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CRE Outreach presents the World Premiere of LOST IN THE LIGHT

 

February 22, 2018

CRE Outreach is proud to announce the Grand Opening of its new theater, The Blue Door, in the heart of Culver City! The Blue Door is the first theater of its kind for individuals with disabilities, military veterans, and underserved youth.

Home to Theatre by the Blind, Rex and Friends, Film by the Blind, Veterans Empowerment Theatre, Creative Youth Theatre, and Outreach Through the Arts, these signature programs of CRE Outreach enhance self-esteem, encourage self-expression, and allow individuals to overcome the challenges in their lives.

CRE Outreach is pleased to present the World Premiere of LOST IN THE LIGHT, a play with original songs that forces audiences to grapple with the question, "Would you risk an experimental surgery if it meant it could restore your sight?" This inaugural production at CRE's new theater, The Blue Door in Culver City, begins with a grand opening on Friday, April 13, 2018 and runs through May 12, 2018.

Directed by Greg Shane, written by Pelita Dasalla with original songs by Laurie Grant and Chloe Copoloff, LOST IN THE LIGHT is performed by Theatre by the Blind, the only blind theater company in the country, and by the gifted musicians with autism from Rex & Friends. This awe-inspiring production challenges conventional expectations about the capabilities of individuals who live without sight, who struggle with movement, or who have difficulty understanding the complexities of social interactions.

LOST IN THE LIGHT centers on headstrong student Angel Taylor, blind since birth, who has always taken her sighted family's hyper-vigilance in stride alongside their overwhelming love and support. At the dawn of her budding journalism career, Angel learns about a rare opportunity to gain her vision through an experimental surgery. Along with her family, Angel grapples with the conflicting notions of seeing for the very first time or continuing to live in darkness. What will happen if she gains her vision but then finds herself lost in the light?

Among those featured in the cast from Theatre by the Blind are: Magally Ocampo (as Angel Taylor), Kenny Lee, David Sandoval, Ernest Pipoly, Sylvia Taylor, Willie Ruth "Cookie" Cooke, Connor "Coco" Head, Matthew Saracho, Arnett Coates, Melanie Hernandez, Sheila Walker, Lee Pugsley, Sherman Wiggs, Julio Hoyas, and Leela Kazerouni. The gifted musicians and singers on the autism spectrum from Rex & Friends accompanying them are: Rex Lewis-Clack, August McAdoo, Patrick Storey, Alan Davis, Jonetta Ward, Igor Zaninovich, Jennifer Bevans, and Spencer Harte, with special guest rapper Rio "Soulshocka" Wyles, all of whom are extraordinary performers who have discovered the power of music to transcend any disability.

LOST IN THE LIGHT opens Friday, April 13 and runs through Saturday, May 12, 2018, with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 3 pm, as the inaugural production at The Blue Door, located at 9617 Venice Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232. Please note these exceptions to performance dates when ordering your tickets: dark Saturday, April 28; Sunday, April 29 at 7pm only; dark Friday, May 4.

General admission tickets are $15 and may be purchased in advance at https://creoutreach.org/lostinthelight or beginning one hour prior to each performance at The Blue Door box office, contingent on available seats. The show's run time is approximately two hours with one 15-minute intermission. Limited metered street parking is available in the area with two Culver City parking lots within walking distance at 3846 Cardiff Ave. and 3844 Watseka Ave.

CRE Outreach is a proud member of the Culver City Chamber of Commerce, with whom their Grand Opening ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at The Blue Door on Thursday, April 12 at 4:30 pm. Press reservations or interview requests for LOST IN THE LIGHT should be directed to Shari Barrett at shari.barrettpr@yahoo.com or (310) 721-1974.

 

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