By Michael Aushenker
Every third Sunday of the month at Santa Monica Airport, Ruskin Group Theatre Company stages “L.A. Café Plays” — five 10-minute vignettes featuring five different actors and five different directors that were brainstormed and work-shopped earlier that very day.
Michael R. Myers, the Ruskin Group’s managing director, said the burst of creative energy begins at 9 a.m. at the airport’s Back on Broadway restaurant (the event’s sponsor), where manila envelopes picked at random decide the cast and crew.
The five short plays are written by morning’s end, rehearsed five times during the day, and then presented by evening.
Myers might also assign a theme.
“Last time, the theme was ‘grand reopening,’ in honor of our government,” he said.
Past L.A. Café Plays collaborators have included seasoned actors Dylan McDermott and Ed Asner as well as movie screenwriter Stephen Mazur (“Liar, Liar”).
The formula of five actors plus five directors for five plays at 10 minutes each has happened 114 times over the last 10 years.
This Sunday’s theme?
Myers can’t say. It hasn’t been created yet.
“L.A. Café Plays” hits the stage at 7:30 pm. Sunday at the Ruskin Group Theatre Co. stage, 3000 Airport Ave, Santa Monica. Visit ruskingrouptheatre.com.