Play readings at Paschal Winery

Ashland Community Theatre and Paschal Winery have joined hands again for an evening bringing wine and theater together. As one theatergoer said, "Where can you go and have this much fun for 10 dollars?"

Local actors will read short plays by local playwrights at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 28-29, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent.

Michael Meyer, artistic director for ACT, will be directing the eight plays. According to Meyer, one of the goals of Ashland Community Theatre is to promote local works by those who would like to see their writing brought to life on stage. Playwrights for the readings have been drawn from Ashland Playwrights Project, The Playwrights Unit, HayWire Writers Workshop and those who just love to write.

The August plays are a mix of comedy, mystery and drama and include "Loving John Lennon," by Darlene Ensor; "Punked," by Julie Excell; "Mabel and the IRS," by Phil Loveless, "Over it!" by Sarah Cornett-Hagen and Cynthia Rogan; "Generations" by Julia Sommer, "Dead Indian Highway" by Dave Hill and "A Small Miracle" by Fred Tonge.

The scheduled cast for the readings includes David Gabriel, Michael Meyer, Victoria Stewart, Kristen Newman, Brandy Carson, Mandy Anderson, plus one other to be announced.

The Ashland Community Theatre has been producing plays in the Ashland community since 1991. Even though the theater company has been without a permanent home, it has staged productions in a variety of local venues every year. ACT staged the drama "Taking Sides" at the Elk's Club in 2007 and at the Havurah Shir Hadash in 2008.

For the last three years, ACT has also served as a showcase for local authors by presenting quarterly staged new play readings at Paschal Winery.

Tickets are $10. For information or to reserve a space, call 840-1527.

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