Off Center Festival Returns to Segerstrom Center, Now thru 2/2
Segerstrom Center's Off Center Festival returns for its third consecutive year today, January 23 - February 2. This year's festival will showcase an entirely new lineup of wonderfully creative and innovative contemporary performance companies and artists.
The Center will host its first POP: Party on the Plaza - free to the public on January 24 - that will feature a performance by Southern California's celebrated Latino/Chicano theater troupe Culture Clash and the two bands Little Willie G. and Thee Midniters and Latin rock band La Santa Cecilia. Also featured in this year's festival will be Sekou Sundiata's blessing the boats: the remix, Die Roten Punkte's Super Musician, Edgar Oliver's Helen & Edgar, Phil Soltanoff's LA Party, the world premiere of KEEP CULTURE AND CLASH ON: 30 Years of Revolutionary Comedy Remastered by Culture Clash, Rinde Eckert's Becoming Unusual... The Education of an Eclectic and Gilbert Castellanos and The New Latin Jazz Quintet. The Off Center Lounge in Leatherby's Cafe Rouge will be open again with a special low-cost post-performance menu and the opportunity to mix and mingle with the festival artists.
"Our third Off Center Festival will continue to enhance the eclecticism of the Center's programming," said Center President Terrence W. Dwyer. "These are audacious works that are exciting and topical. Our goal is that they reflect the current interests and passions of our audiences and artists from throughout the region and nationwide. In addition, we will offer a free party on the Arts Plaza which will add a celebratory kick-off. I also invite audiences to join us each evening in the Off Center Lounge at Leatherby's Cafe Rouge to meet the artists and fellow attendees and to talk about the shows."
Tickets go on sale Sunday, November 24 at 10 a.m. PST. They will be $25 for each performance and can be purchased online at SCFTA.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. The TTY number is (714) 556-2746. Tickets may also be purchased for just $15 by clicking the Buy Tickets button on the Center's Facebook page at Facebook.com/SCFTA. Some performances are suggested for mature audiences only. Please contact the Box Office for suggestions. Artists and program are subject to change. For more information, visit SCFTA.org/OffCenter.
Sekou Sundaiata's blessing the boats: the remix / Center Debut
January 23 - 26 in Founders Hall
As a brilliant poet and storyteller, Sekou Sundiata created a very personal and inspiring story of hope, compassion and wonder. It makes you consider the physical body, its changing nature - how we are all vulnerable but can get through most anything with the support of loved ones. blessing
the boats: the remix tells the moving, personal story of a man and his health as he experiences illness that turns out to be kidney failure. Within this emotional and profound journey, he reflects on the utmost compassion of the friends who come forward to donate one of their kidneys, and ultimately, the grace by which he feels so blessed.
POP: Party on the Plaza
January 24 on the Arts Plaza
On January 24, the Center hosts a FREE Off Center Festival party on the Arts Plaza. It will feature performances by Culture Clash, the bands Little Willie G. and Thee Midniters and La Santa Cecilia plus food trucks for dinner and snacks.
"Smart and deadly funny. A comic grand slam!?," wrote the Boston Herald. Culture Clash consists of three Latino members (Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas and Herbert Siguenza) who have been writing and performing together for twenty years. Each artist plays multiple characters, crossing all racial, social, and sexual boundaries, reinventing our ideas of storytelling and community.
"Little Willie G. is considered to be the best singer to come out of East Los Angeles and has one of the most powerful and soulful voices in the music- world today," says Rolling Stone Magazine. A charismatic figure/singer, Little Willie G.'s style has drawn comparisons to Jackie Wilson and Frank Sinatra.