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Tina Ivlev (Ester) and Sarah Mezzanotte (Amy) and the ensemble in "Dry Land," produced by ColtCoeur at HERE Arts Center. (Photo by Crystal Arnette)

Echo Theatre Company Announces Four World Premieres for 2016

The Los Angeles theatre will stage world premieres from local playwrights Sheila Callaghan, Tom Jacobson, Erik Patterson, and Mary Laws.

LOS ANGELES: Echo Theatre Company has announced its 2016 season, which will feature four world premieres from local playwrights Sheila Callaghan, Tom Jacobson, Erik Patterson, and Mary Laws. In addition, the theatre will present Dry Land by Ruby Rae Spiegel.

“All of these plays are about striving for connection—the wonder and the beauty when that connection is made, and the pain that results when we’re unable to attain it,” said Echo artistic director Chris Fields in a statement.

First up is BED by Callaghan (Feb. 6–March 13, 2016), about a man, a woman, and another man in a bed. The production will be directed by Echo Theater Company associate artistic director Jennifer Chambers.

Dry Land, by Spiegel (April 9–May 15, 2016), follows two teenage girls who attempt a do-it-yourself abortion. It will be directed by Alana Dietze.

Captain of the Bible Quiz Team by Jacobson (May 13–July 2, 2016) is a site-specific tragicomedy, about a Lutheran minister who returns to a country church in Minnesota for Christmas and experiences an epiphany. Directed by Michael Michetti, the play will be mounted in various churches in the L.A. area.

One of the Nice Ones by Patterson (July 9–Aug. 15, 2016) questions whether or not you really get ahead by being nice. Chris Fields will direct.

Blueberry Toast by Laws will close out the season (Sept. 17–Oct. 23, 2016), with direction by Dustin Wills. It will explore the evils lurking in the heart of suburbia.

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