CHARLES TOWN – Acclimating zombies. Musicians looking for love. Mother-daughter drama. A dying actress at work on her autobiography.[cleeng_content id="t1" price="0.15" description="Read it now!"] Those meaty topics take center stage this weekend as the Old Opera House hosts its New Voice Play Festival. For theater-goers, the 12th annual festival offers the chance to see four new one-act plays in a single performance, explains Steven Brewer, the artistic director for the Old Opera House Theater Company. The festival kicks off at 8 p.m. Friday in the 101-year-old theater at 204 N. George St. in downtown Charles Town. Shows continue Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.This year’s performances include works from playwrights from California, Texas, Colorado and Virginia.
The engaging lineup includes:
+ “Raising Zombie Awareness” (written by Christopher Morse of Idyllwild, Calif. ) focuses on a leader in a zombie-rights advocacy group as he encounters a curious reporter;
+ “The Bright Side of Being Blue” (written by Carl L. Williams of Houston) showcases country singers with an unscrupulous agent and a desire for love;
+ “Rearview” (by D. J. Jones of Aurora, Colo.) explores the relationship between a mother and daughter as they cope with the older woman’s past sins; and
+ “Lifetime Contract” (by Chuck Smith of Woodbridge, Va.) examines what unfolds when a self-absorbed Broadway success story, facing death and determined to finish her autobiography, hires a troubled young actor to lend a hand.
The four plays will be directed by Shannon Potter, Meaghan Barry, Liam Potter and the team of Carol Gallant and James P. Whipple.
After the shows, audience members will be asked to weigh in on which plays they liked best, Brewer said. Awards will be made after the results of all three showings are tallied.
Want to Go?
What: 12th annual New Voice Play Festival
Where: Old Opera House, 204 N. George St., Charles Town
When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday
Tickets: $12 adults; $8 students (shows aren’t recommended for young children)
To reserve seats: Call the Old Opera House box office at 304-725-4420
For details: Go to www.OldOperaHouse.org[/cleeng_content]