Chalk Rep FLASH Festival

Date: January 6, 2017

Chalk Rep hosts its fourth biennial FLASH Festival, inviting 15 Los Angeles playwrights to create original 10-minute plays inspired by the space in which they are performed. This year’s Chalk Rep FLASH Festival is in residence at Los Angeles’ St. John’s Cathedral, with plays written on the timely theme of Religion and Politics, performed by 15 teams of Actors and directed by 15 directors, presented on-site over three weekends, October 6-22, 2016. A new slate of five short plays are performed each weekend.

The writers have one month to complete the first drafts of their scripts. Once the scripts are in, the writers are assigned directors, casts are secured, and each piece is given no more than ten hours of rehearsal before it is presented to an audience. Past locations have included The Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits, and at 8th + Hope, a brand new luxury high rise downtown.

October 6-8 offers new plays written by Jonathan Ceniceroz, Kristin Jones, Alex Lewin, David Myers, and Speed Weed; October 13-15 offers new plays by Boni B. Alvarez, Cory Hinkle, Elizabeth J.B. Klaviter, Eric Reyes Loo, and Brian James Polak; and October 20-22: offers new plays by Rachel Axler, Dorothy Fortenberry, Lisa Kenner Grissom, Meg Miroshnik, and Lina Patel.

Highlights include:

SOCK ANGELS by Rachel Axler (two-time Emmy-winning comedy writer, currently writes for Veep) Two sock puppets contemplate faith and existence in the courtyard outside a wedding.

QUITE CONTRARY by Dorothy Fortenberry (writer on The 100 and the upcoming A Handmaid’s Tale)
Three Marys outside Jesus's tomb have to decide whether to reveal that he has gone missing - which they know will lead to the founding of Christianity and all that comes next.

EPISODE 92 by Cory Hinkle (recipient of numerous playwriting awards and fellowships, 2015 Heideman Award for This Quintessence of Dust) As the co-hosts of an architecture podcast examine the sacred space, they discover their relationship is more complicated than they both think.

NAKED FAT VENUS by Elizabeth J.B. Klaviter (writer/producer Grey’s Anatomy)
A director has cast a fat woman as Venus in a play about pagan rituals, with plans to reveal her full body to the audience. The actor whose body is actually going to be used this way has her own ideas.

HERE WE ARE by Eric Reyes Loo (writer on Guidance for Awesomeness TV) Bob is terrible at first dates, so he's brought Maddie on a picnic at a church for something different. The unusual setting pushes the both to examine their relationships with love, faith and suffering.

"FLASH Festival is always somewhere new and cool so it’s a great push on a writer's brain to be imaginative. Every time I do a FLASH Festival, this city gets both bigger and more specific. More human even," exclaims Playwright David Myers; and Playwright Rachel Axler explains "Chalk Rep's dedication to diversity means it draws and uses the most talented people across the LA theatre community. I'm consistently awed by the quality and vibrancy of their work."

Chalk Repertory Theatre, founded in 2008, is dedicated to producing classical and contemporary plays in unconventional spaces. Working with a diverse group of artists, Chalk Rep creates work that is designed to reach a non-traditional audience and stimulate community discussion with an aim to transform the ideas that non-theatregoers have about what theatre can be, to create work that is intimate, relevant, and accessible to all.

St. John's Cathedral is an Episcopal church near downtown Los Angeles that serves as both a parish church and the cathedral church of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, an area covering five-and-a-half counties. Though St. John's was formed in 1890, the current Romanesque Revival architectural style church was built in 1925. It was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2000. A diverse, intentionally cross-cultural community of progressive Christians where you can belong, before you believe. At St. John’s the beauty of ancient worship and traditional spiritual practices transform contemporary urban lives.

Chalk Rep’s FLASH Festival takes place Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:00 p.m. with a brand new slate of five plays each weekend from October 6 – 22, 2016. All tickets are $20 and are available online or cash at the door. All performances take place at St. John’s Cathedral located at 514 West Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, 90007 (University Park, Between Figueroa and Flower Streets). For reservations and information, please visit www.chalkrep.com.

You can also visit the event's website at: www.chalkrep.com

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