Create Now will present the third annual production of L.A. Street Scenes, for one night only Thursday, April 30th, at Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2437 Main St. in Santa Monica.

Based on actual events, the production’s script was adapted from original stories written by the young men and women who lived them. The stories were created as part of the Write Now workshops given by Diane Namm at a local detention camp, foster group home and drug rehabilitation center.

L.A. Street Scenes 3: Everyone Has A Story is a powerful, moving experience, according to an Edgemar spokeswoman. On the eve of the closing of a South Los Angeles emergency room, the atmosphere is filled with harrowing and inspiring moments of life and death on the city’s streets.

Through the Write Now workshops, Namm said she helped these young men and women explore and share some of their darkest moments and discovered that through all of their hardship and pain, they still had hope for their future.

One participant said, “I had a nightmare about what had happened to my mother every night of my life. And I never told anyone about it. After I wrote the scene and saw it acted out, my nightmare ended. Thank you for opening up my heart so I could know what hope feels like.”

As part of the Create Now L.A. Street Scenes 3 production, the young playwrights will see their words take shape on stage and come alive as they are performed by professional actors in front of a theater audience.

A special VIP reception hosted by jazz saxophonist Michael Lington will take place before the show and includes a silent auction and “meet and greet” with the cast. Tickets are $35 for general admission and $75 for the VIP reception. Tickets can be purchased online at

Information, (213) 484-8500.