9th annual New Voice Play Festival This weekend at the Old Opera House
The Old Opera House Theatre Company is proud to announce the winners of the 9th Annual New Voice Play Festival. This year over 65 playwrights from across the country entered their new one-act plays into the festival and this years winners include:
Golden Curtain Award: Drinks with Charlesby Jim Gordon, E. Norwalk, CTDirected by Shannon PotterFeaturing: Meaghan Barry, Winky Francis, Cari Ann Hupke, and Dan Rice
This darkly humorous play might have been taken directly from the headlines of your local newspaper; but of course the names have been changed to protect the innocent and guilty alike. When an investment banker is invited to the home of a client, to meet with her and discuss her investing in his newest venture, the tables are turned and the client and her friends get their satisfaction, while the banker gets his just desserts.
Silver Stage Award: The Enlightenment of Mrs.Cartwellby Daniel Damiano, Atoria, NYDirected by Heather RagerFeaturing: Christine Brewer, Ed Conn, Elizabeth Egan, and Kiersten HarrisThis lighthearted romp revolves around four delightful busybodies in 18th Century England. When one of the ladies overhears what she things is a biting insult directed at her, she becomes outraged; only later to find out that one needs to be careful what one hears while eavesdropping on an innocent conversation. Wonderful roles for women with a sense of humor and elegance.
Spotlight Award: Objects of Valueby Joan Dunayer, Champaign, ILDirected by Liam PotterFeaturing: Chelsea Clark, Ashley Elizabeth Kidder, and Nader Bouberhan Set in 1940's Europe, two young Jewish women are forced to work as appraisers for the Nazi regime. Before their enslavement, one was a doctoral student in art history and the other the owner of a jewelry store. They must appraise the valuables (jewelry, artwork, etc.) that the Nazis have confiscated from their Jewish neighbors. In this bleak environment their discussions move between art, beauty, and humanity as they attempt to find meaning in their former lives and a reason to go on living.
Spotlight Award: Portrait of a Mannequinby Carl L. Williams, Houston, TXDirected by Andy KiserFeaturing: Betsy Crutcher, Kiersten Harris, and John-Michael Rolnick When a young painter's wife learns that her husband has made two major sales, her excitement is tempered when she learns only one of the two paintings is of her, the other is of her close friend posing partially nude. How does her husband view her, as the cold image in his painting or as his loving wife? Miscommunication and insecurities abound in this comedy.
Don't miss this chance to see the world-premier of four original one-act plays on a single evening...The new voice festival is June 26 and 27 curtain time is 8 p.m. and Sunday June 28Th at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for Adults and $8 dollars for students/Children. To reserve a seat or to get more information call the Old Opera House at (304) 728-7979.