Talented playwrights from across the country compete for hundreds of dollars in cash and non-cash prizes in this popular annual competition of short plays - plays that have never been produced in California. Some changes have been made to Hurricane Season this year: Playwriting finalists have been pre-selected by a jury. They will compete for cash prizes during the final week of the festival. Prior to that, there will be three blocks of plays, each of which will run for two consecutive weeks, and each of which will include one of the Finalists. Non-cash prizes for the playwrights, actors, directors, and overall production will be voted on by the audience.
The schedule follows. Cast is listed as available:
Block One, July 10-12, 17-19:
Lovely Day - Written by Kirsten Fatland. Directed by Maria Markosov. In a land of knights and dragons, a brave young maiden leaves home in quest of adventures and fulfillment. Cast: Vanessa Rice, Allie Costa, Kristi Koehl, Gwendolyn Druyor, Bobby Reed, Zach Tewalthomas.
Mastermind - Written by Michael Patrick Sullivan. Directed by Susan Lee. A masked criminal genius threatens to blow up a city block (or nine). Only a plucky reporter and her boyfriend can prevent him. Will they stop him in time? Cast: Beth Ricketson, Brad Wilcox.
Master of None - Written by Mira Gibson. Directed by Kerr Seth Lordygan. Finalist. Travis is a troubled teen. He drinks and steals. He is also gay. On a trip to the local tattoo parlor, his dad offers him love and acceptance. Cast: Mason Hallberg, Albert Stroth, Biff Wiff, Elan Garflas, Erin Treanor.
Block Two, July 24-26, July 31-August 2:
Chasing Angels - Written by Chelsea Sutton. Directed by Danielle Cintron. Sydney, a planetarium lecturer, picnics under the artificial sky with her boyfriend, Logan. Projected sky or no, they are intruded upon by a real angel and her male companion. Assistant director: Tiffany Cole. Cast: Elan O'Connor, John Ruby, Gabrielle Abitol and Marcus Everett.
Coming Out of the Closet - Written by John Zygmunt. Directed by Kevin Scott Allen. When her husband arrives home off-schedule and unexpectedly, a young wife and her lesbian lover hide in a closet. But the wife will have to come out of the closet sometime. Cast: Hannah Beck, Berda Gilmore, Chase McKenna.
Spoken For - Written by S.L. Daniels. Directed by Taylor Ashbrook. Finalist. I n a future world, the wealthy inarticulate hire spokespeople to verbalize on their behalf. A rock star, her paramour, and their respective spokespeople make for interesting combinations and romantic complications in this comedy. Cast: Jason Britt, Ashleigh Boiros, Erin Treanor and Mason Hallberg.
Block Three, August 7-9, 14-16:
The Bad Habit - Written by Constance Humphrey Egan. Directed by Chelsea Sutton. A former ballerina who engages in self-mutilation has issues with her overbearing mother. They turn to a spiritual teacher for assistance. Cast: Taylor Ashbrook, Christine Krebsbach, Gwen Copeland.
One Plum - Written by Lisa Leaverton. Directed by Levi Packer. The relationship between Adam and Mary is acted upon by forces of nature of which they are not always aware. The progress of a blossoming plum becomes a metaphor for their relationship in this surreal romantic drama. Cast: Stephanie Edmonds, Beth Ricketson.
A Picture of A Bee - Written by Glenn Hergenhahn. Directed by Biff Wiff. Finalist. A pair of rich kids, neglected by their parents and being raised by their butler, enact mourning rituals for a departed sibling and a dead pet. Cast: Ian Wexler, Dana Amromin, Kerr Seth Lordygan.
Finalist Week, August 21-23:
A Picture of A Bee, Spoken For, Master of None. See descriptions above.
The Eclectic Company Theatre
5312 Laurel Canyon Blvd
Valley Village, CA 91607
|Minimum Age: 13|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|