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February 11, 2024, 7:30pm

Unfortunately TUCK & TAMI has to be rescheduled for a later date.  NO SHOW on SUNDAY FEBRUARY 11th @ 7:30pm

TUCK & TAMI are OKAY with GAY PEOPLE
By Madi Goff
Directed by Laura Stribling

Featuring:
Tuck: Tom Knickerbocker
Tami: Michelle Gillette
Laurel: Karrie King
Colt: Chase Cargill
Raith: Mary Chieffo
Penny: Sydney Shoell

Pig:  Justin Lawrence Barnes

Stage Directions:  Judith Scarpone

It’s 1997 in the Texas Hill Country and Laurel and Colt are hosting a dinner party. The guest list includes the lesbian minister of their new church, their gay daughter, and Tuck and Tami, who – as you know – are okay with gay people. Better plaster on your smile because Southern etiquette, sickening secrets, and an unnatural visitor threaten to destroy this evening, the home, and all our lives.

PLAYWRIGHT:
Madi Goff (they/them) is an LA-based actor, improviser, and writer. They are a company member at The Road Theatre, an alumna of Groundlings Sunday Company, a performer in The Groundlings “Crazy Uncle Joe Show”, and a member of Impro Theatre where they perform fully-improvised plays in theaters across the globe from Los Angeles to Dubai. Goff is a founder and company member of Ripley Improv, an all-female and genderqueer collective that produces improvised films, plays, and streaming content. In 2022, two of Goff’s plays, Lady Face and Systems, were produced as Equity staged readings by the bicoastal Bespoke Plays. Most recently, Madi wrote, produced, and starred in the award-winning short film Every Morning, produced by LGBTQ+ owned Spacetime Productions. @msmadig

DIRECTOR:

Laura Stribling, has directed more than seventy-five productions, workshops, and readings.  Some selected titles include Henry IV, Part 1,Girl under Grain, Clownfish, and Footprints.  She was also a member of Under Construction 3, where she developed her play Singularities or the Computers of Venus which opens at the Road Theatre on April 26. She has an MFA in Directing from the Yale School of Drama.

 

February 12, 2024, 7:30pm

I’LL BE YOUR VILLAIN
By Chelsea Sutton
Directed by CARLY DW BONES

Featuring:
Aunt Jac:  Dana Schwartz
Bennett:  Liesel Hanson
Izzy:  Carene Rose Mekertichyan
Jillian:  Julia Manis
Alex:  Jessica Andres
Patricia:  Tamiyka White
Radio:  Stephen Tyler Howell

Stage Directions:  Michelle Gillette

Bennett wants to tell you a story. A story about how she became a villain. No. How they cast her as the bad guy without her consent. The story really begins with a mask of a bird and a friendship betrayed, but it ends today, when Bennett’s aunt dies in the garden of a haunted house, where every night you can hear the fireworks from the theme park down the road. Bennett didn’t audition for the villain, but if the costume fits… I’ll Be Your Villain is a new dark comedy about grief, betrayal, and losing the arc of your own story.

PLAYWRIGHT:
Chelsea Sutton is an LA-based writer and director. She’s a PEN America Emerging Voices Fellow, a Humanitas PlayLA award winner, an Emmy-nominated co-writer of the interactive film event Welcome to the Blumhouse Live, a 2018 Sewanee Writers Conference Fellow, and a graduate of the 2022 Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Workshop. Her plays have been finalists for the Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Woodward/Newman Drama Award, Reva Shiner Comedy Award, and semi-finalists for Seven Devils Conference, Bay Area Playwrights, Drama League’s Beatrice Terry Fellowship, and others. She is the Associate Artistic Director at Rogue Artists Ensemble, the Associate Editor at The Cosmic Background magazine, and holds an MFA from UC Riverside. Chelseasutton.com

DIRECTOR:

Carly DW Bones (she/they) is a theatre director, intimacy director/coordinator, sex educator, community facilitator and thespomancer. She works at the intersections of performance, ritual, sexuality, gender, community, trauma-sensitivity and social justice. Carly created and directed at the feminist theatre ensemble, The Illyrian Players, from 2011-2019. They have also directed at: Coin & Ghost, The Echo, EST LA, Inkwell Theater, Rogue Artists Ensemble, The Vagrancy. Carly works as a freelance intimacy director and educator in the Los Angeles area for theatre companies (A Noise Within, Antaeus, Boston Court, Coeurage, Coin & Ghost, East West Players, EST LA, Ghost Road, Greenway Court Theatre, Hero Theatre, IAMA, The Road, Skylight, StarKid, Son of Semele, Skylight, Theatre 40) and university theatre programs (Cal Lutheran University, CSULA, CSULB, Emerson LA, Occidental College, UCLA, UCR, USC, Pomona College). Connect with Carly: carlydwbones@gmail.com and www.thespomancer.com

 

February 13, 2024, 7:30

THE ZONE OF DEATH
By Anna Watts
Directed by Liz Herron

Featuring:
Ellen: Chelsea Gonzalez,
Mae: Krishna Smitha
Louisa: Avery Clyde
Jerry: Patrick Rieger

Stage Directions:  Janet Chamberlain

Three women head to Yellowstone’s “Zone of Death” to circumnavigate Idaho’s strict abortion laws. When an injured poacher stumbles upon the women, tensions run high and danger ensues.

PLAYWRIGHT:

Anna’s writing credits include: Below Zero (B Street Theater), A List of Happenings at 1016 14th St. (Not Necessarily in Chronological Order) (UCLA); Girls Will Be Girls: Gorgeous, Manic Pixie Nightmare Bitch, The Feminine Urge to Disappear (UCLA); You Up? (UCLA); Stalling (Hatchlings BK); Two is a Prime Number (Theater for the New City); The One Minute Play Festival (Secret Theater); Tits, Ass, and Brains (short film). Anna won the 2021 Fine Arts Trust Award and the 2021 Center for the Study of Women Grant which funded research trips to Nepal and Colorado. BFA: Hofstra University (Acting). MFA: UCLA (Playwriting).

DIRECTOR:

Elizabeth Herron: SAG-AFTRA / EQUITY At the Road, this past September 2023, she was Assistant Director to Carlyle King for the Fall Production of “Bisexual Sadness” and in July, Directed “ Let Me See Your Beauty” for SPF 14. She was Executive Producer and Assistant Director to Ken Sawyer: A Woman In Black- at both The Road + Coronet Theatres: (Ovation and LADCC Awards.) Assistant Director: Backwards in HighHeels and A Mislaid Heaven. Also, Assistant Director: to Paris Barclay and Ken Sawyer- One Red Flower at the Rubicon and the Brentwood Theatre. Director at The Summer Playwright Festival: Stephen Metcalfe’s A World of Their Own and at the Topanga Acting Company, she has directed for multiple One Act Festivals.
As an actor, she has performed in Ovation and LA Weekly Awards productions and has has been an active member of the Road Theatre ( 25 yrs), the Interact Theatre (22 yrs – 4 yrs as a Board member), The Rogue Machine (9yrs), two seasons of the Circle X Theatre’s Writer’s Reading Group and has performed in multiple productions at the Valentin Theatre at the LA LGBTQ Center.
At the Road, SPF Festivals, Through the Eye of the Needle (US), The Lyons, HomeFree (NoHo Fringe Festival-Best Play), Pursued By Happiness, A Christmas Carol, Shove (LA Weekly Nom-ADA Award-Best Actress) and Angels of Lemnos. At the Actor’s Co-Op in Rope, The LA LGBTQ: Search for Signs of Intelligent Life-Revisited, The Laramie Project- 10 Years Later, Deathtrap (LA Weekly Award-Best Revival.) At the Interact: The State of the Union, The Matchmaker, Urinetown (LA Weekly Award-Best Ensemble), Our Town (ADA Award-Best Ensemble) and Marvin’s Room. Films: Wilson with Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern, produced and performed in American Christmas with Robert Carradine, Tara Reid and John Ashton, True Adolescents with Mark DuPlass and Melissa Leo, the Short Film: Enough Room + USC +AFI student films. She holds her D.D.S. from the University of Washington and her MFA from Cal Arts & the FSU Asolo conservatory. She is is ever grateful to and for her husband, Chris and daughter, Katie.

February 18, 2024, 7:30

WE FOUR
By Mildred Inez Lewis
Directed by Bernard Addison

Featuring:
ISAIAH:  Ben Cain
WILBERFORCE:  Merrick McCartha
CHARLIE:  Rondrell McCormick
JUSTIN H:  Sherrick O’Quinn

JUSTIN S:  Gary Poux
ODELL:  William L. Warren

KIKI:  Elaine Ackles

STAGE DIRECTIONS:  Lauren Schaffel

A fraternity of conservative Black men negotiate their legacy. Not a hit job, an understanding.

PLAYWRIGHT:
Mildred Inez Lewis writes and directs for theater, audio, film and the digital space. A Dramatist Guild member, she writes with Central Works, EST-LA, PlayGround-LA, and Towne Street Theatre. Recent productions include SECOND FLAME at The Workshop Theatre (NYC) and BUDGET A.I. with Mendocino Public Radio. Current commissions include FANTASMAS CROSSINGS with the Lucille Lortel Theatre’s Alcove Program and JUKED with A Different Myth (Asheville, NC). Recent awards include the AGE Legacy Award. Her audio work has been nominated (as part of a series) for an Ambie Award. Her newest audio drama PHYLICIA’s FRIENDSHIP BENCH was workshopped with the 2023 Orchard Project.

DIRECTOR:

Bernard K. Addison is an award-winning actor and director who regularly teaches workshops in theatre arts, voice and speech, audition techniques, and playwriting. He was last seen onstage in Antaeus Theatre Company’s The Tempest. Other notable works include August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean at A Noise Within, the Mark Taper Forum in Water by the Spoonful, as well as the world premiere of Citizen: An American Lyric, which originated at the Fountain Theatre and continued its LA run in the inaugural seasons of The Block Party at the Kirk Douglas Theatre and with the Music Center for LA Voices at Grand Park. He is a company member of the Antaeus Theatre Company, and he has performed on dozens of stages across the city, region, Broadway, off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway.  He has been honored for his work by the LA Ovation Awards, the Los Angeles Critics Circle Awards, The LA Weekly, and the NAACP. He has a Bachelors’ degree in Theatre and Speech from the University of South Carolina and an MFA from the Professional Actor Training Program from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is originally from Columbia, South Carolina.

 

February 20, 2024, 7:30

Surrogate
By David Meyers
Directed by Jacob Ortuño

Featuring:

Sierra:  Paloma Esparza Rabinov
Dan:  Justin Lawrence Barnes
Stage Directions: Brittany Visser

 

PLAYWRIGHT:

David Meyers is an actor and writer, based in Los Angeles and New York. He is a member of the Road Theatre Company.

DIRECTOR:

Jacob hails from Austin, Texas, where he was first introduced to the magic of theatre when he and his best friend directed numerous plays. To better understand the craft of acting, he attended the University of Washington where he received his MFA and honed his skills both as an actor and continued to work with actors as a teacher. Once in LA, Jacob returned to coaching actors and continues to do so, and has been lucky to direct shows in Los Angeles. His approach to creating has always been an exploration of “what can I do with nothing”, or at least with very little, and most of his work has been in nontraditional playhouses. His theory is “give me a back wall and a sunset and let’s see if we can make magic.”

 

February 25, 2024, 5:00pm

The Bride Of Moyamoya
by Nilsa Reyna
Directed by Daphnie Sicre

Featuring:

Nilsa:  Adela Paez

M and Dr. Steinberg:  Rob Nagle

Supreme Brain:  Tamiyka White

Amaya: Gloria Ines

Evan – Alex Smith

Stage Directions:  Michelle Gillette

 

Six and a half years after an unexplainable stroke, The Bride of Moyamoya, is the semi-autobiographical journey of playwright Nilsa Reyna as she heals from left side brain bypass surgery. It’s about resilience and finding joy and gratitude when recovery has so many unexpected turns.

PLAYWRIGHT:
Nilsa Reyna, actor and writer, was part of the founding ensemble of Teatro Luna and Founder/Artistic Director of Chicago Fusion Theatre. She’s an inaugural Latinx Playwrights Circle Summer Jam Fellow, an Askins Playwright Fellow, and was produced in the 6th and 7th Annual INTAR One-Minute Play Festivals in New York. Staged readings of full length plays: Legends of Texas (South Texas Latinx New Play Festival/South Texas College Theatre; Latinx Playwrights Circle’s Intensive Mentorship 2019-2020/Primary Stages; Frank Silvera Writers’ Workshop; Lone Star Theatre) Stroke Vagina, a Moyamoya Story (Daughters of Troy; Rising Sun Performance Company/Governor’s Island; Lone Star Theatre; Monarch Theater). Staged readings of short plays: Plastic (New York Madness); Stay Woke, Stay Dope (New York Madness); Here Everything’s Better (Lone Star Theatre); Service Animal (New York Madness). nilsareyna.com.

DIRECTOR:

Daphnie Sicre, PhD. (she/her/ella) is a multi-hyphenated theatre artist. She is a director/dramaturg/scholar/educator who shares a deep passion for Black and Latine perspectives in theatre, especially AfroLatinidad. Recently named Co-Artistic Director of Ammunition Theatre, she engages in anti-racist and culturally competent theatre practices, while bringing stories from the page to the stage. Last year, she directed Sama Sama: Solidarity in the fields (East West Players) and La Egoista (Skylight Theatre). She’s also directed for Playwrights’ Arena, Greenway Court Theatre, Garry Marshall Theatre, The Road Theatre, San Diego Rep/Latinx New Play Festival, The Robey Theatre, The Fountain Theatre, Circle X, The Hollywood Fringe/New Musicals Inc, Austin Latinx New Play Festival, FringeNYC, First Foot Productions, the Blindspot Collective, BMCC, NYU, & Columbia University. Her directing debut at LMU was In the Heights before the pandemic hit, followed by Everybody by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. She also directed Stranger by Kendra Augustin (Stage Black) where she won Best Director and the AUDELCO nominated Not About Eve by Karl O’Brian Williams (Braata Productions). www.daphniesicre.com IG: drsicrelovestheatre

February 25, 2024, 7:30

THE ONE
By Khari Wyatt
Directed by Inger Tudor

Featuring:

The Politician/Chorus Man 1 – Moe Irvin

The Preacher/Chorus Man 2 – Merrick McCartha

The Intellectual/Chorus Woman 1 – Cherish Duke

 

 

The Influencer/Chorus Woman 2 – Noelle Mercer

The Facilitator/Chorus Woman 3-Destinee Stewart

The Athlete/Chorus Man 3-Jordan Moore

Stage Directions-Alexis Genya

 

ELECTION SEASON. The Black community readies to hold its vote for the face of a people; a leader
who will advance the Black socio-political agenda on the national stage. But who can it be?
A kaleidoscope of candidates and campaigns are investigated and debated from the barber shop to
the kitchen sink, as The Politician, The Preacher, The Intellectual, The Influencer, and The Athlete state
their case to be… The One.

PLAYWRIGHT:
Khari Wyatt is the descendant of runaway slaves and inner-city America with its adversities, tragedies and triumphs; the son of high school sweethearts: a mother who is an artist and a father who courageously moved his young family from the rust-belt to our Nation’s Capital to find a better life; the grandson of men who wore blue collars in auto plants and on railroad trains; the grandson of women who taught Sunday school and waitressed in greasy spoons. He is a writer.

A finalist for the New Dramatists Resident Company and a semifinalist for The Geffen Writers’ Room. Speakeasy, is a semifinalist for the 2024 Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference. was chosen for Moving Arts Season’s Readings play readings series and Antaeus Theatre Company’s Lab Results Reading Series. Starchild, at Circle X Theatre Company Evolving Playwrights Group. #While We Breathe: A Night of Creative Protest, a streaming theatrical event produced by Brian Moreland and Arvind Ethan David. His audio plays, “Zip Code 90011 South Central Los Angeles: Speakeasy” and “Zip Code 91331 Pacoima: Gold & Shine” were commissioned and produced by Antaeus Theatre Company for its Zip Code Plays podcast. Moving Arts, Antaeus Theatre Company, Chalk Repertory Theatre as well as the DC Black Theatre Festival. “Some Type of Ecstasy” was a semifinalist for the Ashland New Play Festival and the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference. “Ingredients,” was produced as part of the Moving Arts- Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Night at the Museum.

His other writing work has placed in various competitions including, Disney/ABC Writers Program, Sony Pictures Entertainment Diversity Writers Program, AMC One-Hour Drama competition and Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition among others. Some of the fellowships and grants he has received came from the Guy Hanks/Marvin Miller Screenwriting Program and the Panavision New Filmmaker Equipment Grant.

DIRECTOR:

Inger is an accomplished actress and voice-over artist, who enjoys putting on her directing hat from time to time. A graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Law School (where she directed an award-winning production of George C. Wolfe’s “The Colored Museum”), and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Inger has served director and assistant director on a number of productions both in New York and Los Angeles. She has also directed readings at The Road, Antaeus, Theatre of Note and Rogue Machine.

 

 

February 27, 2024, 7:30

i might delete this later
By Daniel Hirsch
Directed by Alana Dietze

Featuring:
Ghost:  Lilli Passero
Cat:  Tally McCormack
Greg:  Gerard Joseph
Faye:  Susan Diol
Mari:  Alaska T. Jackson

Cat has an unusual request of her family: she’d like all the family photos that feature her to be destroyed. She has adopted a new, singular philosophy of “radical presence” and, to live more fully in the present, wants no reproductions of her likeness to exist in the world. The people in her life really, really do not take this request well.

What follows is a tragicomedy about family and memory, a Sisyphean quest to reject modern media, a debate over representation and expression, and a mystery into the very nature of seeing and being seen.

PLAYWRIGHT:

Daniel Hirsch is a playwright, screenwriter, and journalist based in Los Angeles who has also called Massachusetts, the Bay Area, and Pittsburgh home. His theatrical work has appeared at the Actor’s Theater of Louisville, Great Plains Theatre Conference, the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival (a 2019 winner), Tête à Tête Opera Festival, Antaeus Playwrights Lab, InkWell Theatre, and has been a finalist in City Theatre’s National Contest for Short Plays, a semi-finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Kitchen Dog New Works Festival, and shortlisted for the Neukom Institute Literary Arts Awards. He recently sold his first film PAST & PRESENTS to MarVista Entertainment and his pilot SIR & I was recently selected for the Orchard Project Episodic Lab. His journalism has appeared in Slate, San Francisco Magazine, SFGate, and The Bold Italic and he has been a recipient of a Society for Professional Journalism award. He has an MFA in dramatic writing from Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama.

DIRECTOR:
Alana Dietze (Director) – Recent and notable productions include Crabs in a Bucket (Echo), Poor Clare (Echo; 8 LADCC Awards including Production and Direction). The Wolves (Echo; LADCC Winner, Ensemble), Ripe Frenzy (Greenway Ct. Theater), Dry Land  (Echo; Ovation Winner, Production), The Found Dog Ribbon Dance (Echo) and A Small Fire (Echo; Ovation, Stage Raw and LADCC nominee).  Dry Land was remounted at the Kirk Douglas Theatre as part of CTG’s Block Party program (7 Ovation nominations including Direction and Production). Alana also regularly works as a guest director in academic institutions. Past productions include Dry Land (CSULB), a list of happenings at 1016 14th St (UCLA), Elevada (Occidental College), Still Harvey Still (UCLA), and You On The Moors Now (CSARTS-SGV). Alana is also an award-winning actor and previously served as Associate Artistic Director (2018-2023) and Literary Manager (2008-2018) of the Echo Theater Company.