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Tickets for One-Act Festival 2017

COMEDY! DRAMA! ALIENS!

Tickets are now available for the
Montgomery Playhouse 2017 One-Act Festival.

Please note our new Germantown location:
13220 Wisteria Dr Ste N13
Germantown, MD 20874-2603

Two weekends — Seven plays
Each weekend is a different program
Ticket $20 — Limited seating
Purchase tickets with the links below

Group A
Friday & Saturday July 21 & 22 — 8:00PM
Sunday July 23 — 2:00 PM

20 Questions by Rob Gorman
directed by Anne VanDercook
featuring Erin Kelman and Kelly Peters

A man learns the meaning of life in 20 questions (or less) in a sports bar.

Confusion in the Midsection by David Epstein
directed by David Fialkoff
featuring Jennifer Dorsey, Marc Rehr, and David Scheele

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.

The Knee to My Heart by Chip Bolcik
directed by Jen Katz
featuring Rebecca Korn and Ren Stone

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.

Two Drink Minimum by Emilio Iasiello
directed by Kryss Lacovaro
featuring Michael Abendshein, Peter Rouleau, and Anne VanDercook

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.

Tickets: July 21 July 22 July 23

Group B
Friday & Saturday July 28 & 29 — 8:00PM
Sunday July 30 — 2:00 PM

Janus by Stephen LaRocque
directed by David Fialkoff
featuring Jennifer Dorsey, Marc Rehr, and David Scheele

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.

Searching for Hope by Farid Bozorgmehr
directed by Farid Bozorgmehr
featuring Courtney James, Steve Kaufman, Naomi Ratz, Kyle Tirak, and Jill Vanderweit

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.

Swimwear by Stephen LaRocque
directed by Pauline Griller-Mitchell
featuring Jen Katz and Matthew Ratz

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.

Tickets: July 28 July 29 July 30

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.