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Auditions for 2017 One-Act Festival

Auditions for the 17th Annual Montgomery Playhouse One-Act Festival will be held on Monday and Tuesday, June 5 & 6, at Commotion Fitness Studio at 13220 Wisteria Drive Suite N13, Germantown, MD. The auditions will begin at 7:30 each evening and will be comprised of cold readings from the various original scripts. Preregistration for the auditions here: June 5 or June 6

The plays will be performed weekends July 21 – 30.

Directions to Commotion Fitness Studio

  1. Take 270 north to Father Hurley Blvd exit.
  2. Turn left onto Father Hurley Blvd.
  3. The sixth light is Wisteria Dr. Turn left at the light.
  4. Turn right into the first driveway and continue bearing right. Commotion is the second storefront from the Father Hurley end of the row. The address is 13220 Wisteria Suite N13, Germantown, MD.

Directors and Plays

Sue Bevine — One Click Away by Dean Fiala [3 men & 2 women]
Running time: about 25 minutes.
Fed up with the dating process, Jenna seeks a more permanent solution with the help of the internet.

Farid Bozorgmehr — Searching for Hope by Farid Bozorgmehr [2 men & 3 women, ages mid-30s to mid-60s]
Running time: about 25 minutes.
A Persian woman named Niloo travels to America looking for Babak. She needs to convince Babak to go back to Iran to save someone whose life can be saved only by him.

David Fialkoff — Confusion in the Midsection by David Epstein [2 men & 1 woman]
Running time: about 12 minutes
Chasid is seated next to Caitlyn on a plane. He asks her to move elsewhere because his strong religious beliefs don’t allow him to sit next to a woman.
Also directing with the same cast:
David Fialkoff — Janus by Stephen LaRocque [2 men & 1 woman]
Running time: about 45 minutes.
Robert Friedlander-Prechtl, a retired economist and writer and whose work was incorporated into the Nazi economic recovery program is visited by a German official from Himmler’s office. Prechtl is an embarrassment to the Nazis because his mother was Jewish.

Pauline Griller-Mitchel — Swimwear by Stephen LaRocque [1 man & 1 woman]
Running time: about 40 minutes.
A young woman on a winter beach photo shoot finds herself abandoned on a beach by her photographer. She is dressed only in swimwear. A fisherman passes by and she asks for help. It turns out that the man is a priest.

Jen Katz — The Knee to My Heart by Chip Bolcik [2 people]
Running time: about 40 minutes.
Two aliens have come to earth looking for just the right soil to save their planet. The leader is fearful of meeting Earthlings but the mission partner has fallen in love with the planet.

Kryss Lacovaro — Two Drink Minimum by Emilio Iasiello [1 man, 1 woman, & another player of either sex]
Running time: about 20 minutes.
In a low-brow hotel bar on New Year’s Eve, a young woman has been waiting for her date for a long time. The bartender recognizes that she has been abandoned and begins to prey on her weakness. An Elvis impersonator shows up and the battle for Nancy begins.

Anne VanDercook — 20 Questions by Rob Gorman [1 man & 1 woman]
Running time: 30 minutes.
A man learns the meaning of life in 20 questions (or less) in a sports bar.

An American Daughter Open May 12

An American Daughter by Wendy Wasserstein

As a respected health crusader and devoted wife and mother, Dr. Lyssa Hughes seems perfect for the role of U.S. Surgeon General, until a chance remark at a fashionable brunch sets off a media feeding frenzy. A comic and moving tale about the pitfalls that await political appointees.

Presented by Montgomery Playhouse in partnership with Theater Arts on the Green

May 12 thru May 28

Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm – Sundays at 2:00 pm

NOTE: Special Thursday performance May 18

No Sunday performance May 21

Tickets – $20

Recommended for age 15 and up

Produced by Joy Wyne
Directed by Bruce Hirsch

With: Kiersten Harris, Michael Abendshein, Alexis Amarante, Bob Harbaum, Tom Moore, Brandie Peterson, Carole Preston, Stuart Rick, Zack Walsh

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS

Boston Blackie Coming to Montgomery Playhouse

Boston Blackie — Radio Plays

Thursday April 27

Two Performances

At 1:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Performed at they were originally broadcast—with scripts in front of a studio audience

Montgomery Playhouse in partnership with Theater Arts on the Green presents Boston Blackie. Return to the glory days of radio where your imagination set the stage and plays were performed with script in hand before a live studio audience. Presentations include “The Fur Trade” and “The TV Poisoning,” two short mysteries featuring Boston Blackie, a former jewel thief and safecracker turned good guy. Boston Blackie spawned 14 feature films between 1941 and 1949 and a radio series that ran from 1945 to 1950, with more than 300 broadcast dates.

Performed at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn — 311 Kent Square Road, in the Kentlands — Gaithersburg, Md
Recommended for ages 12 & up.
Tickets: $20 / $12 Youth / $18 Groups
1 PM Performance — Purchase Tickets Online
8 PM Performance — Purchase Tickets Online

 

And opening May 12

​An American Daughter by Wendy Wasserstein
As a respected health crusader and devoted wife and mother, Dr. Lyssa Hughes seems perfect for the role of U.S. Surgeon General, until a chance remark at a fashionable brunch sets off a media feeding frenzy. A comic and moving tale about the pitfalls that await political appointees.
Presented by Montgomery Playhouse in partnership with Theater Arts on the Green
May 12 thru May 28
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm – Sundays at 2:00 pm
Tickets – $20
Recommended for age 15 and up
Please Click Here to Purchase Tickets

ESTAFest 2017 Awards

Over the weekend of 7-9 April 2017, the Eastern States Theater Association held its regional One Act Festival in Wilmington Delaware at the Wilmington Drama League theater. The participants and their plays were:

  1. Wilmington Drama League (DE) – Post-its byPaul Dooley & Winnie Holzman
  2. Little Theater of Wilkes-Barre (PA) – Angels in America by only Kushner
  3. The Montgomery Playhouse (MD) – Virtual Reality by Alan Arkin
  4. The Auburn Players (NY) – Almost, Maine by John Cariani
  5. The Erie Playhouse (PA) – The Glorious Ones -book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens; music by Stephen Flaherty
  6. The Moorestown Theater Company (NJ) – Hairspray Jr (A Showcase Production)
  7. The Wilmington Drama League (DE) – The Yellow Umbrella byDaniel O’Mara (A Showcase Production)
  8. Black Sheep Theatre (NY) – Friends of the Deceased by Jane Shepard
  9. Silver Spring Stage (MD) – The Pirate and the Caterpillar by Jacy D’Aiutolo
  10. Mark Twain’s Traveling Theatre (NJ) – Twain Twenty-Twenty (A Showcase Production)

Awards:
Stage Manager’s Award – Erie Playhouse

V.P. of Festival Award – Wilmington Drama League

Discretionary Awards (given by the adjudicators where warranted)

  1. Outstanding Achievement in Choreography – Kaitlin Tumulty – Hairspray, Jr.(Morristown Theater Company
  2. Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design – Bruce Hirsch – Virtual Reality (The Montgomery Playhouse)
  3. Outstanding Achievement in Costuming – Crystal Corritore – The Glorious Ones (The Erie Playhouse)
  4. Outstanding Achievement in Set Design – Christine Daugherty – The Glorious Ones(The Erie Playhouse)
  5. Outstanding Achievement in Direction – Almitra Clerkin – The Glorious Ones (The Erie Theater Company)

Acting Awards

  1. Outstanding Achievement in Ensemble Acting – The Glorious Ones (The Erie Playhouse)
  2. Outstanding Achievement in Acting – Chris Yeckel – Almost, Maine (The Auburn Players)
  3. Outstanding Achievement in Acting – Michael Antico – Almost, Maine (The Auburn Players)
  4. Outstanding Achievement in Acting – Stephanie D. Pounds – Virtual Reality (The Montgomery Playhouse)
  5. Outstanding Achievement in Acting – Diane Mashia – Friends of the Deceased (Black Sheep Theatre)
  6. Outstanding Achievement in Acting – Margaret Mayer – Friends of the Deceased (Black Sheep Theatre)

New Awards

  1. The Spencer Watson Award for Technical Excellence – Almost, Maine (The Auburn Players)
  2. Outstanding Showcase Production – Hairspray, Jr. – (Morristown Theater Company)

2nd Runner Up Production – Almost Maine (The Auburn Players)

1st Runner Up Production – Friends of the Deceased (Black Sheep Theatre)

Best Production – The Glorious Ones (The Erie Playhouse)

Our congratulations to all the award recipients but especially to our own Stephanie and Bruce for their well-deserved awards.