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New Chamber Musical ‘Los Otros’ Looks at Cali’s Conflict with Hispanics

One of the big bombshells last week, depending on where you’re sitting, was the report that minority births in 2011, for the first time, outnumbered Caucasian births in America. Whuh-oh! (No one seemed to step back for a moment and think to themselves, “So what?”, but we digress.) The country’s changing; it has been, ever since they drafted the Declaration, and it’s not going to stop, ever, the end. Europe’s changing, too, and so is Asia, and pretty much everywhere, you know, when you get right down to it. You know what’s not changing all that much, at least not yet? Antarctica. Have fun!

There are problems, of course; illegal immigration is one of a handful of reeeeeeeallly sensitive topics in Teh USA these days. This is not something that I need to tell you, so nip! Line of conversation: over. There’s a lot going on in this country. There always has been. There always will be. Some of it, currently, deals with our growing Hispanic population. This is an especial issue in southern California, where, conveniently, a new musical dealing with the subject, Los Otros, by seven-time Tony nominee Michael John LaChuisa and collaborator Ellen Fitzhugh, premieres June 3 at the Mark Taper Forum in L.A. (FULL ARTICLE: Paul Hodgins, The Orange County Register)