Walid Chaya conducts CHECK PLEASE 2 at Studio For Performing Arts LA

Studio For Performing Arts LA presented a Diversity Scholarship production of “Check Please: Take 2,” written by Jonathan Rand and directed by Walid Chaya, at the Zephyr Theater in West Hollywood on Saturday, November 5, before a sold-out audience.

After the show, friends and fellow creators mingled and made new connections at the studio’s popular LA Creatives Mixer – which included special industry guests such as casting directors, agents, managers and TV show hosts.

Director Walid Chaya said, “I created the diversity productions with a mixing component to further connect the actors to the audience, often including casting and talent reps. Also to provide a platform for the actors to from underrepresented backgrounds to be seen, all at no cost to the actor.”

Chaya has been directing and producing events like this for over fifteen years. Many actors who have participated in Studio For Performing Arts LA scholarship programs have booked projects or found representation through these diversity initiatives. Audience members and creatives who witnessed the productions and mixers also formed special connections with the industry.

“Check Please: Take 2” follows Guy and Girl as they return to the dating pool after a disappointing breakup. Unfortunately, this pool is filled with foot-reading psychics, frustrated polygamists, and extreme accountants. And hackers. But are blind dates really that bad? Yes. Yes they are.

MEET THE CAST:

Rafaela Goncalves as Daughter

Jessey Qi as Guy

Michael Dereje as Hank

Ashwini Ganpule as Kim

Angi Salama as Donna

Jordan Davis-Miller as Lyle

Jose Infante as Dewey

Shekinah Austria as Jackie

Rayyaan Jameel as Alex

Tanesha Viverette as Cleo

Nick Gallagher as Paul

Melia Lisette as Julia

This production included a cast of Los Angeles actors who also received grants for upcoming Studio For Performing Arts LA programs led by Walid Chaya and Hollywood industry experts. These programs are produced with Moonlit Wings Productions.

The next event organized by Studio For Performing Arts LA will be the Holiday Party LA Creatives Mixer on Saturday, December 10, 2022 in Los Angeles. For tickets and more information on this and other events, please visit studioforperformingarts.com

The cast of Check Please: Take 2

Photos: Walid Chaya conducts CHECK PLEASE 2 at Studio For Performing Arts LA
The cast of Check Please: Take 2

Photos: Walid Chaya conducts CHECK PLEASE 2 at Studio For Performing Arts LA
The cast of Check Please: Take 2

Photos: Walid Chaya conducts CHECK PLEASE 2 at Studio For Performing Arts LA
The cast of Check Please: Take 2

Photos: Walid Chaya conducts CHECK PLEASE 2 at Studio For Performing Arts LA
The cast of Check Please: Take 2

Photos: Walid Chaya conducts CHECK PLEASE 2 at Studio For Performing Arts LA
The cast of Check Please: Take 2

Photos: Walid Chaya conducts CHECK PLEASE 2 at Studio For Performing Arts LA

The cast of Check Please: Take 2

Photos: Walid Chaya conducts CHECK PLEASE 2 at Studio For Performing Arts LA

Photos: Walid Chaya conducts CHECK PLEASE 2 at Studio For Performing Arts LA
The cast of Check Please: Take 2

Photos: Walid Chaya conducts CHECK PLEASE 2 at Studio For Performing Arts LA
The cast of Check Please: Take 2

Photos: Walid Chaya conducts CHECK PLEASE 2 at Studio For Performing Arts LA
The cast of Check Please: Take 2

Photos: Walid Chaya conducts CHECK PLEASE 2 at Studio For Performing Arts LA
The cast of Check Please: Take 2

Photos: Walid Chaya conducts CHECK PLEASE 2 at Studio For Performing Arts LA
The cast of Check Please: Take 2

Photos: Walid Chaya conducts CHECK PLEASE 2 at Studio For Performing Arts LA
The cast of Check Please: Take 2

Photos: Walid Chaya conducts CHECK PLEASE 2 at Studio For Performing Arts LA

The cast of Check Please: Take 2

Photos: Walid Chaya conducts CHECK PLEASE 2 at Studio For Performing Arts LA

The cast of Check Please: Take 2

Photos: Walid Chaya conducts CHECK PLEASE 2 at Studio For Performing Arts LA