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New Plays by Local Writers to Premiere at Festival

Some of the best things happening on in the local theater scene is more and more opportunities being created for local playwrights.

Know Theatre in Over-the-Rhine is the big dog in this small pool, with year-round opportunities. Earlier this month it spotlighted more than 30 local writers, from pros to beginners, in the One-Minute Play Festival, which is a terrific time and pretty much sold out the weekend.

In August, Cincinnati LAB Theatre offers its second annual New Works Festival Aug. 3-12 with weekend performances of two fully staged workshops and two readings of plays in development by local playwrights. The festival has moved from Falcon Theatre in Newport to Clifton Performance Theatre, 404 Ludlow Ave. in Clifton (a couple blocks down from the Esquire Theatre.)

WORKSHOP SERIES:

3Some by Brian Griffin “explores the raw landscape of human psychology while delving into the world of casual hook-ups, and the overwhelming need for those on the brink to make a connection” as Thomas, Claire, and Lonnie gather for a Craigslist "meet up”.  Directed by Lauren Carr. 8 p.m. Aug. 4, 10, and 12.   

Led Thespian. Lyrics and Music by Jason Podplesky, Eric Kilpatrick, and Aaron Almashy. Directed by Jason Podplesky. Musical Direction by Aaron Almashy.

Part play and part mini-concert, Led Thespian is “a new dark comedy that explores love, loss, and the power of music. High school band teacher Josh suddenly loses his job and decides to chase his dream of being a rock musician only to find himself entangled in a web of lies, murder, and sexual depravity.” 8 p.m. Aug. 3, 5, and 11.

DISCOVERY SERIES:

The New Works Festival Discovery Series will complement our Workshop Series productions. Guest speakers and/or panelists will lead pre-show discussions that focus on social themes and current topics related to the productions.

Pre-performance lectures are scheduled on Thursday, August. 3: “Why We Laugh” (Led Thespian) and Thursday, August 10: “Loss and Grieving” (3Some) at 7 p.m.

PLAY READING SERIES:

North Country Holiday by Phil Paradis. A young married couple leaves the city and moves to a remote Vermont farmhouse where they spend their first holiday season snowbound. When an old friend visits to talk about art and poetry, what could possibly go wrong? 5 p.m. Aug. 5.

Paris is Vernon by Robert Macke. Vernon, a widower, discovers that his estranged son is on a reality show - for drag queens. Michelle, a field producer, interviews Vernon and gives him a chance to reconnect with his son. Paris is Vernon “explores the importance of family and what it takes to mend a damaged relationship.” 5 p.m. Aug. 12.  

Tickets will be available at the door. CASH ONLY. Workshops: $15 adults, $10 students; Play readings $5, Pre-performance lectures are free and open to the public. All-Access Pass $25.

Written by Jackie Demaline, RCN Arts
Top photo: Elizabeth a. Harris, Eric Kilpatrick, Torie Pate Perdue (provided)
Slideshow Images & Captions: 
Brian Berendts, Mary Tensing, and Rory Sheridan (provided)