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One Act Festival

Every year, The Barley Sheaf Players host a judged one-act festival that offers a collection of different small shows, each running between five and sixty minutes. Each show, director, and cast has a chance to win awards and recognition, and the judges will select one or more shows to represent The Barley Sheaf Players at the next level of competition, the PACT (Pennsylvania Association of Community Theaters) festival.

Snow date is Friday, February 8th.

Please review the information about each performance prior to attending. Adult themes and language may be used.

Shows listed in order of appearance at the festival.


Written by Peter Tarsi
Directed by Deb Topka

Produced by special arrangement with DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois.

A group of strangers meet on a subway platform and discover that they have started an unexpected journey with an unknown destination.

Homeless Girl.............Gabrielle Sheller
The Old Man...............Dave Cowburn
The Lawyer................Laurie Burke
The Professor.............Scott Yannick
The Nun...................Deb Sulenski
The Businesswoman.........Katie Farnum
The Businessman...........Bryan McVeigh
The High School Girl......Sammie Topka
The High School Boy.......Joe Breslin
The Waitress..............Elizabeth Hennessey

Special thanks to Kevin Robinson for assistance with sound and Nicole and Zak Topka for assistance with the set.

"Waiting at a Montreal Subway Station" by micndom is licensed under CC Attribution 3.0 Unported. It has been edited for this performance and the full sound is available at https://freesound.org/s/27705/

I Dream Before I Take the Stand

Written by Arlene Hutton
Directed by Lindsay Franklin

Produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc.

For every woman who has ever walked in a park...

She....Andrea Grinwis
He.....Morgan Reinbold

Note: although no graphic language is used, this piece may be difficult for survivors of sexual violence

The Ethics of Living Jim Crow

Written by Richard Wright
Adapted by Reginald C. Brown
Directed by Teresa Morrow

Produced by special arrangement with Julia Wright

A narrative theatre performance of the writer Richard Wright's formative years encountering the prejudices ever-present in his life growing up as a black male in segregated America.

Performer.....Reginald C. Brown

Note: this performance contains mature language

Gray Matter

Written by Jeanette D. Farr
Directed by Carroll Frantz

Stage Crew - David Frantz

Produced by special arrangement with Jeanette D. Farr

Exploring what if feels like to be misunderstood.

Marge.....Bev Smith
Russell...Griffen Frantz

This show has closed.

February 2019
10:00 am*
* Member tickets not valid for marked (orange) shows.

Festival Admission Details
Admission is $10, payable at the door, which entitles you to stay for as many or few of the performances as you wish. Reservations will not be taken for this event, and free member admission is not permitted.

Some of the shows may contain adult themes and language.

The first show starts at 10:00 AM (doors open at 9:30). The doors are locked during each show's performance, and reopened between shows to allow newly arriving patrons to enter. If you do not plan to arrive between 9:30 and 10:00 AM please dress warmly, as you may be hanging out on our front porch for a while.

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