On November 9 to 11 Domino Theatre hosts the Eastern Ontario Drama League One-Act Play Festival. Nine different theatre companies will present nine one-act plays over two days, followed by an awards brunch on Sunday, Nov. 11.
SESSION 1: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 7:30 P.M.
The Worst Thing You Ever Did
by Tony Houghton | directed by Sandie Cond
presented by Domino Theatre, Kingston
Two quite successful people, a man and a woman in their thirties or forties, suddenly find themselves arrested, without explanation, and brought to a prison cell they will share. They don't know each other or why they are there. What's the charge, they demand to know? Their lawyer informs them that each will be accused of the worst thing they ever did and sentenced accordingly. The outcome is devastating.
by Alan Arkin | directed by Jane Stott
presented by Studio Theatre Productions, Perth
Two strangers get together to do—well, something. The second of the three hit comedies produced Off Broadway under the title Power Plays.
The Man in 2B
by Peter Paylor | directed by Lisa Morris
presented by Old Church Theatre, Trenton
The man in the apartment downstairs has just died. Though he lived there for eight years, his neighbours never really knew anything about him. Now they do.
SESSION 2: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 1:30 P.M.
by Arthur Kopit | directed by Amy Willshaw
presented by Peterborough Theatre Guild
Eight famous women from different times in the past are interned in an insane asylum. They have gathered at a meeting because they believe they are about to be attacked by the men in the men's ward of the asylum.
A Rideau Interlude
by Margaret Shearman | directed by Helen Steenburg
presented by Theatre Night in Merrickville
Two children appear at the door late on evening, saying they can't find their father. The father is found, but the children don't want to return with him.
Blind Woman's Bluff
by Janet S. Tiger | directed by Ian Glen
presented by Rural Root Theatre, Constance Bay
A young thief arrives at the home of a blind woman who lives on an isolated bluff, ostensibly answering an ad about a chair for sale. Since the ad mentioned the woman was blind and lived alone, John plans on pulling off an easy heist. But while he’s there, Myra strikes up friendly conversation, cracks jokes and treats him like her own son.
SESSION 3: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 7:30 P.M.
Theft of the Venetian Nude With the
Spider Monkey in the Foreground
by Mat Kelly and Vic Bakker | directed by Daniel Youmelle
presented by Vagabond Theatre, Cornwall
A young Canadian journalist travels to Italy pursuing the story of an art theft. There turns out to be more to the story than he expected.
An Act of Grace
by John Muggleton | directed by Venetia Lawless
presented by Ottawa Little Theatre
Chuck Casey and Tony Jarvis, high school friends who haven't seen each other in years, are summoned by Grace to her home for a meeting. They believe they are there to provide investment and legal advice, but the real reason for the meeting is something much different...and much more disturbing.
by Caryl Churchill | directed by Altaire Gural
presented by Lindsay Little Theatre
Confronting our deepest fears, Caryl Churchill’s extraordinary play depicts a chilling world where everyone is at war, and not even the birds in the trees or the river below can be trusted.
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Jenn literally grew up on the community theatre stage. With more than 35 years experience in community theatre as an actor, director, stage manager and lighting technician, Jenn has taken on almost every role there is to be had in production. She got her start on the Oakville Centre Stage as a child and never looked back.
Jenn moved her life to Toronto in her 20s to pursue a teaching career and has been a teacher of Theatre Arts for the past 13 years teaching students in grades 7-12 Musical Theatre, Drama and Dance. Jenn's passion for acting takes her beyond the stage and she has begun her on-screen acting career.
Having performed in more than 70 different community theatre productions, her favourite roles to date were: Carolyn in Having Hope at Home, Sylvia in Sylvia, Katrin in I Remember Mama, Emily in Our Town, Nancy in Oliver! and one of her first lead roles Lizzie in The Last Real Summer.
Jenn has directed multiple productions including Les Misérables, Cinderella, The Miracle Worker and The Crucible. Working as a teacher, Jenn and her students participate in the National Theatre School Drama Festival (formerly the SEARS Ontario Drama Festival) for which Jenn has been a district coordinator for the past four years in Toronto. Working in the festival, Jenn has been a mentor to new adjudicators, worked with hundreds of students and teachers and hosted many years of the festival.
Jenn has training from the University of Toronto, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Classical Theatre Lab, Equity Showcase, and Armstrong Acting Studios. As an adjudicator Jenn sees the process of play development and performance through her many different experiences and enjoys working in collaboration with the cast, crew and creative team to better understand the process. As a passionate educator and adjudicator Jenn looks forward to seeing all the hard work come to fruition on stage and sharing in all of your many successes!