A tribute to Santa Ana dramatist and actor Louie Olivos Jr. was held at the Yost Theater in downtown Santa Ana on Sunday afternoon, June 24.
Four short films, El de los guantes (The Gloved One), Afterglow, El coronel (The Colonel) and El abuelo (The Grandfather), were shown.
In El de los guantes, Olivos plays the part of a masked wrestler, who in the end turns out to be three personalities.
Afterglow, a noir type of short, reveals Olivos’s natural ability to play diverse roles. In this case he plays the part of a crime boss name Vinnie.
El colonel reveals, arguably, Olivos’s best acting of the four short films. Olivos plays the part of a repressive colonel in the Salvadorian army during that country’s war in the early 1980s.
El abuelo is a heart-warming tale of the plight of impoverished migrant workers told through the eyes of an autistic Anglo boy. It is slightly reminiscent of T.C. Boyle’s book, “Tortilla Curtain,” in that the viewer is taken to an improvised hillside community placed in contrast to a well to do community from where the autistic boy comes from.
After the screening Olivos gave an update on his acting troupe, Los Actores de Santa Ana, that performs regularly at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood. Olivos casts for new actors every two years, he explained. This year marks the first year that he offers acting workshops through Actores de Santa Ana and the City of Santa Ana.
January 3rd is Louie Olivos Jr. Day in Santa Ana.
For Louie’s filmography, click here.