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23rd Annual  Festival  of  One-Act  Plays

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Theatre Three presents The 23rd Annual Festival of One-Act Plays

THEATRE THREE proudly presents The Twenty-Third Annual Festival of One-Act Plays, from February 27 through April 2, 2022, at The Ronald F. Peierls Theatre, on the Second Stage. Selected from over 250 submissions world-wide, these six cutting-edge premieres are guaranteed to entertain and engage.

The evening opens with Philip Darg’s Confessions of a Successful Playwright, a hilarious look at One-Act Festivals(!). The Turn-Around, by Cary Pepper, addresses one of today’s hot button issues from a wickedly humorous point-of-view. The first half closes with a brutal take on the opioid crisis in Joshua Young’s darkly disturbing Bad China.

The second part of the bill opens with Benign Departures, Tony Pasqualini’s vision of a future national health crisis from a catastrophic perspective. Arianna Rose’s The Beat Goes On takes a peek at what goes on inside a display case at the Smithsonian, as various musical containers vie for superiority. The evening closes with Frank Tangredi’s Play Date, a whimsical and charming look at fatherhood from two very different perspectives.

Playwrights Cary Pepper and Arianna Rose have each had one production produced in THEATRE THREE’s Festival. Pepper was represented in 2011 with Finding Love@.Com and Rose with last season’s Family By Numbers. Frank Tangredi marks his record-breaking sixth Festival play; his five previous works were Of Dogs and Dolphins (2000); Along the Faultline (2006); Useless Information (2010); Solitary (2011); and Peck (2014).

The company features veteran one-act performers Steve Ayle, Nicole Bianco, Antoine Jones, Phyllis March Steven Uihlein, and Steve Wangner are joined by Festival newcomers Bradlee Bing, Sari Feldman, and Eric J. Hughes, and, in his THEATRE THREE debut, Josh Diolosa. Marking his twenty-second Festival (and over one hundred plays), the evening is directed by Festival founder and Executive Artistic Director Jeffrey Sanzel.
Please Note: Adult content and language. Parental discretion is advised.

The 23rd Annual Festival of One-Act Plays is sponsored by Lippencott Financial Group.

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Cast
 "Bad China" by Joshua Young
Nos STEVEN UIHLEIN
Del NICOLE BIANCO
Reba JOSHUA DIOLOSA

"The Beat Goes On" by Arianna Rose
 Cass   SARI FELDMAN
Trax   STEVE AYLE
L.P.   ANTOINE JONES
Cee Dee   NICOLE BIANCO
Dayta   STEVEN UIHLEIN

"Benign Departures" by Tony Pasqualini
Elizabeth   SARI FELDMAN
 Maggie   PHYLLIS MARCH

"Confessions of a Successful Playwright" Phil Darg
Wade   STEVE WANGNER 
Reporter    NICOLE BIANCO

“Play Date" by Frank Tangredi
Lou     BRADLEE BING
Tyler   ERIC J. HUGHES
Spadaro   STEVE WANGNER

“The Turn-Around" by Cary Pepper
Lester      STEVE AYLE
Robert   ANTOINE JONES


Directed by   JEFFREY SANZEL
Production Design Consultant   RANDALL PARSONS
Costume Design by   TERESA MATTESON
Lighting Design by   STEVEN UIHLEIN
Sound Design   Tim Haggerty
Stage Manager   Sarah Rosenberg

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Scenes from the 23rd Annual Festival of One-Act Plays

  • Theatre Three ONE-ACTS 2020 Bad China by Joshua Young with Nicole Bianco, Joshua Diolosa, Steven Uihlein
  • Theatre Three ONE-ACTS 2020 Bad China by Joshua Young with Nicole Bianco, Steven Uihlein, & Joshua Diolosa (seated)
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Past One Act Festivals

The 2019 Twenty-second Annual Festival of One-Act Plays
FAMILY BY NUMBERS by Arianna Rose
FOR A MOMENT IN THE DARKNESS, WE WAIT by Libby Leonard
THE MAKING OF MEDEA'S MEDEA by Chas Belov
PERFECTLY NORMAL by J. Joseph Cox
PLAYLIST TO HAVE A CRISIS TO by Tom Slot
THE UNFORGIVABLE SIN OF FORGIVENESS by Rich Orloff

The 2018 Twenty-first Annual Festival of One-Act Plays
AFTER CLASS by Andrea Fleck Clardy
AT THE CIRCUS by Chip Bolcik
BIRD FEED by Melanie Acampora
DARK by Jack McCleland
HOME VERSUS THE HOLIDAYS by Charles West
INTERVIEW WITH THE FIRST FAMILY by Tom Slot
PLUMB DESIRE by Patrick Gabridge

The 2017 Twentieth Annual Festival of One-Act Plays
Counting Sheep by Jae Kramisen
How Does It Feel to Be a Problem? by Patrick Gabridge
The Kitchen Fairy by Scott Gibson
Lower Education by Lewis Shilane
A New Lease by Tony Foster
Upset Over Nothing by Robin Doupé
When Driven by Melanie Acampora

The 2016 Nineteenth Annual Festival of One-Act Plays
Ben and Rachel Go to the Movies  by John Kane
Bro by Robb Willoughby
A Clean Dislike by Alex Dremann
Flying Low by Jules Tasca
OK Computer by Tom Moran
Why This Monologue Isn’t Memorized by Kurt Sass

The 2015 Eighteenth Annual Festival of One-Act Plays
 Accident by George J. Bryjak
Bird by Sarah Pitard
Civilized Affairs by Carl Williams
Clean Routine by John C. Davenport and Jaryl Draper
The Present Illusion by David Vazdauskas
Quack by Patrick Gabridge

The 2014 Seventeenth Annual Festival of One-Act Plays
Face Time by Donna Hoke
The Great Escape by l.E. Grabowski-Cotton
The Making of Bambi by Stephanie Keys
Peck by Frank Tangredi
March Madness - Shhh! by Jules Tasca
Unspeakable by George j. Bryjak
Waiting for Seven by Phillip Hall

The 2013 Sixteenth Annual Festival of One-Act Plays
Collateral Damage by George J. Bryjak
Man’s Best Friend by Rod McFadden
One Life by Mark Cornell
The Shrine by Michael Edan
Ripple Effect by Jon Spano
Theater in the Red by Joan Broadman

The 2012 Fifteenth Annual Festival of One-Act Plays
10-18-02 by Rosemary Frisino Toohey
The Bargain by Joel Fishbane
Four and Twenty Wretched Dates by Chris Morse
The Imaginary Orange by Hal Corley
Letting Go by Tom Moran Schaden
Friday by Tom Baum

 The 2011 Fourteenth Annual Festival of One-Act Plays
THE BODY POLITIC by David Hall
COCKTAILS, ANYONE? by Robert White
FAIR ENOUGH by Sandor McKellan
FINDING LOVE @.COM by Cary Pepper
SOLITARY by Frank Tangredi
SYMPHONY FOR TWO, IN L MINOR by Jeremy Grimmer

The 2010 Thirteenth Annual Festival of One-Act Plays
AGNES’S LITTLE WAR by Rosemary Frisino Toohey
ANYTHING ELSE? by Jeff Stolzer
FOOLING AROUND by Jean Reynolds
GPS by Thomas J. Misuraca
USELESS INFORMATION by Frank Tangredi
VIEWERS LIKE YOU by Tommy Trull

The 2009 Twelfth Annual Festival of One-Act Plays
BACK TO NORMAL by Tom Moran
BEEP by Joe Godfrey
BLEND by Guillermo Reyes
JUST BUSINESS by Jeff Carter
THE VICAR OR “HESITANCY” by Shannon Reed
THE WORM by Tom Deiker

The 2008 Eleventh Annual Festival of One-Act Plays
CAST OF CHARACTERS by Philip Dawkins
THE INSURED by Sandra Hosking
A MATTER OF DAYS by Dennis Jones
THE PLAY ABOUT THE MENU AT SIMON’S COFFEE SHOP by D.T. Arcieri
RATS by Shaun Raviv

The 2007 Tenth Annual Festival of One-Act Plays
THE AGE OF UGLY SHOES by Jeff Carter
NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH by Jill Mountain
NO ONE’S THE WISER by Teri Freeman
SECRET SUNSHINE by Keith Sanders
WELCOME TO YOUR LIFE by Shannon Reed
WHERE THE SOUL LIVES by David L. Williams

The 2006 Ninth Annual Festival of One-Act Plays
ALONG THE FAULTLINE by Frank Tangredi
BOUND FOR GLORY by Shannon Reed
BREAK OF DAY by Jeff Carter
DEATH AND MOTOR VEHICLES by Isaac Rathbone
DEVIL DEAD DAY by Jules Tasca P
INTER, POOH AND ME by Norman Kline

The 2005 Eighth Annual Festival of One-Act Plays
ATTENTION, PLEASE by Louis Felder
THE DUTY OF SAINTS by Jules Tasca
PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCE by S.W. Senek
THE WORLD OF FLESH AND FLOOD by Philip Cioffari
WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS by Stefanie DeLeo

The 2004 Seventh Annual Festival of One-Act Plays
THE AGONY AND THE EXPERTS by Charles Lupia
DEAD ON by David Fleisher
MAKING ROOM by S.W. Senek
MARKINGS by Mark Cofta
NAPKIN by Robert Simonson
THE SOUND OF ONE HAND TYPING by Maurice Martin

The 2003 Sixth Annual Festival of One-Act Plays
CLAZION CATCHES LIGHT by Broken Gopher, Inc.
THE KISSING PLAY by Lauren Feldman
NURTURING QUALITIES by Doug Stone
ODE TO TENNESSEE by Terri Wilson
OVERHEARD by Lenore Blumenfeld

The 2002 Fifth Annual Festival of One-Act Plays
 EMOTIONAL CORRECTNESS by Robert Simonson
THE MAN WITH HIS MOTHER ON HIS ARM by Jules Tasca
SOCCER MOMS by Enrique Carrasco
SONS AND MOTHERS by David Fleisher
SWAN SONG by Joe Godfrey

The 2001 Fourth Annual Festival of One-Act Plays
ABSENT FRIENDS by Tony Sportiello
THE ANNIVERSARY by Edna Chamberlin Morris
FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS by David Fleisher
A LITTLE PIECE by James P. Flores
THE UNITED WAY by Robert Shaffron

The 2000 Third Annual Festival of One-Act Plays
BOUND WORDS by Kassie Bracken
BURIED TOGETHER by Joseph Coyne
 LIVER FOR BREAKFAST by Lindsay Price
OF DOGS AND DOLPHINS by Frank Tangredi
ORDER by David Fleisher

The 1999 Second AnnualFestival of One-Act Plays
THE FIFTY-YARD LION by James P. Flores
THE GOLDEN CORD by Steven Packard
THE TIE THAT BINDS by Emily Ecton
TOUCH by William Gadea
WHICH ONE’S YOURS? by Robert Simonson

The 1998 First Annual Festival of One-Act Plays
LAST RIDE ON THE CAROUSEL by Zanne Hall
NORMAN! by D.T. Arcieri
SOME FRIEND by Robert Simonson
THE STRAIGHT MEN’S MUSICAL THEATRE PROJECT by Lawrence Thelen