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Short+Sweet Hollywood Festival

Short+Sweet Hollywood FestivalOver a month of new short plays and performances.

Short+Sweet is the world’s largest performing arts festival and is dedicated to original short form Theatre, Music and Dance.

Founded in Sydney Australia in 2002, it’s now presented in 30+ cities across 10 countries (Australia, New Zealand, India, Singapore, Mauritius, Philippines, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, Zimbabwe and the USA) with around 50 festivals annually.
While the most common language for S+S performances is English, it has also featured plays in Spanish, Hindi, Mandarin, Tagalog, Tamil, Maori, Bahasa and a host of others.
Major support for Short+Sweet Hollywood is provided by NBCUniversal and by Final Draft.

According to Founder and International Artistic Director Mark Cleary the global scope of Short+Sweet enables it to provide creative opportunities for individuals and communities around the world, encouraging and enabling people internationally to tell their stories.
“Everyone has the potential to be creative and it was inevitable that we’d end up in Los Angeles, where there’s more raw creativity per square mile than anywhere else in the world.”
Short+Sweet Hollywood Festival Director Nick Hardcastle states, “We want to create a special place on and off stage for our talent and our community. We are talking to some brilliant, world-class writing, directing talent who are coming on board and our list of judges just keeps getting more and more impressive. It is going to be a great opportunity for our artists to have work presented on this platform. It should also be a lot of fun!”    
Under the directorship of Nick Hardcastle, Short+Sweet Hollywood will be several festivals in one. There will be four weeks of theatre: The first two weeks of the festival will be in English. The next week will be devoted to Latinx artists with works in Spanish, English and Spanglish. Why this focus? Because of the emerging demographics of Los Angeles, which render the Latinx population as the largest minority, who are yet underrepresented in the arts. A fourth week will focus on the artistry of LGBTQ actors, writers and directors. The venue for this year’s Festival is the Marilyn Monroe Theatre in West Hollywood. West Hollywood has the most concentrated LGBTQ population in Southern California.

Tuesday nights will be devoted to new short Films.

Thursday evenings will be the occasion for Thirsty Thursdays, an occasion for artists to socialize and network, sponsored by Silent Pool Gin.
Wednesday evening October 23 and Sunday afternoon October 27 will present two new short plays by John Patrick Shanley, both of them  World Premieres.

Saturday afternoon October 26 will be a special matinee devoted to short Dance works.

Festival Finals will begin on Tuesday, October 22.

This culminates on Monday, October 28, when Short+Sweet Hollywood will feature the Best of the Fest, with a Gala Finale that will award festival winners selected by juries of industry professionals, audience favorites (People’s Choice), and by the Festival. This will include the best of English language plays, Spanish language plays, LGBTQ plays, Films, and Dance.

Each week, plays will be seen by jurors of industry professionals including producers, directors, casting directors and actors. Their selections will be included for consideration in the final Awards week.

In addition to all the shows, there will workshops and panels with distinguished industry professionals that will illuminate various aspects of the craft and the business of performing arts.

There’s been a conscious effort on the part of the festival organizers to include a significant proportion of women writers and directors in the works being performed.

There’s enough content and variety in Short + Sweet Hollywood that there will be something for everyone, at ticket prices affordable to all.
Week One:
Group Chaplin:
Friday, September 27 at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, September 28 at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, September 29 at 7:00 p.m.
Full Frontal. Directed by Ashley Karp. Written by Andrew Cervantes. Frank decides to shave his epic beard in a bid to finally move on from a past relationship. But The Beard has a plan of its own.
River’s Message. Directed by Josette Eales. Written by Conrad Panganiban. On the eve of their university’s final examinations, Kennedy creates a Facebook app to help her best friend, River, communicate with her mom, who has recently passed away. River’s Message explores the line between life and death over WiFi.
VD. Directed by Lisa Eismen.. Written by Pete Malicki.
Stew. Directed by Anthony O’Donohue. Written by K. Alexa Mavromatis. The recent loss of a parent has magnified every experience for 12-year-old Henry, none more so than today’s disappointing little league tryout. His grandfather is on hand for a pep talk and a taste test, but even his favorite comfort food isn’t a comfort today.
Stopover. Directed by John Finagl O’Donnell. Written by Wayne Timms. During a stopover on their business trip, a couple encounter a cunning hotel housekeeper.
Dead Girls: A Comedy. Directed by Sabrina Jaglom. Written by Lesley Scammell. Elsa learns what it’s like to play a professional dead girl on film.
Sleep Like the Dead. Directed by Tigran Mutafyan. Written by Ian Boisvert.
Judas Iscariot’s Day Off. Directed by Taji Coleman. Written by David Macgregor.
Four. Directed by Mariana Lopez. Written by Tristan Lutze.
Dating Through the Decades. Directed by Kimberly Cooper. Written by Ken Levine. In quick vignettes, a boy and girl date in every decade from the 1950s until today.
Group Stanwyck:
Satturday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, September 29 at 2:00 p.m. Monday, September 30 at 7::00 p.m.
Memento Mori. Directed by Colin Borden. Written by Jonathan Cook. It’s the late 1800s, and a post mortem photographer who has a mystical ability to reanimate the recently deceased is conflicted with a dark secret revealed to him by the corpse of a teenage girl.
The Lullaby. Directed by Lucy Vico. Written by Joe Bergin. Shane and Julie are struggling to cope with the demands of parenthood. One night, while Shane is out feeding the baby, a strange man appears claiming to be the man of Julie’s dreams. Maybe a good dream is exactly what she needs right now!
Best Served. Directed by Lorena Gordon. Written by Annette Roman. Two brothers- one of whom is a heroin addict- don’t see eye to eye when it comes to caring for their abusive father on his deathbed.
This Hungry Churchyard. Directed by Jonathan Josephson. Written by Sebastian Muñoz.
After You. Directed by Peter Kors. Written by Steven Dietz.
The Association. Directed and written by Narmar Hannah.
Blank Slate. Directed and written by Daliya Habib. Two strangers clash at an art exhibition.
God on the Couch. Directed and written by Dan O’Day.
Happy Birthday, Helen. Directed and written by Karen Ways. An Australian, an Englishman and an American walk into a bar.Two luck out. One finds the woman of his dreams.
Week Two
Group Davis
Friday, October 4 at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, October 5 at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 6 at 7:00 p.m.
The Hold Up. Directed by Kalee St. Clair. Written by Greg Gould. When a philosophy student ducks into a convenience store to spy on his girlfriend, he finds himself in the middle of a not-so-philosophical hold up.
A Room Without a View. Directed and written by Gerald Fillmore.
A Cup of Tea. Directed by Pavel Cerny. Written by Helena Cerny.
My Bad. Directed and written by Alex Peurye.
Anti-Social Media. Directed by Christine Nguyen. Written by Julie Barnett. Sarah’s quiet night in takes an unexpected turn when Facebook and Twitter personified turn up in her living room.
The Forgotten Place. Directed and written by Jeff Locker.
Superposition. Directed by Shane Connor. Written by Clifford Keen. Chaotic results occur when two mime artists encounter quantum computing.
Smart Jimmy Slow Bob. Directed by Jessica Aquilla Cumerman. Written by Greg Gould. When Jimmy’s dim-witted brother Bobby screws up a hit for the boss, Jimmy has to clean up the mess.
On the Cross Bronx. Directed by Emily Laue. Written by Victoria Daly. In a cop car stuck in traffic on the side of the highway, Kate, in labor, refuses to give birth until she can get to the hospital, but officer Joe’s job is on the line if she doesn’t safely deliver.
Margot’s Bench. Directed by Rebecca Smee. Written by Lindsay Brown.
Horny The Musical. Directed and written by Katherine King.
Group Grant
Saturday, October 5 at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, October 6 at 2:00 p.m. Monday, October 7 at 7:00 p.m.
For Rent. Directed by Meaghan Davies. Written by Lolly Ward. When a woman tries to rent a room, she gets less than she bargained for.
Lenny, You Slay Me. Directed by Adam Taylor. Written by Gordon Williams.
Grown. Directed by Soda Persi. Written by Corey Howe.
True to You. Directed by Gia Carides. Written by Nicky Denovan. Richard and Jane are seeking a powerful love connection. But will each meet their match---or their nemesis?
The Beach. Directed by Rich Martinez. Written by Ashleigh Hook. New Year’s on the beach. Holly and Joe test human resilience as they play a game to see how life may have turned out differently if they’d made different decisions.
Beard-O. Directed and written by Alejandro Heiber.
Saturday Night Hollywood. Directed by Diana C. Zollicoffer. Written by Alex Broun. Claire tries to make a quick escape after a one-night stand, but Matthew has a surprising suggestion.
Play It Again, Sin. Directed and written by Ken Levine.
For Jeffrey. Directed by Jason Weiss. Written by Andy Goldberg. Between a man and a woman, a good deed goes unpunished.
I Am Your Guru. Directed by Lily Rains. Written by Daniel Fletcher.
Week Three- Latinx Plays
Group Montalban
Friday, October 11 at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, October 12 at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 13 at 9:00 p.m.
Perro Amor. Directed by Paloma Lopez. Written by Lupe Gehrenbeck. He took his books, without anger. She kept her gifts, without shame. They each kept their dogs, and held onto some unspoken words, unexpressed feelings, and a longing for what could have been.A bittersweet beak-up when the love is unfinished. (A sweet rom/com.)
The Fruit Flies. Directed by Jazmin Aguilar. Written by Susannah Rodriguez Drissi. When married couple Robert and Lena argue over fruit flies in their kitchen, the banal, the vulgar and the poetic erupt into marital angst, verbal tirades and a salacious dissection of the secret life of insects.
TSWAT LA. Directed by Rich Martinez. Written by Paco Jose Madden. Join TSWAT- Teachers Special Weapons And Tactics- and learn how you can protect your school.
Apa’s Girl. Directed by Rosa Navarrete. Written by Elvia Susana Rubalcava. Mari struggles with familial relationships as she is forced to confront the gravity of her father’s declining health.
Memorial. Directed by Elena Campbell-Martinez. Written by Antonio Minino. In 2037, a visit to a former migrant detention center forces a woman to confront the phantoms of her past and the secrets she has kept from her daughter.
Al Amanecer (I’ll Tell You at Sunrise). Directed by Donna Wheeler. Written by Franky Gonzalez. An ICE agent tries to enlist help from a detained immigrant in an assisted suicide, in exchange for the immigrant’s freedom.
Limbo Improv Show. Directed and written by Carolina Cappiello. A high-comedy improv that asks “What would you do if you had only 10 minutes to live?”
Group Del Rio
Friday, October 11 at 9:00 p.m. Saturday, October 12 at 5:00 p.m. Sunday, October 13 at 7:00 p.m.
Las Esposas. Directed by Moses Norton. Written by Fernando Castro. A black comedy between lovers. Christmas Day. Julian waits for his lover, Ray, to come home from work and celebrate the holiday. Instead, an unexpected visitor, Maria shows up at the door pregnant with Ray’s baby. Julian and Maria decide to unite and teach ray a lesson he won’t forget.
Don’t Ever Grow Old. Directed by Carlos Carrasco. Written by Myrna Aguilar.A cene in the weekly visit Mariella pays to her grandmother who’s in an assisted  living facility.
A Eso Vine. Directed by Gerardo Gutierrez. Written by Jesus Gonzalez Davilla, TBAC Theatre Co. A boy who lives on the streets of Mexico City is on a search to find his Dad, and he is willing to do anything to find him!

Rosa. Directed by Ana Lydia Monaco. Written by Ruben Mendive. Two Latinas from opposite sides of the tracks come into conflict in front of the most famous selfie wall in Los Angeles.

Fénix. Directed by Renee Madrigal. Written by Diana Burbano. After acid is thrown in a young woman's face, a Fenix rises.

Somos Mamíferos. Directed by Jhonathan Tabares. Written by Luz Estrada. Who hasn't fantasized about loving two people simultaneously with the approval of all parties involved? This is Katia's life.

Group Quinn

Saturday, October 12 at 7:00p.m. Sunday, October 13 at 2:00 p.m. Monday, October 14 at 9:00 p.m.

Edipo Clown. Directed by Kryzz Gautier. Written by Carolina Mejia. A small theater troupe attempts a retelling of Sophocles' Oedipus Rex to unintentionally comedic results.

The Right to Life. Directed by Daniela Naranjo. Written by Shanelle Garcia. In a dystopian present, three contestants take part in a game show to try and win a chance at life beyond the camps where they are forced to live

Carlotta Learns to Whistle. Directed by Grace Serrano. Written by Josie Nerricio. An uncle and niece heal their grief in a magical way.

My Sisters. Directed by Adalgiza Chermont. Written by Andrew Cervantes. Sometimes dealing with the dying is harder than the death.

Chopped Pig. Directed by Yaniv Waisman. Written by Nathalia Hencker. A police chief gets a lesson in etiquette when accepting an invitation for dinner at his favorite detective’s home.

Are You Real? (Be a Mexican) Directed and written by Elysa Gomez. Confused by being labeled fake as a young girl growing up in Los Angeles, Elysa goes on a journey to discover what would make her real.

Group Moreno

Saturday, October 12 at 9:00 p.m. Sunday, October 13 at 5:00 p.m. Monday, October 14 at 7:00 p.m.

Rey y Atenea. Directed and written by Susannah Drissi. Elderly couple Rey and Atenea battle it out until justice prevails.

The Truth of Bones. Directed and written by Joe Luis Cedillo. They can feel pain after they are dead?

Noche De Boda. Directed by Teddy Alexis Rodriguez, Ph.D. Written by Claudia Duran. What happens at the reception AFTER the wedding reception? The bliss fades fast as two friends navigate the meaning of true love in the 21st century.

Remains of a Nation. Directed and written by Natalia Lazarus. The year is 2025 - the United States is now governed by an Imperator, the wall has been built, and a Civil War has erupted. Colonel Adriana Pinel and Private Melissa O’Leary temporally escape the battle and bond before the enemy discovers their hide out.

Martha Me Tienes Harta. Directed and written by Eduardo Ivan Muñoz. If I don't remember it, then it never happened.

Como Las Cucarachas En Verano. Directed by Lara Vacas. Written by Carlos Perez. Three women from a town in central Spain, in the 60s, are waiting at a railway station for the arrival of the train that will take the last man of the town. In the wait, jealousies, complicities, resentments and confessions appear in which the weaknesses of these three women of apparently chaste and pure spirit are evident.

Week Four
LGBTQ + Live!

Group Garland
Friday, October 18 at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, October 19 at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 20 at 7:00 p.m.

The Diary. Directed and written by Thomas J. Misuraca. David’s mother is upset at finding her son’s diary of gay sexual adventures, but not for the reasons you may think….

Sweet She. Directed by Cynthia Levin.  Written by Jeff Locker. The story of two women who met, touched pinkies and fell in love.

Babe. Directed by Ashley Karp. Written by Andrew Cervantes. All Ollie wanted was to score some bases with her girlfriend. But when a birthday surprise goes awry, the only one striking out is love itself.

Edward and Gaveston. Directed by Pavel Cerny. Written by David Brendan Hopes. Young King Edward II meets the love of his life, a street urchin named Gaveston.

A Case of Curiosity. Directed and written by Jumi Rayne. A cool lesbian bartender sifts through curious women in search of true love.

2020. Directed and written by Patrick Darab Hartigan. A story about hope, failure and determination in the fight to achieve your dreams.

How Did Edward Lose His Accent? Directed and written by Teddy Alexis Rodriguez. Edward has not come to terms with his family’s rejection. Bringing the tale of two dresses to life with his best friend might help him finally confront the past.

Any Port. Directed and written by Michael Narkunski. Brian doesn’t like gay people, which is a little problem since he’s gay. He is also in the exact wrong place to change his mind.

Poseidon, What Ails You? Directed by John Fingal O’Donnell. Written by Dallas Bancroft. In Ancient Rome, a most unnatural love is up for debate among the male citizens.

Perfect.  Directed by Arden Pryor. Written by Josh Levine. One cold Chicago “morning after,” Rayna teaches Julia how to peel a banana like a monkey, among other things…..

Dreamin’- The Highs to the J-Lows.  Directed by Salina Estitties. Written by Jason DePuy and Jeff Witzke. Selina works hard for her money. But Selina hopes, she has dreams. So what happens when Selina gets the opportunity of her lifetime?

Group Dietrich

Saturday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, October 20 at 2:00 p.m. Monday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m.

Wait….Let’s Have Fun! Directed and written by Tim Murray. Tim is constantly trying to be the “cool girl” in school, at gay clubs in Miami, waiting tables in NYC, hanging out with his mum, and checking in bags for celebrities.

Sweet He. Directed and written by Jeff Locker. The story of two men who met, almost kissed, and fell in love.

From the Beginning. Directed and written by Patrick Hurley. Three gay guys walk into a stereotype….They may never leave.

La Mujer Del Espejo. Directed and written by Flick Anderson. Naima is a fat, queer body-positive activist who lives life to the fullest, until she is confronted by an inner demon that questions her existence and what it means to be beautiful.

A Supportive Wife Supports Her Wife. Directed by Ann James. Written by Rex McGregor. Valentine’s Day has never been more of a struggle for power. As an unlikely threesome rips the media a new one, glittering pages of modern “herstory” are born.

Role Model. Directed and written by Jackie Loeb. The overwhelming expectations of a middle-aged member of the LGBTQI community and the exhaustion that goes with it.

Where Do You Plan to Spend Eternity? Directed and written by Nick Atkinson. Dylan’s L.A. Gay Pride celebration is interrupted by some misguided religious zealots.

Bath Story. Directed and written by Kerr Seth Lordygan. Two men find more than they bargained for while visiting a bathhouse.

She. Directed by Zoey Rose. Written by Maura Pierlot. Every day she fights to be heard, to dress as she wants, to be who she is….until one day the ultimatum between he and she must be called to reckoning.

Vancie That. Directed and written by Vancie Vega. Peppered with the crisp, contemptible quips of the legendary Bette Davis, this gripping musical dramedy soars above the valleys of addiction and homelessness and ultimately shines through to a delicious triumph.

Palm Springs Break. Directed by Drew Droege. Written by Ryan O’Connor. Not your Mama’s man-to-man talk.

Wednesday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m. – Special Event
Two short plays by John Patrick Shanley: Our Fantasia (World Premiere) and On the Terrace (World Premiere)
Special encore performance on Sunday, October 27 at 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 24 at 7:00 p.m.
People’s Choice- English Theatre Semi-Finals: Beard-o God on the Couch The Hold-Up Momento Mori Judas Iscariot's Day Off For Jeffrey Dating Through the Decades.

9:00 p.m.
People’s Choice- LGBTQ+Live! Semi-Finals: Perfect The Diary La Mujer Del Espejo Sweet, He Vancie That! 2020: An Olympic Story.

Friday, October 25 at 7:00 p.m.
People's Choice- Latino Semi-Finals: Edipo Clown Apa's Girl TSWAT LA Don't Ever Get Old A eso Vine Remains of a Nation Rey y Atenea Chopped Pig/Picadillo de Cerdo.

9:00 p.m.
Crew Cut- English Theatre Semi-Finals: Saturday Night Hollywood, Sunday Morning Armenia Smart Jimmy Slow Bob VD The Association Bury the Cat For Rent.

Saturday, October 26 at 2:00 p.m.
Short+Sweet Dance Festival: The Road We Travel Joy In the Crucible of the Night Change Begins Within La Tortuga In the Bag (excerpts) hart'Bro'Ken It's a Solo But I'm Not Alone Petrichor Promised Land Nunca Kathak Du Fu- Ode to a Beautiful Lady Awakening One for the Books.

5:00 p.m.
English Theatre- Judges’ Semi- Finals: The Beach The Hungry Churchyard Stew Happy Birthday, Helen Superposition Full Frontal The Forgotten Place True to You.

7:00 p.m.
Latino Theatre- Judges’ Semi-Finals: Limbo Improv Show Memorial Al Amanecer Somos Mamiferos Martha Me Tienes Harta Fenix Carlotta Learns to Whistle Are You Real? (Be a Mexican)

9:00 p.m.
LGBTQ+Live   Theatre- Judges’ Semi-Finals
How Did Edward Lose His Accent? From the Beginning Role Model Palm Spring Break Sweet, She Dreamin': The Highs to the J-Lows.

Sunday, October 27 5:00 p.m. Short+Sweet
Gala LGBTQ+Live! Finals.

7:00 p.m.
Gala Short+Sweet Latino Finals

9:00 p.m.
Gala Short+Sweet English Theatre Finals

Monday, October 28
8:00 p.m.
Gala Short+Sweet Best of the Fest
Top two voted pieces in each category: English theatre, Latino theatre, LGBTQ+Live,  Dance and Film

Presenter / Producer: Short+Sweet Hollywood

Listed Categories
Theater > Drama
Theater > Musicals
Theater > Theatrical Comedy

Event Phone: 626-674-0504

Marilyn Monroe Theatre
7936 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood CA 90046

LA - Hollywood / Westside

Performance Dates: 9/27/2019 - 10/28/2019
Friday, 09/27/2019
Saturday, 09/28/2019
Sunday, 09/29/2019
Monday, 09/30/2019
Friday, 10/04/2019
Saturday, 10/05/2019
Sunday, 10/06/2019
Monday, 10/07/2019
Friday, 10/11/2019
Saturday, 10/12/2019
Sunday, 10/13/2019
Monday, 10/14/2019
Friday, 10/18/2019
Saturday, 10/19/2019
Sunday, 10/20/2019
Monday, 10/21/2019
Wednesday, 10/23/2019
Friday, 10/25/2019
Saturday, 10/26/2019
Sunday, 10/27/2019
Monday, 10/28/2019

Performance Times
Times vary. See schedule above.

Ticket Information:
$20 most events. Finals and Best of the Fest: $35.

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