L.A. Local, The Inside Noise, Theater
Sep 1, 2021

“Canyon” Comes to CTG’s Digital Stage

We love in-person theater, but digital productions can provide such a broader voice for shows to reach people all around the country. CTG is proud to present Canyon on their digital stage.

L to R: Brandon Scott and Stefanie Black in “Canyon” presented September 22 through October 20, 2021, on Center Theatre Group’s Digital Stage. Image courtesy of Center Theatre Group.

The celebrated IAMA Theatre Company production of Canyon, originally selected for the 2020 Block Party, will now be presented in association with Latino Theater Company on Center Theatre Group’s Digital Stage. Filmed at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, the multicamera digital production will premiere September 22 and be available on demand until October 20 at  www.CenterTheatreGroup.org/Canyon for $15. Canyon is produced with support from Jana Bezdek and FourthWall Theatrical.

Canyon is a compassionate look at gender, race, citizenship and the costs of trying to live a conventional, American life, Canyon is written by Jonathan Caren, a participant in Center Theatre Group’s 2019 – 2020 L.A. Writers’ Workshop. Canyon follows Jake and Beth, a seemingly progressive thirty-something married couple, and Eduardo and Rodrigo, a Mexican father and son, who they’ve hired to renovate a deck. The play explores what happens when ideals and consequences collide and the lives of two families are rocked by an unpredictable accident.

L to R: Adam Shapiro and Luca Oriel in “Canyon” presented September 22 through October 20, 2021, on Center Theatre Group’s Digital Stage. Image courtesy of Center Theatre Group.

Founded in 2007, IAMA is a Los Angeles-based ensemble of artists committed to the creation and cultivation of new voices and artists that challenge boundaries and take risks, while fostering an inclusive community that inspires theatre makers of the future generations. IAMA is invested in the immediacy of production and strives to bring audiences out of their personal space and into a shared authentic experience. Los Angeles is one of the most diverse metropolitan areas in the world and IAMA’s work reflects the new voices and changing attitudes that continue to shape this city, state, country and world. Designated by Playbill as “one of 20 regional houses every theatre lover must know,” the award-winning company has seen many plays generated at IAMA travel to Off-Broadway, including to Second Stage and the Roundabout Underground, then go on to be performed regionally and internationally. IAMA members have been featured in numerous critically acclaimed TV shows and films as well as in a vast array of theatre and live performances both on and Off-Broadway as well as across the country. IAMA has been dedicated to developing new plays and musicals by emerging and established playwrights, culminating in over 25 World, West Coast and Los Angeles premieres. 

The genesis of The Latino Theater Company dates to 1985 and the impetus was a desire, need and passion to create a platform for Latina/o/x talent in all aspects of the main stage. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Jose Luis Valenzuela and company members Evelina Fernandez, Sal Lopez, Geoffrey Rivas, Lucy Rodriguez and the late Lupe Ontiveros, the LTC has established a theatre where new ideas, tradition, culture, and innovation converge to tell stories that are often ignored. LTC has established a place where people of all walks of life can enjoy a diverse array of events, presentations and productions that reflect the dreams and aspirations of the Los Angeles community. Additionally, the Latino Theater Company supports other arts organizations by offering low-cost and free space in their home, the Los Angeles Theatre Center. LTC continues to expand its vision and made history by hosting “Encuentro 2014” the largest national Latina/o/x theater festival in over 25 years. In 2017 they hosted “Encuentro de Las Americas,” an international Latina/o/x theater festival. LTC’s success has garnered them a new lease to operate The Los Angeles Theatre Center until 2056. The Company currently celebrates 35 years and is working to establish a transition plan to continue its legacy for future generations, and provide a home for artists and a voice for the people.