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September 2020

InterPlay Play Reading Series
Returns Virtually
Final Titles

PCPA's InterPlay play reading series is back and expanded. It will consist of six new plays streaming live on Zoom beginning September 18 and concluding October 24.

There will be a new ground-breaking play each weekend with talkbacks with the actors, directors and even the playwrights following the readings.

Each work will be shared on two dates and times - Fridays at 7pm and Saturdays at 1:30pm.

From the comfort of your home, enjoy six live readings of freshly premiered plays, penned by exciting contemporary playwrights, and brought to life by PCPA's talented and versatile company of actors.

Purchase the $5 Zoom admission online at pcpa.org. Or phone the Box Office Wednesday - Saturday, 4 - 6pm to speak to a customer service representative, (805) 922-8313.

The latest titles to be included in the series are: The Thanksgiving Play, The Tall Girls, and Alabama Story.

The Agitators
By Mat Smart
Friday, Sept. 18 - 7pm
Saturday, Sept. 19 - 1:30pm

"Do you believe this can ever be a country for all?" The Agitators follows the turbulent and enduring friendship of two of America’s greatest agitators: Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony. Mat Smart’s historical play of rebellion and revolution echoes powerfully in today’s world.

The Thanksgiving Play
By Larissa FastHorse
Friday, Sept. 25 - 7pm
Saturday, Sept. 26 - 1:30pm

Gobble gobble! In Larissa FastHorse’s bitingly funny satire, good intentions collide with absurd assumptions as a troupe of “woke,” white teaching artists are tasked with devising a school pageant about the first Thanksgiving and Native American Heritage month. A lá Saturday Night Live and hailed as a “rambunctious and edgy satire of wokeness,” The Thanksgiving Play, roasts America’s “Turkey Day,” Political Correctness gone mad, and the theater itself!

(Mature Themes / Mild Adult Language)

The Tall Girls
By Meg Miroshnik
Friday, Oct. 2 - 7pm
Saturday, Oct. 3 - 1:30pm

Poor Prairie is a dead-end town. There are only a few ways out for a girl: marriage, trouble, and maybe… basketball. During the dustbowl, when basketball was deemed “dangerous” for women, a ragtag team and coach defie their community and the odds. Meg Miroshnik’s play, The Tall Girls, asks: “who gets to play?”

Things I Know To Be True
By Andrew Bovell
Friday, Oct. 9 - 7pm
Saturday, Oct. 10 - 1:30pm

Be the first west coast audience to get an exclusive glimpse of Things I Know to be True. Australian writer, Andrew Bovell’s, poignant new play peers inside one American family through a poetic lens with universal impact.

(Adult Themes)

Mother Road
By Octavos Solis
Friday, Oct. 16 - 7pm
Saturday, Oct. 17 - 1:30pm

In a timely sequel that could take place right here in the Santa Maria Valley, Solis’ Mother Road picks up 90 years after Steinbeck’s masterpiece, The Grapes of Wrath. Hard-worn and ailing, William Joad, and young Mexican American migrant farmworker, Martín Jodes, are bound together by a surprising and serendipitous blood knot that holds the keys to their fates and brands them travel partners in an epic journey down the Mother Road.

(Adult Language/Adult Themes)

Alabama Story
By Kenneth Jones
Friday, Oct. 23 - 7pm
Saturday, Oct. 24 - 1:30pm

A pair of rabbits, a librarian, a children’s book, and civil rights all converge in “the Deep South of the imagination." Based on true events, Kenneth Jones’ new play is a simultaneously serious and playful love-letter to reading and to the stories - real and fictional - that shape our lives.

(Most appropriate for 13 years and older)

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Just the Facts
What InterPlay Play Reading Series
6 plays live via Zoom
When Fridays at 7pm and Saturdays at 1:30pm
Sept. 18 - Oct. 24
Virtual Venue Zoom
Admission $5.00
Internet  https://www.pcpa.org/InterPlay.html
August 2020

PCPA To Delay Opening of Season 57

As the outlook for the resumption of public gatherings remains poor, based on the resurgence of the COVID virus and the unpredictability of the pandemic getting under control, PCPA – Pacific Conservatory Theatre will delay the opening of its Season 57 to June 2021, with plans to resume live performances in Santa Maria and the Solvang Festival Theater.

Typically, PCPA’s season begins with its holiday show in the fall. The planned postponement of production will sadly also imply no Spring 2021 performances in Santa Maria’s Marian and Severson Theatres, and the suspension of the 2-year Conservatory training programs for Acting and Technical theatre until August of 2021.

Artistic Director Mark Booher said, “In spite of our detailed plan for the resumption of on-site work and instruction, as we prioritize the health and safety of each company member, the hypothetical risks of a COVID exposure - its potential health impacts, quarantine requirements, and the impact on production and instruction time - creates too much risk and uncertainty. We are planning to shift our focus and conserve our resources to try to have ourselves in the strongest position possible for production in Summer ‘21. Our plan will be to produce four summer shows, primarily performing in Solvang.”

While consistent with the impacts the pandemic is having on arts institutions across the nation, this difficult decision has no precedent at PCPA, and has a myriad of deep ramifications. Still, the health and safety of PCPA’s staff, students and patrons naturally takes precedence, for the well-being of the whole community.

Booher remarked, “We remain passionate in our desire to return to our studios and stages! We are using this time to improve our internal working practices and culture, so that as we continue the rich legacy of artistry and excellence for which PCPA is known, we will be a healthier, more equitable, creatively robust contributor to community life and the future of the American Theatre.”

Although the stages may be ‘dark,’ PCPA has been very active in creating programming with PCPA’s company of artists. The theatre’s Fall and Spring plans will focus even more intently on virtual artistic, enrichment and educational experiences for the community. This includes the return, via Zoom, of PCPA’s play reading series InterPlay, planned for September and October. More information on InterPlay will be forthcoming, with announcements about Summer 2021 to follow.

For more information about all that is happening at PCPA, including virtual programming offerings, visit www.PCPA.org.

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