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2004 NVTA One-Act Play Festival

23rd Annual Festival

Festival Dates: June 18, 19, 25, 26 2004
Award Ceremony: Sunday, June 27, 2004
The festival is produced at the
Reston Community Center
2310 Colts Neck Rd
Reston, VA 20191
Information: (703) 476-4500
Reservations: (703) 476-1111

The Northern Virginia Theater Alliance (NVTA) is please to announce that the 23rd annual One-Act Play Festival will open June 18, 2004 at the Reston Community Center’s Center Stage, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston VA.

This year’s Festival is shaping up to be two great weekends of one-act plays with twelve area community theater companies offering fifteen plays. Of these, five or six are original pieces written by local playwrights.

The theater companies participating are The Castaways Repertory Theatre (Woodbridge), Elden Street Players (Herndon), Fauquier Community Theatre (Warrenton),  The Great Falls Players (Great Falls), Hard Bargain Players (Accokeek MD), Little Theatre of Alexandria (Alexandria), The Pied Piper Theatre-Center for the Arts (Manassas), Prince William Little Theatre (Manassas), Reston Community Players (Reston), Rockville Little Theatre (Rockville), , St. Mark’s Players (Washington DC), and Tapestry Theatre Company (Alexandria).

NVTA One-Act Festival Schedule

The 23rd Annual NVTA One-Act Play Festival takes place beginning Friday, June 18 and continues through Saturday, June 26. This event is hosted by the CenterStage at the Reston Community Center, and this year brings together twelve area community theaters performing fourteen plays on two consecutive weekends. Plays to be performed include a scene from Neil Simon’s London Suite as well as several original works. Of particular note is the fact that several featured plays were written by members of the participating theatre groups.

The CenterStage at Reston Community Center is located at 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston. (703) 476-4500 is the general information number or go to www.restoncommunitycenter.com. Tickets may be reserved, starting June 4, by calling (703) 476-1111 . Festival tickets cost $8 for a single session of two or three plays and $30 for a pass for all 14 performances.

The Washington Post said of an earlier festival "They have this art down to a science. It's an enormous variety of theater in a very short time."

NVTA was founded in 1980 to facilitate communications, involvement and support among community theaters. NVTA also promotes increased community interest and awareness of theater activity in the Metropolitan area.


(Times are approximate for shows subsequent to the 7:30 p.m. starting time)

Friday, June 18
7:30 p.m. Fauquier Community Theatre (Warrenton/Vint Hill, VA) Visible Traces (Drama, Original) Synopsis: How does life go on for eight people left behind when a college student is killed in a car wreck? His parents, friends, professor, and the driver of the car all try to cope in different ways. Can they come to some kind of understanding and peace? Life isn’t always tied up in neat little packages. Some strong language
8:40 p.m. Reston Community Players (Reston, VA) I Bring You Flowers (Drama, Previously Published) Synopsis: A tender drama about a husband and wife dealing with heartbreak and loss. Mature Theme, Strong Language
9:40 p.m. Castaways Repertory Theatre (Woodbridge, VA) Lone Star (Comedy, Previously Published) Synopsis: Three men behind a bar in the early-to-mid-70s. They are drinking, discussing life, lost youth and the effects the Viet Nam war has had on their lives. Despite some of the heavy themes, this is a comedy, but it does have some rather poignant moments. Mature Theme
Saturday, June 19
7:30 p.m. Castaways Repertory Theatre (Woodbridge, VA) Cutting in Line (Comedy, Original)
Synopsis: A comedy about a man who gets a chance to come back to earth on the first anniversary of his death to see how things are progressing without him. He is rather surprised by the nature and extent of the changes he finds upon his arrival.
Rating: Family Show
8:40 p.m. Tapestry Theatre Company (Alexandria, VA) Trojan Women (Drama, Previously Published)
Synopsis: When the glories of war are no more, who is left with the burden of picking up the pieces? The Trojan Women steals a moment of time long past when the women of a ravaged city are forced to face new lives. Led by a deposed queen, some will find strength, some will find acceptance, and others will find sorrow.
Rating: Brief nudity, Some violence
10:00 p.m. Hard Bargain Players (Accokeek, MD) Gone (Comedy,Original)
Synopsis: Three siblings searching for their lost dog in an odd gully attempt to understand their father’s recent death with the help of a philosophical young friend.
Rating: Some strong language
Friday, June 25
7:30 p.m. Pied Piper Theatre (Manassas, VA) Sorry, Shakespeare (Comedy, Previously Published)
Synopsis: Four high school students report to the school auditorium for play rehearsal only to find out that the director is not coming. Then one of the cast members drops the three rehearsal scripts. The pages fly everywhere and none of them are numbered. No problem! - unless the scripts are Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. As one of the students quips, "We don't know anything about Shakespeare, but it all sounds the same anyway, so grab some pages." The mayhem that results will have you wondering if this play is "to be, or not to be."
Rating: Family Show
8:40 p.m. St. Mark’s Players (Washington, DC) Audition (Drama, Previously Published)
Synopsis: One woman show about a woman who is going to an audition and accidentally gets locked in the theatre. After entertaining herself by playing many famous roles, she realizes what a failure her life has been as an actor and ends up committing suicide with a gun she finds in a props bag.
Rating: Mature Theme, Strong Language
10:00 p.m. Great Falls Players (Great Falls, VA) London Suite, Act 2, Sc I (Comedy, Previously Published)
Synopsis: The play opens as Diana Nichols, a British actress who has lived in the U.S. for many years, prepares for the arrival of her former husband Sidney Nichols. Sidney, who has been living in Greece, has come to London to ask Diana for money so that he can help his dying homosexual lover. During the course of the play we find that it is not his lover who is ill – it is himself. The play is about love and kindness, especially in times of personal turmoil.
Rating: Mature Theme
Saturday June 26 (Matinee)
1:30 p.m. Fauquier Community Theatre (Warrenton/Vint Hill,VA) Ripe Conditions (Comedy, Prev. Pub.) Synopsis: Lester and Buster, a pair of bumbling brothers, and Ann, the long-lost love of their lives, who eloped with their kid brother years ago only to return to their run-down farm as an attractive and eligible widow. Old feelings are re-ignited in the brawling brothers, while the radio reports “ripe conditions” for a tornado.
Rating: Strong Language
2:50 p.m. Rockville Little Theatre (Rockville, MD) Piano Man (Drama, Original)
Synopsis: Max, a successful college science professor, and Albert, a concert pianist, have been out of touch since their breakup 6 months ago. When they finally make contact, they attempt to figure out what went wrong in their 7-year relationship, which ended abruptly after Albert discovers Max has been cheating with one of his students.
Rating: Mature Theme, Strong Language
Saturday, June 26 (Evening)
7:30 p.m. Elden Street Players (Herndon, VA) No Reply (Drama, Previously Published) Synopsis: A young woman “coming of age” in a difficult time discovers disturbing truths about herself, her companionship needs, and the lengths to which she is willing to go to fulfill those needs.
Rating: Mature Theme, Strong Language
8:50 p.m. Little Theatre of Alexandria (VA) The Hunger Artists (Drama/Black Comedy, Original)
Synopsis: This is a black comedy told from the perspective of two chimps living in a research lab. There is also an established research scientist striving to reach the pinnacle of his career and his young assistant. Parallels are drawn between the efforts of the chimps to obtain food and the desire of the scientists to retrieve publishable data. In the end, the audience learns that unchecked, blind ambition leads inevitably to doom, be it spiritual, or physical.
Rating: Mature Theme, Strong Language
10:00 p.m. Prince William Little Theatre (Manassas, VA) Sins of the Fathers (Drama, Original)
Synopsis: Three overlapping monologues of women dealing with various aspects of sexual abuse and the resulting violence. Contains multiple sexual references dealing with rape and incest and the resulting effect on these women’s lives.
Rating: Strong Language, Mature Theme, Definitely not a family show.


Journalists interested in attending the Festival for professional purposes should contact Festival Chairman Janice Dionne at the daytime number (202) 647-9090 to make arrangements. The Reston Community Center is located at 4710 Colts Neck Road, Reston, and can be reached for information at (703 ) 476-¬1111 or www.restoncommunitycenter.com .


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