SANTA MONICA REP TO STAGE THEATER FESTIVAL

Santa Monica Repertory Theater, the critically
acclaimed Westside theater company, which has
consistently staged classic and contemporary
plays in fresh and original ways, will present
a fresh take on a theater festival, WaveFest,
September 7– October 13 at the Church in Ocean
Park.

It will be comprised of three “waves” of short
plays over six weekends. All the plays focus on
the theme, “Go West,” and explore stories of
the Westside and Southern California through
the lens of history, neighborhood, cultural
group, class status, age, myths, and the enter-
tainment industry.

The plays to be done during Wavefest include
pieces by contemporary Los Angeles and Santa
Monica playwrights, as well as staged snippets
of fiction and poetry by well-known writers
with deep local connections, ranging from
Bertolt Brecht and Raymond Chandler. The
plays themselves will be interspersed with
other live entertainment, including music,
poetry and dance. The performances will
utilize the entire historic church, with
audience moving from piece to piece in the
large, beautiful space.

WAVE ONE (September 7–15), will present six
plays.

“Oh! Santa Monica” by Tanya White. A solo
performance with music, it provides a poetic
snapshot of Santa Monica, and is alive with
images and impressions of a prosperous and
less-than-perfect community by the sea.

White is a writer/performer who lives in
Santa Monica and is a frequent contributor
in storytelling events throughout Los Ang-
eles. An NEA grant recipient and a published
essayist, she is currently at work on sev-
eral theater pieces including a play based
on her adventures riding public transpor-
tation in Los Angeles.

“Don Gaspar de Portola Meets the Indians”
by Jefferson Byrd is Santa Monica, 1769.
The Spanish conquistador and his crew meet
the local Tongva Indians for the first time
in this culture-clash satire.

Mr. Byrd is a writer/ producer and an ensem-
ble member in the Brimmer Street Theatre
Company. He has also served as a dramaturge
and writing consultant.

“Last Christmas” by Jamison Newlander is
a bad holiday commute on the 405…plus a
baked chicken. George and Lisa were des-
tined to fight tonight.

Mr. Newlander is an actor best known for
his role in the movie “The Lost Boys.”
He co-founded and was co-director of the
playwrights group at the Company of Angels
Theater in Los Angeles.

“Indivisible” by Ann-Giselle Spiegler.
Patriotism is more than just a word for
a homeless Santa Monica veteran. It’s a
call to action.

Ms. Spiegler is an award-winning director
in theater and film as well as an emerging
playwright. Her plays “eggs,” and “Leaving
Vero” have been read at Will Geer’s Theat-
ricum Botanicum, Syzygy, and Moving Arts.
Her short plays have been performed at the
New York One-Minute Play Festival, Play-
Ground LA and Seedlings.

“A Water Story” by Isabella Russell-Ides.
As the coastline erodes and 10,000 bees
disappear, WaterWoman and BeeLady debate
the fate of our natural world in this fan-
tastical, poetic reverie.

Ms. Russell-Ides is a critically acclaimed
and award-winning playwright, as well as
a published poet. Earlier this summer,
Russell-Ides’ “Lydie Marland in the After-
life” premiered to waves of critical ac-
claim in Dallas. 2012 saw the world prem-
iere of “The Early Education of Conrad
Eppler,” winner of Echo Theatre’s national
Big Shout Out.

“Watering Hole” by Stephen Serpas combines
magical realism with history as a troubled
Westside history teacher gets an “instruc-
tional” visit from a 19th-century Spanish
explorer.

Mr. Serpas is an award-winning playwright
whose web series “Before We Go To Sleep”
was an official selection in the 2013 Los
Angeles Web Series Festival and the New
Media Film Festival. West Coast credits
include “Xenogenesis” (1998 Garland Award
for Best Play from Backstage West) and
“Smoke The Baby,” semi-finalist, 2012 Ash-
land New Play Festival.

Six more plays will be staged in WAVE TWO
September 21-29).

“Advice From a Santa Monica 6th Lifer” by
Lisa Kenner. Welcome to Santa Monica—where
you never live just one life. A cautionary
tale about farmers’ markets, NPR, PCH and
the “Santa Monica dream.”

Ms. Kenner is an award-winning and publ-
ished playwright whose plays have been
produced nationally, including in Wash-
ington, D.C., Boston, New York and Los
Angeles. Her work has been presented and
/or developed at The Clurman Theater,
Manhattan Theatre Source, SWAN Day Boston,
and locally at the Blank Theatre, Road
Theatre Company, Theatre of NOTE, and
Theatricum Botanicum.

“The Battle for Santa Monica Bay!” by
Carey Upton. Professor Hill and a crew
of clowns lecture on one of the most
important, most forgotten and surpris-
ing moments of Santa Monica history:
the Battle of Santa Monica Bay. Gangsters
and gun molls compete against the saintly
state’s attorney and the good people of
Santa Monica for the morality of the City
by the Bay.

Carey Upton is a theater director, teacher,
writer and clown. His adaptations of clas-
sics and Shakespeare have been performed
and toured nationally. He is also the Di-
rector of Facility Use for the Santa Mon-
ica-Malibu Unified School District.

“Weekend Getaway” by Vasanti Saxena. When
silver screen icons, Chase and Ana, meet
for a glamorous West Hollywood getaway,
will their marriage unravel under the
weight of the illusion they’ve created for
their adoring fans?

Vasanti Saxena is a playwright who gives
voice to those who are typically unheard-
—or not heard enough—in theater. Her plays
have been produced/developed in New York,
Chicago and Los Angeles. Her play “Sun
Sisters” was the winner of EWP’s Pacific
Century Playwriting Competition and semi-
-finalist for the O’Neill National Play-
wrights Conference and Princess Grace Award.

“The Reaper” by Raegan Payne. Four West-
side nursing home residents face death
in all its terrifying fluffiness.

Raegan Payne is an award-winning, publish-
ed playwright whose plays have been per-
formed by celebrated actors to sold-out
crowds across the US. She’s also a much-
lauded blogger for her volunteering blog
TheGoodMuse.com.

“The Historian” by Rachel Kann. Can love
blossom for two awkward outcasts touched
with the gift of second sight in a Santa
Monica Kinko’s after midnight?

Rachel Kann is a writer, performer, DJ
and dancer. Her novella, “The Bent,” is
forthcoming from Black Hill Press, October
2013. Her collection of poetry and fic-
tion, “10 For Everything,” is available
from Orange Ocean Press. She teaches poetry
and fiction through the UCLA Extension
Writers’ Program.

“The LineUp” by Kevin Walsh. For the last
43 years, geeks of the world have made
the annual pilgrimage to San Diego for
the pop culture nerd-quake known as Comic-
-Con. And for the last 42 years, they’ve
been complaining about how it has all
gone to hell.

Kevin Walsh has written comedy for National
Lampoon and not-comedy for Warner Bros;
comic books about witches and zombies; and
several comedy shorts. He co-produced an
absolutely- not-comedy documentary called
Marwencol, which won an Independent Spirit
Award.

WAVE THREE (October 4-13) spotlights six
works.

“The Santa Monica Musical Extravaganza” by
Andrea Schell. Three women sit at the Star-
bucks on 7th and Montana, trying to decide
what to do for the day.Musical hilarity
ensues.

Andrea Schell is a writer, producer and
performer. She was most recently Associate
Producer for the indie film “Where We
Belong.” She created, produced and hosted
the web show “What Would Men Say?” and
wrote and performed in the one-woman show
“From Seven Layers to a Bikini Top in
Less Than Five Hours.”

“See You at Skater’s Ballroom” by Susan
Bullington Katz. In the fall of 1959, two
girls’ transition from childhood to ado-
lescence while the Santa Monica Pier re-
flects similar changes — moving from ma-
rathon dancing to skating to rock and roll.

Susan Bullington Katz has written books,
plays, TV shows, magazine and newspaper
articles, and hundreds of celebrity inter-
views for Showtime, CNN, and the Assoc-
iated Press. Her book “Conversations with
Screenwriters” debuted at #3 on the L.A.
Times bestseller list. Her plays have been
done by the Met Theatre, the Actors Studio,
Company of Angels, and the North Carolina
Writers Network.

“Favorite Cousins” by Lindsey Haley. A
family rift forces two cousins to confront
issues related to gang violence, social
class, and brain drain in Chicano com-
munities. Set in present day Santa Monica,
the play questions Chicano culture’s stru-
ggle to survive in an old-school neighbor-
hood experiencing gentrification.

Lindsey Haley is an 8th-grade dropout, GED
recipient, teenage mom, formercommunity
activist and Homegirl hailing from the
Westside. Her poetry, short stories and
news articles have been published over the
span of thirty years.

“5:15 am Ocean Ave” by Mary Steelsmith.
Moments after the 1994 Northridge earth-
quake hits, elderly Evelyn and HIV-posi
tive David find themselves tossed together
as unwilling partners, trying to find
their balance and make sense of what just
happened. Believing the quake only occur-
red in Santa Monica, they decide to “face
the music and dance.”

Ms. Steelsmith’s award-winning plays have
been produced internationally.”Isaac, I
Am,” her sordid tale, of love, life death
and AOL, won the Helford Prize and has
been produced at universities nationwide,
including USC.

“It’s Not About Race” by Jennie Webb. A
black comedy about racism and acceptance.
A visit to Santa Monica’s Ink Well beach
gives two friends an unexpected perspe
ctive on what it means to belong, and to
be “the other.”

Ms. Webb is an independent Los Angeles
playwright, currently in residence at Rogue
Machine and Theatricum Botanicum, where
she runs workshops and “Botanicum Seedl
ings: A Development Series for Playwrights.”
She’s been produced nationwide and inter-
nationally, worked with programs including
The Playwright Center’s PlayLabs and the
Virginia Avenue Project, and is published
by Heinemann Press and ICWP.

“The Alienation Effect” by Bill Mesnik.
A sun-drenched fantasia, in which the ce-
lebrated German playwright, Bert Brecht,
gets a taste of his own dark theatrical
cuisine – California style! A hilarious
exploration of Brecht’s years in Santa
Monica.

Mr. Mesnik is a writer-performer with
many original music-theater pieces to his
credit. His drama about folksingers dur-
ing the blacklist, “Three Songs” was
Critic’s Choice in the Los Angeles Times
and was nominated for Best Ensemble in
the LA Weekly. His latest piece, a musical
adaptation of William Blake’s “Songs of
Innocence” and “Songs of Experience” pre-
mieres in November 2013 at The Loft En-
semble.

Santa Monica Rep was founded in 2010
by Santa Monica residents Eric Bloom,
Jen Bloom, and Sarah Gurfield. Its
inaugural offering was a series of
highly popular staged play readings at
the Santa Monica Main Library. The
company has gone on to produce a series
of well-received fully staged produc-
tions: an inventive adaptation of
Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” at the Annen-
berg Beach House; David Auburn’s “Proof”
at the Church in Ocean Park; “How I
Learned to Drive” at The Santa Monica
Little Theater; and a recent sold-out
run of the riotous comedy, “The Comp-
lete Works of William Shakespeare,
Abridged” at The Promenade Playhouse.

Santa Monica Rep’s mission is to estab-
lish and sustain a professional, regional
theater in Santa Monica. They produce
classic and contemporary plays by great
storytellers and present them in fresh,
dynamic ways. The company utilizes the
unique capabilities of theater to engage
their audience in an on-going conversation
about relevant themes. They aim to serve
the community by providing outreach and
education, and through enriching cultural
events.

WaveFest will be performed according to
the following schedule:
Wave 1: Saturdays and Sundays 9/7 & 8 and
9/14 &15.
Wave 2: Saturday and Sunday 9/21 &22 and
9/28 & 29.
Wave 3: Friday and Sunday 10/4 & 6;
Saturday and Sunday 10/12 & 13.
Performance times are: Saturdays at 7pm
and 9pm; Sundays at 7pm; Friday, October 4
at 7pm and 9pm.
For more information, including a full
schedule of plays and performers, please visit
www.SantaMonicaRep.org.Tickets are $20. They
may be purchased in advance at
www.SantaMonicaRep.org or by calling
213-268-1454.

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