- Mar. 19, 2013 - LOS ANGELES, Calif. --
The owner of a failing jazz club seeks to save what her grandfather built, inspiring those around her to chase their dreams. Twelve visually impaired actors and musicians take the stage in an original comedy created and performed by Theatre by the Blind, the country’s only theater troupe composed entirely of blind actors. Candy, the owner of a failing Hollywood jazz club, tries to keep her business afloat by enlisting help from a gaggle of offbeat employees, including aspiring lounge singer Michael Quinn. When the plan fails, Michael discovers an unlikely mentor in a blind street performer. Will Candy be able to save her beloved club? Or will “Yesterday’
s” be here today and gone tomorrow?
Blind in his right eye, director Greg Shane, who is also co-founder and artistic director of CRE Outreach, has a personal connection and sensitivity to the challenges faced by his visually impaired company.
“It’s critical that these actors learn to trust one another and work together as a true ensemble,” he explains. “They have to learn to navigate the stage and hit their marks using textured surfaces. Many of them lack self confidence, so we help them let go of their fears and train them to project.” Yesterday’s
opens on Friday, April 19, with performances on Fridays and Saturdays @ 8 pm and Sundays @ 3 pm through May 5. There will be one preview on Thursday, April 18 @ 8 pm. Tickets are $20, with one pay-what-you-
can performance on Sunday, April 21; tickets to the preview performance are $10. The Promenade Playhouse is located at 1404 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica CA 90401. For reservations and information, call (310) 902-8220 or go to www.creoutreach.orgPhoto: