Los Angeles, the town for writers, is the home of an entire arena for playwrights. In fact, the Playwrights' Arena celebrates its fifth anniversary, and in honor of the occasion, the theatre is presenting the world premiere of Atomic Quintet running April 18-May 24.
The Arena is dedicated to discovering and nurturing Los Angeles playwrights, and just finished its run of Henry Ong's People Like Me, a solo performance piece about adolescent homosexuals.
Atomic Quintet, by Steven Leigh Morris, reveals five people drawn to a summer music camp in the Sierra Nevada's in 1953. While McCarthyism, the bomb, and other serious destructive and political forces are going on around them, the five are bound by their love of music and it's creation.
The five musicians are portrayed by Alma Cielo, Gerald James, Ruben Maderra, William Mesnik, and Lena Starostina. Atomic Bombers is directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera.