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NALAC Fund for the Arts: Artist Grant | $5,000 | Theatre | Berkeley, CA


The Afterlife

Gary Soto


To support the creation and staged reading of a new play based on Gary Soto’s new novel about gang violence, teen death and suicide. "The Afterlife" reveals how a single outburst of anger ends a young man’s life. After Chuy, the protagonist, is stabbed to death by an insulted teen he floats through a ghostly limbo above his hometown, meeting Krystal, a suicide victim with her own tragic story. Chuy observes his friends plotting retribution for his killer and tries to stop their actions. The play’s target audience are teens who have experienced violence and death in their community.



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