LIVE THEATRE HAS COME TO LA PAZ


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Donneley McCann

An encore performance of The Naked Acting Company at the Art House, Revolucion between Morelos and Victoria, on February 23 was again completely sold out. Had the venue been larger no doubt all seats would have still been occupied.  La Paz’s newly formed acting company, under the direction of Monica Kling who earned her MFA in theatre and film at NYU, performed scenes from two books and two plays with a cast of ten local Baja Citizens. The collection of professional and amateur actors gave their all while entertaining those assembled.
The Naked Acting Company is an international group with members from the US, Germany, Canada and Mexico who formed to bring English language theatre to La Paz.  Their vision is to create fresh and contemporary work that illuminates the human experience as only theatre can, while attempting to spawn a cultural exchange between the Mexican and local international community using English as the bridge.
While they do not perform nude their efforts are guided by a philosophy of “nakedness” stressing an actor/audience connection beyond production values, striving to look “underneath” the dressings that keep human beings separate.

After 4 presentations, the Naked Acting Company do feel they would be benefitted by having their performances lit up and are excited by La Paz’s Euro-style wine bar/gallery LA
LA ENCANTADA’s throwing them a gala benefit on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 7:30 PM.  The theme is “Let there Be Light” with the money raised to purchase a lighting system.  This cabaret-style show will be unique with an evening full of small surprises, grand prizes and big talent.
Grammy award winning trumpeter Terry Townsend will perform as will special guest, Clay Martin, a master puppeteer and the Khnermu Jazz Ensemble with Sheft-Hat.  Company members will also entertain with comic vignettes. What with prizes being drawn from audience members’ ticket stubs as well, this promises to be a night to remember!
Tickets are limited so get over to Allende Books on Independencia 518 (between Serdan and Prieto) and purchase yours for 250 pesos.
Photo courtesy of Esther Ammann.

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