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Short plays, workshop and a new show at historic barn

By August 3, 2011

Barnyard Theatre will present a festival of new plays Aug. 9-12 at the historic Schmeiser barn, 35125 County Road 31 west of Davis.

The festival will begin with a “Night of Short Plays” featuring original short works and music at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, the actors of the company will workshop and present a dramatic reading of a new full-length play, directed by Jennifer Provenza.

A weeklong intensive workshop with Megan Brown, author of “Psyche,” will culminate in a dramatic reading of the play at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11. Directed by Emily Henderson, it is the story of a young poet who wastes away in an attic coaxing poetry from his muse, the immortal Psyche.

The festival will end with a production of “Nahar,” by John Johnson, at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12. Barnyard will go from dirt to design to production of the play in a week, with the cast rehearsing with the director and playwright while the tech crew works to transform the working barn into a theatrical space.

With scripts in hand, Friday’s production will close the season.

“Nahar” tells the story of Amanda, who realizes that the growls and grunts escaping from her extra bedroom are not bad plumbing, but rather a tiger. She doesn’t know how the tiger got in (or why he talks to her), but she does know that he wants to eat her.

The production is directed by Provenza, designed by Ian Wallace and Steven Schmidt, and stars Maddy Ryen, Cami Beaumont, Josh van Eyken, Bruce Wallace and Sean Olivares.

Complimentary refreshments will be available at the festival. There is a suggested donation of $5 to $10 for the first three nights and a suggested donation of $10 for “Nahar.”

Barnyard Theatre is a community theater group, now in its eighth season, committed to creating theater from scratch. Each summer, the company develops new original works and transforms the working Schmeiser barn into a one-of-a-kind theatrical venue.

For more information, visit http://www.barnyardtheatre.org.

Enterprise staff

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