Getting their act together

LEWISBURG – Playwrights from across the Susquehanna Valley – and the United States – submitted more than 20 plays last fall for consideration in this year’s Gaspipe Festival, a festival of one-act plays. In collaboration with RiverStage Community Theater, six of these new plays will be presented as world premieres, directed and starring local artists.

The Sixth Annual One-Act Play Festival will be staged at 7:30 p.m. April 22 at DeLong Memorial Hall, 7 Church St., Washingtonville, and 7:30 p.m. April 23 and 2:30 p.m. April 24 at The Lewisburg Hotel, 136 Market St. (coinciding with Lewisburg Arts Festival).

The following are the half-dozen short plays selected for presentation:

CTRL-Z What if you could “Undo” or “Do Over” a life event whenever something bad happened? At Control-Zed Industries Inc., they might have just what you need, if the price is right. Written and directed by Stefan Eisenhower.

METRO STOP – Two train cars. One relationship on the rocks. A romantic question for the modern-day, smart-phone, text-messaging age: Can an online romance survive? Written by Kimberly Eaton, directed by Isaac J. Conner.

MY FELLOW AMERICANS – A small-town politician finally give the election night speech he’s always been dreaming about – unless his manager has something to say about it. Written by Jove Graham, directed by Ken Kop.

THE COMPANY YOU KEEP – Announcement of the Homecoming Queen! PTA president elections! Mother and daughter have a big day coming up – but not the day they had in mind? Written by Nicole Cunningham, directed by Derek Scott.

DEATH BY PAPER PLATE – Tom is just your average husband, except for one little quirk: he’s addicted to attempting suicide. Jane prevents him from following through, but when her cat, Fluffy, goes missing, things go awry.

IN THE MUSEUM – During an afternoon in the city’s art gallery, one woman’s art career is just about to begin and another’s may be reawakened. Written and directed by Virginia Zimmerman.

These two hours of live theater, wrapped up into one special evening, celebrate the work of new playwrights and their voices.

For more information or to buy tickets, call 570-506-8423 or visit