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ADOBE PUNK: Theaterwork-in-Progress / Reading and Panel Discussion

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Bell Gardens Neighborhood Youth Center

5856 Ludell St.

Bell Gardens, CA 90201

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Join us for a look behind the scenes as About...Productions introduces its newest theaterwork-in-progress, Adobe Punk.

A work of historical fiction set in the early 80s in working-class Bell Gardens, Adobe Punk 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.

his reading will feature actors Váneh Assadourian, Alena Brophy, and Eddie Ruiz, and include an interactive panel discussion with 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. Panelists and audience members will be invited to give feedback to help shape this original script-in-progress, share their experience of the 80s L.A. punk scene, and engage in conversation regarding early L.A. history.

PLUS! In tandem with this special event, we’ll offer TWO free, interactive set design workshops for Bell Gardens youth. Working with our set designer, Dorothy Hoover, youth ages 11-18 will learn how to make their own set design models. Youth can attend either session on Friday, February 21, or Friday, February 28, both from 4:00-6:00pm at Bell Gardens Neighborhood Youth Center. Please contact the Center directly at 562-806-7650 for workshop questions or register below.

Youth Set Design Workshop REGISTRATION (workshops only)
Once on the site, enter set design workshop into the search bar to find the two events, then select one to register.

We’re very excited to partner with Company of Angels, Bell Gardens Neighborhood Youth Center, and Angels Gate Cultural Center for our three work-in-progress readings in Feb/March 2020, with the full-production premiere set for 2021.

Doors will open at least 15 minutes prior to the reading. Free street parking.

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