Cows. Or to be more specific, Holy cows. In Colorado. (A symbolic red heifer or a golden calf?) And visitors to the Holy Land who begin to take on the personalities of Biblical characters? This is some of the fodder for Almost Jerusalem, an original one-act play about fervent religious belief that is part of Beyond the Proscenium Productions’ New Voices Festival, opening this weekend. Playwright Phil Ginsburg (of Colorado Springs) insists that he finished his sharply comic script—which involves both live and video sequences—before he read about plans for the Holy Land Theme Park in Orlando, Florida.
Also on the bill is a second one-act, titled Breakthrough, about a security guard and wannabe actor, who finds himself living in an apartment next to the neighbor from hell. Privacy becomes impossible, a situation that many apartment dwellers can identify with. Breakthrough is by Kurt Thum.
Both scripts were winners in BPP’s New Voices Regional Playwrighting Competition, and will be receiving their premiere productions in a studio setting. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, California Stage, 1721 25th St. $12. 922-9774. Through May 26.