John Lion New Plays Festival

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 May 10, 2004

Margie Yu
Public Affairs Specialist 
(323) 343-3047



Cal State L.A. 
Office of Public Affairs 
(323) 343-3050 
Fax: (323) 343-6405

For immediate release:

Cal State L.A. presents an evening of five one-act plays

WHEN: Two Weekends ONLY: Thursday & Friday evenings at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 3 p.m. & 8 p.m., May 20-22 & May 27-29
WHERE: STATE PLAYHOUSE, CAL STATE L.A. – Eastern Avenue exit of the San Bernardino (10) Freeway, at the intersection of the 10 and 710 freeways.
TICKETS: General Admission, $12; students and senior citizens, $8.
PARKING: Public permit dispenser parking is available at 50 cents per hour in Lots C, F and G or upper level of Parking Structure II.
INFO: Reservations—call the Cal State L.A. Box Office, (323) 343-4118.

Five one-act plays, written by Cal State L.A. student playwrights—Stuck in Traffic by Carlos Guechi, Fishin’ Rites by Lindsey Ginter, White by Ken Klawitter, Last Time I Saw The Sun by Angie A. Wiencek, and Slush by Fabiola Lopez—were selected from a field of 60 for this year’s John Lion New Plays Festival at Cal State L.A.

“I’m so proud of the way the festival has been developing over these past eight years. Since 1997, the festival has premiered over 44 new plays written by our undergraduate and graduate students,” said José Cruz Gonzalez, theatre arts faculty member and director of the festival.

In its eighth year, the festival has had many success stories. Most recently, Robert Lopez’s A Sick World went on to be published by Dramatic Publishing Company, and a number of the festival’s student participants have gone on to careers as playwrights.

For the first time, the festival will publish a book of all five of this year’s play scripts including a play script from a past festival. “After all these years, one element has been missing in the festival: publication of the plays themselves. Publishing the plays adds a special element to the work that allows for a future life beyond its production here at CSULA,” says Stephen Rothman, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at Cal State L.A.

The Eighth Annual New Plays Festival at Cal State L.A. has been named in memory of John Lion, honoring his achievement in theatre and education. Lion who passed away on August 1, 1999, was producing director of the American College Theatre Festival at the Kennedy Center. Prior to his tenure at the Kennedy Center, Lion’s work as founder of the Magic Theatre in San Francisco made him an icon of the American Theatre. His residency at the “Magic” saw the theatre receive 10 Obie Awards, literally scores of Bay Area Theatre awards, and the Margo Jones Award. He was the author of publications on diverse topics dealing with the theatre. Lion held appointed positions on prestigious panels including the National Endowment for the Arts and Rockefeller Council.

THE JOHN LION NEW PLAYS FESTIVAL 2004 will be presented May 20-May 22, and May 27-May 29, running Thursday and Friday nights at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.

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