Tree City Playhouse and Lourdes University Drama Society offers Festival of One Acts

Tree City Playhouse, a new community theatre program of the Sylvania Community Arts Commission, will hold its inaugural production in collaboration with Lourdes University Drama Society. The groups will present a Festival of One Acts consisting of 10 “10-minute” plays featuring original works by the winners of the Drama Society’s 2015 One Act Playwriting Competition.

Performances will be held April 8 and 9 at 8 p.m. and April 10 at 2 p.m. in the Franciscan Center Theatre of Lourdes University, 6832 Convent Blvd., in Sylvania. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for seniors and students. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at www.sylvaniaarts.org or by calling 419/517-0118 or at the door.

This year’s competition received over 120 submissions from across the U.S., as well as Canada and New Zealand. Dan Borengasser of Springdale, Ariz., was awarded first-place for his short comedy, “Losing Proposition.”

Second-place playwright Laura Londagin of Chewelah, Wash., submitted “Chipotle,” in which the customers at a popular new eatery will do just about anything as they vie for a good spot in line just before opening. “La Vie en Rose” by Allan Provost of Miami, Fla., captured third place and is about former lovers who reminisce about their failed relationship only to discover fate has played a cruel trick on them.

Keith Ramsdell, former Drama Society advisor and artistic director for Tree City Playhouse, noted this is the ninth year for the Festival of One Acts and he’s excited the groups are working together to continue the tradition. He’s also grateful for the support of the Sylvania Community Arts Commission. “Our vision is to bring accessible, educational, and family-friendly theatre to the Sylvania community and our affiliation with SCAC will help us accomplish that goal.”