Pacific Television Theater

The Pacific Television Theater (formerly Pacific Avenue Theater) is a live televised anthology show that is being produced at and broadcast from Community Television of Santa Cruz.   Pacific Television Theater broadcasts on on Comcast 27, Charter 73, and will live webcast over

I am currently looking for funding for episode 5, a half hour comedy called Funhouse.  I’m going to apply for a grant from the Arts Council of Santa Cruz, and I’m also looking for a new day job.  I may have to return to school for a six week course to learn a new skill, so it’s looking like the performance/live broadcast of next show will be in late 2017.  I’ll update this page as the project comes together.

Episode 4, Oasis, was performed and live broadcast on May 27, 2017.


Episode 3, Rising Tide, was performed on October 8, 2016

Below is a picture from the read through on Saturday September 17.

Left to right; Liisa Kemp, Mandy Brown, Tiffany Cesi Cesarin, Judy Cerda (picture), Robert Kirkendall, Andrea Lea Martzipan (picture), Rick Kuhn, Damien Jade Warren, and Francisco Oliva

Episode 2 aired on August 6, 2016

And our first show premiered on June 25, 2016.


The cast of Gateway/Reunion after a rehearsal.  Gateway is about a new resident at a gated community who soon discovers that the troubles he thought he’d be leaving behind in the outside world mat also exist within the seemingly secure confines of the gated community.  Reunion is about two old high school classmates who run into each other after twenty years, and have two very different memories of the past.  From left to write; me, Steve Capasso, Jackson Wolffe, Marty Lee Jones, Tiffany Cesi, Cesarin, David Leach, Hannah Eckstein, Seth Vernon, and Nicolette Nasr.

The first play, Last Call, is a one act that takes place in a neighborhood pub on a slow Tuesday night.  It is an ensemble piece that follows of lives of its various patrons as they pursue what they want in a world that always isn’t giving.

Our read through, which was on May 22nd.  From left to right is Ana Paula Santee, Hilary Davidson, Benjamin Pletcher, myself (writer and director), Rick Kuhn, Jackson Wolffe, and Seth Vernon.
Seth Vernon as the bartender and Ana Paula Santee as a loyal customer, rehearsing a scene on May 31st
Hilary Davidson as Celia and Benjamin Pletcher as Jerry, a couple whose relationship is on the rocks, from rehearsal on June 5th.
The control room at the new Santa Cruz Community TV studio, at the controls is technical director David Goldman.

Pacific Television Theater was inspired by the Golden Age of Television.  An era from the early days of the medium when live broadcast anthology shows featured many up and coming actors, brilliant writers and directors, and presented some of the finest drama of its day.  I am attempting to recapture the magic of that time while bringing it into the modern era.  Also, by presenting this play live instead of recording it so it can be watched at people’s leisure, it specifies a time and place when people can all get together for a single shared experience, a perfect pairing of art and technology!

For those feeling inclined to help offset costs, here’s a link to our GoFundMe site.  And if you want to wait until after the show to see if its worthy of a donation, I will do my best to earn your dollars.

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