Bainbridge Island Review


One Act Fest starts tonight at BPA

February 7, 2014 · Updated 10:02 AM

The cast of “What I Meant Was,” one of the 2014 One Act Fest’s more serious offerings written by Craig Lucas, rehearses in the rear annex of Bainbridge Performing Arts in preparation for the show’s upcoming premiere. It features Lisa Wiggins (left) as Helen, Brian Danzig (center) as J. Fred and Renee Longstreet (right) as Nana. / Luciano Marano | Bainbridge Island Review

The festival will showcase the very best talent Bainbridge has to offer in a selection of comedic and dramatic one act plays from playwrights, familiar and obscure, Feb. 7 through Feb. 9 at Bainbridge Performing Arts.

Director Manoff leads an all-star cast including Jennifer Allen, Michelle Allen, Jim Anderson, Lori Anderson, Cymbeline Brody, Victoria Brown, Christie Capps, Karla Cole, Robert Craighead, Brian Danzig, Shannon Dowling, JC Figueroa, Paulette Jacobson, Corinna Lapid Munter, Renee Longstreet, Justin Lynn, Debbie Macleod, Arthur Mortell, Linda Owens, Marybeth Redmond, Sara Scribner, Shannon Sheehan, Ruth Urbach, Sue Ellen Van Duyne, Wendy Wallace, Tyler Weaver, Nathan Whitehouse and Lisa Wiggins.

Suitable for PG-13 audiences, shows for the 2014 One Act Fest will start at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7 and Saturday, Feb. 8, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9.

Here's the lineup of acts:

In “Black Gum Rising” by Warren Read, buried resentments are unearthed while sisters plant a tree at their mother’s grave site.

Jane Martin’s “Healin’” provides advice, medical and otherwise, from a wise Crone. In “Norm Anon” by Warren Leigh, three people in a recovery program explain their own particular brand of rehab.  Langford Wilson’s “Stoop” is a dark dystopian “dramedy” in which neighbors chat outside their apartments.

Mark O’Donnell’s “You Know Who Else I Hate” features a coupla’ drunk guys sittin’ around talkin’. “Best Daddy” by Shel Silverstein is a darkly comic tale of a father/daughter birthday celebration.

In Keiko Green’s “Experience Points,” two lost souls find companionship at Comic-Con.  A woman in distress flags down a passing car for assistance in Halley Feiffer’s “Thank You So Much For Stopping.” A man reminiscing about his family dinner table imagines how differently the family members might have behaved toward one another in “What I Meant Was” by Craig Lucas.

Bugs trapped in a child’s collection jar try to escape in Mark Harvey Levine’s classic comedy “In the Jar.”

Set on the stoop outside a Brooklyn apartment, Donald Margulies’ play “Homework” is a tiny gem about a young girl’s first crush.

In a church kitchen, a pair of old friends prepare a polish feast for a funeral breakfast in “Lives of the Saints” by David Ives.

Tickets are $20 for adults, and $15 for seniors, students, youth, military and teachers, and may be purchased online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206-842-8569 or in person at BPA, 200 Madison Ave. North.

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