Paul Sand Projects

An Illegal Start



Theatre in the Merry-go-round

Santa Monica Public Theatre, founded by Tony Award-winning actor and long-time Santa Monica resident PAUL SAND, brings a unique and extraordinary theatrical experience to an equally unique and extraordinary venue with the new stage play An Illegal Start inside the national landmark Merry-Go-Round Building (aka Looff Hippodrome) on the Santa Monica Pier, opening February 10, 2018, 8:00 PM, and continuing Fridays & Saturdays in February & March.

Written by JAMES HARRIS, An Illegal Start was originally conceived for performance on the traditional stage with a very basic set consisting of little more than a telephone pole. At the suggestion of director Paul Sand, Harris adapted the play specifically to be performed in the Santa Monica Pier Merry-Go-Round Building.

The play is set in 1980’s rural western Colorado, where an old merry go-round in a defunct 
amusement park becomes refuge for two young men (IRISH GIRON and CAMERON TAGGE / SOL MASON) after a near-fatal accident, catapulting an unlikely friendship into an intimately intertwined journey through the trials of two starkly different life paths.