Ben Randle


'Chalk Boy' by Joshua Conkel at Impact Theatre in Fall 2011

Impact Theatre presents "Chalk Boy" by Joshua Conkel, directed Ben Randle, November 5th to December 10th, as part of its 2011-2012 season.

"'Chalk Boy' is a deathly black comedy that punches as hard as your high school bully," according to the publisher's description. "Beneath its boring facade there is 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 are here to take you on a tour of their funny, yet brutal reality.  They struggle with faith, friendship, sex, the occult, algebra, and the disappearance of... The Chalk Boy".

The cast will feature Luisa Frasconi, Caitlyn Tella, Chris Quintos, and Maria Giere. 

Design team is  set to include Set Design by Anne Kendall, Costume Design by Ashley Rogers, Lighting Design by Jacqueline Steager, Prop Design by Tunuviel Luv, and Sound Design by Colin Trevor.

Joshua Conkel is the artistic director of The Management Company in New York. He has written during A Love Story for People Who Hate Everything, Pretty as a Picture or The Story of a Girl Who was Almost in a Warrant Video, Odd Days/Even Days, White Trash Waltzing, and his solo piece The Invisible Boy Says Goodbye. He assisted Craig Lucas on The Light in the Piazza at the Intiman Theater. Joshua most recently directed Self-Obsession in Blue for the first annual Capital Fringe Festival in Washington DC. and recently appeared as a performer in Target Margin's Aristophanic Laboratory at H.E.R.E. He is a graduate of Cornish College.

Ben Randle recently directed Into the Clear Blue Sky by LC Lee for Sleepwalkers Theatre; Treefall, Don’t Ask, Doubt (BATCC Nomination, Best Director), Baptized to the Bone, and Friends are Forever at New Conservatory Theatre, and was an Artist in Residence in their Emerging Artists Program; Hold Me Closer, Tiny Dionysus (DIY Residency, Mama Calizo Voice Factory), Come As You Are! (Brava! for Women in the Arts!); Thrillpeddlers’ Shocktoberfest 2010 (assoc. dir.); Katya Smirnoff-Skyy, A One Night Stand (Don’t Tell Mama in NYC, Eureka Theater, Rrazz Room); Katya, Back In The USSR (Rrazz Room); Joe Besecker’s  Loving Fathers (SF Fringe, Best of Fringe 2008); and Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus (Next Stage). Ben has a B.A. in Theatre Arts from San Francisco State University and was a member of Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab 2010. 

"Chalk Boy" had simultaneous premieres by The Management in New York under the direction of Joshua Conkel, and Company of Angels under the direction of Courtney Sale.

Impact Theatre is located at a Val's Subterranean, 1834 Euclid, Berkeley. For more information, visit