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Pass Area Performing Artists (PAPA)


StagedReadings. Friday, August 12, 2016, 7:00 pm


RECEPTION, by Dennis Johnston - Finalist. 

Carrie and Mark are literal newlyweds, married minutes ago during a “Star Wars”-themed wedding. But they’re going to need luck to make it through the reception, because family members on both sides are starting to think the groom is not mature enough for marriage. As they navigate a party filled with disapproving parents, unhelpful siblings, and a few oddball guests, Mark and Carrie’s relationship is put to the test. Will the new marriage survive, or will divorce be with them?

A NOVEL APPROACH, by Mary Anzalone - Finalist 

What happens when two crickets enter the apartment of a one hit wonder crime novelist?   Angela Thorton is a writer and it seems she’s on a real bender in her Houston apartment when oddly a mysterious businessman shows up offering her the deal of a lifetime.  Meanwhile, the city is being fumigated and her agent is worrying she’ll never sell another story.  Forget the bender, there is a lot that can happen in life and art when you eat a late night pastrami.

Following the two plays will be a Talk Back session in which the audience will have the opportunity to speak to the author, director and actors.

Saturday, August 13, 2016 7:00 pm Full production
Reception and awards follow production

UNDER THE RUG, by Dallas Harden - Grand Prize winner.

Crystal and her boyfriend, Drew, prepare a family dinner in which they plan to seal their union by asking Crystal's older brother, Greg, if they can marry. However, their sex-craved roommate, Mona, is hell-bent on seducing Greg, who is a recovering sex-addict and now wedded to his new wife, Tina. Crystal slowly loses her sanity as the dinner escalates and Drew, tries to keep a perfect front while his own creepy uncle, Rod, insists on joining the family dinner.

Tickets $5.00 per night - $8 for both nights ●PAPA Theater, 175 W Hays St Banning, 951-769-0383 for Tickets



2016 Pass Area Performing Artists One-Act Play Competition and Festival

The Pass Area Performing Artists (PAPA) presents its first One-Act Play Writing Competition and Festival whichoffers playwrights the opportunity to submit for judging a one-act play with a running time of no more than 60 minutes each.  There will be up to 7 winners; 2 winners in the Young Playwrights category and 4 winners in the Playwrights category. One grand prize winner will have their play directed and fully staged.

There are two submission categories –

  • Playwrights
  • Young Playwrights – 12 – 19 years old

Script Submission Rules          

  • Must have name, address, e-mail address and telephone number included in cover letter but NOT on Title Page or anywhere within the script itself. Please do not include professional resumes or biographies with your entry. Entries are judged anonymously; the judges only consider manuscript quality.
  • Unlimited entries per person.

To be accepted into the competition, one-act play scripts must:

  1. Be original, unproduced and unpublished;
  2. Be written in generally accepted play script format; 
  3. Have a running time of not more than 60 minutes.
  4. Be a comedy, drama, mystery, romance, thriller, or horror (no musicals or fairy tales will be accepted);
  5. Be received between March 1, 2016 and April 15, 2016; and
    Entry Fee must be paid at time of submission.   
    Entry Fees:

    1. Young Playwrights Category - $10
    2. Playwrights Category - $15

Scripts not in compliance will not be accepted for judging. No refunds will be given for not following submission guidelines.  Playwrights will be notified via e-mail only when their script has been received.

Winner Notification

Winners of the competition shall be notified by e-mail or mail by June 1st, 2016.   Winners may make minor corrections and changes to their script before rehearsals begin mid-June, 2016.  Additional consultations may take place between the winning playwrights and PAPA’s Artistic Director before rehearsals and again before performances.  

2016 One-Act Play Festival – July 2016

By submitting a script for judging, the playwright gives permission (Should the play be selected) to PAPA to exclusively produce and perform the play during PAPA’s 2016 One-Act Play Festival.

**The festival will take place over 4 days and will consist of -

Day 1 – 2 Selected plays from the Young Playwrights Category.
Day 2 – 2 Selected plays from Playwrights Category.
Day 3 – 2 Selected plays from the Playwrights Category.
Day 4 – 1 Grand Prize Winner from the Playwrights Category will have their play fully staged and receive a check for $100 as the royalty for the production.

**Subject to change.

Determination of the order of plays, directors, and production staff for PAPA’s One-Act Festival will be made solely by PAPA’s Artistic Director and/or Festival Producers. Winning playwrights are encouraged to attend a performance and at least one rehearsal of their play.  Two (2) complimentary tickets will be given to each winning playwright to attend any performance.  Transportation and lodging will not be provided by PAPA.

For Additional information, please contact Julie Labagnara, Artistic Director of PAPA, at



PAPA invites you to enjoy the remainder of our season.

For details on any production, please call (951) 769-0383.

Call for  Directors, Stage Hands, Set Designers, etc., for future PAPA productions. Please contact Julie Labagnara, Artistic Director, at


Slide show from our previous performances


The Cultural Alliance is proud to present the Pass Area Performing Artists

Established in 2007, the goal of this community performing arts theatre group is to provide affordable live entertainment to San Gorgonio Pass area residents by utilizing and developing our diverse local talent. Productions are offered at minimal cost to the public.

PAPA has brought productions of children’s light opera, a talent show highlighting many gifted local performers, an original holiday play and a production of classics such as “Our Town” and “Harvey” to the Pass Area.

We are always looking for new members who are interested in all aspects of theatre and theatrical production. Membership is just $25 per year.

Benefits of membership

  • Meet great people and provide quality community theatre
  • Annual Christmas Party
  • Discounted rates on Alliance and PAPA activities (i.e., acting classes, art gallery)
  • First auditions for every production
  • Monthly newsletter
  • Members belong to one sub-committee and assist on main stage productions in one of the following areas:
               Publicity, Marketing, Graphic Design Box Office
               Set – construction, painting, dressing
               Props & Costumes
               Stage Managing, stage hand
               Front of house (ticket, concession, usher)
               Tech (lights, sound, curtains)
               Performance (performer, director, music, etc.)

For more information on becoming a member of PAPA, please call (951) 769-0383. Come to PAPA!






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