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Thomas Hampton Reviews MEET ME @ METRO

May 4, 2010



For a great many theatergoers (and non theatergoers, for the record…) living in Los Angeles means sequestering yourself in the car for obscene amounts of time.  Driving to work.  To dinner.  To a stupid party you feel socially obligated to attend.

But there is another reality.  Plenty of people don’t drive.  Many take the bus or train, but some never leave the confines of their neighborhoods.  MEET ME @ METRO attempted to open our eyes to all of Los Angeles.  By exposing the joys and troubles and challenges of a wide range of Angelinos whose stories unfolded in unlikely destinations along the subway and Blue Line.

Three uniformed policewomen and policemen on tricycles escorted the beginning of our tour as we traversed the pedestrian tunnel underneath the Amtrack, Metrolink, and Gold Line trains at Union Station.  They took a break by opening a box of doughnuts to devour after we were safely in the East atrium.  A luchador ran free and wild.  A Pasadena matron shot two people dead.  Some girl was trying to get to Vernon.  Bubbles appeared from a trunk.

A walking band serenaded us as we moved from location to location, even playing on the train as well.

We walked up out of the Pershing Square station only to be cradled by Downtown’s towers for a serenade by a homeless priestess of our City of Angels.

South of Downtown, as diners shared Mariscos Domingo, a driver was forced by a Mafiosa Godmother to haul yet another load of undocumented Americans across the desert.  The waitress offered up quesadillas to the crowd, as the audience shared the episode with restaurant customers.

The revelatory moment of climbing up and over the Blue Line’s tracks on the pedestrian bridge South of the 103rd Street Station, walking inside a tunnel of singers, staring North upon City Hall’s distinctive white peak… The closeness of every neighborhood and denizen in the city, even the extremely sequestered Watts!

Who are the people traveling with me on the train?  What are their secrets?  These are questions we often have no time for when behind the wheel, nor are we allowed the physical proximity to influence our ruminations.

And just then, at the bottom of the pedestrian bridge, await a motorcade of six tricked out lowrider bicycles.  Chrome and mirrors.  Twisted metal and eye-catching revolving spokes.  If only Quadrophenia had been about people who rode these…  And we paraded together.  We sang songs with a gospel choir in front of the Church.  Together.  We danced and clapped.  And we second lined it in to the park, for a finale in front of Simon Rodea’s Watts Towers.

One of the great successes of MEET ME @ METRO was the diversity of the audience itself.  Rarely at any place other than the Hollywood Bowl have I felt surrounded by ALL of Los Angeles.  The impressive utilization of sites by Epic Megalopolis Productions and WVTC, and the improbable genre blurring of East LA Rep prove that our real Los Angeles is a vibrant urban sprawl full of dramatic arcs and powerful stories.

I hope the team behind the next MEET ME @ METRO will be more selective with their next group of performances.  MooDoo Puppets failed to incorporate the site specific nature of this performance in any way, and failed to deliver on their promise of a Safari.  Instead, we were treated to a lackluster ten minute commercial for their birthday party business, replete with Kid-Meal™ plush giveaways and pr flyers.

The grand atriums and public spaces along our MTA system are simply crying out for a lush spectacle populated with scores of dancers, not just the triad from the Collage Dance Theatre.

MEET ME @ METRO should be back.  I hope the next tour lives up to the promise of incredible artistic expression, architecture, and social mission that the team behind it have set out for themselves to tackle.

MEET ME @ METRO was a one day tour of site specific performances
Visit the websites of Participating Companies
Collage Dance Theatre
East L.A. Rep
Epic Megalopolis Productions
MooDoo Puppets
The Nonsense Company
Watts Village Theater Company

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Rehearsal Photos of MEET ME @ METRO May 2, 2010

April 23, 2010

Here are some rehearsal photos the Watts Village Theater Company has shared with us for their upcoming project, MEET ME @ METRO on Sunday, May 2nd.








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Photos by Dawid S. Jaworski

 
The MTA is teaming up with six theater/ performance companies to create an amazing day of FREE site specific performance.

MEET ME @ METRO is an exciting, interactive, trans-disciplinary theatrical journey, taking place at Metro stops between Downtown Los Angeles and the community of Watts. Using theater, dance, puppetry, music and even food, this eclectic happening will explore cultures that often converge aboard Metro that are rarely examined or understood.

Performances will take place along the Metro Purple, Red and Blue Lines starting at Union Station and ending at the Watts Towers. A Metro Day Pass or any other valid Metro pass is required for the entire performance. The FREE ticket gets you your Metro Day Pass, additional service fees included, and access to all the performances!

Please note, at this time, both the 11am and 4pm shows are at capacity… HOWEVER, as long as you purchase an MTA day pass ($5) and meet up at the East portal to Union Station (by the Bus Plaza) before show time, YOU CAN CATCH THIS SHOW!  The entire performance is taking place in underutilized public spaces.  I strongly recommend that if you are interested in being a part of this one of a kind performance, buy your day pass and show up 15 minutes before showtime at the East portal to Union Station.  Look for a person wearing a MEET ME @ METRO t-shirt, and stay close as you follow this guide for two hours of site specific performance.

A special benefit dinner for the Watts Village Theater Company follows the 4pm performance at Watts Amphitheater ($10.)  VIP passes are also available ($20) 

Sunday, May 2nd, 11am and 4pm, FREE.
Map of Union Station
Both the 11 and 4 o’clock shows are currently at capacity.
The producers urge interested participants to sign up on a wait-list.
Purchase WVTC dinner benefit
Purchase VIP passes

Visit the websites of Participating Companies
Collage Dance Theatre
East L.A. Rep
Epic Megalopolis Productions
MooDoo Puppets
The Nonsense Company
Watts Village Theater Company

 

MEET ME @ METRO May 2, 2010

April 19, 2010

The MTA is teaming up with six theater/ performance companies to create an amazing day of FREE site specific performance.

MEET ME @ METRO is an exciting, interactive, trans-disciplinary theatrical journey, taking place at Metro stops between Downtown Los Angeles and the community of Watts. Using theater,dance, puppetry, music and even food, this eclectic happening will explore cultures that often converge aboard Metro that are rarely examined or understood.

Performances will take place along the Metro Purple, Red and Blue Lines starting at Union Station and ending at the Watts Towers. A Metro Day Pass or any other valid Metro pass is required for the entire performance. The FREE ticket gets you your Metro Day Pass, additional service fees included, and access to all the performances!

A special benefit dinner for the Watts Villiage Theater Company follows the 4pm performance at Watts Ampitheater ($10.)  VIP passes are also available ($20) 

Sunday, May 2nd, 11am and 4pm, FREE.
Map of Union Station
Both the 11 and 4 o’clock shows are currently at capacity.
The producers urge interested participants to sign up on a wait-list.
Purchase WVTC dinner benefit
Purchase VIP passes

Visit the websites of Participating Companies
Collage Dance Theatre
East L.A. Rep
Epic Megalopolis Productions
MooDoo Puppets
The Nonsense Company
Watts Village Theater Company