Garfield Center for the Arts’ short play program returns June 21

CHESTERTOWN — Short Attention Span Theatre opens Friday, June 21 at the Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre and will run three weekends through July 7. Performances are 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays.

Tickets may be purchased online at or via the box office on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ticket buyers may either stop in at the theater during box office hours or call 410-810-2060.

The Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre is located at 210 High St. in downtown Chestertown.

Known also by its participants as SAST, Short Attention Span Theatre is the Garfield’s annual short play program.

It had its earliest roots in 2005, when it was called 8×10 — The 10-Minute Play Project.

The name was changed to Short Attention Span Theatre in 2008.

Over the years, the program has seen the premiere of many original plays by local playwrights as well as featured the performances of hundreds of local actors.

Of the eight scripts for presentation this year, six — the most ever — are by participants in Live Playwrights’ Society, an Eastern Shore writers forum that the Garfield Center helped to establish in 2009.

A summary of the plays is printed below.

• LPS member and Annapolis playwright R.A. Pauli’s script, “The Very Angry Cow,” features a talking cow on strike, a farmer’s wife with a secret and a mediating farmer who just needs the herd to go back to work.

Michael Moore plays the cow, Wendy Wiseman plays the farmer’s wife and Chris Neiman plays the farmer.

The piece is directed by the GCA’s Executive Director Steven Arnold.

• In “Brunhilda Got Stuck in the Tub,” by playwright Brent Lewis, an LPS member from Centreville, a woman can’t extricate herself from the bathtub, even with a growing assortment of well-meaning oddballs there to help.

The play features Hester Sachse as Brunhilda, Dylan Lyles as Dickie Bird, Craig Stump as Dr. Ners, Sharon Herz as Mrs. Anita Ners and Patrick Pearce as Professor Ninny.

The play is directed by Brianna Johnson.

• A well-meaning recipient of a package, meant for someone else, attempts to get it returned, but an extremely inhospitable customer service agent stands in the way. The comedy, “The Wrong Box,” also was written by R.A. Pauli of Annapolis.

Featuring Jordan Dixon as the caller and Joseph Fox as the customer service rep, the play is directed by Patrick Pearce.

• LPS playwright Mark Sullivan wrote and directs his script “Tribulations.” Two strangers, a man and a woman, find themselves alone in a bar during suspicious circumstances, causing speculation about what happened to everyone else.

The performance will feature Allison Jones as Maggie and Dominic Delcoco as Clancy.

• “Moon Logic,” by Chicago playwright David Lipschutz, takes place in a choose-your-own-adventure game, where the hero can’t seem to find the right way to get the job done.

Direction is by Adrienne Wrona.

Performers include Nic Carter as the narrator, Dylan Lyles as Sir Llewellyn and Izzie Squire Southworth as Princess Nightingale.

• In “Bone Sandwich,” also by Centreville’s Brent Lewis, two zombies at a cafe discover turbulence in their relationship.

Directed by Michael Moore, the cast features Dominic Delcoco as Spencer, Addyson Crooks as Enid and Amanda Fry as the waitress.

• In “For The Record,” by F. J. Hartland of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, a bittersweet and heartfelt reunion between an estranged father and son uncovers surprising revelations and exposes the problem with long-held but unspoken assumptions.

Directed by Shannon Carter.

Patrick Pearce plays Arlo, the father, and Bob Walton plays Spencer, the son.

• In “Always A Gentleman,” a man tries to prevent the worst possible ending to a blind date — even as a narrator describes every painful detail.

The play by Jon Clark, an LPS member from Centreville, casts Dylan Lyles as David, Kaitlyn Wright as Keri and Sam Holdgreve as the narrator.

The director is Nic Carter.


Mark Sullivan is the producer of SAST, with production organization, design, construction and technical support from Nic Carter, Steven Arnold, Butch Clark and Benji Price.

Brianna Johnson is the production stage manager, and production marketing graphics are by Francoise Sullivan.


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