Roses for the Sweetheart

September 24, 2016

Palace Theatre

The Frostburg State University Center for Literary Arts announces "Roses for the Sweetheart" by Kat Meads of Ben Lomond, Calif., as the winner of its 2016 One-Act Playwriting Competition. The winning play and the second- and third-place plays will be featured at the seventh annual One-Act Play Festival, hosted by the Center for Literary Arts on Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Palace Theatre in downtown Frostburg.The second-place play is "Woman, Running Late, in a Dress" by Dallas Woodburn of Ventura, Calif., and the third-place play is "Worthless Gods" by Kristin Andrea Hanratty of Grand Rapids, Mich. The two runners-up will be presented in a dramatic stage reading, followed by a fully produced performance of the winning play. Performances begin at 7 p.m.

Plays were judged on plot, character development, dialogue and overall quality. This year, 47 plays were submitted to the One-Act Playwriting Competition from across the U.S. and Canada.Following the shows, a reception will be held with light refreshments, as well as a talk-back session where playwrights, directors and actors from the shows will answer questions from the audience. Soft drinks and food at the reception will be free, and beer and wine will be available for sale by the theatre.

In "Roses for the Sweetheart," as a married man lies on his deathbed, on the family porch, his wife and daughter are confronted by the man's lover. Wife and daughter prevent the lover from entering the home, forcing her instead to sit with them on the porch as they insult her. While the lover endures a stream of cruel remarks, she fails to realize that her lover's son is busy plotting the ultimate revenge for his mother on her unfaithful husband and his lover.

"Woman, Running Late, In a Dress," is the story of an average woman whose husband dies suddenly of a heart attack in the midst of a marital fight. At the time he dies, she has been flirting with a mutual friend who told her a riddle. Through her grief, the widow obsesses over the riddle, desperately trying to solve it. As she tries to move past her loss, she tells the story of her relationship through flashbacks, interrupted by the increasingly maddening riddle and snippets of her widowed life.

In "Worthless Gods," Plutus and Eros, the Greek gods of money and love, compete to decide a wager: who is more important to modern-day man. Eros and Plutus interfere in a young mortal's life to settle the question, in the process tricking and deceiving one another, bending the rules of their bet and causing the poor mortal to suffer a parade of frustrating shenanigans.

Tickets for the performances cost $5 for students and $10 for adults and can be purchased at the Center for Literary Arts, Main Street Books, the Allegany Arts Council and at the door of the Palace Theatre on the night of the event.For more information, contact the Center for Literary Arts at [email protected] or 301-687-4340, or visit the center's web page at www.frostburg.edu/cla.

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