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Our mission: to develop, produce and promote high-quality new works by Los Angeles playwrights; foster a cooperative of theater professionals in an atmosphere of mutual support and artistic integrity; and connect the diverse Los Angeles communities to the power of theater - its immediacy, energy and cultural impact.


Reading of One Act Plays and Reception

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Playwrights 6 Presents a reading of two one act plays

Wednesday, November 2nd
8:00 p.m.

by David Duman


by Brenda Pontiff

Directed by
Gib Wallis

at the

Attic Theatre
5429 Washington Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90016
Tel. 323-524-0661


The reception will feature wine and light snacks.

The cast includes wonderful actors from our Writer/Actor Lab and productions:

  • Jennifer Fitzpatrick
  • Tamika Katon-Donegal
  • Barry Saltzman (from Drive)
  • Mark Slater (from Drive)
  • Beth Whitney (from Nymphony In 12D)


Playwrights 6 productions and its staged reading series are made possible through a grant by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

Monica Trasandes’ work featured in WANTED: Writers! on August 17th!

MONICA TRASANDES is a Los Angeles-based writer. Born in Uruguay, her family relocated to the U.S. in the ’70s and she grew up in San Diego. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College in Boston, and works as Director of Spanish-language media at GLADD. Her short stories have been published in journals such as The Sun, and magazines like The Rake in Minneapolis, and have been anthologized. Her novel, “Broken Like This,” is to be published by Thomas Dunne Books in Spring, 2012.

Trasandes, a P6 founding member is one of the featured writers in Wanted: Writers! a Literary Reading Series. This event is free and open to the public at the Rumours Coffee House/Gallery/Performance Space, 11739 West Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066, Wednesday, August 17, from 7pm -930pm.

August and September Writer/Actor Labs

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Playwrights 6 will host its Writer/Actor Lab for developing new works for the stage and screen on the following dates:

• Monday, August 22nd, 2011

• Monday, September 12th, 2011

• Monday, September 26th, 2011

The labs meet at the Celebration Theatre at 7:30 PM. Arrive early to cast (if you’re a presenting writer) or be cast (if you’re a lab actor).

We welcome auditors, community members, and people interested in joining as writers and actors.

Please introduce yourself to the moderator so we can give you a proper welcome!


Busy Laura Black is one of the featured writers in Wanted: Writers! Wednesday. August 3 at 7pm.

Please join us as we celebrate the written word in a low-tech evening of readings of selected works at a really cool gallery and performance space

Wednesday, August 3 · 7:00pm – 9:30pm

RUMOURS-A Coffeehouse, Gallery and Performance Space

11739 W. Washington Blvd. Los Angeles, CA

FREE to attend!!!
For more info please go to: the rumormill.us or call 310-997-5400

Laura Black’s “Slight” starring Barry Saltzman has world premiere at AOF!

P6′s Laura Black’s short film “Slight will make it’s world premiere at the Action on Film International Film Festival on Saturday, July 23rd at 6pm. The screening is part of the block of shorts shown at the Regency Academy Theatres, Theatre 5, 1003 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena CA.

In addition to making it’s world premiere, “Slight” has been nominated as “Best Short-Short” and star, longtime P6 actor Barry Saltzman has been nominated for 2 awards: “Best Actor” and “Best Villain”

For tickets and further info please go to www.aoffest.com.

For a trailer of the film please visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGFmCI3ISHs


Laura Black’s “Drive” and Monica Trasandes’ “Fernando Richardson’s Treacherous Brain” World Premiere Plays Opening May 4 and May 5

Playwrights 6 and The Open Fist Theatre Company are proud to present our first-ever co-production!

“Drive” opens May 4 and runs Wednesday nights at 8pm through June 8.
“Fernando Richardson’s Treacherous Brain” opens May 5 and runs Thursday nights at 8pm through June 9.

“Drive” is written and directed by Laura Black and stars Jane Hajduk, Beth Robbins, Susan Sommer, Barry Saltzman, AlgeRita Lewis, Allison Mattox, Coronado Romero and Joseph Beck.

“Fernando Richardson’s Treacherous Brain” is written by Monica Trasandes, directed by Andre Barron and stars Roberto Montesinos, Amy Chaffee, Mark Slater, Paula Fins, Karla Zamudio and Lyn Michele Ross.

The Open Fist Theatre is located at 6209 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood.

For tickets and further information please call 323-882-6912 and visit www.openfist.org

See you at the shows!!!

P6 Alumni Rock Competition and Downloads

Mil & Gary, in character. And what characters they are!

Good news from Mil Nicholson and Gary Bullock — P6ers of many, many years, now in the mountains of North Carolina.

Gary just won first place in the Appalachian Film Festival Screenplay Competition with Elsewhen ‘developed in P6′. Gary thanks everyone who took part in the readings, and everyone else who participated in comments. Gary now owns the golden apple.

Mil’s Charles Dickens free recordings, with character voices, have now reached 24,000 downloads — and with fan mail arriving regularly. Who’d have thought!

You can download her work for free at Librivox.org:

From the lovely husband and wife themselves: “Just wanted you all to know we’re continuing with our professional work and miss you all so much. Perhaps another anniversay will draw us all together again.”

Duman’s Series Debuts at The Web Fest

Lab writer David Duman’s comedic web series VLOG STAR (www.vlogstarshow.com) will be screened this weekend at the second annual LA Web Fest on Saturday during the third Saturday block, 12:30-1:55PM on 3/26. The Festival is at Stage 52 in Mid-City, 5299 W. Washington Blvd, between Fairfax and La Brea. The Web Fest goes on all weekend and there are interesting screening blocks and panels that are useful for all writers, actors and producers interested in web-based content (www.lawebfest.com).

Robert Manning, Jr and Barry Saltzman in “Meditations: Eva Hesse”

Our talented actor/writer Rob Manning is an active member of the P6 writer/actor lab

Barry is one of our fine actors in the P6 writer/actor lab

Mediations takes us through the last day of the artist’s life with a Dying Eva laboring to complete her final exhibit. Moving in and out of memory, Hesse’s life plays back in a series of episodes reflecting earlier incarnations–including Young Eva confronting a traumatic childhood, and Adult Eva’s complex relationship with her husband, artist Tom Doyle, and an intensely focused creative process. In the end, an unlikely angel of death appears to help her make peace. Through the expressionistic evocation of Eva Hesse’s story, Meditations explores the profound human desire to create meaningful work.

Highways Performance Space

Photo for "Meditations: Eva Hesse"

1651 18th St.
@ 18th Street Arts Center
1/2 block north of Olympic Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA  90404

September 24-25, 2010
Performances at 8:30 both nights and
3 PM on Saturday the 25th.

Special reception for the opening of “Permissions”, an exhibit of contemporary visual art that has been influenced by Hesse’s work at 5:30 PM, Saturday, September 25th.

Ticket Information / Phone Reservations: 310-315-1459
Purchase tickets online
HERE - just use the ‘choose performance’ drop down menu!

for more information contact: 310 920-1656

Laura Black’s “The Rules” In Action on Film Festival!

Some Rules Shouldnt Be Broken...

Laura Black’s award-winning film “The Rules” will screen in the Action on Film  Festival Sunday, July 25 at 8pm.  The Regency Academy Theatre 2, 1003 E. Colorado  Blvd., Pasadena, CA. For  info and  tickets please go to:


To view a trailer, please check out:


Black is a founding member of Playwrights 6.