David Koutsouridis’s “The Out Crowd” Opens at Santa Monica Playhouse

DK LL 297x300 - David Koutsouridis’s “The Out Crowd” Opens at Santa Monica PlayhouseDavid Koutsouridis’s (Screenwriting – B.A. ’15) The Out Crowd: Tales of High School will run Friday, April 24th and Saturday, April 25th at the Santa Monica Playhouse. The Out Crowd is a series of one-act comedic plays set at the offbeat public high school of Fairview High. Each play centers on students at Fairview, and the social issues they encounter, such as bullying and weight struggles, as they try to find their place in the world.

Australian native Koutsouridis, the author of Life is Too Short To Be Fat, a book based on his experiences of overcoming childhood obesity and high school bullying, drew from personal events for the play. He collaborated with fellow classmates on the production, recruiting Jennevie Olivieri (Screenwriting – M.F.A. ’15) as co-producer, Bernard Badion (Screenwriting – M.F.A. ’15) and Nick Hurley (Screenwriting – B.A. ’15) as directors, and alum Justin Small (Screenwriting – B.A. ’14) as one of the actors.

Proceeds from The Out Crowd will go to My Friend’s Place, a charity that helps L.A.’s homeless youth build self-sufficient lives. “This cause is very dear to my heart, and having done extensive homeless charity work in Australia, I know how much of a difference a helping hand can make. Since arriving in Los Angeles, I have been searching for ways to continue my charity work, and that’s how The Out Crowd came into fruition,” said Koutsouridis. “I am hoping these plays not only shine light on the forgotten outcasts, but also on LA’s homeless youth, who all deserve a chance to live out their potential.”

The Out Crowd: Tales of High School
Friday, April 24th and Saturday, April 25th, 7:30pm
Santa Monica Playhouse
$5 tickets with discount code LMU2015
Purchase tickets here