2023 One-Act Festival

September 22 – October 1, 2023

Banana Brains by Em German
Directed by Yvonne Paretzky

Funeral for the Cat by B.G. Craig
Directed by Vanessa Markowitz

A Snowball’s Chance by Jeff Dunne
Directed by Karen Fleming

i didn’t think you’d be so unhappy by Shara Feit
Directed by Sophia Menconi

Five Grains of Rice by Arindam Ghosh
Directed by Arindam Ghos

Blue Stockings
By Jessica Swale
Directed by Eleanore Tapscott
October 27 – November 12, 2023

The year is 1896. Few universities accept women at all; those that do consider them to be intellectually inferior to their male counterparts. The women pursuing academics are disdainfully labeled “Blue Stockings.” Cambridge University’s doors have opened to a cohort of excited and ambitious young women, but how will the institution adapt? Over the course of an academic year, we follow the journey of four female students as they fight for their right to graduate alongside their male counterparts.

By Naya James
Directed by Yvonne Paretzky
January 26 – February 11, 2024

Abdication! is a triptych of one-act plays about tuning in (to cell phones) and dropping out (of jobs and relationships). Stuck is set in a society where people can enter a virtual reality of their choosing. In Love Lobotomy, two patients — who meet at a clinic to undergo a procedure to become immune to love — unexpectedly embark on a relationship instead. Color Scheme takes place in a dystopian near-future where everyone has been sorted into color-coded groups based on their personalities.

Dance Nation
By Clare Barron

Directed by Lee Blaser
March 8 – 24, 2024

Somewhere in America, an army of pre-teen competitive dancers plots to take over the world. And if their new routine is good enough, they’ll claw their way to the top at the Boogie Down Grand Prix in Tampa Bay. In Clare Barron’s raucous pageant of ambition and ferocity, these young dancers have more than choreography on their minds.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
by William Shakespeare

Adapted and directed by Emma Hooks
April 19 – May 5, 2024

In this beloved and fantastical comedy, four Athenians run away to the forest only to have Puck the fairy make both boys fall in love with the same girl. The four run through the forest, pursuing each other while Puck helps his master play a trick on the fairy queen. Meanwhile, a troupe of “rude mechanicals” put on a play of their own.

by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman

Directed by Fred Zirm
June 7 – 23, 2024

Sondheim’s darkly comedic musical presents a revue of historical figures who attempted (successfully or not) to assassinate different presidents of the United States. The musical explores what the assassins’ presence in American history says about the ideals of their country. The score reflects both popular music of the various depicted eras and a broader tradition of “patriotic” American music.

Also, this holiday season The British Players presents at Silver Spring Stage

The Little Mermaid: A Family Pantomime
by Warren McWilliams
Directed by Emilia O’Connor
Asst. Directed by Sara Cath
Produced by Colleen Darling
December 1, 2023 – January 7, 2024

The Little Mermaid: A Family Pantomime is a delightful retelling of the beloved fairy tale, filled with enchantment, humor, and plenty of underwater adventure. A courageous and curious young mermaid, Mariel, embarks on a thrilling journey to discover love, friendship, and staying afloat as part of two worlds. Guided by her faithful crabby friend, Bastian, Mariel seeks the “help” of sea witch Octavia, to capture Prince Derek’s heart. Will Mariel find true love, or will her dreams be scuttled??

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