The Show!

I just got back from summer camp in Ojai, which was only made possible by all of you who helped out and/or donated to helptheproject.

The last few times in Ojai, the majority of campers were teenage girls. This time the majority were boys under 13 - a totally different energy. Our junior counselors were three teenagers whom I've known since they were about nine, and who are now about to go off to college.

The sky was perfect cloudless blue, and the fields were full of rabbits and gophers. One day I took the kids into town and bought them books at a used bookshop, and later that night found them all stealthily reading in bed with flashlights. Another night we hauled blankets out to a field, lay down, and watched the Pleiades meteor shower. We saw two of the most spectacular meteors I've ever seen: wide streaks of blue-white light blazing across the sky, one ending in an exploding fireball.

Highlights of the plays include a doo-wop chorus of forest animals, a talking shrimp's plot to launch a media empire of reality shows, and a play whose plot would fit perfectly into the "awesomely depressing" mode of YA novels ("Kids! Remember that pranks can kill!"), but is executed so beautifully that it made me cry every damn time I saw it.

The One-on-Ones!
"Saved by the Bell"

8 short original plays performed by kids and adults!

Friday, Aug. 20 at 7:30
Saturday, Aug. 21 at 3:00 and 7:30

24th Street Theatre
1117 W. 24th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007
(at Hoover just south of the 10 freeway)
For maps and parking information:

For reservations and more information, call 310-264-4224
Pay-what-you-can / $5 suggested donation

Young Actors: Spencer Gonzalez, Faviola Carrillo, Jasmine Cortez, Jose Cortez, Edward Hernandez, Tycho Horan, Amanda Jacobson, Kendall Johnson, Abner Santiago, and Nastasia Smith.

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Saved by the Bell!

I just got a postcard from the Virginia Avenue Project for "Saved by the Bell," the One-on-One summer camp and theatre festival which you all helped save, and which I will be stage managing in August.

It notes the times and dates: August 20 at 7:30, August 21 at 3 and 7:30, at the 24th Street Theatre at 1117 W. 24th St. in Los Angeles, at Hoover south of the 10 freeway. Come if you're in the area!

To my total surprise, it reads, "The Virginia Avenue Project, Amy Brenneman, Rachel Manija Brown, and everyone who participated in Rachel's online auction to save the One-on-Ones present..."

These are the kids who will be spending a week in the country rehearsing a ten-minute play written just for them:

Elisa Aquino, Jasmine Cortez, Jose Cortez, Frank Gress, Edward Hernandez, Kendall Johnson, Abner Santiago, and Nastasia Smith. Faviola Carrillo and Tycho Horan, veteran Project kids who are now nearly adults, will be the camp counselors.

We did it!

A private donor made up the difference between the auction totals and the amount needed to run the One-on-Ones, so it looks like the kids will be getting their summer camp and show this year after all!

Thank you very much for all of your help! (And if you haven't yet made your payment or contacted your auction winner, please do so.)

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