NoHo Needs Some SPF15

[NoHo Arts District, CA] – Yes, NoHo Needs Some SPF15! The Road Theatre Company’s 15th annual Summer Playwrights Festival (SPF15), now one of the largest staged reading festivals in the U.S., returns July 12-21!

We do theatre in the NoHo Arts District. So whether you are a theatre novice or an avid theatre goer, you will have your pick of shows, especially this summer. The Road Theatre Company and Founding Artistic Director Taylor Gilbert, together with Artistic Director Sam Anderson, remain committed to their meaningful mission to develop and produce new works for the stage.  This July they invite you to the 15th Anniversary of the Annual Summer Playwrights Festival where they will present 23 plays over the span of 10 days with playwrights from across the country and around the world participating. Each reading is followed by a talk-back with the playwright, cast and director.. 

“It is with great pride that we are able to bring you premieres of all kinds and appreciate your participation in this important process.” says Taylor Gilbert. “Supporting new work and new voices is essential to our community and we hope to see you here.”             


July 12- July 21, 2024 



The Road Theatre
10747 Magnolia Blvd., NoHo Arts District, CA 91601

The Road Theatre has gone on to produce numerous plays over the years from the Summer Playwrights Festival including, High Maintenance by Peter Ritt (SPF 14) Beloved by Arthur Holden (SPF12), Death House by Jason Karasev (SPF8), Stupid Kid by Sharr White (SPF7) and Through the Eye of a Needle by Jami Brandli (SPF7). “We are very proud to be bringing these new plays from the festival to our audiences.” 

This year’s festival features all New Works by playwrights from across the United States. Taylor Gilbert, Founding Artistic Director, recalls the very moment the festival launched in 2009: “It’s just an idea,” said Scott Alan Smith, associate artistic director emeritus, “Let’s start a playwrights festival!” We said “Sure, why not?” Now, 15 years later we are continuing our tradition of bringing New Works to the stage for your enjoyment. We are excited to present 23 new plays up close and personal in our beautiful Magnolia Space.  So join us, get comfortable in one of our seats and enjoy this year’s ride at The Road’s 15th Annual Summer Playwrights Festival!”

Festival Passes are available for only $75.00 to have access to all the full-length readings, or buy an individual ticket for a suggested donation of $15.00. For more information and to RSVP go to:


Friday, July 12, 8:00PM PT
The Totality of All Things by Erik Gernand
Directed by Taylor Nichols                    

Saturday, July 13, 12:00PM PT
Nüwa in Fairyland by Brandon Zang
Directed by Elana Luo

Saturday, July 13, 4:00PM PT
Lifeline by Robert Axelrod
Directed by Ken Sawyer

Saturday, July 13, 8:00PM PT
BLACK BEAR ISLAND by Karissa Murrell Myers
Directed by Margaret Starbuck

Sunday, July 14, 12:00PM PT
Some Other Woman Like Me by Katherine Swan
Directed by Elizabeth Herron

Sunday, July 14, 4:00PM PT
You May Find This Hard to Believe, or Moor’s the Pity by Scott Gibson
Directed by Victoria Hoffman

Sunday, July 14, 8:00PM PT
The Patriarch by Shayne Kennedy
Directed by Tally McCormack

Monday, July 15, 8:00PM PT
The Ragged Claws by Lina Patel
Directed by Daniel Talbott

Tuesday, July 16, 8:00PM PT
You Welcome by Anne Valentino
Directed by Denise Blasor

Wednesday, July 17, 8:00PM PT
burn for You by Regan Moro
Directed by India Kotis    

Thursday, July 18, 8:00PM PT
Incredible Finds, Inc. by Casey J. Adler
Directed by Dana Schwartz

Friday, July 19, 8:00PM PT
THE POINT by Ali MacLean
Directed by Ryan McGree

Saturday, July 20, 12:00PM PT
The Life You Gave Me by Novid Parsi
Directed by Ann Hearn Tobolowsky

Saturday, July 20 4:00PM PT
L’HÔTEL by Marisol Medina
Directed by Carlos Lacámara

Saturday, July 20, 8:00PM PT
1980 (Or Why I’m Voting For John Anderson) by Patricia Cotter
Directed by Meeghan Holaway

Sunday, July 21, 11:00AM PT
Otherkin by N.T. Vandecar
Directed by Christina Carlisi

Sunday, July 21, 3:00PM PT
In Case of Bruising by Kamila Boga
Directed by Gerard Joseph

Sunday, July 21, 8:00PM PT
This is an evening of one-act play readings:

If You See a Hyena by Bara Swain
Directed by Allan Wasserman         

USE AS DIRECTED by DeLane McDuffie
Directed by Darryl Johnson

The Artemis Cult by Jeanette Farr
Directed by Ru Kazi

H-O-R-S-E by Kathleen Cahill
Directed by Mark Irvingsen

The Previous Incident Versus a Recent Development by Deborah Dashow Ruth
Directed by Avery Clyde

Think It Through by Craig Gustafson
Directed by John Gowans


Each play reading will be followed by a moderated discussion with the director and cast. Some discussions will include playwrights.


Buy a festival pass for only $75.00 to experience all the full-length shows (One-Act night must be purchased separately). Individual play tickets are suggested donation of $15. No donation is too small, but if you can’t afford to donate at this time we understand. Please come anyway and enjoy some live play readings! Reservations are strongly suggested by using the link below.


Located in the heart of the North Hollywood Arts District, L.A. County’s fastest growing arts community, The Road is an ensemble of 150+ theatre artists fiercely committed to the creation and development of new plays. To further that mission, The Road has launched Under Construction, a diverse collaborative group of new and established playwrights dedicated to socially and politically relevant storytelling for the American stage. Celebrating 33 years of groundbreaking work and led by Founding Artistic Director Taylor Gilbert along with Artistic Director Sam Anderson, The Road is a multi award-winning theatre named as one of the top ten intimate theatre companies in Los Angeles (LA Weekly). Visit for more info.



This program is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and support from the Office of Councilmember Paul Krekorian.

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