective Descarga Soundsystem both pre-show and at the reception. Students, seniors and groups of 10 or more pay only $20; tickets for LATC members are $15; and tickets to the preview performance are $15. A limited number of $10 tickets are available for Thursday night performances. The LATC is located at 514 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013. For more information and to purchase tickets, call (866) 811-4111

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