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An intersection in Boyle Heights
Lucha's Childhood
Lucha's Quinceañera Song
Mariachi Plaza, Boyle Heights
Jameson's Story
Jameson Portrait
The 2nd Street Tunnel, Downtown Los Angeles
The Reunion
A Rehearsal Studio in the Arts District
First Kiss
Hollenbeck Park, East Los Angeles
Angel's Point
Angel's Point, Elysian Park
Love and Fractals
The Floating Nebula
The Corn Fields, Los Angeles State Historic Park, Chinatown
City Hall, Downtown Los Angeles
The Next Years
The Phone Call, Part 1
Traversing between the Arts District and Boyle Heights
A Fortune
Chinatown Plaza
Orlando's Story
Orlando's Fairwell
Evergreen Cemetery
Interlude (Car Wash)
AirStream Trailer, Elysian Park
The Roadways, Elysian Park
The Experiment
3rd Street and Broadway
230 Center St, Arts District
The Disappearance
The Red Notebook
Utter darkness
The Other Woman
The Bradbury Building, Downtown Los Angeles
Bowtie Parcel, Los Angeles River
Lucha and Orlando in Love
Historic Core, Downtown Los Angeles
Lucha Portrait
Alongside the LA River, Interstate 5
Orlando In Love
The Million Dollar Theater
Orlando Portrait
Libros Schmibros Book Store, Boyle Heights
Farewell From the Roof Tops
Rooftops, Toy Factory Lofts, Biscuit Lofts, Ito Building Tower, Arts District
Old Age Like a Dream
The Phone Call, Part 2
Chavez Ravine, Elysian Park
The Central Hub

Lucha's Quinceañera Song

Location: Mariachi Plaza, Boyle Heights
Young Lucha: Angel Ng/Natasha Sanchez
Arrangements and Guitar and Requinto Jarocho: Jerónimo Rajchenberg, Guitar Quinta Colorada: Alfredo López
Leona: Russell Kennedy
Music by David Rosenboom
Text by Janine Salinas Schoenberg
Lucha remembers her quinceañera, a celebration of her coming of age, and also the day she lost her parents. The memory is inextricably linked with unruly teenage years-changing her hair from black to red-and her grandfather teaching her how to create a butterfly puppet.

Director’s Notes:

“Chapter 4 is not the moment of the crash that kills Lucha’s parents; it is the moment just before, on the day of Lucha’s quinceañera. Lucha is at her youngest, singing David’s melancholy song for traditional instruments. It’s a song about that ritual transformation of a girl to a woman, a moment of crossing a threshold. Lucha in the scene does not yet know that she is about to cross another threshold: a near-death experience that leaves her haunted her whole life.

Lucha’s Quinceañera Song

Excerpt from the Hopscotch album, Track 3. Composer, David Rosenboom

“This chapter gave our Lucha the chance to greet her name-sake, the legendary singer Lucha Reyes, immortalized in the form of a statue in Mariachi Plaza. After seeing Lucha Reyes pop up repeatedly in our Hopscotch research, it was clear that her history and the history of Los Angeles were intricately woven together. Her most famous song, ‘Por un amor,’ became a leitmotif throughout Hopscotch. I also loved that her name meant ‘fighter’ in Spanish, and in many ways that deep source of strength is what we wanted to imbue our fictional Lucha with.

“Because audiences experienced Hopscotch in different orders, this scene had a very different character depending on the direction you travelled on the route. Half the audience experienced this scene after Chapter 32, which features the young Orlando discovering his love for literature and philosophy.

“These audiences mostly found this scene sweet– the younger Orlando and young Lucha pass each other in the Libros Schmibros bookstore, not yet aware of the transformative role they’ll play in each other’s lives.

Boyle Heights

An incredible platform for Chicano art in Los Angeles, particularly in regards to El Moimiento Chicano. During the 1970s, murals became very popular among Chicano artists lacking public voice and representation. The movement has been kept alive in Boyle Heights with the help of the East Los Streetscapers, a group of artists dedicated to visual representation of Chicano pride and struggles through public murals which adorn the neighborhood’s buildings.

Lucha and Orlando pass eachother in Libros Schmibros

“In the other direction, audiences experienced this scene after Chapter 8, the sweet moment of Lucha and Jameson’s first kiss. Following that scene, this childhood scene felt more melancholy, as if it were a memory of an unresolved trauma, and that the burgeoning love between Lucha and Jameson was somehow a response to a great tragedy.

“These are only two potential readings among many – and neither was inherently intentional. I love how each audience member’s unique context gave them a completely individual view of the story. The montage of chapters was open to a multitude of indeterminate meanings.”

– Yuval Sharon

“I have learned to be a woman. To be an artist. So tonight, as I leave that child behind, I will celebrate my rebirth. In a room transformed with ribbons and lights into a starry sky. And I will sing, ‘Porque ahorá soy mujer.’”