FSU Center for Creative Writing: Fifth Annual One-Act Play Festival

Frostburg State University to Host Fifth Annual One-Act Play Festival

The Frostburg State University Center for Creative Writing will host its fifth annual One-Act Play Festival on Friday, Sept. 26, and Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Palace Theater in Frostburg. The festival showcases the top three winning plays of the 2014 One-Act Playwriting Competition with a full performance of the first-place play and staged readings of the second- and third-place plays. Performances will start at 7:30 p.m. both nights.

“Love in a Minor Key” is about 70-year-old Arthur Clifton, whose wife of 50 years, Millie, has just passed away. Looking to fill the loneliness with someone, he has started dating, and as he tells us, the whole effort has been a complete failure. As he sits on a park bench, recounting his dating experiences and reflecting on his marriage to Millie, Arthur draws a picture of what John Coltrane might call “A Love Supreme.” Local playwright Ty DeMartino, who serves as one of the contest’s final judges, said that “Love in a Minor Key” “is a highly emotional and funny story” and that “it’s a delightful, beautifully written one-act play.”

“It’s Your Funeral” is about a girl named Lisa who is convinced that her Uncle Billy didn’t die by accidentally falling down the stairs. Determined to hunt down her uncle’s murderer, Lisa welcomes the help offered by her late Uncle Billy and by Stacey, the deceased mother of Lisa’s boyfriend Jim. They find four suspects who were in the house the morning that Billy died and who had the motive, the opportunity and the means to do him in. That is, if he were murdered.

“The Search for a Life Worth Repeating” tells the story of Richard, a man who has been searching for the perfect mate in all the wrong places. He introduces the audience to a bevy of women until he finally bridges the gap on a warm, star-crossed evening.

Entries for the 2015 One-Act Playwriting Competition will be accepted starting Jan. 1, 2015.

For more information, contact the Center for Creative Writing at cwcenter@frostburg.edu or 301-687-4340, or visit the Center’s web page at www.frostburg.edu/cwcenter.

Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 7:30pm

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