Island Theatre Workshop’s One Act Play Festival this month serves up a full evening of theatre, with five one-act plays in a one-night program that travels through time and around the globe.
It beigns in L.A. with Frederick Stropel’s play Package Deal, directed by Kevin Ryan. This dark comedy invites the audience to sit in on lunch and the contract negotiations of Starla Simmons. An out-of-work actor, an out-of-touch casting agent, and an out-of-reach waiter make this luncheon delicious.
Next it’s back in time to ancient Greece, with George Bernard Shaw’s adaptation of Aesop’s fable Androcles and the Lion, directed by Lee Fierro. As we meet up with Androcles, his wife, Megaera, and the lion in this sweet tale of compassion, it’s unclear as to who really is the king of the forest.
Loyalites, by Murphy Guyer, lands us in Germany, in a very timeless situation. Directed by Leslie J. Stark, Loyalties looks in on two couples, four opinions, and polar opposite views fueling a spirited after-dinner, post-election conversation.
After intermission, the setting is beautiful Barcelona, where Serafin and Joaquin Alverez Quintero’s A Sunny Morning, directed by Lee Fierro, introduces us to a most unusual pair. She with her birds and he with his newspaper, this aging duo decide to share a bench, not to mention tales of love, loss and laughter, all of which are overshadowed by a most unexpected secret.
Finally the action returns home, to Martha’s Vineyard, with D.M. Bocaz-Larson’s Seeing Beyond with Maya Fantasma, directed by Kevin Ryan. This washed-up spiritual medium makes a connection she wishes she hadn’t. While Tom Clements hopes to connect with his sister on the other side, the real action is taking place right at home.
Cast and crew also include Julie Benoit, Stephanie Burke, Michael Gilman, BeBe Horowitz, Dan Larkosh, Don Lyons, Jill Macy, Joyce Maxner, Katharine Pilcher, Mark Shelton, Abigail Southard and Gerry Yukevich.
Performances are at Katharine Cornell Theatre over two weekends, opening Friday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m. The show continues with evening performances on Saturday, March 21, Thursday, March 26, and Friday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m. and matinee shows on Sundays, March 22 and 29 at 3 p.m. Admission is $15. Some material contains adult language and situations. For details, call 508-627-3166.