It’s showtime, so open up the garage door

Emily Zakes Green & Amy Ellenberger | Halei Parker

Emily Zakes Green & Amy Ellenberger | Halei Parker


ATWATER VILLAGE –  The garage of a private Atwater Village home will be transformed into a performance space this weekend, with the garage door becoming a curtain and the cluttered interior serving as the stage.

The garage-to-theater conversion is part of the upcoming play In Case of Emergency. It’s a new site-specific, immersive experience created by Chalk Repertory Theatre.

The play is about Meredith, a single woman who has filled her garage with emergency supplies to prepare for the “Big One;” Alex, a disaster-prepping expert; and Emma, Meredith’s younger sister who brings personal catastrophes into the mix. As the drama unfolds, it seems that the city is about to explode.

Long time fans and supporters of Chalk Repertory volunteered their homes in Atwater Village and other locations for the play. Out of the ones offered, the Atwater Village location was picked because of its similar layout to the other two selected homes; it makes for easier set up. About 40 persons can attend the show in Atwater, which is scheduled for June 10-12.

However, unlike the Montrose and Pasadena locations, the Atwater home will have a tiki bar during the performances. Before show time the audience can enjoy some punch (alcoholic and non-alcoholic).

Founded 2008, Chalk Repertory Theater is committed to producing classical and contemporary plays in atypical spaces. Their aim is to attract a non-traditional audience and make it accessible. They’ve formed plays at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, homes on the market around LA County and a downtown high-rise.

“In Case of Emergency” runs Friday- Saturday from June 3- July 3 but the performances in Atwater Village will be held on June 10-12. All tickets are general admission and range from $20-35. Ticket prices increase each week and addresses are released upon ticket purchase. Click here for details.

Jacqueline Fernandez is a Los Angeles-based reporter who’s written for various media outlets such as Los Angeles Wave, The Miami Herald and WLRN-Miami Herald News.

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