About This Show

Silver Spring Stage presents its 2005 One-Act Festival, its annual showcase of mostly original one-act plays, many by local playwrights. Each weekend will feature three different plays that prove in their own ways that humor and passions are what make us human. One play in the festival will be entered in the state festival later this season. The producers for this year’s festival are Käthe Park and Neil Edgell.


Weekend 1 August 19-21

Perfectly Good Airplanes by Steve LaRocque (Maryland playwright), directed by Leta Hall

A father trying to reconcile with his daughter years after his divorce from her mother. Award winner at this year’s NVTA festival. (Drama)

Arlene Cuts Loose by Nancy Jaquish (Maryland playwright), directed by Brian Powers

Bored with the predictability of life, the stereotypical expectations, and the shrinking list of options, three elderly ladies ‘borrow’ a car and take it for a joy ride. They long to do something unusual and unforgettable. Their impromptu afternoon adventure runs into trouble when the police catch up with them. (Comedy)

The Emporium by Thornton Wilder, directed by Michelle Brooks

Wilder’s play influenced by Kierkegaard and Stein, combining the atmosphere of Kafka’s “The Castle” with a Horatio Alger theme. “A typical American success story and a spine-chilling melodrama” – Wilder (Drama)

Weekend 2 August 26-28

The Dangers of Tobacco by Anton Chekhov, translated by Paul Schmidt, directed by Käthe Park

What’s supposed to be a lecture turns into much more when a twitchy eyed housekeeping husband details his misery at the hands of a “cheap and vulgar wife.” (Comedy)

My Norman by Jack Goodstein (Maryland playwright), directed by Jim Robertson

Momma meets her son’s new girl friend and all the stereo-types run rampent. A study in jumping to confusions. (Comedy)

Cottonwood by Audrey Cefaly (Maryland playwright), directed by Bob Bartlett

What’s not to love about a pasture party? Four high school friends celebrate their 20-year reunion around a bonfire in Stucky’s back forty. The tales get taller, the ATV gets a work-out and the girls wonder where in the world it all went wrong. (Comedy/Drama)

Weekend 3 September 2-4

Missing the Train by Geoff Weinman, directed by Ira Haber

A look at Sol’s life, his women, his best friend (gay) and did he miss the train. (Comedy)

Good Night by Jim W. Cary, directed by Misty Demory

A long married, elderly couple remember and rekindle their youthful ardor. (Drama/Comedy)

Cornered by Rosemary Frisino Toohey (Maryland playwright), directed by Michael Sandner

Fencing was Laura’s passion, but now that disease has turned her body into stone, the only matches she can win are the nightly verbal battles with her husband. If a woman can no longer touch the man she loves, is it right to push him into someone else’s arms? (Drama)

Show Details

Dates: Opening Night: August 19, 2005 Final Performance: September 4, 2005

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