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New Works Series – OCTOBER 14

New Works Series – OCTOBER 14

Hendersonville Theatre (HT) continues its New Works Series (formerly called Staged Reading Series) Saturday, October 14 at 3 p.m. Showcasing the work of area playwrights and performed by local actors, The New Works Series is a FREE public reading of a new play in development. However, donations are welcome to support HT.

HT’s New Works Series offers exciting script-in-hand readings of new plays by emerging local playwrights. The readings are followed by a talk back with the playwright and actors to provide feedback to the playwright.

A short discussion will follow each reading to provide feedback to the playwright about their script. There is no charge to attend or to participate, however donations are welcome and will be used to support HT.

Hendersonville Theatre is committed to exploring and developing new work for American theater, supporting local playwrights with their creative process from concept to production.

Oy Vey Y’all! by Erica McGee will be read on October 14. Oy Vey Y’all! is the story of Ester, a Jewish woman from upstate New York, and Lynn Louise, a Christian woman from Savannah. They meet at a retirement community in Charlotte where both of their children live. Dislike turns to appreciation when they discover they have more similarities than differences. Oy Vey Y’all! is a comedy that exploring prejudices. 

Erica McGee is an actress, vocalist, playwright and teacher. She is also the Dramatist Guild Ambassador for North Carolina. She says, “the character Lynn Louise is based on my own mother, who passed away a few years ago. It is, in fact, a love letter to her that offers a unique perspective on aging and faith within our relationships and ourselves.”

Playwrights who would like to submit work for consideration for the New Works Series can follow the submission guidelines posted at here and email questions to [email protected].

Since 1966, Hendersonville Theatre has provided an inviting and nurturing environment for live theatre, as well as high-quality, affordable entertainment for the residents of Hendersonville and surrounding areas. Hendersonville Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking behind and in front of the theater.

The cast of Sky Eyes

Amanda McLoughlin – Abby
Briana Clary – Suzy
Ruth McLoughlin – Cara
Gary McClain – Jack
Jerry Fitzgerald – Ace/Stage Directions
Blaine Weiss – Leila/Stage Directions

Here’s what’s coming up for the rest of 2023

Nov. 11, 2023 at 3 p.m.
Beatle Girls by Todd Olson

Freda Kelly was a teenager when she ran the Beatles Fan Club with a room full of other excited girls, writing the newsletter, answering fan letters, and enlisting the “four lads” to give them everything from autographs to wisps of hair to mail to thrilled fans world-wide. Now Freda and her girlfriends – all decades older – go back in time and tell the inside story of what life was like as the British Invasion began and the phenomena that was “The Fab Four” emerged from post-war Liverpool. A close ensemble of 6 actresses play everybody in the ever-changing world of the 1960s, with music, love, and Beatlemania! 

Todd Olsen is the Artistic Director for the Davidson Community Players in Davidson, NC. Produced works include I Left My Heart (Milwaukee Rep), Casa Blue (the last moments in the life of Frida Kahlo) (American Stage), and My Way (Actor’s Theatre of Louisville). Todd’s new adaptations include Lysistrata, War of the Worlds, Dracula (premiered at the Arkansas Shakespeare Festival in 2010), and Agatha Christie’s The Secret of Chimney’s and Murder on the Links.  Joe Corso Re-Enters from the Wings was workshopped at the Wellfleet Harbor Actors’ Theatre Winter Playlab in 2010. It won the 2012 Holland New Voices Playwright Award at the Great Plains Theatre Conference and is now published on Amazon.com. Todd received his M.F.A. from The University of North Carolina, and is a graduate from the Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard. He has been a Teaching Fellow at Harvard, and taught classes at Vanderbilt, Boston University, and the University of North Carolina.