Le Chat's Quickies play festival has something for everyone

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A few key words act to jog Jordan Braverman’s memory, and also lead to a lot of laughs in a 12-minute short play called Every 50 Seconds, which is part of the Quickies production at Le Chat Noir.

Raheema Johnson (from left), Ray Troiano and Jarod Gay rehearse for Every 50 Seconds, one of several original plays to be staged for Quickies at Le Chat Noir.  CHARMAIN Z. BRACKETT/SPECIAL
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Raheema Johnson (from left), Ray Troiano and Jarod Gay rehearse for Every 50 Seconds, one of several original plays to be staged for Quickies at Le Chat Noir.

The comedic moments, written by David Hallman, are what drew Raheema Johnson into the role of Deb, the nurse to Jordan Braverman, played by Ray Troiano.

“I thought it was hilarious, and there are still parts where I’m cracking up,” said Johnson.

Quickies will feature eight original plays, varying in length from five minutes to 20 minutes. This is the third year for the production.

The first year for the short-play festival featured a mix of original works and some that were already published, according to Jezibell Anat, who is coordinating the production and wrote, directed and is starring in the play, Klytemnestra, which is in the style of a Greek tragedy.

“The original plays received the best feedback,” she said about the move toward an original play festival.

With eight plays, there is enough variety for audience members to find something they like.

“If they don’t like one piece, there is something else they will like,” she said.

Jonathan Cook has had an original work in Quickies each of the past three years. This year, he wrote and is directing a Western called Brackish. Last year, he did a post-apocalyptic piece, which ended up being produced on stages outside of the Augusta area.

Cook said he wanted to try a Western because it’s a stylized and difficult genre to pull off properly.

“I started to think about what I could do,” he said.

Brackish has a tried-and-true Western theme of revenge, but with a twist.

Other plays in Quickies include Claudette, written and directed by Joseph Zuchowski; Edna’s Diner, written by Eric Dean; Jack and Jill, written by Richard Lawson; The Venting Machine, written and directed by Rick Davis; and Win by a Nose, written by Joseph Barry.

Quickies will be performed at 8 p.m. April 20-21, 26-28. For ticket information, call (706) 722-3322 or visit www.lcnaugusta.com.

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WHAT: Quickies, short play festival

WHEN: 8 p.m. April 20-21, 26-28

WHERE: Le Chat Noir, 304 Eighth St.

TICKETS: $15-$30; (706) 722-3322, www.lcnaugusta.com


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