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Pacific Playwrights get fresh.

HOLLYWOOD The ninth edition of the Pacific Playwrights Festival was laden with works from fresh scribes, unlike past editions that have preemed works by the likes of Richard Greenberg and Donald Margulies. But the newcomers held their own, with two plays chosen to join host South Coast Repertory's 2006-07 season.

Julia Cho's "The Piano Teacher" and David Wiener's "System Wonderland" both were seen in staged readings during the May 5-7 fest. Cho's "Teacher" will replace the previously announced "The Zinc Bed" in a March 11-April 1 run. Wieners "Wonderland" follows with an April 22-May 13 engagement.

The first edition of the fest programmed by SCR dramaturg John Glore and Megan Monaghan offered staged readings, semi-staged productions and world-premiere works to nearly 1,500 ticket buyers and 45 legit pros from U.S. resident companies.

Sarah Treem's "Empty Sky" got ands talking about the themes of faith, family and conflict in the play, a modern interpretation of the biblical story of Abraham and Sarah.

Brian Kerwin played a has-been screenwriter eager for a comeback, with Shannon Cochran as his actress wife and Nathan Baesel as the ambitious scribe who comes between them in "Wonderland," Wiener's Hollywood-set take on All About Eve.

Keith Reddin, the best-known of the scribes, contributed "Human Error," about two romantically involved NTSB investigators and the witness to the plane crash they're working on.

This year's semi-staged production, an SCR commission, was Victoria Stewart's "Leitmotif," about a woman trying to uncover the secrets of her late poet mother's life.

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Title Annotation:Pacific Playwrights Festival
Author:Horowitz, Lisa D.
Publication:Variety
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U9CA
Date:May 15, 2006
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