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Productions from 2007

Foolish Games

foolish-2007“Scripted” by Mark Harvey Levine
“Carnality” by Mark Lowenstern
“After You” by Steven Dietz
“Answering The Echo” by Larry Harris

Fall 2007

Directed by Josh Johnson
Stage Manager- Josh Johnson

Beth O’Neill as Michelle and Dora
April Pletcher as Amy and Elaine
Jeff Taylor as Ben and Simon
Keith Gerth as Phil and Ben

A series of one-act plays all revolving around the central theme of lost opportunities. The plays explored the challenges we all face in trying to decide which course in life is the “correct” course. In “Scripted” the course was all predetermined. The other plays explored what happens when we don’t choose the “correct” path in life.

“Laundry and Bourbon” and “Lone Star”

laundry-2007Playwright – James McClure
Spring 2007

Director – James Whittington
Stage Manager- Keith Gerth

Leslie Frame as Elizabeth
Lauren Mustain as Amy Lee
Tori Ulrich as Hattie
Josh Johnson as Ray
Jeff Taylor as Roy
Ray Shoemaker as Cletis

Plot Summary
Laundry and Bourbon”
The setting is the front porch of Roy and Elizabeth’s home in Maynard, Texas, on a hot summer afternoon. While the ensuing conversation is increasingly edged with bitter humor, from it emerges a sense of Elizabeth’s inner strength and her quiet understanding of the turmoil which has beset her husband since his return from Vietnam. He is wild, and he is unfaithful, but he needs her, and she loves him. And she’ll be waiting for him when he comes home—no matter what others may say or think.

Lone Star”
The play takes place in the cluttered backyard of a small-town Texas bar. Roy, a brawny, macho type who had once been a local high-school hero, is back in town after a hitch in Vietnam and trying to reestablish his position in the community. Joined by his younger brother, Ray (who worships him), Roy sets about consuming a case of beer while regaling Ray with tales of his military and amorous exploits.

2 Across

2across-2007Playwright – Jerry Mayer
Winter 2007

Director – Ron Ben-Joseph
Stage Manager- Mark Dodge

Katherine Wray as She
Keith Gerth as He

Plot Summary
Two strangers, a man and a woman board a San Francisco BART train at 4:30 AM. They’re alone in the car, each is married, both are doing the New York Times crossword. She’s an organized, sensible, psychologist. He’s a free spirited, unemployed ad exec. She is a crossword pro, he always quits. When he tosses his puzzle away, she snaps, “Crosswords are a metaphor for life, those who finish, succeed, those who don’t, fail.” As the train ride ends it’s obvious each of them has been changed for the better. And we’re dying to know, will these two meet again?