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What is a car play, you ask? A car play is a ten-minute play, set in a car. A real car. Not a theater. When you purchase your ticket, you request a certain Road or Avenue or Boulevard -- each of which has five cars in it. During the course of an hour, ten audience members, in sets of two, will move from car to car, escorted by "car hops," until they have seen all five plays in their Street. You might be seated in the back seat, or you might be in the front. You might be watching an intimate front seat, post-date seduction or sit in on a car pool gone wrong or witness a carjacking from inches away. Anything can happen in a car!
In my car, you will see Barbara (played by Porter Kelly) dropping off her daughter Soo-Min (played by Vyvy Nguyen) at USC. It's drop-off day -- and this is the beginning of Soo-Min's first year of college. She's moving into the dorm. She's about to start her freshman year. Everything is ahead of her. But it's a little tough for both mom and daughter to say goodbye...
I used Skype to "sit in" on the first rehearsal with my actors and long time friend, colleague and director Michael Shutt last week. What fun to hear the play out loud for the first time! (Well, other than me saying it out loud to myself during the writing.)
I graduated from USC's Master of Professional Writing Program, then worked at the university for nine years -- so I witnessed a lot of real drop-off days. I hope I do this one justice.
This is the fourth year that I've participated in The Car Plays. I can't stop writing them, and luckily Moving Arts continues to produce them! It is a truly amazing and intimate way to see a play. Buy your ticket now. As you might imagine -- seating is limited!