If you want to catch some original theater, be at the beach in mid-July. That’s when the End of the Road Festival takes place at South Baldwin Community Theatre (2022 W. 2nd St., Gulf Shores), featuring nine new productions by playwrights from across the nation.

The festival features 15-20 minute plays all performed by local actors under local directors. Performances are readings with minimal props and stage production. The audience is welcome to interact with the players before each show at a beach party-style reception.

July 14 and 15 performances have a 6:30 p.m. reception and 7:30 p.m. curtain. The Sunday, July 16, performance is at 2 p.m. with a closing reception and awards ceremony.

Those wishing to participate should contact the theater at 251-968-6721.

Tickets are $5, $3 for seniors and students. Tickets may be purchased online at sbct.biz.

Theater community loss
Condolences go out to local actress Lisa Hylton Costa on the loss of her husband, Edward Anthony “Tres” Costa III, who died in his sleep on June 25. He was 50.

The family has long been a fixture of Mobile’s community theater scene, as Lisa has acted in numerous productions at various playhouses throughout the years. Tres served on the board at Mobile Theatre Guild.

A computer science major at the University of South Alabama, Tres was noted for his intuitive mechanical and technical expertise and his friendliness, intellect and abundant sense of humor. The acting bug thrived in their family, as the couple’s 15-year-old son, Ed, has been in rehearsal for his upcoming debut at MTG in July.

Support and shock has poured out from across the theatrical community. Lisa also lost her father, legendary Mobile media figure and erstwhile thespian Dick Hylton, last summer.

Funeral services were planned for June 30.

Pirate author at July Learning Lunch
Noted pirate Jean Lafitte is a mythological giant along the Gulf Coast. His legendary status was cemented with the assistance he provided Andrew Jackson’s U.S. forces in the War of 1812 and later involvement in the Mexican War of Independence.

The author of “Jean Lafitte’s Pirate Code” and native New Orleanian Morgan Molthrop will appear at the History Museum of Mobile (111 S. Royal St.) on July 12 to discuss the famous privateer and other Gulf Coast pirates. His look at Lafitte’s strategies and his own research begins at noon.

Guests are encouraged to bring their own lunch and enjoy the free presentation.

For more information, call Jennifer Theeck, curator of education, at 251-301-0270 or email her at theeckj@historymuseumofmobile.com.