We don’t cover much live theater events, but once in a while we come across an interesting project; and this live reading of “The Blade of Jealousy” by Henry Ong at a Los Angeles area theater sounded interesting. And if you enjoy live theater, you should check it out and get to know more about playwright Ong.
Here’s an excerpt of playwright Henry Ong notes:
Sometime last year, I was honored to be asked by theater doyen Jon Lawrence Rivera to participate in Golden Tongues, a Playwrights’ Arena/UCLA William Andrews Clark Memorial Library project. The aim of the annual project is to introduce audiences to the treasures of the Golden Age of Spanish theater. Participating Los Angeles playwrights are tasked with researching 16th- and 17th-century plays from Spain (between 1590 to 1681) and choosing one for adaptation in a modern context. As I pondered over which play to select, I was struck by the sheer volume and variety of Spanish Renaissance plays that had been written and produced during the Golden Age. Who knew! The number surpassed even those written during the English Renaissance (according to Wikipedia by a factor of four!). About ten thousand plays are estimated to have been written; the number of surviving plays is in the hundreds, a majority of which remain virtually untouched in terms of both production and scholarly analysis. Click here to read the rest of this piece.
“The Blade of Jealousy” by Henry Ong—August 29 at 7P. It all takes place at The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025. You can RSVP by clicking here.
Meet the folks involved: director Denise Blasor and stage manager Jennifer Palumbo. The cast: Jossara Jinaro, David Carreno, Eileen Galindo, Carlos Moreno Jr, Tracy Perez, and Kapil Talwalkar. — A.O.