AACT Quad III One Act Performance Friday

This Friday, January 23, Playhouse 2000 will be participating in the “Quad III” portion of the TEXAS AACT/FEST, a one-act-play competition hosted by TNT – Texas Nonprofit Theaters – at the Cailloux Theater.

Anyone familiar with UIL One-Act-Play competition in High School would recognize the Festival. Participating theaters are given 10 minutes to set up their stage, 60 minutes to perform their play, and then 10 minutes to dismantle their set. Each show receives an adjudication, and at the end of the festival, awards are presented.

At 7:30, we’ll be presenting a one-hour program which we’re calling“An Evening with William Inge’s Bus Riley” – which is made up of two one-act plays revolving around the same characters

The two plays are called BUS RILEY’S BACK IN TOWN and GLORY IN THE FLOWER. Most scholars agree that they were the “seed” that grew into the Academy Award winning film SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS, which Inge, wrote later. We’ve been fascinated by the chance to compare and contrast the playwright’s two visions of the same basic story, and we think you will be, too.

The show features: R Sheldon Boyce as Narrator and “Howie” the Bartender; Michael Stanard as “Harry” – a traveling salesman;Michele Vanfossen as both “Bernice”, a friend of Jackie’s and “A Girl”;Zach Perrin as both “Joker,” a teen friend, and “Ralph,” Bernice’s Husband; and Amy Goodyear as “Jackie” and John Binion as “Bus Riley.” Jeffrey Brown is the director, Sarah Distel is the Stage Manager, and Rob, Ethan and Colton Vanfossen are the stage crew.

A Quad Business Meeting will start at 6:00, the show will begin at7:30, and everyone is welcome.

The performance is open to the public and there’s no admission charge!  (We may “pass the hat” to allow audience members to help support the cost of “taking the show on the road.”)

We hope to see you there!


AACT/Fest is one program of the American Association of Community Theater, a national support organization.  In Texas, the first round of festivals is at the “Quad” level – so named because the state is divided into four quadrants, each of which will send two companies into the State Festival. Kerrville is in (and is, in fact hosting) “Quad III.” Other Quads include Quad I which met on January 9 and 10 in Midland, Quad II, which will meet on January 30 and 31 in Lewisville, and Quad IV, which will meet on February 6 and 7 in Baytown.

Each Quad presents a Festival of entries into the AACT/Fest – sometimes as many as six entries in each Quad – from which (usually) two are selected to “move on” to the State Festival, which this year will be part of the TNT Conference in Lewisville, March 18 – 21.  P2K is the only entrant from Quad III this year – though some other Quads are much more busy.

From the Texas AACT/Fest, two theaters will move on to the Region VI AACT/Fest in Albuquerque, New Mexico April 8 – 11, and from Region VI, two theaters will advance to the National AACT/Fest in Grand Rapids, Michigan June 22 – 27.

If you’d like to know more, I encourage you to visit the American Association of Community Theater website, and maybe even become an individual member.  The benefits are great, and no one does more to support Community Theater in America than AACT.

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