Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil
The above theatre poster was created by Young Monster for this original production.
Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga opens it’s annual festival of short plays at the Saint Andrew’s Center through June 12th, 2011. ETC’s short plays include original works by up-coming playwrights including Co-Producing Director, Garry Posey.
Has romance changed in the 21st Century of virtual internet chat-rooms and, “speed dating?” Is true love possible within the first five minutes of meeting someone? “Why is Generation Y waiting longer to get married,” asks festival actor Daniel Pound who was born on the cusp in the early 80’s? These short plays seek to address these questions.
“Most of the plays deal with first time interactions,” between characters says Director Casey Keelen. Krysten Pound who is acting in it says her favorite short play opens with a single woman whose first line to her potential suitor is, “Don’t touch me.” Actor Daniel Pound describes an abstract short play which takes place entirely while two actors circle one another.
The Pounds are a newly married couple, both trained actors working in Chattanooga. Mr. Pounds has appeared in UTC’s production of Greek Play, “Peace” adapted by Gaye Jeffers and he is currently involved in Chattanooga State’s Professional Actor’s Training Program. Mrs. Pound is a graduate of the same program.
ETC says about the cast:
Director Casey Keelen returns to the festival for her second year. Actors include Mary Christa Jaramillo, Maggie Bradshaw, Daniel Pound, Krysten Pound, Seth Wilson, Sonibert Wood and Eric Wyatt. Stage Managed by Jeremy Wilkins.
ETC says about this original production:
Hey Singles! (And couples too!) Get your play on!
ETC’s annual 10-minute play festival returns this year with 10 original pieces focusing on the sometimes quick and always surprising world of dating.
ETC calls out for play submissions each year and this year’s playwrights include J. Stephen Brantley, Nancy Gall-Clayton Garry Lee Posey, Trace Crawford, John C. Davenport, John Donnelly, Mark Harvey Levine, John Weagly and Michael Weems.
Wikipedia has a well footnoted definition of Speed Dating here.