The 2021 One-Act Play Festival will be the third produced by Theatre Odyssey. (The festival was first produced in 2018, again in 2019, but COVID-19 cancelled live theater performances and the 2020 festival.)
For each festival, plays are submitted by authors from throughout the United States and then scored by readers engaged by Theatre Odyssey because of their proven ability to discern good work. The produced plays are new, original, and have not been produced in the state of Florida. Only 100 plays are considered, and the four top scoring plays are then performed by the company and a Best Play is selected. Three theater professionals, different from those who scored the plays, then choose the best of the four, which is announced following the final performance--the Sunday, October 17 matinee at the Bradenton Kiwanis Theater at Manatee Performing Arts Center.
Theatre Odyssey has been producing original work since 2006. Many of the plays and playwrights it has introduced to the world now have published plays performed nationally and internationally.
The One-Act Play Festival will have three evening performances and a matinee—October 14, 15, and 16 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, October 17 at 2 p.m. All four plays will be presented at each evening and at the matinee performance. The author of the Best Play receives $500.Me Talking 2 Me
by Shoshannah Boray
An inventor contacts her younger self to warn her about what not to do.That Kiss
by DC Cathro
Monica hasn’t seen Kelly since college, so she’s taken aback when Kelly shows up on her doorstep in a wedding dress to profess her love.Census
by Susan Miller
When Jacob, a Census taker, makes a home visit to Gloria and attempts to get answers to standard questions, he discovers that the objective facts he’s seeking are not always so, as Gloria peels the layers and confronts him with a different reality. That she is Black and he is white complicates their encounter in unexpected and mysterious ways.Window Washer
by Marlene Shyer
A retired Junior High principal hires a young man she’s met at a car wash to come to her apartment to wash windows. As he begins the job, he begins to suspect that she has a secret agenda. Why did she choose him instead of one of his co-workers? Why is she planning to give him the wrapped gift she has prepared for him?