Thursday, September 25, 2008

Humble Play ya'll

We are so proud to present the Humble Play: Appalachian New Play Festival which starts on Monday, September 29th at 6:00pm. We will be hosting an opening reception at 6:00pm featuring the delightful Michael and Becca Lachman, they played for us last Saturday night and we could not wait to have them back again!

The reception will be followed by a playwrighting lecture by Mary Tensing who's play
An Algonquin Cinderella will be performed at Stuart’s Opera House on Friday, October 3rd at 7pm. An Algonquin Cinderella is a Native American variation on the classic story written by Mary Tensing and presented by ArtReach: A Division of the Children's Theatre of Cincinnati.

The full schedule is :

Opening Reception, Sept. 29, 6 p.m.

(Music by Michael and Becca Lachman)

Playwriting Workshop Lecture 7 p.m.

(With Mary Tensing)

Laying Off by James McLindon: Tuesday, September 30, 7 p.m.

(Produced by Actors Moveable Theater)

Coal Creek by Walter Thinnes: Wednesday, October 1, 7 p.m.

(Produced by Athenian Players Theatre)

The 4th Indian by Lynn Veach Sadler: Thursday, October 2, 7 p.m.

(Produced by The Corporation for the Performing Arts)

Strike!: Friday, October 3, 7 p.m.

(Produced by The Lost Flamingo Company)

Youth Division Readings: Saturday, October 4, 1 p.m.

(Sponsored by ARTS/West)

Closing reception on Saturday, October 4 at 6 p.m.

(Music by Charlie and Celia Lewis)

Dignity by Celeste Parsons: Saturday, October 4, 7 p.m.

(Pick of the Festival, produced by the Appalachian Regional Theater Company)


$3.00/reading, $10.00 for a week pass (or seven admissions)

Passes are available at the ARTS/West office- call (740) 592-4315.

But Emily, who are the playwrights? Oh, here you go:

Humble Play Playwright Bios

James McLindon (Laying Off): In the past year has had nine plays produced in theaters across America, eight of them world premieres. Mr. McLindon’s plays have been produced or developed at the Abingdon Theatre, hotINK Festival, Irish Rep, Lark Theatre, Penguin Rep, and HRC Showcase Theatre in New York; Victory Gardens, Stage Left and Prop Thtr in Chicago; Theatricum Botanicum, Circus Theatricals and Grove Theatre Center in Los Angeles; and the Ashland New Plays Festival; the PlayPenn New Plays Conference and the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference.

Reyshan Parker (Strike!): was born April 11th, 1979 to Jim and Cindy Parker. He has written seven full length plays, two of which he has produced at ARTS/West theatre in Athens, Ohio. He has a BFA in Playwriting and a Film minor from Ohio University. He wrote directed and produced the short mochu-mentary Casual Fine Dining in 2007. He also wrote and directed Disorder a short five-minute film commenting on war. He is currently in pre-production for his next film tentatively titled The Closet, and is working on finishing his musical, Strike: an Appalachian Comedy for the summer of 2009. He currently resides in Athens, Ohio with his wife Rose Parker.

Celeste Parsons (Dignity): was born in Texas, spent her school years in northern Virginia, and now lives in a log home outside of Nelsonville with her high school sweetheart, Jim. She originally intended to write novels, but ended up expanding her 10th-grade typing skills into database design, systems analysis, and computer programming. Now retired, Celeste divides her time between community theater, gardening, all sorts of fabric arts, long-distance bicycle touring, and (occasional) porch-sitting.

Lynn Veach Sadler (The Fourth Indian): Former college president Dr. Lynn Veach Sadler has published widely in academics and creative writing. One story appears in Del Sol's Best of 2004. She recently published a novella and a short-story collection, was 2007 Writer of the Year at California's elizaPress, and won Wayne State's 2008 Pearson Award for a play on Iraq. A play on Frost was a Pinter Review Prize for Drama Silver Medalist. A poetry collection and novel are forthcoming.

Walter Thinnes (Coal Creek): is an early career playwright trapped in a later life body. Despite his belated start he has received competition recognition, readings and/or productions in more than sixteen states, The Kennedy Center and several Off-Off-Broadway Theaters. Walter currently resides in New York City but was raised in southern Ohio and is delighted to finally have a reading in his home state. He is a proud member of Actors Equity and the Dramatists Guild of America.

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