The Playmate Playwrights will stage their third production of readings of one-act plays at the Amphitheater at Paxson Hill Farm at 6:30 p.m. June 1, themed, “Truth Be Told.”
Although it sounds like the plays could be about politics and the media, they are guaranteed not to be.
Jonathan Chiccino wrote “Lead Us Not Into Gino’s,” a 21st century take on the Immaculate Conception complete with cheesesteak-loving angels.
Susan Sandor is the author of two plays about a sexagenarian couple who adopt a rescue pup who wreaks havoc on their placid lives in “Every Dog Has Its Say” and revisits the couple and their hound one year afterward in “Barking Back.”
A woman who refuses to speak to her husband finally gets to tell him what’s really on her mind in “Break-Up” by Jennifer Nelson. “Unhinged” by Meghan Malloy is about first-time parents grappling with the challenges of their newborn baby. Joanne Eisenberg’s play, “What I Meant to Say,” is about a self-indulgent couple with a deficit in communication skills.
The plays are being directed by Sarah LeClair, a Bucks County-based actor and director, and Reva Kazman, who currently directs with Act III Players. Thomas Cover is in charge of music and sound. The ensemble of actors are Sally Donovan, Paul Frank, Blair Johnson, Righteous Jolly, JaQuinley Kerr, Sarah LeClair, Meghan Malloy, Nik Menotiades, Gary Mitchell, Eric Slodysko and Dawn Varava.
One-act plays are a highly dramatic form, and this festival proves the point. The playwrights have to begin and end their work with meaningfulness in short order to keep them compact. Some of the plays being read are sure to tickle the funny bone while others may prove to be an emotional juggernaut. “Truth Be Told” is written and staged for seasoned theatergoers as well as those who are just becoming acquainted with the art form.
Paxson Hill Farm is located at 3265 Comfort Road in Solebury. Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased at the gate but reservations are strongly suggested by emailing PlaymatePlaywrights@gmail.com
. The gate opens at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 1; curtain is at 6:30 p.m. The rain date is Sunday, June 2, at 6:30 p.m. The running time is approximately 90 minutes. Prior to the performance, ticket-holders are welcome to stroll the gardens surrounding the stage, designed by Bruce Gangawer.