2.2 Square Miles of Soul investigates the intersection of personal and political histories. (COURTESY LUNA STAGE) 

Luna Stage will hold two special livestream talkbacks with the cast and creative team of “2.2 Square Miles of Soul: Voices of Orange.” These free interactive conversations will take place on Tuesday, May 18 at 7 p.m and on Sunday, May 23 at 3 p.m.

The documentary, created in association with Ping Chong and Company, which creates theater and art rooted in beauty, precision, and social justice, features interviews with six former and current residents of the City of Orange reflecting on the social, political, and economic forces that shaped the community over the course of the last century, including historic disinvestment, demographic change and the fight for representative government.

The culmination of a yearlong collaborative process led by Christina Bixland and Matthew Martinez, “2.2 Square Miles of Soul: Voices of Orange” features creative consultant Turron Kofi Alleyne, Tony Benevento, Theresa Borenstein, Robert Currie, Rebecca Doggett and James A. Manning, as well as the poetry of local resident Judy Isaac.

“Assumptions have been challenged, and understanding has deepened across folks who lived in different parts of town, and grew up in different times,” Bixland said. “Our hope is for that kind of impact to have a broader ripple effect – between these storytellers and the audience, and between the audience and the surrounding communities they bring their experience back to.”




These interactive conversations will offer audience members an inside view into the making of the film, and allow for questions and community sharing.

The documentary will stream on the Luna Stage website, with previews beginning Friday, May 14 and premiering Tuesday, May 18.

Pay-what-you-wish and free tickets are available at lunastage.org.