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The Los Angeles Theatre Center’s Latino Theatre Lab will commission seven new plays from six Latino playwrights with $220,000 in new grant money, the LATC said Monday. Some of the funding--$200,000 from the Ford Foundation and $20,000 from NBC--will be used to expand the actors’ ensemble at the Lab. Director Jose Luis Valenzuela said the new plays will chronicle the Latino experience and reflect Latino concerns. The Lab, a multicultural nonprofit professional theater company and theatrical training laboratory organized in 1979, has produced five plays at LATC under Valenzuela’s direction.


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