LA theater during COVID: Parking lot stages, virtual shows

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Donte Johnson plays a COVID-19 tester in the play “5711 Avalon,” put on by Slauson Rec Theater Company in South LA. Photo by Angel Carreras.

The Slauson Rec Theater Company has turned a parking lot into a stage for their latest play, which is inspired by frontline workers and touches upon race and class. The company co-founders hope to build a thriving arts community in South LA. 

“Bringing a theater here [was] challenging because it's not something that we're used to around the inner-city here,” says co-founder Donte Johnson. “We thought that if we bring something unique like this, and if we can get [the community] involved, that it would turn out to be something way huge.”