I attended Friday's "Pay What you Can", which means that you could even pay $1. Each of the 6 plays took about 10 minutes, and surprisingly, the whole thing was over in one hour. There was a post show discussion with the producer and entire cast that lasted about 15-20 minutes and the audience then went on stage to chat with the cast.
The Round House Theatre
looks like it seats about 100 and there seemed to be about 60 people there. If you sit in the first or second row, you are about 8-10 feet away from some of the actors. The ticket price of $10 for someone age 30 or under is designed to bring in a younger audience. Even though the top price is $15, it brings in a much older audience.
The Prince Georges County MD community theater group Active Cultures
commissions local sports fans to write short plays. They have produced 18 plays in 3 years and "Sportacultures: The All Stars
" used their 6 favorites. They had rejected a script because it was not from a local fan. They said that these plays are normally performed outdoors in Prince Georges County, and that this was the second time they left that county for a show.
Here's my review:
* America’s Pastime
by Mary Waters. A look at the day Vice President Dick Cheney threw the first pitch for the Washington Nationals.
I suspect that this was done in 2008, as it seemed stale dated to do a play about VP Dick Cheney practicing with a black Brian Schneider to throw out the First Pitch. I arrived a few minutes late, but even then it dragged. WNFF members could have come up with something much funnier, especially if they used Obama's First Pitch here, where he put on a White Sox cap.
* To the Redskins with Love
by John Xander Yi. Guys night out watching the ‘Skins
is threatened when a girl invades the mancave.
This was by far the best play of the group. The girl, played by Rachel Manteuffel, had a shapely body, which helped sell what was the best script of the 6 plays, which was written by John Xander. They could have made this run 20 minutes. I liked it so much that I wanted to see more.
* Medley Relay
by Jessica Burgess & Mary Resing, music by Andy Welchel. In this sports musical, four teen swimmers in the PrinceMont League team up to vanquish their rivals. Featuring the breakout hit, Freestyle.
The director of the first play is one of the 4 singers, wearing one-piece swimsuits and pajama bottoms and rubber caps. Three of them were not exactly in swimsuit shape. They sang the entire time, with each taking a turn at solo.
* Long Shot
by James Hesla. At Rinaldi’s Bowling Alley in College Park, two lonely hearts meet cute while watching Chris Webber’s Washington Bullets
An actual Bullets jersey, but there didn't seem to be much chemistry between the two. They had nice sound effects of a bowling alley.
by Michael John Garcés. A story about how the Nationals beat the odds, won the Series
, and all was made right in the world.
This is about three people playing catch while talking about professional baseball.
* The Gridiron: Adventures from the Sideline
by Thembi Duncan. The rookie has a few surprises for the coach during this high stakes co-ed flag football game.
These are all about 10 minutes, so they don't have much time to develop characters.
Several people commented that the Washington Capital hockey team
should have had a play. People from this WNFF site could write 10-minute plays that would equal or better much of what they put on. So submit scripts for their consideration! The Artistic Producer is Mary Resing, who spoke after the plays. She said that she gets a lot of Redskins scripts, but cannot put them on because most of them contain profanity.artisticDirector@ActiveCultures.orgwww.ActiveCultures.org
Active Cultures mission- to create original professional theatre about local culture.