San Diego Festival to Feature Lisa Kirazian’s New Play ‘On Air’


LisaKirazianCroppedSAN DIEGO—Scripps Ranch Theatre, located on the campus of Alliant International University, presents their 5th Annual Out on a Limb – New Plays from America’s Finest City, for two weekends, July 14-17 and July 21-24, 2016. Scripps Ranch Theatre is a leader in the Southern California Arts Community in developing and producing new plays. The festival features all new, world premiere plays written by area playwrights.

One featured play at this year’s festival is On Air, written by Armenian American playwright, Lisa Kirazian. In On Air, a young Armenian American professor at a San Diego community college navigates his family obligations and professional ambitions against the backdrop of a campus in crisis from the Vietnam War. 

San Diego Critics Circle Award-winning Equity actor, Jeffrey Jones, also of Armenian heritage, will appear in On Air, in the leading role.

Jeffrey Jones, San Diego Critics Circle Award-winning Equity actor, will appear in the leading role in On Air.

Jeffrey Jones, San Diego Critics Circle Award-winning Equity actor, will appear in the leading role in On Air.

Lisa Kirazian’s plays include On AirThe Blackstone SessionsSwitch, The VisitorSoul FireSix Views and Armenian Voices, with productions in Los Angeles, San Diego and New York. Her publications include pieces in Audition Monologues for Young Women, Los Angeles Times, San Diego Union Tribune, Performing Arts Magazine, and The Dramatist. Lisa is a San Diego native and Stanford graduate. She blogs about writing at and her website is

On Air will be directed by Liz Shipman, a nationally recognized director, choreographer, acting teacher and Co-Artistic Director of the Meisner/Chekhov Integrated Training (MCIT) Studio in San Diego.

Founder and Director of the Festival, Robert May shared, “We are excited to be gearing up for our 5th Annual Festival of New Plays. At Scripps Ranch Theatre we continue to look for ways to encourage development of new works from our diverse community that reflect the San Diego experience. This year, three of the four winning scripts are written (and directed by) women. Historically, women playwrights are under-represented and produced. The abundance of female talent in this festival is incredible and reflects a shift in that paradigm.  We are also excited to watch the growth of Lisa’s play On Air from its original one-act production in the first Out on a Limb Festival in 2012 – to a full length production in 2016.”

On Air will run from Thursday-Saturday, July 21-24, at 8pm. Thursday performances: $16. Fri/Sat performances: $20. For more information call 858-578-7728.


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