12th Annual One Act Play Festival Creative
Author - Across a Crowded RoomF.J. Hartland
F. J. started writing plays when Santa Claus brought him a typewriter for Christmas when he was 13. Since then F.J. has earned an MFA in Playwriting, won the Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival twice and made a record-setting eighteen appearances in the Pittsburgh New Works Festival, winning Best Play four times. He has been published by Concord Publishing, United Stages, Original Works Next Stage Press and The Louisville Review. In 2008, he was the recipient of a Playwriting Fellowship from the Pittsburgh Council on the Arts. Also, F.J. has been a member of Actors Equity Association since 1991. Thanks, Santa!
Director - Across a Crowded RoomMead Winters
Mead is thankful to be making his return to Old Library Theatre after performing in two productions: MY BIG GAY ITALIAN WEDDING doubling as Joseph Pinnunziato AND Father Rosalia as well as Spike in last year's ONE ACT FESTIVAL production of YANKEE STADIUM, JUNE 1960. Thanks to Linda Wielkotz for making that possible. Mead's other theatrical accomplishments have been as director at Nutley Little Theatre. Pre pandemic, Mead directed I'M GETTING MURDERED IN THE MORNING, a murder mystery dinner theatre production performed at the Franklin Steakhouse in Nutley. Most recently, he directed GEMINI for which he was nominated for 2 awards at BROADWAY WORLD'S 2022 REGIONAL AWARDS as Best Director and Best Scenic Design. Mead's GOD OF CARNAGE just ended its run which received numerous accolades for his cast, set, and direction. Mead would like to thank Arthur and Holly for making ACROSS A CROWDED ROOM come to life with its beautiful script by F.J. Hartland and their amazing performances in such a short period of time! Mead would like to thank Mike, his husband, for his continued love and support during his "retirement journey" in theatre!
Author - For Whom The Yell TollsJames C Freguson
James is an award-winning writer whose plays have been produced throughout the United States as well as in the UK and New Zealand. He has written two novels, numerous screenplays and a number of projects for television and the web. James is also the co-writer and director of the well- reviewed feature length independent motion picture Happy Holidays, available through numerous digital platforms and on DVD through TLA Video. For additional information please visit his web site – www.scalepluspoints.com or you can find him on various social media platforms as @scalepluspoints. James mostly enjoys Instagram where he posts pictures of his one-eyed cat. He’s adorable (the cat, not the playwright). No, seriously. He also has two children (the playwright, not the cat) but they’re not nearly as cute so you won’t see as many pictures of them.
Director - For Whom The Yell TollsJessa Blackthorne
Jessa is thrilled to be directing again at OLT after directing Cowboy Chuck in last year's One-Act Play Festival! Acting Credits: Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice), Man of La Mancha (Femina/Dancing Girl/ u/s Antonia), Follies (Young Heidi), The Actor's Nightmare (Sarah), The Hamlet Experience (Ophelia), Twelfth Night (Malvolio), Amadeus (Venticelli 1/Katherina), Rumors (Cassie), and The Wedding Singer (Holly /Choreographer/Co-Director). She also produces & performs in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Frank-N-Furter, Magenta, Trixie) with The Cosmic Light Cabaret in Teaneck, NJ! Love to Chris & Noodles www.jessablackthorne.com
Author - The Most Precious ThingAmy Dellagiarino
Amy is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter whose work has been produced across the country. She was the recipient of the Playwriting Award at the 2021 Austin Film Festival and is a published playwright through Stage Rights. She is also a proud recipient of the Reframe Stamp for gender balanced media with her comedy feature film “Freelancers Anonymous”. She was a 2020 participant of Moving Arts Theatre's MADLab Play Development Series and a 2021 participant of the Kennedy Center Playwrights Intensive. She earned her BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. www.amydell.com.
Director - The Most Precious ThingMaria (Mia) Diaz
Mia is excited to be making her directorial debut with Old Library Theatre, with The Most Precious Thing, but she is not a stranger to the OLT stage. In fact, she is also a cast member for this performance, playing Felicity in For Whom the Bell Tolls. She last appeared at OLT, as Lowell/Kiki in Legally Blonde. Mia would like to thank her talented fellow directors, cast, and crew for another wonderful experience at OLT! Special thank you to her personal support team for always being in her corner. When not on stage, Mia can be found decluttering and organizing her clients’ homes (www.orderandease.com)! Favorite past roles include “Jesus Christ Superstar” (Mary Magdalene), “Agnes of God” (Dr. Martha Livingstone), and “The Producers” ('Hold Me Touch Me').
Author - Logical ConspiraciesEmily Yuko Walborn
Emily is a screenwriter and playwright from Montana. She recently received her MA in Playwriting from the University of Manchester in Manchester, UK. Her plays have been featured in new work festivals in the UK and New York. Comedy is the crux of Emily's writing as she has performed sketch and improv across the US. She is thrilled to be a part of the Old Library Theatre's One Act Play Festival!
Director - Logical ConspiraciesElizabeth Fahsbender
Elizabeth is so excited to be directing her fifth one act with OLT! After graduating from Marymount Manhattan College in 2018, she began working with companies such as Old Library Theatre, Live & In Color, The Barn Theatre, and Gas Lamp Players to name a few. Some of her recent directing credits include Midnight at the Pancake Shack (OLT), My Friend, Doubt (The Barn Theatre), March Madness (Old Library Theatre), Breaking the Internet LIVE! (The Tank NYC), Ghost Light (Old Library Theatre), Taming the Male Chauvinist (Rhino Theatre), and The Wonder of You (The Barn Theatre). When not directing she is the social media coordinator, director, and co-producer for the online show, Cabaret on the Couch (@CabaretOnTheCouchLive). Thank you to everyone for coming out to support live theatre! @e_fahsbender
Author - Hell on Heels is An UnderstatementCole Vaughan
Cole was born and raised in Bowling Green, Ky, and is currently finishing his senior year at Shenandoah conservatory, where he is studying musical theater. Cole has always had a love for all things that stretch the creative muscle, but only recently discovered his passion for writing while attending school. Though he is still finding his footing, he hopes to use his writing to share stories that are genuine, intimate, and full of color.
Director - Hell on Heels is An UnderstatementLeticia Diaz
Leticia recently made her OLT stage debut in "The House of Blue Leaves" as Second Nun (Mayor Wagner: UGH!). No stranger to the theatre, she has enjoyed acting and producing throughout the Tri-State area over the last 20 years. Hell on Heels... marks her directorial debut on any stage and she is grateful to OLT for the opportunity. Deepest appreciation to the cast and to the folks that came through in the clutch. There were many "invisible" hands that pushed this work forward and allowed it to shine. Prima: gracias por el apoyo! David: you're always on my shoulder. Nico: ever my therapist (te amo). Everything, always, for Nino )O(
Linda has been involved since the start of the one act festival. Happy to return for year 12.