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“This Golden State” with Writer-in-Residence Luis Alfaro

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415 Pacific Coast Hwy at Beach House Way

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Still from a production of Delano at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco.

A work in progress reading with playwright and Beach House Writer-in-Residence Luis Alfaro, who is working on a trilogy of plays that explore California’s Central Valley through religion, politics and identity. In The Golden State, Part I: Delano, Alfaro plunged into Pentecostalism – the fastest growing religion in the world – through the story of a minister and his flock in the Southern San Joaquin Valley town of Delano, birthplace of the United Farmworkers Union. He continues the plunge into California’s waves of religious revival, immigration and labor, boosterism and civic planning, to tell a story of how farmworkers become politicians, how politicians run cities, and the development of personal and civic identities in this golden state.

This is the third of three public events presented by Beach House Spring 2018 Writer-in-Residence Luis Alfaro. During his tenure, Alfaro is working on a new commission on the theme of homelessness in LA County for Center Theatre Group, and a new trilogy of plays deeply enmeshed in the history and present of urban and rural California.

Alfaro is onsite working from an office in the Marion Davies Guest House, January 9 through March 13, 2018. The public is invited to chat with him about his work and the residency during public office hours Saturdays from 11am-2pm. His public programs take place under the theme of "The Things We Share," and take place 1/23, 2/20 and 3/6. From early January you can follow his progress on the Beach House Artist-in-Residence blog at beachhouseair.blogspot.com.

Luis Alfaro is a community-based writer known for his multi-faceted work in the American theatre along with his poetry, short stories and journalism. A Chicano born and raised in the Pico-Union district of downtown Los Angeles, Alfaro is the recipient of a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation fellowship, popularly known as a “genius grant”, awarded to people who have demonstrated expertise and exceptional creativity in their respective fields. Alfaro has also recently been named as part of the inaugural cohort of Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellows.

The first playwright-in-residence in the eighty-year history of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, his plays include Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles (Getty Villa, Victory Gardens Theatre-Chicago); Delano (Magic Theatre-San Francisco); St. Jude (CTG Kirk Douglas Theatre); Oedipus El Rey (Woolly Mammoth-Washington DC, Boston Court-Pasadena, San Diego Repertory, 18 productions, upcoming The Public Theatre-New York); Electricidad (Mark Taper Forum, Goodman Theatre, 32 productions); down town (Institute of Contemporary Art, London; XTeresa Performance Space, Mexico City); Body of Faith (Cornerstone Theater Company); Straight as a Line (Primary Stages; Edinburgh Festival; Goodman Theatre; National Theatre of Romania); Black Butterfly (Smithsonian Museum, The Kennedy Center, Mark Taper Forum).

His literary work is featured in more than 25 anthologies, spoken word CD (down town) and a short film, Chicanismo. He teaches at the University of Southern California. More at https://www.fordfoundation.org/campaigns/the-art-of-change-meet-our-fellows/luis-alfaro.


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Getting Here: The Beach House is located at 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 90402 on the west side of Pacific Coast Highway. Enter off PCH at the Beach House Way traffic light.

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