Old Academy Players in East Falls to stage One-Act Bonanza

The Old Academy Players will stage the annual One-Act Bonanza July 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16. Pictured are, top row: Jim Golden; bottom row from left: Kellie Cooper, Michele Loor Nicolay and Marc Johnson.

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EAST FALLS >> Old Academy Players will presents its 2017 Summer One-Act Bonanza July 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16.

Performances will be Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

This ninth annual festival features lots of comedy, new works, new directors and plenty of laughs.

Welcomed to the air-conditioned comfort of OAP mainstage are new directors Blanca Beadle and Mark Rohland. World premieres include “I Just Want to Say Hello,” Matinee” and “Juggling Act.”

World Premiere “I Just Want to Say Hello” is written by Nancy Frick and directed by Sarah Labov. Bennett, a new resident of a NYC co-op, makes a friendly call to enjoy a welcoming drink with his new neighbor, Olivia. When he arrives, he finds a panel of stern women awaiting his presence and ready to take to him to task! For what? You’ll never believe what he’s done.

“Matinee” is written by Jim Fryer and directed by Judy Van Buskirk. World premiere. Shakespeare appealed to the common man, right? Purely and simply they were his target audience. So did the “common man” in Elizabethan times talk about him and his players the way we talk about movies, actors and director’s today?

“Surprise” is written by Mark Harvey Levine and directed by Mark Rohland. Suppose you were dating someone who could read your thoughts and see into the future — but only two minutes into it. That’s the challenge that faces a young couple in “Surprise.” Lovers think they can finish each other’s sentences, but it might be a drag when one of them does it all the time!

“Are There Blintzes on Mars?” is written by Dorothea Cahan and directed by Pat Pelletreau. A Jewish family tries to talk Sophie out of moving to Mars by reminding her of all of her “favorite” things. Her boyfriend tries to rescue her, but her Bubbe supports her dream.

“The World’s Oldest Living Drag Queen” is written by Rob Rosiello and directed by Chris Wunder. What is retirement age for a drag queen? When are the glitter and the glory relegated to but a memory? Or is there a time limit on being fabulous? Lady Constance laments the possibility that her days in the shimmering spotlight may be gone — until she meets the mother of all drag queens, Glorianna, the self proclaimed world’s oldest living drag queen! Does fabulousness have a limit? Lady Constance is about to find out!

“Crossroads Bar” is written and directed by Jillian Bosmann. Two high school best friends meet in a bar after falling out of contact. While catching up on what’s new with each other, they realize maybe they didn’t know each other as well as they always thought.

“Dawning of the Silver Iris” is written by Rob Rosiello and directed by Charlotte Higgins. An audition has unexpected consequences. Wil learns that emotions run high at this theater, even after death.

“Juggling Act” is written by Lisa Lutwyche and directed by Blanca Beadle. This world premiere is a one-act satire of corporate America. What if the only person HR can find for the job is some random clown?

Tickets are $15. Parking for all performances is free.

For information and reservations, call 215-843-1109 or visit oldacademyplayers.org.

Founded in 2009 by Old Academy member the late Chris Schenk, the Summer One-Act Bonanza is an opportunity to feature new playwrights and directors on the Old Academy stage. Schenk, who spent four years with Old Academy as an actor, writer, producer, publicity chairperson and newsletter editor, produced the first two seasons of the One-Acts until moving to Chicago. He lost his fight with cancer in March 2012, but his legacy lives on through this delightful annual event.

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