Watch and help shape cutting-edge plays-in-progress as writers, actors and directors test out their latest creations at West Fest 2015, an annual festival of new works. From the tale of a free-spirited disc jockey that unfolds in Temporarily Out of Giraffes to the quirky gay-marriage comedy Last of His Kind, you'll be delighted and entertained while lending your own voice to a unique process of invention and discovery at Los Angeles' Theatre West. Please see the description for the full, four-weekend schedule and summary of performances.
November 6-8, 2015
You can go home again, but is that always a good thing?
Written by Garry Michael Kluger, Directed by Arden Teresa Lewis
Cast: Corinne Shor, Katie Adler
Did Erica encounter her departed Mother in a twilight zone? Stay tuned.
Written by Barbara Beery, Directed by Bill Mendieta
Cast: Lisa Robins, Barbara Minkus
Three friends in their golden years are about to have their lives changed…if they have enough imagination.
Written by Linda L. Rand, Directed by Marcia Rodd
Cast: Dianne Travis, Sandra Tucker, Barbara Mallory
Last of His Kind
Surrounded by ghostly memories, a male couple celebrating their 30th anniversary bickers and reminisce on the verge of the legalization of gay marriage – again – in California.
Written by Benjamin Scuglia, Directed by Arden Teresa Lewis
Cast: Alan Schack, Neil Elliot, Leona Britton, Frank Gangarossa
A funny thing is happening out on the prairie…Wait for it.
Written by Steve Nevil, Directed by Arden Teresa Lewis
Cast: Steve Nevil, Bill Sehres, Robert Laur
November 13-15, 2015
Harry and Margie
The morning after the first date may not seem that rosy, but maybe, just maybe…
Written by Judith Allen, Directed by Ann L. Gibbs
Cast: Jack Kutcher, Sara Shearer
Temporarily Out of Giraffes
In the life of a free spirited disc jockey, mixing music, romance, and friendship can make for a complicated play list.
Written By Michael Creith, Directed by Donald Moore
Cast: Thomas Mendola, Maria Kress, Sandra Tucker, Riley Rae Baker, David Mingrino, Frank Gangarossa, Brendan Gill Alan Schack, Lindsey Jean Roetzel
November 20-22, 2015
Has she lost herself in the part or lost her freaking mind? The unstrung star of this train wreck in the making, sets out to prove that doing a one-woman-show, no matter how badly, can’t kill you!
Written by Leslie Caveny, Consulting Director: Veronica Mendoza
Cast: Leslie Caveny, Anne Leyden, Sheila Shaw, Abbott Alexander, Seemah Wilder
Things look different in the dark, and reality becomes a concept.
Written by Kathie Barnes and Molly Reynolds, Directed by Tim Byron Owen and Eleanora Avakian
Cast: Anne Leyden, George Tovar, Kathie Barnes
Never Marry a Teacher
All tied up and ready to unravel. How well do you know the ones you’re tied to?
Written by Leslie Caveny, Directed by Elaine Heilveil
Cast: Steve Nevil, Sheila Shaw
A man and woman recall the accident that brought them together and the love that redeemed them both.
Written by Barbara Lindsay, Directed by Linda L. Rand
Cast: Jill Jones, George Tovar
Chelis in Blunderland
Can an innocent, overworked executive stumble down the “rabbit hole” and come out unscathed?
Written by Linda L. Rand, Directed by Bill Sehres
Cast: Ann L. Gibbs, Joe Nassi, Anne Leyden
November 27-29, 2015
The older you get, the more important your bucket list becomes.
Written by Susan C. Hunter, Directed by Donald Moore
Cast: Karen Ragan-George, Joe Nassi
Years ago she disappeared without a trace and everyone thought she was dead. But is she?
Written by Susan C. Hunter, Directed by Michael Eiden
Cast: Riley Rae Baker, Brendan Gill
Because it absolutely has to be there overnight.
Written by Roy Battocchio, Directed by Donald Moore
Cast: Roger Kent Cruz,, Maray Ayres
Protecting His Family From Bad, Evil and Good: Mark’s Story
Mark brings a Colt 45 into his home for security and peace of mind.
Written and Directed by Darryl Vinyard
Cast Abbott Alexander, Karen Ragan-George, Aaron Halliburto