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Ghost Waltz

Ghost WaltzLatino Theater Company presents a boldly original ‘new play that shines light on neglected Indigenous composer Juventino Rosas

Latino Theater Company opens its Spring 2024 season with the world premiere of an innovative and daring new play with music by Oliver Mayer (Blade to the Heat, Members Only). Featuring a cast of exceptional actor/musicians under the eyes of director Alberto Barboza and music director Alberto López, Ghost Waltz will run May 4 through June 2 at The Los Angeles Theatre Center in downtown Los Angeles. Six low-priced previews are scheduled April 25 through May 3.

Commissioned by Latino Theater Company and developed in the company’s Circle of Imaginistas playwriting group, Ghost Waltz is a boldly original recovery of Juventino Rosas, one of Mexico’s most significant classical composers — an Indigenous musician whose life story has gone untold and whose works have been attributed to Europeans. Following Rosas from his father’s early death to his friendship with ragtime genius Scott Joplin, Mayer mixes music, magic, drama, passion, spirituality and dance in a celebration that explores the lives of people of color during the emerging Americas of the late 19th century, and their ghost-like impact on our own lives today.

“Rosas was an important composer who’s been forgotten by history, and whose most famous work, Sobre las olas (Over the Waves), has been credited to Johann Strauss,” says Mayer. “It's high time to free him from beneath the whitewash and let him live again. This is one of the most challenging plays I've ever written, and I think it breaks new ground in the ways that dramatic text and live music coexist on stage.”

Actor, multi-instrumentalist and composer Quetzal Guerrero, best known as QVLN and a classically trained violinist, stars as Rosas. Pianist extraordinaire and Steinway artist Ric’key Pageot, who has toured with Madonna, Christina Aguilera, Cher and Cirque du Soleil, takes on the role of Scott Joplin. And Latin Grammy nominee rising star soprano Nathalie Peña-Comas plays Ángela Peralta, the “Mexican Nightingale,” who was the first Mexican to sing at the La Scala opera house in Milan. Fictional characters include Rosas’ father, Don Jesus, portrayed by actor and composer Eduardo Robledo, known for his work with El Teatro Campesino and the San Francisco Mime Troupe Professor Zeiss, a music teacher at the Mexican conservatory, played by Cástulo Guerra (Terminator 2, The Mexican, and Star Trek: The Next Generation) Joplin’s young companion, Bethena (actress, dancer and violinist Ariel Brown) and Creole clairvoyant Marie Leveau (Monte Escalante, Robey Theatre Company’s The Talented Tenth).

Ghost Waltz opens on Saturday, May 4 at 8 p.m., with performances thereafter on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. through June 2. Six preview performances take place April 25 through May 3 on the same schedule. Tickets range from $10–$48, except opening night which is $75 and includes a post-performance reception.

The Los Angeles Theatre Center is located at 514 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013. Parking is available for $8 with box office validation at Los Angeles Garage Associate Parking structure, 545 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90013 (between 5th and 6th Streets, just behind the theater).

For more information and to purchase tickets, call (213) 489-0994 or go to

Presenter / Producer: Latino Theater Company

Listed Categories
Theater > Drama

Event Phone: 213-489-0994

Los Angeles Theatre Center
514 S. Spring St.
Los Angeles CA 90013

LA - Central / Downtown

Performance Dates: 4/25/2024 - 6/2/2024
Thursday, 04/25/2024
Friday, 04/26/2024
Saturday, 04/27/2024
Sunday, 04/28/2024
Thursday, 05/02/2024
Friday, 05/03/2024
Saturday, 05/04/2024
Sunday, 05/05/2024
Thursday, 05/09/2024
Friday, 05/10/2024
Saturday, 05/11/2024
Sunday, 05/12/2024
Thursday, 05/16/2024
Friday, 05/17/2024
Saturday, 05/18/2024
Sunday, 05/19/2024
Thursday, 05/23/2024
Friday, 05/24/2024
Saturday, 05/25/2024
Sunday, 05/26/2024
Thursday, 05/30/2024
Friday, 05/31/2024
Saturday, 06/01/2024
Sunday, 06/02/2024

Performance Times
• Thursdays at 8 p.m.
• Fridays at 8 p.m.
• Saturdays at 8 p.m.
• Sundays at 4 p.m.

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