Road Theatre Company Presents 7th Annual Summer Playwrights Festival

Road Theatre Company logoThe Road Theatre Company will open its seventh annual Summer Playwrights Festival on Sunday July 31 at 5108 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood, CA.  The festival runs through Sunday, August 7.

Additional performances will be held August 2–4 at The Road on Magnolia in the NoHo Senior Arts Colony located at 10747 Magnolia Blvd North Hollywood.

This year’s festival features all new works to Los Angeles and has attracted a 50/50 mix of playwrights internationally including:

  • Wendy MacLeod (The House of Yes, nominated for 6 LADCC for The Water Children, Juvenalia)
  • Vince Melocchi (Ovation Award nominated Lions, LA Weekly Best Play nomination Julia)
  • Sharr White (The Other Place Outer Critics Circle Award nominee for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play Annapurna Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award Finalist. Producer/writer TV: The Affair.)
  • Lucille Lichtblau (The English Bride, winner the Susan Glaspell Prize and Israel Baran Award)
  • Stephanie Walker (The Art of Disappearing- O’Neill Playwright’s Conference semi-finalist, Princess Grace Award)
  • Shem Bitterman (A Death in Colombia, 2011Influence, 2010 (Best Play, Best Production, Best Ensemble Nominations, LA Weekly awards)
  • Erik Gernand (The Beautiful Dark New Works Project Winner at T. Schreiber Studio in New York, Woodward/Newman Award Finalist)
  • Michelle Kholos Brooks (Family Planning (2014 Riva Shiner Comedy Award Finalist)
  • James Brown (Emmy Award winner, six-time Writer’s Guild of America nominee five-time Emmy nominee)
  • Allison Gregory (Not Medea (2015 O’Neill Finalist, The Kilroy’s “The List, 2014)
  • Mary Sue Price (Two-time Emmy-winner WGA Award, Billy the Bomber 2014 semi-finalist for the O’Neill Theater Conference)

The festival will also feature performances from guest artists:

  • Laurie Metcalf (three-time Emmy winner, Roseanne, Desperate Housewives, The Big Bang Theory, Toy Story)
  • Stephen Tobolowsky (Glee, Californication, Deadwood, Groundhog Day)
  • Tom Irwin (Devious Maids, Grey’s Anatomy, My So-Called Life)
  • Michael O’Neill (Extant, Sea Biscuit, Transformers, Rectify)
  • Winnie Holzman (Wicked, My So-Called Life)

Road Company members are also highlighted with plays by:

  • Deana Barone (Peabody Award winner)
  • Bettina Zacar
  • Elizabeth Sampson (Aquarius)
  • Susan Diol
  • Laurie Okin
  • Steve Apostolina

Most of the playwrights whose work is featured will be attending and will participate in a post-show discussion with the audience and cast.

The festival is also a fundraising event for the theater to help launch Road’s 26th season, which begins with Edward Albee’s The Play About the Baby.

About Tracey Paleo

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Tracey Paleo is Associate Editor at FootLights Magazine. She's also the Founder and Chief Editor of the arts and culture site, Gia On The Move, where she often reviews live performance events.

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