The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

February 2, 2014

GVT to present set of 10-minute plays


— Greenbrier Valley Theatre will present its annual New Voices Play Festival at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6, 7 and 8 at GVT on Washington Street in downtown Lewisburg.

A Pay-What-You-Can Preview Performance will be at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for seniors (60+), and $10 for children and students.

Now in its sixth year, the New Voices Play Festival accepts submissions of 10-minute plays from around the state and across the nation in order to assemble an evening of short-form theater, cast with actors from the Lewisburg area.

For 2014, more than 200 plays were submitted, from which seven were selected. From comedy to tragedy and a few points in between, the plays chosen for the festival represent a wide range of subject matter and style, from heavy drama to the absurd.

“The Croissant Connection” by John Weagly, directed by Mary Leb, is about a chance meeting of a young man and an older woman who share lament over the loss of former loves as they feed the birds. It stars Lieselotte Heil and Ryan Ferrebee.

“Fargo 3D” by Eric Fritzius, directed by Ryan Ferrebee, depicts a beleaguered movie theater in which extreme security measures become necessary to prevent a loss in revenue. It stars Blair Hicks, along with Micah Labishak, Tom White, Chelsea Roper, Ryan Ferrebee, Summer Tincher, Fielding Foster and Jed White.

“The Drive-In” by Connie Schindewolf, directed by Nathan Gwartney, is the story of a couple whose lives have seen tragedy who find a way to celebrate their anniversary at a drive-in movie without leaving their house. It stars Stephanie Bachman and Eric Fritzius.

“Fish Shticks” by Brett Hursey, directed by Eric Fritzius, depicts an existential crisis in the confines of a goldfish bowl. It stars Dr. Larry Davis, Curtis Pauley and George Piasecki.

“A Fond Farewell” by Barbara and Carlton Mollette, directed by Nathan Gwartney, features a battle of wills between a first wife and a follow-up trophy wife at the funeral of their husband — a man who carries a secret to his grave. It stars Emily Haas, Chelsea Roper, and Derek Teaney.

“A Kiss is Just a Kiss” by Claudia I. Haas, directed by Mary Leb, depicts a life-altering decision in the life of a woman, following the death of the woman she’s cared for most of her life — a decision inspired by a kiss. It stars Britany Wilcox and Derek Teaney.

“Gift Horse” by Donna Hoke, directed by Ryan Ferrebee, is set in a clothing store where a woman and a young man bond after she asks him to help her select a gift for her estranged son. It stars Kelly Kemp and Blair Hicks.

For tickets or more information, call the GVT Box Office at 304-645-3838 or visit www. gvtheatre.org.