BLAINESWORLD #786, Section A (SART)

Please be our guest at ScriptFEST 2011 events from Nov. 4-6 (FREE!)

ScriptFEST 2011
SART’s 30th Annual Playwrights’ Conference

Evening Performances Nov. 4 & 5, 7:30 PM
Afternoon Performances Nov. 5 & 6, 2:00 PM

See Detailed Schedule Below.

UNC Asheville Campus
Reuter Center – Lower Level
Manheimer Room
Asheville, NC
(Directions Below)

FREE to the public!
Light Refreshments Served

It’s a weekend of new plays!
SART actors & Mars Hill College Theatre Arts students reading the top finalists’ original scripts from 75+ submissions, with the playwrights attending to talk about their work.

Friday, November 4, 7:30 p.m.
A TENNESSEE WALK (A Play With Music)
By Rob Anderson of Orlando, FL
In the hills of Tennessee, the art of storytelling is as rich and alive as it was back in the early days. A Tennessee Walk uses this art, where truth and fiction blend together with no more effort than the drawing of breath, and weaves a dark Southern Gothic tale surrounding the legend of Murderous Mary, the elephant, and the effect that secrets have on an impressionable girl of ten.

Saturday, November 5, 2:00 p.m.
THE VANISHING POINT
By Nedra Pezold Roberts of Atlanta, GA
How do you find your way home when the land, the culture and way of life, and even the relationships of your birth are vanishing all around you? That’s the problem that haunts Pierre, an environmental engineer recently returned to Golden Meadow to head an experimental program designed to halt the loss of Louisiana’s valuable coastal wetlands. What he finds, in addition to a dangerously fragile eco-system, is a brother—T-Paul—now engaged to Pierre’s former girlfriend and determined to break free of the trap he sees as Cajun culture, and a father—Paul—still smarting from the pain of his broken relationship with Pierre. When Paul’s shrimp boat sinks in a fiery wreck at sea, Pierre believes that replacing the vessel is the way to connect with his father and heal old wounds. But Paul wants more than a boat; he wants his son back. As questions of home and family take root in the shaky soil of longing and misunderstanding, these four characters struggle to transform loss into triumph, and find laughter and hope in the process.

Saturday, November 5, 7:30 p.m.
NOT WITHOUT OUR WOMEN (A Musical)
Book by Andrew Black of Athens, OH & Patricia Milton of San Leandro, CA
Music by Caroline Altman of El Cerrito, CA
Lyrics by Caroline Altman, Andrew Black & Patricia Milton
Beau, a young man dislocated after the Civil War, longs for a stable home. Abigail, an independent, educated suffragist, insists on being her own woman. In South Pass City, WY, these two pioneers struggle to find a new way to love: as equals. Not Without Our Women takes place during the fight for suffrage for women in the last half of the 19th century, as frontier society experienced radical change, shaking long-held beliefs to their foundations.

Sunday, November 6, 2:00 p.m.
ASSISTED LIVING
By Rich Rubin of Portland, OR
When Rose Fowler, feisty retired schoolteacher, begins to show signs of progressive Alzheimer’s disease, her middle-aged children, Ben and Sandy, grow increasingly alarmed. Ben and Sandy propose moving Rose from her apartment to an assisted living facility, but Rose is a woman who still has a mind of her own. Family tensions rise as Rose’s need to retain independence repeatedly clashes with her children’s wish to ensure her safety.

The Conference will take place in the Reuter Center, located on the north side of the UNCA campus. The Manheimer Room, #102A, is on the lower level. For a map of the campus and location of the Reuter Center, please see http://www2.unca.edu/ncccr/about/campusmap.html. For driving directions to UNCA, please see http://www.unca.edu/maps/driving-directions.

For more information about ScriptFEST, please call the SART business office at 828-689-1384, or send an email to SART@mhc.edu.

ScriptFEST typically receives 150-200 new scripts each year. SART volunteers read each submitted script, and a committee of theatre professionals reads those recommended for further review again. Once all scripts have been reviewed, SART invites up to 6 playwrights to the annual conference to hear their plays read by SART actors and Mars Hill College Theatre Arts students. Playwrights join the directors, actors, and audiences in discussions and critiques following each reading. One script may be considered by SART to be included and fully produced in an upcoming SART summer season.

Since its opening season in 1975, SART has produced 58 new plays, many supported by a New Works grant from the North Carolina Arts Council.

SART recognizes that developing new scripts is neither an easy nor a short process. The testing and development of new material at the Conference allows the playwrights to refine and build the work toward possible production. SART’s commitment to developing and producing new plays has distinguished the company from other regional summer theatres and earned a Professional Division Award from the North Carolina Theatre Conference (NCTC).

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