2021 Newmarket International Festival of One Act Plays

2021 Newmarket International Festival of One Act Plays

The 2021 Newmarket International Festival of One Act Plays took place September 9th, 10th, and 11th, 2021

Newmarket International Festival of One Act Plays 2021 Play bill

Thursday September 9th “Coming out of COVID 19 Vac-Scene Gala”


Thursday September 9th 

Room for Cream by Jim Geoghan Directed by Ivana Obradovic 

The further adventures of Carl and Ida in the Subway Sandwich shop on Hollywood Boulevard where they meet once a week. Carl shows up late, again. On his way to meet Ida he’s had a bewildering encounter with a panhandler. Both Ida and Carl discuss the nuances of the panhandling profession.


The book club thief By Renne Baillargeon Directed by Mary Rose Talani 

It is book club night and everyone is supposed to read “The Book Thief”. However, only three of the married wives can make it. It is not surprising that Taryn, the rich flirtatious divorcee, is busy elsewhere as usual. But what is she up to this time? And how will it affect their book club?







Faster than a Speeding Bullet by Jim Geoghan Directed by Ivana Obradovic 

Carl and Ida are Hollywood actors and have known each other for many years. They meet at a Subway Sandwich shop on Hollywood Boulevard once a week to chat. Carl shows up late, He’s had an unexpected run in with Superman who’s been in an accident. Superman is one of the many costumed actors who entertain on Hollywood Boulevard for donations.





Friday September 10th 


Mark My Worms by Cary Pepper  

Mason has been cast in a newly-discovered, never-before-seen play by the world-class absurdist LaSalle Montclare. But the play must be performed exactly as written. And Montclare, who worked on a typewriter when there was no Spell Check, was a lousy typist. This is why the play opens with Mason holding his costar at gunpoint and having to say, “I’ve got a bun? Come out or I’ll hoot.”



Rosa and Leo by Adam Szudrich Directed By Amanda Dempsey-Laughlin 

Five decades after secretly falling in love in a Nazi concentration camp, Rosa and Leo rediscover each other on opposite sides of the world.




Saturday- Matinee September 11 2 PM

Gilda: by Rod Urquhart – Directed by Kira Rosenbloom 

Nature-lover, young and beautiful, but poor, Gilda, who is watched over by Forest Elves, is given the chance to live like a Princess, which she accepts. Taken in by the King and Queen, it’s the King’s evil brother’s son, Denny, who has eyes for Gilda and kidnaps her. Thanks to the Forest Elves and visiting Prince, Poul, will Gilda be rescued in time and returned to her life in the palace?





Saturday Evening September 11 

Mourning Glory by Rich Orloff

Explores the question: What is the appropriate waiting period before a guy can hit on his dead friend’s spouse?  And how long should she wait if her late husband was lousy in bed?



The Third Life of Eddie Mann by John Spurway Directed by Bruce Williamson

Eddie Mann’s first life was as a teacher, which he loved. He retired after 31 years and decided to become a financial advisor, which he hated. That was his second life. We come across Eddie standing on the ledge of the sixth floor of St. Vincent’s Hospital, freshly fired by his only client and entertaining the notion of making a very quick trip to the parking lot along comes a quirky passerby who calls himself Angel. After an even quirkier conversation, Eddie makes a big decision.




Saturday Awards night  After the last performance