On June 3rd and 4th, LAMusArt hosted its fifth annual Playmaking performance at the organization’s brand new performance space, the Courtyard Stage. The evening featured eight original plays written by eight LAMusArt students, performed by eight adult actors.
Playmaking, which started at LAMusArt in 2017, teaches a group of students ages 8-11 the fundamentals of playwriting over the course of 6 weeks, followed by a collaborative week of one-on-one meetings with a dramaturg to produce the script and original lyrics to a song in the play. The program culminates in a live, ticketed performance of the students' work directed and performed by professional adult actors.
Playmaking 2022 was a celebratory event, as it comes after two years of virtual programming and performances. The production marked the opening night of LAMusArt’s Artist Series, a roster of performance events highlighting both LAMusArt students and local LA talent, all taking place on the Courtyard Stage throughout the summer.
Every play was a revelation, but the night featured a few stand outs, like The Misadventure of Claire and Dee, about two teen witches who accidentally swap bodies and Pineapple With Pizza, Or Not?, an investigation of whether pepperoni or pineapple is the superior pizza topping.
Songs were composed and performed live by LAMusArt instructor, Richard An. All eight plays were directed by Nathan Singh and dramaturged by Tahnee Freda. Performers included Ammy Ontiveros, Arthur Keng, Evan Enderle, Isabella Gerasole, Marnina Schon, Michael O’Konis, Peter Pasco, and Simone McAlonen.
Congratulations to our playwrights!