Walking the Tightrope

Unveiling the centerpiece of its 2012-13 season of sophisticated and provocative theater that appeals to and is appropriate for kids while maintaining the look and emotional depth of adult theater, 24th STreet Theatre presents the debut production of its LAb24 resident experimental theater company.

Walking the Tightrope is a highly theatrical, stylized production that utilizes poetic language, circus arts, live music and multi-media to explore themes of grief and loss.

The deceptively straightforward story concerns young Esme, who visits her grandparents every summer at a seaside resort and is left to wonder why, this year, Nanna isn’t there. On a more complex level, Tightrope explores the deep grief experienced by her grandfather over the death of his wife, and his redemption through the innocence and inherent joy of a young child.

“This is a very special piece, a lyrical tone poem that has been dramatized and turned into a play for all ages,” explains director Debbie Devine. “Children will get that Esme is searching for her grandma, and they’ll love the clown, music and vivid design elements. Adults will understand and relate to the old man’s profound grief. How do you survive a spouse? How do you go on?”

Walking the Tightrope continues the groundbreaking work that earned 24th STreet Theatre last season’s national TCG Peter Zeisler Award for risk taking and innovation in the American theater.

Walking the Tightrope opens on Saturday, January 26, continuing through March 30 on Saturdays @ 2 pm and 7:30 pm. Three preview performances take place on January 19 @ 2 pm and 7:30 pm and on Sunday, January 20 @ 2 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for kids under 16; $12 for students, seniors and teachers; and 24 cents for residents of the theater’s surrounding North University Park neighborhood. 24th STreet Theatre is located at 1117 West 24th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007 (at the intersection of 24th and Hoover). Secure parking is available for $5 in the lot on the southwest corner of 24th and Hoover. The theater is air-conditioned and wheelchair accessible. For reservations and information, call (213) 745-6516 or go to www.24thstreet.org. For adults and kids (6 and older).

 

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