MONSTERS OF THE AMERICAN CINEMA
2M, One Act
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. The duo’s connection is tested when Remy learns Pup’s been bullying a classmate: a boy who likes to paint his nails. Told through skit and duologue, Monsters of the American Cinema is a haunting tale about fathers and sons, ghosts and monsters.
Monsters of the American Cinema was selected to receive a workshop and full production as part of Scripps Ranch Theatre’s 2018 Out On a Limb New Plays Series. It premiered at the Scripps Ranch Theatre in San Diego, California, playing from July 13-22. It was produced by Robert May and Charles Peters; directed by James P. Darvas; the scenic and set construction was by Bob Shuttleworth; the lighting design was by Mitchell Simkovsky; the sound design was by Steve Murdock; the costume design was by Lisa Burgess; the videography was by Kenny Bordieri and Saloman Maya; and the stage manager was Jenn Peters. It starred John Wells III and Aaron Lugo.
Photo Credit: Daren Scott
1M, 1W, One Act
Inspired by the Saturday morning teen sitcoms of the early 90s like "Saved By the Bell”, ZACK is a one-act play, set in 1991, that follows Gina and P.J., two teens of color enrolled in a mostly white Southern California high school who find themselves hand-chosen to be members of an elite clique of cool students led by prank-happy new student, Zack.
ZACK made its world premiere as part of the San Diego International Fringe Festival. It premiered at the Bristol Hotel in San Diego, California, playing from June 21-29. It was produced by Boy and Monster, directed by Christian St. Croix, and the stage manager was Walks Tall Keith. It starred Gabriel Huerta, Christian St. Croix and Dame Noir.
Photo Credit: Sue Brenner