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‘Logan Heights’ may not be heaven, but it’s home for the Rosales family in OnStage production Phillip Brents | Fri, Sep 13 2013 01:09 PM

Chula Vista’s OnStage Playhouse is presenting the San Diego premiere of award-winning playwright Josefina Lopez’s “Logan Heights,” a witty and poetic dramedy about an immigrant family’s struggle in the barrio.

The play, which opens Friday, follows the history of the Rosales family, from a small Mexican town to the neighborhood of Logan Heights in San Diego. The story is seen through the eyes of Dahlia, an aspiring writer who is reluctant to get involved in the real world, much less in her family’s drama.

Her passionate and impulsive family perpetually re-creates conflict spanning generations and borders. First chastised for making education a priority, and then for not being married, Dahlia navigates the colorful and troubled personalities of her family and neighborhood as she attempts to stay true to her most important asset, her integrity.

Logan Heights is the stormy neighborhood where a family ultimately attempts to create a place called home. The play’s tag-line reads: “This isn’t heaven, but it’s my home.”

The OnStage production is directed by Bryant Hernandez and produced by Lisa Davis.

The cast includes Paul Araujo, Carlos Angel Barajas, Kalani Bellofatto, Desiree Echaves, Goyo Flores, Olivia Ruiz Marrujo, Joe Nogra, Jennifer Paredes and Roman Rodriguez.

Performances dates continue through Oct. 12. Industry night is Thursday, Sept. 19, where patrons may pay what they can at the door; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

All tickets are regularly priced at $17 to $23, with group rates available. To make reservations, call 422-7787.

For more information, visit the website at www.onstageplayhouse.org.

Lopez has written the hit plays “Simply Maria or the American Dream,” “Real Women Have Curves” and “Confessions of Women from East L.A.”  She is also the co-screenwriter of the film version of “Real Women Have Curves,” which won two Sundance Film Festival Awards in 2002.

Advance online tickets are $17 (student/senior/military) and $20 (general admission), with group rates available. Pay-at-the-door prices are $20 (student/senior/military) and $23 (general admission).

Opening weekend tickets are $50 and feature a talk-back with the playwright. Curtain times are Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m.

OnStage Playhouse is located at 291 Third Ave. in downtown Chula Vista, and is within walking distance of many restaurants for pre- and post-show dining. 

“Logan Heights” is presented by special arrangement with the playwright and is appropriate for ages 13 and older.

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