Directors: Lauren Annicelli, Jessica Chace, Tom Chace & David Kane
Wave 1: July 21-29
Wave 2:August 4-12
Thank you again to all the playwrights who submitted their work for consideration in our festival. Congratulations to our 13 playwrights whose plays will be showcased this summer!
JOIN THE CONVERSATION! We'll be hosting two talk-backs following the second weekend matinee performances for each Wave. FREE and open to the public, you can engage in conversation with the directors and cast (and perhaps even playwrights) about the productions. Talk-backs hosted after the 3pm shows on Sat, July 29 and Sat, August 12 (approx. 4:30pm).
July 21st - August 12th Wave 1 July 21-29 | Wave 2 Aug 4-12
Fridays at 7pm
Saturdays at 3pm* & 7pm
*New talk-backs after the matinees on Sat, July 29 and Sat, August 12. FREE and open to the public.
Original and new one act plays of all genres presented in two 2-week "Waves." A refreshing collection that offers something for everyone! *(PG-13) Advance Tickets $15 $20 at door Theatre 82 & Café | 82 Rolfe Square
Since 2006, Artists’ Exchange has hosted the One Act Play Festival (OAPF) for the entertainment and enjoyment of the Cranston community. Short plays are submitted from local, regional, and national playwrights and then selected for performance by a panel of directors/actors. Casts feature community actors ranging in sex, age, and experience levels.
This year marks the 12th annual year and features new playwrights mixed in with patron favorites. Comedies, dramas, and something for everyone in summer theater at its best.
Take a sip - have a taste...
WAVE I: July 21- 29
Domestic Disturbances, by Steven Korbar
- A man's unbearable habit provokes his wife's unbelievable response.
Exceeding the Purchasable Calories, by Rhea MacCallum
- In a quest for comfort food one woman discovers the importance of reading the fine print.
Joseph Receives Unsettling News, by Rick Davis
- The eternal triangle: Joseph, Mary, God (yikes).
One of the Great Ones, by Chris Widney
- The skills of the world's greatest librarian are put to the test in a battle of little, old lady versus the Internet.
Oy Vey Maria, by Mark Harvey Levine
- Everything was going fine in the manger until Mary's Jewish mother shows up.
Requiem for a Donut Lover, by David MacGregor
- Three friends gather to memorialize a recently deceased acquaintance, who died under somewhat peculiar circumstances.
'Til Death, by Phil Darg
- A married couple display their bitter estrangement yet each seems to hold a certain power over the other.
Waiting for Seven, by Philip W. Hall
- Two older women are waiting on a bench for their ride and one discovers a surprising trend in her friend's marital history.
WAVE II: August 4-12
A Very Special Hanukkah Special, by Mark Harvey Levine
- Murray Baum wishes Hanukkah was just as big as Christmas - and learns to be careful what you wish for as he runs through a mashup of every Christmas special ever.
Art Strike, by Chip Bolcik
- Works of modern art who wish to be more fully realized go on strike at the museum until night watch intervenes.
Coffee With Your Sugar, by Kevin Broccoli
- Coffee crack kills.
Marshmallow's Real Friend, by Eugenie Carabatsos
- An imaginary friend has been separated from his real friend for years. Tragedy, and help from a fellow abandoned imaginary friend, will bring them together again for one last time.
Regifting, by Steven Korbar
- Two slap happy sisters find that it's much harder to give than to receive.
The Uncatchable Spot of Red Light, by Jessica Fleitman
- Tough street cat Warrior has allowed herself to become domesticated for one reason only: to hunt Death.
Variations on the Death of Vera, by Lindsay Partain
- There is no prerequisite to death in this dark comedy about three unsuspecting college students who try to make contact with Vera, the ghost of a college student who died under mysterious circumstances...
Chip Bolcik (Art Strike)
Chip Bolcik is pleased to return to Artists' Exchange with the world premiere of Art Strike. Chip has written 107 short plays as of this writing, many of which have been produced in the US and abroad. He is currently writing 8 new longer plays exploring the meaning of the Beatitudes, and was inspired to write them by Paul Winter's song of the same name.
Kevin Broccoli (Coffee With Your Sugar)
Kevin is Artistic Director of Epic Theatre Company, resident theatre company at Artists’ Exchange.
Eugenie Carabatsos (Marshmallow’s Real Friend)
Eugenie's plays have won the Kennedy Center Harold and Mimi Steinberg National Student Playwriting Award, the Trustus Theatre Playwrights Contest, the Mountain Playhouse Comedy Writing Competition, the Venus Theatre Festival, and the University of Tulsa’s WomensWork Competition. They have been produced by Trustus Theatre, iDiOM Theatre, and South Park Theatre, as well as in a number of festivals and development programs, including the Great Plains Theater Conference. She graduated with her MFA in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon University in 2016, and received her BA from Wesleyan University in 2010.
Phil Darg (‘Til Death)
Phil Darg is the author of more than two dozen plays and musicals, the composer/producer of more than 250 musical works (some broadcast on MTV and The History Channel), and has performed at 54 Below in New York City. His piece, Sasquatched! The Musical (www.sasquatched.com), premiered at the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) in 2013 and in Minneapolis in 2014 (nominated for 6 Minneapolis BroadwayWorld Awards). In 2017, a number of his new works were produced by other theatres, including: We Need To Talk (Manhattan Repertory Theater), Critical (Carrollwood Players in Tampa, Florida), The Interrogation (Chagrin Valley Little Theatre in Ohio, and was also a semi-finalist for the Lakeshore Players' ten-minute play festival). His one-act drama, Facility, was a selection at the 2017 William Inge Theater Festival Play Labs, and will be produced at the Minnesota Fringe Festival in August 2017. In addition, an excerpt from The Pound: A Musical for the Dogs was selected for a performance as part of Sound Bites 4.0 (www.tnny.org) in New York at the Signature Theatre in May 2017.
Rick Davis (Joseph Receives Unsettling News)
Rick Davis has written seven full length plays, 12 children’s musicals, 20 one-acts, all of which been produced: some in NYC, some in LA, and all in theatres across the country. Nine have been published and more than half have won awards. Most fun was performing his monologue, "The Sword Swallower's Husband," in NYC at the Roy Arias Theatre Center.
Jessica Fleitman (The Uncatchable Spot of Red Light)
Jessica Fleitman is a NYC-based writer of plays, musical theater, and comedy. Produced plays include The Average-Sized Mermaid (Corwin Award), Deuteranomaly (nominated for 5 PCTF Awards), Word of the Day (commissioned by the Sloan Foundation/Magic Theatre), G Train Exodus (winner of the LIC One Act Play Festival), and Show of Hands (Finalist for the International Jewish Plays Project). MFA Dramatic Writing, NYU Tisch School of the Arts (winner of the Chair’s Award in Excellence). Find out more at jessicafleitman.com.
Philip W. Hall (Waiting for Seven)
Philip W. Hall is the author of full-length plays, 10-minute plays, and musicals, - including LIFE ON THE MISSISSIPPI, which recently premiered in New York. The musical was nominated for a New York Innovative Theatre Award, and made the “blacklist” of “the best plays not produced on Broadway.” Among his many published pieces are the comedies INSIDE THE DEPARTMENT OF THE EXTERIOR and CUSTOMER SERVICE. He lives on an island in Florida with his wife, quilt artist Leslie A. Hall.
Mark Harvey Levine (Oy Vey Maria; A Very Special Hanukkah Special)
Mark Harvey Levine is one of the most produced writers of short plays in the world, with productions of his plays everywhere from New York to Bucharest to Jakarta to London. His work has been published in over two dozen anthologies and produced in ten languages. “Play By Play,” a full evening of his short plays, was produced by Artists Exchange in 2012. He has appeared in the One Act Play Festival every year since 2010!
Steven Korbar (Domestic Disturbances; Regifting)
Steven’s full-length and one-act plays have been produced throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. His short plays, “Table for Four,” “Mrs. Jansen Isn’t Here Now,” and “What are You Going to Be?” have all been published in Smith and Kraus’ “Best Short Plays” series.
Rhea MacCallum (Exceeding the Purchasable Calories)
Rhea MacCallum’s plays have been produced on six continents. She is published with Smith & Kraus, Pioneer Drama, Original Works and Heuer Publishing. A member of the Dramatists Guild, ICWP, LAFPI and ALAP, she holds a BA from USC and MFA from the Actors Studio Drama School, NSU. www.rheamaccallum.com @rheaplaywright
David MacGregor (Requiem for a Donut Lover)
David is a resident artist at Jeff Daniels' Purple Rose Theatre in Michigan, where five of his plays have been produced, and his newest play, Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Elusive Ear, will premiere at the Purple Rose in 2018. He has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama, his plays have been performed from New York to Tasmania, and his work has been published by Samuel French, Playscripts, and Heuer Publishing. He wrote the screenplay for the dark comedy, Vino Veritas (2013), which stars Carrie Preston (Emmy-winner for The Good Wife), and his screenplay In the Land of Fire and Ice is a 2016 Athena List Winner (best screenplays featuring female protagonists). (http://david-macgregor.com)
Lindsay Partain (Variations on the Death of Vera)
Lindsay Partain is a 26 year-old writer and actress from Banks, Oregon. She has had the pleasure of working with Portland's Orphic Plays as a dramaturg on their original adaptation, "Iphigenia 3.0", and with Jacob Coleman on his devised piece "The Scrivener". Lindsay's work has been published in FLASH! Anthology, and has been selected for public readings at HART Theatre and at Pacific University where she received her BA in Theatre.
Chris Widney (One of the Great Ones)
Full-length plays, “Big, Fat And Ugly With A Moustache” (Perry Street Theatre, NYC), “Family Men” (Arden, Philadelphia), “The Normals” (Luna Stage, NJ), “Consumed” (Barter Theatre, VA). Other full-lengths, one-acts, musicals and screenplays have been presented, read, work-shopped and honored in theatres and contests around the world including The Actors Theatre Of Louisville, City Theatre, Miami and The Fire Rose Theatre in Los Angeles. He is co-author of a book about squash (the sport, not the vegetable), a member of The Dramatists Guild, the BMI Workshop, and a graduate of the Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU. https://newplayexchange.org/users/10758/chris-widney
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