For only five more performances, “Rome at the End of the Line” (Roma al Final de la Via) will showcase at the 24th Street Theatre just south of downtown Los Angeles. The play tells the captivating story of the friendship between two girls/women that spans a lifetime, as written by Daniel Serrano and directed by Alberto Lomnitz in association with Mexico’s Viaje Redondo Producciones.
Norma Angelica and Julieta Ortiz, excellent actresses from Mexico, star as Eva and Emilia. The audience enjoys the development of their friendship as they transform themselves on stage from energetic 7-year-olds to teenagers, young women, mature ladies and into witty octogenarians. Eva and Emilia spend decades planning to leave their small Mexican town to visit Rome. In the process, two lives full of love, men, children, worries, and stories move along.
“Rome at the End of the Line” was premiered April of 2011 at the La Casa de la Paz theater in Mexico City. It was later presented throughout Mexico, in multiple cities that include Tijuana, Mexicali, Ensenada, Monterrey, Sinaloa, and Campeche. This is its premiere run in the United States. It is performed in Spanish with excellent English supertitles and it is a lovely rendition that is sometimes funny, other times moving, and that sends you home seriously wanting to jump on the train traveling to your Rome.
24th Street Theatre is a small venue that was made available by USC’s theater school dean Robert Scales fifteen years ago. Scales wanted a professional theater in the neighborhood. The structure is a converted 1928 carriage house that lets you admire its original painted wood ceiling and its exposed brick walls. It is, however, comfortable, clean, and with an air conditioning system that works wonderfully.
“Rome at the End of the Line” is appropriate for ages 12 and up. It was especially selected by 24th Street Theatre’s artistic director Debbie Devine and executive director Jay McAdams as part of their efforts to make theater accessible and interesting to families, including their young adults.
Rome at the End of the Line
24th Street Theatre
1117 West 24th Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Date: Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. / Sundays at 2 p.m. until October 7
Price: $15 adults / $10 under 16 years-old / $12 Seniors, students and teachers / 24 cents for North University Park residents.
Parking: secure parking in the lot across the street from the theater $5 / some street parking available.
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