Exciting Things Are Happening at Off The Tracks Performance Space & Art Gallery

By Fanny Garcia

It’s been hard to track down the members of Off The Tracks but it’s been for a very good reason. They have been busy getting ready for their first production since opening their doors last month. Since their opening, they have hosted a video shoot, a gallery exhibit, the screening of the webisode “Police Chicks” and now a two week production of new works by local writers.

But just who are the members of Off The Tracks and why are they working so hard to create art in El Sereno?

The founders of Off The Tracks include Angela Imperial, Carmelita Maldonado, Juan Parada, Gerardo Davolo, Karen Fernandez, and Ashley Santizo. They are a group of talented actors, writers, painters, & photographers who have been working on their craft for years both on stage and in film.

One of the members of the collective had been keeping an eye on a space that was on the first floor of her apartment. It had been a furniture store for many years and when the tenants closed the store, her vision of seeing a performance and gallery space in it’s place became a reality. It could not have come at a better time, the group had been discussing opening their own space and finally enjoying the creative freedom that would come with it. The collective feels that with their combined talents, they can provide quality art & culture to the City Terrace community.

The goal for the space is to provide a creative “playground” of sorts for artists as well as the community. The space welcomes all artists to use the space but they also have specific events in mind. An art walk in June geared towards children and adults, and in the month of July, the collective wants to promote the art of writing, and is planning a low cost, six-week playwriting workshop for the youth in the area.

However, Off The Tracks’ most talked about production opens today. The show, called “Mothers & Mijas,” is comprised of new work commissioned from L.A. area writers including Ramona Pilar Gonzales, Selene Santiago de Nasseri, Fanny Garcia, Gabriela Lopez de Dennis, Rosalva Reza, Feliz Umana and Gerardo Davolo. It is a special mother’s day production to celebrate women, love, life and families.

If you haven’t been to an event or production at Off The Tracks, then Mothers & Mijas should be your first opportunity. The writing that has come out of this project is inspired and wise and it highlights all aspects of womanhood. Don’t miss it!

The set for "Mothers & Mijas" under construction

The cast

Celebrating womanhood at Off The Tracks with "Mothers & Mijas"

Mothers & Mijas: A Special Mother’s Day show celebrating women, life, love, & family! April 29th & 30th and May 6th & 7th.  All performances at 8 p.m. (Doors open @ 7:30 p.m.) $10 donation/ Moms $5

OFF THE TRACKS 5068 Valley Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90032.  RSVP at angimperial@gmail.com or 323-383-3291

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