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Wednesday, Oct 03 2012 10:40 AM

TCT launches 2012 Playwright Festival

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Photo courtesy of Tehachapi Community Theatre Patricia Hunter, Guy Martin, Alex Zonn and Debbie Martin were in last year's festival-winning play "No Problem" by Thomas J. Misuraca. The 2012 Festival begins Oct 12 and is part of TCT's five-show season.

Tehachapi Community Theatre launches it's 44th year with the 2012 Playwright's Festival, featuring nine world premiere short plays at the Beekay Theatre, 100 S. Green St.

The festival has been so popular with Tehachapi audiences that it was decided to expand to include two weekends, and make it a part of the regular season. The plays are so wonderful that all of the patrons deserve a chance to see them.

Performances for the first weekend are Friday, Oct. 12, and Saturday, Oct. 13, at 7:30 p.m and Sunday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m. Second weekend performances are Friday, Oct. 19, and Saturday, Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices for all of the playwright shows are $15.

Festival tickets are available at Picture Perfect and Stamps of Approval, 112 E. Tehachapi Blvd., Johnny's Take n' Bake Pizza, 807 Tucker Rd. and Tehachapi Furniture, 20346 Tucker Rd. Season tickets are available on line at www.tctonstage.com. The season price of $65 is holding firm for one more year, although an increase in single ticket prices for the end of year musical, will take effect.

The nine plays for 2012 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.

The season will continue in November with a fully staged production of "A Christmas Carol" newly adapted by resident Scrooge Alex Zonn, and directed by Jonathan Hall. Carol will play four weekends this year and celebrates the Charles Dicken's Bicentennial.

TCT's mid-winter offering is "Almost, Maine" a sleeper hit, spurned by Broadway, that has swept the country recently, knocking aside many perennial favorites in universities and professional companies. "Almost" is set in a small town in upstate Maine, and features eight interlocking love stories, a perfect run-up to the Valentine season.

Spring will welcome a world premiere comedy "Tenants" by Thomas J. Misuraca, named in last year's festival as Tehachapi's Favorite Playwright. Misuraca has had three Los Angeles productions of full-length plays, and one currently running in New York, as well as numerous other short play successes. Misuraca promised "Tenants" to TCT as a world premiere, and it has not been released to any other theatre.

The season finale will be a delightful musical spoof of Agatha Christie mysteries called "Something's Afoot." The musical features a large cast of guests in a remote mansion. The guests are hilariously killed one by one as the survivors struggle to identify the

For more information call 822-4037 or visit www.tctonstage.com.

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