Eight short plays will be packed into one punchy evening of theatre in CAT’s latest One-Act Play Festival.
Billed as “CAT nips: Theatre in small bites,” the Central Alberta Theatre festival will deliver a sampling of life’s foibles in five-to-10-minute staged installments.
Both skewed and relatable realities will be enacted when the festival of short plays opens on Thursday, June 11, at the Nickle Studio, upstairs at Red Deer’s Memorial Centre.
A woman talks to her serial killer husband behind a prison’s glass partition in Sixty Years to Life, written by Nick Zagone and directed by Angel Petersen.
An ordinary day for two little league moms turns extraordinary when a mysterious stranger arrives to watch their children play ball in The Save, written by Dano Madden and directed by Craig Scott.
And a murder investigator hears some creative explanations after a man disappears in Chocolate, written by Frederick Stroppel and directed by Deb O’Brien.
Also on the program are:
— The Secret Origins of Mojo Man, about hidden superpowers, written by Walter Wykes and directed by Anya Paulsen.
—The First Fireworks, regarding shared events that bind us, written by Alex Broun and directed by Laura Geeleni.
—A Few Bucks Short, showing how pranks are not always harmless, written and directed by Lorraine Stuart.
— Watch Your Head, about a woman’s mind-blowing experience, written by Lynda Rodriguez directed by Laura Geelen.
— Crazy Convo, illustrating how the simplest communications can go awry, written and directed by Sharon Lightbown.
This year’s lineup includes dramas, a few comedies and two original plays, written by Central Albertans Lightbown and Stuart.
“Eight plays sounds like a lot to watch in one night,” said Maureen Sak, the festival’s co-organizer. But nightly performances will run no longer than 90 minutes in total.
The one-acts, which range from only a few minutes to 10 minutes long, are like little zingers that will surprise, amaze or provide food for thought, said Sak. She believes the audience will enjoy being drawn into these parallel realities — if only for a few minutes at a time.
Tickets to the June 11 to 20 festival are $13.70 from the Black Knight Ticket Centre or at the door. Shows are at 7:30 p.m.