july 26-28

Eastbound Theatre, a division of Milford Arts Council, announces its annual program of original short plays, “East/West PlayFest 2019.” East/West Playfest is a two-weekend festival of original short plays from around the world. Six scripts are chosen from over 400 scripts from New Zealand, Belgium, Canada, and across the country and then performed in two locations - the MAC (East) and Westport Community Theater (West) Audiences vote for their favorite show, and the winner is announced at the  final matinee.

Performances will take place at Westport Community Theater on July 12 and 13, with a second round of performances on July 26-28 at the MAC, 40 Railroad Avenue South in Milford. Friday and Saturday performances will begin at 8 PM, with the final Sunday matinee at 2 PM. Audiences will vote for their favorite show, with the winner being announced in the MAC Speakeasy following the final matinee.

This year's offerings are as follows:

Exhibit A, by LH Grant of Davis, CA. A strait-laced young man finds himself drawn to the latest work by an avant-garde artist. The play is directed by Robert Watts of Milford. The play features Bridget Koestner of Derby and Patrick Shanahan of Trumbull.

The Father-Daughter Banquet, by Mike Solomonson of Snowflake, AZ. On what should be a festive occasion, a young girl receives some life-changing news. The play is directed by Ann Baker of Milford. The play features Betzabeth Castro of Bridgeport, Joe Maker of Stamford, and John R. Smith, Jr. of Trumbull.

Hitch, by James McLindon of Northampton, MA. Accepting a ride from a stranger places two people in a situation that may be too close for its own good . The play is directed by Tom Rushen of Stratford. The play features Tom Takacs and Martha Hegley of Trumbull.

Neighborhood Watch, by Matthew Weaver of Spokane, WA. Two bears in the woods witness a break-in at their neighbor’s house. The play is directed by Tanya Feduik-Smith of Trumbull. The play features TJ Chila of Milford and Elayne Mordoff of Norwalk

People Will Talk, by Scott Mullen of Burbank, CA. Twelve floors above the city, two potential jumpers squabble about the logistics of their actions. The play is directed by of Rachel Babcock of Branford. The play features Qesar Veliu of Shelton and Cindy Hartog of Westport.

Wolverton Inn, by Craig Gustafson of Lombard, IL. A paranormal investigator arrives at a landmark in the Chicago area. The play is directed by Jessica Racaniello of Stratford. The play features Peter Haynes of Wilton, Danielle Hartog of Westport, and Tom Takacs of Trumbull.

A donation of $10.00 is suggested so that the MAC may bring more quality performances to the community. More information: https://www.milfordarts.org/eastwest-playfest or contact Westport Community Theatre at 203-226-1983, or email ebtmac@gmail.com.

Congrats to Scott Mullen, who became only the second playwright to repeat as winner of the Summer Audience Award 2019, and the first to do it in consecutive years. Director Rachel Babcock shares in that honor as well.

The festival is co-sponsored by Westport Community Theater and Eastbound Theatre, a division of the Milford Arts Council.

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