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Meet your Playwright:
Scooter Pietsch is a playwright, Emmy-nominated composer/songwriter and TV producer. This is his 7th reading at The Road Summer Playwright’s Festival. His play WINDFALL (The Road 2012), directed by Tony winner Jason Alexander, had a sold out run for its world premiere in June 2016 at The Arkansas Repertory Theater. Producers Ken Davenport and John Yonover continue to producer readings in both NYC and LA which have featured Justin Bartha, Tony Winner Michelle Pawk, Brandon Dirden, Jack Coleman, Spencer Grammer and many others. THE COCKTAIL PARTY EFFECT (The Road 2016) was featured in the Bay Street Theater’s New Works Festival (Sag Harbor), directed by Jen Wineman and featured Stephanie J. Block, Marc Kudisch and Sebastian Arcelus. Production of the play is currently being negotiated at multiple theaters. Scooter’s first musical LONDON UNDONE has also received attention from producers so he damn well better get to finishing it. Scooter has served as dramaturg for two productions of DEE SNIDER’S ROCK N ROLL CHRISTMAS TALE at the Broadway Playhouse in Chicago and the Elgin/Winter Garden Theater in Toronto. Past readings of his plays have included performances by Tony/Emmy winner Bryan Cranston, Tony winner Cady Huffman, Tony winner Faith Prince, Nancy Travis, Constance Zimmer, Jerry O’Connell, Gale Harold and many others. As a composer, Scooter’s music and songs have appeared in over 100 TV series and thousands of television episodes and many movies. Some of these include Pretty Little Liars, Burn Notice, All Dogs Go To Heaven, Greek, American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance. He has also created and executive produced shows for ABC, FOX, Lifetime, VH1 and E!.
Meet your Director:
Matt McKenzie directed William Saroyan’s “The Time of your Life” at the Pacific Resident Theatre where he is a long-time member. It was nominated “Best Revival of the Year” 2008, by the Los Angeles Drama Critic’s Circle. He also directed the Co-Op production of Valerie Dillman’s “Sarah’s War” at PRT which went on to a critically-acclaimed run at the Hudson Theatre this year. With Robb Derringer he adapted and directed John Steinbeck’s “Sweert Thursday” for PRT. He is a fight choreographer who has staged dozens of fights at theatres around the country. He has been a member of Actor’s Equity Association for over thirty years, and has performed major roles at theatres all across the United States. He was in the Academy Award winning film “God’s and Monsters”. Television viewers may remember him from re-curring roles on “Mad Men” and “24”.
PAUL ALEXANDER- JACK COLEMAN (AEA)
HEIDI FLOWERS – MEEGHAN HOLAWAY (AEA)
RAMIRA DIAZ – GABRIELA ORTEGA
OFFICER DAN – SHAUN BAKER (AEA)
DIEGO RAMIREZ – MICHAEL MARTINEZ
LILY SUAREZ – OLIVIA ZENETZIS
OFFICER FRED – PARIS PERRAULT (AEA)
TIFFANY SONG – JESSICA LU
STAGE DIRECTIONS – ERIC PROCHNAU
VIDEO – MAURIE GONZALES
Saturday, August 5th at 8:00 pm
The Road on Magnolia
(10747 W Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601)
No reservations or advance tickets.
Admission is a $15 suggested donation.
Or buy a festival pass for a $50 suggested donation!
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