Preview: Summer One-Act Festival at Teatro Espejo

Showtimes: Thu 8pm, Fri 8pm, Sat 8pm, Sun 7pm; Through 8/25; $13-$16; Teatro Espejo at California Stage, 2509 R St.; (916) 451-5822;

’Tis the season for Teatro Espejo’s Summer One-Act Festival, described by Artistic Director Manuel José Pickett as an opportunity to feature new plays, both from Latinx playwrights and those who address culturally-related issues.

This is the sixth year of the annual event held by Teatro Espejo, the local theater company that’s been staging poetry, theater, dance and music for 44 years. True to the nature of the festival, the three one-act plays in this year’s lineup reflect issues affecting the Latinx community.

In addition, the festival is designed to provide performers, directors and crew members with opportunities to showcase their abilities. “The whole goal of the festival is to recruit raw talent and make them part of the Teatro Espejo experience,” says Pickett.

The three plays chosen for this year’s festival are:

“The Pen” by Diana Burbano: A story about immigration and justice, or the lack thereof.

“7 Days to Mexican” by Annette Sanchez: A Mexican-American mother helps her son with his school’s multicultural event realizes her children do not know anything about being Mexican.

“Pick Me Up” by Rachel Lynett: A law student and an escort awkwardly share a hotel room as they attempt to figure out how they know each other.