Monday, September 28, 2009

Humble Play: Appalachian New Play Festival

This year 7 plays were chosen by a panel of judges with the winning playwrights being from a variety of states and backgrounds , two of which are from Athens.

9/28- On the first night of the festival we will have a very satisfying Appalachian traditional meal with music by Charlie Lewis and a viewing of a documentary about the "Appalachian Green Parks Project" a group of local musicians who traveled the country in the 70's playing traditional Appalachian music.

We will also be highlighting 3 of Athens' own visual artists' work that will hang during the festival (running Sept. 28 - Oct. 3) - Matt Persutti (printmaker - whose work will hang in the performance space), Terry Fortkamp (painter - whose work will hang in the basement reception area) and Constance Gabbard (fiber artist - whose quilt will hang on the stage behind the performers).

The admission to this event is $3.


9/29, ARTS/West Pick Romeo and Juliet; There Hasn't Been a Rap Song Yet! By Rheal Radwany (Athens, Ohio) Direction by: The Lost Flamingo Company Writers Statement: My play is a shortened version of Romeo and Juliet in which the characters break out in rap. The play's tag line is "The world's best love story told through the world's worst medium." It's a spin on Romeo and Juliet that's new and fresh.

9/30, Producer's Choice A Case is Never Closed by J. Boyer (Tempe, AZ) Direction by: Actor's Moveable Theater
Writers Statement: Drawn from a wide variety of sources, including testimony made available through the Freedom of Information Act, A Case is Never Closed deals with a relatively little-known episode in the life and career of Lucille Ball, namely that she was called before a California subcommittee of the House of Un-American Activities Committee and presented with evidence that she had ties to what was broadly called the American Communist Party.

10/1, Humble Pick Arts Touch by Drew Larimore(Brooklyn, NY) Direction by: The Corporation for the Performing
Writers Statement: Touch is a play about the lives of four characters and their subsequent connection with one another in the height of the Appalachian mountains. While the play has a poetic lyricism to it, it's meant to be portrayed as longingly gritty and desperately hungry, as all four characters attempt to make sense of their isolated existence and peculiar desires.

10/2, Appalachian Choice An Elegant Solution by Celeste Parsons (Athens, Ohio) Direction by: ABC Players. Writers Statement: This play is about education and the opportunity and pleasures it offers. The play also attempts to describe the intellectual challenge involved in systems analysis and computer programming, without being so "techy" that the average person is turned off.
, Appalachian Choice Apologia by Katharine Bolger(New York, NY) Direction by: ABC Players. Writers Statement: Apologia- a formal written defense of a cause. This play is an adaptation of the novel The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck. The play deals with a village and the army that has occupied it-who are the villains? Who are the murderers? This play questions are sense of villain versus hero and right and wrong.

10/3, Pick Of The Festival Japanese Schoolgirl Night by James McLindon (Northampton, MA) Direction by: Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble Writers Statement: On one lever, this play is about a young lover's spat gone horribly awry. On another level, it is about a young woman and a woman of a certain age both finding themselves when they least expect it, and coming to terms with a life that has not quite turned out the way they wanted it to.
10/3, Pick Of The Festival Knuckleheads by James McLindon (Northampton, MA) Direction by: Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble
Writers Statement: This play explores a little girl's imaginary world when her single mom is called off to war and the child is left with an indifferent aunt.