2nd Street Theater Receives National Recognition for Producing New Play

Stage Right Productions, the nonprofit that operates 2nd Street Theater, was chosen as one of seven community theaters across the United States to produce one of seven winning plays of the AACT 2015 NewPlayFest. AACT (American Association of Community Theatres) is a national organization whose chief goal is to enable community theatres across the country to become the cornerstones of the creative life of their communities.

Laguna Beach, Ohio is the winning play that will be produced at 2nd Street Theater, March 25 through April 9. Written by Pasadena playwright, Malcolm MacDonald, and directed by Rick Jenkins, Laguna Beach, Ohio tells the tale of five old friends who come together for an emotion filled reunion. The thing that brings the characters together in Laguna Beach is the fact that Dove desperately needs to sell his beach house. His best friends from high school are coming together for a weekend at the beach house to figure out a way to buy it. The old friends are now in their 50’s, and their margarita-fueled reunion is funny, sentimental, passionate and revealing.

Laguna Beach, Ohio marks the ninth world premier play presented at 2nd Street Theater in the past years, including the recent hit, The Night Before The Night Before Christmas by Bend playwright, Cricket Daniel. “We love being able to present new works,” says managing director, Sandy Klein, “and we appreciate that our audiences trust and support us in producing something that has never been staged before.” In 2016, Stage Right Productions/2nd Street Theater will be presenting three new plays, including Laguna Beach Ohio.

2nd Street Theater will have a special opening night celebration of Laguna Beach, Ohio. There will be a champagne reception from 6:30-7:30pm. The Playwright, Malcolm MacDonald and his wife will be attending opening night, along with Julie Crawford, the executive director of the American Association of Community Theatres (AACT), a representative from Dramatic Publishing Company and a representative from the Jack K. Ayre and Frank Ayre Lee Theatre Foundation will be on hand to present Stage Right Productions with a check for a $4,000 grant for being part of the NewPlayFest and producing the play.

Stage Right Productions is a nonprofit organization that runs 2nd Street Theater. Founded in 2011, Stage Right Productions’ mission is to cultivate the performing arts and provide a venue, support, entertainment and education to both the creative individuals and audiences in Central Oregon.


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