By Blindspot Collective
A La Jolla Playhouse Commission
This is a FREE experience.
Tatya and Nini
By Catherine Hanna Schrock
Featuring Lanna Joffrey & Julie Meram
By Gill Sotu
Featuring Bryan Barbarin, Monique Gaffney & Isabella Pruter
Elaine: Live at Living Room
Book & Lyrics by Blake McCarty, Music by Ian Brandon
Featuring Andrew Paiva
Sound design: Melanie Chen Cole
Narration: Kandace Crystal
Blindspot Collective is developing a new WOW piece entitled Walks of Life, an original, Playhouse-commissioned work of auditory theatre featuring short scenes by playwrights and composers from across the country. In the midst of a pandemic that fractures and isolates our communities, this aural experience offers the opportunity to safely and imaginatively reconnect with each other by bearing witness to life’s intimate moments captured entirely in sound. Participants experience the performance while walking independently through their own neighborhoods, and over the course of three 30-minute parts, they are introduced to characters and stories that might be unfolding in the homes around them.
Walks of Life is Made Possible in Part by Generous Support from Peggy Ann Wallace, and her faithful walking companion, RYLEE
Blindspot Collective company develops radically inclusive programming that cultivates new work, emerging artists, and diverse audiences. The company develops transformative theatre that amplifies marginalized voices, illuminates untold stories, and energizes vulnerable communities in San Diego County… (click “Full Creator Bios” below to read more)
Since its founding in 2017, Blindspot Collective has collaborated with La Jolla Playhouse; The Old Globe; California Center for the Arts, Escondido; Diversionary Theatre; ARTS (A Reason to Survive); UC San Diego Department of Theatre and Dance; and other community partners to develop projects that meaningfully engage audiences and artists in the blindspot of society. The organization centers equity, inclusion, and pressing social issues in its work on and off stage with collaborators that include San Diego Unified School District, Juvenile Court and Community Schools, Cajon Valley Union School District, and Live Well San Diego. Most recently, Blindspot Collective was the first theatre company to be awarded a performing arts residency at the San Diego International Airport, where the organization developed and presented site-specific performances in 2019. The company has received acclaim for its original work, including Hall Pass, an immersive musical featured in the 2019 Without Walls Festival; Qulili, a documentary play based on the stories of local refugees developed with support from the Critical Refugee Studies Collective; The Magic in this Soul, a verbatim play about discrimination and resilience that won the Audience Favorite Award at the 2018 San Diego International Fringe Festival; and Untold, another verbatim play about mental illness that won the Dunn-Rankin Award for New Work at the 2017 San Diego Fringe. The company also develops interactive Forum Theatre for youth audiences, including Safa’s Story and Danny’s Story, which allow young people to consider the complexities of difference and prejudice. Combined, those two productions have been seen by over 12,000 students in the past two years.
Blake McCarty is an artist and educator, as well as the co-founder and Director of Artistic Development for Blindspot Collective. His original work includes immersive projects like Hall Pass (presented by La Jolla Playhouse for the 2019 Without Walls Festival) and Play/Date (produced Off-Broadway by 3-Legged Dog); the original musical Chasing Fear with composer Trevor Bachman; devised theatre with youth, such as Mystifique and Filters; and verbatim plays, including Untold, The Magic in this Soul, and Biting the Bullet. His work has been developed or commissioned by La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, Cygnet Theatre, New Village Arts, New York Theatre Barn, and New York University. Blake is also an award-winning Projection Designer whose work has been seen locally at La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Rep, Moonlight, Intrepid, Ion, Diversionary, and Cygnet. Blake is an alumnus of the Steinhardt School and Tisch School of the Arts, both at New York University.
Catherine Hanna Schrock is an Applied Theater Practitioner, which unites her roles as an activist, performer, and writer. She is the Director of Community Development for Blindpspot Collective. Catherine designs original performances and community programming that center social justice and human connection. Since 2017 her original educational theatre performances have reached over 15,000 people in San Diego County where she is applauded as a “spectacular facilitator who handles children with extreme sensitivity and respect, and engages the audience from the moment they enter the theater” (Times of San Diego, 2020). Catherine holds a Master’s in Educational Theater from New York University and a B.A. in Sociology.
Gill Sotu is a navy veteran, poet, playwright, and performing artist. He is a two time Grand Slam Poetry Champion, two time Raw Performing artist of the year, and a four time TEDx San Diego presenter. Currently, he is a teaching artist and a commissioned playwright with The Old Globe Theatre, a program director and teaching artist with Intrepid Theatre, and musical director for TEDx San Diego.
Melanie Chen Cole is a San Diego-based sound designer. Her first collaboration with Blindspot Collective was Connecting Flights, the 2019 performing-arts residency at San Diego International Airport. Melanie has designed regionally for La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, South Coast Rep, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Dallas Theater Center, Studio Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, and PlayMakers Repertory Company. Locally, she has designed at San Diego Rep, Cygnet Theatre, Diversionary Theatre, New Village Arts Theatre, North Coast Rep, Backyard Renaissance, Moxie Theatre, and ion theatre company. Melanie holds an M.F.A. in Sound Design for Theatre & Dance from UC San Diego.
Ian Brandon recently moved to San Diego from London where he worked as a music director, composer, actor, vocal teacher, arranger and orchestrator in the West End, on the London Fringe and on National Tours. Recent U.S. credits include: Alice (Lamb’s Players Theatre), Chasing Fear (Finish Line, Cygnet Theatre), A Kind of Weather (Diversionary Theatre), Cat (Theatre Of Note, L.A.), Hall Pass (WOW Festival, La Jolla Playhouse), Heathers (OB Playhouse), The Winter’s Tale, The Old Man & The Old Moon, Cabaret (Coronado Playhouse) and Ragtime (Arena Stage, Washington D.C.). Past favorite London credits include Spring Awakening, Parade, Bat Boy, Violet, Children of Eden, Crazy For You, Songs For A New World, Bare, Forever Plaid, Once On This Island and Pippin.
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