A New Take on ‘Community’ Theater

By Michael Berick

Los Angeles Events - Popol Vuh

Meztli Kali participates in a community puppet and mask making workshop in preparation for “Popol Vuh: Heart of Heaven,” presented by Center Theatre Group and El Teatro Campesino, October 10 and 11, 2015, at Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles. PHOTO BY RYAN MILLER/CAPTURE IMAGING

The Center Theatre Group will stage a production in Grand Park this month that gives “community theater” a new meaning. Popol Vuh: Heart of Heaven is a unique collaboration between CTG, the local Chicano theater company El Teatro Campesino and members of the Boyle Heights community. Popol Vuh is the legendary tale of the Mayan creation myth, and this production adds some distinctly L.A. elements to the storytelling. The show will feature music, dance, giant puppets and significant involvement from Boyle Heights residents.

During the past year, participants from the Boyle Heights community have attended workshops and helped create the show’s props and costumes. And some will be performing on stage along with El Teatro Campesino actors.

Free performances will take place at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 10-11. Learn more at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org.

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