The Winter One Acts 2020

The Harriton Theater Company’s Winter One Acts are student directed short shows ranging from comedies to drama. A long time HTC tradition, the one-acts give seniors opportunities to direct, as well as actors a place to explore their talents in non-conventional roles.

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Shows and Synopses:

This year’s festival features six shows:

Bait and Tackle – Written and Directed by Henry McCullough, Riley Wexler, and Emily Wright

Synopsis: When Gwendolyn Jane Louise begrudgingly agrees to work at Whistlin’ Joe’s Bait and Tackle, she accepts that her summer will be filled with monotonous work. However, she soon finds out that small towns hold the biggest secrets. Big, swampy secrets.

Confession – Written by Bobby Keniston and Directed by Noah Shelanski

Synopsis: Model student Connor K wakes up one morning to find himself in his high school’s conference room, being interrogated by the principal. How he got there, Connor doesn’t know, but the principal is insistent that the only way out of the room is for Connor to confess to a crime that he couldn’t have committed — in fact, he doesn’t even know what he is being accused of!

Dinner with the MacGuffins – Written by Chris Sheppard and Jeff Grove and Directed by Julia Green

Synopsis:  At first glance, James MacGuffin’s life seems 110% normal: he has a girlfriend, delightfully annoying parents, and a crazy old grandpa who barely knows his left from his right. Yet in a wall-shattering turn of events, James comes to realize that his reality is about as far from ordinary as you can get. Relationships are altered, secrets are revealed, and the viewers learn a thing or two about audience etiquette.

The Eye of the Beholder – Directed and Adapted for the Stage by Iqra Ataf, CJ Bowser, and Maren McDonnell

Synopsis: Janet Tyler has undergone her eleventh treatment (the maximum number legally allowed) in an attempt to look normal. Unable to bear the bandages any longer, Tyler pleads with the doctor and eventually convinces him to remove them early, leading to a face reveal you will never forget…

I Think He Killed His Wife… – Written and Directed by Maxwell Leis

Synopsis: When a wife-killer (Charles) strikes again, a sheriff and their team of deputies must hunt down the perpetrator.

Variations on the Death of Trotsky – Written by David Ives and Directed by Kristiana Filipov

Synopsis: “On August 21st, 1940, a Spanish Communist named Ramon Mercader smashed a mountain-climber’s axe into Trotsky’s skull in Coyoacan, a suburb of Mexico City. Trotsky died the next day.” This play is an often humorous, occasionally philosophical account of what happened in the hours between the smashing and Trotsky’s death. 

Cast Lists:

Bait and Tackle
Gwendolyn – Gwen Rix
Whistlin’ Joe – Dashiel Albright
Hackin’ Earl – Paige Mullen
The Oracle – Tess McCullough
Clarence – Charlie Bowser
Edward Wormington III – Patrick McCann
Wilhelmina – Angelina DeMonte
Mailman Myrla – Marlena Marg Bracken
Swamp Thief – Julia Youakim

Connor K – John Bradbeer
Ms Delisle – Liv Twomey
Mr Demeteri – Sophie Baskin
Mr K – Dashiel Albright
Mrs K – Freya Norwood
Abigail – Dinah Day-Booth
Thomas – Alycia Kaufman-Wright
Lucy – Lucy San Chirico

Dinner with the MacGuffins
James – Cameron Parker-Horshaw
Karen – Bridget Armon
Helen – Sophia Fox
Dwight – Gabriel Klaumenzer
Grandpa – Sammy Biglin
Plant – Ofek Eisenbach
Agent Smith – Marlena Marg Bracken
Agent Wesson – Lorraine Ruppert

The Eye of the Beholder
Janet – Audrey Sigler
Main Nurse – Alycia Kaufman-Wright
Nurse 2 – Lucy San Chirico
Nurse 3 – Lucie Edmonds
Doctor – James Twomey
Leader – Sammy Biglin
Serling – Alice Deutsch
Smith – John Bradbeer

I Think He Killed His Wife. . . 
Sheriff – Sam Bailey
Deputy Clark – Alice Deutsch
Deputy Mark – Charlie Bowser
Charles/Murderer – Maddie Lefkowitz
Concierge – Katie Neary
Valet/Count/Dead Wife – Julie Wright

Variations on the Death of Trotsky
Trotsky – Patrick McCann
Mrs Trotsky – Kari Stein
Ramón – Sophie Baskin

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