The 11th annual One Act Festival (OAF) will be held April 13-14 and 20-21. The OAF is an opportunity for new playwrights to showcase their work. Each spring, six original one-act plays are selected from submissions and then performed. Prizes are awarded to top judges’ choice as well as the audience favorite. The One Act Festival can also serve as an introduction to theatre for those new to acting or directing.
The following one acts, directors, and actors have been selected for the 2018 OAF:
Cocktail Party by Thomas J. Misuraca
Directed by Erin Guidry
Michael: Molly Moss
Ben: Andy Braden
When Ben is invited to Michael's exclusive cocktail party, he thinks he's going to meet some influential people who will help increase his business. But it turns out Michael's contacts are a bunch of stuffed animals and dolls, and this cocktail party is similar to a kid's tea party. Ben is pretty sure Michael is nuts, but plays along for a little while, out of being intimidated by Michael. But in the end, he will learn that this cocktail party may be something they both need.
Hold for Applause by Aaron Scully
Directed by Sheila Clark
Margaret Hampton: Elizabeth Smith
Chase Hampton: Justin Zacek
Margaret, an aging, legendary actress, contemplates ending her acting career after an odd moment during a performance. Her son happens to be in the audience and talks to her about her decision.
Homeland Security by Matthew Widman
Directed by Margot Moser
Brendan McGayhee: Alex Beach
Ivy Gababsky: Amy Beach
Hawthorne: Paul Beaulieu
Hastings: Justin Zacek
Big government and big business conspire to save America in this surreal black comedy about the challenges and limitations of protecting personal privacy in the digital age.
Stay by Dagney Kerr
Directed by Kelly Bond
Maggie: Eula Chaves
Sammy: Bill Green
Two regulars at the dog park- a young maltese and an aging German Shepherd- discover the true meaning of friendship.
The New Me by R. A. Pauli
Directed by Bill Green
Sylvie: Emily Lamb
Edward: Andy Braden
Sylvie and Edward are celebrating their seventh wedding anniversary. Are they still the same people they were on their wedding day? Someone doesn’t think so!
The Worst Poltergeist by Lezlie Revelle
Directed by Katyana Shoffner
Meredith: Sydney Jo Smith
Frank: Paul Ludwig
Inspectre: Molly Moss
Frank wants to be a Gruseliggeist—the scariest poltergeist of them all. It’s his death’s dream. But the Inspectre is coming to grade Frank and Meredith is harder to scare than she should be.