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Thursday, February 28 • 12:00pm - 4:45pm
Community Theatre Festival Performances: Block 1

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Join us at Austin-East Magnet High School to enjoy award-winning performances by community theatre groups from across the Southeast. Two groups will advance to represent our region at AACTFest 2019.

A free SETC shuttle is available to take convention attendees to and from the Knoxville Convention Center and Austin-East Magnet High School. See the attached file for the full shuttle schedule.

NOON – 1:35PM
Scott and Hem
Tennessee – The Backstage Series of the Cookeville Performing Arts Center

Written by Mark St. Germain
Directed by Samantha Raper

In 1937, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, famous authors and frenemies, meet in Hollywood, the City of Dreams, to confront their own. “Scott and Hem” is a drama about the cost of love, friendship, and the price of being a writer.

1:35–3:10PM
Tea for Three
Mississippi – The Center Players Community Theatre

Written by Eric H. Weinberger and Elaine Bromka
Co-directed by Kathryn Dawkins, Betty Jo Mahaffey and Wendie Sheppard
What is it like for a woman when her husband becomes president of the United States, and she is suddenly thrust into the spotlight? This witty, sly and deeply moving script explores the hopes, fears and loves of Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon and Betty Ford. Each of the three portraits becomes intimate, by degrees, as the women wrestle with what Pat Nixon called “the hardest unpaid job in the world.”

3:10–4:45PM
Never Swim Alone

South Carolina – Guerrilla Shakespeare Theatre Company
Written by Daniel MacIvor
Directed by Robert Fuson

This one-act follows two boyhood friends in a 13-round contest of “manliness” to win the affection of the Referee. This avant-garde show is lightning-paced and will have you on the edge of your seat. With captivating choreography and style, this is not typical theatre.


Presiders
Adjudicators/Respondents
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Amy Wratchford

Managing Director, American Shakespeare Center
Amy Wratchford is the Managing Director of the American Shakespeare Center. As the company’s chief administrative and financial officer, Amy oversees finance, marketing, development, and other business management functions for the ASC. During her tenure the ASC’s budget has grown... Read More →
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T.K. Lee

T.K. Lee’s award-winning work crosses multiple genres: both on stage and off. At times a playwright, and other times a poet, he is at all times firmly planted in the southern tradition of gothic storytelling. His work has appeared in national publications including The Louisville... Read More →

Sponsors
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Austin-East Magnet High School

All Community Theatre Festival performances held at Austin-East Magnet High School are free and open to the public. Please consider making a donation at the door. Donations will go directly to Austin-East Magnet High School to help support updates/renovations to their performing arts... Read More →
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Dramatists Play Service

Booth 314
For over seventy-five years Dramatists Play Service, Inc. has provided the finest plays by both established writers and new playwrights of exceptional promise.Dramatists Play Service, Inc. has grown steadily to become one of the premier play-licensing agencies in the English-speaking... Read More →


Thursday February 28, 2019 12:00pm - 4:45pm EST
Austin-East Magnet High School