BWW Previews: ONE ACT WEEKEND SHOWCASES ORIGINAL PLAYS at Carrollwood Players Theater

BWW Previews: ONE ACT WEEKEND SHOWCASES ORIGINAL PLAYS at Carrollwood Players TheaterEach season a very special weekend is put aside to showcase the talents of local and national playwrights at Carrollwood Players Theatre.

Hundreds of scripts were read and condensed to the eight selected plays that will take to stage during the nonprofit theatre's One Act Weekend, three days of original, never-before-seen short plays on May 19-21.

The stage, usually beautifully decorated for the production being featured, will be bare sans a few set design pieces and a velvet curtain. Instead, the One Acts rely strictly on the talent of the directors, actors and the most minimalistic use of props to bring the playwright's words to life.

A patron once described One Act Weekend as live channel surfing, where performances of no more than 15 minutes long, take the audience to dizzying heights of the playwright's imagination.

2017 featured One Acts are After The Darkness by Joe Starzyk; Critical: A 10- Minute Comedy by Phil Darg; 22nd Century Digital Boy by Jared Mallard; Trapped Like a You Know What by Jared Strange; What's a Little Axe Between Friends by Joe Starzyk; Of Mice and Marines by John Yunker; Conflict/Resolution by Evan Baughfman, and by Seth Freeman.

Produced by board member Adriane Falcon, eight playwrights with diverse backgrounds, writing styles and themes will have the audience critique the blood, sweat and tears that they poured into their original scripts. The audience-favorite short play will receive a coveted award at the 2017 Nancy Awards, the theatre's version of the Tony Awards.

2017 directors are Felipe Olivero, Kidany Camilo, Constantine Kyriakou, Josh Eberhart, Zach Wayson, Autumn Pandolfo, Meagan Morales-Correa, and David Fraga.

Though several actors are familiar faces at Carrollwood Players, for a few, this is a new experience and for many of the playwrights and directors, it will be the first time their work has ever been before public scrutiny.

Featured talent includes Daniel Allmond, Monique Brown, Ryan McLaughlin, Emma Richardson, Levi Harris, Hillary Lusignan, James Dillard, ChElsie Smith, Thomas Pahl, Erik Schepman, Syria Lomack, Isabelle Austin, Victoria Richards, and Paola Miranda.

Whether you are looking for comedy or drama or anything in between, One Act Weekend at Carrollwood Players Theatre will definitely not disappoint.

One Act Weekend is at Carrollwood Players Theatre, 4333 Gunn Hwy., on May 19-21, Friday and Saturday 8pm, and Sunday 3pm. Tickets are $15. For information and tickets for One Act Weekend, visit or

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