Adobe Punk: theaterwork-in-progress reading with interactive panel and audience discussion


All are welcome to take a look behind the scenes as About…Productions introduce its newest theatre work-in-progress, Adobe Punk, with a series of events. Each event will have a reading of the work-in-progress script with an interactive panel of unique guests in dialogue with the audience. The reading will include the work-in-progress music/sound design; and the work-in-progress set design will also be presented. Actors for the reading are Váneh Assadourian, Alena Brophy, and Eddie Ruiz.

Adobe Punk is a work of historical fiction set in the early ’80s in working-class Bell Gardens It will tell the story of three young punk music fans who find refuge in what turns out to be one of the oldest adobe homes in L.A. County (built by the Lugo family in 1844). The trio — Latinx, Lebanese-American, and Anglo twenty-somethings — are in the midst of their own artistic coming-of-age when they discover the house’s deep roots. This accidental act of historical discovery leads them to question their relationship to their neighborhood, their dreams, and the house itself.

Based on an idea by 24-year old Gabriel Garza, the play will be written and directed by Garza and Producing Artistic Director Theresa Chavez, a mother and son team and 7th and 8th generation Lugos, who share a passion for exploring L.A. history. It will take cues from a set of L.A.-based punk songs that will be re-imagined by arranger/musician Sage Lewis. Set designer Dorothy Hoover joins the team to envision the house at the center of the story. Her work-in-progress set model will be presented.  The full-production premiere is set for 2021.

Online registration is recommended but not required. See links provided below.

#1 –  Sunday, February 23
2:00pm – 3:30 pm
With panelists: Theresa Kereakes, punk photographer/historian, and Richard Schave, co-founder of Esotouric and LA architectural historian.

Company of Angels, Boyle Heights
1350 San Pablo St
Los Angeles, CA 90033

For registration and events details click HERE.

#2 – Saturday, February 29
1:00pm – 3:30pm
With panelists: Badly Licked Bear, artist, educator, and History of San Pedro Punk curator; and Maggie Brown-Coronel, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History at California State University Fullerton.

In addition a speical afternoon CONCERT with mike watt + the secondmen from 3:00pm – 3:30pm. Concert only at Angels Gate.

Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro
3601 South Gaffey Street
San Pedro, California 90731
reading in Building H
concert at “The Battery”

For registration and events details click HERE.

#3 – Friday, March 6
6:00pm – 8:00pm
With panelists: Jorge Leal, Ph.D., USC Postdoctoral Scholar of American Studies and History; and Marissa López, Ph.D., UCLA Associate Professor of English and Chicana/o Studies.

Bell Gardens Neighborhood Youth Center
5856 Ludell St.
Bell Gardens, CA 90201

Also at this location, two interactive set design WORKSHOPS for Bell Gardens youth (ages 11-18) have been confirmed. Local youth are encouraged to come and explore set design with Dorothy Hoover. Registration now open for either session — Friday, February 21, or Friday, February 28. Each session runs from 4:00pm – 6:00pm.

For workshop info and registration call 562-806-7650.
For registration and events details click HERE.


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