The theme of the June 19-21 festival is "Family Albums"
If you go
What: Not The Run of The Mill play festival
Where: Oyster Mill Playhouse 1001 Oyster Mill Road Camp Hill, PA 17011
When: 8 p.m., June 19 and 20, 2 p.m. June 21
Tickets: $10, they can be purchased on www.oystermill.com or at the door
For more information: Call the playhouse at 717-737-6768 or visit www.oystermill.com
Oyster Mill Playhouse in East Pennsboro Township will host Not The Run of The Mill, a festival featuring four one-act plays by local playwrights.
The theme of the June 19-21 event is "Family Albums," said Lois Heagy, production coordinator for the playhouse.
Each playwright will be available to answer questions following the performances.
Here's what to expect from each play:
The playwright: Cindy Dlugolecki of Mechanicsburg
Performers: David Richwine, Mark Cuddy, Beth McIntosh and Stephanie Trdenic
The story: Told through four monologues, Dlugolecki's play starts with a man grieving his father's death, only to find out the father had a child with another woman.
The other monologues include: A man in his 80s writing a letter to his wife, a woman in her 50s visiting her adoptive parents' graves and another woman talking about meeting her birth father.
Neat to know: "Paper Trail" was inspired by the real-life story of a friend who, in her 50s, learned she had been adopted, Dlugolecki said.
"The Imposter's Snow Cone Machine"
The playwright: Paul Hood of Harrisburg
Performers: Aaron Bomar and Xavier Farrow
The story: A multilayered story about a middle-aged man having an identity crisis who finds a snow cone machine that serves as a metaphor for taking something raw and clear (ice) and making it satisfying (with colors and flavors), Hood said. It ultimately symbolizes a biracial family reconnecting, he said. "It's short, but it has a lot of layers to it," he said.
Neat to know: "The Imposter's Snow Cone Machine" was supposed to debut in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area last year, but there weren't any ethnic actors to play the parts, Hood said.
The playwright: Lori Myers, Harrisburg native living in New York City
Performers: David Zayas, Amy Alleman and David Richwine
The story: Produced by Gamut Classic Theatre in Harrisburg about four years ago, the play is based on a Shakespeare sonnet, Myers said. A young man falls hopelessly in love with a woman within a minute or two, she said. He fantasizes about her, but little by little, we find that she is not the perfection he thinks she is, Myers said. "The end of the play is a little bit of a twist, so people will have to attend to see what happens," she said.
Neat to know: "Sight Unseen" was a semifinalist in the Minnesota Short Play Festival, Myers said.
The playwright: Jessie Weber, rising junior at Cornell University and Hershey High graduate
The story: A teacher and her husband use their habitual comforts to camouflage a navigation of mourning, love and strength, according to the show's flyer.
Neat to know: Weber was a Hershey Theatre Apollo Awards winner
Contact Mark Walters at 717-771-2032.
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