An Evening of One-Act Plays sets the stage for EODL Festival
For theatre goers, one-act plays are rare, tantalizing theatrical delicacies. In a cluster of two or more, one-acts provide an enticing assortment of dramatic experiences in a single evening.
That’s the idea behind An Evening of One-Act Plays, opening October 24th at the Studio Theatre in Perth. It’s also a preview of an exciting event coming to town. More about that in a minute…
An Evening of One-Act Plays begins with the short play Mr. Philbin, a drama about an artist whose arthritic hands can no longer hold a brush. Angry and frustrated, he cuts himself off from the art world, and alienates his son and a string of support workers. Finally he meets Melissa, one last support worker who helps him rediscover the value of his work and his family. Mr. Philbin touches on the challenges of aging, and the importance of family and art. The play is written by Linda McCready, and directed by Annie West. It stars Grey Masson, Garrett Pipher, and Grace Poltrack.
The second play is Patricia Clapp’s A Candle On The Table, a poignant drama about three elderly women on their first day in a senior citizens’ home. A candle in the centre of their lunch table awakens memories for each of the three, some happy, some sad, some bittersweet, revealing unexpected aspects of their lives and personalities. A Candle On The Table offers sensitively drawn characters, gentle humor, and a generous dash of truth. The play is directed by Adam Pelletier, and stars Janet Rice, Danielle Turner, Joanna McCauley Treffers, and Juli Heney.
The third one-act is Trade Secrets, written by David P. Temple and directed by Patti Greer. This very brief, very funny romantic comedy takes place in a Manhattan food court, and involves a conversation between about a Master Baker and a Muffin Maker. Throughout, unintentional sexual innuendoes hint at the intimacy they both long for in their lives. Trade Secrets stars Guy Newsham and Juli Heney.
An Evening of One-Act Plays runs at the Studio Theatre October 24, 25 & 26 at 7:30 pm and October 27 at 2 pm. Advance tickets are $24 at Tickets Please (613-485-6434; ticketsplease.ca) and at the theatre box office on show nights, subject to availability. Students with ID pay just $10 at the door. Save $5 opening night. Visit studiotheatreperth.com for complete details.
As mentioned above, An Evening of One-Act Plays is a preview of a special event coming to Perth Nov. 8th to 10th. That weekend, Perth’s Studio Theatre will host the Eastern Ontario Drama League’s One-Act Play Festival2019 Eastern Ontario Drama League One Act Play Festival, a prestigious annual competition that features one-act plays performed by theatre groups from across Eastern Ontario. Mr. Philbin and A Candle On The Table from An Evening of One-Act Plays will be the Studio Theatre’s entries in the Festival. Tickets to the EODL One Act Play Festival go on sale October 15th, and full ticket information will be available soon at studiotheatreperth.com. The Festival will likely sell out quickly, so please purchase tickets well in advance for this exciting event.
(L to R) Grace Poltrack, Garrett Piper, and Grey Masson star in Mr. Philbin.
(L to R) Danielle Turner, Juli Heney, Janet Rice and Joanna McCauley Treffers star in A Candle On The Table.
Article by Paul Joyce / Photos by Terry Boyd
Studio Theatre Wins Big at the EODL Festival 2018
Congratulations! to the cast & crew on the success of “Virtual Reality” at the Eastern Ontario Drama League One-Act Play Festival in Kingston.
Academy Theatre Award – Best Director
Mae Carmichael Award for Acting
Joanne McAuley Treffers
Belleville Theatre Guild Award for Acting
Ottawa Little Theatre Award for Best Production
Studio Theatre Perth 2018 EODL Submission Virtual Reality
Studio Theatre will be presenting the play Virtual Reality at the 2018 EODL One Act Play Festival in Kingston at the Domino Theatre on Friday, November 9, 2018.
In 2019 Studio Theatre will be hosting the One Act Festival November 8-10, 2019.
(Bruce Raby photo)
From 2016-Little theatre, big Festival!
Perth’s Studio Theatre has made news again!
The Studio Theatre is proud to have hosted the 2016 Eastern Ontario Drama League One-Act Play Festival, November 11 – 13.
The Festival was a sold-out success with 9 plays over 2 days, and brought hundreds of people into the downtown core to shop, dine and enjoy our wonderful town.
Of 14 awards given out, Studio Theatre Productions won 5 and received 7 prestigious nominations others. Here’s the scoop:
The Real Inspector Hound
Awards Won: Peoples’ Choice; Best Production; David Parry for Best Director; Jamie Schoular as Birdboot for Best Supporting Actor; Krista Duff & Chris Angel (Lady Muldoon & Simon Gascoyne) for Meeting Challenges On Stage (for that 32-second kiss!)
Nominated: David Bird as Moon for Best Actor; Jennifer Pfitzer (Mrs. Drudge), Krista Duff (Lady Cynthia Muldoon) & Kristy Tait-Angel (Felicity Cunningham) for Best Supporting Actor; Reiner Silberhorn, Penny Silberhorn, Patricia Parry, Julia Egener & Yogi Sepp for Best Visual Production
Nominated: Hugh McCulloch & Juli Heney for Meeting Challenges On Stage (for their long “freezes”); Hugh McCulloch as Dag for Best Actor; The Cast for Best Costumes
Congratulations and a great deal of thanks to the Festival Committee, and everyone on-stage, backstage and in the audience for an outstanding Festival!