Discover LA by Metro:
Meet Me @ Metro III will travel the Metro Gold Line “Uncovering Los Angeles’ Hidden Treasures.”
Creative theater is alive in Los Angeles and traveling by Metro the coming two weekends. The next two Saturdays and Sundays, August 25-26 and September 1-2, 2012, you can experience original site-specific theater pieces with Los Angeles themes, thanks to the unique artistic collaboration Meet Me @ Metro III, a flash-mob event combined with original drama written specifically for community sites. You will be treated to an eclectic group of performances presented at Metro stations along the Metro Gold Line.
We saw the dress rehearsal of Meet Me @ Metro III this past weekend and are most impressed with the show. We loved Meet Me @ Metro II last year and are equally excited by this year’s show, Uncovering Los Angeles’ Hidden Treasures.
The six station-site performances of Meet Me @ Metro III begin at Union Station and travel east along the Metro Gold Line, stopping at Mariachi Plaza, Soto, and East Los Angeles Civic Center Stations, and end back at Union Station about 3½ hours later. A box lunch – provided by Coffee and Crepes by Vicky – is served at the East Los Angeles Civic Center. All along the route, audience participants are accompanied by and entertained by musicians and dancers traveling with them on the Metro.
The shows start at 11 a.m. and 12 noon all four days. The box office at Union Station East Portal opens at 10:00 a.m. You can buy tickets (which include a Metro Day Pass) there or in advance on-line. It is advisable to arrive at least 30 minutes before showtime to check in at the box office and get a color wristband, your Metro Day Pass, and be assigned your Meet Me @ Metro tour guide and a group to travel with along the route.
Now in its third year, this Metro/Theater event, organized by the Watts Village Theater Company in collaboration with local arts organizations, aims to introduce people to the Metro Rail and new neighborhoods. The overall concept is to create a site-specific artistic extravaganza that highlights Los Angeles’ rich cultural and artistic wealth. This year’s route was selected specifically to highlight the many artistic contributions made to Los Angeles’ cultural identity by Native American, Asian American, and Latino/Hispanic communities.
We enjoyed ourselves immensely and recommend Meet Me @ Metro III to all. We offer some suggestions to help you enjoy the experience. Be aware that:
• Audience members need to walk several blocks to reach the performance area in Belvedere Park at East Los Angeles Civic Center. The route is mostly flat and easy to navigate. Those with strollers or wheelchairs should have no problems.
• Public restrooms are available only at Union Station and the East Los Angeles Civic Center. Wet wipes might come in handy for hand cleaning at lunch and general cooling.
• Eating and drinking are not permitted on Metro platforms and trains. However, do bring water or other non-alcoholic drinks to refresh you at the various stops.
• You can download a copy of the show program on your smartphone.
Admission, which includes an all-day Metro pass, is $20; pay what you can for the noon performances on Sunday, August 26 and Saturday, September 1. Interpreters for the visually and hearing impaired will be present at the noon performance on August 26. The entire route is physically accessible for those using wheels.
We hope to meet you at Meet Me @ Metro III!