John Anson Ford Amphitheatre
As one of the oldest venues in Los Angeles , the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre originally opened in 1920 as the Pilgrimage Theatre. After a massive fire destroyed the building in 1929, in 1931 the amphitheatre was re-introduced as a concrete structure made to withstand another fire. From 1941 until 1960, the amphitheatre was used for the sole purpose of performing Wehterill Stevenson's play about the life of Jesus, minus a brief interlude while WWII took place.
A lawsuit in 1964 accusing Los Angeles County of breaking rules by holding an exclusively-religious performance saw an end to the play about Jesus and the Pilgrimage Play all together. In 1976 the theatre was re-named for former County Supervisor John Anson Ford, a known avid supporter of the performance and creative arts in Los Angeles .
Today the Los Angeles County Arts Commission is responsible for the 1,421 seat outdoor theatre. They renovated it in 2000, adding beautiful dining patios, wheelchair accessible ramps, and a gorgeous waterfall fountain. During the summer season, from May to October, the Ford Amphitheatre holds theatre productions, dance performances and festivals, and a wide variety of world music.
The 87-seat indoor theatre is used during the off-season and hosts dramatic performances, movies, as well as year-round film festivals.
The following are some of the events held at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre:
Ziggurat Theatre Ensemble presentation
Kabara Sol is a spellbinding fable of murder, corruption and redemption
Written and directed by Stephen Legawiec
Featuring Dana Wieluns
Zoo District presentation
In an era of unseen enemies with unthinkable agendas, when simply opening your mail or going to your office could prove fatal, when corporations fleece their own, when the threat of bioterrorism lingers in the air, when government agencies fight among themselves and finger-point to lay blame, can there be any hope? Don't miss
The Defenders to see what will happen next.
Written and directed by Brian Frette
-Showing Our Age
About Productions presents
Showing Our Age is interweaving stories based on the lives of Los Angeles seniors with music, video and movement.
Staged Reading conceived by Laurel Ollstein
Co-directed by Theresa Chavez and Laurel Ollstein
-Always and Forever
Watts Village Theater Company presentation
What happens when a group of kids and St. Jesus Malverde take a '56 Chevy to Tijuana ? If you've ever wondered what México, Morrissey, and Adán Sánchez have in common, don't miss the world premiere of Always & Forever.
(World Premiere) by Michael Spillers
Directed by Guillermo Avilés-Rodríguez
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