Award-winning playwright Tom Stanczyk explores the absurd, the romantic and the enigmatic through the lives of seven couples in This Side of Sweetwater. From wide-open dreamscapes through life changing celebrations to the uncertain vastness of a cool desert night, his characters fall for each other, argue, swear they can't go on, and then ... they go on.
Tom Stanczyk’s bold re-imagining of the gangster drama, Block Nine, racked up numerous theater award nominations, winning three from the L.A. Weekly, including Production of the Year. Tom’s warm humor and his encouraging and helpful nature was admired and loved by many. Tragically, he passed away last fall after being hit by a car as he crossed a street near his home in Hollywood. Lightning Rod Theater is producing This Side of Sweetwater in his memory.
Lightning Rod Theater was founded in the belief that a new play needs to do at least one of the following: Tell a story no one has ever heard. Show the audience a scene they have never experienced. Dramatize characters or relationships they aren’t overly familiar with. Or explore conflicts and themes the audience has never or rarely considered. The company casts a wary eye on the conventional and always seeks to find "the new."
This Side of Sweetwater is the sixth production mounted by Lightning Rod. Their previous plays include: Time's Scream And Hurry--which had two Los Angeles productions before a successful run at the 2009 New York International Fringe Festival--Acts Of Possession (2011 Hollywood Fringe), Glennie & Maple Break Up (2012 Hollywood Fringe) and WOOF-WOOF (2014 Hollywood Fringe) and Craftsman (2016 Hollywood Fringe).