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Island playwrights shine in ‘On the Fringe’

From left; playwright Fiona Small and cast, Riley Mulcahy, Grace Seltser-Kelley and Vita Wight, share a lighter moment following rehearsal of “Mama”, one of a dozen plays featured in “On the Fringe.” - Journal photo / Scott Rasmussen
From left; playwright Fiona Small and cast, Riley Mulcahy, Grace Seltser-Kelley and Vita Wight, share a lighter moment following rehearsal of “Mama”, one of a dozen plays featured in “On the Fringe.”
— image credit: Journal photo / Scott Rasmussen

From the hilarity of a happy hour where bar patrons speak only in bumper sticker talk, to serious issues like bullying and teen suicide, San Juan Community Theatre’s new Playwrights “On the Fringe” showcases a variety of themes and an abundance of island talent.

“On the Fringe” will be presented on the Whittier stage Friday and Saturday, Jan. 24 -25 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m.

This newly created version of past island playwrights festivals took the judging out of the process and opened up an almost “anything goes” format—allowing writers of all ages and experience to submit their work.

“What hit me the most about this festival is the depth of so many of the subjects being written about,” said Fringe coordinator Julie Laidlaw.  “I think it says a lot about what we’re trying to express to each other.”

Each of the short plays and monologues, about a dozen in all, features both directors and actors from the islands.

For a complete schedule of plays and monologues, and lineup of playwrights and actors, visit www.sjctheatre.org.

 

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