Theatre Artists Studio presents annual ‘Summer Shorts’ June 18-24

Theatre Artists Studio presents its “2015 New Summer Shorts,” a 10-minute play festival featuring new works written and directed by studio members, June 18 through 28.

Theater Artists Studio

The production will be presented at Theatre Artists Studio, 4848 E. Cactus Road, No. 406, Scottsdale. Presentations are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sundays.

General admission is $20; $10 for students 25 and under; $15 for groups of 10 or more and for seniors over age 65 and military members.

Call 602-765-0120 or visit

Short plays presented include:

* “Flora and Fauna,” by Debra Gettleman, is directed by Richard Hardt and features Bill Straus, Nina Koch, Dayna Dayson, Steve Fajardo and Tracy Payne Black. When an uppity botanic garden employee gets too big for his britches, it takes a young student to put him in his place and equal the playing field.

* “Latrodectus,” by Aaron Seever and Debra Gettleman, is directed by Amanda Melby and features Aaron Seever and Laura Munoz-Bottini. A game of cat and mouse, or rather spider and fly — only it’s not clear who’s who in this unlikely pairing of pest guy and legal eagle.

* “Pick A Leaf,” by Kathleen Buckstaff and directed by Mary Clare Coleman, features Susan Sindelar and Dayna Dawson.Based on a true story. Two women meet in San Francisco and talk. One is 25 and from Uganda. The other is almost 50 and from California. Both are working to empower girls. They discover they share the same purpose and the same wound.

* “Power Play,” by Richard Warren and directed by Martha Welty, features Aaron Seever, Steve Fajardo, Bill Straus, Alexandra Erario. Patti Hurtado, and Laura Munoz-Bottini. A charity check is presented to a movie star by The Power Company chairman who is hosting a location shoot, but there are problems. A comedy of complications unfolds as power shifts between the star, his aid and his photographer, and the chairman, his wife and his PR person.

* “Some of My Best Friends,” by Richard Hardt, is directed by Steve Fajardo and features Martha Welty, Mark Gluckman, Ashley Faulkner and Jared Queen. A man becomes ill at ease when his daughter brings home unexpected and unwelcome, company for dinner.

* “The Storm,” by Alan Austin is directed by Barbara Acker and features Jeff Stimson, Tracy Payne Black and Angee Lewandowski. A couple’s apparently happy marriage is brought into sharp relief by the husband’s affair with a younger woman.
“The Storytellers,” by Susan Sindelar is directed by Judy Rollings and features Sydney Davis, Alexandra Erario and Jared Queen. Hang on as you are drawn into the private passion and imagination of the actor’s mind.

* “Until You’re Not …,” written by Susan Sindelar and directed by Mary Robinson, features Patti Hurtado and Marylou Stephens. When Libby dreams about anyone she knows, expect the unexpected as the near future unfolds.

The studio is a member organization of actors, playwrights, directors, producers and designers founded to provide a place for theatre artists to work at their craft in an atmosphere which fosters mutual growth and collaboration through studio affiliation.

The studio provides interaction between its members and the community by providing an opportunity to produce innovative projects, mentor emerging talent and establish an educational resource to celebrate the power and imagination of theatre.

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