One Act Play Festival Showcases Local Talent


The work of several playwrights will be featured in the 12th Annual One Act Play Festival, which kicks off July 21 and runs until August 12 at Theatre 82. The plays include comedies, dramas, a holiday parody and a few ghost stories. Jessica Chace, who is the festival’s artistic director, said there were 1,000 submissions this year.

As in past years, there are two waves: the first runs from July 21 through July 29, and the second runs from August 4 through August 12.

The first wave includes plays by Steven Korbar (Domestic Disturbances), Rhea MacCallum (Exceeding the Purchasable Calories), Phil Darg (Til’ Death), Chris Widney (One of the Great Ones), David MacGregor (Requiem for a Donut Lover), Philip W. Hall (Waiting for Seven), Rick Davis (Joseph Receives Unsettling News) and Mark Harvey Levine (Oy Vey Maria), whose work has been featured in previous festivals.

The second wave features plays by Kevin Broccoli (Coffee With Your Sugar), Jessica Fleitman (The Uncatchable Spot of Red Light), Eugenie Carabatsos (Marshmallow’s Real Friend), Lindsay Partain (Variations on the Death of Vera) and Chip Bolcik (Art Strike).

Thirty actors, ranging in age from 10 to 80, will be performing in the festival. Some of the performers are adults with developmental disabilities. “It’s for people of all abilities, which is what Artists’ Exchange is all about,” Chace said.

The Artists’ Exchange will be hosting two talk-backs following the second weekend matinee performances so that audiences can engage with the directors and casts about the productions.

One Act Play Festival. Presented by Artists Exchange runs Jul 21 – Aug 12. Theatre 82, 82 Rolfe Sq, Cranston.

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