Friday, November 8, 2019

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

More Award Winners! These three one-acts were deemed Judges' Favorites in the 2019 Script Tease Contest.

"Breakfast on the 405" by Jean Seager

"Social Medium" by Tom Steward

"Heatwave" by Tom Steward


Breakfast on the 405: 

Donna, a college student, and her mother Francine, a victim of domestic violence, are stuck in an hours-long traffic jam on the 405 Freeway in Los Angeles. Since Francine is driving her food truck, she opens for business in the middle of the jam. Lydia comes for breakfast, befriends Donna, and tells of her own history with domestic violence. Through Donna’s interactions with Lydia, Donna sees that she must confront her mother about the abuse.

Social Medium:

A self-proclaimed “Social Medium” claims to be able to contact the dead through cell phones. A young man uses the psychic to contact his departed Silver Surfer mother. But there are strict rules. Can the medium be the message and does the coffee shop wi-fi have a hotline to heaven?


Joe is convinced the sky is on fire and refuses to leave the house. His sudden change of heart gives wife Melissa an opportunity to persuade Joe to go outside. But has Joe transformed or are the effects of his drug regime and Dr. Rob’s psychotherapy starting to reveal themselves?

Author Bios:

A native Californian, Jean Seager wrote Breakfast on the 405, as a member of the “Around the Block” writing group of the Playwrights Project. She received an Honorable Mention in the 2018 Script Tease Short Play contest and was a finalist in the 2019 San Diego Center for Jewish Culture Five-Minute Play Festival. A published author of short stories in both online and print magazines, she is working on a short story collection about Jewish immigrants to America in the early twentieth century.

Tom Steward is the author of the solo show One Man Bond(San Diego International Fringe Festival 2018, Onstage Playhouse, La Jolla Theatre Ensemble) and the one-act play Dead Play (Lamplighters Theatre). He is the co-author of the science-fiction comedy Space Force!(San Diego International Fringe Festival 2019). Other produced plays include The Future of Coffee Houses (Navigators Theater, New Play Café), No Phones (Theatre Arts West) and The Only Real Diner in Town (New Play Café). Tom is also an actor who has performed across the United Kingdom (Edinburgh International Fringe Festival 2003/2004, Warwick Arts Centre) and San Diego County (New Village Arts, The Old Globe). He is the founder and Artistic Director of Lonesome Whistle Productions, a theatre company dedicated to developing innovative solo theatre, auteurs and new writing for the stage. He runs the Chula Vista-based local film event VistaVision and the blog Watching TV with Americans.

Moderator: Michael Adler

Refreshments: Art Rossiter

Greeter: Sandra de Helen

2019 Reading Schedule:

November 8, 2019

November 22, 2019

December 13, 2019

View all 2019 reading dates on our Participate! page 

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