Invited Productions, Scenes, and New Plays

This page updates in December of each Festival year with the new line up of Invited Productions, New Plays, and Invited Scenes.

Invited Productions

The executive committee of the regional board met on Saturday, December 15, 2018, to consider all of the participating productions in the region during 2018. We thank all the schools that entered shows. It was a long and difficult discussion. Here are the shows that have been invited to Festival 51:

Ghost Ship

by Philip Valle
directed by bree valle
Cuesta College (California)

Failure: A Love Story

by Philip Dawkins
directed by Madison Natoli and assisted by Abigail Marshall
Scottsdale Community College (Arizona)

I and You

by Lauren Gunderson
directed by Jeremy Lewis
Concordia University, Irvine (California)

Top Girls

by Caryl Churchill
directed by Shaheen Vaaz
Los Angeles Pierce College (California)

Marlene is celebrating a promotion with a posh dinner party. Her guests are celebrating their lives – Isabella Bird, back from her travels; Pope Joan, Lady Nijo and Patient Griselda, back from the Middle Ages; and Dull Gret, back from hell. Their victories, losses and sacrifices intersect with Marlene’s ambitious career in 1980s London and the gritty struggles of her working-class family, bringing their crises and conflicts into the present.

A Walking Shadow

by Taurie Kinoshita
directed by Taurie Kinoshita
Windward Community College (Hawaii)

A Walking Shadow chronicles the tragic and true story of Myles Fukunaga, a mentally ill 19-year-old, who was executed on Oahu in 1929. This heartbreaking, expressionistic docudrama recounts Fukunaga’s horrifying descent into madness, his unspeakable crime, and the ultimate injustice of his trial and death sentence. A Walking Shadow deals with agency—mental and cultural—exploring the consequences of racism, lack of representation and the plight of those afflicted with mental illness

Chavez Ravine

by Culture Clash
directed by Ramiro Segovia
East Los Angeles College (California)

A controversial history of the immigrant community that once thrived on the site that is now Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The play tackles gentrification, race and class divisions, urban power structures, McCarthyism, community identity, and the search for a home, among other issues. The battle of Chavez Ravine is the story of an area once called La Loma, Palo Verde, and Bishop. The 50 characters are brought to life by 9 actors. The audience can expect the history of Chavez Ravine explored with humor, honesty, dance and an original composition.

Radium Girls

by DW Gregory
directed by Stephanie Breinholt
Brigham Young University (Utah)

Grace Fryer and her coworkers—factory workers who paint the faces of radium-fluorescent watches—fight for their day in court when they all begin to fall ill with a mysterious disease. With nine actors playing 39 roles, Radium Girls is a fast-paced snapshot of the true story of what happens when the American dream bumps up against the realities of health, wealth, and big business.


by Stephen Karam and PJ Paparelli
directed by Brett Elliott
California Lutheran University (California)

columbinus takes the audience on a journey that starts in the halls of a typical American high school, a journey that winds inexorably downward into a spiral of loneliness and isolation. columbinus is a fascinating blend of theatricality and documentary storytelling. Using symbolic staging techniques, it brings to life characters based on real people and dialogue taken from interviews, conversations, journals, writings, and forensic evidence.

Evening of Invited Scenes, Wednesday, February 13th


by Nicole Santiago

directed by Sara Guerrero

California State University, Los Angeles

Brown Baby 

by Carlos Morton

directed by William Korf

Rio Hondo College

Ruthless the Musical

by Joe Paley

directed by Andrew Barratt Lewis with musical direction by Kenneth Plain

Weber State University

I’m a Native and…

directed and student devised by Larissa Fasthorse

Fort Lewis College

Night and Day

by Charles Mee

directed by Brian Hashimoto

California State University, Northridge

The Other Side of the Story

student devised and directed by Jeffery Wienckowski

College of the Canyons


by Anton Chekhov

adapted and directed by Tina Kronis

Los Angeles City College Theatre Academy

The Importance of Being Earnest

by Oscar Wilde

directed by Steven Higgenbotham

Eastern Arizona College


10 Minute Plays

Sunglasses Mode

by Zoe Trepanier 
Brigham Young University

Voir Dire 

by Carissa Atallah
University of California Riverside


by Wendy Ewan
Lesley University


by Michael Robinson
University of California Riverside


by Peter Von Sholly
Glendale Community College, California


by Thomas Hartwell
Scottsdale Community College


For a Full Belly, We Prey 

by Nicholas Welter
Arizona State University


by Kaitlyn Kief

Arizona State University

One Act Plays


by Wendy Ewan
Lesley University

Scenes from an Italian Restaurant

by Sophia Guernsey
Azusa Pacific University





by Mark Macey
University of Utah

Just Outside Echo

by Alexander Long

Arizona State University

Region 8 Original Monologue Section

The Builder Of Things

by Karen Casady
California State University, Northridge

Region 8 NAPAT Full-Length Play Nominee

Turkey, Stuffing, and Cerebal Palsy

by Andrew Justvig
University of California, Riverside