The controversial issue of gentrification in Boyle Heights takes center stage –literally– in a new production of “Sideways Fences” at Casa 0101 Theater.

The drama by Los Angeles playwright Oscar Arguello “reveals the volatile relationship of a young Mexican-American couple, struggling to have a family and home while their neighborhood is rising property values, and their garage/home is right in its destructive path,” according to a press release.

Directed by Corky Domínguez, “Sideways Fences” continues through Sept. 10 with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 5 p.m.

After selected performances, there will be Talk Backs with community leaders, Boyle Heights stakeholders, and experts on gentrification.

On Sunday Aug. 27, a panel will look at the role of art is in gentrification/displacement and explore the question of whether art leads to gentrification or can it be a tool that empowers community. Panelists will include USC professor George Sánchez, artist and wardrobe designer J.C. de Luna, artist and cultural organizer Joel García, immigrant rights organizer Nancy Meza, scholar Nicholas F. Centino and playwright and Casa 0101 founder Josefina López.

Tickets are $20 per person for General Admission; $17 per person for Students and Seniors; and $15 per person for Boyle Heights residents with ID. Advance reservations are highly encouraged.

The production is is made possible in part by a grant from The California Endowment as part of its Building Healthy Communities initiative.

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