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Tuesday, September 20, 2016


WELLSBORO—The Hamilton-Gibson Women’s Project is hosting a Memoir and Short Play Festival Friday through Sunday, Sept. 30-Oct. 2 and theatrical workshops Saturday, Oct. 1.
Amy Rene Byrne, a professional actor, will lead the workshops for women, high school age and older. Comedic Improvisation Workshop participants will learn how to think on their toes, trust their creativity and commit to the moment. This workshop will be at 10 a.m. Oct. 1 in the Warehouse Theatre Gallery, 3 Central Avenue in Wellsboro. Those taking the Unarmed Stage Combat workshop will learn how to slap, pull hair, punch, kick and fall and do a believable fight sequence without getting hurt. This workshop will be at 2 p.m. Oct. 1 in Room 218 at the Deane Center, 104 Main Street in Wellsboro.

Memoirs written by local women will be presented Reader's Theater-style at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30 and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Warehouse Theatre. Featured memoirs will be selected from those written by the 28 women participating in the Our Voices Memoir Writing Workshop. “Memoirs are about personal experiences,” said Pat Davis who is leading the workshop with Linda Williams. “Audiences will be able to identify with their stories.”

The five 10-minute plays, written by male and female professional playwrights, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and again at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Warehouse Theatre.

The drama “Sentences and Words” stars Rachel Smith as the lawyer and Nikki York as the mother. The setting is the front door of a rural, ramshackle home in a state that has the death penalty. Director is Pam Kathcart.

Warm and funny, “The Mating Season of Flying Monkeys" is about two elderly sisters who have lived together for 30 years and never had a romantic relationship. Then one gets up the nerve to sneak out for a one-night stand. Bev McKnight and Nancy Szabo are the sisters. Director is Lilace Guignard.

“The Popcorn Sonata” is about a busy mom (Coleen Evert) who leaves her daughter with an intuitive babysitter (Astrid Hakvaag) who understands the little girl better than mom. Director is Arline Buchman.

The comedy “Porch Revival” is about two aging sisters who are contemplating taking their lives in a new direction following a tent revival disaster. Playing the sisters and co-directing are Linda Iseri and Barbara Biddison.

"Me and My Shadow" is a comedy. When wife and mother (Sarah Knight) and successful career woman (Leisa Alger) get together over coffee after not seeing each other since high school, their inner selves (Natalie Hallead and Jodie-Beth Worthington) keep reminding them of the gap between who they are and who they wish to be. Added to the mix are the waitress (Sophia Vayansky) and her inner self (Zoe Iseri). Director is Tricia Ritter.

Admission to each Memoir and Short Play Festival performance is $12 for adult men and women and $7 for children and full-time students of any age. The fee for each workshop for women is $20. A special weekend package for women to attend the workshops and festival is $25. To register for a workshop, reserve seats for Memoir and Short Play Festival performances or purchase tickets, call Hamilton-Gibson at 570-724-2079 or email

When two old high school friends meet for coffee, they and their waitress are joined by their inner selves in the comedy "Me and My Shadow." Pictured are: Susie (Natalie Hallead, standing, left) and wife and mother, Susanne (Sarah Knight, sitting, left), waitress Andrea (Sophia Vayansky, standing, center), Andi (Zoe Iseri), successful career woman Jacqueline (Leisa Alger, sitting, right) and Jacquie (Jodie-Beth Worthington, standing, right).

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