Chalk Repertory Theatre is a leading site-specific theater company, dedicated to producing classical and contemporary plays in unconventional spaces. Founded in 2008 by graduates of the MFA Theatre program at UC San Diego, Chalk Rep has created twenty full theatrical productions, partnering with sites as grand as the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and as simple as a backyard garage. Chalk received an Ovation Award in 2009 for Best Production: Intimate Theatre, and was named "Best Gypsy Theatre Company" by the LA Weekly in 2013. In all of its productions, Chalk Rep is committed to working with a diverse group of artists to create stories that are intimate, accessible and stimulate community discussion. Chalk Rep is proud to be in residence at St. John's, where they produced the World Premiere of Tom Jacobson's Diet of Worms in 2015 and their biennial FLASH Festival of short plays in 2016, as well as regular meetings of a workshop for Los Angeles playwrights.
FLASH Festival After the success of Diet of Worms, Chalk Repertory Theatre is excited to continue its residency at St. Johns with its biennial FLASH Festival of new plays. In this program, fifteen Los Angeles writers are commissioned to write original ten-minute plays inspired by a specific location. The plays are then given to fifteen directors, who cast the plays and rehearse them for no more than ten hours before they are presented to an audience for three performances.
Chalk Rep created this model in 2010, as a way to welcome a larger and more diverse group of artists into the community. In 2012, Chalk produced a FLASH Festival at the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits, and in 2014, at a brand new luxury high rise building downtown. This year, at St. John's, the writers have been tasked not only with a specific space on the Cathedral grounds, but with very timely theme of "Religion & Politics." The resulting plays cover a diverse range of topics, from same-sex marriage to feminism, to immigration and gentrification. Although each piece is inspired by the architecture at St. Johns, some plays transport the audience to other times and places, and some pieces physically move the audience through the space (seating is provided for all those who need it). Each ten-minute play is its own experiment - created and set off in a FLASH - and designed to spark further conversation.
The FLASH Festival at St. John's will run Thursday-Friday-Saturday nights at 7PM from October 6-22, with five original plays going up each week. All tickets are $20 and available online at www.chalkrep.com, or with cash at the door.