In the final four days of the 2015 NotaBle Acts Theatre Festival, you can still catch eight new plays that are the winners of the ten-minute and one-act categories of the annual playwriting contest.
The four winners of the contest’s one act category, always one of the festival’s highlights and a primary focus of NB Acts’ developmental mandate, will be presented as staged readings at Memorial Hall, UNB, from July 29-August 1, 8 PM nightly. Spaceman by Jake Martin (right) is a touching comedy about a woman who is surprised when the space-obsessed father who abandoned her comes back into her life. The Beavercreek Vacancy by Gordon Mihan is an absurd, apocalyptic comedy set in the lobby of a fading motel poised on the brink of a hydro dam that is about to fail in a massive rainstorm. Portrait of a One-Eyed Man by Bruce Allen Lynch is a Russia-set espionage thriller inspired by the real life story of an ex-Soviet agent assassinated in London, and Jolt by Tilly Jackson (below) is a dark drama about a family struggling with mental illness.
Spaceman and The Beavercreek Vacancy will be performed as a twin-bill on Wed. July 29 and Fri., July 31, with Portrait of a One-Eyed Man and Jolt performed together on July 30 and August 1.
Running daily at noon through Friday, July 31 in Barracks Square, Taking it to the Streets is a production featuring free outdoor lunchtime theatre, staging the four winners of NB Acts 2015 ten-minute playwriting contest. Always popular with audiences and suitable for all ages, this years plays offer an hour of fast-paced, winning comedy. Alexa Higgins’ Bergman Gets Results takes us inside the minds of the members of a hilariously dysfunctional yoga class; Jake Martin’s Someone Gets Shot is a comic thriller that ends with a bang; Jeff Lloyd’s A Curious Incident at the Park in the Daytime (below) makes a bestselling book the possible dealmaker/breaker in a chance romantic encounter; and Gordon Mihan’s Rest in Peace, Mr. Fish is part murder mystery, part bereavement session for four people who love their goldfish way too much, and features a toilet as its central set piece (for obvious reasons..).