FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                         May 29, 2011

Press/media contact:  Rachel Stoll

(661) 220-9924 or rach.stoll@gmail.com

World Premiere of Interactive Children’s show “Voices from Chornobyl, Jr.”

at the Hollywood Fringe Festival

Katya was 9 when the accident at the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant changed her life. An interactive and educational story of a young girl struggling with her world, brought to you by the Awareness Team of Voices From Chornobyl.

WHERE:

Fringe Central (ArtWorks Theater, Studio A)

6567 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles

WHEN:  June 18, 19, 25, 26th at 1:00pm

ADMISSION: $10

PRESS PREVIEW: June 11th at 1:00pm. (FREE Admission)

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After their successful 25th Anniversary Awareness Events benefiting the Chernobyl Children’s International, this new play ventures to reach an even wider audience by introducing children 8+ to a time in history rarely discussed except in crisis. Carefully crafted and interactive, the audience learns how Katya, 9 years-old in 1986, learned about science and history so she can understand the new situation evolving around her.

“It’s very good, it’s educational and also teaches the kids how to educate themselves about the world, which is important.” – After-school teacher whose 9-12 year-olds saw the workshop in April.

This play is also endorsed by the East Hollywood Neighborhood Council, who encourages their stakeholders to attend. A copy of the letter of support can be found here or upon request.

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RUN TIME: 45 mins.

FEATURING: Kendra Chell,  Brett Colbeth, Shelley Delayne, Jesse Sharp & Kappa Victoria Wood

DIRECTED BY: Aaron Kozak (winner, 2010 “Best of the Fringe” for The Birthday Boys, which he wrote and directed)

WRITTEN BY: Cindy Marie Jenkins

PRODUCED BY: Rachel Stoll

Aaron Kozak has been doing theater for 20 years, debuting in “Camelot” in 1990 at the Lamplight Theatre in Nacogdoches, Texas. Since then, he’s performed in over forty plays, 7 feature films, and countless shorts. He wrote, produced, directed, edited and starred in”The Show Businessman,” which was selected as an official finalist of the 2010 Las Vegas Film Festival. His directing/editing credits include Ebay’s Regifting Campaign with Andy Richter, Revelle Studios’ “Star Mashers,” MTV’s “True Life,” “The Night Audit,” “Basketball Shorts,” “The Chinnedy’s,” and “Savages.” As a playwright, he was privileged to be affiliated with the International Fringe circuit. His play “Goodbye, Love. Goodbye, Joy. Hello, Travis McElroy.” was performed at the Capital Fringe Festival in Washington, DC; and his play THE BIRTHDAY BOYS will be making its New York debut in late 2011/early 2012.

CINDY MARIE JENKINS is aStoryteller & Online Outreach Consultant based in Los Angeles.

Her adaptation of“Voices From Chornobyl” raises awareness worldwide for children in Chernobyl.  in 2008, Cindy gave a Key Note Speech at “Remember Chernobyl,” an Annual Conference for UK & Irish Chernobyl Charities.  April 2011 presentations includedStocktonEngland andLosAngeles. In June the ensemble travels to San Diego to present the piece in conjunction withInnerMissionProductions.

June also brings the premiere of her ten-minute playDragonCompactaspartofMovingArtsCARPLAYS, presented at the RADAR LA International Theatre Festival, leading up to the TCG Conference.

In March she returned toTheIndyConvergence, where she workshoppedMYTHistoryPart .5 (the mythology of history)”, a transmedia piece on perception.

Previous community art installations/interactions were shown at the 1st Annual Atwater Art Walk,SummerNightsontheBoulevard,TheBarnsdallGallery,TheCourtyardGallery,theSilverLakeJubilee (2010 & 2011) andtheChildrensFestivaloftheArtsinHollywood. Cindy  currently explores outreach through the Atwater Village Town Crier (coming to the Farmer’s Market in June) &ShakespeareEverywhere, interactive guerrilla/street theatre to engage and activate her community. She dreams of art integration in education.

Cindy regularly contributes toLAStageTimes,AtwaterVillageNow,TheInspiredClassroom,BitterLemons &LAFPI.

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Press pictures available upon request.