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The One-Act Play Instructor Kathy Connolly is an award-winning Theater Choreographer, Actor and Teaching Artist. She has directed and choreographed New Jersey students K-12 in several original collaborative pieces and traditional musical theater. She has been teaching acting and movement for over a decade. Kathy has performed extensively in productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway, Regional and ...  Read MoreDONATE TODAY!

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Don't miss the arts this Saturday and Sunday! One-Act Play Schedule:

May 16th:

  • EXCLUSION by John Reshetar
  • THE DANCER, THE ATHLETE, THE ACTRESS  by Emily Rae O'Donnell-Johns
  • OPHELIA'S GOODBYE by Sheila Duane

May 17th:

  • VOTE FOR JONES by Molly Wagner
  • WINTER HARBOR by Scott Sickles

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About the Playwrights

Sheila Duane (Ophelia's Goodbye) is a playwright and instructor at Brookdale Community College who holds an MA from the University of New Mexico, an MA in Education from Monmouth University, and an MA in Literature from Rutgers University. She is currently in the Dramatists Guild Institute Certification program. Sheila is a published poet and the author of a true-crime novel, Bridget’s Hanging, which tells the story of a young, immigrant woman who was hanged for a crime she did not commit in 1867 New Jersey. Most recently, actors from the Dromio Players read Restoration Parts, a full-length play, here at the Middletown Arts Center as part of the DG Footlights program. Restoration Parts was also chosen to be part of the Downtown Urban Arts Festival, June of 2020, which has been postponed until the fall.

Emily Rae O'Donnell-Johns (The Dancer, The Athlete, The Actress) is thirteen years old and is a 7th grader at Saint Leo the Great School. She has performed in her school’s production of Rapunzel, Count Basie Theater’s production of Legally Blonde Jr., and the Middletown Arts Center’s production of High School Musical Jr. (in which she starred as Gabriella), as well as their production of Elf Jr. She has always enjoyed writing and performing and plans to pursue these interests in the future.

John Kelley Reshetar (Exclusion) was born May 5th, 1987 in Reading, Pennsylvania. He attended DeSales University in Center Valley, Pennsylvania and graduated with a BA in acting/directing as well as a focus on playwrighting. He got his first staged-reading with an original full-length work called The Patriarch, performed at Theatre of the Seventh Sister. Since then, John has written numerous small works that have gone to receive stage-readings and live productions at the 24 Hour Plays, Creative Works in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and Central High School in Park Hills, MO. He adapted several works of Edgar Allen Poe’s short stories to stage and they’ve been performed by the theatre class of Archbishop Ryan High School in Philadelphia, PA. He won first place in the ten-minute play competition in 2017 at Millersville University. His play was called A Most Inconvenient Bunburry, which was based on the servants of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being EarnestExclusion represents his first one-act play. Full-length plays include Black BeltThe Bulldozer, and First Flight, a children’s play about Wilbur and Orville Wright.

Scott Sickles (Winter Harbor) is an LGBTQ/biracial Asian American writer whose plays have been performed in New York City, across the U.S., and internationally in Canada, Australia, the UK, Hungary, Singapore, Indonesia, and Lebanon. They include Nonsense and Beauty (2019 World Premiere, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; 2018 Edgerton New Play Award; 2020 St. Louis Theater Circle Award; 2020 ATCA Steinberg Finalist), Marianas Trench (2019 O’Neill Finalist); Pangea (2020 O’Neill Semifinalist), and Composure (2016 NY Innovative Theatre Award; 2018 Lambda Literary Award Finalist).  Five consecutive Writers Guild of America Awards for “General Hospital” and seven Emmy nominations. Dramatists Guild., NPX.

Molly Wagner (Vote For Jones) is a playwright from St. Charles, IL currently residing in Brooklyn, NY. Her work has been developed in Chicago (The Cuckoo's Theatre Project, Wayward Sister's Theatre Ensemble, Ignite Theatre at Catalyst Ranch), New York (West of 10th), Florida (Clamour Theatre Company) and now virtually! (Theatre is the Cure, One Minute Play Festival)

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About MAC-The Middletown Arts Center is an award-winning, state-of-the-art facility dedicated to bringing quality arts programming and events to New Jersey. The building is owned by Middletown Township, and operated by the Middletown Township Cultural & Arts Council, Inc. (MCTAC), a 501c3 organization whose mission is to enhance the quality of life of local residents by supporting and promoting the arts. The needs of our community drive the MAC's arts program planning.