NINE WINNING ONE-ACTS Comes to Upstairs At The Group Rep

NINE WINNING ONE-ACTS Comes to Upstairs At The Group RepThe Group Rep presents their second Nine Winning One-Acts event, featuring fresh world premiere plays chosen from more than 150 entries from around the country.

The event is being produced by Robert Axelrod and Belinda Howell for the Group Rep. All nine plays will be performed as one program, twice a week for six weeks, running April 14 through May 20. Saturdays at 2:00 pm. Sundays at 7:00 pm.

The line-up of winning plays includes:

White Dress

Written by Laura Shamas

Directed by Jules Aaron

Ben is trying to take photographs of benches for his book; Terri is having a "bridal panic attack" and is seeking refuge on his bench.

Performed by Nick Paonessa and Savannah Schoenecker


Written by David Robinette

Directed by Larry Margo

A man sits in an empty diner in Barstow in the middle of the night, and engages the waitress in conversation.

Performed by Deborah Dominguez, Robert McCollum and Paul Sobrepena

I Wish the Voices in My Head Would Stop Yelling Long Enough to Let Me Say "I Love You'"

Written by Rich Orloff

Directed by Linda Alznauer

At the Buchanan School for Excessively Bright Weirdos, three totally awkward high schoolers discuss their issues, and crushes, with the encouragement of the Assistant Principal.

Performed by Doug Haverty, Ken Ivy, John Ledley and Kaylena Mann

The Assessment

Written by Josh Nason

Directed by Katelyn Ann Clark

George and Emily are planning to go out together by hanging themselves. They stand on chairs with nooses around their necks as they discuss death and love in a world where "they" are watching...and assessing.

Performed by Diane Frank and Lloyd Pedersen

The Crass Menagerie

Written by Rich Orloff

Directed by Brent Beerman

Tim is a playwright who narrates this balls-out version of "The Glass Menagerie", in which people say what they are thinking, and what they probably shouldn't say.

Performed by Robert Axelrod, Deanna Gandey, Brad Kahn and Sherry Michaels

Hooking Up

Written by John Franceschini

Directed by Larry Eisenberg

Janice has a date and Helen sounds the alarm about internet dating. Janice has to work overtime so Helen meets Rex, her date, and they are uniquely suited for each other.

Performed by Julie Davis, Kevin Hoffman and Lisa McGee-Mann

Jimmie and Ruthie...and Mommy...and Me

Written by Kent R. Brown

Directed by Pat Lee Willson

Chrissie sits at her makeup table and recounts the story of growing up in a "nothin' town" with just her dad. As her story unfolds, she transforms from a plain, ordinary woman into her "plastic" stage persona.

Performed by Vesna Tolomanoska

Just That Sort of Day

Written by Lawson Caldwell

Directed by Susan Lee

Lorraine tells her son, Zoe, that he is gay and that instead of grieving over his ex-girlfriend, he should go out with someone who is coming over to meet him.

Performed by Katelyn Ann Clark, Andrew Diego and Nathaniel Vogel

Roadside Alice

Written by Uma Incrocci

Directed by Helen O'Brien

Parker, a "contemporary woman" gets a flat on the side of the road en route to Portland. Alice, a "not so contemporary woman" helps her and encourages her to keep driving and follow her dream.

Performed by Stephanie Colet and Lisa McGee-Mann



April 14 - May 20, 2018

Saturday Matinees at 2:00 PM; Sunday Evenings at 7:00 PM

Running time: Approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes, plus a 15 minute intermission

General Admission: $17 - $20

Buy tickets: or 818-763-5990

Ages 18 +

The Upstairs has permanent seats and AC/Heat. The Upstairs is not handicapped accessible.

The Upstairs at the Group Rep is located on the second floor of the Lonny Chapman Theatre, 10900 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood 91601 (one block east of Vineland).

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