I have been having a lot of fun the last couple of months as I am participating in Stage Door Productions‘ 9th Annual One Act Festival. The Festival is a collection of short plays that are submitted from playwrights all over the world! A group of readers then select the final plays to be considered. Directors then choose the plays they would like to direct! This year there were about 400 plays submitted!
I participated last year as both a director and actor, directing a One Act and acting in another. The production is geared so that new actors and directors can become involved to learn the craft. This year I am again directing a One Act and acting in another.
The play I am acting in is called “Face to Facebook” and was written by Mark Harvey Levine. It is about a couple that goes on a date. Social media unfortunately keeps the couple from socializing as Marvin (my character) continually pays more attention to his phone than his date Amanda. Another woman plays the physical manifestation of the telephone, who becomes the object of my affection.
The play I am directing is called “The Things She Kept.” It was written by Aoise Stratford. It is a very poignant story of two sisters who are sorting through their recently deceased mother’s items in the attic. They reminisce about their mother and growing up in a single parent household as their father was killed in an accident. As they discuss and reflect, they begin to find items that are unfamiliar to them and seems to hide a secret that perhaps holds the answers to why their mother was the way she was.
Though I love acting, I have really enjoyed the directing aspect as well. It is a challenge to bring a writer’s words to life and a different task to see the stage from the other side of the actors.
In this case, I have worked with three very talented young ladies that have worked tirelessly to bring this show to life. Stage Door Productions asked us to take some candid photos of us rehearsing and the ladies and I did so last Tuesday. I’d like to share them with you!
Bringing “The Things She Kept” to life during rehearsal!
(L-R) Kaitlin Gates, Meghan Gates, and Margo Weber – the stars of “The Things She Kept”
Me in an “Awkward Prom” photo with one of our stuffed animal props! (The photo “idea” came from the ladies!)
The actresses hamming it up for the camera!
If you are local and want to check out the show in Fredericksburg, Virginia, click here for ticket information. The show will run April 7-9 and and April 14-16 at 7:30 PM.
The plays for the 9th Annual One Act Festival have been announced! Congratulations to all the playwrights who had their work selected! There were many amazing submissions to choose from this year!
Auditions will be Thursday, February 18 at 7pm and Saturday, February 20 at 2pm at the Kitt Creative Studios located at 810 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, Virginia, 22401.
The selections are as follows:
Counting on Love
Written by Rod McFadden
Directed by Sheila Clark
At the end of what seems to be a perfect blind date, VINCENT’s date, SOPHIA, reveals that she has a very specific formula for finding Mr. Right. For Vincent to win his dream girl, his romantic sensibilities must triumph over Sophia’s mathematics and logic. Where does true love start? In the head, or in the heart?
VINCENT: 29 years old, magazine writer
SOPHIA: 27 years old, NYU post-graduate, mathematics
You, loyal reader, are invited to the most star-studded gala in all the land -yes, it is that time again – time for the 30th Annual TonyLou Awards!
Who will win for Best Actress?
How about for Best Director in an Off-Off-Off Broadway Play about Underwear?
Or Best Actor in a Play about Body Organs?
Who will even SURVIVE all the back stage back-stabbing and the web of chaos and finger-pointing to even receive their award?
You will have to come find out!
I will be in the cast, with all of these incredibly talented people, playing “Claude-Jean Van Dumbe” karate champion. My costume will include a karate gi and a bow tie (hey, it is a formal event!) The show will be put on by Caroline Community Theatre and directed by Barbara and Mel Cochran whom I worked with on “The Nerd”, if you recall. This is a murder mystery dinner theatre presentation!
Hope you can make it out but if you can’t, well I understand – understand you are going to miss a great show and dinner…but know you are going to miss me doing things like this which I have learned in my extensive research:
Hurkamp Park is actually really interesting. There were some signs posted that had some historical information. The Park used to be a cemetery until the bodies were dug up and moved to another location right after the American Civil War! Gulp! Note: Fredericksburg was one of the main areas of fighting during the Civil War. There were four separate battles in the immediate vicinity.
We had almost 200 people show up on Thursday, 250 on Friday, and over 350 on Saturday! Simply incredible! There is a large fountain (which can be seen in the upper left corner of the photograph below) that had to be turned off so people could hear the dialogue because people were sitting so far back from the stage.
Check out this awesome photograph courtesy of Kevin Bates.
On Thursday, July 30th, we moved to Spotsylvania Courthouse Village. The weather got rough and we got rained out 28 minutes into the show but the last show on Friday, July 31st, was much better! It was hot and the cast was looking right into the sun but we had a great show! Comically, five minutes after the show, King Theseus (aka me) released the royal waters, as the sprinkler system went off, sending everyone over the age of 8 out of the way of the water and everyone under the age of 8 straight into playtime!
Check out this amazing video that Kevin Bates put together that shows our efforts! (See if you can spot me!)