Greenbrier Valley Theatre will present six brand new 10-minute plays at the New Voices Play Festival this Friday and Saturday and again Jan. 25-26 at 7:30 p.m.
The festival showcases the talents of local playwrights who see their works fully realized with director, cast and full production crew.
Tickets are adults, $12; senior (60+) $10; and student/child, $8. For tickets or more information, call 304-645-3838.
Selected from over 100 works submitted from across the country, this year’s six plays offer a skewed look into human nature. The characters are engaged in unique, heightened situations that are both entertaining and poignant.
Of the six plays, three are the work of West Virginia playwrights — two local and one from Huntington.
In Alex Dremann’s “Narcoleptic Pillow Fight,” the seven-year itch sends a medically challenged couple headfirst into a bedtime brawl when a soup ladle, a sister-in-law and two perfectly timed cases of narcolepsy invade an otherwise normal matrimonial argument. Dremann hails from Philadelphia. This is his first production with Greenbrier Valley Theatre.
Jonathan Joy’s “Little Donkeys and Elephants” is an engaging Christmas comedy about two children, Billy and Amy, whose differing viewpoints on how to celebrate the holiday season lead to spirited arguments over whose family traditions are more politically correct. Joy is a writer/ teacher/director/actor from Huntington.
“A Game of Twenty ... ” is playwright Eric Fritzius’ attempt to answer the great inscrutable questions of the 20th century. While waiting in a limbo-esque lobby of the afterlife, a man is told he may ask 20 questions of the “administrator.” This is the fourth of Fritzius’ plays to be produced by GVT.
Seattle playwright Barbara Lindsay has written more than 50 plays. Her dark comedy “On the Line” explores the charged relationship between an emotionally wrecked girl who is dateless on Valentine’s Day and the judgmental male volunteer working the crisis hotline.
In Brett Hursey’s “Splitting Hares,” when Ron Jr. leaves for college, his father’s psyche takes a “hare-y” turn. Can Ron Sr. and Annie, with the help of their marriage counselor, sort out their problems before a made-up condition really sends Ron hopping away?
“Occupy My Mind” is Greenbrier County native and White Sulphur Springs resident Christian M. Giggenbach’s third play to be produced in GVT’s New Voices festivals. In this political comedy, a manic protest leader begins gathering a ragtag team of activists for his own offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Will his boot camp initiation tactics move his followers to follow in his path or run out the door instead?
The festival features a cast of all community actors: Stephanie Bachman, Austin Barnett, Ellen Broudy, Larry Davis, Eric Fritzius, Nathan Gwartney, Lieselotte Heil, Blair Hicks, Sarah Johnson, Micah Labishak, Tina Marquart, Nancy Miller, Shane Miller, Abel Nobel, and George Piasecki. Directors are Ryan Ferrebee, Sarah Johnson and Courtney Susman.
- Local News
- Calendar — Tuesday, May 21, 2013
- Rahall wants vets disability, jobs legislation accelerated
First GOP delegate in Boone commissioned 2nd lieutenant
Joshua Nelson picked up a new moniker last fall, becoming the first Republican ever in Boone County to land a seat in the House of Delegates.
Now, he has earned a new title — lieutenant.
Stabbed tattoo artist recalls details of fight
A Beckley tattoo artist and business owner, called a hero for his role in breaking up a domestic altercation, was recovering Sunday at Raleigh General Hospital from stab wounds he’d received Friday.
Traffic lights, more police needed in ’pike wrecks
Experience is viewed as life’s great teacher, and lessons learned from a horrendous traffic snarl after a May 3 car-truck collision on the West Virginia Turnpike cry for more boots on the ground and control over traffic lights in Beckley.
- Woman killed after being hit by train
Fayette school projects prioritized
Mount Hope wants a new elementary school. That much is clear. But how and whether that’s going to happen is by no means apparent at this stage in Fayette County’s effort to address their numerous aging school buildings.
Valley College opens New River Town Center campus in Beckley
A Monday ribbon-cutting ceremony at the recently opened New River Town Center campus of Valley College showcased the new space and the career training possibilities for area residents.
Former Alderson employee draws prison term
Monroe Circuit Judge Robert Irons sentenced a former Alderson Town Hall employee to one to 10 years in a state penitentiary for embezzlement.
- WVSOM commencement Saturday
- More Local News Headlines