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Playwrights Festival 2016 at the BeeKay


Adrineh Khashaki

A life changing decision for (L-R) Jamie Uhtof (Sal) and Leslie Reynolds Nuckolls (Joan) in "Heart Choices".

Howdy, folks! It's that time of year again! When the Tehachapi Community Theater (TCT) presents its 7th "Playwrights' Festival" held at Tehachapi's beautiful BeeKay Theater. This year's festival will feature "Small Town Life", where each play will show an aspect of life in a small town. The festival is a forum for un-produced plays, where playwrights showcase their talents by submitting an original '10-minute play' for a live on-stage production by TCT and our local Tehachapi actors, who auditioned to perform the various roles on stage.

It is also a chance for TCT members, who are interested, to direct a play for the first time and for new people, who may or may not have acted before on stage, to be in a short play and try their skills without the commitment of a full length production. Out of nearly 30 script entries, only 8 were chosen to be produced in this year's festival.

As always, the audience will vote to choose the winners of the Playwrights' Festival's coveted Bronze, Silver and Gold "Quill Award" trophies.

The performance dates are Friday evenings, July 8th & 15th at 7:30 p.m., Saturday evenings. July 9th & 16th at 7:30 p.m. Voting for your favorite play will be on Friday and Saturday shows only. The final Sunday Matinee and Awards Show is at 3 p.m. on July 17th.

After the awards are presented on July 17th, there will be an opportunity to meet our Playwrights and Actors at a special Reception held at the Tehachapi Depot Railroad Museum, which is within walking distance of the BeeKay Theater.

All seats are only $10.00 and can be purchased at Tehachapi Furniture, Tehachapi Treasure Trove and on-line at The BeeKay Theater is located at 110 South Green Street in downtown Tehachapi. For more information, go online at or call (661) 822-4037.

This year's ten-minute plays selected are:

Daniela Hernandez

Farewell encounters for (L-R)Tamar Asatryan (Mom), Christ Galvin (Joe), Rick Gould (Aaron) & Michael Gruett (Dad).

1. "We Work Out" by Rhea MacCallum, directed by Nick Altieri

2. "The Tiniest Goodbye" by Silent Wolf and directed by Daniela Hernandez

3. "Love in a Fishbowl" by Deana Alisa Ableser, directed by Kenny Chugg

4. "Wallflowers & Dreamers" by Debora Hand Cutler and directed by Alex Zonn

5. "More than Chicken Salad" by Doris Sadler Davis, directed by Emily Marin

6. "Our Little Town" by Diane Bergstrom, directed by Bill Kritlow

7. "Heart Choices" by Linda L. Rand, directed by Dorothy McReynolds

8. "Douds, Iowa" by Debbie Bolsky and directed by Michelle Taylor

So come on out to the BeeKay Theater in July and vote for your favorite new play!


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