Greenway Arts Alliance has announced its 25th anniversary season at Greenway Court Theater along with the appointment of Mohammed Ali Ojarigi as Production Manager at Greenway Court Theatre.
The multi-award-winning theater company’s season will present WET: A DACAmented Journey, a critically acclaimed journey, written and starring Alex Alpharaoh and directed by Daphnie Sicre in October 2022, followed by a Greenway co-production Arts Alliance Resident Theater Company in January 2023, and concluding with the 7th Annual LA Get Down Festival, A celebration of hip-hop and the spoken word in conjunction with National Poetry Month in April 2023. Co-directors of the festival are Shihan Van Clief and Arianna Basco. Greenway 25th Anniversary Season Passes and Individual Tickets for WET: A DACAmented Journey are now available at GreenwayCourtTheatre.org.
“Pierson and I are incredibly humbled and thrilled to celebrate Greenway’s 25th anniversary season.” said Whitney Weston, co-founder and co-artistic director of Greenway Arts Alliance. “We are committed to continuing to focus on representing voices from across Los Angeles. Our city is a great melting pot of exciting and diverse artists and the doors of Greenway are always open to provide a platform for theater professionals to tell their enriching, relevant and impactful stories that are relevant to what is happening in our city right now.”
Pierson Blaetz, Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Greenway Arts Alliance, said, “In addition to celebrating our 25th anniversary season, we are also thrilled to have Mohammed Ali Ojarigi join the Greenway family. Mohammed embodies Greenway’s mission to create a welcoming place and a safe space for artists, especially the unknown voices of Los Angeles. Community building is in his DNA.”
“I am delighted to join co-founders Whitney Weston and Pierson Blaetz and the very talented staff of the Greenway Arts Alliance,” said Mohammed Ali Ojarigi, Production Manager of Greenway Court Theatre. He added: “As Production Manager of Greenway Court Theatre, my mission is to promote innovative and artistic collaboration across all areas of the arts, while working with high school students, community artists and arts professionals. diverse backgrounds. And to make Greenway Court Theater a vital center of excellence, one that celebrates diversity and historically underrepresented communities.”
Mohammed was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He earned his Bachelor of Theater Arts from UNLV. He is the founder/artistic director of the former Moments Playhouse Theater in East LA. An in-demand acting coach, Mohammed has helped introduce some of Hollywood’s rising stars through his academy (BizB4 Show). Mohammed is an award-winning actor/playwright for his theatrical works, including Greenwood 1964, a fictional recreation of a journey directed by Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte, which was commissioned by the prestigious Guthrie Theater in May 2021 (virtually). Also, for his 2012 NAACP Theater Award play, now a short, Your Land (available on Amazon Prime).
GREENWAY ARTS ALLIANCE
25th ANNIVERSARY SEASON
WET: a DACAmented journey
Written and performed by Alex Alpharaoh
Directed by Daphnie Sicre
October 22 – November 13, 2022
Opening: Saturday October 22 at 8 p.m.
Following an 8-city nationwide tour, the award-winning solo performance WET: A DACAmented Journey will see its first theatrical reboot at the Greenway Court Theatre. WET is the story of what it means to be an American in every sense of the word except one: on paper. Chronicling the story of Anner Cividanis’ journey as an undocumented American, the play captures the despair that DREAMers experience with limited options for adjusting status in a broken US immigration system. Hailed as deliverance beyond the reach of “movies, Netflix, video games and cyberentertainment” by LA WEEKLY, WET uncovers mental, emotional and psychological struggles in the chills between hilarity and heartbreak.
ALEX ALPHARAOH (Playwright and Performer) is an award-winning multidisciplinary performance artist from Los Angeles. Alpharaoh earned his reputation as an entertainer and spoken word artist by honing his skills at various venues across Los Angeles, including Da Poetry Lounge, Project Blow’d, and more. Nuyorican coffee. Beyond his artistic talents, Alex is also an educator, social worker and activist. Most notably, Alex has been a resident teaching artist for Greenway Arts Alliance since 2017, sharing with hundreds of students his passion for poetry and his vision for a more equitable future. In participation with “Greenway Reads,” a Greenway Arts Alliance program that engages high school students with experienced artists and literature, the theatrical reboot of WET will enlighten students about the current state of the nation and the lives of people. often silenced and forgotten.
DAPHNIE SICRE (Director) has just finished directing the two musical monologues of So Proudly We Hail at the Hollywood Fringe (New Musicals Inc.), and two stage readings Negra-the Musical (Robey Theater Company) and You can cry if you want to by Natalie Camunas (The Road Theatre). Last summer, she led the live production of Waiting (Playwrights’ Arena) by Daniel A. Olivas, before a year of Zoom productions: Black Mexican (San Diego Rep/Latinx New Play Festival), This Bitch by Adrienne Dawes (Austin Latinx New Play Festival), Diversity Awareness Picnic by Leah Nanako Winkler (LMU), Talking Peace by France-Luce Benson (Fountain Theatre) and several stage readings. Teaching drama at LMU, she made her directorial debut In the Heights before the pandemic hit, followed by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Everybody when she returned to campus. Some New York directing credits include: Jose Casas’s 14 (BMCC), Sheyenne Brown’s Shower Me (FringeNYC), Kendra Augustin’s Stranger (Stage Black), where she won Best Director and AUDELCO nominee Not About Eve by Karl Williams.
This production is also the latest component of Greenway’s literacy program, GreenwayREADS, where LAUSD English and Drama classes work with the teaching artist from the Greenway Institute for the Arts and attend a free matinee performance of the play at the Greenway Court Theatre.
A co-production with a resident Greenway theater company
Greenway Arts Alliances continues its ongoing partnerships with Los Angeles theater companies looking for a platform to showcase their work.
In 2019, Greenway co-produced the Los Angeles premiere of Lloyd Suh’s The Chinese Lady with the critically acclaimed artists in play (Julia Cho, Stefanie Lau and Marie-Reine Velez, Producing Artistic Leaders).
The production and resident theater company will be announced at a later date.
The 7th Annual LA Get Down Festival
A Celebration of Hip Hop and the Spoken Word
Festival directors Shihan Van Clief and Arianna Basco
April weekends 2023
The LA Get Down Festival is a celebration of hip hop and spoken word, presented by Greenway Arts Alliance for the past seven years in conjunction with National Poetry Month. Da Poetry Lounge co-founder Shihan Van Clief and renowned spoken word artist Ariana Basco serve as festival directors
Shihan Van Clief (Festival Director) Besides being the first and only poet to have a poem named “upload of the week” on iTunes; this National Poetry Slam Champion and 4X National Poetry Slam Finalist has been featured on a variety of media including 7 appearances over 6 seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry, NBC, Oxygen Network, Current TV, Nike Battlegrounds, Reebok, Adidas, NBA , CNN, ESPN, Complex and Billboard Magazine, several national commercials, 5 national tours including the Tony Award Winning Russell Simmons presents Def Poetry Jam International Tour and 2 documentaries Spoken Word, SP!T and the sequel to the cult 1997 documentary Slam Nation , SlamPlanet. Shihan was also the first ‘poet’ to sign an exclusive sponsorship deal with Sports Giant, adidas and he is the current voice of The Sprite Street Mix, a radio show broadcast in over 14 countries in Africa. His abilities to transcend cultural and generational boundaries have made Shihan a highly sought-after talent.
Arianna Basco (Festival Director) Arianna Lady Basco. Single mother. An ear. Cultural architect. Founder of Palms Up Academy, author, filmmaker, actress, poet and teacher. Recognized by the City of Los Angeles as part of the “First Filipino Entertainment Family”. Her activism isn’t just evident in platform building — it’s in the grassroots efforts she leads. Was spotted singing and strumming guitar.
The full line-up and Festival schedule will be announced at a later date.
To purchase Greenway Arts Alliance 25th Anniversary Season Passes or single tickets to WET: A DACAmented Journey, visit www.GreenwayCourtTheatre.org or call 323-673-0544.
Greenway Arts Alliance (GAA) was co-founded in 1997 by artist-activists Whitney Weston and Pierson Blaetz, both co-artistic directors of the organization. The organization is a non-profit community organization, whose mission is to unite communities through its arts (Greenway Court Theatre), education (Greenway Institute for the Arts) and business (Melrose Trading Post). GAA is based on the campus of Fairfax High School. The Greenway Institute for the Arts (GIA) promotes education through creativity by offering multidisciplinary arts programs in school and after school. Classes and workshops are offered free of charge to Fairfax High School students. Presented with opportunities to engage with professional artists, young people can discover their individual voices and passions. Through Greenway’s unique partnership with Fairfax High, students are exposed to a myriad of opportunities for creative collaboration through the Greenway Court Theater and the Melrose Trading Post.
The Greenway Court Theater was originally built by Fairfax High School students in 1939 as a class project and used as a social room by students and faculty. It sat virtually unused for many years until it was finally renovated into a 99-seat professional theater by Greenway Arts Alliance in 2000, benefiting both the school and the surrounding community. The Greenway Court Theater has a rich history of presenting and producing diverse bodies of work. Greenway opened its doors to numerous main-stage productions, weekly open-mic poetry, festivals, and world premieres that moved to larger venues and toured across the country. Mohammed Ali Ojarigi is Production Manager of Greenway Court Theatre.