Playmate Playwrights will stage “Love Conquers,” a production of readings of six one-act plays at Hopewell Theater Feb. 8. Doors open at 7 p.m. and curtain is at 8 p.m. with cabaret style seating. Although the theme is Love Conquers, the plays are not solely about romance but were written for certain for a mature audience.
Joanne Eisenberg wrote “Even Angels Sing the Blues,” a heavenly fantasy complete with song and harp. “Extramarital Affair” by Susan Sandor is a romantic piece of the most untraditional sort. Jonathan Chiccino wrote “Adrift.” about a Holocaust survivor who has a split second to decide about life, death, forgiveness and love.
Meghan Malloy is the author of “Linda’s Laryngitis,” about a mom whose speechlessness solves her son’s problems and wins back her husband’s affections. A drug addicted teen takes to the streets with the homeless in Jennifer Nelson’s play, “Runaway Son.” And Susan Sandor writes about a long-married couple who keep the flame burning through thick and thin in “Catherine & Jack: Winners & Losers.”
The plays are directed by Sarah LeClair, a Bucks County-based actor and director. The cast of actors is John Augustine, June Ballinger, Paul Frank, Rick Goodwin, Blair Johnson, Sarah Le Clair, Nyiema Lunsford, Meghan Malloy, Gary Mitchell, Sean Nelms, Deborah Peckman, Jesse Sparhawk, and Dawn Varava.
One-act plays are a highly dramatic form and this love fest proves the point. The playwrights have to begin and end their work with meaningfulness in short order to keep them compact. There are enough shenanigans, belly laughs and sentimental journeys to savor.
“Love Conquers” is written and staged for seasoned theatergoers as well as those who are just becoming acquainted with the art form.
Hopewell Theater is located at 5 S. Greenwood Avenue, Hopewell, N.J. Tickets are available at the box office or at hopewelltheater.com. Snow date is 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9. Running time is approximately 90 minutes without intermission.