Scripps Ranch Theatre’s 8th Annual “Out On A Limb:
New Plays from America’s Finest City”

July 12 – 21, 2019
Friday, Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm
Six 10 minute plays will be performed each night
Tickets: $20  (Discounts available for Season Ticket Holders)

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.

In 2019 we added an exciting element to the festival. CASH PRIZES! Each play was judged by a distinguished panel of judges and our audience. At the end of each show an audience favorite was selected. The scores were accumulated the judges and the audiences of all the performances and awarded an overall first, second and third prize. The prize money was divided among the playwright, director and actors.

2019 Out On A Limb plays:

by Oded Gross

Dave is trying to prepare for his Ku Klux Klan meeting. He is up for a promotion in the ranks and wants to make a good impression. Unfortunately, after his wife has a laundry mishap, his future in the Klan may be on the line. Stain is a funny look at some ridiculous points of view being proliferated in our country today.Director: Hannah Logan

Dave: Marc Sylwestrzak
Charlene: Tara Sampson

by Tori King Rice

A young successful paralegal returns home to rural Indiana, hoping to address concerns for her mother’s mental health, and finds that the problem is of much bigger, more mythic proportions than she could have imagined. This beautifully simple, two-woman play is written by San Diego’s very own Tori King Rice.

Director: Leigh Akin
Emma: Anna Sandor
Sami: Ruth Carlson Russell

by Larry Rinkel

is about two seemingly different high school boys who bond over grammar and each share the secret they’ve been hiding.

Director: Kristen FOgle
Connor:: Andrew Dean Pearson
Drew: Wilfred Paloma

by Jaisey Bates

is a spoken word play in two scenes. The first scene, TODAY, focuses on school shootings and gun violence in America, and the second, TOMORROW, looks down at a dying planet from the perspective of the three star sisters of the Pleiades star cluster.

Director: Colette Victoria Hamilton
Eenie/ Sister A: Natalia Maggio
Meenie/ Sister C: Sophia Oberg
Miney/ Sister E: Gina Maria Cioffi
Storyteller: Angel Berlanga

by Peter J. Stavros

is an existential scamper examining the vapid minutiae of Corporate America seen through the nutty perspective of some disgruntled squirrels that aren’t too dissimilar from the humans they scrutinize.

Director: Adam Parker
Jenny: Emily Candia
Timbo: Edgar Diaz-Gutierrez
Stan: Marc Sylwestrzak

by Phil Darg

When job security is more important than self respect.

Director: James P. Darvas
Corey : Aaron Lugo
Judith: Allison McDonald

Playwright Bios

Jaisey Bates (ROCKPAPERWORLD) – a misplaced Maine-iac in LA – writes/directs/performs with her multicultural nomadic theater company, The Peoplehood ( A Princess Grace Award and O’Neill National Playwrights Conference finalist and Kilroys List honorable mention, she is a recipient of the Emerging American Playwright Prize from Marin Theatre Company.

Tori King Rice (THE HUNT[s]) is humbled and grateful to return to SRT as a part of OoAL! Other playwriting credits include Like Ivy (First Place, Scripteaser’s 2018 Script Tease of Short Plays competition), Tiny (SRT’s 2015 OoAL festival), Sisters in the System (commission, Playwrights Project), The More Men Weigh (Edmonton Fringe), Common Skippers (Lyceum Theatre, Tempe, AZ) and Bottled In, Baby (New Perspective Festival). Upcoming Fall 2019: Home is Where, a part of Write Like A Girl at the Saville Theatre, SDCC.

Larry Rinkel (A SEMICOLON IS A DOUBLE) taught college English in New Jersey and later worked as a technical writer prior to turning to playwriting full time. A lifelong devotee of art, theatre, film, and classical music, he has had work produced across the United States, and his full-length A Kreutzer Sonata was awarded Best Play at the Secret Theatre’s 2017 UNFringed Festival. Other produced plays include adaptations from Chaucer and Dante, a farce about gender-blind casting in Shakespeare, another farce that takes place in a Chinese restaurant, several (mostly gay) romantic comedies, and a few 1-minute plays including a very cute one about Chopin’s Minute Waltz.

Peter J. Stavros (SQUIRRELS IN A KNOTHOLE) is a writer in Louisville, Kentucky. His plays have been produced across the country, including as part of the 8×10 TheatreFest at the Weathervane Playhouse in Akron, Ohio; the 10-Minute Play Festival at the Durango Arts Center in Durango, CO; the One Act Play Festival at Artists’ Exchange in Cranston, RI; the Ten-Tucky Festival at the Bard’s Town Theatre in Louisville, KY (Audience Choice Best Play); and the Festival of Ten at The College at Brockport – SUNY (Audience Choice Winner). Peter has also published a series of short stories in The Saturday Evening Post. More at

Phil Darg (SEVERANCE) is the author/composer of many plays and musicals including: Sasquatched! The Musical (NYMF 2013 Next Link); The Pound: A Musical for the Dogs (2017 Theatre Now New York Sound Bites); ‘Til Death (Artists Exchange); The Interrogation (Chagrin Valley Little Theatre), Critical (Carrollwood Players), We Need To Talk (Manhattan Repertory Theatre), The Quick Start Guide to Booting Your Man-Bot (Old Library Theatre); Facility (2017 William Inge selection; Twin Cities Arts Reader “Best in Fringe”), Habeas Non Corpus (North Hennepin Community College); Dido: Queen of Carthage (staged reading, Playwrights’ Center), Evolution (winner, 2018 William Faulkner Literary Competition), and Hero (Alternative Theater, New York).

Oded Gross (STAIN) received his degree in drama from Brandeis University. His plays have been produced throughout the United States and abroad, most notably at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, The Great Lakes Theater, The Theatre at Boston Court and The Moscow Art Theatre in Moscow, Russia. His adaptations include Moliere’s The Imaginary Invalid, Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters and Gogol’s The Government Inspector (aka The Inspector General), for which he also wrote the music and have garnered numerous Critics Picks and nominations including Best Adaptation by LA Weekly, Backstage West and LA Stage Times. He is a proud member of the Dramatist Guild and an even prouder husband and father of two beautiful children.