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Playwrights Festival at Grange

April 21, 2013 · Updated 1:39 PM

The Playwrights Festival was created to encourage local islanders to show off their talents and to challenge them to develop skills in writing, acting and directing.

Seven short plays have been selected this year, all with varying settings ranging from the bedroom of a six-star hotel to entrance of a palm readers shop to the visiting room of a prison. The plays included in this year’s PlayFest are:

“A Play at the Plate” written by Indy Zoeller, directed by Lynda Sanders and Melinda Milligan, and starring Fred Vinson and Peter Vinson. A veteran baseball sportscaster clashes with his up-and-coming broadcaster partner, both on and off the air, during the late innings of a game.

“Yard Sale” written by Jackie Bates, directed by Frank Michels, and starring Audrey Neddermann, Nate Feder, and Gillian Smith. Em is getting ready for a garage sale and things get complicated when unexpected and uninvited “help” shows up.

“Sign Off” written by Cara Russell, directed by Gillian smith, and starring Tom Fiscus, Aerial Brown and Andy Martin.  It’s late one night in Manteca, Calif. in April of 1973, and a young woman is determined to change her life.

“Adverse Possession” written by Bill Westlake, directed by Lin McNulty, and starring Maura O’Neill, Chelsea Dean and Brian Richard. Never underestimate the power of a woman in prison.

“Results Are In” written by Lin McNulty, directed by Cara Russell, and starring Olivia Smith, Michele Griskey and Nick Hershenow.  On the biggest night of Holly Ogden’s career, daughter Heather has managed to put a halt to the night, and make it all about her.

“The Palm Reader” written by James Wolf, directed by Patty Monaco, featuring Cara Russell and Thian Armenia. A chance encounter between a young boy playing war and a woman who cares could prove to be life-changing.

“Devil May Care” written by Frank Michels, directed by Audra Goffeney, starring Kira Bradshaw as Aurora, Cele Westlake as Bethany, Tracy Oniya as Satini and Bev Johnsen as Rue. “Devil May Care” follows a young woman as she struggles with her demons in order to find her sobriety.

The plays will be presented at the Grange on Friday, April 26, Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28, Friday, May 3, Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5. All performances are at 7:30 p.m. This event is suitable for children over 13. Tickets are $5.

For additional information call Cara Russell a 376-6052 or email her at lobby_drifter@hotmail.com.  No one is ever turned away for inability to pay.

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