An Evening of One-Acts from ACT
December 15 1999—Anne Putnam makes her debut as director with two plays presented by ACT (a community theatre) in February: Trifles by Susan Glaspell and The Ugly Duckling by A.A. Milne.
Anne has worked as a stage manager for both community theatre and professionally - with the Ship’s Company Theatre in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, and recently, with Eastern Front Theatre, Dartmouth for the remounting of David French’s Saltwater Moon directed by R.H. Thomsen.
Although she admits that up until recently she had no aspirations to direct, Anne found that from her stage manager position she had begun to “think like a director.” She began reading a lot of plays with the idea to direct in mind. When she heard that ACT was looking for directors she approached them. Her choices for two one-act plays to be performed on one night have a common theme-women - but are different, almost contrasting, in approach. The A.A. Milne play is a send-up of male chauvinism using humour and is “very silly.” Although it is written in mature language, it is suitable for families.
Trifles, a drama written in 1920, is set in a farmhouse kitchen and could be any time. Anne describes it as “a very quiet play about how women take control to protect and support each other. The word ‘abuse’ is not mentioned in the play, but that is really what it is all about.” Cast members include familiar, seasoned performers such as Erskine Smith and Doug Gallant (who are in both plays), Pam Stevenson and Norma Cameron (in Trifles) plus new faces such as Glen Strichey (Trifles), and Tawnia MacKinnon and Taryn MacLellan (Ugly Duckling). Other cast members are Kristina Heyges, Brodie MacRae and Joe Boyd (who is understudy for all male roles). James Clement is stage manager.
Also on the bill with Anne’s two plays on February 17-20 is a revival of Barbara Rhodenhizer’s I Remain… Jane Austen written by V. Glasgow Koste and directed by Terry Pratt. The evenings begin at 8 pm at the Arts Guild, Charlottetown.