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New Summer 'Shorts' Start Today at The Studio


Summer in Arizona means two things: Triple digit temperatures and blazing creativity at Theatre Artists Studio as we present our 7th annual "New Summer Shorts" festival of 10-minute plays! Join us for this audience favorite, which features a sizzling selection of shorts penned by Studio members. Take a break from the heat this summer and plunge into the Studio's cool pool of talented theatre artists. This year's line-up includes:

Casting Pearls by Michael Fleck; Changing Times by Nina Koch; Gusto by Debra Rich Gettleman; Just Once by Les Leiter; The Last Swan by Alan Austin; No Substitutions by Debra Rich Gettleman; One Night Only by Michael Fleck; & You'll Never Find the Body by Alan and Marney Austin.

Presenter: Theatre Artists Studio

Venue: Theatre Artists Studio, 4848 E. Cactus Rd, #406, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

Dates: June 12-22, 2014

Times: Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets: $20 General Admission; $10 Students 25 & Under, $15 Groups of 10 or More, Seniors 65 & Over & Members of the Military

Box Office: 602-765-0120 or online at

Play Info:

Casting Pearls by Michael Fleck

Director: Richard Powers Hardt; Cast: Kent Welborn & Stuart Grant

In a brief encounter in a back alley, two homeless men, "Frog" and "The Poet," share a dumpster, some jug wine and their very different views on life.

Changing Times by Nina Koch

Director: Sue Back; Cast: Cynthia Elek & Robert Bledsoe

When a man faces a life crisis, his wife comes to his aid in an unexpected way.

Gusto by Debra Rich Gettleman

Director: Walt Pedano: Cast: Mitch Etter, Martha Welty, Tom Koelbel

Charlie has a bad case of old age and his overly loquacious wife, Myrna, insists on a visit to Dr. Boskin. But instead of the sound healthcare advice they expected, the end up with a hilarious lesson in the "commercialization" of medicine.

Just Once by Les Leiter

Director: Barbara Acker; Cast: Dayna Dayson & Stuart Grant

Kelly and Russ were brief lovers more than 20 years ago at the start of The Gulf War. A "chance meeting" in a park brings them together again. Now what?

The Last Swan by Alan Austin

Director: Richard Powers Hardt; Cast: Olivia Martin & Markus Maes

In a dystopian future, a young couple rediscovers love and the beauty of artistic expression through dance.

No Substitutions by Debra Rich Gettleman

Director: Walt Pedano; Cast: Kent Welborn, Heidi Haggerty, Martha Welty & Bill Straus

Waiter, there's a government in my soup!

One Night Only by Michael Fleck

Director: Barbara Acker; Cast: Dayna Dayson, Steve Fajardo, Tom Noga, Markus Maes

November 25, 1864. The Winter Garden Theatre in New York City. Three brothers, Edwin, John Wilkes and Junius Brutus Booth have just appeared together, for the first and last time, in Shakespeare's JULIUS CAESAR. Their sister, Asia Booth Clark, joins them to celebrate their success. It is the last, bloody year of the American Civil War.

You'll Never Find the Body by Alan and Marney Austin

Director: Julie Lee; Cast: Marney Austin & Alan Austin

A middle-aged couple looking for romance discover that all is not quite so rosy.

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