“This play was developed and workshopped at Theatre Unleashed over a year ago. Some of the scenes were actually written for the theatre’s 25 Plays Per Hour project. They did two readings of it. I discovered it more recently, in the middle of August when the Artistic Director [Jenn Scuderi Crafts] approached me about directing it. I thought I would just give it a quick read, but then I couldn’t put it down. I just fell in love with the characters—how intelligent and kind they were. There is nothing ironic or mean about this play. At its core, it is really about the need for connection in relationships, whether they’re family or friendships or whether it’s love. There are three interwoven narratives in the piece. They were originally written as scenes in a world. Then the playwright realized she actually had a complete play, following three interrelated storylines taking place in and around this university during the course of a single spring. We are in production now and I am very happy with the play and with the company. I’m actually on the Board of Directors of Theatre Unleashed. I started my term as of September 1st. I’ve been involved with the company for quite awhile. I was in their very first production of one acts. I’ve done a late night show for them. For me, it has been a long-standing artistic friendship.”
Julio Martinez-hosted Arts in Review—celebrating the best in theater and cabaret in the Greater Los Angeles area—airs Fridays (2-2:30pm) on KPFK (90.7FM). This Friday, Oct 30, Arts in Review spotlights Ric Salinas of Culture Clash, starring in 57 Chevy at LA Theatre Center.