Moving On: The One-Acts 2019

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Moving On: The 2019 One Acts features a mix of established playwrights and exciting, emerging younger talent. Here's the program:
Rock Logic. Written by Sophia Lewis. Directed by Katie Lindsay. Sammy is grieving the loss of her mother and her girlfriend, Taylor, tries to help navigate Sammy to the funeral. However, Sammy is convinced she is the “Earth Assistant.” thanks to an old diary entry she found, and refuses to leave her hometown park until she can fulfill her guardian duties and watch the rockspirits move. Taylor is trying to support Sammy during this sensitive time, but also fielding calls from Sammy's sister freaking out that they won't make it to the funeral on time. It's a story of grief and coming into a place of acceptance while mourning the loss of someone you love.
Smiling Cat Candy Heart, Written by Jennie Webb. Directed by June Carryl. A short play about the big battles in the world and the little things we do to navigate through them. When two separated parents meet for their regularly scheduled child exchange, their usual communication challenges take an unexpected new twist. An observant look at 21st Century parenting from the co-founder of the Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative.
The Cold Place. Written by Ashley Rose Wellman. Directed by Christopher J. Raymond. Robin and Daniel, fostering a secret connection, make plans to meet up in a motel room behind the backs of their spouses. However, once they're in the room, the encounter doesn't go how either of them have planned, as deeper and more painful things are revealed.
Signing-Off. Written by Ken Levine. Directed by Tony Pasqualini. A long time late night talk show host is pushed into retirement and must meet his young replacement. The meeting goes from bad to worse and then some. Playwright Levine won an Emmy® writing for Cheers. He also wrote for M.A.S.H., Frasier, and lots of things you love to watch, so his insights into television are razor-sharp.
Possible Deranged Lunatic. Written by Christine Hamilton-Schmidt. Directed by William Charlton. Jeanette and Olivia are listening to a terrifying true crime podcast late at night. There is a loud knock at the door. A man asks to be let in. When Jeanette opens the door and lets Peter into the house, Olivia is convinced she's the only one who can save she and her mother from becoming the latest true crime murder story.
The cast for the program includes (in alphabetical order): Poonam Basu, Michael James Bell, Sarah Brooke, Clayton Farris, Wes McGee, Salina Muttalib, Lizzie Peet, Kait Schuster, Nick Ullett and Brenda Varda.

Reviews

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...you will be emotionally jostled, mentally provoked, thoroughly entertained, made to nod wisely, and also provided with plenty of laughs throughout this production.

sweet - Carol Edger Germain - Colorado Blvd - ...read full review


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Each one takes the sensitive theme of love and loss and ‘this too shall pass,' with dialogue so resonant and relevant to today's audience, bringing tears of both joy and sorrow. Each of these five winning one acts tell of the lives of disparate, disaffiliated individuals, yearning for connection and a path back.

sweet - Bonnie Priever - Curtain Up - ...read full review


Leigh Kennicott

At Move On, EST/LA's 2019 One-Act Festival, member-playwrights from two of the company's playwrighting units present five plays in 90 minutes. From the inexplicable to the sublime, these short run-downs don't do them justice:

In Rock Logic. written by Sophia Lewis, a pair of lovers take a detour on the way to a funeral to contemplate the implacability of nature in the face of loss.

Smiling Cat Candy Heart, written by Jennie Webb, is as light-hearted as it sounds.

Divorced parents revisit to old wounds, in part when their daughter speaks only in emojis.

The Cold Place, written by Ashley Rose Wellman tries to navigate a difficult transition as two acquaintances enter into an elaborate, out-of town assignation that veers off-course.

My favorite, Signing-Off, written by Ken Levine features an aging talk-show host who must “vet” his insufferably cocky replacement.

For sheer fun, Possible Deranged Lunatic, written by Christine Hamilton-Schmidt depicts this consistently funny, perfect-for-Halloween mystery, but rather than spine-tingling, the results are hilarious. EST-LA consistently does a lot with a little and these playlets are no exception.

sweet - Leigh Kennicott - ShowMag - ...read full review


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t's not often that one can experience a group of short plays as this collection consists of. It's been stated that big things come in small packages. MOVING ON.. is a stockpile of those intimate packages that hold plenty of ideas, with a few good laughs inserted to boot!

sweet - Rich Borowy - Accessibly Live Off-Line - ...read full review


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It's not often that one gets to see one-act plays, a format that allows theatergoers to enjoy tight storytelling in a short format of 10 to 15 minutes.

sweet - Marilyn Oliver - Los Feliz Ledger - ...read full review


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...you will be emotionally jostled, mentally provoked, thoroughly entertained, made to nod wisely, and also provided with plenty of laughs throughout this production.

sweet - Carol Edger Germain - Colorado Blvd - ...read full review


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Each one takes the sensitive theme of love and loss and ‘this too shall pass,' with dialogue so resonant and relevant to today's audience, bringing tears of both joy and sorrow. Each of these five winning one acts tell of the lives of disparate, disaffiliated individuals, yearning for connection and a path back.

sweet - Bonnie Priever - Curtain Up - ...read full review


Leigh Kennicott

At Move On, EST/LA's 2019 One-Act Festival, member-playwrights from two of the company's playwrighting units present five plays in 90 minutes. From the inexplicable to the sublime, these short run-downs don't do them justice:

In Rock Logic. written by Sophia Lewis, a pair of lovers take a detour on the way to a funeral to contemplate the implacability of nature in the face of loss.

Smiling Cat Candy Heart, written by Jennie Webb, is as light-hearted as it sounds.

Divorced parents revisit to old wounds, in part when their daughter speaks only in emojis.

The Cold Place, written by Ashley Rose Wellman tries to navigate a difficult transition as two acquaintances enter into an elaborate, out-of town assignation that veers off-course.

My favorite, Signing-Off, written by Ken Levine features an aging talk-show host who must “vet” his insufferably cocky replacement.

For sheer fun, Possible Deranged Lunatic, written by Christine Hamilton-Schmidt depicts this consistently funny, perfect-for-Halloween mystery, but rather than spine-tingling, the results are hilarious. EST-LA consistently does a lot with a little and these playlets are no exception.

sweet - Leigh Kennicott - ShowMag - ...read full review


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t's not often that one can experience a group of short plays as this collection consists of. It's been stated that big things come in small packages. MOVING ON.. is a stockpile of those intimate packages that hold plenty of ideas, with a few good laughs inserted to boot!

sweet - Rich Borowy - Accessibly Live Off-Line - ...read full review


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It's not often that one gets to see one-act plays, a format that allows theatergoers to enjoy tight storytelling in a short format of 10 to 15 minutes.

sweet - Marilyn Oliver - Los Feliz Ledger - ...read full review