Homeward LA sponsors 50 citywide events to alleviate homelessness
The photographer Levi Clancy wrote in 2012: “This homeless encampment was almost totally abandoned after a sweep. I found this encampment in Highland Park, tightly squeezed between the 134 Freeway and channelized Arroyo Seco. Tami, the primary resident, had been arrested. Dante kindly shook my hand and related the struggle of having to relocate before everything was thrown away. Dante said, ‘Some people might think it's trash, but these are our things.’ / Creative Commons

LOS ANGELES—Last year, over 10 days in April 2018, nearly 300 actors performed in 26 productions of monologues, based on stories from people who have been homeless. The productions were seen by nearly 2000 people in venues all around Los Angeles, raising approximately $55,000 for The Midnight Mission.

This year, from April 26 to May 5, Homeward LA will be staging new stories from those who strive to find their way home in 50 productions across the city. The objective is to humanize those who experience homelessness, bring their narratives before the public, raise the issue to a higher level of citywide and national concern, and come together and end homelessness.

“Through storytelling we create community and inspire empathy,” Homeward LA believes.

The 50 venues sponsoring performances range throughout the greater L.A. area—Hollywood, North Hollywood, West Hollywood, Sherman Oaks, Beverly Hills, Burbank, Pasadena, Santa Monica, Venice, Gardena, as far west as Thousand Oaks and as far south as Long Beach. The website listed below gives complete information on locales and dates, purchasing tickets and making donations.

Tickets are $20 and all proceeds go to The Midnight Mission, a nonprofit on Skid Row that provides shelter, food, education and more to L.A.’s homeless population.

Homeward LA will have a one-night, kick-off event on April 23, to showcase the powerful stories of people who have experienced homelessness with special guests and celebrities reading the monologues. A cocktail reception precedes the show.

Many of the shows across Los Angeles need volunteer help with production, casting, acting or ushering.

The Homeward LA website, with a listing of all scheduled events and all other information you need, can be found here.


CONTRIBUTOR

Eric A. Gordon
Eric A. Gordon

Eric A. Gordon is the author of a biography of radical American composer Marc Blitzstein, co-author of composer Earl Robinson’s autobiography, and the translator (from Portuguese) of a memoir by Brazilian author Hadasa Cytrynowicz. He holds a doctorate in history from Tulane University. He chaired the Southern California chapter of the National Writers Union, Local 1981 UAW (AFL-CIO) for two terms and is director emeritus of The Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring Southern California District. In 2015 he produced “City of the Future,” a CD of Soviet Yiddish songs by Samuel Polonski.

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