Theater Preview: 2018 PLAY LA FESTIVAL (Casa 0101)

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by Frank Arthur on September 5, 2018

in Theater-Los Angeles


Opening Night of the 2018 PLAY LA Festival of New Plays takes place Friday, September 7, at CASA 0101. Doors open at 7:00 pm at the Casa 0101 Gallery space for Hotel Mariachi, photos from acclaimed photographer, Miguel Gandert, followed by live Mariachi music (More about Gandert’s work here).

At 8:00, HUMANITAS and PLAY LA will announce next year’s PLAY LA Prize winners and present the first of their six new play readings, the strange case of united 553 an the mysterious red wallet by Matthew Paul Olmos, directed by Michelle Bossy and produced by IAMA Theatre Company.

All festival events are free and open to the public, reservations required. Information and tickets available at

Food and parking information available at

PLAY LA was created in 2015 to lend its support to local playwrights based in Greater Los Angeles including Ventura County, Orange County, and the Inland Empire. Every year, PLAY LA develops up to five new plays written by early to mid-career writers interested in creating stage works from the ground up. The development of these plays is overseen by award-winning playwright and screenwriter Shem Bitterman, founder of PlayLab at Los Angeles’ renowned Skylight Theatre.

The focus of PLAY LA is to develop new plays in an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect. HUMANITAS strives to give PLAY LA members all the tools they need to create compelling plays and to extend their network of relationships into the broader Los Angeles community of theatres.

During PLAY LA’s workshop, each playwright receives a $1,500 grant and critiques from theatre, film and television professionals throughout the year. The workshop meets once every three weeks for 12 three-hour working sessions.

PLAY LA Festival
September 6-9, 2018
CASA0101 in Boyle Heights
for more info and free reservations, visit PLAY LA

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