By Randi Somers
Nancy Chastain directs four short plays for the last performance of the summer season at Pier One Theater on the Homer Spit. Ken Landfield will act as assistant director.
“Three of the plays in 4Play are from the best American short plays, 2010-2011 edited by William W. Demastes,” Chastain said. “I fell for each of these as soon as I read them. I love a good farce.”
“The Coyote Stratagem,” by G. Flores, involves a couple breaking up, but not really sure they want to. The play follows their thrashing from one kind of love to another. Thom Custer and Jessica Guttierez-Hahn star.
Peter Norton and Amy Huffman star in “Creatures,” by Janet Allard. An engaged couple, under a full moon at a drive-in movie, begin to suspect that the man is turning into a werewolf.
“Ah, love! Expect the unexpected,” Chastain said. “Just when you think you’ve got it figured out, here comes yet another surprise.”
“You’re Invited,” by Darren Canady, stars Owen Duffy, Thom Custer, Rowyn Cunnihgham, Amy Huffman and Jessica Guitieirrez-Hahn.
What happens when your kid has an “accident” at another kid’s birthday party? Parents and friends wind up in a difficult situation. It’s Logan’s birthday party and the kids were having a great time, but now they’re all crying. It’s up to their parents to make it all right.
The fourth play is a monologue starring Dick Sanders, entitled “The Gold and Silver Waltz.” The play was written by Romulus Linney, an actor turned playwright who wrote with a deep consideration for the actor and the actor’s skill, writing deeply human works.
“This piece is a very tender and heartfelt piece,” Chastain said. “I’ve wanted to produce this play since I first read it, and now I have the chance. Mr. Linney is, incidentally, the father of actor Laura Linney.”
Sanders plays a man sick with a high fever who receives a phone call from a childhood friend. They reminisce, and amidst the wash of memory in his fever/dream, he remembers a seminal event of his youth.
Parents are advised that two of the plays contain language that may not be appropriate for young audiences.
The theater opens at 7 p.m. with the first play beginning at 7:30 p.m.
“Admission price is ‘pay what you can,’” Chastain explained. “It’s a thank you to our audiences.”
Dates for the shows are Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug 22, 23 and 24; and Thursday, Friday and Saturday, August 29, 30 and 31.
While this is the end of performances at Pier One Theatre, the thespian group expects to produce “Les Miserables” at the high school in October.
Reservations can be made by calling 235-7333.
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