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2014 – Gainesville Homegrown Local Playwrights’ Showcase

Welcome to the second annual “Gainesville Homegrown” Local Playwrights’ Showcase! We’ll be performing two locally written works as staged readings– Outside Daughter by Ann Magaha on Friday April 17 and the one-acts After the Drums by Chuck Lipsig and Sandwich by Violet Asmuth on Saturday, April 18.

APRIL 17-18 AT ART

All tickets $10 at the door, cash or check.

Friday, 17 April @ 8:00
Outside Daughter by Ann Magaha

Outside Daughter is the story of Ivy, a young, homeless Jamaican woman, who is hired by an elderly woman as her full-time caregiver in order to escape going to a nursing home. The young woman discovers that to earn the money she must send back to her family means she must deprive herself of their presence and subject herself to the prejudices of her employers. During the course of the play her employers discover that Ivy has both a good work ethic and a winning personality.

Playwright Ann Magaha, based in Deland, has written several plays; in 2013 Outside Daughter won the National Newborn playwriting competition hosted by New York City University.

Saturday, 18 April @ 8:00
After the Drums by Chuck Lipsig
Sandwich by Violet Asmuth

After the Drums by Chuck Lipsig

Twenty years ago, a married couple were activists in a movement that led to reforms in their unnamed nation. A new round of activism has since arisen and their teenage son has been arrested for his involvement in it. A colleague of theirs and former activist, who betrayed several other colleagues and is now a member of the government’s security ministry, shows up at their house, promising to protect their son. In doing so, he insinuates himself into their family.

Gainesville playwright Chuck Lipsig has authored several plays. His play, The Refinery, was produced at ART as both a Dark Nights and Main Stage production, and Hometown Knights was featured in our Playwrights’ Showcase last year. Additionally, Chuck has been seen frequently on the ART stage in a variety of roles and serves on the Acrosstown’s Board of Directors.

Sandwich by Violet Asmuth

Sandwich examines how the problems of the elderly have an impact on the entire family. In this one-act play, the characters learn that just finding a long term facility for the mother does not mean problems disappear for the family. This one family comes to realize that adjusting to the problems of the elderly is a social issue of our modern times and that their individual self-centered lives need to merge instead of clash.

Playwright Violet Asmuth teaches communication courses at the University of Florida. Vi has been an educator for over 50 years and has taught at many levels: middle school, high school, community college and university. The seed for the idea of Sandwich was found in Vi’s research on communication and aging.

All tickets are $10 at the door, general admission.

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