33rd Annual Original One Act Festival

The Village Playhouse’s Original One Act Festival has been an ongoing project for over 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 three weekends.

The Village Playhouse is proud to have been the first (and we like to think the best) to implement the concept of an original one act play festival here in Wisconsin.

Performance Dates: Times:
June 1st, 2018 7:30 PM
June 2nd, 2018 7:30 PM
June 8th, 2018 7:30 PM
June 9th, 2018 7:30 PM
June 10th, 2018 2:00 PM
June 15th, 2018 7:30 PM
June 16th, 2018 7:30 PM
June 17th, 2018 2:00 PM

Tickets can be purchased in advance through Brown Paper Tickets. Tickets can also be reserved by emailing OneActFestival@villageplayhouse.org, or calling 414.207.4879.


$15 for students and seniors, $17 for adults.

Ask about special pricing for groups of 10 or more. Village Playhouse members receive half price tickets for opening night performances. Contact us for details on becoming a member.


*** Important note to anyone attending the One Act Festival — National Avenue is closed between 70th and 76th street due to construction.  You can still get to the theater by taking 76th street or 70th street to Orchard, or taking Greenfield to 73rd street.  Please plan a little extra time for getting around the construction.  ***


Directed by Scott Sorenson
Two girls playing with dolls have a rather adult agenda.
Katie is an ambitious writer who lets the big parts of success get in the way of the small parts of life and love, especially her girlfriend Vanessa.

George sits down to write but writers block complicates things. A cleaver fox named Samantha continues to complicate things.

COFFEE SHOP by Mark Borchardt
Directed by Elizabeth Havican
An overworked businesswoman uses a coffee shop as an off-site office space. On an especially harries day she finds herself in the company of an obnoxious busybody- the last thing she needs to contend with as a deadline approaches.
THE GARDENER by Nick Schweitzer
Directed by Tom Zuehlke
Samantha is content with her solidly upper-middle-class life with an attorney husband, two off children recently off to college, and a career as a social worker. However, on a day when one of her clients tried to kill herself, Samantha’s complacency is challenged when a lover from her past appears as a gardener who is still living a carefree life of adventure.
Directed by Erico Ortiz
Oscar is a successful movie producer who invites Mitch, an academy award winning screenwriter, to his office to discuss Mitch’s latest screenplay. However, since it doesn’t contain, sex, violence, aliens or special effects- ” it just won’t sell”.