I love theatre. I’m just off the rush of a run at Camino Real Playhouse. I had the pleasure of playing Sally Smith in “Girls Don’t Rob Banks” by Jim Gustafson (IL) and directed by Robert Berman (CA). If you missed it, a bank robber is thwarted by customers and bank employees who refuse to take her seriously. It’s a very fun, upbeat comedy. This play was included in Camino Real Playhouse’s 26th annual Showoff! International Playwriting Festival.
Showoff! is a really neat event. Playwrights from all over the world submit original ten-minute plays which have not yet debuted. A reading committee selects the top seven to be premiered at the Playhouse. They’re already taking play submissions for next season. If you’d like more information on submitting your original content, click HERE.
One of my favorite things about being part of a production, whether it’s live or for film, is “Green Room Talks”. Meeting new people, who then turn into friends and by the end of the production are family. I’m always left feeling a little sad when these things come to an end, but I’m so excited to have opportunities to support and work with the wonderfully talented thespians that I shared Showoff! with in the future.
Speaking of “Green Room Talks”… this may come as a shock, but I am one of those Paw Moms who can’t help but show hundreds of photos of her fur-babies to anyone who will look. Not shocked? Okay. About two years ago, Paco and I shared our very first full day together. My Dad was visiting, we made a stop at Dana Point, hit Mission San Juan Capistrano and ended the day with great eats at Hennessey’s. At the time, neither Paco, my Dad nor I noticed the theatre basically across the street from the mission. When I pulled up to the theatre a few months back for auditions and realized I had walked past it before, it felt like kismet. When I was introduced to Del Taco’s Cheesecake Bites during one of those “Green Room Talks”, I knew it absolutely was kismet.
If you have the opportunity, I highly recommend visiting San Juan Capistrano. The main tourist attraction is San Juan Capistrano Mission. It is a historic landmark and museum, founded more than two hundred years ago as the 7th of 21 missions statewide. It is a monument to California’s multi-cultural history, embracing its Native American, Spanish, Mexican and European heritage. Originally built as a self-sufficient community by Spanish Padres and Native Americans, the Mission was a center for agriculture, industry, education and religion.
There are so many places to eat, I am a big fan of Hennessey’s and you can join a guided tour of Historic San Juan Capistrano by calling their Historical Society at (949)493-8444.
And did I mention they have a wonderful theatre? I think I might have. For Camino Real Playhouse’s Upcoming Shows, click HERE.