Past productions

New Voices Playwrights Theatre presented its annual “Holiday Voices” productions in 2016

“A Future Christmas” by Joanne Freeman
“Balthazar” by John Bolen
“New Year, New Life” by Lynne Bolen
“$ecret $anta” by David Rusiecki
“Seeking Redemption” by John Franceschini
“Stranded” by Michael Buss
“The Secret Chord” by Anne Grob
“Welcome to Puerto Seco!” by John Lane

2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10
6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11
2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17
2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18

New Voices presented its annual summer 2016 production

“A Fair to Remember” by Lynne Bolen
Director: Patricia Miller
Featuring Meagan Pitcher, Connor Tribole

“Front Desk” by John Lane
Director: Karen Wray
Featuring Kim Kiedrowski, Jason Piazza

“Mad Leo” by Frank Farmer
Director: Pamela Burrus
Featuring Eric Davis, Cameron Denny

“Mountains America” by John Bolen
Director: Jo Black-Jacob
Featuring Philip Bushell, Jason Piazza

“Pentimento” by Anne Grob
Director: Jo Black-Jacob
Featuring Jo Black-Jacob, Kim Kiedrowski, Karen Wray

“Rations” by Mark Bowen
Director: Bob May
Featuring Mark Grabador, Carlos David Lopez, Mason Meskell, Robert P. Purcell

“Trapped in Limbo” by John Franceschini
Director: Patricia Miller
Featuring David Cramer, Meagan Pitcher, Mary-Ann Sanfelippo

Production Team

  •   Producers: John Bolen and Lynne Bolen
  •   Light Design: Nick Charles
  •   Sound Design: Claire Bolen
  •   Stage Manager/Board Op: Alex Fuentes
  •   Stage Crew: Desiree Nguyen and Sandy Marin
  •   Publicity/Press: Christopher TrelaTheatre
  •   Stage Door Repertory Theatre: 1045 N. Armando St., Suite B, Anaheim
  •   Tickets: Admission is $15 general, $12 students/seniors/military
  •   Reservations: http://www.stagedoorrep.org

 Saturdays, June 11, June 18, June 25
Sunday, June 26

All shows 2 p.m.

 Stage Door Repertory Theatre
1045 N. Armando Street, Suite B
Anaheim, CA 92806

Reservations: www.stagedoorrep.org

Staged reading: “The Trials and Tribulations of Sanjay Gupta,” written and directed by Michael Buss

2 p.m. March 19, 2016

• Stage Door Repertory Theatre: 1045 N. Armando St., Suite B, Anaheim
• Donation: $5
• Reservations: http://www.stagedoorrep.org

New Voices board member Jo Black is currently playing the title role in the world premiere of “Opaline” by former New Voices member Fengar Gael (directed by Caprice Spence Rothe).
Garage Theatre in Long Beach
until March 26, 2016
8 p.m. Thursdays-Satutdays
Tickets: $25 opening night, $20 general, $15 students/senior/teachers

Staged reading: “The Death of Jubal” by John Bolen

8 p.m. March 12, 2016
Conundrum Theatre
Old Oak Cellars
2620 E Foothill Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91107
Tickets: $15

“Four Characters in Search of a Play” by John Lane, directed by Pattric Walker

2:30 p.m. March 12
Modjeska Playhouse
21084 Bake Parkway, Suite 104
Lake Forest, CA 92630
for the Orange County Playwrights Alliance (OCPA) “Discoveries: Comings & Goings” staged readings of four one-act plays, featuring Samantha Blackwell, Casey Moriarty, and Dee Shandera.
Suggested Donation: $6. Reservations: 714-902-5716

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New Voices Playwrights Theatre
presents its 19th annual holiday show

Holiday Voices 2015

2 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 5, 12, and 19, 2015

2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015

“Stargazer” by John Bolen. Director: Jo Black-Jacob
       Featuring Philip Bushell, Karen Wray

“Holiday Hoo-Ha” by David Rusiecki.  Director: David Rusiecki
     Featuring David Rusiecki, Lisa Renee

 “Holiday Hodgepodge” by Lynne Bolen.  Director: Karen Wray
      Featuring Jason Piazza, Megan Tice, Jasmine West

 “Neutral Zone” by John Lane.  Director: Geoffrey Gread
      Featuring Toni Beckman, Meredith Culp, Wendy Carp Gallo, Jonathan Tupanjanin

 “Christmas Closing Time” by Frank Farmer. Director: Dee Shandera
     Featuring Della Lisi Kerr, Kim Kiedrowski, Mason Meskell, David Rusiecki 

 “It’s Christmas and Mom’s Dying … Again!” by John Franceschini. Director: Geoffrey Gread
    Featuring Toni Beckman, Eric Davis, Annie Newton

 Carolers: “Strike The Set” — Brittany Berin and Claire Bolen 

 Production Team

  • Producers:  John Bolen and Lynne Bolen
  • Light Design:  Nick Charles
  • Sound Design:  Claire Bolen
  • Stage Manager/Board Op: Alex Fuentes
  • Stage Crew: Paul Bolen
  • Publicity/Press:  Christopher Trela

 Stage Door Repertory Theatre

1045 N. Armando Street, Suite B

Anaheim, CA 92806

Reservations: www.stagedoorrep.org

 

Admission: $15 general; $12 students/seniors/military

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New Voices Playwrights Theatre’s 19th season

2 p.m. Saturdays, Aug. 1, Aug. 8, and Aug. 15, 2015
2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015

Plays

“Dreamkiller” by Frank Farmer. Director: Jack Messenger
featuring Robert P. Purcell, Mary-Ann Sanfelippo

“Long Time Coming” by David Rusiecki. Director: David Rusiecki
featuring Brandon Kasper, Simerjeet Singh, David Rusiecki (August 1 only)

“Mr. Sam’s Place” by Mark Bowen. Director: Mark Bowen
featuring Bill Carson, Chance Lee Clinton, Kip Hogan, Van David Hudson Jr.

“On the L(edge)” by John Bolen. Director: Jo Black-Jacob
featuring Philip Bushell, Karen Wray

“6 A.M.” by John Lane. Director: Geoffrey Gread
featuring Eldon Callaway, Amanda Joyce

“The Trouble With Art” by Anne Grob. Director: Bob May
featuring Mark Bowen, Chance Lee Clinton, Vanessa Evans, Mark Grabador, Rigo Lopez, Mason Meskell, Gil Morales, Robert P. Purcell, Stephen Saatjian

“True Confessions” by Lynne Bolen. Director: Geoffrey Gread
featuring Toni Beckman, Amanda Joyce, Mason Meskell

“Waitin’ for the ‘C’ Bus” by John Franceschini. Director: Geoffrey Gread
featuring Eric Davis, Vanessa Evans, Van David Hudson Jr.

Production Team

• Producers: John Bolen and Lynne Bolen
• Light Design: Nick Charles
• Sound Design: Claire Bolen
• Stage Manager/Board Op: Caitlyn Dominguez
• Assistant Stage Manager: Alex Fuentes
• Stage Crew: Claire Bolen, Alex Fuentes
• Publicity/Press: Christopher Trela

Theatre

• Stage Door Repertory Theatre: 1045 N. Armando St., Suite B, Anaheim
• Tickets: $15 general; $12 students/seniors/military
• Reservations: http://www.stagedoorrep.org

New Voices Playwrights Theatre presented a staged reading on Oct. 10, 2015:

The Glass Gallery” by Anne Grob
directed by Jo Black
Stage Door Repertory

New Voices Playwrights Theatre presented a staged reading in May, 2015:

 

The Red Dot”

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A Staged Reading of a Full  Length Play

Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 2:00pm

Playwright

John Bolen

Director

Lynne Bolen

Actors

Eric Davis · Amanda Joyce · Michael Keeney · Tanisha Livingston

Jenilee Lopez · Rayanne Thorn · Megan Tice

Stage Door Repertory Theatre

1045 N. Armando St., Suite B, Anaheim, CA 92806

$5 donation

(714) 630-SDRT (7378)
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New Voices Playwrights Theatre presents

“Holiday Voices 2014”

Six One-Act Plays

Saturdays, Dec. 6, 13 and 20, 2014, at 2 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, at 2 p.m.
Stage Door Repertory Theatre
1045 N. Armando St., Suite B, Anaheim, CA 92806
(714) 630-SDRT (7378)

Playwrights
John Bolen, Lynne Bolen, Michael Buss, Frank Farmer, John Franceschini, Anne Grob

Directors
Jo Black-Jacob, Michael Buss, Geoffrey Gread, Dee Shandera, Karen Wray

Production Team
Claire Bolen, John Bolen, Lynne Bolen, Nick Charles,
Caitlyn Dominguez, Alex Fuentes, John Glass, Christopher Trela

Actors
Sydney Benvin, Jo Black-Jacob, John Bolen, Michael Buss, Pedro Carachure,
Wendy Gallo, Paul Jasser, Arturo Jones, Amanda Joyce, Della Lisi Kerr,
Kim Kiedrowski, Glenn Koppel, Joan Meissenburg, Mitchell Nunn,
Mary-Ann Sanfelippo, Dee Shandera, John Tramutola, Sylvia Williams, Karen Wray

Tickets: $15 general; $12 students, seniors and military

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New Voices Playwrights Theatre presents

“Holiday Voices 2014”

Six One-Act Plays

Saturdays, Dec. 6, 13 and 20, 2014, at 2 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, at 2 p.m.
Stage Door Repertory Theatre
1045 N. Armando St., Suite B, Anaheim, CA 92806
(714) 630-SDRT (7378)

Playwrights
John Bolen, Lynne Bolen, Michael Buss, Frank Farmer, John Franceschini, Anne Grob

Directors
Jo Black-Jacob, Michael Buss, Geoffrey Gread, Dee Shandera, Karen Wray

Production Team
Claire Bolen, John Bolen, Lynne Bolen, Nick Charles,
Caitlyn Dominguez, Alex Fuentes, John Glass, Christopher Trela

Actors
Sydney Benvin, Jo Black-Jacob, John Bolen, Michael Buss, Pedro Carachure,
Wendy Gallo, Paul Jasser, Arturo Jones, Amanda Joyce, Della Lisi Kerr,
Kim Kiedrowski, Glenn Koppel, Joan Meissenburg, Mitchell Nunn,
Mary-Ann Sanfelippo, Dee Shandera, John Tramutola, Sylvia Williams, Karen Wray

Tickets: $15 general; $12 students, seniors and military

New Voices staged “Summer Voices 2014” on four dates in August at the Stage Door Repertory Theatre in Anaheim.

The show featured:

“A Match” by John Bolen
Directed by Jo Black. Featuring Sky Siegel, Karen Wray

“And Baby Makes Four” by Frank Farmer
Directed by Geoffrey Gread. Featuring Donna Jacques, Kim Kiedrowski, Megan Tice

“Angel at My Door” by John Franceschini
Directed by Autumn Browne. Featuring Kim Kiedrowski, Amanda Petrocelly

“Boulevard of Broken Dreams” by Lynne Bolen
Directed by Karen Wray. Featuring Eric Davis, Jeff Gilbank, Sky Siegel, Jasmine West

“Journeys” by Austin Peay
Directed by Austin Peay. Featuring David Sween, Jasmine West

“Variations on a Composition in Blue” by Anne Grob
Directed by Geoffrey Gread. Featuring Arturo Jones, Megan Tice

Performances will be Aug. 2, 9, 16 and 17

Production Team

• Producers: John Bolen and Lynne Bolen
• Light Design: Nick Charles
• Sound Design: Kyle J. Spiller
• Stage Manager/Tech: Caitlyn Dominguez
• Assistant Stage Manager/Stage Crew: Alex Fuentes
• Stage Crew: John Glass
• Publicity/Press: Christopher Trela

Theater

• Stage Door Repertory Theatre: 1045 N. Armando St., Suite B, Anaheim
• Tickets: Admission is $15 general, $12 students/seniors/military
• Reservations: (714) 630-SDRT or http://www.stagedoorrep.org

Stagedoor Repertory Theatre
1045 N. Armando St., Suite A
Anaheim, CA 92806
(714) 630-7378

New Voices staged “Holiday Voices 2013” on four dates in December at the Stage Door Repertory Theatre in Anaheim.

The show featured:

“Love, Divine” by Erica Bennett
Director: Erica Bennett; Choreographer: Megan Tice; Music: Kyle J. Spiller
Featuring Jessica Lamprinos, Mark Rosier, Megan Tice

“Manger: To Eat” by Michael Buss
Director: Michael Buss
Featuring Kim Kiedrowski, Karen Wray

“Mom’s Coming For Christmas” by John Franceschini
Director: Jo Black-Jacob
Featuring Bob Fetes, David Fruechting, Roxanne Martinez, Karen Wray

“Return to Sender” by David Rusiecki
Director: David Rusiecki
Featuring Steven Lamprinos, Karen Wray

“Rudolph’s Folly” by Lynne Bolen
Director: Jo Black-Jacob
Featuring Jo Black-Jacob, Larry Creagan

“The Roommate” by John Lane
Director: Geoffrey Gread
Featuring Porscia Eve, Kim Kiedrowski, Mason Meskell, Mary-Ann Saranchak

“The Virgin Connie” by John Bolen
Director: Terry Winkler
Featuring Emily Airhart, Pedro Carachure, Eric Davis, Megan Tice

Caroler: Tim McMullen

Production Team
• Producers: John Bolen and Lynne Bolen
• Light Design: Nick Charles
• Sound Design: Kyle J. Spiller
• Sound Technician/Stage Manager: Richard Ordiano
• Publicity/Press: Christopher Trela

New Voices presented a staged reading of a full-length play, “The Noise of Our Times” by John Glass on Aug. 3, 2013.

It featuring Toni Beckman, Curtis Buck, Maureen Chesus, Donna Jacques, Kim Kiedrowski, Caroline Torrez.

It was directed by Geoffrey Gread.

The time is 2003, and the country is plunged into a foreign war with domestic protests and divided emotional and political viewpoints. Some are pro, some are con. But what of those in the wake of this political storm? At a small eastern college campus one man takes a stand — but at what cost?

Stage Door Repertory Theatre One Performance Only!
1045 N. Armando St., Suite A
2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013
Anaheim, CA 92806 Suggested donation: $5
(714) 630-7378

New Voices presented its annual “Spring Voices” production on June 1, 2, 8 and 15, 2013 at the Stage Door Repertory Theatre in Anaheim.

“Four Characters in Search of a Play” by John Lane
Director: Katherine Scott
Featuring Elizabeth Desloge, Ian Downs, Jonathon Lamer, Gloria Maxwell

“Ladies A’Waiting” by John Bolen
Director: Lynne Bolen
Featuring Saffron Brauer, Kylie Mae Browning, Sarah Estabrook, Donna Jacques

“Stravinsky’s Kitchen” by John Glass
Director: Katherine Scott
Featuring Eric Davis, Michael Buss, Cameron Moore

“The Feldmans’ Cat” by Linda Whitmore
Director: Geoffrey Gread
Assistant Director: Antoleo Lani
Featuring Porscia Eve, Matthew Muggia

“The Writer’s Dilemma” by Michael Buss
Director: Michael Buss
Featuring Autumn Browne, Michael Buss, Jasmine West

“Under Forty” by Frank Farmer
Director: Geoffrey Gread
Assistant Director: Antoleo Lani
Featuring Saffron Brauer, Pedro Carachure, Donna Jacques, Kim Kiedrowski, Ivar Vasco

“Where’s the Logic in That?” by Pattric Walker
Director: Geoffrey Gread
Assistant Director: Antoleo Lani
Featuring Porscia Eve, Joey Rackleff

“Winners” by Lynne Bolen
Director: Lynne Bolen
Featuring Pedro Carachure, Arturo Jones, Mason Meskell, Cameron Moore

Production Team

• Producers:  John Bolen and Lynne Bolen
• Light Design:  Nick Charles
• Sound Design:  Kyle J. Spiller
• Sound Technician/Stage Manager:  Richard Ordiano
• Publicity/Press:  Christopher Trela

Showtimes
2 p.m. Saturdays, June 1, 8, 15
2 p.m. Sunday, June 2

Theater

Stage Door Repertory Theatre, 1045 N. Armando Street, Suite A, Anaheim, CA 92806
(714) 630-SDRT
Admission: $15 general; $12 students/seniors/military

New Voices presented its 16th annual “Holiday Voices” production on Dec. 1, 8, 9 and 15, 2012 at the Stage Door Repertory Theatre in Anaheim.

“A Civic Duty” by Peg Davis directed by Geoff Gread

“Delayed” by John Lane directed by Geoff Gread

“Last Call” by David Rusiecki directed by Karen Wray

“Merry Christmas,” Mr. Brisco by Michael Buss directed by Michael Buss

“Peace on Earth,” Goodwill by John Bolen directed by Lynne Bolen

“The Bench” by Paula Fell Directed by Geoff Gread

“Two Wise Men” by Linda Whitmore directed by Lynne Bolen

Starring: Jo Black-Jacob, David Cramer, Robert Downs, Donna Jacques, Craig Johnson, Arturo Jones, Sara Kerr, Kim Kiedrowski, Rob Lanning, Sandy Lindenberg, Gloria Maxwell, Kevin Williams, Sylvia Williams

Stage Door Repertory Theatre: 1045 N. Armando St., Suite A, Anaheim

Tickets: Admission is $15 general, $12 students/seniors/military
Reservations: (714) 630-7378; (949) 294-6425
Admission: $15 general; $12 students/seniors/military

New Voices presented “Summer Voices,” an annual production of short plays by its members, from July 28 to Aug. 11, 2012.

“Give Me Something Good to Eat” by John Glass, directed by Katherine Scott
Featuring Ray Akin, Larry Creagan, Madeleine Wolf [Katherine Scott 7/28]

“Have a Nice Day” by David Rusiecki, directed by Vanessa Wolf
Featuring Toni Beckman, Paul LeSchofs

“Hooking Up” by John Franceschini, directed by Jo Black-Jacob
Featuring David Rusiecki, Emily Spiller, Karen Wray

“In Flight” by Joanne Freeman, directed by Geoff Gread
Featuring Alyssa Elder, Ben Green, Emily Spiller

“Pitch Perfect” by Linda Whitmore, directed by Geoff Gread
Featuring Ben Green, Glenn Koppel, Harv Popick, Karen Wray

 “Spanish Masters” by Lynne Bolen, directed by Lynne Bolen
Featuring Trevor Archer, David Cramer, Alyssa Elder, Glenn Koppel

“Take My Land Please” by John Richardson, directed by Yvonne Robertson
Featuring Richard Comeau, Ginger Francis, Kyle Spiller

 “The Last Episode” by John Lane, directed by Geoff Gread
Featuring Harv Popick, David Rusiecki, Ivar Vasco, Karen Wray

Production Team 

  • Producers:  John Bolen and Lynne Bolen
  • Light Designer:  Nick Charles
  • Sound Designers:  Kate Lyle, Phil Lyle, Claire Bolen
  • Stage Manager/Light & Sound Technician:  Katy Dominguez
  • Publicity/Press:  Christopher Trela

Theatre

New Voices presented a staged reading of “Two Can Play”by  Lorin Howard on April 7, 2012 at the Stage Door Repertory Theatre in Anaheim.

New Voices presents a staged reading of a work in progress by member Lorin Howard. Two lonely, manipulative strangers are engaged in a mind game designed to entrap and expose the other. Alex, a charsimatic but unprincipled biographer, enters Wallis Somerset’s reclusive world as a caregiver. Or did the acclaimed novelist somehow lure him there? The two writers spar in a toxic but beguiling game of wits and play to the “death.”

One performance only. There will be a question-and-answer session after the reading. Audience advisory: Adult language and mature subject matter.

Stage Door Repertory Theatre
1045 N. Armando St., Suite A
Anaheim, CA 92806

New Voices presented its holiday show Nov. 26-Dec. 11, 2011, at Stages in Fullerton. The lineup:

“Champion of the Western Hemisphere” by John Richardson, directed by Peter J. Kuo and featuring Ervin Bolisay, Soyia Ellison, and Brandon Kasper

“Christmas Exchange” by John Franceschini, directed by Geoffrey Gread and featuring Sandy Lindenberg, John Merry, Dawn Vasco, Ivar Vasco, and Jen Vogt-Lowell

“The Gift of Christmas” by Lynne Bolen, directed by Katy Dominguez and featuring Kevin Williams and Sylvia Williams

“Mistle-in-Tow” by David Rusiecki,  directed by Geoffrey Gread and featuring Brandon Kasper and Jen Vogt-Lowell

“The Office Party” by Donna Hedman, directed by Karen Wray and featuring Tim Rhone, David Rusiecki, and Karen Wray

“Sad Tales of G.I. Joe” by John Bolen, directed by Tony Vezner and featuring Paul Breazeale, Brandon Kasper, Kim Kiedrowski, Jonathon Lamer, John Merry, Donna Pickett, and Ivar Vasco

Carolers:  Melanie Gable and Jeremy Troutt

Production Team

  • Producers:  John Bolen and Lynne Bolen
  • Light Design:  Casey Holm
  • Sound Design:  Claire Bolen
  • Sound Technician/Stage Manager:  Claire Bolen
  • Light Technician/ASM:  Alex Fuentes
  • Publicity/Press:  Christopher Trela

Saturday Nov. 26, 2011 at  2 p.m.
Sundays, Nov. 27, Dec. 4 and Dec. 11 at 5:30 p.m.

 STAGEStheatre
400 E. Commonwealth Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832
(714)-525-4484

Admission: $15 general; $12 students/seniors/military

New Voices presented its summer show Sept. 10-25, 2011, at the Mysterium. The lineup:

Plays

A Matter of Feet, written by John Lane, directed by Kyle Moore
Featuring Lorin Howard, Donna Hedman and Ivar Vasco
A Night in the City of Angels, written by John Bolen, directed by Lynne Bolen
Featuring Caitlin Hedman and Kevin Williams
Assumptions, written by Lynne Bolen, directed by Terry Winkler
Featuring Soyia Ellison, Fred Peters and Andre Stojka
Fay W., written by John Richardson, directed by Geoffrey Gread
Featuring Elizabeth M. Desloge and Kevin Williams
God Only Knows, written by Linda Whitmore, directed by Geoffrey Gread
Featuring Ray Akin and John Tramutola
It’s Only A Minute A Guy, written by John Franceschini, directed by Pattric Walker
Featuring Roxanne Martinez, Kyle Moore, and Mitchell Nunn
Stuck, written and directed by Kyle Moore
Featuring Kyle Moore and Lisa Morrison
The Subtext of Texting, written by Lorin Howard, directed by Lance Macdonald
Featuring Jeffrey Kieviet, Anne Lee Mako, and Jen Vogt-Lowell

Production Team

  • Producers:  John Bolen and Lynne Bolen
  • Sound Designer:  Claire Bolen
  • Light Designer:  Joseph Solomon
  • Sound Technician/Stage Manager:  Claire Bolen
  • Light Technician:  Alex Fuentes
  • Publicity/Press:  Christopher Trela

Theater

    • Mysterium Theater:  19211 Dodge Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92705
    • Tickets: $18 general, $15 students/seniors/military
    • Phone Reservations:  (714) 505-3454
    • Online Tickets:  http://mysteriumshop.com/NewVoices

New Voices presented its spring show April 30-May 1, May 7-8, May 14-15, 2011, at the Empire Theatre. The lineup:

For Bidden by John Bolen
Directed by Geoffrey Gread
Featuring Bethany Hamrick and Michelle Tucker

Peace on Earth by Joanne Freeman
Directed by Geoffrey Gread
Featuring David Cramer and Jen Vogt-Lowell

Played by John Richardson
Directed by Lynne Bolen
Featuring Bethany Hamrick, Phillip Lyle, and Fred Peters

The Visitation by Linda Whitmore
Directed by Geoffrey Gread
Featuring David Cramer and Rob Kerr

This Life or the Next by John Franceschini
Directed by Terry Winkler
Featuring Lorin Howard and Glenn Koppel

Uncomfortable Sex
by Lorin Howard
Directed by Lance Macdonald
Featuring Jo Black-Jacob, Bob Kokol, and Kelly Connolly

Production team

  • Producers:  John Bolen and Lynne Bolen
  • Light Design:  David C. Carnevale
  • Sound Design:  Claire Bolen
  • Stage Manager/Light & Sound Technician:  Claire Bolen
  • Props Mistress/Costume Design/ASM:  Kate Lyle
  • Publicity/Press:  Christopher Trela

April 30, May 1
May 7, May 8
May 14, May 15
2 p.m. Saturdays; 6 p.m. Sundays

$15 general; $12 students, seniors and military
Reservations: (714) 220-7069

Empire Theatre
202 N. Broadway
Santa Ana’s Artists Village

Note:  On April 30 and May 1, the 12th Annual Cinco de Mayo Festival
returns to downtown Santa Ana.
There will be traffic congestion, some street closures, and paid parking only.
Please allow an extra 15-20 minutes to access the area.

New Voices presented its annual holiday show Dec. 11-12, 18-19 at the Empire Theatre. The lineup:

“A New Year Me”
Written by John Bolen
Directed by Lynne Bolen
Featuring Alyssa Elder, Coreen Mueller and David Rusiecki

“ATM Santa”
Written by Joanne Freeman
Directed by Geoffrey Gread
Featuring Fred Peters and David Rusiecki

“Baggage Game”
Written and directed by Lynne Bolen
Featuring Lynne Bolen and John Bolen

“Cutting Remarks”
Written by Linda Whitmore
Directed by Terry Winkler
Featuring Brandon Kasper and Soyia Ellison

“Fruitcake”
Written by David Scaglione
Directed by Kyle Moore
Featuring Laurie Robbins and Pattric Walker

“Present Company”
Written by Paula Fell
Directed by Vanessa Wolf
Featuring Toni Beckman, Gloria Maxwell and James Sweeney

“Rizzoli Returns From the Mall”
Written by John Richardson
Directed by Tamiko Washington
Featuring John Tramutola

 “Surveillance”
Written by John Lane
Directed by Geoffrey Gread
Featuring Ivar Vasco, Soyia Ellison, and Phillip Lyle

Production team

Producers:  John Bolen and Lynne Bolen
Light Design:  David C. Carnevale
Sound Design:  Claire Bolen
Stage Manager/Light & Sound Technician:  Claire Bolen
Costume Design:  Kate Lyle
Publicity/Press:  Christopher Trela

Empire Theatre
202 N. Broadway
Santa Ana’s Artists Village

Admission: $15 general; $12 students/seniors/military

The New Voices Playwrights Theatre presented “Eightudes,” a production of original short plays from Saturday, Aug. 21, running for three weekends until Sept. 5. Curtain was 2 p.m. Saturdays and 6 p.m. Sundays.

The playlist:

A Song for Me by John Bolen, directed by Paul Millet

Future Imperfect by Linda Whitmore, directed by Michael Buss

High Roller by John Franceschini, directed by John Franceschini

Small Change by Lynne Bolen, directed by Geoff Greed

Small Claims by John Lane, directed by Kyle Moore

Special Ops by Paula Fell, directed by Patricia Miller

Superfluous by John Richardson, directed by Patricia Miller

The Waiting Room by Pattric Walker, directed by Tamiko Washington

Production team

  • Producers:  John and Lynne Bolen
  • Light Design:  David C. Carnevale
  • Sound Design:  Claire Bolen
  • Stage Manager/Light & Sound Technician:  Claire Bolen
  • Publicity/Press:  Christopher Trela

The cast

  • Kash Adler
  • Josh Aguilar
  • Sean Burgos
  • Ana Maria Campoy
  • John T. Cogan
  • David Cramer
  • Gwendolyn Edwards
  • John Franceshini
  • Peggy Free
  • Will Gotay
  • Leslie Joyce
  • Rob Kerr
  • David Rusiecki
  • Kyle Spiller

Empire Theatre
202 N. Broadway
in Santa Ana’s Artists Village district

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Admission: $15 general; $12 students/seniors/military.

  • Parking:  The best option is the parking structure at 3rd and Birch (usually free on weekends and evenings).  Birch is one block west of Broadway. There is also a public garage at 3rd and Broadway (about $2.00) and metered street parking.
  • Tickets: Theatre Out is handling all box office; credit cards accepted.
  • Phone:  (714) 220-7069
  • Websiteswww.empiretheatreoc.com

New Voices wrapped its summer festival of full-length play readings on Saturday, July 17,  at the Empire Theatre in Santa Ana.

July 17“GOOD BREEDING” by John Lane

A gay man becomes fascinated with a classy woman and introduces her to his ex-partner.  She wants the ex to be her sperm donor.

Cast:                                                                                                                                                                            Matthew Auringer
Toni Beckman
Soyia Ellison
Lorin Howard
David Rusiecki

Directed by Geoffrey Gread.

July 3, 2010: Full-length reading:

July 3THE HIDDEN DARK” by John Bolen

The heiress to one of the last great ranches of Texas confronts three men of influence in her life.

The cast:

Abbie Sturm – Mandy Petrocelly
Red Cooper – John C. Crow
Graham Sturm – Warren Draper
Jack McKinney – Jonathon Lamer
Stormy Knight – Arilyn Carpenter
Sheriff Hap Wilson – Ian Downs
Lynne Bolen – Stage Directions

June, 2010: Full-length reading:

June 26 — “MURDER WITH ABSOLUTION” by John Franceschini

A ruthless English matriarch avenges her daughter’s death while fending off a hostile takeover attempt of the family business with murderous results.

The cast for “Murder With Absolution” featured:

Stephanie Schulz …..………………………Lydia/Mary

Lewis Leighton………….……. Victor Hemmings/Lord

Reginald Southward

Dianne Manaster……………………..… Lady Eleanor

Paul Braezeale ………………….……………..Charles

Gary Spangler……………………… Monsignor Molini

Roxie Martinez ………..…….Lady Millicent  Brewster

Bob Fetes…………………… Lord Archibald Brewster

Rob Kerr……………………………..…Cristoff Petrous

Della Lisi ………………..…….Stage Directions/Alfred

December, 2009: Full productions of holiday plays

Theatre OUT at the Empire Theatre
202 North Broadway
Santa Ana

Parking: Limited metered street parking. The public parking garage at 3rd and Birch is usually open and free on weekends. Birch is one block west of Broadway.

The workshop presented its 13th annual holiday show of short plays, from Dec. 5-20, developed in the Orange County-based playwriting group. They were:

“A Christmas Frail” by John Bolen
“A Christmas Kris” by Lynne Bolen
“Bangola” by Michael Buss
“We Three Extras” by Paula Fell
“Night Visitor” by Joanne Freeman
“Not a Good Time” by John Lane
“Miracle on Seventeenth Street” by John Richardson
“Your Call is Very Important to Us” by Linda Whitmore

Summer, 2009: Staged readings of full-length plays

In the summer of 2009, New Voices Playwrights presented a series of staged readings of full-length plays.

New Voices Playwrights now has a relationship with Theatre OUT, which took over the former Rude Guerrilla Theatre at 202 N. Broadway (just north of 2nd Street) in the Artists Village district of Santa Ana.

Saturday, June 13

“Nothing Doing” (A comedy by John Richardson) — War is hell … especially for the cast of an adult World War II comedy being performed at the Happy Time Children’s Theater.

Saturday, July 25

“Groupie” (A drama by David Rusiecki) — A single mother must confront her former partying lifestyle with her teenage son and with her best friend after her affair with a rock ‘n’ roll musician is revealed in his tell-all memoir.

Saturday, Aug. 29

“A Tangled Affair” (A drama by John Bolen) — In a struggle between love and the expression of genius, which will win?

  • All staged readings began at 2 p.m., and were followed by Q&A feedback sessions.
  • What is a “staged reading”? Actors are “on book”, i.e., have scripts in hand. There are limited props and stage movement, but actors have had one or two rehearsals. Actors have appeared in many productions throughout O.C. and L.A. counties.
  • Suggested donation: $5
  • Theatre OUT, 202 N. Broadway, Santa Ana. Get a map.
  • Parking: Limited metered street parking. The public parking garage at 3rd and Birch is usually open and free on weekends. Birch is one block west of Broadway.

December, 2008: Full productions of holiday plays

‘Tis the season … for New Voices Playwrights Theatre’s annual Holiday Show. The Cabrillo Playhouse (202 Avenida Cabrillo, San Clemente [949] 492-0465) was the venue for the production of six plays over the weekends before and after Christmas.

The dates for the performances were: 2 p.m. Dec. 20; 6 p.m. Dec. 21; 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 27; and 2 and 6 p.m. Dec. 28. Tickets were $15 for adults; $13 for seniors, students and military. Content of the productions is suitable for family audiences.

The lineup is as follows:

  • “Best Chance, Chance Best” by John Bolen. An older woman whose husband suffers from Alzheimer’s fights for love and its memories when her son wants to move them to a nursing home.
  • “Christmastime Machine” by Lynne Bolen. A man enters a lonely cafe on Christmas eve and strikes up a relationship with the waitress.
  • “Home for Christmas” by Michael Buss. An elderly man awaits the arrival of a son for Christmas dinner, but his wife fears the son may never come.
  • “Spiritual Entitlement” by Joanne Freeman. A wife gives her new husband an early Christmas gift, with unexpected consequences.
  • “The Tree” by John Lane. A couple await the arrival of an upscale relative. The problem is the Christmas tree: It’s still up and it’s Feb. 22.
  • “Waiting for Dodo” by John Richardson. Two Godot-like characters meet on a moor and are visited by a young lady. Many things are discussed.
  • “Bittersweet Smell of Success” by Linda Whitmore. A woman working the perfume counter during the holiday rush reminisces about the path not taken.

September, 2008: Staged readings of six short plays

New Voices Playwrights Theatre presented a staged reading of six short plays on Saturday, Sept. 20. The readings began at 2 p.m. at Rude Guerrilla, 202 N. Broadway, Santa Ana. (714) 547-4688. Suggested donation was $5. [Directions]

The fare for the afternoon:

Directed by Michael Buss:

  • “Junk Jockey” by Michael Buss. A wife has an unusual Christmas surprise for her husband: She’s leaving. With her lover. But her lover, in turn, has a surprise for her.
  • “Spiritual Entitlement” by Joanne Freeman. A woman sends her fiancé to her ex-husband’s New Age cleansing center. Bad idea.
  • “Who Wants to Be a Star” by John Richardson. A man takes his girlfriend to a swank Hollywood restaurant for their anniversary. But who show up: movie stars.

Directed by Geoffrey Gread:

  • “Monday Night Football” by John Lane. A man sees a female psychologist about his “virgin” issues.
  • “Bar Scene” by John Lane. A successful businessman returns to his hometown for the funeral of his estranged father.  In the hotel bar he meets a woman who tells him some family secrets.
  • “Breaking Up…” by John Lane. A civilized couple breaks up.

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