An Evening of One-Act Plays sets the stage for EODL Festival.
For theatre goers, one-act plays are rare, tantalizing theatrical delicacies. In a cluster of two or more, one-acts provide an enticing assortment of dramatic experiences in a single evening.
That's the idea behind An Evening of One-Act Plays, opening October 24th at the Studio Theatre in Perth. It's also a preview of an exciting event coming to town. More about that in a minute...
An Evening of One-Act Plays begins with Linda McCready's short play Mr. Philbin, about an aging artist whose arthritic hands can no longer hold a brush. In his frustration, he alienates his son and his support workers, until he meets Melissa, who helps him reconnect with the world. The play is directed by Annie West, and stars Grey Masson, Garrett Piper, and Grace Poltrack.
The second play is Patricia Clapp's A Candle On The Table, a poignant drama about three elderly women in a senior citizens' home. Over lunch, the three relive their pasts in memories, some happy, some sad, some bittersweet. The play is directed by Adam Pelletier, and stars Janet Rice, Danielle Turner, Joanna McCauley Treffers, and Juli Heney.
Finally, David P. Temple's Trade Secrets, a very brief, very funny romantic comedy involving a conversation between about a Master Baker and a Muffin Maker. Sexual innuendoes hint at the intimacy they both long for. Trade Secrets is directed by Patti Greer and stars Guy Newsham and Juli Heney.
An Evening of One-Act Plays runs at the Studio Theatre October 24, 25 & 26 at 7:30 pm and October 27 at 2 pm. Advance tickets are $24 at Tickets Please (613-485-6434; ticketsplease.ca) and at the theatre box office on show nights. Students with ID pay just $10 at the door. Save $5 opening night.
As mentioned above, An Evening of One-Act Plays is a preview of the Eastern Ontario Drama League One-Act Play Festival, hosted this year by Perth's own Studio Theatre, Nov. 8 - 10. This prestigious annual competition features one-act plays performed by some of Eastern Ontario's finest theatre groups. Mr. Philbin and A Candle On The Table will be the Studio Theatre's entries in the Festival. Festival tickets go on sale October 15th, and will likely sell out quickly. Full ticket information will be available soon at studiotheatreperth.com.
Article by Paul Joyce / Photos by Terry Boyd
(L to R) Grace Poltrack, Garrett Piper, and Grey Masson star in Mr. Philbin.
Janet Rice and Joanna McCauley Treffers star in A Candle On The Table.