The Award-Winning Chalk Repertory Theatre with funding from L.A. City’s Department of Cultural Affairs announces the launch of its new audio play series “Chalk Lines.” Five short plays using immersive audio storytelling will bring to life unsung landmarks in Los Angeles City Council districts 8, 9, and 10 including the Metro Expo Line, Leimert Park, Historic West Adams, and Exposition Park. Chalk Lines can be experienced online at home or on location at each site with a mobile device for free beginning on June 19, 2021 at noon (runs through December 19); donations are encouraged. Streaming information and an experience guide are accessible through https://chalkrep.com.
“Chalk Lines” continues Chalk Rep’s 13-year tradition of revealing the spaces and stories of Los Angeles in all its beautiful, complex diversity. The company was founded on principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion, anti-racist practices, and identity-conscious casting. “Chalk Lines” features under-explored communities, BIPOC and LGBTQ perspectives, and a diverse creative team.
Playwrights: Giovanni Adams (actor/playwright; Love is a Dirty Word); Luis Alfaro (award-winning Chicano writer known for his work in poetry, theater, short stories, performance and journalism); Kimrie Lewis (actor/writer/director, currently stars in NBC’s new sitcom Kenan); Joseph Guy Maldonado (director/playwright/TV writer; Award-winning Hello Boys and Girls, or The Big Bird Play); and Colette Robert (director/playwright). All writers grew up in Los Angeles and/or live in the neighborhoods where their stories take place.
Actors: Xan Churchwell (actor/writer/creator/ podcast host); Gregg Daniel (accomplished actor/director; Mark Taper Forum’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone; Pasadena Playhouse’s Jitney); Tonatiuh Elizarraraz (Echo Theater Company’s Fixed; IAMA Theatre Company’s Species Native to California); Veralyn Jones (Award-winning actress; Ferguson; Wedding Band: A Love/Hate Story in Black and White); Emily Kuroda (Luis Alfaro’s Straight as a Line; Red at East West Players); and Emily Stout (founding member of The Associates Theater Ensemble).
The creative team includes Chalk Rep founding member and award-winning director Jennifer Chang (LADCC Award in Direction for Vietgone, The Clitorish, Bernhardt/Hamlet); Dramaturg Deborah Stein (playwright/screenwriter/director; The Wholehearted, Marginal Loss, Chimera); Sound Designers Justin Asher (composer/audio producer/sound designer) and Colin Wambsgans (creates sounds for concerts/installations/podcasts/films/plays/apps).
The performance is free, however donations are encouraged; Streaming though December 19, 2021; Streaming information and an experience guide are accessible through website.
What: “Chalk Lines”
When: June 19, 2021, 12:00pm