5 NEW SHORT PLAYS ABOUT LIFE BEHIND THE FOOTLIGHTS:
What: Armory Square Playhouse will present a reading of a staged reading of 5 new 10 Minute plays by Amy Doherty, Len Fonte, Jeff Kramer, Peter Moller, and Donna Stuccio.
Where: Redhouse, 201 South West Street.
When: Sunday, Jan. 25, at 1 p.m.
Admission: $7 regular; $5 for seniors and students.
The challenge was on for long standing members of Armory Square Playhouse: to write a collection of short plays that explore what really goes on in the lives of actors as they pursue their craft.
In "Waiting for Cynthia" by Amy Doherty, rehearsal can't begin until Cynthia arrives, but where is Cynthia and what happens when she finally arrives? Emotions run high and frenzy abounds.
"Curses", written by Len Fonte, chronicles what can happen when a theatrical tradition is violated.
Grudgingly enabled by his long-suffering girlfriend, an under-employed New York City actor rejects rejection from a British theater company, and plots his artistic rebirth in the land of Shakespeare in Jeff Kramer's play, "Reaching for Marsby."
"Everybody's a critic." That's the lament of actors, playwrights, directors and critics even before Shakespeare. In Peter Moller's play "Critics", the consequences of the critical act take center stage.
Donna Stuccio's "Crossfade" finds two actresses, at very different stages in their careers, crossing paths in a 1976 regional theater dressing room. Stage and screen actress Rita Gam, a prolific star in the 1950's, shares advice with her dresser, a starry-eyed young hopeful who dreams of a life in the theater.
Amy Doherty holds a BFA from Drake University an MLS from SU and is a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater. Several of her plays have had readings by Armory Square Playhouse. Amy is an enthusiastic member of Gerard Moses' Saturday Workshop and was twice selected to attend the summer playwriting intensive at Sarah Lawrence College. Most recently, her play, Run Off", was one of the winners of the Wolf's Mouth Theater Collective 10 Minute play fest and will receive a production in Ithaca this spring.