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Scripps Ranch Theatre Announces

5th Annual Out on a Limb – New Plays from America’s Finest City

July 14 – July 24


**For Immediate Release **

June 8th – Scripps Ranch Theatre, located on the campus of Alliant International University, presents their 5th Annual Out on a Limb – New Plays from America’s Finest City. Scripps Ranch Theatre is a leader in the Southern California Arts Community in developing and producing new plays. These Festival pieces are all new, world-premiere plays written by area playwrights, and have a common theme of having something to do with San Diego. This year, the festival will run for two weekends; July 14-17 & July 21-24, each with a different schedule. Additionally, two of the new scripts are full-length plays – developed from one act productions from earlier Out On A Limb  Festivals.

Founder and Director of the Festival, Robert May shared “We are excited to be gearing up for our 5th Annual Out On A Limb. At Scripps Ranch Theatre – we continue to look for ways to encourage development of new works from our diverse community that reflect the San Diego experience.  This year, three of the four winning scripts are written (and directed by) women. Historically – women playwrights are under-represented and produced. The abundance of female talent in this festival is incredible and reflects a shift in that paradigm.  We are also excited to watch the growth of two of our Festival pieces – September and her Sisters and On Air from their original One-Act productions in earlier Out on a Limb festivals – to full length productions in 2016.”

First weekend July 14 – 17:  Thursday & Friday at 8pm, Sat @ 2pm & 8pm, Sun @ 2pm

Leaving Shadows by Steven Oberman (Ten minute play)

This is a play that shows it’s never too late to connect and forge new bonds with those we have loved. An estranged son and father are brought together in a way that leads to confessions and emotional freedom.

September and her Sisters by Jennifer Lane (full-length play)  **Adult Language

September is a spoken word poet, and when she refuses to talk about the circumstances of her life, her sisters are left to try to extract meaning from her poetry. September & Her Sisters is a story about language and communication, sisterhood and motherhood, and whether or not the bonds of family will stretch across the length of a country. The one-act version of September and her Sisters premiered in the festival last year.


Second weekend, July 21 – 24 Thursday & Friday at 8pm, Sat @ 2pm & 8pm, Sun @ 2pm

Birth Right by Kim Yaged (Ten minute play)

In the summer of 2014, the government’s decision to bus undocumented immigrants to Murrieta, CA, sparked a series of protests and counter demonstrations that added fire to an already heated immigration debate that’s still simmering. Birth Right challenges us to examine our own biases, assumptions and demons. Whose side are you on—really?

On Air by Lisa Kirazian (full-length play)

A young professor at a San Diego community college navigates his family obligations and professional ambitions against the backdrop of a campus in crisis from the Vietnam War.  The one-act version of On Air premiered in the inaugural year of SRT’s Out on a Limb New Play Festival in 2012.


ROBERT MAY:  (Founder and Artistic Director:  Out on a Limb) Robert began working with new plays as an undergrad actor, as a director with the Fritz Blitz, and continues his passion for new work with New Works Studio and Out on a Limb – both at Scripps Ranch Theatre.  He is an actor and sound designer, and an award-winning director.

Leaving Shadows

STEVEN OBERMAN: (Playwright: Leaving Shadows) has had plays produced in California, Texas, and Ohio. His play Vanished was seen at San Diego International Fringe Festival, and The Man Who Was Thursday received a workshop production at Broadway Theatre in Vista. He won First Place in Scripteasers’ Short Play competition for his one-act, Forgive Me Not. Other produced plays include A Slip From Reality, recently part of Scripps Ranch Theatre’s educational outreach program, Mozu, and Claire Voyant.

ERIC POPPICK (Director: Leaving Shadows) moved to San Diego in 2006 after spending thirty years in Los Angeles.  Since his arrival, he directed the world premiere of Ripples from Walden Pond at Cygnet Theatre and the world premiere of W.C. Fields by Himself! at North Coast Repertory Theatre.  He has also directed five productions for Scripps Ranch Theatre: Play it Again, SamOver the River and Through the Woods, a feminine endingSunset Park and Skin Deep.

September and her Sisters

JENNIFER LANE: (Playwright: September and her Sisters) is a Michigan-born playwright, novelist, and teaching artist. Her work has been presented by or developed at The Gulfshore Playhouse, 3LD, The Actors Theatre of Charlotte, The Culture Project, and the Kennedy Center, among others. She is a co-founding member of the Scripps Ranch Theatre’s New Works Studio, and an alum of the Fusion Artist in Residency Program in Turin, Italy. BA: Sarah Lawrence College. MFA: Columbia University. For more information:

JACOLE KITCHEN (Director: September and her Sisters) is thrilled to be bringing September and Her Sisters back to OoaL at Scripps Ranch Theatre.  In February she will be directing Lisa Peterson’s An Iliad at New Village Arts Theatre. Jacole served as assistant director on several productions at San Diego REP including The Oldest Boy and HONKY, and at La Jolla Playhouse, Guards at the Taj.   Jacole teaches acting at UCSD Extension, and is the casting director for San Diego REP.


Second weekend:  July 21-24

Birth Right

KIM YAGED (Playwright: Birth Right) has been published by Random House, Applause, and Ballantine Books, among others. Her hilarious one-woman tour de force, Hypocrites & Strippers, was nominated for a Best Actress Artsie. An excerpt’s included in “The Best Women’s Monologues for the 21st Century”. Kim’s animated shorts inspired by Hypocrites & Strippers are traveling the globe, including stops in Rio, Melbourne, London, New York, Chicago, Austin, and Spike & Mike’s Festival of Animation. For more info visit

HANNAH LOGAN (Director: Birth Right) is a director, actor and playwright. She recently directed at Moxie Theatre in their #tenminuteplays festival. Her plays have been produced in Los Angeles, New York, and San Diego, and her play Trailerville received “Editor’s Pick” in NYC’s GO Magazine. She received “Critic’s Pick” from UT San Diego for her solo show Work: In Progress in the 2013 San Diego Fringe Festival. She continues to be impressed with SRT’s commitment to original work.

On Air

LISA KIRAZIAN (Playwright: On Air) is a playwright, author and director. Her plays include On AirThe Blackstone SessionsSwitch,The VisitorSoul FireSix Views and Armenian Voices, with productions in Los Angeles, San Diego and New York, and several publications. Lisa is a San Diego native and Stanford graduate. She thanks her parents for their inspiration, her sisters and brothers for their encouragement, and her husband Steve and daughters Ani and Mari for their support.

LIZ SHIPMAN (Director: On Air) is a nationally recognized director, choreographer, acting teacher and Co-Artistic Director of MCIT Studio in North Park. She’s directed and/or choreographed for Kings County Shakespeare Company, Webster Conservatory, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, New Avenue Theatre Project, Utah Shakespearean Festival, USD’s Graduate & Undergraduate Programs, the Old Globe, New Village Arts and Playwrights Project. Favorite projects: As You Like ItLove’s Labour’s LostOn The VergeBlood WeddingO Jerusalem, and Smoking Lessons.

Out on a Limb – New Plays from America’s Finest City runs July 14th – 24th. Thurs & Fri @ 8pm, Sat @ 2pm & 8pm, Sun @ 2pm.Thurs performances: $16 – Fri/Sat/Sun performances: $20

(If you purchase a ticket to the first week-end – you can purchase a ticket to the second weekend for $10)

For more information call 858-578-7728.


Scripps Ranch Theatre Engages Southern Californian Playwrights
Inaugural New Works Studio to kick-off February 7th, 2016

For Immediate Release:

March 5, 2016 – San Diego: Scripps Ranch Theatre announced the inaugural year of their New Works Studio as well as 2016 participating playwrights. The first collaborative meeting will take place Sunday, February 7th.

Scripps Ranch Theatre’s New Works Studio (NWS) is a nine month long program in which playwrights work on a script with the intent to create a production-ready draft. Over the nine months, the playwrights will receive bi-monthly workshops, with opportunities for feedback from other studio members and special guests. The group will consist of SRT Playwright in Residence Jennifer Lane, Stacy Osei-Kaffour, Aleta Barthell, Kim Yaged, and Tom Misuraca, and will be co-moderated by SRT Dramaturg in Residence Jessica Ordon. The program is co-founded by Robert May, SRT’s director of New Play Development.

NWS will function as an artistic home for emerging and established playwrights and a constructive, supportive environment for the development of new work. NWS Playwrights will write and share new plays, refine their skill set, and receive peer and institutional support, providing a springboard for fantastic new work for the American theatre created by local artists.

Scripps Ranch Theatre’s New Works Studio Playwright Bios

aletabarthell 150x188ALETA BARTHELL (San Diego), playwright and screenwriter, was a 2016 HUMANITAS/CTG Playwriting Prize finalist for her play, Window of Shame. Aleta has also created a pilot for a TV series about the 12th century queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine, for which she received a grant to study source material in Paris through the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Aleta spoke about “Writing from History” at the 2015 Dramatists Guild National Conference. She is a teaching artist with Playwrights Project and founder of the youth theater education program, Kids Act.

JennyLane 150x188JENNIFER LANE
(San Diego) is a California-based playwright, novelist and teaching artist originally from Troy, Michigan. Her work includes September & Her Sisters (Scripps Ranch Theatre’s Out On A Limb Festival, 2015 and 2016); The Seer & The Witch (developed in the Groundbreakers Playwriting Group at terraNOVA, part of the nuVoices for a nuGeneration Festival, a Semi-Finalist of the O’Neill Playwriting Conference, nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize); and Harlowe (developed under the mentorship of Sarah Ruhl, winner of the Alec Baldwin Fellowship at Singers Forum, workshopped at the Gulfshore Playhouse, presented at the Florida Atlantic University New Play Festival, Finalist for the 2015 Humanitas/CTG Playwriting Prize). Jenny is a teaching artist with the Playwrights Project, San Diego Writers, Ink, and UCSD Extension. She is the Playwright in Residence at Scripps Ranch Theatre, and a founding member of their New Works Studio. Her dramatic writing is represented by Amy Wagner of Abrams Artists Agency in New York City. MFA: Columbia University. BA: Sarah Lawrence College. For more information, please visit

TomMusuraca - 150x188TOM MISURACA (Los Angeles) has written short plays that have been in over 100 productions and staged readings. Four of his full-lengths were produced in Southern California: Geeks! The Musical, The ParaAbnormals, Edgar and Tenants. Geeks! went on to be produced Off-Off Broadway and in San Diego. In 2014, Tom won two writing awards: The Pickering Award for his old-age superhero play, Golden Age; and the Las Vegas Little Theatre New Works award for Little Black Book. In 2015, Golden Age was produced in Texas, and The eBook of Love was produced at the Las Vegas Little Theatre. He is a member of The Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights, First Stage LA and The Dramatist Guild of America.

StacyOseiKuffour 150x188STACY-OSEI KUFFOUR
(Los Angeles) is a BFA graduate from NYU (major: Drama) and an MFA graduate from Hunter College (major: Playwriting). Her play, The Painter, was a finalist at the Off-Off Broadway Samuel French Festival. Her next piece Breathless was chosen for Dream Up Festival and Downtown Urban Theater Festival (both showcased at Theater for the New City). Her southern crime play, Dirty Blood, received a private reading at the Rattlestick Theater this summer. Her play Animals won the Irv Zarkower Award at Hunter College and received a closed reading at the Lark Development Center and NYTW. The Pearl in the Black Sea, her newest play, received an Honorable Mention in Kilroy’s The List of Best New Plays by Women. In 2016, Stacy was accepted into Ensemble Studio Theatre’s new playwriting program located in Los Angeles, California. Stacy’s goal is to bring untold stories to the stage, stories that challenge our political, societal, and stereotypical views of the black experience.

KimYagedresize 150x188KIM YAGED (San Diego) is an award-winning writer with a background in theater, television, and film. Kim’s hilarious one-woman tour de force Hypocrites & Strippers was nominated for a Best Actress Artsie, and an excerpt of the play was published in Applause Books’ One on One: The Best Women’s Monologues for the 21st Century. The animated trailer for Hypocrites & Strippers screened at festivals in New York, Chicago, Austin, Tampa, and Rio de Janeiro. Coming Full Circle, the newest short based on the play, was accepted by Spike & Mike’s Festival of Animation, Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and Provincetown Film Festival. Kim’s work has been presented internationally, including London, Berlin, New York, and Edinburgh, and her stories and poems have been published by Random House, Cleis Press, Ballantine Books, Applause, and Arsenal Pulp Press. For more information, please visit

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