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GVT to host New Voices Play Festival

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Greenbrier Valley Theatre will present six new ten-minute plays at the New Voices Play Festival at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18-19 and Jan. 25-26. The event showcases the talents of local playwrights, who see their works fully realized with director, cast and full production crew.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for students. For tickets or information, call 304-645-3838.

Selected from more than 100 works submitted from across the country, this year's six plays offer a skewed look into human nature. Of the six plays, three are the work of West Virginia playwrights — two local and one from Huntington.

In Alex Dremann's "Narcoleptic Pillow Fight," the seven-year itch sends a medically challenged couple headfirst into a bedtime brawl when a soup ladle, a sister-in-law and two perfectly timed cases of narcolepsy invade an otherwise normal matrimonial argument. Dremann hails from Philadelphia. This is his first production with Greenbrier Valley Theatre. His short plays have seen more than 250 productions.

Jonathan Joy's "Little Donkeys and Elephants" is a Christmas comedy about two children, Billy and Amy, whose differing viewpoints on how to celebrate the holiday season lead to spirited arguments over whose family traditions are more politically correct. Joy is from Huntington. His works have been performed in nine states, including stages in New York City and San Francisco.

"A Game of Twenty . . ." is playwright Eric Fritzius' attempt to answer the great inscrutable questions of the 20th century. While waiting in a limbo-esque lobby of the afterlife, a man is told he may ask twenty questions of the "administrator." This is the fourth of Fritzius' plays to be produced by GVT.

Seattle playwright Barbara Lindsay has written more than 50 plays. Her dark comedy "On the Line" explores the charged relationship between an emotionally wrecked girl who is dateless on Valentine's Day and the judgmental male volunteer working the crisis hotline.

Brett Hursey's comedic 10-minute plays have been produced in more than 100 theatres across the USA and in five foreign countries. In "Splitting Hares," when Ron Jr. leaves for college, his father's psyche takes a "hare-y" turn. Can Ron Sr. and Annie, with the help of their marriage counselor, sort out their problems before a made-up condition really sends Ron hopping away?

"Occupy My Mind" is Greenbrier County native and White Sulphur Springs resident Christian M. Giggenbach's third play to be produced in GVT's New Voices festivals. In this political comedy, a manic protest leader begins gathering a ragtag team of activists for his own offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Will his boot camp initiation tactics move his followers to follow in his path or run out the door instead?


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