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 have been selected for the 2018 OAF:
Cocktail Party by Thomas J. Misuraca
Directed by Erin Guidry
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.
Michael: a middle-aged business man, large in size, may come off as intimidating, but really a gentle giant.
Ben: His peer, trying to increase his business.
Hold for Applause by Aaron Scully
Directed by Sheila Clark
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.
Margaret Hampton: Sixty-something - An Actress
Chase Hampton: Thirty-something - Her son
Homeland Security by Matthew Widman
Directed by Margot Moser
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.
Brendan McGayhee: Male, late 20's, urban type, could be a hipster, out of his element
Ivy Gababsky: Female, late 20's, urban, independent but with an unwitting respect for authority
Hawthorne: Male, mid-30's to early 50's, a bit sardonic, a tough but not unfriendly bureaucratic type
Hastings: Male, mid-30's to early 50's, corporate, charismatic, slightly intimidating
Stay by Dagney Kerr
Directed by Kelly Bond
Two regulars at the dog park- a young maltese and an aging German Shepherd- discover the true meaning of friendship.
Maggie: A sweet, funny, charming, and slightly spastic 3-year-old Maltese-Poodle mix. A big ball of love. A sensitive soul. Sammy's best friend.
Sammy: A stoic, tough, worn down 13-year-old German Shepherd. Wise. Brave. A witty, graceful, generous spirit full of gravitas. Maggie's best friend.
The New Me by R. A. Pauli
Directed by Bill Green
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!
Sylvie: female, late 20s/early 30s
Edward: male, late 20s/early 30s
The Worst Poltergeist by Lezlie Revelle
Directed by Katyana Shoffner
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.
Meredith: Meredith lives in the apartment that Frank haunts. She gets annoyed with Frank, but deep down she has affection for him. He is now one of her best friends. Meredith can’t see Frank, but she can usually sense him, even when she can’t hear him.
Frank: Frank wants to be a Gruseliggeist, or Gruselig Poltergeist— a scary poltergeist. But he just isn’t scary. The Inspectre is coming who will decide if he gets his wish or gets demoted. More than the demotion, though, Frank wants to stay with Meredith, even if he doesn’t fully realize it himself.
Inspectre: Ageless. She is here to see if Frank can be a successful Gruseliggeist. She holds his fate in her hands.