Audience selects original play for theater season

Ismael Perez By Ismael Perez

Aug. 5, 2017 at 9:36 p.m.
Updated Aug. 5, 2017 at 10:35 p.m.

Curtis Short, second from right, jumps in fright as Henry Emiliano, far right, scares his character during a seance scene in the play "Haunting the House" for the first annual Playwriting Festival held by Theatre Victoria.

Curtis Short, second from right, jumps in fright as Henry Emiliano, far right, scares his character during a seance scene in the play "Haunting the House" for the first annual Playwriting Festival held by Theatre Victoria.   Nicolas Galindo for The Victoria Advocate

Johnny Vera sat in the audience as he critically saw three very different plays being performed back-to- back.

"It was interesting to see three different plays on one stage," he said. "It was something new to Victoria and the theater."

"Four Old Broads" by Leslie Kimbell was selected to be part of Theatre Victoria's 41st season at the Playwriting Festival on Saturday at the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts.

Michael Teer, executive director, said 59 plays were submitted and the top three were performed in reader's theater style at the Welder Center.

He said about 50 people attended the event and voted on "Haunting the House," by Bradley Nies, "Four Old Broads," by Kimbell and "Goat Song Revel" by Dan Borengasser.

"All three plays had people laughing," he said. "But the one-liners in 'Four Old Broads' really stood out to people."

Kimbell is an actor, director and a playwright.

The 51-year-old said she was inspired to write the play because she saw there weren't enough roles in theater for older women.

She enjoys writing dramatic and comedic plays and said being an actress has helped her become more creative.

"I have spent so much time on stage, I can now visualize the words I write," she said. "My experience on stage definitely helped me become a better writer."


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