Student’s play previews July 19 at Canyon Crest Academy before opening at Fringe Festival


Jacob Surovsky, a senior at Canyon Crest Academy and a Theater Conservatory student, is producing an original play at the San Diego Fringe Festival this summer, with a preview at 7 p.m. July 19 at the school.

The play, “My Mother’s in the Audience,” is a dark comedy about four stage mothers who engage in a deadly competition in hopes of winning the coveted award of best parental coordinator. Between swordfights, Satanism, and bad parenting, which mother will be the last one standing?

Part of the proceeds from the preview will go to the Canyon Crest Academy Foundation, without whom this Special Preview would have been impossible to stage. Tickets for the preview are $5 for students, $15 for adults. Tickets available at

The show will be playing at the RAW Space Off Broadway in downtown San Diego, 923 1st Ave. Showdates are: 6 p.m. July 23; 1 p.m. July 25; 9 p.m. July 26; 10:30 p.m. July 28; and 7:30 p.m. Aug. 1.

Admission to the San Diego Fringe Festival is $5 in the form of a Fringe Tag, Ticket Price is $10.

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Jacob has been working on his play since February 2014. He submitted the script to the San Diego Playwright’s Project Plays By Young Writers Contest in June 2014, in hopes it would be chosen to receive a full professional production. His play was selected as a finalist, placing it in the top 21 out of 581 submissions. However, because of the dark comedy, onstage violence, and adult language in the play, it was unable to be considered for a full production. After his experience in the 2014 San Diego International Fringe Festival as a street performer in a student-made busking group, Jacob decided to produce his play at the 2015 San Diego Fringe Festival, where edgy shows are the norm. The show was accepted into the Festival, and “My Mother’s in the Audience” is now on track to becoming reality. For information about the festival please visit: Look for a story on Jacob in an upcoming issue of this newspaper.