Town & Gown Theatre in Stillwater, in conjunction with the Troupe d’ Jour Performing Artists, is excited to announce the 7th Annual production of the Stillwater Short Play Festival.  This unique event features a series of short plays written by playwrights from across the country and even Canada.  Many plays were submitted for consideration, and in the end, eight shows were chosen for the festival.  Debbie Sutton, the organizer and driving force behind the event, describes this year’s productions as “a mix of comedy and drama… recommended for patrons ages 13 and above.” 

All shows at Town & Gown Theatre are presented “in the round,” creating an intimate experience unlike that of traditional theater.  The viewer feels almost as if he or she is in the middle of the action – perfect for a series of “short stories” that quickly capture the imagination.  In addition, all plays presented during the festival will be limited to a small number of generic set pieces, creating an unusual challenge for the playwrights, actors, and directors.

The plays on offer during this year’s festival include Pet of Temperance, written by Arnold Johnston and Deborah Ann Perry of Kalamazoo, MI;, by Emily Hageman of Sioux City, Iowa; There’s New Life Coming, by Marj O’Neill-Butler of Miami Beach, FL; Speed Dating, by Amanda Ball and Karen Ball from Medford, OK; Willy’s Mom Gets in the Car by Matthew Weaver of Spokane, Washington; Last Dance by Len Cuthbert of Mount Brydges, Ontario, Canada; Lesson in Assertiveness by  Kathleen Listman from Oklahoma City; and Sound of the Bell by Tana Del Prete, Linda Smolen, and Sandra Dutreau Williams of Stillwater, OK.    

The festival consists of performances of all shows on Saturday evening, May 4th at 7:30 p.m. and again on Sunday, May 5th at 2:00 p.m.  Tickets are only $10 each at the door and proceeds will benefit the Stillwater Arts & Humanities Council, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and supporting the arts within the greater Stillwater community.