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2.10.2016

East West Players presents 'Criers For Hire'

February 11 - March 13, 2016 at the David Henry Hwang Theatre.



Los Angeles theater fans! East West Players, the nation's premier Asian American theatre, invites you to the world premiere comedy Criers for Hire by Giovanni Ortega and directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera.

In Criers For Hire, Aurora, Remedios, and Eugenia are three of the most sought-after professional funeral criers in Monterey Park. They are eager to welcome Aurora's 14-year-old daughter Ligaya (nicknamed Gaya) from the Philippines into their world and teach her their somber trade. However, they soon realize that Gaya has the opposite effect on people, making them laugh instead of cry.

Preview performances begin this week. Here are some more details:

CRIERS FOR HIRE

February 11 - March 13, 2016

World Premiere Comedy
By Giovanni Ortega
Directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera

February 11, 2016 thru March 13, 2016

Aurora, Remedios, and Eugenia are three of the most sought-after professional funeral criers in Monterey Park. They are eager to welcome Aurora’s 14-year-old daughter Ligaya (nicknamed Gaya) from the Philippines into their world and teach her their somber trade. However, they soon realize that Gaya has the opposite effect on people, making them laugh instead of cry. What ensues is a hilarious and heartwarming story of cultural identity, generational conflict, and finding home in a new country.

In community partnership with Asia Society Southern California and FilAm ARTS.

CRIERS FOR HIRE is produced with generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Media sponsors include Asian Journal and LA18.

CAST (in alphabetical order)
Joan Almedilla, Nicole Barredo, Samantha Cutaran, Rudy Martinez, and Giselle Tongi

CREATIVE TEAM
Set Design by Christopher Scott Murillo
Lighting Design by R. Christopher Stokes
Costume Design by Mylette Nora
Sound Design and Original Music by Howard Ho
Prop Master and Projection Designs by Lily Bartenstein
Stage Manager: Alyssa Escalante

SCHEDULE OF PERFORMANCES
February 11, 2016 thru March 13, 2016

Preview Performances:
Previews are Thursday, February 11; Friday, February 12; and Saturday, February 13 (all at 8 p.m.), and Sunday, February 14, at 2 p.m.

Opening Night:
A ticket to opening night on Wednesday, February 17, at 8 p.m. includes a 7 p.m. pre-performance cocktail reception and a post-show reception with the cast and creative team. (Call EWP for ticket prices and availability.)

Pay-What-You-Can Performance
Thursday, February 18, at 8 p.m.

Post-Show Discussion
Sunday, February 28, at 2 p.m.
A chat with the performers and creative team immediately follows the show.

Wine Down Fridays
A complimentary glass of red or white wine will be served before the Friday show during the regular performance run. (Interested parties must be 21 years of age or older to drink).

DISCOUNTS
Student and senior discounts are available on adult price tickets, excludes preview performances.

For group rates of 10 persons or more, contact Audience Services Manager Meredith Patt at mpatt@eastwestplayers.org.

For further information about Criers for Hire, and to purchase tickets, visit the East West Players website.