New Voice Play Festival 2018
The Old Opera House Theatre Company is happy to announce the finalists for the 18th Annual New Voice Play Festival. This one-act play writing competition draws some of the country’s best new playwrights each year; and this year over 50 playwrights from across the country participated.
The four plays that were selected as finalists will be presented at the Old Opera House on June 22, 23 & 24 and our patrons will select the festival winner. Congratulations and a special thanks to all the playwrights that participated in this year’s festival.
*A FUN Twist: you get to be a theatre critic for the evening. We ask our patrons to vote for their favorite play of the festival. Following Sunday’s performance, the votes are tallied and the festival winners are announced.
Golden Curtain Award
by Amy Hebb - Brunswick, MD
Directed by Lee Hebb
Karen Heyser-Paone as Ellie
Will Heyser-Paone as Gary
Sheree Cipicchio as Bunny
Charles Boyce as Stu
Ellie is still reeling from the abrupt ending of her 25-year marriage after her ex-husband Stuart left her for a much younger woman. Ellie’s composure and dignity are challenged when she finds herself attending the wedding of her former sister-in-law, and is seated at the same table as her ex-husband and his barely legal girlfriend. Ellie, along with Gary, a new friend she has made through a mutual interest, must navigate the nuptials; and the uncomfortable silences. Then, when Stuart suddenly reveals a secret; Ellie is reeling once again, as she must decide between her old life, or new possibilities.
Silver Stage Award
by Jennifer Hart - Arlington, VA
Directed by Erin “Beth” Bracket
Linda Romero as Eleanor
Stephanie Sumers as Sherri
Zac Gilbert as Tyler
David McCulley as Kurt
A raging thunderstorm grounds all planes at an airport. Eleanor, an older woman, invites three strangers back to her home for some food and comfort. Kurt, a middle-aged businessman, Tyler, a late teen/early 20's kid, and Sherri, a 20's/30's mother. All three strangers are impatient to continue their travels, but are grateful for their unknown savior, however, they have no idea what they are in store for, as Eleanor has an agenda of her own with her new crop of stranded travelers.
Spotlight Award Winner
The Wonder of You
by Bara Swain - New York, NY
Directed by Rene Farabaugh
Autumn Carver as Sara
Tod Williams as Mike
Two, seemingly, perfect strangers meet by a small-town Georgian, street bench. They are both looking for answers to the past. Mike has come home hoping to come to terms with his past for his present family. Sara must come to terms with her present to leave her past. Is this meeting accidental or magical thinking?
Spotlight Award Winner
by Steffi Rubin - Chapel Hill, NC
Directed by Valorie Phillips
Barb McCormick as Caroline
Jen Glymph as Erin
Two sisters get together for a long overdue night out. As different as night and day, the designer and sibling, a stay-at-home mom, explore their relationship in The Closet. Erin - the youngest, in her late 30s to early 40s, is a successful fashion designer. Caroline - the eldest, in her late 40s to early 50s, is a busy stay at home mom raising three children.
The Lady Godiva of Flamingo Landing
by Marcia Rudin - Fort Myers, FL
by William Fowkes - New York, NY
When Good Times Say Goodbye
by Carl Williams - Houston, TX
If Women Played Cards as Men Do
by James H. Wise - Gambrills, MD
by Frankie Little Hardin - Newnan, GA
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