SEASON 25 - 2018

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This year's theme is "Celebration!"

This year's festival theme revolves around "Celebration!" CELEBRATION, in all is forms: births, weddings, deaths, anniversaries, partings, meetings, etc.

Audiences vote on their favorite four plays. Cash Prizes! This is our audience's favorite event and there are always great productions and casts from TST in the heart of Hollywood.

View all the photos from the festival on Facebook!

The Wedding Topper

At a wedding, Two cake toppers, GROOM and BRIDE,come to life and discuss the possibility of married couples living happily ever after together.

Dan Borengasser
Playwright
Starina Johnson
Director
Alyssa Barrett Jackson
Bride
Shaun Fury
Groom
Valentina Guerra
Bride
Jael Saran
Groom
 
 

War Babies

Through Ancestry.com, a Black woman discovers she has a half Korean sister

and they meet to celebrate for the first time and reveal the highs and lows of the relationship they had with their mutual Black dad.

Madeline Puccioni
Playwright
Veronica Thompson
Director
Debbie Fan
Keum Lee
Joshua Boyd-Williams
Waiter
Shirley Jordan
Janice

Sabrina's Christening

On the day of their baby's christening, Katie wants to call it off. Her husband works on convincing her not to.

Kevin Harold Davis
Playwright
Veronica Thompson
Director
Kiziana Jean-Louis
Katie
Twon Pope
Noel
Alisa Murray
Katie
Jaimyon Parker
Noel
 

The Funeral

Woman celebrating her unusual mother’s life and their unorthodox mother/daughter relationship.

Samantha Clay
Playwright
Mark V Jones
Director
Sarah Green
Emma
Wil Bowers
Fred
Samantha Clay
Emma
Ron Kologie
Fred
 

Birthday Getaway

Two sons confront their father who has chosen to skip out on his birthday party.

Dale Griffiths Stamos
Playwright
Raf Mauro
Director
Devin Davidson
Stevie
Roderick McCarthy
Warren
Ian Stanley
Warren
 
William Warren
Joe
Richard Fullman
Joe
Jael Saran
Stevie

Let's Stay Together, Al Green

4 coworkers planning a retirement party practice a song based on Al's Green's Let's Stay Together, while discussing the trials and tribulations of office life.

Steffi Rubin
Playwright
Nancy Renee
Director
Teressa Taylor
Celeste
Jael Saran
Marcus
Alisa Murray
Gina
Jaimyon Parker
Wayne
Jackie Marriott
Celeste
Twon Pope
Marcus
Kiziana Jean-Louis
Gina
Wil Bowers
Wayne
 

Not My Type

While shopping for lingerie for her honeymoon, a mature woman tries to convince the younger salesperson to dump her boring fiancée.

Marsha Roberts
Playwright
Starina Johnson
Director
Colette Rosario
Tiffany
Mark V Jones
Harold
Cassidy Davis
Ethel
Sarajane Williams
Ethel
Roderick McCarthy
Harold
Samantha Clay
Brianna
 

Amy and Neil

A couple celebrates their relationship over a candlelit argument.

DeLane McDuffie
Playwright
Mark V Jones
Director
Kiziana Jean-Louis
Amy
Twon Pope
Neil
Lucy Martire
Amy
Devin Davidson
Neil
Jaimyon Parker
Neil
 

A Ferry Tale

An elderly blind woman is celebrating a special moment as she does every year, but this time finds the lost love of her life.

Donna Warfield
Playwright
Nancy Renee
Director
Joahn Webb
Grace
Ron Kologie
Peter
Veronica Thompson
Grace
Erika Bowman
Jolene
Richard Reich
Peter
Sonia Jackson
Jolene
 

$500 An Hour

On their anniversary, a husband and wife use another man in a fantasy to spike things up.

James Rosenfield
Playwright
Raf Mauro
Director
Mark V Jones
Doug
Shaun Fury
Doug
Jael Saran
Doug
Ian Stanley
Ben
Teresaa Taylor
Eleanor
Jackie Marriott
Eleanor
Jason C Daniels
Ben
 

The Production Team

Produced by

  • Nancy Cheryll Davis

  • Nathaniel Bellamy

  • Nancy Renee

  • Veronica Thompson

  • Jackie Marriott

  • Jael Saran

  • Mark V. Jones

  • Ken Cosby

  • Teressa Taylor

  • Starina Johnson

THE FESTIVAL WAS A HIT!

"A truly delightful experience in such a unique and appealing space. The ticket desk personnel were fantastic. Absolutely charming. The actors - outstanding. Compliments to the lighting, sound and graphics team. Good mix of vignettes. Making the 1-4 selection was a bit of a challenge. Best theater experience I've had in quite some time. A thoroughly enjoyable evening. Thanks a million!"

"Just wanted you to know: I loved the plays, especially act 2. Hilarious, funny, great acting. I passed the info on to a number of people and 3 told me they plan to attend this weekend."

"Congrats to all! My friends and I really enjoyed the show, especially the unexpected plot twists in so many of the plays! Performances were outstanding!" - (From Barbara White Morgan - Company Member/Writer)

"Really enjoyed the show last night! Ten great plays and terrific acting all around! Many thanks for providing such a terrific opportunity for playwrights and actors -- and such memorable entertainment for the audience." - Playwright Marsha Roberts - "Not My Type"

“. . . . I’m back home in Florida and wanted to take this opportunity to express to all of you (again ) how delighted I was with the performance of my play (A Ferry Tale), and my enjoyment of the entire evening . My two friends also expressed to me how much they enjoyed the evening. You have a wonderful troupe of actors and directors.” - D. Warfield

“. . . . The plays this evening were awesome! I'm so glad I got back in town in time to catch the Festival. There was something for everyone. I laughed and cried. I brought 2 friends who had never seen or heard of 10 minute plays and they both were awed by the experience. I have no doubt that they will return next year with friends of their own.” - C. Finley

“I had a great time at the show. All the plays were stellar!” - Playwright Delane McDuffie – “Amy and Neil”

 

"I really enjoyed getting to see the festival on Saturday evening!  The whole line-up was great, and I was very impressed with the cast in my play, "Birthday Getaway!"  They really got the nuances and levels of the play.  Kudos to the director as well for bringing out the best in the cast. I look forward to seeing the whole evening again on the 21st, and will enjoy seeing my play interpreted by two alternate cast members." - (from writer of "Birthday Getaway")

"I loved all of them! Very talented actors!" - Judy Johnson

“I really enjoyed getting to see the festival on Saturday evening! The whole line-up was great, and I was very impressed with the cast in my play, "Birthday Getaway!" They really got the nuances and levels of the play. Kudos to the director as well for bringing out the best in the cast." - Playwright Dale Stamos Griffiths - “Birthday Getaway”

“. . . . Just wanted to say thank you for inviting me last night to the play festival. Such INCREDIBLE pieces of writing! and expertly directed.” - M. Kodi-Farrow

“. . . . What a wonderful idea and opportunity for so many writers and actors. What talent those writers had! It was thoroughly entertaining. I really admire "The two Nancy's" tenacity to stick with the vision all these years and establish a much-needed tradition and institution. I remember when you first started out on Towne Street downtown. Liittle did we know, you all were building lasting dreams. I love it. Keep on doing what you're doing.” - M. Kitchen

"Thank you so much for Saturday's admittance to the festival. It was a really great show, great performances and great stories. So happy I was able to witness and be a part." - ABC CASTING

For highlights of the 9th Annual 10-Minute Play Festival, click here

Comments from past Playwrights

“Thank you, Nancy, for producing my play in such a respectful, professional and artistic manner. This has been one of my very best experiences as a ten minute playwright. I am so glad that I made the trip to see the play and talk with the artists afterward. Due to their artistic skills and sensitivity to the script. I have never been so affected, watching one of my plays.

- Cynthia Faith Arsenault” - My Mother in the Mirror, 2015

"Congratulations on a great event. I was delighted to be able to part of it and get to know you and this fine group."

- Seth Freeman-Drinks, Dinner and DNA, 2014

“I am so happy, everything was amazing - I had no doubts. From the announcement, through the very first acceptance email, through all the communication and the great graphics, through the Facebook pics and posts, and more, TST - and you! - is a class act. Even from across the country I could feel that FREAK OUT was cared for and nurtured to a fabulous premiere. Thank you so much for everything!”

- Charlene A. Donaghy 

Towne Street Theatre, L.A.’s Premiere African American Theatre Company, was founded in 1993 in the aftermath of the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Its mission is to create positive social impact by producing and developing original works reflective of the African American experience. Towne Street continues to be an oasis for creativity and imagination; a theatre that helps to bridge the cultural divide by bringing artists and audiences of all colors and ethnicities together. Originally located in a downtown loft, the Towne Street Theatre has been in residence at the Stella Adler Theatre/LA in Hollywood since 2004.

Celebrating our 26th Season!

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