NOT WORKING Shows

NOT WORKING: Essential, Fired and Forgotten Workers in the Time of Covid

NOT WORKING is the journey of a young American-born woman named Anqa, returning to America for the first time since her family was deported 12 years ago.  She’s back to prove to herself and her still-exiled parents that she has the talent to succeed in America or anywhere else, and the lost opportunity of growing up in America was insignificant.  By a random (?) coincidence, she arrives in America at the same time as COVID, and is swept up in the pandemic whirlwind.  By the end of the play Anqa has begun to see her personal quest as more selfish than important, and finds empathy for new friends facing much more emergent questions of loss and finding their way home from the devastating impact of the virus.

The all-original songs of NOT WORKING are from songwriting teams invited by co-producers Asian Story Theater, Teatro Mascara Magica, and San Diego Black Ensemble Theatre, from each company’s collaborators and friends based in San Diego and Los Angeles. The musical styles and perspectives are as varied as COVID’s symptoms, ranging from singer-songwriter irony to angry rock, big band to powerful ballads, all performed live.  And despite the serious subject—of COVID’s inescapable, mysterious, and transformative effect on all of our careers and  lives—NOT WORKING confronts the subject with honesty, energy, humor, and hope. 

Post-show forums

PERFORMANCEHOSTSUBJECT
Friday, October 28 @ 7:30pm
El Salon Theatre, 114 W. Hall, San Ysidro
Ron Baza, PhD University of California San DiegoCOVID LOST & FOUND. Lisa Cuestas with Casa Familiar, and XXX from YYY school district will speak on strategies for non-profits and public service agencies impacted by Covid-19: employees, students, families, funding, clients, education, et al. Additional panelist/s TBA
Saturday, October 29 @ 2:00pm
El Salon Theatre, 114 W. Hall, San Ysidro
Susan Hasegawa, writer and professor of US and Asian American History, San Diego City CollegeDON’T STAB ME PLEASE, I’M NOT CHINESE. Violence against Asian Americans. Guest panelist Michael Yee, CSU San Marcos and San Diego Chinese Historical Museum
Saturday, October 29 @ 7:30pm
El Salon Theatre, 114 W. Hall, San Ysidro
Luis Aragon, President of Border Angels, former Deputy District Attorney, President of La Raza LawyersImmigration during and after Covid–if there is any such time. Guest panelist/s TBA.
Sunday, October 30 @ 2pm
El Salon Theatre, 114 W. Hall, San Ysidro
Open?
Friday, November 4 @ 7:30pm
Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd, San Diego
Frankie (and/or Matt), Diversionary TheatreTHE NEW NORMAL: real and virtual life as a performing artist during and post-Covid. Guest panelist/s TBA.
Saturday, November 5 @ 2pm
Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd, San Diego
Open?
Saturday, November 5 @ 7:30pm
Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd, San Diego
William BJ RobinsonTBA
Sunday, November 6 @ 2pm
Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd, San Diego
Open?
Saturday, November 12 @ 11am
Chula Vista Library, 565 F St, Chula Vista
Erwin Magabua, Chula Vista Central LibraryPUBLIC HELP, PUBLIC CRISES Theme and guest panelists TBA
Saturday, November 12 @ 2pm
Chula Vista Library, 565 F St, Chula Vista
Carlos Morton, PhD
UC Santa Barbara, Playwright
with San Francisco Mime Troupe, New York Shakespeare
Festival, La Companía Nacionál de México.
SECRET AGENT. Theater as an agent of political action, and an architect of recorded history. Guest panelist/s TBA
Sunday, November 12 @ 2pm
Chula Vista Library, 565 F St, Chula Vista
Delores Fisher, Africana Studies, San Diego State University, African American Music in US socio-cultural historyESSENTIAL: FIRST RESPONDERS. Panel guests: Law Enforcement officer, Medical/nurse, Mental Health pro

rehearsal schedule, in progress…

8/4/227-9pm Open callCommunity Actors Theatre at 54th and College Grove
8/5/22, Friday12: Dwight LoveMusic
8/6/22, Saturday10:00: Suanne, OJ
10:30 Add Rhys, Delores, Belle.
11: Nick
12 (or before): add Dwight
11am-2pm: Rhys, Dwight, Delores, Belle, Kent
Music, scratch recordings (1250 Weaver St)
8/8/22, Monday7-10pm: all performers, directorsReading with some music (1250 Weaver St)
8/13/22, Saturday10-2: TBAMusic
8/14/22, Sunday10-2: TBAMusic
8/20/22, Saturday10-2: TBAMusic
8/21/22, Sunday10-2: TBAMusic
8/27/22, Saturday10-2: TBAMusic
8/28/22, Sunday10-2: TBAMusic
9/3/22, Saturday9am-12pm: Actors
[Kent out at 1]
Blocking
9/4/22, Sunday12-5: Actors and musiciansWalk through with music
9/10/22, Saturday10-2: TBA
9/11/22, Sunday10-2: TBA
9/17/22, Saturday10-2: TBA
9/18/22, Sunday10-2: TBA
9/24/22, Saturday10-2: TBA
9/25/22, Sunday[no Ginger, Kent]
10/1/22, Saturday[Belle tech 12-9]
10/2/22, Sunday10-6: Full companyRunthrough w/ music
10/3/22, Monday[no Belle 10/3-10/7]
10/4/22, Tuesday[no Belle]
10/8/22, Saturday[Belle evening show]
10/9/22, Sunday[Belle matinee]
10/15/22, Saturday[Belle closing matinee]
10/16/22, Sunday11-5: Full companyRun/workthrough
10/22/22, Saturday11-2: Load in, TBA
[Delores conference]
Tech at El Salon in San Ysidro
10/23/22, Sunday10-7: Full companyTech
10/24/22, MondayOff
10/25/22, TuesdayTech,
6:30-10 performers
Run, work notes
10/26/22, Wednesday6:30-10 performersFinal Dress
10/27/22, Thursday6:30-10 performersPreview
10/28/22, Friday6:30 call, 7:30 curtainPerformance #1
10/29/22, Saturday1:00 call, 2:00 show

7:00 call, 7:30 show
Performance #2

Performance #3
10/30/22, Sunday1:00 call, 2:00 showPerformance #4
11/3/22, Thursday1:00 tech
6:30 actors call
Tech in Diversionary
11/4/22, Friday6:30 call, 7:30 curtainPerformance #5
11/5/22, Saturday1:00 call, 2:00 show

7:00 call, 7:30 show
Performance #6

Performance #7
11/6/22, Sunday1:00 call, 2:00 showPerformance #8
11/10/22, THURSDAYTech, then
6:00: Actors call
Tech at Chula Vista Library (8pm exit)
11/11/22, FridayOff
11/12/22, Saturday10:00am call, 11am show

1:30 call, 2:00 show
Performance #9

Performance #10
11/13/22, Sunday1:00 call, 2:00 showPerformance #11

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