Those who enjoy reading a new book or seeing a new movie or play before hearing the reviews and commentary from friends or the press or seeing something fresh with no preconceived opinion, won't want to miss the 13th Annual New Voice Play Festival at the Old Opera House Theatre in Charles Town on June 21, 22 & 23, 2013.
This annual playwriting competition attracts some of the country's best new playwrights. Over 85 plays were submitted for consideration to this year's festival and the judges have picked their four favorites. See all four plays each evening! The audience will then be asked to select their favorite of the festival and decide the winning play for 2013.
The plays include the following:
Polterguest, by Chuck Smith Woodbridge, Va.; directed by Shannon Potter. A Comedy: After losing his girlfriend Jane, Paul pays a visit to the psychic Zandra with the hope that she can help him find closure and end his heartache. Through the laughs, tears and utter confusion of this fateful and zany encounter Paul is able to embrace "that loving feeling" once again. The play features Cari Hupke as Zandra, Heather Mae Wilson as Jane and James Wright as Doug.
Reports of a Home Invasion, by Andrew Ade New Wilmington, Pa., directed by Meaghan Barry. A mystery/thriller: The police have been called when an intruder breaks into the home of local residents. The husband and wife are visibly upset, and tell the story of the break-in. But as each version of story is told, each version is different, leaving the officers question the truth. What lies beneath the lies is menacing, and will the police find the truth? The play features Michael Stiles as Del, Sandra DeRocha as Bobbie, Jeanne Moore as Kenny and David Tobias as Newcomb.
The Understudy by J. C. Svec Clark, N.J., directed by Ed Conn. Comedy: The Understudy is a heartwarming story about a father who arrives at school in place of his daughter who is staying at home because she has a 24-hour "bug". Will the teacher let him stay? Has he learned his lines and blocking? Will he be a suitable replacement? This will surely teach you a lesson in love and understanding. The play features Christine Brewer as Miss Lemon and Steven Brewer as Mr. Evans.
Follow the Money: A Modern Day Fairy Tale by Dwayne Yancey Fincastle, Va., directed by Beth Brackett. Comedy: Where does the money that is left by the Tooth Fairy come from and where do all those teeth end up? It is questions like these that keep one young boy up at night; until the day he captures the Tooth Fairy. Will she spill the beans on the whole teeth-for-cash operation? The play features Karen Paone as the Tooth Fairy, Tyler Panzarella as Sheldon, Will Heyser as the Sandman, Amy Hebb as the Fairy God Mother, John-Michael Rolnick as Henchman #1 and Craig Sours as Henchman #2.
Honorable Mentions include: Another Opening, AnotherOh Forget It, By Carl L. Williams Houston, Tex.; Griffiths, N.Y. by Norman Simon Lincoln, Neb.; Not Here Yet By William Fowkes New York, N.Y.; Serendipidy by Lynn-Steven Johanson Macomb, Ill.; and Waltzing One, Two, Three by Lawson Caldwell Charlotte, N.C.
See all four plays each evening. Call the Old Opera House Box-Office today at (304) 725-4420. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for student. The evening is not recommended for young children.