A new addition to Long Beach Arts Month in October, with 11 world-premiere plays from local talent, the 4th Annual Long Beach Poppin’ Play Festival, produced by Alive Theatre, will include: hallucinogenic, guilt-and-heavy-metal-fueled wilderness survival tales (Headlights and Bush); mysterious meditations on the creative impulse by way of ghost stories and lost artifacts of ancient Americana (Return to Thunder Mountain); tales of the day human beings break down the walls that separate them in dreams Le Reve Collectif); the bittersweet terror of the not-so-distant-past (Good Riddance); bravely experimental pieces that ruminate on family (Raised By Wolves), mortality (Garden of Ashes), and Alzheimer’s (Bring on the Dancing Girls) and more.
Each year, Alive Theatre assembles a diverse, committed, and dynamic group of local artists to create a mixed-media extravaganza of world-premiere plays from local Long Beach and LA County writers in an event that combines all manner of artistic disciplines into wildly diverse and boldly experimental stage entertainments.
“One of the things about this festival that’s consistently exciting is the way it brings together such a genuinely diverse, committed, and dynamic group of local artists each year,” says Danielle Dauphinee, producing director. “People of all stripes come out to band together in the spirit of creating an experience that’s vibrant and new and crackles with something interesting and alive. It gives a unique voice to Long Beach theatre artists, while providing an opportunity to our city’s audiences to see new and often very experimental work from local, up-and-coming writers. I’m proud of that.”
Remaining performances will be Fridays at 8pm, and Saturdays at 6pm and 9pm, Oct. 21 and 22, Nov. 4 and 5, and Nov. 18 and 19, at the Lafayette Embassy Ballroom, 528 E. Broadway. Tickets are $18 general admission, $15 for students and seniors, and $10 for groups of 10 or more. Discounted multi-night packages are available for purchase at box office only.