Josefina López, Founding Artistic Director of CASA 0101 Theater and Co-Founder of the Boyle Heights Museum announced today that a Roybal Panel Discussion will be held after an added Matinee performance on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 2:45 p.m. of CASA 0101 Theater’s currently running critically acclaimed World Premiereproduction of Remembering BOYLE HEIGHTS at CASA 0101 Theater, 2102 E. First Street (at St. Louis Street), Boyle Heights, CA 90033.
Josefina López, Co-Creator and Producer of Remembering BOYLE HEIGHTS, and Co-Founder of the Boyle Heights Museum currently presenting the exhibit, ROYBAL: A Multi-Racial Catalyst for Democracy, said: “We have decided to add a Matinee performance on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 2:45 p.m. to our schedule to welcome the family and friends of the late Edward Ross Roybal and his late wife, Lucille Beserra Roybal, whose lives are dramatized on stage as part of our show, and whose lives are depicted pictorially in the Boyle Heights Museum’s current exhibit, ROYBAL: A Multi-Racial Catalyst for Democracy, representing Edward Ross Roybal’s years at the first Mexican-American in the 20th Century to be elected to the Los Angeles City Council in 1949. Panel Participants will include two of Edward Ross Roybal’s and Lucille Beserra Roybal’s children, Lillian Roybal Rose and Edward Richard Roybal Jr.”
Other Roybal family members and friends who will be in attendance at the December 15th Matinee performance, will include: Louis Roybal, the only surviving brother of Edward Ross Roybal; Mark Rose, husband of Lillian Roybal Rose;
Eloise Sotelo, cousin of Edward Ross Roybal, whose mother, Eloisa Roybal Wilder, is the only surviving sister of Edward Ross Roybal; Loushana Rose Roybal, daughter of Lillian Roybal Rose and granddaughter of Edward and Lucille Roybal; Ayana Rose Benavidez, great-granddaughter of Edward and Lucille Roybal; Louis Roybal Gardner, second cousin of Edward Ross Roybal and Chairmen of the Board of the Roybal Foundation; Irma Beserra Nuñez, niece of Lucille Beserra Roybal and her husband, Juan Gonzalez; Joe and Sheila Palacios, good friends of the Roybal Family; and Dr. Frank Javier Garcia Berumen, biographer for Edwards Ross Roybal author of the book, “The Mexican American Struggle For Political Empowerment.”
More About The Roybal Family:
Edward Ross Roybal was born in Pecos, New Mexico on February 10, 1916 into a Hispanic family. By the age of six, Roybal was brought by his family to live in the East side of Los Angeles in the neighborhood of Boyle Heights. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1934.
After graduating he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps, and later studied business at UCLA and law at Southwestern University. Roybal served as the first Mexican-American ever elected to the Los Angeles City Council, where he represented District 9, Boyle Heights, from July 1, 1949 – December 31, 1962. In 1962 Roybal was elected to Congress. He served as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California representing the 30th District from 1963 – 1975 and then the 25th District from 1975 – 1993.
On January 8, 2001, Edward Ross Roybal was presented with the Presidential Citizens Medal by President Bill Clinton. On October 24, 2005 Roybal died at the age of 89 of respiratory failure complicated by pneumonia at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, CA. He is buried in Calvary Cemetery in East Los Angeles. On November 24, 2014 Edward Ross Roybal was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.
Lucille Beserra Roybal was born on January 5, 1917, in Los Angeles, CA. She was the third of four children of Manuel Albert Beserra and Prudenciana Moreno Beserra, She was raised in Boyle Heights in East Los Angeles. She married Edward Ross Roybal in September of 1940.
Following World War II, she and her husband became involved in community activism. In 1948 they were two of the founding members of the Community Service Organization. Lucille Beserra Roybal became one of the first Latina Registrars of voters in her area. She and other community people launched a door-to-door registration drive, which added a record number of new voters.
In 1949, Edward Ross Roybal ran for a second time and won a seat in the Los Angeles City Council. Mrs. Roybal headed the registration drive, managed the campaign headquarters, and often organized fundraisers for the Roybal campaign. Her involvement in the community continued as she volunteered in outreach organizations such as the Well Baby Clinic, public schools, and local churches. She held numerous gatherings in her home for several community causes. This type of involvement continued for decades until Edward Ross Roybal’s retirement from Congress in 1993.
In 1993, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and, in 1996, MANA, a national Latina organization, awarded Mrs. Roybal their highest awards in recognition of her tireless work in the Hispanic Community of Los Angeles and throughout the nation. Throughout Edward Ross Roybal’s 55-years of public service, he never failed to credit his wife, Lucille, for her steadfast devotion to him, her family, her community and our nation. She passed away on December 23, 2012. She was truly as life-partner to Congressman Edward Ross Roybal.
Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, who became the first Mexican-American congresswoman 25 years ago, is the eldest daughter of Edward Ross Roybal and Lucille Beserra Roybal. As a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Congresswoman has worked tirelessly to create jobs, improve health services, and create stronger, better educational opportunities for her constituents in California’s 40th Congressional District. She also ranks as one of the House’s foremost supporters of immigration reform, a strong homeland security system, labor unions, veterans, and the rights of women and children.
Congresswoman Roybal-Allard is married to Edward T. Allard III. Together, she and her husband have four children and nine grandchildren. She received her bachelor’s degree from California State University, Los Angeles. She also holds an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from National Hispanic University.
Lillian Roybal Rose, the second child of Edward Ross Roybal and Lucille Beserra Roybal, retired in September 2015. She taught her nationally acclaimed cross cultural leadership awareness seminars to academic, corporate, civic, and community groups, implementing powerful learning frameworks for long-term, effective cooperation and communication. Roybal Rose’s style has been described as dynamic, personable, and sensitive. Her extensive experience and exceptional skills helped fuel mutual respect among people of all backgrounds, helping them reclaim pride in their roots through the exploration of shared experiences. Her unique high-impact seminars were known for supporting and releasing creativity, productivity, and efficiency among people working together.
Roybal Rose was an educator and consultant in the area of cross-cultural communication. She is Latina and grew up in Ease Los Angeles. She received her B.A. degree in Sociology from California State University, Los Angeles and her M.S. degree in Education from the University of Southern California. She has also trained at the Stanford Institute for Intercultural Communication, and completed the Healing the Heart of Diversity® Facilitation Leaders Partnership Program.
Edward Richard Roybal Jr., the youngest child of Edward Ross Roybal and Lucille Beserra Roybal, is presently retired. He became the Executive Director of the Lucille and Edward Roybal Foundation in May of 2010, a position he held until January 31, 2014. Prior to becoming Executive Director, Roybal served as President of the Board and is one of the original Founding Board Members for the Lucille and Edward Roybal Foundation.
Roybal possesses extensive academic, administrative and legal practice experience. Roybal has served on various Board of Directors including Centro Legal de la Raza and the Community United Against Violence. He has volunteered as a Counselor, Group Facilitator and Public Speaker for the Pacific Center for Human Growth.
Prior to becoming the Executive Director of the Roybal Foundation, Roybal was a Professor of Law for approximately 28 years. Roybal taught at John F. Kennedy University, New College of California Law School, Golden State College of Court Reporting and Ella Hill Hutch Community Center. While at new College of California Law School, Roybal served as Acting Dean, Acting Faculty Chair, Director of Legal Skills Resource Center, and Coordinator of Academic Support Services. During his tenure as a Professor, he oversaw various academic support programs including internship and apprenticeship programs.
Edward Richard Roybal Jr. served as the Executive Director of Centro Legal de La Raza, a non-profit organization founded in 1969 by Latino law students from Boalt Hall at UC Berkeley. Centro Legal de la Raza is a comprehensive legal services agency protecting and advancing the rights of immigrant, low-income and Latino communities through bilingual legal representation, education, and advocacy.
Over the course of more than 20 years, Roybal served as a law clerk, staff attorney, managing attorney, Executive Director, Board member, and President of Centro Legal de La Raza. Roybal is a graduate of Boalt Hall School of Law at University of California at Berkeley where he was a member of the California Law Review, La Raza Law Students Association, and Education Committee. He was admitted to the state bar on December 1976. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1973.
Remembering BOYLE HEIGHTS is an audience participatory, immersive and theatrical celebration. Contemporary gentrification debates unlock the early history, stories and memories of Boyle Heights revealing the mythical and human dimensions of L.A.’s own Ellis Island of the West.
Under the direction Corky Dominguez, the Ensemble Cast includes: Michael Berckart, Joe Luis Cedillo, José Alejandro Hernandez Jr., Yvette Karla Herrera, Ángel Michel Juárez, Megumi Kabe, Marcel Licera, Jackie Marriott, Roberta H. Martínez, Allyson Taylor and Raymond Watanga.
Remembering BOYLE HEIGHTS is running through December 16, 2018 on Friday and Saturday starting with a Pre-Show at 7:45 p.m. and Sunday starting with a Pre-Show at 4:45 p.m. at CASA 0101 Theater, 2012 East First Street (at St. Louis Street) across the street from the Hollenbeck Police Station, Boyle Heights, CA 90033. There is limited ticket availability for the added Matinee performance on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 2:45 p.m. To view performance highlights from the show, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmKTfKwp47M&feature=youtu.be
To hear more about what theatergoers are saying about the show, please visit: https://youtu.be/QlxEBPURGts
For an inside look at the Jewish storylines in the show, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muw6LPE6n7c
The show has been Recommended by www.stageraw.com <http://www.stageraw.com> , which wrote: “Josefina López, Corky Dominguez, and the play’s ensemble, Remembering BOYLE HEIGHTS, uses the neighborhood’s struggle with gentrification as a jumping off point to reveal its history. Charming and personal the ensemble’s variety in performance style and their various characters help bring the stories to life…engaging show. In addition to sharp writing, Dominguez’s direction transports audience members back in time. César Retana-Holguín’s simple set, complete with a few purposely askew pieces of art reflecting historical buildings, along with Masha Tatarinsteva’s projection design was enough to paint a portrait of a town one may find themselves wishing to have grown up in by the end of the evening.”
Paul Myrvold’s Theatre Notes has written: The style of the production calls to mind the decades long work of El Teatro Campesino, which uses stylized movement, a direct Brechtian approach, and entertaining vignettes that are both pointedly serious and infectiously humorous. Remembering BOYLE HEIGHTS begins with a pre-show in the lobby of the CASA 0101 Theater featuring delightful song and dance by Ángel Michel Juárez, and touching monologues by Yvette Karla Herrera as a struggling artist, and Joe Luis Cedillo as a mariachi on the cusp of losing his apartment to an unscrupulous landlord.”
www.StageSceneLA.com <http://www.StageSceneLA.com> has written: “Director (Corky) Dominguez deserves credit for imaginative staging…an eye-opening theatrical experience…cast members provide a crash course in Boyle Heights history…Design kudos are shared by César Retana-Holguín’s multi-locale-evoking set, Kevin Eduardo Vasquez’s striking lighting design, Masha Tatarintsev’s projection design mix of black-and-white stills and live videos, Abel Alverado’s multitude of ethnically diverse costumes, and Xavi Casanova’s vibrant multicultural sound design. A surefire conversation starter, Remembering BOYLE HEIGHTS serves as both a reminder of L.A.’s fascinating if all too forgotten past and a call to keep its many communities alive and thriving.”
https://newsblaze.com has written: “Remembering BOYLE HEIGHTS tells the story, to perfection, of dreams come true, of victorious future, America so generously gave to so very many.” www.babyboomster.com <http://www.babyboomster.com> has written: “It was directed by Corky Dominguez and is a real ensemble effort with a diverse cast all of whom do a respectable and energetic job playing multiple roles.”
Tickets are $20 per person for General Admission; $17 per person for Students and Seniors; and $15 per person for Boyle Heights residents. Discounts for Groups of 10 or more will be available at $15 per person. This show is recommended for all audiences. Advance reservations are highly recommended. Free Parking is available on several streets surrounding the theatre. Free Parking is also available on Friday and Saturday only at the Boyle Heights City Hall Parking Lot located at 2130 East First Street (at Chicago Street) by entering the lot from Chicago Street; the lot is closed on Sunday.
For tickets to see Remembering BOYLE HEIGHTS, please call the CASA 0101 Theater Box Office at 323-263-7684, E-mail email@example.com, or buy online at www.casa0101.org For tickets to the Saturday, December 15th added Matinee performance at 2:45 p.m. ONLY, please buy online at: https://roybalfoundation.z2systems.com/eventReg.jsp?event=639&
The show runs without intermission. Join the conversation on Facebook @CASA0101Theater; on Twitter @CASA0101 and on YouTUBE at https://www.youtube.com/user/casa0101theater
Dinner and Theater Packages are available as well at CASA Fina Restaurant and Cantina, located at 1842 E. First Street, Boyle Heights, CA 90033, just a few block away from CASA 0101 Theater. Premium Dinners are an additional $25 to your ticket price; Regular Dinners are an additional $15 to your ticket price; and Deserts are an additional $5 to your ticket price. Please visit www.casa0101.org for menu options and choices.
Concurrently with the run of Remembering BOYLE HEIGHTS, the Boyle Heights Museum will display an exhibit titled, ROYBAL: A Multi-Racial Catalyst for Democracy, through February 3, 2019 in the Jean Deleage Gallery, located in the lobby of CASA 0101 Theater. The Boyle Heights Museum was co-founded by Josefina López and Dr. George J. Sanchez, a USC Professor of History and American Studies. The exhibit is curated by Dr. George Sanchez and co-curated by Jimmy Centeno, and made possible through a grant from California Humanities.
The exhibit, ROYBAL: A Multi-Racial Catalyst for Democracy can be viewed free-of-charge prior to all performances of the show, Remembering BOYLE HEIGHTS, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through December 16th, and during regular Jean Deleage Gallery Hours, Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. through February 3, 2019. The Gallery is Closed Mondays. To learn more, please visit www.BoyleHeightsMuseum.org