LAGUNA BEACH NEW PLAY FESTIVAL
Gallimaufry Performing Arts presents
‘New Plays’ as a part of its
2008 Arts Festival
Laguna Beach, CA---Gallimaufry Performing Arts in association with the Orange County Playwrights Alliance will present the Laguna Beach New Play Festival onstage over the Halloween weekend at the Forum Theatre on the Festival of Arts grounds in Laguna Beach. Eight plays have been selected to be performed as staged readings over the weekend of October 31, November 1 and 2. A single ticket of $15 will support this festival and allow the audience members to come to any or all of the staged readings of these exciting new works. The Forum Theatre is located at 650 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach. A detailed schedule of the performances will be available online at www.gallimaufry.info.
“Producing a New Play Festival has been a dream of mine since the inception of Gallimaufry,” said Executive Artistic Director Steve Josephson. “Being involved in the evolution of new voices in the theatre has long been my passion. I believe Laguna’s place in the arts is to create more than simply produce. In the past year Gallimaufry has expanded with the addition of five Associate Artistic Directors so that this dream can become a reality. The playwrights involved in this Festival are award winning playwrights and authors who have had their work produced in New York and Los Angeles, as well as, elsewhere in the country.” Steve Josephson is himself, an award winning playwright. In New York, he wrote, directed and produced the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway farce Some Summer Night a play that won the New American Musical Writers Festival and his production of Tea & Crumpets was awarded ‘Best New Musical’ by the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle.
Centered on the Halloween holiday, Gallimaufry conducted a competition in conjunction with the Orange County Playwrights Alliance (OCPA) to find both full-length and one-act plays from its members that somehow gave a nod to the macabre. The eight plays chosen (four one-acts and four full-length) all have “off-balance” or “dark” themes that celebrate the spirit of the holiday.
Orange County Playwrights Alliance (OCPA) began in 1995 by members of South Coast Repertory’s Advanced Playwriting Workshop and has become the fundamental group for playwrights in Orange County. OCPA has presented staged readings and productions of plays at venues such as the Hunger Artists Theatre, the Vanguard Theatre, Rude Guerrilla Theatre Company, STAGESTheatre, Chapman University, the Curtis Theatre, and Newport Theatre Arts Center. Eric Eberwein currently serves as director of OCPA.
Making this festival possible is one Gallimaufry’s new associate directors, Kym Sawtelle-Castuera who has taken on the duties as Associate Artistic Director of New Works. Sawtelle-Castuera explains her motivation, “Storytelling is a powerful healing and learning experience. People can come together from different countries, cultures and religious beliefs and share stories about our human experience. We can create cultural bridges with storytelling, and I truly believe, in this way, theatre can help with the evolution of humanity. We need good stories now more than ever. Laguna Beach has long been known as an artist’s colony. People from all over the world are inspired by the creative spirit in residence here. This is a place where the dreams and visions of the artist manifest into reality. Unlike a painting, once the artists dissemble, the creation disappears never to appear again in the same way. But the relationships created in the making of the story, the things that we learn from one another and about one another as writers, actors and audience members, stay in your heart forever.”
The plays that have been chosen for the New Play Festival are:
Kvetcher in the Wry by Jordan R. Young; Mr. Young has been published in the New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times; he is the author of Acting Solo, The Beckett Actor and Spike Lee Off The Record;
Rattlersby Johnna Adams: receipt of the Princess Grace Award, the Reva Shiner Award, the Abington Theater Company’s Christopher Wolk Award and was a semifinalist for the O’Neil and Playlabs Festivals; she has twice won the OC Weekly’s Best New Play Award;
Mad Leoby Frank Farmer; an award winning playwright whose work has been produced in several theatrical venues in Los Angeles; he is the nephew of the late film star, Frances Farmer and his work as an actor spans across four decades in television and film;
God’s Waiting Room by Joni Ravenna Sussman and Eric Donald; Ms. Sussman writes for Earth Trek on PBS and Hello Paradise for KVCR-TV, her plays have received nominations and awards from OC Weekly, Palm Springs Writers Guild and Playwrights Circle National Playwriting Competition;
Coyote Risingby Tira Pamlquist: writer, director, teacher; finalist in the 2007 John Gassner New Play Festival and the Coe College Playwriting Festival; works have been featured in the Theatricum Botanicum Seedlings Series;
House of Ravensby Sue Parman; writer, professor; author of Scottish Crofters; productions and staged readings in venues in Southern California such as South Coast Repertory;
The Family That Eats Togetherby Jerry Berning; plays have had readings at venues in southern California including First Stage in Hollywood;
Sonya & Leoby Arthur Kraft; published playwright, plays have been performed in Los Angeles and New York.
The Laguna Beach New Play Festival is a part of Gallimaufry Performing Arts’ 2008 Gallimaufry Arts Festival. The festival runs for two weeks beginning Thursday, October 23 and concludes Sunday, November 1. The festival will include the company’s signature “Dance Day” and “Songs in the Sand” on the weekend of October 25 and 26 with performances on Laguna’s “Main Beach” and will also include two special International companies to be announced shortly. For more information call (949) 499-5060 or visit www.gallimaufry.info.