From May 7-11, 2013, Chabot College Theater Arts Presented Emerging Works, an 18 year tradition where students share original plays.
Rachel LaPell, the host of Emerging Works introduced each play and recognized each play writer to the audience.
The show opened with “Cooking” by Tristan Stevenin, which was directed by Robert Christopher. The story follows Tony (Tristan Stevenin), a new hired cook faced with trials with his new job. He is faced with his co-workers initiation process, dealing with his controlling boss, while also falling in love with a fellow employee.
“My favorite part of the play was Cooking’ says, Peter Sayaseng. “I thought it was hilarious, the actors did a great job interacting with each other.”
The second act was a reading written by Andrew Domingues and directed by Rachel LePell. The reading focuses on the character Lorenzo, who is dealt with struggles in his life such as drugs, gangs, family, etc. The students stood on stage while expressing their lines to the crowd.
“Bittersweet” was written by Evan Lopez, and directed by Marc Dellamorte. The story revolves around a family struggling to keep their hope as they wait at the hospital to hear whether or not their son survived from a fatal gun shot wound.
“Tina”, was written and directed by Vince Ogden. The story follows two couples experimenting with drugs and it’s horrible consequences in what resulted as a suicide.
The last act was “Lady Lion and the Lot Lizard” written and directed by Reina Medina Boone. The story follows Lady Lion (Marissa Flores) a truck driver who stumbles upon Rhoda, (Destiny M. Montenegro) a 15-year-old pregnant girl. Along the way, Rhoda gives birth and decides to leave her baby with Lady Lion and Grey Goose (Johnna Joy Murch), a fellow truck driver. Leaving Lady Lion to decided whether to adopt the baby or put it up for adoption.
“You go in and your nervous and other times you go in and you kill it and I think tonight everybody got it and got the work done and killed it”, says DeSean Smith ,who played Big V in Tina.
After the show, the audience had the opportunity to discuss and ask questions with the writers about their work.