Summer Playwrights Festival #9

Lankershim Arts Center, 5108 Lankershim Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91601

Live music in the cantina behind the theatre after they staged readings.

The Road Theatre’s annual Summer Playwrights Festival (SPF9) is a fundraising event held July 29-August 5, 2018 that mounts 30-40 staged readings of new plays in 8 exciting days. The festival is now the largest staged reading festival in the nation with playwrights from around the country and around the world participating. Each reading is followed by a talk-back with the playwrights, directors and casts and a reception featuring food, drink and live music in our gallery space and cantina. Readings are held in both our Historic Lankershim Arts Center Theater and Gallery and in our 77-seat theater in the NoHo Senior Arts Colony. Although we receive hundreds of submissions for our festival, new and established playwrights are encouraged to submit.

The Road Theatre Company has produced 20 plays from the Summer Playwrights Festival on our main stages including our current season selections, Stupid Kid by Sharr White (SPF7) and Through the Eye of a Needle by Jami Brandli (SPF7).

Past playwrights have included D.L. Coburn, Lisa Loomer, Sharr White, Marisa Wegrzyn, Craig Wright, Wendy Macleod, Lucy Thurber, Mo Gaffney, Keith Huff, Brett Neveu, Scooter Pietsch, Craig Pospisil, Julie Marie Myatt. Guest artists have included Bryan Cranston, Laurie Metcalf, Kathy Baker, Jennifer Tilly, Perry King, Rondi Reed, Tom Irwin, Nancy Travis, Gregory Harrison, Gale Harold, Robert Pine, Michael O’Neill, Harold Gould and many, many others.