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Be Aggressive Drama 5 (1m, 4f) View Details Compare
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Vista Del Sol is paradise. Sandy beaches. Avocado-lined streets. But for seventeen-year-old cheerleader Laura, everything changes when her mother is killed in a car crash, and she is thrust into the role of caregiver for her precocious younger sister, Hannah, and her brittle father, Phil. Escape comes in the form of a ferocious fellow cheerleader. Leslie has a brochure about the Spirit Institute of the South, a two-week intensive where they can learn real cheer, the kind with Bible belt intensity. All they need is two weeks and a thousand bucks. Leslie gets her money easily, manipulating her overwrought single mother, Judy. But Laura has it harder. Her father is a consultant on a new and controversial freeway project, and he needs her home, taking care of Hannah. Desperate, Laura finally steals the money, and she and Leslie sneak off. Armed with only a Mobil card, the girls must face the open road together while a frantic Phil and Judy must cope with missing daughters. Once a part of the freeway protests, Judy now takes Phil's side, and in each other, they see the mutual pain of a California dream lost. Hannah longs for her sister, and some order, to return. When Laura and Leslie finally arrive at their destination, a terrible realization awaits. The brochure that Leslie read was from twenty years ago, a relic she believed in out of desperation. In the void of the abandoned schoolyard, Laura finally confronts her mother's loss. She's ready to go home. Back at home, Phil, Judy and Leslie stand together at the freeway opening, cheering as they cut the ribbon. Laura refuses, taking Hannah to the beach to write things in the sand. It's a dangerous, shifting place they live in, but facing the ocean they see hope and renewal there too.

"In BE AGGRESSIVE…peppy chants become slogans of anger, loss and loneliness…Weisman demonstrates a talent for language, an ambitious theatricality and a sharp satirical wit that provide limitless hope for her writing future…filled with lingual gymnastics…stylized rapid-fire dialogue…Weisman is a young playwright to watch…sparklingly original and fun." —Variety. "Playwright Annie Weisman is as promised: a new, exciting, and unique voice in the American

theatre…" —BackStage West . "It's that double-edged attitude—closely observed satire and affectionate understanding…that give Weisman's writing such surprising resonance and sophistication…Weisman's vision of adolescence is unerring…" —San Diego Union-Tribune.   

Hold Please Comedy/Satire 4 (0m, 4f) View Details Compare
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No men are onstage, but their presence is felt everywhere in this office comedy for the new millennium. Two generations of women, career secretaries in their forties and entry-level assistants in their twenties, gather in the break room for a Heart Talk—an emotional tribunal designed to record and report evidence of sexual harassment. Leading the charge is Agatha, a bitter old secretary determined to bring the badly behaving bosses to justice and to institute a purely professional environment. As soon as the meeting breaks up, however, we learn that one of the young assistants, Erika, is carrying on an affair with Solomon, the oldest and most revered of the bosses. Soon, the Heart Talks have a measurable effect. Xavier, one of the partners, gets dismissed for sexual harassment. Only Erika knows that he has been wrongly targeted. Agatha and her fellow longtime secretary Grace enjoy a certain pride in their ability to affect change in the company. They seem to have an ally in Jessica, the other young secretary, who gets a little drunk on their new-found power, using it to manipulate her loser boyfriend and relishing in her ability to navigate the new phone and computer systems that befuddle the older women, Erika is abruptly dumped by Solomon, just as she discovers that she is pregnant. When the new boss arrives, everyone is surprised to learn that she is a young woman, younger than all of them. She immediately institutes an efficiency contest. Whoever can demonstrate the most alacrity at their job, wins. But what will happen to the rest of them? Erika has to decide to stay or go; Jessica has to prove her mettle; and there is a suggestion that Solomon may have had affairs before, even with Grace. When Agatha gets the change she was after, will it turn out to be better or worse?

"Scathingly funny." —NY Daily News. "A savage comedy about four secretaries about to be downsized." —NY Post.  

Motherhood Out Loud Comedy/Satire 4 (1m, 3f) View Details Compare
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When entrusting the subject of motherhood to such a dazzling collection of celebrated American writers, what results is a joyous, moving, hilarious, and altogether thrilling theatrical event. Utterly unpredictable, MOTHERHOOD OUT LOUD shatters traditional notions about parenthood, unveils its inherent comedy and celebrates the deeply personal truths that span and unite generations.

MOTHERHOOD OUT LOUD reveals with illuminating insight the humour, raw emotions and rocky roads we experience in life.

Surf Report Comedy/Satire; Drama 5 (2m, 3f) View Details Compare
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Judith, faced with a demanding surfer-turned-venture-capitalist boss, an underachieving husband and a wanna-be artist daughter, swims against the tide as her upwardly mobile ambitions clash with her family's needs. SURF REPORT captures the Southern California coastal vibe in this funny and poignant play that examines the sacrifices we make or avoid for our family. 

Quietly beautiful and an excellent snapshot of modern Southern California SURF REPORT deals with a number of weighty issues, but Annie Weisman is a fine writer and able to capture the complexities of life in Southern California in a way no one else can --CurtainUp. "[A] witty and biting new play [Weisman] has a great ear for dialogue her characters sound exactly like the denizens of local coffee shops and bars and her lines elicit many laughs from the audience" --TheaterMania.    

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