Hoping audience members will depart smiling, TheatreExtreme will present “An Afternoon of One Act Plays” Sunday. Starting at 3 p.m., the three selections will be performed at Olin Tatum Agricultural Building’s Stiles Auditorium, 320 W. Cherokee Ave. in Cartersville.
“This all started when Matt Thompson and I met up a year ago to discuss our ideas on doing a show together,” said Kyle Redden, director of “Dial L for Latch-key.” “It has since blossomed into a whole afternoon with Kirsten Adams directing a show as well.
“The afternoon starts with ‘Flowers for Algernon,’ a play about a man with a learning disability who undergoes an operation with the hopes of becoming smart. Then we have ‘Dial L for Latch-key,’ a comedy that spoofs ‘Dial M for Murder’ and references probably everything Hitchcock has done. It ends with ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ — the one-act version — a play that, if you are a fan of wordplay, you will enjoy.”
Under Adams’ direction, “The Importance of Being Earnest” will feature the following cast members — Ross McLeod as Algernon Moncrieff, Rylan Abernathy as Lane/Merriman, Alexander Fortin as Jack Worthing, Shannon Adams as Gwendolen Fairfax, Celtia Stewart as Cecily Cardew and Ashley Peterson as Mrs. Prism. In addition to her directing duties, Kirsten Adams also will portray Lady Bracknell.
To be directed by Thompson, “Flowers for Algernon” will include McLeod as Dr. Strauss, April Branham as Alice Kinnian, Mike Davis as Charlie Gordon, Beth Seldon as Katie Brueggert and Scott Walker as Voice in the Audience. Thompson also will highlight his acting skills, bringing the character of Professor Nemur to life.
Along with portraying Bob, Redden will direct six other actors in “Dial L for Latch-key” — Montrez Hawkins as The Inspector, Dan Rich as Raymond, Jaimes Lee as G, Steve Hood as The Man With a Nylon Stocking, Duane Ellis as Hitchcock and Thompson as The Man Who Knew Too Much About Hitchcock.
“Expect to cry and expect to laugh,” Redden said. “We put the shows together with the idea that, you don’t leave the audience emotionally beaten, you give them something to think about and something to let them laugh. Laughter is what everyone needs.
“I want people to leave with a smile on their face and a little something they can take home and talk about with their friends and family.”
In October 2014, TheatreExtreme was established by Christopher Lee Gentry and Meghann Humphreys, who “were inspired to bring a different way of experiencing theatre to their community by producing cutting edge, classic, and musical productions in various locations,” stated http://theatreextremecartersville.com.