Cynthia Edwards plays the dead mother as her son Toby played by Christian Goodchild and his wife Meridith played by Aimbree Bystrom perform a dress rehearsal of the one-act-play Life Signs in the Nickel Studio at the Central Alberta Theatre building in Red Deer Tuesday. (Photo by Jeff Stokoe/Advocate staff)

CATnips One-Act Festival starts Thursday in Red Deer

Nine short plays will be run June 1-10 at the Nickle Studio

Nine short plays — from “a cynic’s guide to marriage” to the travails of a would-be bootlegger — can be seen over two weeks in Central Alberta Theatre’s one-act CATnips Festival.

This year’s show, called Black in the Black Box, starts on Thursday and runs to June 10 in the Nickle Studio upstairs at the Memorial Centre.

The festival will stage seven published plays that run the gamut from Anton Chekhov’s The Boor to David Ives’ Babel’s in Arms.

There’s also an original work by Red Deer playwright Craig Scott, Belle Isle, and a monologue, I’m Here, delivered by Vicki Dykes.

The plays during the first week (June 1-3) are:

l Life Signs, by David Ives. A man gets to know his late mother.

l Belle Isle, by Craig Scott. A guy debates becoming a liquor smuggler during prohibition.

l Inside the Department of the Exterior, by Phillip Hall. All heck breaks loose after a woman runs over a mailbox

l The Boor, by Anton Chekhov. A tale of passion and debt.

l I’m Here, a monologue by Layla Martin.

l Babel’s in Arms, by David Ives. Working guys tackle a towering problem.

Showing in the second week (June 8-10) are:

l Women and Wallace, by Jonathan Marc Sherman. A man tries to dodge his mother’s shadow in his relationships with women.

l Camera Obscura, by Robert Patrick. A dystopian love story.

l His Dish, by Joe Pintauro. A cynic’s guide to marriage.

And also showing on each festival night this week will be two of the following: Life Signs, Belle Isle, Inside the Department of the Exterior, The Boor, I’m Here, or Babel’s in Arms.

The shows start at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) Tickets are $12 at the door, or in advance from the Black Knight Ticket Centre.

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