Performances of the second annual "Out of the Box Playfest" will be presented at the Box Factory for the Arts on Dec. 6 and 7 at 7:30 pm both nights. Six 10-minute plays were selected by a panel of judges from 18 submitted in a play writing competition held earlier this year. Those plays will be performed in a Readers Theater format under the direction of Greg Ladewski.
Artistic Director Lisa Kelleher has announced that the plays to be presented include Heart Sounds by Debra Davis; Two People on a Train, Alice Ford; The Last Dance, Ami Hendrickson; Revenge of the Rom Com, Greg Ladewski; Family Linen, Barbara Simpson; and More Than Friends, Mary Wright.
Cast members, who were selected at auditions held in October, include Jim Yates, Barbara Pries, Joann McMahon, Chase Samuelson, Lisa Kelleher, John Rogers, Greg Ladewski, Kimmie Staggs, Heather Perry, Elaine Harju, and Cory Wetterlin.
Greg Ladewski, a veteran of previous Box Factory Theatre Company plays, is also known to Box Factory audiences for his performances on cello, piano and bass with various groups and artists. In his student days, Greg directed plays at the University of Michigan, and produced and directed short films and plays in Connecticut and Wisconsin.
Judges Linda LaRocque of South Haven, Phil Sturdevant of Holland and Kevin Wurz will score the plays during the performances. First, Second and Third Prizes will be awarded to the winning playwrights at the end of the final performance on Dec. 7. A special audience award will also be presented at each performance.
Winners of the "Out of the Box 10-Minute Playfest" on Dec. 6th and 7th, sponsored by the Box Factory for the Arts, were Greg Ladewski, $300 first place, for "Revenge of the Rom-Com;" Debra Davis, $200 second place, for "Heart Sounds;" and Alice Ford, $100 third place, for "Two People on a Train." The plays were judged by Linda L. LaRocque of South Haven; Phil Sturdevant of Holland; and Kevin Wurz of Benton Harbor. The audience choice award on Friday night was a tie between "Revenge of the Rom-Com" and "Two People on a Train." On Saturday night the audience choice award went to "Heart Sounds."
A large Christmas gift was delivered early to the Box Factory for the Arts and it was in the form of a baby grand piano. The Wm. Knabe & Co. baby grand piano from the estate of Dr. David and Margaret Hills was donated to the Box Factory in memory of their parents by the couple's children. The piano was played by Margaret, the matriarch of this local musical family, during her lifetime and her family knew she would want the Box Factory to be the recipient of the gift.
And the good news comes with the additional gift of Anne Hills' return to the Box Factory stage to perform a special concert on Friday, Dec. 13, at 7:30 pm. Joining her as piano accompanist will be David Lahm, familiar to area audiences as the host of Pastiche, an open mic night at the Acorn, and accompanist to Mike Cortson at recent Box Factory concerts honoring the music of Frank Sinatra.
The good news doesn't stop there. Anne has invited long-time friend and musical colleague, Jamie O'Reilly of Chicago, to join her on stage as well as our own local favorite celllist Greg Ladewski. O'Reilly will also be familiar to Box Factory audiences who attended her concert with Michael Smith in their presentation of O'Henry's beloved Christmas story "The Gift of the Magi."
"It's a dream come true," said Judy Sokolowski of the Box Factory. "We have always wanted a true concert piano for our stage and to receive this gift from the Hills' family makes the gift all the more rewarding. Having Anne pay tribute to her parents with this concert is the icing on the Christmas cookie."
Special VIP tickets with cabaret style seating of $20 per person are available with prepaid reservations. Regular concert seating tickets are $15 general admission and $10 seniors and students. Tickets are available online or by credit card at 269-983-3688. Light refreshments and beer and wine will be available for this concert. A special afterglow reception with the musicians will be held.
Anne has not performed at the Box Factory for several years; however, she continues an active touring schedule in the Midwest and East Coast from her home in Bethlehem, PA. She is a three-time recipient of the Pennsylvania Partner's in the Arts Project Stream Award, among other acknowledgements and has over 25 recordings to her credit. Known for her collaborative work, both as a writer and singer, her latest Appleseed Recording release, "The Things I Notice Now (2012), is a tribute to the well-known folk music icon Tom Paxton (The marvelous Toy - The Last Thing on My Mind.) She is currently working on a recording of songs about the railroad.
Coming to Light tells the dramatic story of Curtis' life, the creation of his monumental photographic work, and his changing views of the people he set out to document. The film also gives Indian people a voice in the discussion of Curtis' images. Hopi, Navajo, Eskimo, Blackfeet, Crow, Blood, Piegan, Suquamish, and Kwakiutl people who are descended from Curtis subjects or who are using his photographs for cultural preservation respond to the pictures, tell stories about the people in the photographs, and discuss the meaning of the images.
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