Stacie Chaiken’s Looking for Louie
A second-generation Russian Jewish American (sometimes) redhead goes off in search of the mysterious great-grandfather about whom nobody would ever speak.
This one-woman tour de force piece is written and performed by Los Angeles-based Stacie Chaiken. whose solo plays have toured in the US and abroad.
What critics have said:
Chaiken's beautiful writing strategically proffers up pieces of bone and tooth in a scintillating anthropological dig... (LA Weekly) ... a revealing X-ray, in living color, seasoned by laughter and tears, of a young lifetime devoted to an absorbing search for truth. (Backstage) ... a talented, likable, energetic storyteller with lots of stage savvy and moxie.... (The Hollywood Reporter) ... fascinating storytelling ...(Daily Variety)
Chaiken is the founder of LA-based What’s the Story? Studio, where she works with writers and performers who are wrestling with personal story. She is on the performance faculty at University of Southern California, and has toured internationally as a Fulbright Scholar in the field of Performance and Story. Her new play The Dig: death, Genesis + the double helix is scheduled for a fall 2013 premiere.
Chaiken will be teaching a two-day personal story workshop at RoCA, Saturday and Sunday, January 19 and 20. For more information: www.whatsthestoryLA.com
Looking for Louie is performed with live accompaniment by bassist Ratzo B. Harris. Harris is a 1995 Thelonious Monk Competition semi-finalist and past contributing columnist for Bass Player Magazine. An innovative bassist, Ratzo has worked with some of the greatest musicians of our time including John Handy, Charles Lloyd, Joe Lovano, Les Paul, Joanne Brackeen, and Betty Buckley.