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2016 NVTA ONE-ACT PLAY FESTIVAL

The 35th Annual NVTA One-Act Play Festival was held at the James Lee Community Center in Falls Church, Virginia, on July 8, 15 and 16, 2016, with awards presented on Sunday, July 17.

Over these these 35 years, the Festival has continued to provide an opportunity for participating groups to showcase their work.  We are very proud that so many original plays have been produced.  We hope you enjoyed the broad diversity and and talent that this festival brings together for the entertainment of our audience.

As in recent years, each festival production was openly adjudicated by a panel of three persons experienced in the dramatic arts.  This year’s judges were:

  • Sean Baldwin – has been a teaching artist with Chicago’ Urban Gateways, NY’s Solomon Schechter Schools and the Kaufman Center and Montgomery County Public Schools.  Sean’s regional theater work as an Equity actor includes Arena Stage, the Goodman Theatre and Arden Theatre Company.  He received a Helen Hayes nomination  for Outstanding Supporting Actor as Charles Guiteau in Signature Theatre’s award-winning Assassins, which won Best Musical.  A graduate of Northwestern University, Sean teaches theater at Washington Latin Public Charter School.
  • Denise Reid Chapa –  is a Regional Supervisor for the School Age Child Care (SACC) program and has produced a SACC Shakespeare Festival in partnership with Wolf Trap and a Short Play Festival for the Fairfax County School Age Child Care Program.  Denise has been a performer, director, stage manager and producer for several northern Virginia community theater groups.  She has also produced and directed productions and performed in the NVTA Play Festival.
  • Ayesis Clay – is an actress, stage manager, teaching artist and proud graduate of North Carolina Central University (Theatre).  She holds her Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix.  Ayesis serves as the Theatre Department Chairperson for the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Prince George’s County, Maryland, and sits on the county’s Theatre Advisory Board, where she has developed curriculum for secondary classrooms.

Here is the schedule of plays performed at the 2016 Festival:

Friday, July 8, beginning at 7 p.m.

  • No Comment, an original comedy by Paige Esterly, performed by The Little Theatre of Alexandria (winner of the LTA National One-Act Play Contest), directed by Roland B.  Gomez.
  • Women and Wallaceby Jonathan Marc Sherman, performed  by Unquiet Theatre, directed by Stella Sklar.

Friday, July 15, beginning at 7 p.m.

  • The Last 21, an orginal dramity by Graham Knight, performed Zemfira Stage, directed by Graham Knight.
  • S.P.A.R., by Stephen Gregg, performed by Zemfira Stage, directed by Trey Krause.

Saturday, July 16, beginning at 1 p.m.

  • Proof, an original drama by Jasmine Michelle, performed by Unquiet Theatre, directed by Jasmine Clark.
  • Penance, an original drama by Chris Ellis, performed by Castaways Repertory Theatre, directed by Christian Ellis.
  • Ethan, an original drama by Aayana Nedd, performed by Castaways Repertory Theatre, directed by Aayana Nedd.

Go to a list of all nominees and award winners.

The 36th NVTA One-Act Festival is planned to be at the James Lee Community Center on weekends, July 7-16, 2017.  Participation is open to community theater groups performing in the Washington Metropolitan Area.

 

 

 

NVTA 2015

Scheduled for last 2 weeks in June 2015 at the James Lee Community Center.

This year’s NVTA One-Act Festival will occur at the James Lee Community Center, 2855 Annandale Road, Falls Church, VA 22042 on:

June 20, 26 at 7:00 PM (Evening) and June 27 at 1:00pm (Matinee)  (****Note: No performances on June 19)
The Awards Ceremony will be on June 28, 6:00 pm for Reception, 7:00 pm for Awards Ceremony

 

One-Act Play Festival

NVTA Schedule

The festival usually takes place the last two weekends of June.

Location

The festival will be produced at The James Lee Community Center Theater, 2855 Annandale Road, Falls Church, VA 22042.

Festival Coordinators

Zina Bleck (703) 615-6626 and Deb Crawford (703) 361-5090. The press contact is Zina Bleck.

Tickets

$15 General Admission (2 or 3 one-act plays).
$37.50 Festival Pass, includes Reception/Awards.
Pay at the door, cash or checks only, no credit cards.

Please note, each evening starts at 7:00. The running times listed are approximate. We will not hold the curtain should the preceding show run shorter than indicated here, as suchwe advise if you only want to see the second or third show, please still show up at 7:00.

The Awards Ceremony will take place on  June 28; 6PM Refreshments, 7PM Awards.

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2014 NVTA One-Act Festival Winners

The 33rd Annual NVTA One-Act Play Festival was presented over two weekends at the James Lee Center in Falls Church, beginning each Friday and Saturday evening at 7 p.m., June 20-28. Ten plays, originals and previously published, were submitted for adjudication. The awards ceremony was held on Sunday, June 29. NVTA president Zina Bleck hosted the affair. The 2014 NVTA scholarship recipient, Justin Janke of Woodbridge High School, entertained the audience with a monologue. The evening was also punctuated with the guitar/percussion performance of Rodrigo Pool Arce and James Masten, followed by the standup comedy of Ted Ballard.

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2013 NVTA One-Act Festival Winners

The Awards ceremony of the 32nd Annual NVTA One-Act Play Festival were held on Sunday, June 30th at the James Lee Center in Falls Church, Virginia.

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2013 NVTA Festival Schedule

All performance nights start at 7:30. We cannot guarantee start times of shows after the first one of the evening and do not hold the curtain for subsequent shows. Shows marked (P) have been previously published, (O) are original scripts. Immediately after each show, the three judges will give independent evaluations of each show in the theater so the audience as well as the actors and production and technical staff can listen in. There will then be a 5-10 minute intermission before the next production begins.

Friday, June 21

  • The Alliance Theater – Removing the Glove by Clarence Coo (P) – 30 minutes

    Young Will has admitted that he is left-handed. How can he tell this to his family? His friends? Afraid of repercussions, he’s hid this sordid fact about himself for years. He eats with his right hand. His parents and his girlfriend don’t know. He can’t go on lying like this, but how can he come out of the glove compartment? Although one person in ten is left-handed, society hasn’t caught up with the facts. The school’s star quarterback admitted to being ambidextrous and was kicked off the team. Some still consider it a mental disease. There are rumors that the President of the United States is himself a leftie, and this is why he avoided the draft. Will our hero find the strength to reveal his true nature and Remove the Glove?

  • Center for the Arts – Rooftop Productions – A Blooming of Ivy by Garry Williams (P) – 35 minutes

    Ivy Taylor, a widow of 20 years, and George Thomas, a widower for a year, have always been farm neighbors and friends since high school. One spring morning, George appears at Ivy’s door with unexpected thoughts of a late in life romance.

Saturday, June 22

  • Center for the Arts – Rooftop Productions – For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls by Christopher Durang (P) 30 minutes

    Parody of The Glass Menagerie, a 1945 play by Tennessee Williams. A fading Southern Belle, Amanda, tries to prepare her hypochondriacal son, Lawrence, for the arrival of the feminine caller, Ginny, who is overbearingly friendly. Terrified of people, Lawrence plays with his collection of glass swizzle sticks while Tom, Amanda’s other son, just wants to go to the movies and pick up sailors. Amanda tries to face everything with charm and vivacity, but sometimes she just wants to hit somebody.

  • Zemfira Stage – Excuse Me by Rodrigo Pool (O) – 60 minutes

    In a small fictional town on the outskirts of North Carolina is a tale of epic and biblical proportions. The story in begins following around a group of cynical characters, who are trying to survive their impending doom. The employees at “Super Awesome Diner” begin selling a shady beverage distributed by a huge corporation. Ms. Dee, owner of the diner, and her eccentric staff discover that they’re right in the middle of a zombie apocalypse.

Friday, June 28

  • Castaways Repertory Theatre – The Wife’s Tale by Maudeleora Kaufman (O) – 40 minutes

    Four couples from various time periods are all having problems with their relationships. The wives are brought together somehow because of a similar problem — their husbands. Using Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales, The Wife of Bath” as their guide, they discover how to gain “sovereignty” and maybe a bit more about themselves along the way.

  • Fauquier Community Theatre – Ledge, Ledger & the Legend by Paul Elliott (P) – 35 minutes

    Peter crawls out onto a ledge prepared to jump. He meets J.M., a professional suicide counselor, who will make sure Peter goes out in style by guiding him through all of the challenges of a suicide: how to obtain a crowd, how to build tension, how to obtain television coverage and when and how to jump. Then a rival counselor, P.J., appears and reveals that J.M. is a bust as a suicide counselor; he’s fouled up every suicide attempt he’s had. Peter finally asserts himself and the play ends with a humorous reversal.

  • Port City Playhouse – Bang, Bang You’re Dead by William Mastrosimone (P) – 60 minutes

    Bang Bang You’re Dead is a one act play written by William Mastrosimone in 1999 to raise awareness of school violence and its causes. According to Mastrosimone, it “is a drama to be performed by kids, for kids.” The plot focuses on Josh, a high school student who murders his parents and five classmates. This is an outstanding, very serious, deep drama with very heart felt moments.

Saturday, June 29

  • Castaways Repertory Theatre – I Am Hrotsvitha by Helen E. Prien, Ph.D (O) – 60 minutes

    This one-woman show depicts an hour in the life of Hrotsvitha of Gandersheim, first known female playwright, circa 999 A.D., as she struggles to begin a commentary on her life and times. With wit, passion, humor, and humility she reflects on her three greatest blessings; her monastery, her country’s history, and her gift of writing.

  • Zemfira Stage – The Actual Dance by Sam Simon (O) – 55 minutes

    A one-man show about a man’s journey through his wife’s battle with breast cancer.

  • Fauquier Community Theater – Polterguest by Chuck Smith (O) – 30 minutes

    After losing his girlfriend Jane, Paul pays a visit to the psychic Zandra with the hope she can help him find closure and end his heartache. Through the laughs, tears, and utter confusion of this fateful encounter Paul is able to embrace “that loving feeling” once again.

Sunday, June 30

  • 6pm – Reception (heavy appetizers)
  • 7pm – Awards Ceremony

The complete list of nominees and winners of the 2013 Festival is available.

Location

The festival will be produced at The James Lee Community Center Theater, 2855 Annandale Road, Falls Church, VA 22042.

Tickets

$14 General Admission (2 or 3 one-act plays)
$35 Festival Pass, includes Reception/Awards
$10 Reception/Awards

Pay at the door, cash or checks only, no credit cards.

Festival Coordinator & Press Contact

Zina Bleck (703) 615-6626

2013 Festival Forms

Participation and Entry in The NVTA Festival (2013)

Please remember that just like last year, if you submit 2 plays, you can submit 2 published plays instead of 1 published and 1 original. Minimum running time, inclusive of curtain call if you have one, is 20 minutes. Maximum running time, inclusive of curtain call if you have one, is 60 minutes. We will again be doing open adjudication this year, so everyone can listen to the judge’s comments.

There will be a technical meeting held at the James Lee Center no later than third week in May so each production can become familiar with the performing space and discuss any administrative questions you have. Please note, while each show only performs once, anyone participating in the festival must be prepared to perform on ANY of the 4 performance dates. In order to create a balanced program, we cannot accept special requests. The main criteria used to determine the sequence of performances are: running time and content of the show. The schedule will be finalized in mid May.

You will have one 50 minute technical rehearsal when you can set you light and sound cues and spike your set. That technical rehearsal will occur the same week as your performance on a date that will be provided to you in mid May once the performance schedule is finalized.

For your information, the forms for the 2013 NVTA 30th One-Act Play Festival are provided here in MS-Word format.

The festival will be held the final two weekends in June 2013: 21, 22, 28, 29 with the awards ceremony on Sunday the 30th. In addition to evening performances, there may be matinees on either Saturday depending on the number of entries received.

2012 NVTA One-Act Festival Winners

The Awards for the 2012 NVTA One-Act Festival were held on June 24, 2012 at the James Lee Center in Falls Church, Virginia.

Best Supporting Actor

Dan Miller, The Negotiator, Center for Arts, Music & Performance – Ernie

Best Supporting Actress

Hannah Taylor, The Audition, Castaways Repertory Theatre – Sarah

Best Actor

David James, A Hostile Action, Springfield Community Theatre – Franklin

Best Actress

Molly Kaufman, The Audition, Castaways Repertory Theatre – Carmen

Best Director

Sally Zatkoff, The Negotiator, Center for Arts, Music & Performance

Best Production Of An Original Play

The Negotiator, Center for Arts, Music & Performance. Written by Greg Powell. Produced by Lori Muhlstein

Best Overall Production

The Negotiator, Center for Arts, Music & Performance

Judge’s Discretionary Awards

  • Best Original Script/Story: The Preacher’s Wife, Zemfira Stage. Written by Jackie Brown
  • Best Set Design: A Hostile Action, Springfield Community Theatre
  • Best In Special Effects: The Negotiator, Center for Arts, Music & Performance

2012 Festival Forms

Participation and Entry in The NVTA Festival (2012)

Please remember that just like last year, if you submit 2 plays, you can submit 2 published plays instead of 1 published and 1 original. Minimum running time, inclusive of curtain call if you have one, is 20 minutes. Maximum running time, inclusive of curtain call if you have one, is 60 minutes. We will again be doing open adjudication this year, so everyone can listen to the judge’s comments. 

There will be a technial meeting held at the James Lee Center no later than third week in May so each production can become familiar with the performing space and discuss any administrative questions you have. Please note, while each show only performs once, anyone participating in the festival must be prepared to perform on ANY of the 4 performance dates. In order to create a balanced program, we cannot accept special requests. The main criteria used to determine the sequence of performances are: running time and content of the show. The schedule will be finalized in mid May 2012. 

You will have one 50 minute technical rehearsal when you can set you light and sound cues and spike your set. That technical rehearsal will occur the same week as your performance on a date that will be provided to you in mid May once the performance schedule is finalized.

For your information, the forms for the 2012 NVTA 30th One-Act Play Festival are provided here in MS-Word format.

Due dates are as follows:

  • March 27 – Electronic submission of Entry Form
  • April 10 – Hard copy of Entry Form and $50 entry fee/production
  • April 10 – Play Notification
  • May 6 – Program Information
  • May 18 – Production Requirements Form

The festival will be held the 3rd and 4th weekends in June 2012: June 15, 16, 22, 23 with the awards ceremony on June 24th. In addition to evening performances, there may be matinees on either Saturday depending on the number of entries received. 

2011 Festival Results

The 30th annual NVTA One-Act Play Festival was held June 17, 18, 24 and 25 at the James Lee Center in Falls Church, Virginia. The award ceremony was held Sunday, June 26, at 7 p.m.

Best Supporting Actor

  • Rich Prien as Wayne, Cow Tipping, Zemfira Stage. (Winner)
  • Kris Sayler as Lucifer, After the Garden, Prince William Little Theatre
  • Will MacLeod as David/Stoner, The Quantum Suicide of Sophie Miller, Castaways Repertory Theatre

Best Supporting Actress

  • Becky Farris as Heather, Chick Fillet, Castaways Repertory Theatre
  • Rebecca Hausman as Rachel, Chick Fillet, Castaways Repertory Theatre. (Winner)
  • Aimee Snow as Alice, The Quantum Suicide of Sophie Miller, Castaways Repertory Theatre

Best Actor

  • Ted Ballard as God, After the Garden, Prince William Little Theatre
  • Matt Jordan as Roberto, Clean, Fauquier Community Theatre. (Winner)
  • Matthew Hartman as Billy, A Brief Period of Time, Port City Playhouse

Best Actress

  • Katy Jordan as Marisol, Clean, Fauquier Community Theatre. (Winner)
  • Maureen Rogers as Mary, This Play Sucks, Laurel Mill Playhouse
  • Julie Rogers as Lynn, Walking Off Pluto, Laurel Mill Playhouse
  • Colleen Close as Mara, Chick Fillet, Castaways Reportory Theatre
  • Katherine Bisulca as Regina, Chick Fillet, Castaways Repertory Theatre
  • Alexia Poe as Sophie, The Quantum Suicide of Sophie Miller, Castaways Repertory Theatre

Judges’ Discretionary Award #1

  • Outstanding Set and Soundscape: Clean, Fauquier Community Theatre

Judges’ Discretionary Award #2

  • Outstanding Comic Performance: Ted Ballard as God, After the Garden, Prince William Little Theatre

Judges’ Discretionary Award #3

  • Outstanding Ensemble: Chick Fillet, Castaways Repertory Theatre

Best Director

  • Larry Simmons, Walking Off Pluto, Laurel Mill Playhouse
  • Mona Kay Helper, Clean, Fauquier Community Theatre. (Winner)
  • Zina Bleck, Chick Fillet, Castaways Repertory Theatre

Best Production Of An Original Play

  • Walking Off Pluto, Laurel Mill Playhouse
  • Clean, Fauquier Community Theatre
  • Chick Fillet, Castaways Repertory Theatre. (Winner)

Best Overall Production

  • Walking Off Pluto, Laurel Mill Playhouse
  • Clean, Fauquier Community Theatre. (Winner)
  • Chick Fillet, Castaways Repertory Theatre

NVTA Scholarships Announced

Three scholarships were awarded this year for performance. First place with $1000 was awarded to Madeleine Curtis of Loudoun Valley High School, Purcellville (sponsored by McLean Community Players). Second place with $500 was awarded to Matt Kelly, Osbourne High School, Manassas (sponsored by Prince William Little Theatre). Third place with $500 was awarded to Emily Adler of W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax (sponsored by Providence Players).

As part of the entertainment during the awards ceremony, Ms. Curtis and Mr. Kelly each sang two numbers, and Ms. Adler performed two short monologues. More entertainment for the evening was provided by the vocal stylings of Rachel Harrington and Richard Yingling. Accompanists for the evening were Jonathan Blank and Milton Rodgers.

2011 Festival Forms

Participation and Entry in The NVTA Festival (2011)

Please remember that just like last year, if you submit 2 plays, you can submit 2 published plays instead of 1 published and 1 original. Minimum running time, inclusive of curtain call if you have one, is 20 minutes. Maximum running time, inclusive of curtain call if you have one, is 60 minutes. We will again be doing open adjudication this year, so everyone can listen to the judge’s comments. 

There will be a technial meeting held at the James Lee Center no later than third week in May so each production can become familiar with the performing space and discuss any administrative questions you have. Please note, while each show only performs once, anyone participating in the festival must be prepared to perform on ANY of the 4 performance dates. In order to create a balanced program, we cannot accept special requests. The main criteria used to determine the sequence of performances are: running time and content of the show. The schedule will be finalized in mid May 2011. 

You will have one 50 minute technical rehearsal when you can set you light and sound cues and spike your set. That technical rehearsal will occur the same week as your performance on a date that will be provided to you in mid May once the performance schedule is finalized.

For your information, the forms for the 2011 NVTA 29th One-Act Play Festival are provided here in MS-Word format.

Due dates are as follows:

  • March 6 – electronic submission of Entry Form 
  • March 13 – hard copy of Entry Form and $50 entry fee/production 
  • March 18 – Play Notification
  • May 6 – Program Information
  • May 20 – Production Requirements Form

The festival will be held the 3rd and 4th weekends in June 2011: June 17, 18, 24, 25 with the awards ceremony on June 26th. In addition to evening performances, there may be matinees on either Saturday depending on the number of entries received.