Starting September 25!

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A man goes on a campus murder spree,
and the woman who writes about it starts to realize her own son is involved.
Maine secedes; chaos ensues.
It’s the trial of the century, but not everyone sees the same trial.
People lose their heads over Turandot.
Sex! Lies! Creme brûlée!

The Playwrights Unit of Ensemble Studio Theatre L.A. presents
its inaugural staged-reading festival:


Staged readings of 12 specially selected plays
by EST Playwrights Unit playwrights.

Thursday September 25 through Sunday September 28

Thursday  October 2 through Sunday  October 5

The Speakeasy at  Atwater Village Theatre:
3269 Casitas Ave., L.A. 90039

The plays: 

Thursday, September 25:

Friday, September 26:
WATCHING O.J. by David McMillan

Saturday, September 27:
THE UNDERTOW by Mary Portser

Sunday, September 28:
THE STIFF by Kathryn Graf
THE BIG HILL by Jim MacDonald
THE FANTASY SHOWER by Fielding Edlow

Thursday, October 2:
LAND OF THE FREE by Tony Pasqualini

Friday, October 3:
TWISTED by Chris DiGiovanni

Saturday, October 4:
DARFUR by Stephen Burleigh

Sunday, October 5:
INTERROGATION by Deborah Pearl
NESSUN DORMA by Keith Szarabajka
HORSE LATITUDES by Elizabeth Logun

Curtain time for the full-length plays (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) is 8pm.
Curtain time for the one-acts (Sunday) is 7pm.

Suggested donation is $20; or pay what you can.
All proceeds go to Ensemble Studio Theatre-LA.
Seating is limited. To reserve, e-mail us at

To hear about future Playwrights Unit festivals and reading series—or to comment
on any plays you see—e-mail us at:

See our Facebook page.



We at EST/LA are deeply saddened by the passing of Meshach Taylor. 
Meshach was an exquisitely talented and diverse actor, and he quickly became
a mentor and friend to so many of us. He served on our board and starred in 
The Year of the Rabbit. He was a steady force of positivity and love and he
championed many new plays and playwrights.

For those that were blessed enough to know him, 
he will forever shine on in our minds and hearts.



Congratulations to the cast and crew of Wendy Graf’s GLAAD Award Winning play



 Congratulations to the cast and crew of Stephen Dierkes’ LAND LINE!


Starring Peter James Smith, Peter Larney,  Katherine Cortez and John Dennis Johnston




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