Readers of this blog know I’ve been supportive of the theater program at Santa Monica High School. And you might remember posters for something called “Java Drama” — a night of theater, music, dance, poetry and caffeine — put on by students. It was a highly entertaining showcase for the many, many talented performers, writers and directors at Samohi. The good news is, the concept is back, but with a new name.
Public Domain opens Friday, June 1, with two completely different shows, each happening twice for a total of four performances. Supported in part by Coffee Bean International with a generous donation of their delicious fresh-roasted java, the kids will be doing excerpts from Edward Albee’s “The Zoo Story“, Joss Whedon (and family)’s “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog“, Sara Ruhl’s “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” and many, many more.
For this coffee-house atmosphere I thought about the messy inspiration of beat poetry with a touch of San Francisco’s Purple Onion, and came up with this. If you’re in town, see you there!