In Los Angeles, the African-American Ghetto runs right into the Latino Barrio. Watts, one of the densest populated areas in Southern California rife with crime, meets the Barrio, "East-Los", where gangs hold turf and the night air rings with sirens. This is where playwright Leslie David Perry has set his new play entitled, "Learning Spanish".
Producer/Director Ray Tatar says that "Mr. Perry's new play is a touching story about how two people of different races and ages find an escape from the epidemic of anger and violence that surrounds them." It features Loretta, who runs from an abusive husband and finds friendship with Henry, an older unmarried security guard who spends his nights writing letters to newspapers on social issues.
Leslie Perry has been an educator, actor, producer, director and writer. Perry began his artistic life in the theatre by directing and writing plays in many colleges and universities. He pioneered African-American protest theatre, as well as taught at the University of California, Berkeley. Later in life, he became a master storyteller and has been educating and entertaining audiences for over 30 years.
The play stars Gladys Imperio Acosta, Alejandra Iskow, Alejandra Montezuma, David Perez and Wayne Cook.
The Wilkerson Theater at the R25 Arts Complex (View)
1725 25th street
Sacramento, CA 95816