Ben Randle


'The Chalk Boy' Begins November 3 at Impact

'The Chalk Boy' Begins November 3 at Impact Theater

The Chalk Boy by Joshua Conkel and directed by Ben Randle begins performances November 3rd and opens November 5th at Impact Theater, in Berkley. Performances run Thursday through Saturday at 8pm, through December 10, 2011.

According to press notes, in The Chalk Boy "there's more going on in the tiny town of Clear Creek than the opening of the new Taco Bell. Four of the town's local girls take the audience on a tour of their funny yet brutal reality as they struggle with faith, friendship, sex, the occult, algebra, and the disappearance of Jeff Chalk, a boy in their class. The Chalk Boy is a deathly black comedy that punches as hard as your high school bully."

The Chalk Boy is directed by Ben Randle and stars Impact's newest resident actor, Luisa Frasconi, whom audiences loved as last season's Juliet, as well as Maria Giere, Chris Quintos, and Caitlyn Tella.

Set by Anne Kendall, Costumes by Ashley Rodgers, Lights by Jax Steager, Sound & Projections by Colin Trevor, Props by Tunuviel Luv, Fight Direction by Dave Maier, Stage Management by Solia Martinez-Jacobs.

Joshua Conkel is a playwright, culture vulture and Navy brat who hails from the pine forests of rural Washington State. He is the author of MilkMilkLemonade (Best Off Off Broadway Show of 2009—NY Press, published by Playscripts), Lonesome Winter (with Megan Hill), The Sluts of Sutton Drive, and I Wanna Destroy You, as well as countless short plays, of which he is a prolific and enthusiastic writer. Conkel’s work has been seen all over the country as well asinternationally and has been developed by The Management, Soho Rep, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Old Vic, Dixon Place, The Flea and more. He is the Co-Artistic Director of The Management, and a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Soho Rep Writers/Directors Lab, tosos and The Dramatists Guild. He is currently finishing a graphic novel adaptation of The Chalk Boy for First Second Books, an imprint of Macmillan, and was recently named one of Next Magazine’s “Who’s Next 2011.” Conkel is an alumnist of Youngblood and the TS Eliot Old Vic US/UK Exchange and received his bfa in theatre from Cornish College of the Arts.

Impact Theatre is located at a Val's Subterranean, 1834 Euclid, Berkeley. Tickets and information: