The Frostburg State University Center for Creative Writing One-Act Play Fest will begin on Friday, Sept. 24, at 8 p.m. with a production of the winning entry “Skin Deep” at the historic Palace Theatre on Main Street in Frostburg. On Saturday, Sept. 25, the events continue with staged readings of the runners-up, “That’s Him” and “Monifa’s Kiss,” beginning at 2 p.m. at the Lyric Theatre at 22 E. Main Street. Later, at 8 p.m., there will be an encore performance of “Skin Deep” at the Palace. Question-and-answer forums with the playwrights, actors and directors will follow each of the performances.
Earning first place award and receiving a full production is “Skin Deep” by Mary Lynn Dobson of Atlantic Highland, N.J. The dark comedy centers on the world of child beauty pageants and the eccentric women who run them. Dobson’s play will be performed by Front and Center Stage Productions of Cumberland, under the direction of Kimberli Rowley.
“That’s Him” by Michelle Wilson of Minnesota focuses on a family in the emotional aftermath of the death of their father. “Monifa’s Kiss,” a story of three inner-city female teens on a dramatic subway ride, was written by Alonzo D. LaMont Jr. of Baltimore.
Admission to the festival is $10 for the general public and $5 for students with valid ID. Special combined tickets for both the afternoon readings and an evening performance are available for $15. Tickets can be purchased at Main Street Books in Frostburg, The Book Center in Cumberland and will also be available at the box office on the day of the shows.
For more information, contact the FSU Center for Creative Writing at 301-687-4340.
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