|My team: Emma Sala, Bonny Branch, Claire Wittman, Ben Williams, Bob Moss, Todd McNerny, me and Anna Holland. (Click photo for unobstructed view.)|
These are plays that were written by six different writers overnight last night at Hollins University's library and our acting/directing teams will rehearse all day today and perform tonight.
We have a fun team, filled with fine actors and a director who has a New York theater named for him. Ben Williams, a comedy riot, is our writer. I have known most of our actors--Bonny Branch, Emma Sala and Anna Holland--before now, buty Claire Wittman, a Blanche DuBois look-alike who is an actor, signer, dancer and Hollins playwriting grad student, and Tod McNerny, a veteran actor, are new to me. I've admired director Bob Moss' work for a while.
Ben was given the task of writing a "memory play" set at a dinner table with the additional instruction (something founder Todd Ristau throws in for confusion purposes), "Serious as a mule in a bathtub." What that means, only Todd knows and Ben had to figure out last night.
The other plays involve a romantic tragedy, 1970s sitcom, soap opera, horror and crime drama. Diversity is our middle name.
Come join us tonight. It's always a hoot. And, did I mention it is FREE?