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The 2016 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 later in the year.

This year, we are proud to be presenting 8 shows. We will have two sessions; one starting at 10 and the second starting at 2. Both sessions will run about 2 hours.

Snow date is Saturday, February 6

A Quiet War

Written by Neil Simon
Directed by Spencer Gates and Norman Robinson

Army and Navy meet on a bench every Tuesday at three. This particular Tuesday, Navy picks the topic, which happens to be . . . Wait and see.

Army- Spencer Gates
Navy- Norman Robinson

Run time: approx. 30 minutes
Genre: comedy
Warnings: Children below middle school age are unlikely to enjoy this.

Bea and May

Written by Edwin Sanchez
Directed by Elizabeth Hennessey

The moments before walking down the aisle on your wedding day can be filled with overwhelming joy, anxious jitters and even some self-doubt. Join Bea and May on this journey of love, loyalty and life changing choices.

Bea- Fran Kane
May- Katie Farnum

Run time: approximately 20 minutes
Genre: drama
Warnings: Adult themes, adult language

Lucky Star

Written and directed by Gia Angeli-Myers

A tale of incarceration and the hope of freedom and redemption.

Lucky - Deb Sulenski
Casey - TiaChanel Allen
Charlie - Alex Frangoulis
Buddy - Scott Yannick
Mimi - Amanda Frangoulis
Henry - Adam Shoffner

Run time: approx. 30 minutes
Genre: comedy/drama
Warnings: None (it is G-rated)


Written by D M Larson
Directed by Greg Kasander

A young woman loves nature. Unfortunately, nature doesn't love her back. Stopping to smell the roses has never been so risky.

Liz Wheeler
Bryan McVeigh
Christa Wisneski
Joe Walsh
David Deratzian
Tracy Bell
Ben Fried

Run time: approx. 20 minutes
Genre: Comedy
Warnings: g-rated

Flywheel, Shyster, and Flywheel

From the radio program by Nat Perrin and Arthur Sheekman, Adapted by Glen Eric Reed
Directed by Glen Eric Reed

Based on the Groucho and Chico Marx radio show of the same name that aired on NBC Blue Network for 26 episodes in the early 1930s. Groucho Marx is Waldorf T. Flywheel, attorney at law, with Chico Marx as his assistant, Emmanuel Ravelli. This one-act follows their first case, in the classic, zany Marx Brothers style!

Keith Chamberlain as Announcer
Gina Reed as Miss Dimple
Glen Eric Reed as Groucho Marx as Waldorf T. Flywheel
Kevin Robinson as Chico Marx as Emmanuel Ravelli
Sherry Snyder as Mrs. Jones

Run time: 20 minutes
Genre: Pre-industrial political thriller/Comedy
Warnings: none/ the first few rows might get wet

What the Puck

Written by FJ Hartland
Directed by Adam Shoffner

High above Pittsburgh, two construction workers discuss an interesting dream.

Speed - Matthew Snyder
Duffy - Mitch King

Run time: 10 minutes
Warnings: Strong language

David Mamet Earns a Merit Badge

Written by Bryan McVeigh (with inspiration from Erin Anne Bohmaker and Elizabeth Hennessey)
Directed by Bryan McVeigh

What if David Mamet's "Glengarry Glen Ross" wasn't about selling real estate?

Shelly Levene - Erin Anne Bohmaker
Joan Williamson - Carolyn Nelson
Alice Baldwin - Deb Topka
Georgia Aaronow - Ashley Harper
Roma Richards - Elizabeth Hennessey
James Lingk, Jr - Bryan McVeigh

Run time: 20-25 minutes
Genre: comedy
Warnings: Some adult language. PG-13

Slow Boat to the Galápagos

Written and directed by Andrea Grinwis

A grieving mother finds solace in make-believe.

Mrs. Abernathy: Stevie Tagye
Itchy: Doug Schultz
Charlotte: Karen Lammey

Run time: approx. 25 minutes
Genre: Comedy/Drama
Warnings: Mention of drug use, PG-13

This show has closed.

January 2016
10:00 am*
* Member tickets not valid for marked (orange) shows.

Festival 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.

There will be a morning and afternoon session with a break for lunch. The first show starts at 10:00 AM (doors open at 9:30). The second session starts at 2pm (doors open at 1:30). There will be four shows per session. 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.
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 or 1:30 and 2:00 pm please dress warmly, as you may be hanging out on our front porch for a while.


Festival Chairperson
Christine Robinson
Tech Director
Karen Barnett

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