Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

April 17, 2014

Festival to showcase new plays

Event set for end of month on campus of ACTC

The Independent

ASHLAND — The ACTC New Play Festival will feature 10 student and faculty written plays (short scenes, monologues, ten-minutes, one acts) that will premiere at 8 p.m. April 25 and 26 and at 2:30 p.m. April 27 at J.B. Sowards Theater on campus.

Tickets are $5 for the public and $2 for students (ACTC and MSU-Ashland).

Plays include:

‰“Earl,” Chase Devaney’s story of a... man who attempts to turn his life around by enrolling in college.

‰“Building Bridges” by Mary Shortridge, which will transport the reader back to a one room school house and a timeless message about bullying.

‰“Tammy and Tom,” written by Jonathan Joy, sees Tammy asking Tom out for a date, which seems pretty straightforward, but Tom's list of demands complicates the process.

‰“Retribution” (also by Mary Shortridge) is a cozy murder mystery set in rural Eastern Kentucky that explores punishment, reward and personal justice.

‰“The Gifted Tree” (Mary Shortridge) explores love and sacrifice and also serves as an unofficial sequel to Shel Silverstein's classic children’s book of a similar title.

‰Student Brooke Barker has selections from two pieces: “Until Death” follows a woman scorned and seeking revenge on her ex. “Little Girl Lost” examines a woman's interior struggle with exterior expectations.

‰Jessica Howard also has two plays featured. “Polynomial Dysfunction” is the story of a young college student driven mad by math. “I Hate Vampires” is one man’s struggle to grasp the fact that his daughter is dating a man (and a vampire at that) much older than she is.

‰Finally, Chelsea Fannin’s “Strange Things Happen” finds two strangers stuck together in an unlikely circumstance that leads to both labor pains and laughs.

The plays were all written as a part of Jonathan Joy’s Playwriting class offered on campus in the Fall of 2013. Joy, Mary Shortridge and Sarah Diamond Burroway make up the directing team. The cast and crew features ACTC students and performers from the community throughout the Tri-State. Close to thirty participants total are working together to bring this first-ever new play festival to life.

Lisa Trumbore’s Musical Theatre class will also be performing four to six selections from Broadway shows as a part of their final project. It will be a great night of showcasing a variety of student talent.

LEE WARD can be reached at lward@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2661.