New Play Cafe is proud to announce the playwrights and plays selected for our first production, The Coffee Shop Chronicles. The Coffee Shop Chronicles features seven short plays by local playwrights, served up with dessert and coffee, at The Big Kitchen on three successive Friday nights. Plays will be performed simultaneously in two of The Big Kitchen’s three dining areas and then rotated so that audience members can see all seven short plays.
Here is our list of plays with descriptions by the playwrights and, below that, playwright bios. For tickets to The Coffee Shop Chronicles, please visit http://newplaycafe.com/shows/
The Coffee Shop Chronicles Plays and Playwrights
Terminator 4 by Jonathan Hammond
Tammy is the only one who can stop the cyborg apocalypse; unfortunately, she’s busy making milkshakes…
Lock and Key by Delia Knight
The story of Katie’s search to find out who her father was and what the key opens.
Who-Ha by Jennie Olson Six
Alex and Andi will be your waitstaff this evening, they think.
Booth Watching by Lizzie Silverman
Two women – speaking in the language of I-know-you-too-well-friendship – are clearly not obsessing over their non-relationships.
Witch Cafe by Soroya Rowley
Two sisters meet in a cafe to work out the issues between them, but their opposing views and magical powers get in the way.
Message Send Failure by Teresa Beckwith
Coffee shop where lonesome soul and techy hipster confront real-life issues without knowing it.
Between Heaven and Hell by Kevin Six
God and The Devil on their coffee break at the coffee shop on the corner of Heaven and Hell.
The Coffee Shop Chronicles Playwright Bios
Jonathan studied English Literature at University of Illinois and Film at New York University and Improv at The Groundlings and Acting at Playhouse West and Screenwriting at UCLA which is why he currently works as a waiter. He has acted locally in some awesome shows such as Dog Sees God, The MENding Monologues, The School for Wives, The Marriage of Bette and Boo and lots of other stuff he never won an award for. He is grateful to Jennie for asking him to write something and to Carla who is his comedy soul-mate and he dedicates this to his stepfather, Jay Gadlage and prays he heals. Seriously, I love you.
Delia is pleased as punch to be working with New Play Café! Most recently her work Glow was part of Circle Circle Dot Dot’s show Street Art Prophets and her play Disappearing Act received a staged reading through InnerMission Productions. In her spare time she enjoys jotting down bits of dialogue, making strong coffee and wearing red lipstick. She looks forward to working with such a talented group of playwrights, actors and directors! Thank you New Play Café for this wonderful opportunity!
Jennie Olson Six
Jennie’s play “Welcome Home” was recently workshopped through Playwrights Village, a collaboration with New Village Arts and Playwrights Project. Her short play “Twelve O’Clock Barbecue” was produced at New Perspective Festival. She helped found New Play Cafe with Lizzie Silverman and her partner in crime and life Kevin Six. She is grateful to all the talented individuals working on this project.
Lizzie wrote The Art of Disappearing, which was workshopped through Playwrights Project’s program, Play by Play: Cultivating Emerging Playwrights. She also wrote Nuked, a one act play which received a workshop production at OnStage Playhouse through Nomads Theatre Company. She has written numerous shorter plays, and participates in National Novel Writing Month. She is very excited to finally be producing new works with two of her favorite people, and would like to thank everyone who made this project possible.
This is Soroya’s third play to be produced in her newly budding writing career. The first was a 10 minute, one-woman show titled Sarah’s Song that was performed by the playwright for her Senior Thesis Project at the University of San Diego where she obtained her bachelors in Theatre Arts. The second piece was titled San Diego, I Love You: a site specific piece produced by her company Circle Circle dot dot and co-written by Artistic Director Katherine Harroff. Soroya is also the assistant teaching artist for a new program with the Old Globe titled Community Voices which teaches diverse community members the art of writing a 10 minute play.
Teresa has appeared on several San Diego stages and is thrilled to appear in the Coffee Shop Chronicles. She is an acupuncturist and martial artist who enjoys writing as well as skiing, fishing, traveling, surfing, and most outdoor activities. She lives with her family in Mission Hills.
Kevin has been acting, directing and writing for the stage for over 30 years. He has appeared at Compass, The Old Globe, Fritz, the Marquis, Swedenborg Hall, Intrepid Shakespeare and San Diego Junior theatres as well as on several industrial and commercial film projects.