Tehachapi Community Theatre's annual Playwright's Festival opens this weekend, at the Beekay Theater, with nine World Premiere ten minute plays, and then the audience gets to vote and choose its favorites. For last year's winner, Thomas J. Misuraca, audience voting proved powerful and his full-length comedy play called "Tenants" will be performed by TCT in the spring. Misuraca currently has plays running in Los Angeles and New York.
This year there are nine short plays, many by Tehachapi local playwrights. The Festival, which will begin on Oct.12, plays Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m., plus Sunday matinees at 2 pm through Oct. 21 at the BeeKay Theatre. Tickets are available at Picture Perfect, Johnny's Take n' Bake, and Tehachapi Furniture as well as on line at www.tctonstage.com.
"Audiences seem to revel in the variety of stories being told. Many are comedies, some take a sharper aim at life," offered Executive Producer Karl Schuck. "But the real fun is in the voting, as every audience except the final matinee will cast ballots for their favorite plays. On the final day, votes are tallied and three authors are awarded Gold, Silver or Bronze Quill awards, with a celebration in the theatre following."
"Last year many attendees complained about having to choose only three out of nine plays, because the overall quality was so high. We think it may be a tougher decision than November's election," Schuck jested.
Backstage gets a bit harried as nine casts prepare for their debuts in world premiere plays. The plays and directors are Aloe Vera by Dan Roth, directed by Garret Lawrence; Another Mother's Day by SilentWolf, directed by Brian Terpstra; Comforting Helen by Mary Steels Smith, directed by Valerie Provines; Inner Voices by Mark A. Fisher, directed by Thaer Irvin; LOL by Ralph Macaluso, directed by Cody Steinbach; The Blind Date Aftermath by Tanis Galik, directed by Emily Stultz; The Intervention by David Shacklock, directed by Rick Gould; The Lord's Visit by Evan Guildford Blake, directed by Jonathan Hall and Trials, by Jessie Mu-en Shao, directed by Ali Whitlach.
For further information about the Playwright Festival, and all other TCT events, call the hotline at 661-822-4037.