Pulitzer Prize Winner Nilo Cruz to Attend Opening Night of THE IMAGINARY LIFE OF THE STREET SWEEPER, AUGUST G this Friday


Pulitzer Prize Winning Playwright, Nilo Cruz ("Anna in the Tropics") will attend the Opening Night performance of the American Premiere of "The Imaginary Life of the Street Sweeper, August G.," to be presented at Josefina López's ("Real Women Have Curves") Casa 0101 Theater this Friday, April 20, 2012.

While visiting in Los Angeles from April 19 – 22, 2012, Nilo Cruz will talk about his process as a playwright in a free lecture open to the general public starting at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at Whittier College.

On Sunday, April 20, 2012, Cruz will be the guest of honor at a private reception, which is a fundraiser for a production of one of Cruz's play, "Lorca in a Green Dress," which will be presented at Casa 0101 Theater in July/August 2012.

Casa 0101 Theater are presenting the American Premiere of "The Imaginary Life of the Street Sweeper, August G.," written by Armand Gatti, translated into English and directed by Emmanuel Deleage, at the new Casa 0101 Theater, 2102 E. First Street (at Louis Street), Boyle Heights, CA 90033 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 5:00 p.m., April 20 – May 13, 2012.

The story recounts the life of August G., the author's father, a World War I veteran and street sweeper, destined by fate to a meaningless existence. As a marathon of memories flash before his eyes, he travels through time and space for one last rendezvous with his friends and enemies. The play features a cast of 31 actors led by Serafín Falcón as August G., 46, a street sweeper who receives a blow to the head while striking for better working conditions. The production also features live music and video projections. The play originally premiered in France in 1962 in French; this production of the play in English, and is the first to be presented in the United States. The production will coincide with an art exhibit entitled "Revolutionary Visions," curated by Lilia Ramirez and featuring mixed media and experimental contemporary photography.

Tickets are $20 for General Admission, $17 for Students, Seniors and Groups of 10 or more, and $15 for Boyle Heights residents with identification. For tickets, please call the Casa 0101 Theater Box Office at 323-263-7684, E-mail tickets@casa0101.org or buy online at www.casa0101.org. To learn more, please visit the official August G. website at www.augustg.com. Theatre patrons can get a $2 discount by presenting their Metro Bus Cards at the Box Office when buying tickets. Metro bus stations are located on First Street in Boyle Heights at both Soto Street, and at Boyle Street (Mariachi Plaza), within a short walking distance to the theatre.

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