Summer shorts are typically made of light, wrinkle-free cotton and are de rigueur in July and August. Less typical and much more entertaining is the Summer Shorts Festival at Theatre Artists Studio. The company, founded just a few years ago by such theater stalwarts as like Judy Rollings and Patti Davis Suarez, had such a smash with its June edition of the Shorts Festival that its brushed off these eight never-before-seen comedies and dramas for a quick remount.
World-première shorts on the playbill include Kim Porters Drifting, in which a mother and daughter are marooned together at sea, and Together Alone by Richard Warren (himself the founder of another popular local new plays festival), about a chance encounter between two peculiar people at an art museum. Marriage and dream interpretation get a working over in Les Leiters Catty Corner, while the protagonist in Joni Browne Walders My Name Is Evie Goldstein tries to snag some real attention by climbing atop a busy freeway bridge.