Texas AACTFest 2017 Show Descriptions

Each theater company has 10 minutes to set up the stage, 60 minutes to present its performance, and 10 minutes to strike the set. After each show, feedback from adjudicators will assess all areas of their performance, ultimately ranking the competitors to determine the regional qualifiers. Two theatres will advance to AACTFest Region VI in Lafayette, Louisiana which takes place April 6 - 9, 2017

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Thursday, March 16, 2017 @ 2:00 PM

#1: FUDDY MEERS by David Lindsay-Abaire
Playhouse 2000, Kerrville 

Fuddy Meers tells the story of an amnesiac, Claire, who awakens each morning as a blank slate on which her husband and teenage son must imprint the facts of her life. One morning Claire is abducted by a limping, lisping man who claims her husband wants to kill her. (Comedy – warning for language)

#2: BARRYMORE'S GHOST by Jason Miller
Children and Adults Theatrical Studio, aka CATS Playhouse, Lubbock

The play opens up the life of the legendary John Barrymore in a unique and theatrical manner - he is presented as a ghost haunting an unknown theater, which, at the moment, is in rehearsal for a play. The gods have sentenced Barrymore to this purgatorial existence as penance for his abandonment of the theater and the squandering of his talents, in the pursuit of fame, greed, and dissipation.  Barrymore disputes these assertions of the gods as he painfully and humorously examines the spectrum of his life. (Comedy/ drama – Rated for most audiences)

Thursday, March 16, 2017 @ 7:30 PM

#1: ANSWERS by Tom Topor
Katy Visual and Performing Arts Center, Katy

A man has been detained for questioning, for a crime about which he claims to know nothing. The suspect is grilled by two persistent police officers. who call him "Byron" (although he insists this is not his name). Their initially bantering attitude turns steadily more ominous as they attempt to force a confession. Ultimately, in a scene of shattering intensity, they succeed — but disturbing questions linger. (Drama - warning for language)

#2: SPECIAL SHOWCASE: show: dada + conceptual comedy
Fun House Theatre and Film, Dallas

Critically acclaimed and highly awarded youth theatre from Dallas, Fun House Theatre and Film offers an example of their groundbreaking work as an exhibition performance for the AACTFEST. A troupe of 5 young actors aged 10-18 bring you a riff on the avant garde with show:dada and conceptual comedy. Using the overly relied upon artistic theme of the four seasons as a metaphor for the stages of life, as well as for the launching off point of this spontaneous theatrical experience, the troupe will combine dada, conceptual comedy, audience participation and improvisation to create a meta-theatrical and expressionistic parody, all culminating with an impromptu performance of a short play written by the audience during the course of the show. Conceived and directed by award winning actor/director/ playwright and the artistic director of Fun House, Jeff Swearing, the performance showcases the company's innovative and novel approach to teaching young people the craft of acting from the artist The Dallas Observer named Best Theater Teacher in Dallas in 2016 and the company awarded Best Theater Company in Dallas in 2013.

FRIDAY, March 17, 2017 @ 2:00 PM

#1: GRACE & GLORIE by Tom Ziegler
Henderson Civic Theatre, Henderson 

Grace, a feisty 90-year-old cancer patient, has checked herself out of the hospital and returned to her beloved homestead cottage to die alone. Her volunteer hospice worker, Glorie, is a Harvard MBA recently transplanted to this rural backwater from New York. Glorie is tense, unhappy and guilt-ridden, her only child having been killed in an auto accident when she was driving. As she attempts to care for and comfort the cantankerous Grace, the sophisticated Glorie gains new perspectives on values and life's highs and lows. (Comedy/drama)

#2: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM by William Shakespeare
The Ritz Community Theatre, Snyder

The Ritz Community Theatre gives William Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream  a delightfully zany production full of action and contemporary touches while staying true to the bard’s melodic language.  Thwarted lovers, rude mechanicals, sylvan fairies, and aristocracy interact and bedevil each other as the course of true love flies in opposite directions. (Comedy)

FRIDAY, March 17, 2017 @ 7:30 PM

MRS. MANNERLY by Jeffrey Hatcher
Boerne Community Theatre, Boerne

Inspired by hilarious memories of a childhood etiquette class, playwright Jeffrey Hatcher conjures up the world of a ten-year-old studying manners. Mrs. Mannerly is a demanding teacher, and no student in her thirty-six years of etiquette classes has achieved a perfect score. But when he discovers her secret past, Young Jeffrey is determined to be the first to achieve this feat. This unique comic tale reveals truths about the face we present and the real selves that lie inside. (Comedy - warning for language)

SATURDAY, March 18, 2017 @ 2:00 PM

#1: VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE by Christopher Durang
Baytown Little Theater, Baytown

Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share a home in Bucks County, PA, where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives. Suddenly, their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike. Old resentments flare up, eventually leading to threats to sell the house. Also on the scene are sassy maid Cassandra, who can predict the future, and a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina, whose prettiness somewhat worries the imperious Masha. (Comedy - warning for language)

#2: THE WORLD AT ABSOLUTE ZERO by Sherry Kramer. 
Bastrop Opera House, Bastrop

On their first date, Didi and Fred desperately try to feel something for each other. But they can’t. Their hearts and souls are as cold as absolute zero. Will they be able to make a human connection before they freeze completely? A one act play for two actors, a refrigerator, and a 6 pack of coke. (Comedy/Drama)

SATURDAY, March 18, 2017 @ 7:00 PM

DRIVING MISS DAISY by Alfred Uhry
Denton Community Theatre, Denton

The place is the Deep South, the time 1948, just prior to the civil rights movement. Having recently demolished another car, Daisy Werthan, a rich, sharp-tongued Jewish widow of seventy-two, is informed by her son, Boolie, that henceforth she must rely on the services of a chauffeur. The person he hires for the job is a thoughtful, unemployed black man, Hoke, whom Miss Daisy immediately regards with disdain and who, in turn, is not impressed with his employer's patronizing tone and, he believes, her latent prejudice. But, in a series of absorbing scenes spanning twenty-five years, the two, despite their mutual differences, grow ever closer to, and more dependent on, each other. (Comedy/drama)

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