Tricks, pranks, and laughter at Phoenix Theatre

By Tina Novak | Sep 12, 2019

What do you get when you mix mayhem, six spectacular playwrights and directors, and 21 amazingly talented actors? A fabulous opening of six original, 10-minute plays, all under the title of “Bad Dog,” at the Phoenix Theatre in Edmonds for its Sleepless Theatre Festival.

This is the fourth year in production, previously known as the 24-Hour Theatre Festival.

Participation in a live performance usually takes weeks of practice and rehearsals. These folks met up on a Friday night with a costume and prop in hand. In a random selection, the writers pick a director.

Once directors finds out how many actors they get for their casts, they leave to produce their plays. Once they return in the wee hours of the morning, the directors and actors have all day to rehearse before their performance later that night.

The fact that the writers were able to come up with such creative stories based strictly upon costumes and props – in such a short amount of time – is a feat all unto itself.

The public was invited to attend the selection process on Friday evening, and then come back the next day to watch the performances. The quality of talent in the groups was refreshing, and we can look forward to seeing them again in future productions.

Embrace your local community theater and enjoy all that it has to offer. I encourage everyone to come out and experience these live performances. You will not be disappointed.

The six plays performed:

  • “Group Home”: By John Davenport, directed by Larry Albert. Featuring Keith Remon, Morgan Peeler, Terry Boyd, and Thomas Glass.
  • “Ride or Die Friends”: By Suzanne Bailie, directed by Seamus Smith. Featuring: Elizabeth Shipman, Jan Blumbert, and Lisa Mignacca.
  • “Digeridoo or Don’t”: By Stacy Lynn Gilbert, directed by Doug Knoop. Featuring Carolyn Agee, Rein Hobbs, Greg Kleciak, and Stephanie Park.
  • “My Your Secret”: By Misha Carter, directed by Cyndi Thomsen. Featuring Renee Gilbert, Boyd Morrison, Diane Jamison, and Susan Connors.
  • “Good Gravy”: By Rosemary Harold, directed by Connie Sponheim. Featuring Aaron Fry, Ian Wight, and Jim Thompson.
  • “It’s Yakyu, Monsieu”: By Jay Jenkins, directed by Shileah Corey. Featuring Alana Baxter, Karen Beisner, and Madeline Sanders.

If you missed these performances, mark your calendar for next year’s event. It was an evening of comedy, laughter, pranks, and a wonderful intermission of thunder and lightening – at no additional charge!

 

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