The second annual Sci-Fest L.A. will present new one-acts adapted from some of the giants in the sci-fi and horror fields, including Neil Gaiman, Ray Bradbury and Clive Barker, and performed by actors including Walter Koenig ("Star Trek").
The one-acts will be performed on two programs that will play on alternate days. Each program consists of four or five plays lasting 10 to 20 minutes each.
Here is the breakdown:
PROGRAM A: Turnover by Chris Graybill, directed by Jeffrey Marcus. Within the walls of a futuristic penal facility, a “job interview” turns into a sinister game of cat-and-mouse between a dangerous inmate and her interrogator.
Cast: David Dean Bottrell (“True Blood”), Keisha Thompson
Human History by Joel Silberman. Directed by Malcolm Barrett & Matthew Leavitt. Far in the future, in a classroom on a distant planet, racial tensions run high as Earth’s history is debated, forgotten and relearned.
Cast: Tina Huang (“Rizzoli and Isles”), Nazneen Contractor (“Star Trek: Into Darkness”), Tucker Smallwood (“Star Trek: Enterprise”), Nicholas Anthony Reid, Marque Richardson (“True Blood”), Monti Sharp
The Lunchtime Show by G. Clarence Davidson. Directed by Drew Barr. In a deserted border town, visitors to a ramshackle “roadside attraction” get a little more than they bargained for.
Cast: Riley Baron, Dale Dickey (“True Blood”), Patricia McNeeley, Britani Ebert, Malaika Lue-Hing, Alex Sanborn, Jack David Walker, David Westbay, Garland Whitt
The Case Of Four And Twenty Blackbirds by Neil Gaiman; Adapted by Michael Bernard. Directed by Annie McVey. Film Noir meets Mother Goose as hardboiled private dick, “L. Jack Horner” investigates the suspicious death of one “H. Dumpty” in this insane mash-up by the iconic author of “American Gods” and “The Ocean at the End of the Lane.” Cast: Ari Frenkel, Bruno Oliver, Mark Povinelli (“Boardwalk Empire”), Burl Moseley, Jeryl Prescott Sales (“The Walking Dead”), Angeline Rose Troy
The Departed by Clive Barker; Adapted by Christian Francis. Directed by Ben Rock. A ghostly tale of love and obsession. Based on the acclaimed short story by one of the most influential contemporary creators of fantasy and horror.
Cast: Cuyle Carvin, Yuri Lowenthal, Celeste Martinez Tara Platt, Jentzen Ramirez
A Billion Tuesday Mornings by Nathan Wellman. Directed by Jeff Liu. A lonely autistic man is unable to convince his doubting daughter that his new invention will change everything…until it does.
Cast: Nicki Aycox (“Supernatural”), Tim Chiou, Tracy Winters
Access by Spencer Green. Directed by Steve Kaplan. Breaking up is hard to do. Especially in multiple dimensions. Cast: Nick Ballard, Claire Beale, Emily Bell, Kelly Chambers, Tim Chiou, Bryan Fisher, Tamara Krinsky, Patricia McNeeley, Ron Morehouse, Alex Rapport, Austin Springer
Efficiency by Perley Poore Sheehan & Robert H. Davis. Directed by Jaime Robledo. A ruthless dictator demands a meeting with a horrifically wounded soldier who (with the help of “replacement parts”) has been transformed into an unstoppable killing machine.
Cast: Tom Berklund (“The Addams Family”), Walter Koenig (“Star Trek – The Original Series”) Alan Polonsky (“Aliens”)
MOBY ALPHA 4 performances only: May 14-16 & 23. Written & performed by Chuck Armstrong and Charlie Stockman. Direct from its smash run at the Hollywood Fringe Festival! A mad captain’s quest for revenge leads his crew to the brink of destruction in this two-man retelling of “Moby Dick” (in space).
Acme Theater is located at 135 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles. Tickets cost $20-$25 when ordered online, $25-$30 at the door. To order tickets or get more information, visit sci-fest.com.