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One Act Drama Festival features more original works this year

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Come to Casa, April 6 for a great night of mostly original plays during the annual One Act Drama Festival.Rita Peterson and Kate Connolly are excited for this year’s One Act Play Festival at Casa, April 6. photo by Richard Amery
Organizers received three plays right on the March 16 deadline.


“It will be an action packed feast of theatre, enthused organizer Kate Connolly, noting sponsors Playgoers of Lethbridge are excited to present the event.
 All entries will be adjudicated. There will be awards for best original script, best play, best actor and best actress. The winner can go to Fort McMurray to compete in the provincial One Act Play festival, May 25 and 26.


 ADFA (Alberta Drama Festival Association) covers some mileage and accommodations expenses for the winner.
There will be familiar faces from Playgoers of Lethbridge, Shakespeare In The Park and the University of Lethbridge including Cole Fetting, who is in Edward Albee‘s 1958 play Zoo story about two men sitting on a bench  talking about their lives in a material world and reasons for visiting the zoo.

Madeline Smith, who was Crazy Kate in Shakespeare in the Park‘s western A Comedy of Errors, will be in  Alexandra Long’s original, one woman show “If There’s One Thing I Know is True” about a girl having a rough week. Her play placed third the U of L Play Right Prize competition in 2017.

 Megan Couch has an original Script called Helen featuring eight actors  examining the Trojan was myth from a female perspective.


 Playgoers of Lethbridge veteran Elaine Jagielski also has an original script  about four women having a conversation about life, love later in life.


“Even 10 years ago, we’d be lucky to get one original script, this year most of them are original,” Peterson observed.
“I think a lot of that is due to the university.”
This year’s One Act Play festival begins at 6:30p.m. at Casa.

Admission is $10 and includes snacks between acts.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor
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