24th Street Theatre Supports Southern Poverty Law Center in Stand Against Hate

On the heels of Charlottesville, 24th Street Theatre has announced it will donate half of all opening day ticket sales from its upcoming production, La Razón Blindada ("Armored Reason") by Argentine playwright Arístides Vargas, to the Southern Poverty Law Center to help track hate groups in America.

"La Razón Blindada is about political oppression and standing up to hate, and it kicks off our 'Speaking Up/Standing Up' 20th anniversary season," says 24th Street executive director Jay McAdams. "This just feels like the right thing to do. It reflects our entire mission as an organization."

Sublimely witty and provocative, La Razón Blindada was triply inspired by the classic novel "El Quixote" by Cervantes, "The Truth About Sancho Panza" by Franz Kafka, and testimonies from Chicho Vargas and other political prisoners held in Rawson Prison during Argentina's "Dirty War" of the 1970s. Jesus Castaños Chima and Tony Durán reprise their roles as political prisoners who are allowed to interact with one another for one hour a week - but must remain in their chairs and never stand. As they entertain each other with stories of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, we witness the power of theater to transport them, and us, into the realm of the imagination, despite repressive conditions and even as we remain bound to our seats.

La Razón Blindada is scheduled to open on Sept. 9 with two performances, one in the afternoon at 3 p.m. and one in the evening at 7:30 p.m. First produced by 24th Street in 2010, La Razón Blindada was a Los Angeles Times "Critic's Choice" and the recipient of the LA Weekly "Production of the Year" award. Since then, it has toured around the U.S. as well as to Mexico City, Culiacan, Baja Mexico, San Salvador, Colombia and Ecuador.

La Razón Blindada is performed in Spanish with English supertitles.

For more information and to purchase tickets, call (213) 745-6516 or www.24thstreet.org.

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