Festival of One Acts:
Short Plays by New Jersey Playwrights
Presented by Dragonfly Multicultural Arts at duCret School of Art
Dragonfly Multicultural Arts Center will present its first Festival of One Act Plays on Friday, November 22 at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, November 23 at 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday, November 24 at 3:00 p.m. at duCret School of Art in Plainfield. A reception and talk-back will take place after the performance on Friday, November 22. Tickets cost $20 if purchased in advance from the Dragonfly website and $25 if purchased at the door. The One Act Festival features original short plays written by local playwrights, including Benjamin Marshall of Plainfield.
“We thought it was about time to showcase local playwrights at Dragonfly. These plays run the gamut of subjects and will make you laugh and think. The Festival of One Acts is a fun, easily-digestible evening at the theatre,” says Anna Paone, Artistic Associate of Dragonfly Multicultural Arts Center.
Actors across the four works include Tim O’Connor, Timothy Priano, Quin Alexander, and Asher Roche, all of Plainfield.
The first featured play will be the New Jersey premiere of I Forgot to Worry, a drama-comedy about a hostage who desperately tries to determine if his surroundings are real or if he is just in a bad dream because he ate bacon before bed. Lawrence Paone of Metuchen authored this play that won the 2018 Pittsburgh New Works Festival. Paone says, “The first production of my play was in Carnegie, PA, and it was a thrilling experience. But since the events that inspired the play revolved around my home in New Jersey, it’s a great feeling to be produced here.” I Forgot to Worry will be directed by Noah Stanzione, who was recently seen in Plainfield in Dragonfly’s production of The Importance of Being Earnest.
The second featured play will be the world premiere of Selective Service, a drama about a controversy that arises while the military is developing a recruiting campaign: Should the military recruit using a handsome model or the real face of war? Stephen Patrick of Metuchen wrote this scene from an original screenplay that he is preparing to produce. Matt Holbert, Dragonfly’s Producing Associate, will direct the play.
The third featured play will be the drama entitled Extended Play, the story of two DJs working a charity dance and discussing their craft. Benjamin V. Marshall of Plainfield wrote this play, and longtime Dragonfly actor Shauni Ramai of Colonia will direct it. This will also be a New Jersey premiere. Marshall says, “The idea for the play came from a couple of real-life situations.”
The fourth featured play will be the world premiere of Slightly Off, a comedy about a young woman from the Midwest who shows up at an Off-Broadway theater to join an acting school…just as it is announced it is closing. Dragonfly Artistic Director Catherine LaMoreaux and Lawrence Paone wrote the play.
“Through this one-act festival, we are helping playwrights see their work come to life, and we are enabling New Jersey audiences to see plays they won't see anywhere else,” says Catherine LaMoreaux.
Dragonfly Multicultural Arts Center is a nonprofit theatre company dedicated to celebrating diversity through non-traditional casting, arts education, dramatic performances, and the creation of new works. Dragonfly Multicultural Center also aims to affirm theatre education and provide a multi-cultural artistic outlet beyond New York City for people of all ages and backgrounds. Catherine LaMoreaux and Anna Paone, a mother-daughter team, founded the company in 2014. The production is co-sponsored by duCret School of Art and Queen City Pride, based in Plainfield.
Tickets are available for purchase on the Dragonfly website: https://www.dragonflyartsnj.com/purchase-tickets.
Performances Fri. Nov. 22, Sat. Nov. 23 at 8:00, and Sun. Nov. 24 at 3:00
Location: duCret School of Art, 1030 Central Ave., Plainfield, NJ
More Information: DragonflyArtsNJ.com
Phone: Dragonfly-908-930-3210, duCret- 908 757-7171