The Car Plays are back again!

This time in San Diego at the La Jolla Playhouse… in the parking lot, of course. The production is a co-production between Moving Arts and the La Jolla Playhouse and is part of the WOW Series at the playhouse. I’m psyched that my play “It’s Not About the Car” is a part of this production and even more psyched that I get to see it on Friday. It runs from February 23 – March 4.

The Car Plays: San Diego opens tomorrow!

Here’s the line-up:

BOULEVARD

Before We Go Home by Richard Martin Hirsch | Directed by Darin Anthony
A couple (Michael Shutt & D.J. Harner) finds the prospect of a short drive home unexpectedly daunting after circumstances lead them to make a painful decision.

Selkies by Lila Rose Kaplan | Directed by Casey Stangl
A secret is revealed when two old friends (Wendy Elizabeth Abraham and Rebecca Davis) visit the seals off the coast of California.

The Audience by Kiff Scholl | Directed by Matt Bretz
What is supposed to be a compelling night of site-specific theater, comically devolves, as the play never starts and the audience is forced to fend for themselves. With: David Youse and Ron Morehouse.

Alright by Alex Lewin | Directed by Robert Castro
After a family spat, a sullen teenager (Matthew Bohrer) decides to spend the night in his car. But his father (Eddie Yaroch) won’t let him simply stomp away anymore.

One for the Road by Michael Shutt | Directed by Matt Thompson
One last drink, one last kiss, one last choice: One For The Road. With: Thomas Hall and Kevane La’Marr Coleman

ROUTE

Reveille by EM Lewis | Directed by Sam Woodhouse
Leonard’s only son has signed up for the military. He leaves for boot camp this morning. With Will Tulin and Michael Zlotnik.

The Duo by Jessica Smith | Directed by Jason Duplissea
On the fateful day of the Comic Con costume contest, two friends (Peter James Smith and Tony DeCarlo) confront the future of their dynamic duo.

Dead Battery by Lee Wochner | Directed by Paul Stein
A bereft mother (Sara Wagner) searches for clues to her son’s death as she cleans out his car and struggles to cope with her loss.

It’s Not About the Car by Stephanie Alison Walker | Directed by Claudio Raygoza
Vic (John Polak) surprises Marla (Rhianna Basore) with a car for her birthday, but all she really wants is a divorce.

The Carpool by Jennifer Barclay| Directed by Delicia Turner-Sonnenberg
Mr. Blackwell (Charles Maze) has been doing lots of naughty, naughty downsizing around the office. The members of the carpool (Samantha Ginn and Reed Willard) are out to set him straight.

LANE

Disneyland by Paul Stein | Directed by Dana Schwartz
On their freeway-congested drive to Disneyland, Dad (Trey Nichols) pulls the car over to scold his two misbehaving kids. No Matterhorn ride and the long trip home might be the resulting possibility.

Outside, Looking In by Michael David | Directed by Sara Wagner
A lonely, middle-aged woman of privilege finds unexpected compassion on the streets of San Diego. With: Lisa Goodman and Sean Tweedale.

Skipped by David Myers | Directed by Seema Sueko
A drunken teenager (Zachary Martens) tries to dodge the cab fare.  But this cabbie (Albert Park) is onto him. And he’s not taking it anymore.

We Wait by Steve Lozier | Directed by Lisa Berger
Two loyal dogs wait in a hot car for their owners, wondering if they will ever come back… With: Wendy Waddell and Judy Bauerlein

The Love of Make-Believe by JJ Strong | Directed by Kiff Scholl
A maid-of-honor and a best man (Laura Buckles and Donald Rizzo) indulge in a post-reception tryst that leaves them both hopelessly caught between their pasts and futures.

For tickets and more information, click here.

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My ten-minute play "The Chocolate Affair" was produced by the Department of Drama at the University of Calgary in the virtual world of Second Life. This is what it looked like.

When my ten-minute play, The Chocolate Affair, was published online by Walter Wykes at 10-Minute-Plays.com, I had no idea I would get as many requests as I do from college and high school students around the world. Something about this play really appeals to high school and college students looking for a ten-minute play to direct for student showcases, workshops, one-act festivals and even Forensic competitions.

Side note: Before publishing The Chocolate Affair, I was not aware that the term ‘Forensic’ relates to Speech & Debate. When I received my first request for use of my play at a Forensic tournament, images of Catherine Willows from CSI flooded my brain. I was more than confused. Then I Googled it (like a good little playwright) and discovered the NFL. No, not that NFL. The National Forensic League. Duh.

Anyway…

As I was saying, The Chocolate Affair has been around the world a bit. From South Africa to Singapore to India to Australia as well as here in the United States and even in the virtual world of Second Life. Not bad. I wish I were that well traveled. But so far none of these schools has been willing to foot an international flight for the playwright. One day, right?

Well, I did get to see the production in Second Life. I had to create an avatar just to see it. And when I finally figured out how to get my avatar into the theater, I couldn’t get her to sit down. She just kept standing on theater seats. Up on the seat, down on the floor. Turn around. Do it again. It was really hysterical. What made it even more funny was my husband (who is a computer consultant) watching me attempt to control my virtual self. Though he was no help, thank you very much.

And I wasn’t the only one having problems. Though most of the other avatars were sitting down like good theater patrons some seemed to have the same problem I was having. One avatar had his back to the stage through all of the plays. And another just kept walking up and down the aisle. Forget about cell phones ringing, you had to worry about your avatar jumping up in the middle of a play. It was just moments before the plays began that I finally got my stubborn avatar to sit properly. It was a relief.

No one wants to be that avatar. Am I right? I’m right. Just ask Felicia Day. Which reminds me. Do You Want to Date My Avatar was not only brilliant and hilarious, it sticks. It’s now in my head. And will probably be there the rest of the day.

What was I talking about?

Oh right. Online publication of ten-minute plays.

Now to the point of this post…

I’m happy to report that my two-person ten-minute romantic dramedy The Big Ride is joining The Chocolate Affair on Ten-Minute-Plays.com. And it has a competitive spirit. It’s already talking smack. Claiming it will get more productions in 2012 and go to far more countries. So far The Chocolate Affair (TCA) isn’t letting The Big Ride (TBR) ruffle her feathers. She’s quite secure in her popularity. In fact she applauds TBR for his ambition and even wishes him well… which only further irritates motivates him. Still, TCA’S feathers remain unruffled.

Is this a healthy sense of self? Or is it an inflated ego? Time will only tell as these two ten-minute plays battle it out in 2012. May the best short play win.

America Young & Nathan Frizzell in the Moving Arts production of "The Big Ride" in Los Angeles directed by Cece Tio

Lauren Blumenfeld & Ashley Springer in the New York 15-Minute Play Festival production of "The Big Ride" directed by Mark Karafin

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