Stages – Readings of Ten-Minute Plays and Monologues

May 19, 2023, 7:30pm at Atwater Village Theatre

We hope you can join us for Stages – Readings of Ten-Minute Plays and Monologues featured in the “Best Of” Smith & Kraus Anthologies. Three plays are brand new from our November Ten-Minute Play Challenge.  Come participate in the process as we celebrate provocative short and sweet works from member and alumni playwrights.

Bonus* by Lolly Ward

Directed by Lee Hannah Conrads and Christian Haines

When two employees in the throes of a secret work relationship compare their pay and perks, they struggle to escape income inequality. All is fair in love and war until someone gets a bonus.

Original Squeezebox* by Steve Serpas

Directed by Jessica Hanna

Erin, an anxious real estate agent, can’t get Tomas, her anxious, sickly husband out of an eight-month bedridden funk. So she summons the help of an immortal force from centuries past to do it for her – with surprisingly electric results.

This is How It Begins and Ends by Jennifer Berry

Monologue featuring Caitlin Crawley

Rachel, a seventeen year old student is arguing with her social worker about why adults are just as screwed up as teens.

The Welcome*  by Jennifer Maisel

Directed by Emily Chase

When Greta invites Jana into her home, a shared experience – even though it’s a past and future one – becomes the link that will connect them through the night.

The Artemis Cult  by Jeanette D. Farr

Monologue featuring Zoe Yale

After passing out while running a marathon, Kieren explains to his partner the personal reasons for top surgery.

Domestic Help by Julianne Jigour

Directed by Ann Noble

Despite being born a clown, Felix lacks the skills to make it in entertainment, so he is placed in a domestic help position for Margaret, a woman consumed by the writing of a never-ending to-do list. Felix is eager to prove his worth by diligently taking orders and minding his own business, but his job performance begins to suffer when he discovers the children in Margaret’s backyard.

Carry On by Jennie Webb

Directed by Emily Chase

“Carry On” finds a woman of a certain age weighing her losses and what she carries – how she’s been carrying it – as she looks ahead at a new and uncertain leg of her journey.

*Denotes New Play from PU 10-minute play challenge


Afterwards, raise a glass with us at our Post-Reading Gathering (outdoors!)

Admission to these readings is FREE; reservations highly suggested and donations welcome

Covid-19 Safety PolicyPlaywrights Union requires masks be worn at all times inside the building.

Atwater Village Theatre (AVT)

3269 Casitas Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90039

AVT is located at the Atwater Crossing Arts + Innovation Complex. Free Parking is available in the Atwater Crossing Parking Lot P1 on Casitas Avenue (south of Momed Restaurant, north of Minneapolis Street) and Parking Lot P2 (south of Minneapolis Street) as well as on the street.

Please note: AVT is on a street that does not connect to Glendale Boulevard (see map below). It’s accessible via Fletcher Drive, and from Glendale Boulevard via La Clede Avenue and Tyburn Street.

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