Summer Theater for the Family Returns to Artists' Exchange with 13th Annual One Act Play Festival

By: Jun. 06, 2018
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Summer Theater for the Family Returns to Artists' Exchange with 13th Annual One Act Play Festival

Celebrate the summer with Artists' Exchange at its 13th annual One Act Play Festival at the intimate Theatre 82 (82 Rolfe Square, Cranston) from July 26 - August 11, 2018. Experience 12 original one act plays written by local, national, and international playwrights and performed by actors of all ages, abilities, and acting experience. Performances are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 7pm; tickets are $15 in advance. Beer and wine cash bar available before and during the show.

Artistic Direction by Jessica Chace, Music Direction by Tom Chace, and special guest direction by Bob Colonna form a perfect trifecta for summer fun. The ensemble of 23 actors range in age from 12 to over 75 including Artists' Exchange's Bob Macaux, David Ferranti, and Catherine Fay. Original artwork will be on display at the theater.

Local playwrights are Cranston's very own Tim Lehnert, Mary Paolino from East Greenwich (and festival actor), and Providence-based Nick Albanese (of The Last Sicilian at Theatre 82), Jayne Hannah, and Dave Rabinow.

Mark Cornell (Chapel Hill, NC) returns after his work was produced in the 2016 festival. New faces are Angela Cerrito (Athens, GA), Rich Espey (Baltimore, MD),
Rex McGregor (New Zealand), Terry Riley (Santa Fe, NM), Peter J. Stavros (Louisville, KY), and Jacob T. Zack (Atlanta, GA).

Don't miss our line-up of comedies, dramas, and slices of life that explore family bonds, test friendships, ignite neighborhood tension, and rely on a bit of magic.

Comedies are A Conference on the Mound, Clyde & Bonnie, Obits, Six Months From Today, The Roast, and Tickle That Dragon. Baseball fans, Harry Potter enthusiasts, and more will delight in these light-hearted and dark comedies.

Dramas that tug at heart-strings are Alban's Garden, Burning, Going Bowling, and Three Sides. A Boy and His Ball, a verse comedy, and This If Your Life? are ensemble pieces that will incorporate original music, movement, and more.

Corporate Nights available on August 1 and August 8! Book a private dinner and show for an employee outing. Package is $1,500 and includes 50 tickets to the One Act Play Festival with exclusive viewing and private access to the cafe? and theater, pre-show dinner buffet, and beer and wine cash bar. Custom packages available. Contact Development Director Ed Egan at for more information and to book.

Join us this summer at Theatre 82 in Cranston for community theater at its best for the whole family! Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Buy online (, by phone (401-490-9475), or at Artists' Exchange (50 Rolfe Square).

Artists' Exchange is a nonprofit arts collaborative whose mission is to create an atmosphere in which creativity, learning, and discovery converge and individuality is celebrated. Home to multiple art studios, a gallery, online art boutique, cafe?, and secondary venue Theatre 82 & Characters Cafe?; it offers year-round classes and summer camps in art, ceramics, theater, and music. Artists? Exchange is operated by Gateways to Change, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all human beings.


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