EST/LA Launches New Works in “Launchpad”

A two-week series featuring new plays, 7 full-length and 4 short plays, is currently being offered from one of Los Angeles’ most noted development companies, Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA.

Developing new voices in theatre, EST/LA draws from a wealth of talent, which includes NYFA, NEA, Guggenheim, Obie, Emmy and Writers Guild Award winners. The Launchpad series is a showcase of plays in long-term development from EST/LA’s Playwrights Unit, and New West playwrights.

Produced by Keith Szarabajka and Kevin Comartin, the featured playwrights include Don Cummings, Marla DuMont, Anne Flanagan, Tony Foster, Elin Hampton, Michael Kaplan, Ron Lagomarsino, Ken Levine, Gabriel Neustadt, Mary Portser, and Ashley Rose Wellman.

Rehearsing The Water Tribe by Don Cummings

Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA has a reputation for nurturing the development of new plays by theater professionals. This company is a gateway to other development programs. The Launchpad series is presented with minimal design in lighting and sound, each work is read and directed by professionals who are working in Los Angeles theatre.

New full-length plays include: Lineage, Hot Tragic Dead Thing, The Water Tribe, Tail of the Bell, Our Time, Waltzer and the Wonder Wild, and Jerome.

(Front) Kevin Comartin and Liz Ross (Co-Artistic Directors)
(Back row) Christopher Reiling (Producing Director), Keith Szarabajka (Co-Artistic Directors), and William Duffy (Executive Director)

New short plays include: Stella, The Last Hurrah, A Perfectly Understandable Misunderstanding, and Christmas Fate.

 Directors include Brad Bentz, Bob Burgos, Lauren Campedelli, Bill Charlton, Kevin Comartin, Christopher Curry, Ron Lagomarsino, Rod Menzies, Tony Pasqualini, Christopher James Raymond, Shaina Rosenthal.

Free parking lot ½ block from theatre on Casitas Avenue next to Momed’s Restaurant, or on the street.

LAUNCHPAD runs Thursdays – Sundays at 8pm through November 18, 2018. All shows are $15 advance at: https://dime.io/events/launchpad-2018 or $20 at the door. Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA is located in the Atwater Village Theatre Complex, 3269 Casitas Ave. LA, CA 90039. More information: www.estlosangeles.org/launchpad/ and 818-839-1197.

Map: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Atwater+Village+Theatre/@34.1163388,-118.2519866,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x884dd50594d326e

 

 

Photos by Peter Carrier

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