The 1st Street Arts Council is a non-profit collective of artists and art lovers dedicated to the advancement of the arts in our area. We list local art events and meetings to provide artists and their fans with the opportunity to socialize and discuss their one true love, ART!
We also feature new, established, and up-and-coming artists on the site, so if you know of an artist we should be featuring (or if you're that artist yourself), please drop us a line.
Take a tour of our image gallery to see what's new!
at Actors Theatre Playhouse
The 2018 Season
It’s that time of year again when summer theaters re-open and New England stages gift us with a pot pouri of offerings to make us laugh, cry, smile, and ponder.
The Actors Playhouse Theatre in W. Chesterfield, NH presents a new season of productions and staged readings featuring the return of their annual Ten Minute Play Festival, Staged Readings of Classic and Contemporary American dramas, a rip-roaring Hollywood Comedy based on a true story about the creation of Gone With The Wind, and the regional premiere of a scintillating French Award Winning Social Drama that played on Broadway only two years ago.
The 2018 Ten Minute Play Festival kicks off the new Season on Thursday June 7th featuring the seven winners of the Playhouse’s year-long Regional Competition. This year’s selections once again promise a wide range from comedy to drama guaranteeing a little something for everyone.
The Festival once again begs the question, what happens when … A young man and his duck are inseparable ~ A couple reexamine marriage ~ A young girl shares a few “omg” moments ~ Will comes home to find the new neighbor’s jeep in his parking spot ~ A boy speaks in quotes from one famous film after another ~ A flood in an Alaskan town washes all sorts of truth to shore ~ Old love letters come to light and reveal more than just the past?
Ten Minute Play Festivals have become an established, popular genre throughout the theater world. Playwrights love the challenge. Thousands have been written by well-known playwrights as well as neophytes and students of theater.
The Playhouse Festival was established to encourage the production of new works from New England writers, while exposing our actors and directors to the techniques and practices of working with playwrights. explains co-producer Jim Bombicino. “Each year the winning scripts are selected by a committee of playhouse directors according to established criteria for quality ten minute plays. We consider factors such as how well plays can be staged in our space, what scripts would work together for a balanced evening of theater, and how well audiences might receive them. Over the years, the Festival has been a valuable training ground at the Playhouse for new directors and actors, many of whom have gone on to Main Stage and Staged Reading productions.” Nine performances are on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays June 7th thru June 23rd.
The Ten-Minute Plays are followed in July by Saturday Staged Readings of a contemporary family drama by Richard Nelson that takes place on election night 2016, followed by an American Theater Classic of the Old South by Lillian Hellman.
Hellman’s The Little Foxes tells the story of late-1900s Hubbard family
siblings, each of whom seeks to grasp wealth and power as the Old South
morphs into a New South. Hellman’s taut drama crackles with wit,
viciousness and extraordinary playwriting. The not-to-be missed
performances of this classic play are on Saturdays July 21st and 28th.
The Playhouse closes its season with a Main Stage production of Florian Zeller’s intriguing and compelling black comedy The Father, winner of France’s highest theatrical honor the Molière Award for Best Play of 2014. Translated by Christopher Hampton, the production was hailed in London in 2015, and when it appeared in New York in 2016 it received a Tony Nomination for Best Play, with Frank Langella winning the Tony for Best Performance of the season.
The Father takes a simple, tragic premise — the unraveling of a mind to dementia — and tells it in a fresh way. Florian Zeller’s play is a theatrically thrilling exploration of who we are to ourselves when our signposts disappear. It is not a study or a discussion of Alzheimer’s. It is more profoundly theatrical. It plunges the audience into the experience of dementia. He allows us to see events from the perspective of his 80-year-old hero, Andre. We share all Andre’s uncertainty about life’s multiplying confusion. Is the action taking place in Andre’s Paris flat or that of his daughter Anne? Is Anne about to abandon him to live in London with her lover or does she solicitously take her old dad under her wing? The Times of London wrote that Mr. Zeller’s “masterful, well-mannered mix of laughter and desolation puts you into the mind-set of someone in the midst of mental decay like nothing we’ve ever seen before.” The eight performances are on Fridays and Saturdays September 21st thru October 13th.