Roseann Wilshere’s theater classes are now seeking an audience! A series of short, funny and dramatic plays will be showcased at the Bravo Theatre Saturday, December 9, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 10, 2 p.m.
Featured actors are Rosann Balbontin, Joy Cook, Emily Crocker, Johan Dirkes, Karen Hughes, Jutta McAdam, Dennis McCary, Kathleen Morris, Pam Pettus and Diane Schmidt.
A special feature of this showcase is a short one-act play by Jordi Mand called “Between the Sheets.” A schoolteacher and the mother of one of her students have a very estranged parent-teacher night filled with mystery and suspense. Directed by Balbontin, this short 15-minute play features standout performances from Crocker and Morris. Also on the program is “Mere Mortals” by David Ives – a well-known name in up-and-coming New York circles for his “Durang” style of comedy. In this short play, an uproariously funny threesome of construction workers on the 50th floor grapple with their secret identities.
The daring and risqué opening scene from “Fish in the Dark” by Larry David, the author of “Seinfeld” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” is short but, of course, funny. This is taken from his new play on Broadway that critics hated but the public loved to the tune of millions of dollars. Next up is “Cell” by Bonnie Culver, another 15-minute play about two sisters doing just what two sisters would do — argue over the disposal of the family home and, especially, over the hysterically funny way they decide to sell the house.
One of the most famous scenes from Tennessee Williams’ “Streetcar Named Desire” is the tragic romance between Mitch and Blanche. This will be performed by Balbontin and Johan Dirkes. “The Lottery Winner” is a humorous play based on the original “Devil and Daniel Webster” story with a wonderful take on the end. Things get flipped around and nothing turns out as expected. Kathleen Morris is the devil and Dennis McCary is the seemingly innocent victim Horton Bascomb. Three tiny short skits in the Carol Burnett style are also thrown in just for extra laughs. Included is “Ole,” “Mexican Maid” and “Chocolate” by unknown authors.
This should be a fun evening and afternoon of laughter and suspense.