Two CSULB grads launch their first play festival featuring local talent

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Seen during a rehearsal for the new short play“Distortion” are: (standing, from left) Andrea MaGee Nguyen and Danielle Sappleton and (seated, from left) playwright Barbara Vides and director Natalie Cruz. The play will be part of the Found Theatre’s “Let’s Create: A New Play Festival.”

Up-and-coming playwrights from Southern California will see their works staged by young directors, actors, technicians and designers this month when the Found Theatre of Long Beach hosts its “Let’s Create: A New Play Festival.”
Produced by California State University, Long Beach theatre department alumni Natalie Cruz and Tyler Bremer, and designed to showcase the work of young theatre artists, the festival, which will feature eight new short plays, will take place from Sept. 15 to 24, running Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm.
Plays selected for the festival vary in length, averaging around 15 minutes each, for a total running time of about 90 minutes for each show. Four of the plays will be featured the first weekend, the other four the second weekend.
The works range in topic and style, covering such subjects as drug addiction, racial coverage in the media and cultural identity. They include dramas, comedies, monologues and a musical.
“Audiences can expect passionate and engaging new work from the first entrance to the last exit,” Bremer said. “These plays are thought-provoking, emotionally compelling and incredibly honest. There is a rich pool of young artists in Long Beach, and we see ‘Let’s Create’ as an opportunity for them to put their work out there, gain experience developing their craft and make contributions to the theatre scene.”
Cruz said that, since graduating from CSULB, she and Bremer have been persistently pursuing careers in the arts.
“We originally came up with the idea for a festival as a possible outlet for constant creation for us and for the many talented artists we know in Long Beach,” she said. “This is an opportunity for all of us to not only learn and grow in our chosen field, but to get involved in our community, as well. This may be our first theatre festival, but we aren’t holding anything back, and we hope it will get both audiences and artists inspired, motivated and wanting more.”
Performances will take place at The Found Theatre, 599 Long Beach Blvd. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased through letscreatefest.brownpapertickets.com.

Source: Found Theatre

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