The Los Angeles Inner City Cultural Center, in conjunction with the UCLA Beloved Community Initiative and UCLA’s Department of Film, Theater and Television, presented a theatrical reading of Thornton Wilder’s 1938 Broadway hit and award-winning of the Pulitzer Prize “Our Town” – renamed “Our Town LA” for the occasion – ahead of the recent week-long outreach to UCLA’s beloved community initiative.
The play reading was directed by Ted Lange, executive produced by ICCC Board Member Ernest Dillihay, and co-produced by ICCC Board Member Carmen Hayward-Stetson ICCC, who also played the narrator. Levy Lee played the stage manager and Art Evans was Mr. Webb. The rest of the intergenerational cast was made up of UCLA film, theater and television students and professionals from the Los Angeles theater community. Rocky Rood was production manager and Will Mahood was the sound designer/editor.
“Our City” is a particularly important component of ICCC’s cultural heritage. The 1968 production Inner City, conceived and directed by the late ICCC co-founder and UCLA alumnus C. Bernard Jackson, was the first to feature a multi-ethnic cast, in keeping with the fundamental principle of ICCC of color blind casting. The New York Times review of this production was titled “Our City Is Built Into Los Angeles”.
Founded in 1967 in the wake of the Watts Riots, the Los Angeles Inner City Cultural Center is the nation’s first multicultural, multiethnic, multiracial, and multidisciplinary minority-owned and operated visual arts and performing institution. pioneer of multicultural artistic programming since its founding.