–Ivan Chtcheglov, Formulary for a New Urbanism
“This was Lucha’s ‘Portrait’ chapter, where Lucha is played by Erin McKibben on flute. Erin played Lucha in love with Jameson, with a recorded text offering a commentary from the Lucha who lost Jameson and now married to Orlando.
“The route this chapter took was pretty dramatic – over and alongside the LA River on its way to Chapter 26– and when they weren’t re-routed to use the 5 Freeway, I thought this drive was one of the most peaceful.
“The recorded text was the last writing done for Hopscotch; it was recorded by Ashley – who played Lucha in Chapter 12 – right before the first preview of the Green Route. It wasn’t until I could get a perspective on the entirety of Hopscotch and take stock of what was missing that I could sense what Lucha should say at this moment. She needed to offer a response to Jameson’s nihilistic comment from Chapter 19, also on the Green Route: ‘Hell is the place where nothing connects to nothing.’ From the stand-point of her future self, Lucha is able to say, ‘Now I know that love is the place where everything connects with everything.’ In this way, Lucha introduces the sense of a center and the interconnectedness of all things that shape the last chapters of the piece and lead to the Finale.”