Theatre and Culture Access Program
Attends 3 Performances
Over 70 people in The Unusual Suspects Theatre and Culture Access Program (TCAP) attended three professional theatrical events and post-show workshops this year! Piloted last year through our partnership with Friends of the Family, this year we recruited parents and students from Maclay Academy of Social Justice who lacked exposure to professional theatre.
Participants saw Little Red, a punk-rock musical revision of the Little Red Riding Hood; Josefina Lopez’s Real Women Have Curves at Pasadena Playhouse; and the Mayan creation myth, the Popul Vuh-Heart of Heaven produced by Teatro Campesino and Center Theatre Group.
“It was the first time I was in a professional theater and I loved the work they did. I felt like I could relate [because] the theme related to Latinos. It was amazing,” said a mother after seeing Real Women Have Curves.
By exposing families to professional theatre, TCAP increases awareness of roles needed to put on a production, sheds light on tough themes, creates deeper ties to the community, and closes the generation gap.
“Our traditions and our
stories die with our grandparents,” said Veronica Lases of the Youth Policy Institute. “Here is this play that is a Mayan myth. It’s helping us hold onto our culture and traditions. Our younger generations are getting to see this.”