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Occupy Wall Street movement inspires series of short plays

January 28, 2012 |  9:30 am

  Protesters at an Occupy rally in Oakland
Occupy Wall Street is over, but its spirit lives on ... and on and on. The solidarity of the 99% continues to find various outlets for creative venting, though it often feels like the word "occupy" has become less like a potent rallying cry than a fashionable slogan as hip as skinny jeans or vintage T-shirts.

Into the endless array of "occupy" tie-ins comes "Occupy the Heart," a collection of short plays that will run at the Little Casa Theater in downtown L.A. from Feb. 10-26. The production is inspired by media criticism that the Occupy movement lacked clear demands and solutions, according to the show's promotional material.

"Occupy the Heart" features 10 short plays and is being produced by Casa0101, an arts group that brings stage and film projects to the Boyle Heights neighborhood. Josefina Lopez and Miguel Garcia are the co-producers.

This isn't the first time that theater artists have shown their support for the Occupy movement. In New York, members of the Broadway and off-Broadway community came together to organize Occupy Broadway, a 24-hour occupation of the Times Square area that took place in late November.


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-- David Ng

Photo: Protesters at an Occupy rally in Oakland. Credit: David Paul Morris / Bloomberg