L.A .SHORT

PLAY FESTIVAL

Since 2008, the Los Angeles Short Play Festival (formerly LA Views) presents a select group of diverse writers that embrace and reflect on a different City of Angels theme. Past festivals have featured stories from L.A.’s history to its contemporary concerns. Themes have explored L.A hunger, gentrification, the economic recession, the 20th year anniversary of the civil unrest of April 29, 1992, and silent film legend residents of the historic Alexandria Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. In 2019, our theme tomorrowLAnd explored the idyllic concept of a tomorrow land and the idealism that nurtured the origins of modern Los Angeles and its eventual future blossoming or decay.

"LA Views short play festival provides an opportunity for Los Angeles based playwrights to be inspired by and write about Los Angeles. We are grateful for our Playwrights’ Group, which continues to explore all that is meaningful for us as artists, but also to mirror the concerns of our fellow denizens in this great City of ours."

- Armando Molina |  Artistic Director

Festival History

2008


L.A VIEWS: Ten Minutes at a Time With laughter, tears, hope, sorrow (and even 70’s music,) the eight playwrights involved in LA Views bring you 10-minute stories that leave you questioning your own understanding of community and all it encompasses. Playwrights: Tira Palmquist, Brett Webster, Brenda Varda, Henry Ong, Evangeline Ordaz, Damon Chua, Leon Martell, Jamison Newlander Directors: Armando Molina, Tony Gatto Ensemble: ​Richard Azurdia, Oscar Basulto, Lee Sherman, Kila Kitu, Xavi Morneo




2020


It's All ReLAtional explores the intricacies of human intimate relationships and how living in Los Angeles colors those relationships. Since 2008, the Los Angeles Short Play Festival (formerly LA Views) presents a select group of diverse writers that embrace and reflect on a different City of Angels theme. Past festivals have featured stories from L.A.’s history to its contemporary concerns. Themes have explored L.A hunger, gentrification, the economic recession, the 20th year anniversary of the civil unrest of April 29, 1992, and silent film legend residents of the
historic Alexandria Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. In 2019, our theme tomorrowLAnd explored the idyllic concept of a tomorrow land and the idealism that nurtured the origins of modern Los Angeles and its eventual future blossoming or decay. Playwrights:
Alex Alpharaoh, Cyndy Fujikawa, Howard Ho, John Dubiel, Judy Soo Hoo, Mildred Lewis, Tamadhur Al-Aqeel, Tim Lounibos Directors: Mauro Flores Jr., Shen Heckel, Jully Lee, Alex Jimenez, Julianna Stephanie Ojeda, Heather McLane, Justin Huen Set & Light Design: Justin Huen
Sound Design: Ivan Robles
Costume Design: Manee Leija
Video Projection Design: Leonel Nunez
Music Composer: Joe Romero
Dramaturge: Adrian Centeno




2018


L.A Views: Sanctury What does sanctuary from fear, hate, prejudice, violence, and oppression look like? Sanctuary is about feeling safe. Whether it’s safe from ICE, a school shooter, or gentrification. In the tenth anniversary of our LA VIEWS play festival, Company of Angels explores the meaning of sanctuary (protection, fairness, equality, and refuge) as played out in the lives of Angelenos. In an evening of eight short plays by local playwrights, "LA Views X: Sanctuary" examines the American ideal of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness within the current political climate in which, at best, many feel unwelcome, and at worst, are targets of hate. Playwrights:
Tamadhur Al-Aqeel, Anne Brashier, John Dubiel,
Mauro Flores, Jr., Kate Katz, Aaron Wigdor Levy, Julie Taiwo Oni, and Judy Soo Hoo. Directors:
Armando Molina, Daniel Muñoz & Lui Sanchez Ensemble:
Elizabeth Alvarez, Brenda Banda, Nadine Bedrossian, Matt Callahan, Corrine Chooey, Sherando Ferril-Cupid, Eddie Goines Alex Jimenez, Emily Katter, Kate Katz, Andrew Langton, Nakasha Norwood, Leah Olbrich, Vincent Vallejo, Jose Zazueta, Leah Zhang




2019


L.A Short Play Festival formaly L.A Views tomorrowLAnd tomorrowLAnd explores the concept of a tomorrow land and the idealism that nurtured the origins of Los Angeles. Is that idealism manifested today or is still a far-reaching goal that may never come to pass? Is the future of LA utopian, dystopian or will it all just fall into the ocean? Plays:
Tamadhur Al-Aqeel, John Dubiel, Mauro Flores Jr., Aaron Levy, Mildred Inez Lewis, Ruth Madrid, David Maruyama, Mercy Vasquez, Jaime Wylie Ensemble:
Nadine Bedrossian, Paul Bugallo, Matt Callahan, Corinne Chooey, Jeris Dupree, Eduardo Fernandez-Baumann, Emily Katter, Julianna Ojeda, Johanna McKay, Tom Noga, Nakasha Norwood, Effie Spence, Silvia Tovar, Jonathan Williams, Vincent Vallejo, Allana Barton & Te'Juana Johnson Directors
Sherando Ferril-Cupid, Tanya Kane-Parry, Armando Molina, Danny Muñoz, Jonathan Muñoz-Proulx, Lui Sanchez, Austin Kottkamp - Set Designer
Justin Huen - Lighting Designer
Ivan Robles - Sound Designer
Joe Romano - Composer
Roberto Andrade - Costume Designer
Leonel Nunez - Video Designer
Shen Heckel - Prop Designer Armando Molina - Producer, Supervising Co-Director
Lui Sanchez - Producer, Supervising Co-Director
Nadine Bedrossian - Associate Producer
Tamadhur Al-Aqeel - Co-Producer
John Dubiel - Co-Producer
Adrian Centeno - Dramaturge
Tintin Nguyen- Stage Manager
Camille Anderson - Assistant Director
Viviana Castellanos - Production Assistant




2016


L.A. VIEWS - CriminalEyes LA Views - CriminalEyes - Are you judge and jury? In CriminalEyes seven commissioned playwrights explore the prejudices and biases that lead to the criminalization of the other. From minorities to the poor, from youth to immigrants. The eyes have seen the writing on the wall and they are not all in agreement. Come see for yourself! Playwrights: Tamadhur Al-Aqeel, Mayank Keshaviah, Mauro Flores Jr., Lui Sanchez, Somebody Jones, Judy Soo Hoo, Julie Taiwo Oni Directors: Selene Santiago, Richard Martinez, Fidel Gomez, Denise Blasor, Fidel Gomez, Richard Azurdia, Ensemble: Diana Romo, Elizabeth Alvarez, Rudy Marquez, Taylor Hawthorne, Charlotte Williams, Kathryn Zahorak, Corinne Chooey, David Lee Thomason, Jessica Prince, Jose Zazueta, Shane McGhie, Orlando Chavez Set Designer: Brittany Blouch
Lighting Designer: Justin Huen
Costume Designer: Manee Leija
Sound Designer: Ivan Robles
Video Designer: Benjamin Durham
Stage Manager: Liv Wafler
Assistant Stage Manager: Noely Dura Graphic Design: Xavi Moreno




2015


L.A VIEWS: At Your Service At Your Service is theater in service of the unheralded workers who serve us daily. Those who many walk-by without notice, give our keys to, clean, feed, and care for our children and elderly. At Your Service explores the lives of carwasheros to uber drivers , hot dog vendors to shoe shiners. It's theater of immigration, the American Dream, and Los Angeles Playwrights:
Tamadhur Al-Aqeel, Lesley Asistio, John Dubiel, Tovya Jacobs, Mayank Keshaviah, D Hideo Maruyama, Ronald McCants, Lui Sanchez, Judy Soohoo Directors:
Tovya Jacobs, Amy Knutson, Bruce A. Lemon Jr., Richard E. Martinez, Heather McLane, Maria Pasquarelli, Andrew Vasquez Ensemble:
Alex Angeles, Andrew Cudzilo, Eddie Eisele, Lorinda Hawkins Smith, Maikiko James, Cort King, Delilah Kujala, Christine Lozano, Francisco Medina, Pete Pano, Javier Ronceros, Vincent Vallejo, Emlee Vassilos, Chris Waters Producers: Armando Molina, Lui Sanchez & Xavi Moreno
Supervising Directors: Armando Molina & Lui Sanchez
Lighting Designer: Justin Huen
Costume Designer: Maribella Magana
Scenic Designer: Brittany Blouch
Sound Designer: Ivan Robles
Stage Manager: Liv Wafler Graphic Design: Xavi Moreno




2014


L.A Views: Traffic Jam Traffic Jam, Toll roads, buses, human cargo, and road closures of the mind, ...the vastness of Los Angeles beckons, but so many things get in way. Playwrights:
Tamadhur Al-Aqeel, Mando Alvarado, John Dubiel, Mauro Flores,Jr., Howard Ho, Lui Sanchez, David Maruyama, Judy Soohoo Directors
Guillermo Avlies-Rodriguez, Corky Dominguez, Mauro Flores, Jr., Howard Ho, Jully Lee, West Liang, Heather McLane, John Miyasaki, Lui Sanchez, Alex Ximenez Ensemble:
Jessica Andres, Steve Brady, Vianessa Castanos, Michelle Young Cho, Michael Cortez, Andrew Cudzilo, Robert Duncan, John Flores, Marc Forget, Tovya Jacobs, Quinn Knox , Maikiko James, Louie Liberti , Desiré Noël, Justin Phillip , Calliope Porter, David Yukon. Producers/Supervising Directors: Armando Molina & Lui Sanchez
Lighting Designer: Justin Huen
Costume Designer: Manee Leija
Scenic/Video Designer: Dallas Wexler
Sound Designer: Ivan Robles
Stage Manager: Liv Wafler
Assistant Stage Manager: Tovya Jacobs
CoA Intern: Suzie Roijmans
Graphic Design: Xavi Moreno




2013


L.A.Views: pLAylist pLAylist hits ‘play’ on some of the best L.A. Songs. It’s a (playwrights’) mix-tape to Los Angeles, to its freeways and palm trees, traffic and culture, language and the Hollywood dream. Our pLAylist goes Drag Queen to Transgender teen cruising, “Whittier Blvd” on the Eastside, Hipster “Free Fallin’ ” on the “405″. It’s East meets West, It’s a mix of current day Hollywood Blvd evokes Hollywood past, Thee Midniters with a Morrissey clash or an Asian Girl Rapper to the MacArthur Park Undocumented, we mix-it up like that! This is “Dedicated to you..” so hit play and/or rewind to replay the feeling when someone gives you a mix-tape. Time to hit pLAy! PLAYWRIGHTS:
Howard Ho, John Dubiel, Julie Taiwo Oni, Lesley Anne Asistio, Lui Sanchez, Mando Alvarado, Mayank Keshaviah, Michael Patrick Spillers, Nic Cha Kim DIRECTORS: Armando Molina, John Miyasaki, Jully Lee, Justin Huen, Lui Sanchez , Michael Patrick Spillers, Nadine Nonn, Rena Heinrich, West Liang STARRING:
Alex Ximenez, Amy Urbina*, Bruce Lemon, Devanny Torres, Eva Ceja, Gregory D. Alexander, Howard Ho, Javier Ronceros, Joe Robert Mejia, Joel Abelson, Jully Lee, Michelle Young Cho, Robert Paterno, Rufus Burns, Shon Fuller*, Timothy Casto* *Member of Actors’ Equity Association, The Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States Produced by Armando Molina, Amelia Worfolk, Lui Sanchez
Scenic Design: Art Betanzos
Lighting Design: Sarah Templeton
Sound Design: Howard Ho
Costume Design: Jackie Gudgel
Props: Amy Urbina
Stage Manager: Jennifer Perez
Assistant Stage Manager: Adam Gonzalez
Graphic Design: Xavi Moreno




2012


L.A Views: April 29, 1992 April 29, 1992 features 8 short plays set in the 1992 Los Angeles Civil Unrest that followed the exoneration of four LAPD officers involved in the Rodney King beating. The unrest sparked widespread looting, assault, and arson. In all, 53 people died, thousands more were injured, and property damage topped 1 billion dollars. Twenty years later, these plays dig through our City’s ashes and offer accounts of a time whose impact on Angelenos is still being assessed. From business owners to looters, newscasters to people trapped in the darkness of it all, a diversity of perspectives shed light on the legacy of 4/29/92. Playwrights: Gabriel Rivas Gomez, Jonathan Ceniceroz, Julie Taiwo Oni,Malik Burroughs, Mayank Keshaviah, Michael Patrick Spillers& Nic Cha Kim Featuring
Charles Kim, Christian Gibbs, Dash You, Donald Lett, Donzell Lewis, Jennifer Perez, Jully Lee, Kamil Haque, Kenneth Sears, Lynette DuPree*
Matt Pascua*, Michelle Young Cho, Noro Otitigbe, Phillip Garcia,
Rafeal F. Clements*, Rebecca Cherkoss, Riley Rose Critchlow, Travis McHenry, Tripp Pickell & Xavi Moreno *Member of Actors' Equity Association, The Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Directed by
Carolyn Zeller, Daniel Munoz, John Miyasaki, Jully Lee, Nathan Singh & Xavi Moreno. Lead Director: Armando Molina Produced by: RICHARD AZURDIA & XAVI MORENO
Casting Director: RICHARD AZURDIA
Stage Manager: MICHAEL F. VENEGAS
Assistant Stage Manager: ADAM GONZALEZ
Scenic Design: ART BETANZOS
Lighting Design: BOSCO FLANAGAN
Costume Design: JEREMY WATERS
Sound Design: IVAN ROBLES
Video Design: DALLAS WEXLER
Graphic Design: XAVI MORENO




2010


L.A VIEWS: Hunger in the City With laughter, tears, hope, sorrow (and even 70’s music,) the eight playwrights involved in LA Views bring you 10-minute stories that leave you questioning your own understanding of community and all it encompasses. Playwrights: Directors: Ensemble:




2011


LA Views —Downtown Curren(t)cy: Lives Looking for Change
From Pershing Square to Skid Row and Art Walk, these individuals in the City's core struggle to make "cents" of their existence. Playwrights: Mayank Keshaviah, Henry Ong, Julie Taiwo Oni, Gabriel Rivas Gomez, Vasanti Saxena, Michael Patrick, Spillers, t.tara turk, Kyle T. Wilson Directors: John Kaisner, John Miyasaki, Daniel Muñoz,
Lui Sanchez (Supervising Director) Starring: Rachel Appelbaum, Tamer Aziz, Juanita Chase, Djakarta, Marty Dusig, Chris Hampton, Andrew Hamrick, John Kaisner, Kila Kitu, Joshua R. Lamont, Art McDermott,
Abbe Meryl, Tamika Simpkins, Sheilynn Wactor, Linda Wickens Produced by Gabriel Rivas Gomez & Henry Ong
Stage Manager: Jennifer Perez
Assistant Stage Manager: Rachel Muñiz
Sound Design: Howard Ho
Lighting Design: Bosco Flanagan
Costume Coordination: Art McDermott
Prop Artisans: Art McDermott and Christopher Hampton
Photographer: Jennifer Lyn Browne
Graphic Design: Xavi Moreno




2009


L.A VIEWS: Tales of Present Past Inspired by Silent Era Movie Stars who populated the once-glorious Alexandria Hotel with grandeur and elegance. Luminaries of the Silent Era are the inspiration of contemporary Los Angeles playwrights in L.A. Views II: TALES OF PRESENT PAST. This moving and comic chronicle, set during the heydays and nowadays of Downtown Los Angeles Alexandria Hotel, shines a light on the parallel lives of those who have inhabited this building in its heyday and those who dwell in its present embodiment. This production examines lives once lived at their most celebrated while contrasting the reality of current existence that approaches irrelevance and obscurity. Playwrights: Damon Chua, Leon Martell, Jamison Newlander, Henry Ong, S. Vasanti Saxena, Lilly Thomassian, Brenda Varda and Kyle T. Wilson. Directors: Tony Gatto, Jamison Newlander, Lui Sanchez and Nurit Siegel. Ensemble: Karen Anzoategui, Juanita Chase, Maurice Compte, Marissa Garcia, Jessica Kochu, Curtis Krickdarrell Kunitomi, Jonathan Lamer, Joshua Lamont, Joyce F. Liu, Eric Martig, Xavi Moreno, Yay Pheori, Mel Rodriguez, Brian Rohan, Sarah Rosenberg, Tarta Smitheman, Marco Tazioli





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