"CHRISTMAS SPECIAL" BURSTS WITH JOY AND LAUGHS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

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Bursting with laughs, more laughs, music and escandalo (scandal!), The Latina Christmas Special, written and performed by acclaimed comedians Diana Yanez, Maria Russell and Sandra Valls, returns to The Los Angeles Theatre Center
this holiday season. Directed by Geoffrey Rivas, the Latino Theater Company production runs Nov. 19 though Dec. 18, with two low-priced previews on Nov. 17 and Nov. 18.

You thought your holidays with the family were dramatic? Wait until you hear these touching and hilarious Christmas stories of holidays past from three first-generation Latinas: the Texas-born, Mexican American Valls (Showtime’s Latin Divas of Comedy); Miami-born, Cuban-American Yanez (Margaret Cho’s The Sensuous Woman); and, the daughter of “an over-dedicated Mexican mother and compliant Lithuanian father,” Russell (Warner Brothers/New Line Cinema’s Lights Out). When these three sassy friends get together, they drink plenty of tequila, dish about everything from moms to cucarachas to Farrah Fawcett, and share their funny and surprisingly personal stories of childhood Christmas “dramas.”

“These stories touch each and every audience member, no matter their background, on many different levels,” Rivas says. “They are also a window into some of the beautiful traditions we have within the Latino community.”

According to Yanez, “The ‘special’ in the title is an homage to all the TV shows we watched growing up — all those ‘Christmas Specials’ that we so closely identified with during the holidays, but that had no Latinos in them (or maybe just Jose Feliciano).”

Last year Rivas, who had seen an earlier version, offered to direct and bring the show to The LATC where it was a huge success. In its “Critic’s Choice” review, the Los Angeles Times called Rivas’ production “hilarious and heartwrenching… [a] very special ‘Special’,” and Stage Raw hailed its “universal humor, gumption, sass and hearts brimming with dynamic stories.”

The creative team for The Latina Christmas Special includes set designer Michael Navarro, lighting designer Julian Fernandez and sound designer Ivan Robles.

The Latino Theater Company is dedicated to providing a world-class arts center for those pursuing artistic excellence; a laboratory where both tradition and innovation are honored and honed; and a place where the convergence of people, cultures and ideas contribute to the future. Each production in its 2016 season was selected to explore a unique story about who we are and where we come from to reflect the diversity of a global Los Angeles. LTC is currently celebrating its 30th anniversary and its 10th year operating The Los Angeles Theatre Center, a facility of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and a landmark building in Downtown’s Historic Core.

Performances of The Latina Christmas Special take place on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. from Nov. 19 through Dec. 18 (dark Thursday, Nov. 24 and Thursday, Dec. 8), plus one additional performance on Monday, Dec. 12 at 8 p.m. There will be two preview performances, on Thursday, Nov. 17 and Friday, Nov. 18, both at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $24 – $32; previews range from $17 – $22. The Los Angeles Theatre Center is located at 514 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013. For more information and to purchase tickets, call (866) 811-4111 or go to www.thelatc.org.

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‘The Latina Christmas Special’

WHAT:
The Latina Christmas Special (especial navideño) — Back by popular demand and bursting with laughs, more laughs, music and escandalo (scandal)! You thought your holidays with the family were dramatic? Try these three hilarious, touching and surprisingly personal Christmas stories of holidays past told by three acclaimed Latina comedians. “CRITIC’S CHOICE… hilarious and heartwrenching… [a] very special ‘Special’” — Los Angeles Times

WHO:
• Created by Diana Yanez
• Written and performed by Maria Russell, Sandra Valls and Diana Yanez
• Directed by Geoffrey Rivas
• Produced by The Latino Theater Company

WHEN:
Previews: Nov. 17 and Nov. 18
Performances: Nov. 19- Dec. 18
• Thursdays at 8 p.m.: Nov. 17 (preview); Dec. 1, 15 (dark Nov. 24 and Dec. 8)
• Fridays at 8 p.m.: Nov. 18 (preview), 25; Dec. 2, 9, 16
• Saturdays at 8 p.m.: Nov. 19 (opening night), 26; Dec. 3, 10, 17
• Sundays at 3 p.m.: Nov. 20, 27; Dec. 4, 11, 18
• Monday at 7:30 p.m.: Dec. 12 ONLY

WHERE:
The Los Angeles Theatre Center
Theater 4
514 S. Spring Street
Los Angeles CA 90013

HOW:
• To purchase tickets, call (866) 811-4111 or go to www.thelatc.org
• For group sales, call (213) 489-0994
• Like us on facebook: www.facebook.com/theLATC
• Follow us on twitter and instagram: @theLATC

TICKET PRICES:
• General admission: $24-$32
• Previews: $17-$22

PARKING:
• Metered parking available on streets surrounding the theater
• Parking lots range in price from $6 – $12 (up-to-date rates at http://losangeles.bestparking.com/)
• Take the Metro: Red and Purple line, exit Pershing Square (two blocks west of The LATC)

PHOTOS:
Click here to download high-resolution photos.

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