The ShowOff! International Playwriting Festival is one of our audience's favorite events of the season. Almost 200 10-minute plays of drama, comedy, and intrigue are entered by playwrights from around the U.S. and countries as far away as Australia and New Zealand. Our talented Playhouse staff then selects the top 7 entries and assigns a different director for each play. At each nightly performance, the audience sees all 7 plays and gets to vote for their favorites. And, as a bonus, each night the audience will be treated to a reading of one of our runner-up plays during our ‘Reader’s Theatre’ performance. Suitable for teenagers to adult.
To celebrate our 30th Anniversary ... we are bringing back an old-time audience favorite. If you're looking for the lure of the Old West, you'll find intrigue when a series of mysterious disappearances ends in murder and romance. Set in a farm kitchen just outside of San Juan Capistrano in 1898, when the wild west show hero Matthew Merriweather, meets the brave and beautiful heir to the Rainbow Ranch - Rainbow Heatherton. Foam rocks will fly at the villainous banker Culver C. Cleaver as he aims to raise some dust. The Audience will tap their toes to tunes such as "I'm So Good at Being Bad!" plus the great San Juan songs they have come to expect here at the Playhouse. Enjoy a cheer-filled finale when Heroes and Villains both get exactly what they deserve.
Directed by Gary McCarver
This riotously funny Southern-baked comedy follows three cousins, Gaynelle, Peaches and Jimmie Wyvette, as they attempt to throw a family reunion. Things spin hilariously out-of-control when a neighbor's pet devours everything edible, a one-eyed suitor shows up to declare his love, and a shocking, high-stakes wager is made on who can bake the best red velvet cake. As this fast-paced uproarious romp barrels toward its surprising climax, you'll wish your own family reunion was this much fun!
Directed by Gina Treasure