REACT to offer three short plays Sunday
ELKINS — Have you ever been to a funeral home, in a car on a bridge, or at the circus all on the same day? Well, here’s your chance! The Randolph-Elkins Area Community Theatre is REACTing to the great success of its first reading by performing three 10-minute plays at The Arts Center from 2-4 p.m. Sunday.
The three plays are: “The Daring Beninis” and “Moving Day” — which were both included in “The Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2014” –and the premiere performance of “The Bridge.” All three plays were written by Kathryn O’Sullivan, who will also be attending the performances for discussions after each play.
O’Sullivan is a mystery writer, playwright, screenwriter and professor. Her debut, “Foal Play,” won the Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Novel competition. “Murder on the Hoof” and “Neighing with Fire” (Pacific Book Awards Finalist in Suspense, Library of Virginia Literary Award Nominee) are the second and third books in the Colleen McCabe series (St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur) set on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Her plays are published in “The Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2014” (Smith & Kraus, Inc.), “The Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2011” (Smith & Kraus, Inc.) and “Plays of the Dramathon” (The Theatre Lab).
Director Gregory Mach said, “We don’t often get the chance to see short plays in our community, and this is a great opportunity to explore this theatrical genre as well as get some insight into the creative process of playwriting. Kathryn O’Sullivan writes some really fun plays, with unusual settings and recognizable characters in some odd situations — some great ingredients for a really enjoyable afternoon watching good theatre.”
“We’re hoping these readings will build the resources and audience that will come see our first full-length play performance this summer. The REACT board is busy exploring several comedies for our debut and should announce auditions next month sometime,” Mach said.
Admission is $5 to see all three plays Sunday.
A Facebook page called “REACT Players” is currently serving as a forum for events and topics of interest and will be used as a callboard for REACT audition and performance information, and to get the word out to the community of arts events in the area.