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2017 Original One Act Festival for Wisconsin Playwrights


The Village Playhouse's Original One Act Festival has been an ongoing project for 30 years. The festival is intended to give playwrights a means to see their work move from the paper to the stage. Working together, a playwright, a director, a cast, and a crew develop and polish scripts for presentation to an audience over the course of two weekends. To our knowledge this project is unique in the state and certainly has no competitors for longevity.


This year, due to the overwhelming number of high quality scripts, the festival will present two different groups of scripts in rotating repertory.



Program Ad Form




  Date Time Location
  June 2,  2017 - Group A 7:30 PM


Inspiration Studios
1500 South 73rd Street
West Allis, Wisconsin 53214


  June 3, 2017 - Group  B 7:30 PM
  June 9, 2017 - Group  B 7:30 PM
  June 10, 2017 - Group  A 7:30 PM
  June 11, 2017 - Group  B 2:00 PM
  June 16, 2017 - Group  A 7:30 PM
  June 17, 2017 - Group  B 7:30 PM
  June 18, 2017 - Group  A 2:00 PM
            Adults $17.00
            Students & Senior Citizens $15.00


Tickets may be purchased online using the link at the right.  Tickets may be reserved without payment by sending an e-mail to oneactfestival@villageplayhouse.org or calling (414) 207-4VPW (4879).  Unpaid tickets may be released at our discretion 10 minutes prior to curtain


Flex Ticket holders should reserve tickets using the information above.




To reserve tickets or for more information contact:

(414) 207-4VPW (4879)





2017 One Act Plays - Group A:


Talk to the Wall

Mike Willis


Directed by Tom Zuehlke


The Painting

Mark Borchardt


Directed by Paul Pfannenstiel

The Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., receives more than five million visitors a year. Visitors come from all over the world to pay their respects to the over 58,000 names on The Wall. Some of the visitors come seeking a form of closure over the loss of family members or friends, lost loved ones that they never had a chance to say goodbye to. What if they could find some sort of comfort by talking to The Wall?


Lieutenant Jack, a disabled Vietnam Vet who suffered a severe head injury during the war, comes to The Wall daily and talks to those servicemen listed on The Wall. In his odd, slightly crazy way, Lieutenant Jack helps one visitor, Dorothy, communicate with her father who was KIA in Vietnam. Welcome to Oz, Dorothy.

When can having your identity stolen be a good thing?  Well, when you're boring, unemployed, and, in general, considered to be a loser.  Julie is in just such a situation when her family intervenes, see a chance to have Julie re-invent herself.  But all is no as it seems in this quick hitting laugh-out-loud comedy.





Deanna Strasse


Directed by Larry Beckley


About Paul


Nathan Kemer


Directed by Harper Demos

Fame comes at a great price. For Ellen LaDeau, it may be her sanity. An up-and-coming ventriloquist, Ellen might just be losing it as she sits in her dressing room, arguing with her partner in crime, Roxanne the dummy. But good guy and stage manager Bill has seen this before and is out to save the day.

Two Women speak about the recently deceased Paul. Colleen, Paul’s wife, comes to the apartment of Heather, Paul’s mistress, and they discuss what Paul meant to them.






Gary Jones


Directed by Rita Bates


Gothic Arms


Zachery Thomas Woods


Directed by Moondancer Drake

A stranger trespassing on wooded land encounters the lands owner. A conversation ensues. "Forgive us our trespasses and we forgive those who trespass against us..."

A former superhero, his identity never uncovered by the public, rots away in a sterile nursing home. Once a beacon of order and humanity, he has long since become a slave to rules, schedules, and the demands of others. A particular clownish super villain penetrates the nursing home under the guise of a new patient with the aim to shake up his former adversary’s quiet life and force him from retirement.  





2017 One Act Plays - Group B:


Playing Solitare

Michael Lucchesi



Directed by Paul Fisher-Zaragosa



Nick Schweitzer



Directed by Mary Breitrick

Pop is a WWII vet who recently lost his wife. His son is now his outlet for dealing with life.

An American veteran of World War II returns to the town in Italy where his unit was stationed for three weeks, and where he fell in love with a local girl. His meeting with the girl-turned-woman, mediated by the local priest, forces him to face a picture of himself completely at odds with his self-image.




The Wedding

Michelle Demos


Directed by Laura LaPinske


Raw Footage


Regina Cooper


Directed by Regina Cooper

Tom, a blue-collar Milwaukeean has sat too long at the bar when a small gentleman climbs onto a stool next to him.  The small man's name is Johny fox, and eccentric Irish poet whose craft is derided by Tom until Johny Fox recites a somewhat racy offering.  Tom decided to commission the poet -- a poem for a beer -- to which the little man agrees and immortalizes Tom in verse.  Tom, however, prefers the racier poem and asks for a copy of it as he walks out of the bar.  Tom awakes the next morning to discover, quite by accident, that Johny Fox was actually a leprechaun.

Follow the life of Bronzeville Allen. A black man wrongly convicted of a crime. Raw Footage picks up at the point in which Bronzeville is seated - for his fourth time - before the parole review board. Innocent in every aspect of the word, he struggles to gain footage back into a society of gatekeepers who desire to keep him locked away. Having already lost fifteen years of his life, Bronzeville now finds himself just a foot away freedom.




A Long Way From Roswell


Paul Weir


Directed by Scott Sorenson




Nick Schweitzer


Directed by Scott Sorenson

Four astronauts relax in the wardroom of the NASA spacecraft Odyssey having just achieved orbit around Mars. In the morning, three of them will journey down to the surface to become the first humans to set foot on another planet. They talk about their backgrounds, they talk about their dreams, as their well planned mission smoothly continues. Or does it?

The year Sheila Farrell turned 50, she and the other women at Beauford Springs Golf Course were surprised by a streaker running across the fairway. The next week, when Sheila decided to do her own streaking, she didn’t know it would get to be a habit, jeopardizing her marriage and her local reputation. The events leading up to “Sheilas last streak” are detailed in her book, Confessions of a Streaker, and shared on a TV talk show.





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