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Fresh new short plays at Eclectic’s Eclect-A-Fest

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Eclect-A-Fest is a festival showcasing fresh new short plays, presented over two evenings: Program A plays on Thursdays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. Program B plays on Fridays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m.

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Program A:

“A Pill by Any Other Name.” Written by Jeff Folschinsky. Directed by Justin T. Bowler. Featuring Paul Duffy, Carissa Gipprich and Paul Messinger. Dad has declared himself Henderson the First, Czar of Downtown Maplewood. Don’t mess with him.

“Touch.” Written by Justin T. Bowler. Directed by Madelyne Heyman. Featuring Luke Baldridge and Olivia Gadson. A severely scarred woman begins to recover from her injuries with the aid of a compassionate man.

“Tartine.” Written by Kerr Lordygan. Directed by Warren Davis. Featuring Doug Mattingly, Jessicah Neufeld and Susan Priver. Ben cannot abide his sister’s female lover. Matters will ultimately come to a head.

“The Yo-Yo Pilgrimage.” Written by Taylor Ashbrook. Directed by Warren Davis. Featuring Joy Darash, Carissa Gipprich and Ben Hensley. In the future, people have left Earth and live in controlled societies.

“Snugglebunnies on MyFace.” Written by Caroline Marshall. Directed by Madelyne Heyman. Featuring Rosie DeCandida and Cynthia Holloway. Jenna is tracking her ex-boyfriend on social media, and it’s tearing her up.

“Three Very Offensive Scenes About the Founding Fathers.” Written by Steven B. Green. Directed by Tom Ashworth. Featuring Kerr Lordygan, Paul Messinger and Jon Mullich. Learn the real facts about how the Declaration of Independence was written.

“Private Conversations.” Written by Kerr Lordygan. Directed by Steven B. Green. Featuring Jane Kim and Doug Mattingly. A couple with a rocky relationship, sometimes at long distance, relies on technology to keep them connected.

Program B:

“Bread, Butter and Marmalade.” Written by Kerr Lordygan. Directed by Derek Long. Featuring Sonia Cruz, Liliana Isella, Caitlin Lowerre, Derek Meeker and Erin Treanor. Women of Berlin face the last hours of the Third Reich.

“The Aftersex.” Written by Kerr Lordygan. Directed by Justin T. Bowler. Featuring Elliott Davis, Olivia Gadson, Collin Gaveck, Jane Kim, Diane Kelber, Jaret Martino, Veronica Mistry, Erin Treanor and Price Adam Troche Jr. Five couples, post-coitus: one straight, one gay, one lesbian, one interracial, one senior.

“Frankenstud.” Written and directed by Caroline Marshall. Featuring Roslyn Cohn and Susan Priver. Haley studies New Age and manifesting. She wants a man, and the Universe will send her exactly what she asks for. Be careful, Haley.

“Magical Realism.” Written by Taylor Ashbrook. Directed by Steven B. Green. Featuring Luke Baldridge and Leo Weltman. A man meets with a supernatural being every January 1.

“More on the Moron.” Written by Kerr Lordygan. Directed by Matt Ritchey. Featuring Collin Gaveck, Scott Gerard, Che Landon, Jaret Martino, Scott Pretty, Thomas Prosser and Kyra Schwartz. A gay man exacts revenge on the cyber-bully who has been tormenting him.

Eclect-A-Fest performs Thursday through Sunday through Sunday, September 1, 2014. Tickets are $18 for per night, or $25 for both. Call 818-508-3003 or visit www.eclecticcompanytheatre.org. There are special off-night Pay What You Can performances. For Program A, they’re on Wednesday, August 13 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, August 24 at 2 p.m. For Program B, they’re on Saturday, August 9 at 3 p.m. and Wednesday, August 27 at 8 p.m.

The Eclectic Company Theatre is located at 5312 Laurel Canyon Blvd. (between Chandler and Magnolia) in Valley Village.

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