The Hamilton-Gibson Women’s Project is presenting its 2019 theatrical production, “Let’s Cast Some Light On The Subject” with performances at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11 and 12 and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13 in the Warehouse Theatre at 3 Central Ave. in Wellsboro. Featured are five 10- to 20-minute one act plays and four short monologues. All are already published works.
Barbara Biddison and Coleen Evert are the production’s co-producers. The show offers a range of entertainment from comedy to drama. “Several of the plays are very touching. Others are laugh out loud funny,” Biddison said. “Based on the subject matter I think teens and adults will enjoy the show. The material is written for them rather than younger children even though there is no offensive language or violence,” she added.
On Friday, Oct. 11 there will be an opening night party immediately following the performance and after the Saturday night show and Sunday matinee will be talk-backs to give audience members an opportunity to ask questions about the production and talk to the producers, directors, actors and crew members.
“Relative Strangers” is a funny, touching story featuring three women traveling on an airplane. Marie Harvey played by Elise Coolidge is a middle-aged woman who wants to be alone with her Bloody Mary. Marie Barrett played by Sarah Knight is a 20-something woman looking for motherly advice. Virginia, the flight attendant, is played by Karin Knaus. The pilot is the recorded voice of Brett Long. Director is Yolie Canales.
The monologue “Where Do The Mermaids Stand?” is about a child who doesn’t quite fit in but finds her place. The understanding adult who tells the story is played by Beverly Dunham. The child is six-year-old Sylvia Duterte. Director is Kacy Hagan.
“Grunions” is a comedy/drama about a married couple who argue constantly. They go on the same trip every year but haven’t been successful yet in seeing the annual mating ritual of small fish called grunions. Carla is played by Taylor Nickerson and Augie by Craig Lotinsky. Director is Noyes Lawton.
The monologue “Tangerine Hunter” features Theresa Delmotte as the shopkeeper of an upscale store full of expensive goodies for women. Director is Linda Young.
“Precipice” explores how people react to stress. A man and woman decide to go on a hike and end up stranded on Mount Rainier. They are faced with a choice – leap across a chasm veiled with fog and hopefully land safely on the other side or remain where they are and try to weather a storm, for which they are ill prepared. He is played by Brett Long and She by Emily Cornell. Director is Kacy Hagan.
“Lost” is a comedy about two “old” friends who are preparing for a theatre outing. Helen is played by Pip Burrous and Alice by Pat Balon. Director is Linda Iseri.
The charming monologue “Cinderella and the Barking Pig” features David Gordon as a kindergarten teacher who is able to include a student in the dramatization of this fairy tale even though the youngster has refused to take a traditional role. Director is Noyes Lawton.
With humor and insight, “First Fireworks” paints a meaningful and poignant picture of the relationship between a mother, Dawn played by Judith Sornberger and daughter, Helen played by Laura Mullins. The mother shares some hard-earned wisdom with her daughter as they discuss family, marriage and children. Director is Jessie Thompson.
The monologue “Prometheus” features Mary Anne Heston playing a woman remembering her childhood as an orphan and the kindnesses that meant so much to her. E. Grace Bishop and Cabella Hazelton are also featured but do not speak any lines. Director is Linda Young.
For the fourth consecutive year, the HG Women’s Project is providing opportunities for women and men, ages 16 and up, interested in acting and directing, designing and building sets, making costumes and working backstage. “After three years of encouraging local women to write their own plays, we decided to use material that had already been published and focus on acting and directing skills,” said Biddison. This year, two acting workshops for veteran actors and beginners were offered on May 18, and two directing workshops for beginners and experienced directors took place on June 22 and 23.
The “Let’s Cast Some Light On The Subject” production is sponsored in part by Keith and Hilma Cooper, Dunkin’ Donuts of Wellsboro, the Wellsboro Business & Professional Women’s Club, the Friday Club of Wellsboro and the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. These performances are also supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.