Inner-City Arts teaming up with European theater artists


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A little bit of the European theater world is coming to the skid row neighborhood in downtown Los Angeles.

Inner-City Arts is teaming up with the British-German theater company Gob Squad and L.A.’s Center Theatre Group to launch a two-year stage project. The initiative will involve a handful of Inner-City Arts students participating in a theater production about the process of aging.


The British Council, a non-government cultural organization, is investing $10,000 in the project. CTG will help to oversee the collaboration.

Diane Rodriguez, associate producer and director of new play production at CTG, said in an interview that she saw a version of Gob Squad’s production in the Netherlands and thought it would be a good fit for Inner-City Arts. She said that the script will be translated into English.

The collaboration between Gob Squad and Inner-City Arts is scheduled to begin in September when the European company will be in town for an engagement at REDCAT. Students will be videotaped near the start of the workshop process. In the final stage production, the students will interact with their video images from two years earlier.

Joseph Collins, the head of Inner-City Arts, said CTG approached him about a month ago about the project. He said 12 students ranging in ages from 8 to 14 will participate in the stage production.

Inner-City Arts has been developing close ties with Britain in recent months. In July, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge paid a visit to the school’s campus and participated in an art class and other activities.


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