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May 2018

The Unusual Suspects’ 10th Annual Gala: Be Unusual

May 8, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
The Millennium Biltmore Hotel,
506 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90071 United States
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Save the date for our upcoming 10th Annual Gala honoring Master Teaching Artist Zach Brown and Actor Tiffany Haddish. Visit our GALA WEBPAGE to purchase tickets, become a sponsor, and learn more!    

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Free

Vaughn Middle School Performance of “Rise of the Dangels”

May 18, 2018 @ 6:30 pm
Vaughn High School (VISA Campus),
11505 Herrick Ave
Pacoima, 91331
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The talented Unusual Suspects middle-school participants at the Vaughn Next Century Learning Center have written an original play that they will perform in a free public performance on Friday, May 18th! “Rise of the Dangels” tells the story of Hazel and Arin, who are sisters. Hazel dreams of one day becoming a famous painter, while Arin longs for the stage and the spotlight. After getting news of their parents’ divorce, the sisters discover the mythical secrets of their family’s origin and are forced to choose: go with their Mother Athena, powerful royalty of the underworld, or their father Lucy a kind but humble man. Their choices send the two sisters down very different paths, and we follow both journeys as they navigate the dangerous, romantic, and magical consequences of their decision. With help from their animal companions, Burt and Melissa, Hazel and Arin will learn the power of family, love,…

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June 2018
Free

Dorothy Kirby Center Page Play

June 30, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Dorothy Kirby Center,
1500 S McDonnell Ave
Commerce, 90040

The talented Unusual Suspects youth at Dorothy Kirby Center (Juvenile Detention Camp) have written an original play that will be performed by professional actors as a staged reading during their Page Play on Saturday, June 30th! Through a partnership with LA County Probation at Dorothy Kirby Center, The Unusual Suspects leads a 10-week writing workshop where incarcerated youth work together to write an original play. A Page Play is the culminating presentation of our Playwriting Program. Professional actors will perform the youth’s original play with scripts in hand, while the students take the stage to talk about how they wrote the play together using improvisation and writing exercises. **Audience members MUST RSVP for this event by JUNE 1st in order to attend, due to required Probation clearance screenings. Interested guests, please email Ariella Wolfe at ariella@theunusualsuspects.org for more information**  

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September 2018

Dorothy Kirby Center Performance of “The Secrets We Don’t Know”

September 8, 2018
Dorothy Kirby Center,
1500 S McDonnell Ave
Commerce, 90040

*Contact US at RSVP@theunusualsuspects.org for more information about how to attend.* The talented Unusual Suspects minors at Dorothy Kirby Center (Juvenile Detention Camp) have written an original play that they will perform on Saturday, September 8th! Time: 1:00 PM In an exciting partnership with LA County Probation at Dorothy Kirby Center, The Unusual Suspects are leading a 10-week performance workshop in which incarcerated youth are working together to perform an original play that they wrote earlier this spring. Three young women — the sisters Autumn and Jan Grace, and Blessin Yasmine Lorraine Alvarado — lose their parents at very young ages. They grow up in separate foster homes, all searching for justice and a place to call home. After Jan disappears under mysterious circumstances, Autumn and Blessin meet during a chance encounter. They become fast friends and discover that they have a common enemy in their midst.  This starts them on a journey of intrigue,…

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November 2018

San Fernando High School Page Play

November 1, 2018
San Fernando High School,
11133 O'Melveny Avenue
San Fernando, CA 91340 United States

Join us for a Page Play! A Page Play is the celebration of our 10-week playwriting program where professional actors perform students’ original play with scripts in hand. You will also have a chance to hear from the student writers about how the play was created and be guided through interactive theatre workshop games and improvisation exercises. Do you have professional acting experience and would like to volunteer as a Page Play reader? Contact adrienne@theunusualsuspects.org for more information.

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Edison Middle School Page Play

November 7, 2018
Edison Middle School,
6500 Hooper Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90001 United States

Join us for a Page Play! A Page Play is the celebration of our 10-week playwriting program where professional actors perform students’ original play with scripts in hand. You will also have a chance to hear from the student writers about how the play was created and be guided through interactive theatre workshop games and improvisation exercises. Do you have professional acting experience and would like to volunteer as a Page Play reader? Contact adrienne@theunusualsuspects.org for more information.

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Sepulveda Middle School Page Play

November 29, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sepulveda Middle School,
15330 Plummer St
North Hills, CA, 91343
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Join us for a Page Play! A Page Play is the celebration of our 10-week playwriting program where professional actors perform students’ original play with scripts in hand. You will also have a chance to hear from the student writers about how the play was created and be guided through interactive theatre workshop games and improvisation exercises. Do you have professional acting experience and would like to volunteer as a Page Play reader? Contact adrienne@theunusualsuspects.org for more information.

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December 2018

Markham Middle School Page Play

December 4, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Markham Middle School,
1650 E 104th St
Los Angeles, CA, 90002

Join us for a Page Play! A Page Play is the celebration of our 10-week playwriting program where professional actors perform students’ original play with scripts in hand. You will also have a chance to hear from the student writers about how the play was created and be guided through interactive theatre workshop games and improvisation exercises. Do you have professional acting experience and would like to volunteer as a Page Play reader? Contact adrienne@theunusualsuspects.org for more information.

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January 2019

Campus Kilpatrick VIP Culmination @ Camp Resnik

January 12
Camp Resnik,
5300, 5300 W Ave I
Lancaster, CA 93536 United States
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Our newly-refined VOICES FROM INSIDE PROGRAM is an outgrowth of our 20+ years of experience working with incarcerated and system-engaged youth and our ongoing collaboration with the Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network, of which we are a founding member. Designed to augment L.A. County Probation’s innovative new “L.A. Model” for juvenile justice reform, this innovative program combines in-class and after-school theatre-arts education with trauma-informed healing practices to provide standards-based theatre-arts education and mentoring to the county’s most hardened minors.   TIME TBD   *US invited guests are required to be cleared by Probation to attend the public performance. Please email yolanda@theunusualsuspects.org if you would like to attend.

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Central Juvenile Hall VIP Culmination

January 19
Central Juvenile Hall

Our newly-refined VOICES FROM INSIDE PROGRAM is an outgrowth of our 20+ years of experience working with incarcerated and system-engaged youth and our ongoing collaboration with the Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network, of which we are a founding member. Designed to augment L.A. County Probation’s innovative new “L.A. Model” for juvenile justice reform, this innovative program combines in-class and after-school theatre-arts education with trauma-informed healing practices to provide standards-based theatre-arts education and mentoring to the county’s most hardened minors. TIME TBD *US invited guests are required to be cleared by Probation to attend the public performance. Please email yolanda@theunusualsuspects.org if you would like to attend.

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