Friday, March 12, 2021

All readings begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. ​


"What's Left on the List" by Michael Conley

Belinda and Kyle are tying up loose ends in order to finalize their divorce.  But they keep forgetting one teensy little item on their "To do" list. 

"Rug Deal" by Ha Nguyen

Two strangers meet on a driveway over the sale of a rug. But there's more than meets the eye. Can they uncover the truth about each other?

"The Bow" by Tom Steward

The curtain has just fallen on the opening of a play, but director DONAL refuses to let anyone leave the theatre until actors GREG and SALLY have re-taken their bows. While Stage Manager SIMON(E) battles to keep the audience in their seats, the actors undergo a last-minute rehearsal of the curtain call that throws their understanding of theatre into disarray. 


James Vasquez is a San Diego native, who grew up on stage, backstage, and in the booth at the Patio Playhouse in Escondido. His recent directing credits include Dr. Seuss’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas on the Radio! and Hurricane Diane (Old Globe), In the Heights (Dallas Theatre Center), and the world premiere of American Mariachi (Denver Center/Old Globe). Other directing credits include Moonlight StageProd, SDMT, Diversionary and Cygnet Theatre. James is an amateur gardener, lover of dogs, and graduate of the Juilliard School. 

About the Authors...

Michael Conley has had one-acts and full-lengths produced and workshopped in San Diego, New York and Philadelphia: READING LIPS, FIRST DATE and FIVE ENDINGS.  In his most recent play, SPEED DATING, two actors portray 10 characters in the course of 20 minutes.

Ha Nguyen is a poet and short story writer living in San Diego. After her father's political execution in Vietnam, she was raised as a boy to carry on the family name. She escaped with her mother by boat, finding asylum in refugee camps in Hong Kong and the Philippines. Her poetry has appeared in Rattle and various collections. She is a former PEN Emerging Voices finalist. Perpetually starting new things and never finishing, she is very happy to be trying out playwriting. 

Tom Steward is currently producing the online monologue series SPACE FORCE: QUARANTINE! Tom wrote solo show THE BOND SHOW (San Diego Fringe 2018, Thornhill Theatre Space). His one-act play LIVE AT FOLSOM PRISON was selected for New Village Arts’ Final Draft Play Festival 2020. Other produced plays include DEAD PLAY (Lamplighters Theatre) and THE FUTURE OF COFFEE HOUSES (Navigators Theater). Tom is also an actor who has performed across the United Kingdom and San Diego County. He founded Lonesome Whistle Productions, a theatre company dedicated to developing innovative solo plays. 


Moderator: Susan Benninghoff

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Upcoming Reading Schedule:
Friday, March 12, 2021
Friday, March 26, 2021
Friday, April 9, 2021