Three for the Price of One – Spectral Sisters’ One Act Festival This Weekend

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

SSP 2015 One Act Slider 02You don’t have to look hard to find variety in theatre offerings in central Louisiana. From Broadway standards to family favorites to the edgy and experimental, each season our local production companies fill area stages with comedies, dramas, musicals and everything in between. This weekend, Spectral Sisters offers us a “three-fer” variety pack—three very different original plays for the low, low price of one.


Creeping Charlie, by Dr. Ken Robbins, explores one man’s middle age crisis with humor—and not a little angst. Praline’s Cut-N-Style is a side-splittin’ back porch comedy by John Wilson that will bring tears (of laughter) to your eyes. Dr. David Holcombe’s issue-driven Prom Dress is the story of a teen’s special night gone tragically awry.


Of eight submissions to Spectral Sisters’ juried One Act Play Contest held earlier this year, these three plays were selected for staging. Once the winners were announced, the call went out for directors and actors to fill the roles. Auditions were held in July.


In conjunction with the One Act Festival, SSP’s annual playwriting workshop will be held on Saturday, led by D. V. Simonian Caitlyn, actor and associate professor at the School of Stage and Screen at Western Carolina University. The workshop is free and open to anyone interested in learning or improving their craft. More information about the workshop can be found here:


SSP has also announced the theme for their 2016 Ten-Minute Play Festival, “Thirteen,” in honor of their upcoming thirteenth season of ten-minute plays. Entries will be accepted beginning January 1, 2016. You can get started on yours by attending the free workshop!


Who:  Spectral Sisters Productions

What:  One Act Festival*

When:  September 10–13, Thurs.–Sat. @ 7:30pm; Sunday Matinee @ 2:30pm

Where:  Hearn Stage at the Kress Theatre, Downtown Alexandria



*Note: Plays contain adult content and might not be suitable for children.


Who:  Spectral Sisters Productions

What:  Playwriting Workshop with D.V. Simonian Caitlyn

When:  September 12 @ 1:00pm

Where:  Kress Theatre Lobby, Downtown Alexandria




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