Friday, January 17, 2020
All readings begin promptly at 7:30 p.m.
"Intruders in the Night" by Michael Vegas Mussman
"Crossing the Bridge" by Jack Foster Mancilla
Lauren and Darren come home from their vacation late at night. Unable to find their keys to the apartment, Darren decides to crawl through the window. When at last Darren opens the door,
he doesn’t let Lauren go inside -- he says there’s a strange man on her couch. A policeman, Officer Skyler, arrives and questions the couple, saying he received a report of two intruders breaking into an apartment. By the time Lauren and Darren realize their mistake, they have repeatedly made fools of themselves and insulted a police officer.
At sunset, on Thanksgiving Day .On the top of the Coronado Bay Bridge. Inside an UBER with an iPad mounted in the central cup holder that has a constant slide show of Barry's images for the entertainment of the passengers. Two passengers are on their way to a Thanksgiving dinner with both their parents. They encounter a traffic jam on the bridge and some things change.
Playwright and lyricist Michael Vegas Mussman is the author of the musical "In Security," which premiered at the 2017 San Diego International Fringe Festival. In 2018 he wrote the lyrics
for a 15-minute musical called "Against The Grrrain," which was produced by NMI. He also wrote the libretto for "Take Care of Him," a horror opera that will debut in 2020. Currently he’s working on "Don’t Get Caught," an original musical that takes on immigration. He lives in San Diego with his husband and a maltipoo named Mathilde.
Jack Foster Mancilla grew up [mostly] in San Diego county, and after High School in Fallbrook and a year of college at Palomar College in San Marcos, he became a photographer for the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. After his stint, for the next year, he drank wine, read a book a day and a couple daily newspapers. One day he saw an open casting call for William Saroyan's "The Cave Dwellers" at the Elm Street Theater where he was cast as The Father. Jack’s life became theater. He spent the next twenty-five years as a Stage Manager, Production Manager, Lighting, Sound, technician. After living in Denmark, Jack came back to San Diego in 2005, working mostly as a photographer.
Moderator: Michael Adler
Refreshments: Carm Greco
Greeter: Grant Gelvin