Casa 0101 hosts powerful plays

March 27, 2018

By Vicky Nguyen Although heavy-handed, the all-Latina play festival, “Chicanas, Cholas y Chisme: Stand Up! Speak out!” urges vigilance in face of political and social strife. “Chicanas, Cholas, y Chisme,” created by Casa 0101 founder Josefina Lopez, is a play festival featuring Latina writers and directors. Its sixth iteration opened last weekend at Casa 0101, premiering a dozen 10-minute plays. “Stand up! Speak out!” implored playwrights to tell stories relating…

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Casa 0101 having financial troubles

February 14, 2018

By Joshua Inglada CASA 0101 may be closing down in the near future due to financial difficulties. The community theater in Boyle Heights, founded by playwright and East Los Angeles College alum Josefina Lopez, is facing issues paying the rent in order to keep the theater running. The theatre received three months of free rent by the landlord to keep the theater going while they manage the payments. According to…

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‘Disney’s Aladdin’ brings bilingual twist

February 16, 2017

By Sergio Berrueta  Casa 0101 brings family-fun entertainment with a bilingual twist to fan-favorite musical numbers in their new musical “Disney’s Aladdin.” With a script written by Jim Luigs and Jose Cruz Gonzalez, the play delivers a microcosm experience of the original film while creating a unique language based twist on the story. Aladdin, played by Daniel Martinez, roams the streets of Agrabah which is put under a spell by…

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Local play ‘Mariela in the Desert’ representative of Latinx communities

By Javier Lopez  A new play by Karen Zacarías will have its Los Angeles debut on Friday, at CASA 0101, hoping to bring Latinx and women representation to the arts. The word Latin(x) is a neutral way of saying the word latino or  latina, and helps make the term inclusive to the LGBTQIA+ community. The play is called “Mariela in the Desert” and has been critically acclaimed by the Washington Post. Zacarías…

November 3, 2016
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‘Heartbeats’ brings energy to stage

By Dorany Pineda The highly energetic musical, “The Eastside Heartbeats: A New Rock ’n’  Roll Musical,” opened to a sold-out show on Cinco de Mayo at Casa 0101 in Boyle Heights. “The Eastside Heartbeats” is brought to life by the phenomenally talented cast of actors. The play tells the story of a singing and dancing quartet of young men from East Los Angeles, who dream of making it big in…

May 11, 2016
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“Chicanas, Cholas, y Chisme” celebrates the stories of Latina women

By Dorany Pineda With its fourth year of sold-out shows coming to an end, “Chicanas, Cholas, y Chisme,” which translates to Mexican-Americans, gangsters and gossip, offers a series of magnificent mini-plays that are at the same time intimate, heart-breaking, powerful, hilarious and pay a fantastic tribute to the complexities of the Latina experience. When artistic director and founder of Boyle Height’s CASA 0101, Josefina Lopez, realized that the majority of those…

April 12, 2016
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Local theater campaigns for fundraiser

By Rogelio Alvarez CASA 0101 Theater, located in Boyle Heights, is undergoing a fundraising campaign to raise $30,000 to help fund classes for youth, teens and adults from the surrounding communities. The deadline to raise $30,000 is April 30. Former East Los Angeles College student, Josefina Lopez founded the theater in 2000. The non-profit organization uses money from grants and donations to fund an art education program, theatrical productions and…

March 16, 2016
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‘Drunk Girl’ helps victims of abuse

  By Rogelio Alvarez Casa 0101 premiered, “Drunk Girl,” a series of 16 plays that focuses on the traumatic effects of sexual abuse and the various ways of coping with it. “Drunk Girl,” premiered last friday at Casa 0101 Theater in Boyle Heights. The majority of the plays were written by  East Los Angeles College alumni Josefina Lopez. “Pink Scars” was written by Rocio Diaz and “Drunk Girl” was written…

September 30, 2015
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‘An L.A. Journey’ shows inspirational story

May 15, 2015

By Bianca Garcia Casa 0101 premiered “An L.A. Journey,” the story of Lorenzo Alfredo, an 11-year old K’iche orphan from the mountains of Guatemala and his troublesome journey to the United States. The play delivered director Emmanuel Deleage’s stated vision and goal for the play was to tell a story of hope, human migration and positive attitude. It also gave a clear concept of destiny, which he found fascinating. The…

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Casa 0101 celebrates 15 year anniversary

February 25, 2015

By Jesus Figueroa Former East Los Angeles College student Josefina Lopez prides herself in bringing theater productions to the community she grew up in. Casa 0101 is a theater in East Los Angeles. It was founded by Lopez and is run by several volunteers. “My vision for the future is that we have nurtured enough Latina/o writers [and] that a new Theatrical literature exists because of us,” Lopez said. From…

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