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11th Annual Summer Playwrights Festival at The Road Theatre Company


7/30/2020 - 8/16/2020


The Road Theatre Company

5108 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, 91601
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Road Theatre Company Accepting Submissions For 11th Annual Summer Playwrights Festival ArticleRoad Theatre Company Accepting Submissions For 11th Annual Summer Playwrights Festival
January 27, 2020

THE ROAD THEATRE COMPANY and Taylor Gilbert, Founder/Artistic Director together with Sam Anderson, Artistic Director, remain committed to their meaningful mission to produce and develop New Work for the Stage. 11th Annual Summer Playwrights Festival begins on July 26 and continue through August 2, 2020.

Join us as we stream virtual readings of new plays from writers across the U.S. over the course of three weeks!

26 Plays in 12 Days, the largest playwrights festival in the U.S. kicks off July 30 streaming live on the following platforms:


Thursday, July 30 at 6:00PM PT
Directed by Amy Harmon
In a suburban kitchen somewhere in middle America five women gather to comfort a grieving mother.
Featuring : Arianna Ortiz, Audrey Cain, Cherish Monique Duke, Denise Dowse, Dolann Adams, Elayn Taylor, Jaquita Tale

Friday, July 31 at 6:00PM PT
REYKJAVK by Steve Yockey
Directed by Ann Hearn Tobolowsky
Reykjavk is a collage of darkly comedic, intimate, and sometimes magical stories set against the backdrop of the Northern Lights.
Featuring: Danny Gomez, Jacqueline Misaye, Leandro Cano, Nina Sallinen, Ray Paolantonio, Stephen Tyler Howell

Saturday August 1 at 2:00PM PT
BALLS by Austin Cauldwell
Directed by Tim Van Patten
When 20 year old Paul is diagnosed with testicular cancer, he and his girlfriend are suddenly forced to look further into their future than any young couple should, and confront their own ideas about what it means to be to be in a relationship, to be a man, and even to be woman.
Featuring: Anna Van Patten, Grace Van Patten, Nat Wolff

Saturday, August 1 at 6:00PM PT
Directed by Judith Moreland
In 1981 Photographer Larry Sultan set out to create a portrait of his parents, Jean and Irv. A decade later... he was almost finished. Sharr White's adaptation of Sultan's extraordinary photo memoir depicts a volatile yet loving exploration of twentieth-century American optimism deceptively banal, deeply personal, ultimately human.
Featuring: Jesse Einstein, Sam Anderson, Taylor Gilbert

Sunday, August 2 at 2:00PM PT
AGATHE by Angela J. Davis
Directed by Saundra McClain
Inspired by the woman who served as Rwandas president for just fourteen hours, on the first night of the Rwandan genocide, AGATHE is a true story of heroism, hope, and human connection during a time of unspeakable tragedy. A recipient of a 2020 New American Voices Award and 2020 Eugene ONeill semi-finalist.
Featuring: Amir Abdullah, Gilbert Glenn Brown, Inger Tudor, Jeff LeBeau, Paris Perrault, Raymond Watanga

Sunday, August 2 at 6:00PM PT

AND ONE MORE THING by Lonnie McGuire
Directed by Cate Caplin
Outside a retirement community, two residents meet for a friendly chat. One thing leads to another, and another and "One More Thing...".
Featuring: Julia Sanford & Kevin McCorkle

CATCHING UP by Emily Jerez
Directed by Nancy Fassett
Set in present time, two siblings in LA catch up via Zoom with their mother in New York revealing a complex dynamic of passive aggression that runs as rampant as COVID-19.
Featuring: Liz Fenning, David Meyers, Judith Scarpone & Merrick McCartha

THE BORDER TROLL by Steven San Luis
Directed by Jacob Smith
After a dragon destroys their village, Theo sails across a sea, treks through a jungle, climbs over mountains, and crosses a desert, but there's one more obstacle to face before they can reach safety: Three riddles from the Border Troll.
Featuring: Samuel Martin Lewis & Adam Meredith

Directed by Carlyle King
Maizie and Willow, a promise, a pillow, one very bleak day.
Featuring: Tiffany Wolff & Alaska Jackson

Directed by Susan Diol
A short play about how we confront and handle change and choice in both ourselves and those we love.
Featuring: Moe Irvin, Keelia Flinn, Melvin Ward, Susan Diol

Thursday, August 6 at 6:00PM PT
DINNER by Lisa B. Thompson
Directed by Jayongela Wilder
Welcome to the first meeting between the parents of Joanna, and her fiance Jonathan. As Joanna struggles to prepare an elaborate meal to impress her future in-laws, and educate her parents, she finds herself at the center of a battle between the Nigerian upper class and the Black middle class. No need to guess whos coming to dinner. Instead discover whats on the cultural and political menu when the African diaspora gathers to dine.
Featuring: Chauntae Pink, Daralyn Jay, Jacques C. Smith, Krysta Gonzales, Tomike Ogugua, Zonya Love, Nome SiDone

Friday, August 7 at 6:00PM PT
Directed by Cameron Watson
In Williston, North Dakota, a pastor opens his church to the many unemployed men who have come north looking for work during the fracking oil boom. But when he invites a convicted felon to live in his guest bedroom it threatens to destroy his family. A play about faith and how hard it is to know if you are doing the right thing.
Featuring: Ben Theobold, Stephanie Michels, Tally McCormack, Taylor Nichols

Saturday, August 8 at 2:00PM PT
Directed by Emily Chase
When a dinner party amongst old friends suddenly self-destructs and seems to signal the end of those friendships, one woman sets out to discover why--and finds herself plunged into an alternate universe where household objects go missing and experts--who may not know anything at all--lead her on a journey that could either be a wild goose chase or the point of existential truth.
Featuring: Ann Hearn & Stephen Tobolowsky, Laura Gardner & Frank Collison, Christine Avila & Mark Bramhall

Saturday, August 8 at 6:00PM PT
Directed by Michael John Garces
An exploration of ones place in society, purpose, and love from the perspective of the incarcerated and their families.Featuring: Alaska Jackson, Andres Chaves, Andres Munar, Blake Young Fountain, Bruce Lemon, Joshua Lamont, Lisa Catara, Moe Irvin, Presciliana Esparolini

Sunday, August 9 at 2:00PM PT
MARIANAS TRENCH by Scott C. Sickles
Directed by Gregg T. Daniel
After the "red states" and "blue states" become separate nations, two lonely 11-year-old boys seek connection through a government-monitored pen pal correspondence across the new border. Part coming of age drama, part political thriller, Marianas Trench is a love story.
Featuring: Avery Clyde, Dana Lee, Ethan Harris Riggs, Joseph Lee, Kevin Matsumoto, Lauren Murphy Yeoman, Ruman Kazi, Stewart Zully

Sunday, August 9 at 6:00PM PT
TURBULENCE a collection of short plays by William Mastrosimone
Directed by Christina Carlisi, Kari Hayter, Mary Lou Belli
Imagine sitting on a park bench watching the passers-by. Each character stops to speak with you. They unfold their hearts to you and move on. It's not so much a play as it is an encounter with characters reeling from the turbulence in their lives.
Featuring: Allison Blaize, Albie Selznick, Bart Tangredi, Brian Ibsen, Chase Cargill, Christina Carlisi, Ivy Khan, Jessie Einstein, Liz Herron, Michelle Gillette, David Gianopoulos, Jeff LeBeau, Kacie Rogers, Kate Huffman, Stephanie Erb, Stephen Tyler Howell

Thursday, August 13 at 6:00PM PT
CAM BABY by Jessica Moss
Directed by Michelle Bossy
Touching on issues of privacy, consent, identity, lookism, and the value of women, Cam Baby is a fast-paced ensemble comedy about the selves we create and the stories we watch.
Featuring: Brian Ibsen, Jennifer Finch, Krishna Smitha, Melvin Ward, Rodney To, Samuel Martin Lewis

Friday, August 14 at 6:00PM PT
THE MACHINE by Matthew Libby
Directed by Michael Michetti
An acclaimed-poet-turned-professor with a severe case of writer's block has a crisis of conscience when she's approached by a charismatic tech CEO with a strange offer.
Featuring: Bruce Katzman, Christian Telesmar, Christina Carlisi, Judith Moreland

Saturday, August 15 at 2:00PM PT
VISITING HOURS by Jami Brandli
Directed by Ann Hearn Tobolowsky
A reclaiming of the Persephone myth, now set in a psychiatric hospital, Visiting Hours follows the arduous journey of Stephie Green, a middle-aged music teacher who must break free from her complicated past in order to be reunited with her family.
Featuring: Amy Tolsky, Carole Goldman, Chet Grissom, Dor Gvirtsman, Kris Frost, Mallory Erwin, Meeghan Holaway

Saturday, August 15 at 6:00PM PT
RINGXIETY by Scooter Pietsch
Directed by Andre Barron
Now that technology allows us to communicate 24/7 with voice, text and video, could over-communication be just as bad as no communication?
Featuring: Donna Simone Johnson, Kate Rigg, Merrick McCartha, Michael Sturgis, Tiffany Wolff, Tracy Weiler

Sunday, August 16 at 6:00PM PT

Directed by Kate Huffman
Warren believes the Polar Bear at the Central Park Zoo is not happy and takes it upon himself to return it back to Alaska.
Featuring: Karrie King & Carlos Lacmara

WICKED CHILD by Jonathan W. Stokes
Directed by Chuck McCollum
The fateful meeting of two hitmen, each assigned to kill the other. When they meet, sparks fly.
Featuring: Katharine Lee McEwan & Anthony Mark Barrow

DUSK AT NINE JOY STREET by Ellen Davis Sullivan
Directed by Suzanne Hunt
Mattie and Herm blame their daughter Jenny's drug death on her friend Curt, but when he shows up at their home each evening at dusk, the couple struggles to open themselves to a new way of dealing with their grief.
Featuring: Janet Chamberlain, Chuck McCollum, Ian Waters

INEVITABLE by Bethany Dickens
Directed by Ruman Kazi
Inevitable maps out the twists and turns in a relationship as a statistician tries to figure out if a new relationship has even the slightest, statistically-significant chance of working out.
Featuring: Jon Sprik, Samantha Tan & Vinny Chhibber

GO! by Brooks Berry-Armstrong
Transcribed and Directed by Stephen Tobolowsky
A short play about five actors and their stage manager at half hour preparing for a performance of a play titled GO! The fact that no one knows what GO! is about is only a minor problem.
Featuring: Ben Solenberger, Carlyle King, Leandro Cano, Meeghan Holaway, Kris Frost & Bruce Katzman

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