CLA: Annual One-Act Play Festival

Frostburg’s One-Act Play Festival to Feature Baltimore-Based Playwright

The Frostburg State University Center for Literary Arts will host its annual One-Act Play Festival on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. in Frostburg’s Palace Theatre on Main Street. The festival will feature a staged production of the winning play from the CLA’s 2018 One-Act Play Competition and staged readings of the two runners-up. A discussion with playwrights will follow the performances.

The winning play, “4/4/68,” was written by Sharon Goldner of Baltimore. The play revisits the landscape of Baltimore on the day of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and during the Holy Week Uprisings that swept through many American cities following King’s death. Through the microcosm of two Baltimore families – one white and one black – “4/4/68” examines the emotional turmoil of a tumultuous week that would reshape the entire nation for decades to come.

The second-place play, “Agathe,” by Angela J. Davis of Los Angeles, takes place during the first days of the Rwandan genocide, on April 6 and 7, 1994. Set around a UN compound in Kigali, Rwanda, it is inspired by the history of Rwanda’s first female prime minister, Agathe Uwilingiyimana. “Agathe” explores her bravery in the face of unspeakable horrors until her assassination, and the heroic efforts of an unconventional Army captain who hoped to save her five children from the same terrible fate.

The third-place play, “When Good Times Say Goodbye,” was written by Carl L. Williams of Houston. The play follows three women who assemble in a funeral parlor to say their final goodbyes to the deceased, a man each had loved and lost.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students and are available for purchase from the Allegany Arts Council, Main Street Books in Frostburg or the FSU Center for Literary Arts.

For more information, contact the Center for Literary Arts at or 301-687-4340, or visit the center’s web page at

Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 7:00pm

Frostburg’s Palace Theatre on Main Street

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