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May 1, 2012

10th Annual Festival of New Plays
Nine short plays written by local playwrights.

WHO: Mendocino College Theatre Arts Department

WHEN: May 18 & 19, 8 PM; all tickets $5.

1000 Hensley Creek Road, Ukiah.

CONTACT: Reid Edelman (707) 468-3172

10th Annual Festival of New Plays at Mendocino College

The Mendocino College Theatre Arts Department will present the Tenth Annual Festival of New Plays on Friday and Saturday, May 18 and 19 at 8 PM in the College’s Little Theatre, Room 710 on the Ukiah campus.

The festival features nine new plays by local playwrights. Each play is approximately ten minutes long and will be presented at both performances. Many of the plays were developed in English professor Jody Gehrman’s writing classes. Gehrman has also served as the production’s dramaturge.

The plays have been directed by Mendocino College directing students under the guidance of theatre professor Reid Edelman. The short plays cover a range of topics and performance styles. According to Edelman, “This annual festival is one of the college theatre program’s most exciting projects, and this year’s line-up of plays is really wonderful.”

“The Next Great American Novel,” by festival veteran playwright Natasha Yim, is a comedy which unfolds as a family’s real life situations are reflected in a novel being written by a central character. The director is Celeste Curry; the cast includes Charles Hessom, Laura Ewing, Will Moody, Megan Regan, David Strock, Roseanne Wetzel and Maheanani Phillips.

Karen Seydel is directing Courtney O’Ferrall’s play “Blind Date Blues,” a charming romantic comedy about a woman waiting for a blind date in a restaurant. The cast includes Tarrah Crooks and Will Schlosser.

David Strock and Craig Mountain’s play “Supergreen,” under the direction of James Blake, breaks down the barriers of the theatre’s “fourth wall,” taking its message directly to the audience. This play is full of eco-surprises, best experienced live! The cast includes Mark Hetherington, Will Moody and Ryan Eldredge.

In Joni McLeod’s disturbing play “Dream-State,” a woman keeps hearing voices in her sleep, and then sees a strange woman in her room. It is a story worthy of the original Twilight Zone. Mary Buckley directs a cast featuring Michelle Ramsey, Rod Grainger and Kelly Clark.

“Flashback (a love story),” written by J.R. Brady and directed by Herron Spence, tells the story of two old friends and old lovers. Marion and Stanley, now in their 70s, meet after years of living separate lives. They reflect on their lost love, the things they fought for in their youth and the things they now realize really matter. The cast includes Janet Denninger and Seth Delaney.

Bethany Keech’s “These Days,” under the direction of Lynn Dee Johnson, explores how different generations treat the down and out and why. The cast includes Caron Theis, Maria Monti, Ryan Eldredge, Margie Loesch and Charles Hessom.

In Terena Scott’s “The Wedding Party” Nick has been dating Jenna, the love of his life. He is finally ready to show his commitment, but while he hears wedding bells, Jenna hears sirens. Monique Marmon is the director. The cast includes Chuck Wilson, Joni McLeod, Ethan Scott and Katelyn Bawcom.

Bill Webster’s “Small Change” tells the story of two misogynistic college boys who wake up to find they have been transformed into women over night. Chuck Wilson directs a cast featuring Michaela Donohue, Katelyn Bawcom and Monique Marmon.

Finally, the play “Bathwater,” by the local ensemble writing group known as The Collective Unconscious, is a dark and disturbing piece about a new mother struggling with her husband’s unfaithfulness and a very deep depression. The director is Jim Mastin. The cast features Michaela Donohue, Nate Richard and Chuck Wilson.

Tickets are available at the Mendocino Book Company and at the Mendocino College Bookstore and online at Some of the plays are for mature audiences and include disturbing themes, moments of violence and some brief sexuality.  The festival is recommended for ages 14 and up. Admission is $5. This production is expected to sell out quickly, so audience members are encouraged to purchase tickets soon! For more information, call Reid Edelman at 468-3172.

2012 New Play Festival

Bill Garner, Will Schlosser and Mark Hetherington shown here in the Mendocino College’s
2011 Festival of New Plays.

Created: May 02, 2012 @ 07:00 AM
Last Modified: July 31, 2012 @ 03:20 PM


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