Aurora One Acts Festival winners announced

AURORA, OH — Aurora Community Theatre is proud to announce the winners of the Aurora One Acts Festival.

 Judges Choice Award winner:

How About Cannons?

by David Vazdauskas, a comedy about a depressed composer who derives inspiration from his unconventional little brother.

Vazdauskas is a playwright and artist who lives in Portland, Maine.  His first two historical comedies have been produced in festivals here in the United States as well as in the United Kingdom, India, Australia, New Zealand and Dubai.  David is also an artist whose mixed media work made from found objects has been featured in several Maine gallery exhibitions.

Judges Panel included:

Jan Jones, former Cleveland TV co-host and volunteer for local theatre groups

Loree Vick, media advisor for University Hospitals, and award winning TV personality

Paula Kline-Messner, four time television Emmy Award winner, actor and director

Don “Arbie” Arbuckle, frequent ACT actor and set construction manager

Jean Arbuckle, set decorator, producer and volunteer for innumerable ACT shows

 

Audience Choice Award winner:

A Rave Review

by Bob Abelman, a comedy about a critic who attends a really bad local production production of “Fiddler on the Roof.”

Bob Abelman, author of Rave Review, has written a play that follows the old adage “write what you know” to the extreme.  He is an award-winning arts journalist for the News-Herald as well as a former AEA actor who has performed on many community and professional stages.  A Chagrin Falls resident, Bob is delighted that his one-acts have been getting local exposure at the Chagrin Valley Little Theatre, the Willoughby Fine Arts Association, and now the Aurora Community Theatre.  Bob was a recent National Endowment for the Arts fellow.  His next stage appearance will be in the Cleveland Play House production of Yentl.

“ACT is touched and honored that Bob Abelman generously donated his prize winnings back to Aurora Community Theatre,” said Brenda Redmond, producer and festival organizer, who added that nearly every audience member voted following each of the three performances.

“We’re equally grateful for the huge donation of time and talent from our directors, Greg Bealer and Don Bernardo, as well as every member of the cast and crew who volunteered their time for this wonderful new project,” Redmond added.

ACT presented nine, never-before-produced one-act plays on Sept. 13, 14, and 15 at the theatre, 115 E. Pioneer Trail, Aurora Ohio.

Aurora Community Theatre is located at 115 E. Pioneer Trail, near the intersection of SR 43 and 306, at the gazebo, in the center of Aurora. ACT extends appreciation to The Denise G. & Norman E. Wells, Jr. Family Foundation for their generous underwriting of the Wells Main Stage.

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ACT, celebrating 54 successful seasons in 2013-14, annually presents three regular season shows, a benefit play, a summer stock production plus two children’s summer workshops, reaching an annual audience of nearly 7,000. ACT showcases the region’s top actors, musicians, costume and set designers, construction, lighting, sound and backstage crews — all of whom generously donate their time and talent.

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