One Act Festival

Sterling Playmakers is pleased to announce the “What If… / What Then?” One Act Festival!

The plays (10-20 minutes each, original and unpublished) are based on existing well-known plays, including some by Shakespeare, Beckett, and Chekhov. These one-acts either alter the endings of the original plays, or present sequels to them. Visit some old friends–with a twist.

The Theatre at Sterling Middle School
201 West Holly
Sterling, VA   20164

Friday September 29 at 8pm
Saturday September 30 at 2pm & 8pm
Tickets are only $10 and can be bought at or at the door.

Below are brief synopses of each play being presented.

I Shot The Seagull  by Bob Rosenberg
Based on the play “The Seagull” by Anton Chekhov (1895)
Directed by Meredith Solano

Masha finds being a character in Chekhov’s comedy to be boring, and tries to bring it to a happier conclusion. No actual seagulls are harmed, but we may get an idea of the seagull symbolism.

I am, R.U.?  by Mike Brennan
Based on the play  “R.U.R.”  By Karel Capek (1920)
Directed by Robyn Stafford

Alquist, the sole remaining human left on earth after a global robot revolution, works furiously in his lab with the help of two advanced robots to unlock the formula for their replication.

UH, HELLO  by Daniel Potter
Based on the play “Othello” by William Shakespeare (1601)
Directed by Sally Flores

Iago reveals that the chain of events that led to Othello killing Desdemona in a jealous rage were all part of a prank show called, Uh, Hello! , and the whole thing was orchestrated by the still alive Desdemona as a birthday present for Othello. All of the pranksters celebrate while Othello struggles to make sense of what happened. Still, tragedy is inevitable.

Working Stiff by Joe Campanella
Based on characters from the play “Dracula” by Hamilton Deane (1924), revised by John L. Balderston (1927).
Directed by Gregg W. Carter

In modern times, a well-worn Count Dracula visits an employment office, hoping to find a normal,everyday way of life.

Romeo & Juliet Are Dead  by Gregg W. Carter
Based on the play “Romeo & Juliet”  By William Shakespeare (1597)
Directed by Shanna Christian

Romeo and Juliet are dead. For now. Until the Apothecary comes to their final resting place and applies her foul potion to bring them back from the dead. Unfortunately their after-dead existence has some…side effects. Like accelerated decomposition. And a taste for human flesh. And they have an agenda. They want Mecurtio to be able enact his final words  “a plague on both your houses”  as revenge for their families trying to keep them apart. So they enlist the Apothecary to go to Mecurtio’s tomb to give him a potion to bring him back as an all-powerful Voodoo Priest. Can Friar Lawrence stop this thing that he started? Will the grief of the Capulets and Montagues be able to save them from themselves before the foul trio enact their diabolical plan?

A sequel to “Much Ado About Nothing” by William Shakespeare (1599)
Directed by Susan Kronenberg

While Much Ado About Nothing ended on a happy note, the villainous Don John has broken out of prison and is hungry for revenge. His plot: To kill Claudio and frame his brother Don Pedro for it so that he can steal his crown. Meanwhile, Messina is buzzing with romantic tension between at least two budding couples. Like all good Shakespeare comedies, there’s plenty of cross-dressing, shipwrecks, pirates, faked deaths, deus ex machinas, foolish watchmen, heroic couplets, and happy couples.

Based on the play “Waiting for Godot” by Samuel Beckett (1953)
Directed by Robyn Stafford

As their frustration in waiting for Godot reaches a breaking point, Vladimir and Estragon are visited by a mysterious stranger with unexpected answers to their questions.

Passion’s Slave By Jackie Pittman
Based on the play “Hamlet” By William Shakespeare
Directed by Bob Rosenberg

Horatio asks around the castle to try and figure out how to solve a problem like Prince Hamlet’s feigned madness.