Queens Chronicle South Edition 05-24-18

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by Mark Lord

an opportunity to have The beauty of a festival highlighting short t h e i r wo r k plays is that it can offer, in the space of an produced. W h i l e evening (or afternoon), a buffet for the intellect, a smorgasbord for the soul ... a there is no unifying taste of theater of limitless variety. So, it seems, will be the case with the theme to the upcoming Woodside Players of Queens festival, the Summer Play Festival 2018, scheduled for one thing all June 2 in Astoria and June 16, with a slightly the entries have in common, according to different program, at a still-to-be-deter- Culver, is that they’re all “good short plays,” mined location. Best of all, the performanc- which will be presented as staged readings. Some, Culver said, will be memorized; othes are free. Festival coordinator Johnny Culver, an ers will be performed with scripts in hand. Each represented playwright is responsiAstoria resident, says one goal of the event is to give writers — particularly young ones — ble for selecting a director and cast. Rehearsals are conducted independently, with the final results unveiled on the days of the performances. Among those heeding the call was Lane Northcutt, 24, a young man When: Sat., June 2, 2 p.m. with an already impressive resume, Where: Astoria Library, 14-01 Astoria Blvd. much of it involving musical theater. (also Sat., June 16, 12 p.m., For the festival, he is going in a totallocation to be announced) ly different direction, with his play Entry: Free. (631) 898-4205 “Secretary,” which he describes as “a satirical comedy” inspired by qboro contributor

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An intense Ludovic Coutaud and Debbie Smith rehearse his play, which will see the two of PHOTOS BY MARK LORD them on stage. Lane Northcutt, top left, will direct a play he wrote. those 1950s training videos for secretaries, with sexual harassment providing the underlying theme. Despite a running time of only 10 minutes, the play “is its own piece,” Northcutt said, offering a “full story arc, with a beginning, middle and end.”


While its time period would likely add appeal for older audiences, its message is “unfortunately still very relatable,” Northcutt said. A Kentucky native who now lives in Forest Hills, Northcutt is also directing the continued on page 37


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