By Nicholas Stix
“Last November Hopscotch, an experimental opera performed in limousines and different locations around downtown, tried to stage a segment in Hollenbeck Park, near Boyle Avenue. Critics had raved about the production, a brainchild of the Industry, LA’s premier avant garde opera company.
“Protesters in Hollenbeck Park felt otherwise and barracked the performers. ‘I made efforts to speak to a woman who appeared to be in charge but was always ignored and often shouted over,’ recalled Marc Lowenstein, the company’s music director. ‘Some of the things she said were: ‘This park is for brown people’ and ‘This is not a park for white people. You are white people.’”
“Things escalated on the show’s final day when members of the Roosevelt high school band used saxophones, trombones and trumpets to drown out the opera. Performers moved to another side of the bandshell but the high school band followed them, urged on, according to Lowenstein, by activists from a group called Serve the People LA (STPLA).
“‘I asked our own musicians to play along with the high school players, to engage them. The Serve the People members, though, encouraged the high school players to become physically intimidating and they themselves became physically intimidating.’”
“The opera fled. ‘We were all pretty shaken by two things: one, the physical intimidation, and secondly, the use and manipulation of the schoolchildren,’ said Lowenstein. …”
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