Scripps Ranch Theatre’s 7th Annual “Out On A Limb:
New Plays from America’s Finest City”

July 13, 14, 15 and July 20, 21, 22
Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm
Tickets: $20

Scripps Ranch Theatre’s “Out on a Limb: New Plays from America’s Finest City,” is designed to create and stage new one-act plays. The program strives to develop and produce new work that will engage playwrights and theater artists in Southern California.  It is our intention to celebrate diversity, to entertain, educate, and expand the horizons of our patrons and develop new audiences, and to contribute to the cultural and economic growth of our community.

2018 Out On A Limb plays:

MONSTERS OF THE AMERICAN CINEMA by Christian St. Croix
Directed by James P. Darvas
Featuring: Aaron Lugo and John Wells III

When his husband dies, Remy Washington, a black man in his late 30s, finds himself both the owner of a drive-in movie theater in Santee, California, and a caregiver to his late husband’s white, 16-year-old son, Pup. Both enamored with classic monster movies, their relationship is warm and witty, but not without strain. Pup suffers from night terrors, Remy struggles with raising a teen he doesn’t always understand. The duo’s connection is tested when Remy learns Pup’s been bullying a classmate: a boy who likes to paint his nails. “Monsters of the American Cinema” is a haunting and humorous tale about fathers and sons, ghosts and monsters.

DESERT OASIS GARDEN CLUB by Gabino Cabanilla
Directed by Don Loper
Featuring: Dori Salois, Pamela Brittain, Connie Terwilliger and M. Eliane Weidauer

Marge lives in a 55+ retirement community. She is alone now and her deceased husband has left her with enormous debt. Can she afford to live where she is? How will she pay for healthcare, food or everyday expenses? Her two BFFs have a creative solution to supplement Marge’s financial woes. They invite her to join the DESERT OASIS GARDEN CLUB. With hypocrisy, humor and enlightened progressiveness, this play explores the importance of family and friends and embracing one of Mother Nature’s botanical gifts.

ANOMALY.EXE by Salomon Maya
Directed by Hannah Logan
Featuring: Amara Young and John Carroll

Valerie and Brad have the perfect house…the perfect marriage…the perfect life. And in the not too distant future, revolutionary technology has allowed Valerie and Brad to build the perfect son before he even takes his first real breath. Yet as this happy couple begin choosing the traits for their child, they realize that perfection, or at least the pursuit of it, might very well disrupt the very symbiotic relationship they fought so hard to maintain. Breaking the very code that had sustained almost perfection.

Casts & Directors

ANOMOLY

Hannah Logan (Director) most recently assisted Delicia Sonnenberg directing BLISS! Or Emily Post is Dead at Moxie Theatre. Other credits include: Directing:God’s Plan and El Valiente (Moxie / SDSU, #tenminuteplays) Birth Right (OOAL/Scripps Ranch Theatre), You’re Hired (That 24-Hour Thing, 2017)Taming of the Crew (Hollywood Fringe 24-Hour Fest), Ten Tits and Five Tiaras (Tamarind Theatre, also co-writer), Call Me Ishmael, Graceland (Seattle Fringe), Crimes of the Heart (The Boston Conservatory); Assistant Directing: Robby Lutfy, Bad Jews (Cygnet Theatre), Claudio Raygoza, Reasons to be Pretty, This Wide Night (ion theatre). Hannah recently returned from attending Directors Lab West in Los Angeles, an invited conference for emerging professional directors.

 


John Carroll (Brad) is an actor residing in San Diego with his wife and two daughters. His most recent role as Mickey in the Patio Playhouse production of “Greetings” broke a six-year hiatus from the theater world. You can catch John in the independent film Grinn on Amazon Prime.


Amara Young  (Valerie) is delighted to take part in this year’s festival. Credits include VP Panch in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at MOONLIGHT YOUTH, Diane in HBO’s Westworld at SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST, and will be making her debut on the New Village Arts Stage this winter. She is currently working at LEGOLAND® CA Resort as a Face Character.


Leigh Akin (Assistant Director) is an actress, comedian, improviser and classical singer. She received her masters in Classical Vocal Performance from the University of Wisconsin in 2014. She produces and hosts a monthly comedy show, performs nationally and regionally as an opera singer, musical theater and comedic actress and. For more info visit: www.Leighakin.com

Salomon Maya (Playwright) has written three full-length plays, Splitting Adam, Gridlock and The Mudanza: An Unapologetic Bilingual Play; works as Creative Director for Televisa San Diego/Tijuana; monthly columnist L’CHAIM Magazine and board member for Arts District at Liberty Station. Regional acting credits: San Diego Repertory Theatre: Beachtown (Benny Ramos-Leibowitz), Manifest Destinitis (Tomas); La Jolla Playhouse: El Henry (Mago); OnStage Playhouse: Coyote on a Fence (Sam).

MONSTERS OF THE AMERICAN CINEMA

James P. Darvas (Director) As a Director: A Piece Of My Heart, Good People,  Coyote On A Fence (OSP); Burn This (Different Stages) Night Mother (Lamplighters); Rabbit Hole (CAT). As an Actor: I Am My Own Wife, Rabbit Hole, Enron, Geeks The Musical, Mothers and Sons, The Shadow Box (at SRT), Cloud Tectonics.

 


John Wells III (Remy Washington) is thrilled and honored to make his SRT debut. Previous theatre credits include: Cardboard Piano, The Mystery of Love and Sex (DiversionaryTheatre); Dogfight, A Chorus Line (Chance Theatre); The Taming of the Shrew (Method Actors Theatre); Sister Act (Musical Theatre West). Film/Web/Voiceover work: Stupid Love (Artist), Life As We Blow It (Various Cameos), White Lies (Detective), Collaba (Thug), Randori (Josiah), O.B. City (Soundtrack).


 

Aaron Lugo (Peter “Pup” Miller) has been active in theatre for over 12 years. Credits include As Bees in Honey Drown (OnStage Playhouse), and Colored (Maarte Theatre Collective). Training includes the Meisner technique infused with Chekhov, and a couple of years at The Old Globe’s Summer Shakespeare Intensive. Aaron is proud to be making his debut at Scripps Ranch Theatre.


Christian St. Croix (Playwright) is a short fiction writer, playwright, stage director and the Creative Director of Boy and Monster, an award-winning theatre collective. He’s also the author of ‘M.’, a collection of prose, poetry and micro-fiction that Outword Magazine describes as, ‘”Raw. Real. Radical. Racy.” His plays include Denim, Frisco and Zack, and his original one-act, Princes, received the 2017 San Diego International Fringe Festival Award for Outstanding LGBT Performance.

DESERT OASIS GARDEN CLUB

Don Loper (Director) Some favorite credits include: A Christmas Carol, Wings (San Diego Rep); 1776, Detective Story (Lamb’s Players); Wet (Moxie Theatre); Travesties, Importance…Earnest, Arcadia, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, The Adjustment, M. Butterfly, Rough Crossing, Dancing at Lughnasa, Mastergate and Chekhov in Yalta (North Coast Rep). Most recently, Home Is Where The Light Is and Medea (Proud Mouse) and Waiting For Godot (Fruitless Moon).


Pamela Brittain (Anna Mae) SRT debut. Favorite roles include: Grand Duchess Olga Katrina in You Can’t Take it With You, Yente in Fiddler on the Roof, Frosine in The Miser, Queen Aggravain in Once Upon a Mattress, and Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret. Pamela is an Associate Artist with Lamb’s Players Theatre and Write Out Loud. Next month, she will once again play The Red Queen at TwainFest.


Dori Salois (Marge) has performed in professional theatres as well as film and television in New York, Los Angeles, Massachusetts, and Washington D.C. Most recently she was seen here in San Diego as Alice, the caustic Matriarch in Clever Little Lies. Ms. Salois is also the Executive Director of Vantage Theatre. Her novel, Mrs. Bennet’s Sentiments, published two years ago, was chosen as a top fiction pick by People Magazine. Available at Amazon.


Connie Terwilliger (Fiona) has always enjoyed performing at Scripps Ranch Theater (Sunset Park, Over the River…, Sylvia and I Ought to be In Pictures). She recently received an Aubrey Award nomination for her role as Alice in the Lamplighters production of The Tin Woman. You also may have seen her in shows at OnStage Playhouse, La Jolla Theater Ensemble and PowPac. Connie is a full-time voice professional – www.voiceover-talent.com.


Eliane Weidauer (Ginger) is excited to be back at SRT working with these talented, supportive ladies! Having acted and sung throughout the U.S. and Germany, including as lead vocalist in a German rock band, she has performed in more than 70 plays, including in Munich as part of the Cultural Exchange for the ‘72 Olympics. Other local plays include Auntie Mame, Nuncrackers, Something’s Afoot, Moon Over Buffalo, and SRT’s Postmortem.


Gabino Cabanilla (Playwright) spent 23 years communicating employee healthcare and retirement benefits in the public and private sectors. His plays have been read at Diversionary Theatre’s WordPlay Tuesdays and at Scripteasers in San Diego. He studied creative writing at Los Angeles City College and UCLA. He is a member of The Playwrights’ Center and Dramatists Guild of America. Gabino resides in Southern California.

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Production Staff

Robert May (Founder and Artistic Director: Out on a Limb) Robert began working with new plays as an undergrad actor and continued his passion for new work with Out on a Limb and New Works Studio. One of his personal missions is to help playwrights develop and create new work that has a life after the initial development process.  He is also an award-winning director, an actor and sound designer.

Charles Peters (Production Manager) is an award-winning director and actor who has twice toured nationally. In San Diego he has worked professionally as a director, actor, sound designer and consultant at SRT, ion, New Village Arts, Cygnet, La Jolla Playhouse, Carlsbad Playreaders and more. He currently serves on the SRT Board of Directors and as SRT’s OutReach Director. For further information visit www.charles-peters.com.

Jennifer Peters (Co-Production Manager & Stage Manager) has been involved with theater in and around San Diego for most of her life, from stage managing to directing, lighting design, and everything in between. It is an honor to once again be participating in what has been a long tradition of the San Diego theater scene, bringing new works to the stage.