New Voice Play Festival: 2010
The Old Opera House Theatre Company, in historic Charles Town, WV presents: The 10th Annual New Voice Play Festival.The premier of four one-act plays:Friday & Saturday, June 25 & 26 at 8pm Sunday, June 27 at 2:30pm$12 Adults$8 Students
Golden Curtain Winner Shooting Pool With a Ropeby Lynn-Steven Johanson (Macomb, IL)
Featuring: Rob Madden as Stacey MillerSteve Brewer as Al CrawfordDirected by: James P. Whipple. Stacey's mother is in the hospital fighting a losing battle, causing Stacey to be overwhelmed with anger. He retreats to a local park, adjacent to the hospital, and meets Al who is sitting quietly on a park bench. The conversation that ensues from this chance meeting is both humorous and enlightening, as both Al and Stacey have some demons to address and their lives are entwined in ways that is a surprise to them both.
Silver Stage WinnerDicky's Last Standby Dennis Jones (Powhatan, VA)
Featuring:Troy Crossley as DickyKatie Lese as TammyBetsy Crutcher as AshleyNorm Snyder as ManKaitlyn Dykes as BonnieBeth Hood as WomanGlenn Frail as BuckDan Rice as BobRichard Hamstead as Officer WardDirected by: Will HeyserDicky
the weather clown is holding the Channel 9 Newsroom hostage at gunpoint. Management is preparing to replace their long-standing Weather Clown with a new weather reporter to boost ratings, Skippy the chimpanzee; and Dicky is not going to accept this change quietly. This fast paced farce includes a redneck couple watching the newsroom drama unfold on their TV, and more quirky, slightly twisted, and definitely off-center characters than one television studio can possibly handle.
Spotlight Winner:Treeby Jeff Carter (San Fransisco, CA)
Featuring:Lorraine Bouchard as JoJim Beck as DonnieWalter Tomlin as Rollie Richard Hamstead as Garvy.Directed by: Meaghan BarryIn.
northern Maine, Jo is about to receive a great honor. One of the large fir trees on her farm, a tree that she can see each morning from her kitchen window, is about to be taken to Washington DC to serve as this year's (1959) White House Christmas tree. After accepting the honor, Jo begins to have second thoughts about losing the tree and all it represents. Is change inevitable? This is a richly woven drama about what is means to hold on tightly to one's heritage in light of change and the pressures of society.
Spotlight Winner In the Begging by Joan Broadman (Champaigne, IL)
Featuring:Christine Brewer as RoseSondra DeRocha as LilyJohn-Michael Rolnick as Adam Directed by: Winky Francis.
A honey of a comedy set in a garden in ancient Israel, in 1000 B.C.E. Rose and Lily, two honeybees, discuss the beginning of life on Earth and begin writing a document that will capture all the elements of creation for posterity. The story that we know as Genesis is told from the unique perspective of two creatures that inhabited the earth before humans.
Honorable Mentions are:The Skylab is Falling by Ty DeMartino, Frostburg, MD Labor Day by Brent Englar, Baltimore, MD The Day That Brando Died by Lawrence Dukore, New York, NY Relatively Normal by Carl L. Williams, Houston, TX Strangers by Eileen Siedman, Mill Valley, CA
Call the Old Opera House Box-Office at 304.725.4420 for reservations.