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LA Escena Festival

Presented with UCLA’s Diversifying the Classics

LA Escena Festival

Presented with UCLA’s Diversifying the Classics

November 13-15

Founded in 2018 and organized by UCLA’s Diversifying the Classics project, LA Escena is a biennial festival dedicated to Hispanic classical theater. In 2020, LA Escena will bring new plays and partners to A Noise Within, with exciting performances celebrating the Hispanic heritage of Southern California and connecting today’s audiences to a more diverse vision of the past. In partnership with Playwrights’ Arena, the festival will feature Golden Tongues, adaptations of Hispanic classical theater by LA writers. 

Diversifying the Classics was created to expand the definition of “the classics” in the US by promoting the rich theatrical tradition of the Spanish Golden Age. Founded in 2014 by director Barbara Fuchs, Diversifying the Classics brings together a dedicated interdisciplinary group of students, professors, actors, and writers who meet regularly to produce new translations of Hispanic classical plays, develop teaching materials, and collaborate with scholars and artists to promote diversity in the theatrical canon. 

Playwrights’ Arena, under the leadership of artistic director Jon Lawrence Rivera, is the first and oldest theater created to discover, nurture, and produce new works written for the stage exclusively by Los Angeles playwrights. This is its fifth year co-presenting Golden Tongues with Diversifying the Classics. 

Tickets will become available soon!

A limited number of $10 tickets are made available for all Noise Now events and are released at 10am ten days prior to each event. To purchase a $10 ticket, simply visit our website at 10am on the ticket release date and select the $10 ticket option. If $10 tickets are not visible online, then all available tickets have already been claimed. For all LA Escena performances, these tickets will be made available at 10:00am on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

A limited number of complimentary tickets are held for all Noise Now events. Please contact Jonathan Muñoz-Proulx, Director of Cultural Programming, at to check availability for this event.