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New Voice Play Festival at Charles Town Opera House

By Staff | Jun 13, 2014

The 14th Annual New Voice Play Festival will be held June 20, 21 at 8 p.m. and June 22 at 2:30 p.m. at the Old Opera House in Charles Town.

This year’s plays include:

Mama’s Almost Birthday, by Lily Rusek New York, New York; directed by Ed Conn

Comedy: This hilarious comedy features longsuffering Isabelle who is throwing her mother Vera a surprise birthday party. The party is a week early because Isabelle’s sister Rochelle can’t seem to fit her mother’s real birthday into her schedule. Mama’s Almost Birthday is packed full of laughs, cake, a hidden boyfriend, and a surprising twist that will have us all glad we are not part of this dysfunctional family.

Featuring Lauren R. Hugg as Vera Barber; Sarah Celec as Isabelle Barber; Charlie Perkins as Lenny Weintraub; and Rene Farabaugh as Rochelle Fiore.

Plumber’s Butt, by Jay Huling Jacksonville, Florida, directed by Karen Paone.

Comedy: Harvey and Carol are falling apart mentally, physically, and even spiritually when Vikki, Carol’s sister, discovers an unorthodox cure-all in an unlikely place. Now all they have to do is believe in the power of a “fundament faith healer,” but will Harvey see the light? Do they have what it takes to get to the bottom of… the Plumber’s Butt?

Featuring Lee Hebb as Harvey; Amy Hebb as Carol; Katie Kennedy as Vicki and Will Heyser as Tim.

Shimmer, by Tess Light Los Alamos, New Mexico, directed by Christine Brewer.

Comedy: What would you do with your life if you had only 24 hours to live it? Would you try to experience as much as you possibly could, pack it full of wonderful experiences? Or would you revel in the small beautiful moments of the everyday, and experience them as fully as possible? This is the question posed in Shimmer. We see these two options brought to life in the two lives of the short-lived Mayfly. Told with humor and thoughtfulness, Shimmer might make you re-think what is important in your life.

Featuring Catherine Ellzey as Lady Mayfly, Zach Little as Gentleman Mayfly, and Charlie Perkins as a variety of Mayflies

Ethel, by Seth Freeman Pacific Palisades, California; directed by James Wright.

When Ethel’s daughter Ginny returns home after a bitter break-up, Ethel and Ginny find themselves in the middle of a dilemma with the law. With an affair gone wrong, a call to the police, and a visit from an old friend, the duo realize their love and appreciation for one another, and see the truth in the phrase “Like mother, like daughter.”

Featuring Linda Romero as Ethel Hurd; Gabrielle Tokach as Ginny Hurd; Alan Harner as Sheriff Sgt. Bernie Barry’ Zak Miller as Gene Hurd; Gwen Leonard as Joanie Meekin; John-Michael Rolnick as Rand Burstyn; and Shari Shrewsberry Martin as Myrna Burstyn.

Honorable Mentions are as follows:

Decoy, by Carl L. Williams Houston, Texas; Here’s Looking at You, by J. C. Svec Clark, New Jersey; No Small Parts, by Charlie Perkins Brunswick, Maryland; Most Valuable Play Girl by Jack Gilhooley Bradenton, Florida; It’s Your Funeral, by Barry Weinberg Bethesda, Maryland.

See all four plays each evening!! Call the Old Opera House Box-Office today at (304) 725-4420.

Ticket prices are $15 Adults and $10 Students. Not recommended for young children.

2014 New Voice Judges are Christine Brewer, Ed Conn, Jennifer George, Katie Kennedy, Bruce Olson, John-Michael Rolnick and James Wright.