By Diane Urbani de la Paz
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Tonight is the night for the TeenLab production, “Somewhere Is Better than Nowhere,” created by director Amy Souza and her ensemble of teenage theater artists. Curtain time is 5:30 p.m. at the Key City Playhouse, 419 Washington St., and admission is free. The evening also features another play staged by youngsters: “Ohmygods!,” presented by the Theatre Adventure Club.
Also at the playhouse this weekend:
■ A quintet of new one-act plays by local writers, including “Solvo Mae Mae,” Angela Amos’ story of a homeless woman and her past; “iChat,” Judith Glass-Collins’ conversation between women on opposite coasts and political sides; Susan Solley’s “Two Angels Walk into a Bar,” about a woman choosing between a white-winged gentleman and a darker figure; Deborah Wiese’s “Assault with a Not So Deadly Weapon” about a man visiting his ex-wife in the hospital; and finally D.D. Wigley’s “Diptych: What You Wish For.” In Wigley’s non-linear story, strange things happen to a man who can’t sleep on the night of a full moon, and to a woman who finds a piece of polished glass on the beach.
The One-Act Productions take the stage at 8 p.m. today and Saturday and then, to wrap the festival, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15.
■ On Saturday at 2:30 p.m., actress Carol Swarbrick Dries will appear in “Miss Lillian: Portrait of a Presidential Mother,” a one-woman show about the late Lillian Carter. This is a play in progress, and Swarbrick Dries, along with playwright Richard Broadhurst and director James Rocco, are eager for feedback after Saturday’s performance.
The actress has traveled twice to Plains, Ga., where she has met with President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, who shared stories about Jimmy’s mother and about the Pond House, where she spent the last years of her life after serving in the Peace Corps in India. Tickets to “Miss Lillian” are $10.
Seat reservations for any of these Playwrights’ Festival performances can be made at www.KeyCityPublicTheatre.org or at 360-385-KCPT (5278).
Remaining tickets will be available at the door of the playhouse.