Shows & Events

Out to Lunch

New Play Cafe presents an order of 10-minute plays written by local playwrights, to be served up during San Diego Fringe Festival.

Friday, June 23rd 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 24th 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 25th 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 28th 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 29th 8:00 p.m.
Friday, June 30th 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 1st 3:00 p.m.

Where: Panera Bread
225 Broadway #160, San Diego, CA 92101 (Google Maps)


The Playwrights

Thelma Virata de Castro is grateful for the opportunity to write for New Play Cafe again. Her play Charles the Great was part of New Play Cafe’s Legends. She served as Community Liaison and one of the playwrights for Asian Story Theater’s Halo-Halo – Mixed Together Stories from San Diego’s Asian American Community. Thelma works as Community Programs Coordinator for Playwrights Project, and is founder of San Diego Playwrights. She’ll be writing for Logan2 Productions’ That 24-Hour Thing on July 2.




Hannah Logan is an actor, playwright, director and producer. She recently had a reading of her newest play Among the Liitle White Daisies at Diversionary Theatre where she will also be appearing this fall in The Moors. She is one half of Logan Squared which produces That 24-Hour Thing, which you can see on the last day of the Fringe.




Kevin Olson Six was the 2009-11 Playwright in Residence at Swedenborg Hall and his play Love, Unrequited, in Three Galleries was the 2008 winner of The Scripteasers’ Script Tease of Short Plays. His play The Cake Women was published in 2008 in Smith and Kraus’ The Best 10-Minute Plays of 2007. Kevin’s play, Love Negotiated was a finalist in the 2006 Diverse Voices Playwriting Contest sponsored by the Hinton Battle Theatre Laboratory and was produced to critical success in 2008; it was published by Next Stage Press in 2012. As a director and an actor, he has appeared at Compass, Intrepid Shakespeare, The Old Globe, Fritz, the Marquis, Swedenborg Hall and San Diego Junior theatres as well as on several industrial and commercial film projects.




Tori King Rice is honored to be a part of Out To Lunch. Plays include Tiny (Scripps Ranch Theatre’s Out On A Limb festival), Sisters in the System (Playwrights Project), The Hunt(s) (New Play Cafe, Legends), The More Men Weigh (Edmonton Fringe, Critic’s Favorite), Bottled In, Baby (New Perspective Festival), and personal narrative Yard Sale (SMoCA Lit Lounge), Imperfect (Spark! Powerhouse Theatre), and Magnet & Steel (SRT). Her finest production to date is Sadie, thanks in no small part to her awesome husband, Ron.




Tom Steward is a writer and actor. His short play The Only Real Diner in Town was produced by New Play Cafe in 2014 and his work was selected for the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture Five Minute Play Festival. He blogs for entertainment websites, including Spoilit TV and Watching TV with Americans. Tom has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Warwick Arts Centre (UK), and across theatres in San Diego County, including New Village Arts.




Ensemble Cast

Michael Bova: This year marks Michael’s first appearance in the San Diego International Fringe Festival. Previously, Michael has appeared in and produced stage productions in San Diego as well having worked in television and feature films projects in Los Angeles. However, he returns in the Festival to his first love of live performance. Joined by a talented cast of actors and playwrights, Michael looks forward to this year’s Festival and hopes to see you there.




Kathi Copeland: Good People (Scripps Ranch), Precious Little (Innermission/Craig Noel Nominee 2015), Car Plays (La Jolla Playhouse), That 24 Hour Thing (San Diego Fringe 2015), Kin (Ion Theatre), To Kill A Mockingbird (New Village Arts), San Diego I Love You 2.0 and Warrior’s Duet (Circle Circle dot dot), Community Voices (The Old Globe), American Idyll (Playwrights Project), Swimming in the Shallows (Innermission), Night of the Iguana (The Goodman Theatre) and Balm in Gilead (Steppenwolf in Chicago).




James P. Darvas: James is a local actor / director / artistic director who has performed all throughout San Diego and the mid- West. This is his second opportunity to work with New Play Cafe and for that and many other things he is very grateful. His next project will be directing A Piece Of My Heart this fall at Onstage Playhouse.




Phillip John: Philip is thrilled and grateful to be working with these amazing artists! Some of his favorite local theatre credits include Buddy the Buddy Holly Story, Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, Duck Hunter Shoots Angel, The Violet Hour, Simply Sci-Fi (multiple roles), and the San Diego International Fringe Festival.




Claudette Santiago: Claudette is excited to be joining old and new friends for New Play Cafe’s Fringe Show this year. She was last seen in Violet: in Concert at Coronado Playhouse, Halo-Halo, a Filipino-American community-based theatre project by Asian Story Theater, and American Hero, produced by Different Stages and OB Playhouse and Theatre Co. She currently studies acting at the Meisner Chekhov Integrated Studio in North Park and holds a B.A. in Theater Arts from UCSC. She would like to thank Jennie, Kevin, Liz, and YOU, for supporting live theatre.




Wendy Savage: Wendy Savage attended NYU and has been seen on stage in the Bay Area, NYC, Seattle, & San Diego. She was last seen in a S.W.A.N. Day event “The Conversation”(written & directed by women) & InnerMission Productions Taming of the Shrew as Grumio. Although not her first Fringe, it is her first San Diego Fringe appearance.





Jennie Olson Six: Jennie is thrilled to be working with this company of incredible theatre artists. As one of the founders of New Play Cafe, she is committed to cultivating and promoting new works by San Diego writers. As a writer she has had various pieces produced and is currently working on her trashy women web series Complex Girls. Read more about Jennie at

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