Wednesday, September 3 opens the third annual Short & Sweet Theatre Festival at the Penang Performing Arts Centre. This is the third year that I have been involved in this festival, and I’ve had a lot of fun along the way. This year, like last, I’m directing one piece and another one that I have written is being directed by someone else.
How does it work? Playwrights send in their best short plays of 10 minutes or less. About 10 plays are shortlisted to be produced. Directors are assigned and actors recruited who will then compete in a bunch of categories such as Best Script, Best Director, Best Actor, etc …
This year I’m directing a piece called “The Surgeon’s Creed” written by Eoin Carney. It’s a fun little piece about a cocky surgeon who meets another “surgeon” at a party, though he’s about to get a big surprise when he finds out that they aren’t exactly the same kind of surgeons. As director, I put another spin on the script by casting the other “surgeon” as a female and the cocky surgeon is trying to pick her up. It creates a lot fun tension on stage. I cast my daughter alongside one of my fine young actors from school. It’s going to be funny.
The play I wrote is called “A Pinch of Fate, A Shot of Destiny” in which the Grim Reaper (or whomever you want to call him) comes to pick up his next victim, Rebecca, who is scheduled to be flattened by a bus on that particular morning. However, Mitch misses his own bus and ends up at the wrong corner on the wrong day which enables him to miraculously save Rebecca’s life. This angers GR so much that he plots to get back at both of them. This piece is being directed by Matthew Koh and starring Sudhan Nair who both recently directed a revival of the Malaysian theatre piece “In a Nutty Shell” here in Penang. Mitch and Rebecca are being played by two of my young talented actors from my school. I haven’t seen too much of what they have done with the script, but I can’t wait to see it. I’m sure it’s going to be really fun.
Short & Sweet Penang runs from Sept 3-6 with 10 plays being performed each night. The awards ceremony will be held after the show on the 6th.
Come on out if you are in town!