Always Running, A Play

Always Running, A Play Always Running, a world premiere, adapted from the award winning book. A young man escapes a life of gang violence, discrimination, depression and drug addiction through art, the Chicano Movement, poetry and service.

03/18/2020

Hello everyone,
It is with the heaviest of hearts that we are announcing the cancellation of the Barrio Block party on April 4th at the Vortex.

Everyone's health, spirit, and mind is what we strive to support and heal. Tia Chucha's theatrical ensemble and "Always Running The Play" will continue to heal those in trauma through art and acting for the future. This pandemic is hurting everyone, including our artistic community and culture. We believe more now than ever, we need art; to give the human soul hope. This is not over. This is hasta al rato.

Please follow @alwaysrunningplay and @tiachuchas on IG and @play_running on twitter for updates on the play.
Take care. Drink water and vitamin c. Let our commmunity come together in this time of unification. Al rato

Fuerza y Suerte

Sammy Carrera- a community advocate, poet, and Boyle Heights native has organized gang-involved youth, and began perform...
03/16/2020

Sammy Carrera- a community advocate, poet, and Boyle Heights native has organized gang-involved youth, and began performing spoken word poetry at Corazon Del Pueblo, a community center which introduced him to grassroots organizing in 2010. Eventually he would become a board member. He has performed at Central Juvenile Hall and other juvenile placement facilities.
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Rufino Romero a native son to Los Angeles, CA. Born & raised in Hollywood with family ranging from Echo Park to Compton....
03/14/2020

Rufino Romero a native son to Los Angeles, CA. Born & raised in Hollywood with family ranging from Echo Park to Compton. Rufino is a SAG-AFTRA actor who has performed in many projects such as films "In Echo Park," commercials for Modelo Especial & Subway, theatrical performances for Casa 0101's "Brown & Out" "Chicano Cholas y Chismes." A series regular to a new digital series "East of La Brea" produced by Paul Feig. And his greatest feat, so far, is taking the lead in performing as Luis "Chin" J. Rodriguez in the critically acclaimed play "Always Running."
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Alexa Ortiz is from Watsonville, a small town located in Northern California. She comes from a very loving and supportiv...
03/14/2020

Alexa Ortiz is from Watsonville, a small town located in Northern California. She comes from a very loving and supportive family. She is currently attending California State University of Los Angeles and will be graduating this spring. She is pursuing her passion in theater and hopes to learn more about the industry. She plans to become more involved in the Latinx theater community and desires to make a change through her work. Alexa wants to experiment with various forms of art and strives to continue flourishing as an artist.
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Born in Seattle Washington, but raised in San Gabriel Valley, Valentin is a writer/director and musician who graduated f...
03/14/2020

Born in Seattle Washington, but raised in San Gabriel Valley, Valentin is a writer/director and musician who graduated from the Los Angeles Film School in 2018. He has written and directed several short films and is a former member of metal band, Self Combustion.
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Born in Monterey Park and raised in the Pico Rivera area, Joshua is a graduate from Cal State Long Beach, where he studi...
03/13/2020

Born in Monterey Park and raised in the Pico Rivera area, Joshua is a graduate from Cal State Long Beach, where he studied acting and screenwriting. He has been in a number of short films and stage productions. Currently, he is working on finishing his latest project, a musical comedy which he wrote and stars in, that deals with revenge, fear, and courage. Much love to everyone. Love each other. Be kind. Always.
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Raised in the heart of East LA to 1st Generation Mexican Americans, Marquez used humor to get through his younger years ...
03/12/2020

Raised in the heart of East LA to 1st Generation Mexican Americans, Marquez used humor to get through his younger years where school and home life were anything but funny. He found "The Humor" and he's ready to share it with you all.
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A theatre actress of 6 years, Rachel has done Shakespeare and has acted in a number of original works such as “Patron Sa...
03/12/2020

A theatre actress of 6 years, Rachel has done Shakespeare and has acted in a number of original works such as “Patron Saint of the Suburbs” written by Max Marsh and “Trainwreck” written by Bree Pavey. A loving thank you to the LOFT Ensemble for helping her grow as an artist and as a human being. She’s also starred as Viviana in “Always Running”, a stage adaptation of the 1994 memoir written by Luis Rodriguez. Rachel is also a singer. Disturbing the neighbors since 2001 and proud!
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Tia Chucha presents the barrio block party  A fundraising event for Tia Chucha's new  Theatrical Ensemble. This fundrais...
03/12/2020

Tia Chucha presents the barrio block party A fundraising event for Tia Chucha's new Theatrical Ensemble. This fundraiser is to help heal many people around the world and foster a process to heal trauma. The way Tia Chucha's ensemble is doing this, is through brining Always Running the play to the Fringe Festival, which will be performing in June. The fund will assist the ensemble in fulfilling financial challenges to bring the best set design, crew, actors, wardrobe and venue. Join us on our journey to heal trauma through art and truthful expression of the human condition.
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Who is excited for the return of Always Running Play??..#alwaysrunning #alwaysrunningplay #theatre #losangelestheatre #l...
03/11/2020

Who is excited for the return of Always Running Play??
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And that’s a wrap! We had a very moving and incredible last performance of Always Running, A Play at Pasadena City Colle...
12/05/2019

And that’s a wrap!

We had a very moving and incredible last performance of Always Running, A Play at Pasadena City College yesterday.

Thank you to Cristina Salazar Romo, Shelagh Rose and everyone who made this possible at Pasadena City College, Luis J. Rodriguez, to the cast and crew and to our amazing audience throughout the run.

Stay tuned for our 2020 season at casa0101.org

We couldn't be prouder of Rufino Romero and the whole cast of Always Running! They are all working hard tonight rehearsi...
12/03/2019

We couldn't be prouder of Rufino Romero and the whole cast of Always Running! They are all working hard tonight rehearsing for a one time show at Pasadena City College for the staff and students tomorrow night. But don't worry gente, Rufino has your back. He will be taking over our Instagram Stories to give you a behind the scenes look at this special performance. Stay tuned and show them some LOVE!!

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From the poet, writer, original "Chin" who started this unforgettable journey, Luis J. Rodriguez: "Today is the last day...
11/24/2019

From the poet, writer, original "Chin" who started this unforgettable journey, Luis J. Rodriguez: "Today is the last day of an extraordinary run of my play "Always Running" at Casa 0101 Theater in Boyle Heights. It's been sold out every weekend since August 31, and extended twice. I will do my final talk-back today with the audience. Sorry no more tickets or seats available. With me will be my son Ramiro and wife Trini. It's important to articulate the spiritual, political, and activism aspects of this story. I love the cast--all did wonderful! Special shout out to Rufino Romero, who played me (against great odds) with dignity and skill. Also my co-writer (who also directed the play), Hector Rodriguez. And Josefina Lopez, Casa 0101's founder, as well as the staff and crew who made this story come alive! Everyone I talked to loved the play--including old and new homeboys and homegirls; including members of my family; including former teachers and mentors. Soon we'll try to plan out its resurrection at a larger venue and/or as a touring ensemble. The book "Always Running" first appeared 26 years ago. It became a bestseller and has been used in schools, prisons, juvenile halls, and more. The advance and royalties from the book helped Trini and I plant the seeds for Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley, now serving 20,000 people a year in all the arts (music, dance, painting, writing, theater, and more). I'm blessed, but the blessings should serve all of us. Create and build. Bring real justice and equity in the world. Care for our children and youth! My eternal thanks to everyone! A new world is possible!"

#AlwaysRunningPlay is excited to bring back ALEX ALPHARAOH to the stage!!! We have missed Alex and are blessed to close ...
11/24/2019

#AlwaysRunningPlay is excited to bring back ALEX ALPHARAOH to the stage!!! We have missed Alex and are blessed to close our successful run with his energy, leadership, and artistry! We love you, hermano!

La Wendy! Our fearless hardworking driven Stage Manager Wendy Castro is going to wrap up Always Running closing weekend ...
11/24/2019

La Wendy! Our fearless hardworking driven Stage Manager Wendy Castro is going to wrap up Always Running closing weekend for us. Follow her busy Sunday as she takes us to several Boyle Heights stops and back to the Casa 0101 stage to capture closing day with the cast & crew. Thank you, Wendy for every little and big task you took care for us! We love and appreciate you!
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Happy Birthday, Rufino Romero!!!! Thank you for always bringing the passion, hardwork, and wisdom to your role as Chin. ...
11/23/2019

Happy Birthday, Rufino Romero!!!! Thank you for always bringing the passion, hardwork, and wisdom to your role as Chin. We appreciate you, bro!!
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"Always Running, A Play has been one of the greatest chapters in my career and life. To fill the shoes and role of Luis J. Rodriguez, "Chin" for a brief moment and live a small fraction of his life, I can genuinely say, my life has changed. I have a new perspective on life and remembered one thing about myself that was eroding. I am a fighter. Always have been. Always will be." -Rufino Romero
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Are you ready for closing weekend, gente?? We are sad to see #AlwaysRunningPlay leave the Casa 0101 Theater stage but we...
11/22/2019

Are you ready for closing weekend, gente?? We are sad to see #AlwaysRunningPlay leave the Casa 0101 Theater stage but we know this show and ALL the cast members have a bright future ahead, so keep your eyes and ears out for their next adventure!!

Entering this closing weekend with Nery Cividanis leading us through the streets and on the stage. Did you know he not o...
11/22/2019

Entering this closing weekend with Nery Cividanis leading us through the streets and on the stage. Did you know he not only is an actor but also a mural art director for Paint LA and a world renowned community artist. Check out his mural in FINLAND where he was also invited to speak at Helsinki Finland museum discussing a project he directed with @paintlosangeles . "The concept is black and brown unity but the discussion was about this historic location and the history behind it. I've been working with a doctoral researcher to help others understand the impacts of public art." Felicidades and adelate, Nery!!
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We can't wrap up the last two weekends without el mero mero ANGEL LIZARRAGA  taking over our Insta Stories and showing u...
11/16/2019

We can't wrap up the last two weekends without el mero mero ANGEL LIZARRAGA taking over our Insta Stories and showing us all a really goodtime! So follow us and Angel tomorrow back stage and on his beloved Boyle Heights streets!
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"The run of the "Always Running" play, co-sponsored by Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural, is ending in two weeks. Shows are s...
11/16/2019
“Always Running” Has A Successful Run – Last Performance Set for Nov. 24

"The run of the "Always Running" play, co-sponsored by Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural, is ending in two weeks. Shows are sold out. We’re working on its resurrection, including perhaps a touring version. Our enduring thanks to Casa 0101 Theater, the wonderful cast and crew, co-adapter and director Hector Rodriguez as well as co-writer Luis J. Rodriguez—and all of you for the success!!" Gracias, Tia Chucha Centro Cultural for a wonderful collaboration!!

The play, “Always Running,” based on the award-winning book ALWAYS RUNNING: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A., has had its successful run extended until Nov. 24, and has enjoyed

The last two weekends of #AlwaysRunningPlay is upon us, so naturally time to go down memory lane. Thank you to our origi...
11/16/2019

The last two weekends of #AlwaysRunningPlay is upon us, so naturally time to go down memory lane. Thank you to our original cast members who helped lay the foundation for a successful run at Casa 0101 Theater. Many of them are still part of the production! Can you name them all?

This weekend! Playing Chente Ramirez in Always Running at Casa0101, Moises “Niño Bueno” Rodriguez
11/09/2019

This weekend! Playing Chente Ramirez in Always Running at Casa0101, Moises “Niño Bueno” Rodriguez

Did you miss us, gente!!!??? Well we are BACK this weekend and Sammy Carrera will be helping us catch up with #AlwaysRun...
11/08/2019

Did you miss us, gente!!!??? Well we are BACK this weekend and Sammy Carrera will be helping us catch up with #AlwaysRunningPlay on stage, behind the scenes, and on his vida! So follow @sammyquetzalli TODAY for Insta Story Take Over!
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Happy Sunday, gente! We know you all missed following the soulful and dedicated star of Always Running RUFINO ROMERO! Jo...
10/20/2019

Happy Sunday, gente! We know you all missed following the soulful and dedicated star of Always Running RUFINO ROMERO! Join him TODAY as he preps for taking the stage in one of Casa 0101 Theater's longest running shows! Felicidades, Rufino and cast for all the accolades and committeed audiences that keep selling out the shows week after week! There is still time to see #AlwaysRunningPlay it runs through November 24th! Jump om thise tickets gente!!
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Ever wonder how La Mera Mera Claudia Duran the chingona things she does on the daily? Well, tomorrow is your chance to f...
10/18/2019

Ever wonder how La Mera Mera Claudia Duran the chingona things she does on the daily? Well, tomorrow is your chance to follow one of the producers of Always Running playing at Casa 0101 Theater through November 24th! So buckle up, this homegirl is a writer, director, producer, actor all in one and more and she has a lot to say and do!

#AlwaysRunningPlay #ClaudiaDuran #Chingona

Big birthday shout out to one of our newest cast members for #AlwaysRunningPlay, Blanca Espinoza!!! This birthday vata l...
10/11/2019

Big birthday shout out to one of our newest cast members for #AlwaysRunningPlay, Blanca Espinoza!!! This birthday vata loca is going to be taking over our Instagram Stories tomorrow! Follow her out in the streets and on to our Casa 0101 stage, gente!
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Actor Venancio Burmudez, Casa 0101: Always Running, A Play.
Excellent memoir 📚 play, cast, and #healing!! So glad I experienced it! Martha, it's in your hood until the 24th!! Try to check it out!!
Great play! Great cast!
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