Dearborn, Downriver area actors in HFCC One Act Festival

Photo courtesy of HFCC Drama Dept.

Photo courtesy of HFCC Drama Dept.

Henry Ford Community College will present its annual One Act Play Festival Thursdays through Sundays through June 27 at Henry Ford Centennial Library. Comedies will be performed the first weekend, with dramas the second weekend. Playwright Megan Terry’s “Ex-Copper Queen on a Set of Pills” will run June 24 to 27 at the Henry Ford Centennial Library Auditorium, 16301 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn. The cast includes Marcy Walsh (left) of Canton as Chrissie, Shannon Moravec of Wyandotte as the Copper Queen and Shardai Davis of Dearborn as B.A.

By Sue Suchyta
Henry Ford Community College actors from the Dearborn and Downriver area will open a two-week run of their annual One Act Play Festival Thursday at the Henry Ford Centennial Library Auditorium, 16301 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn.

The first weekend features comedies, while the second focuses on drama.

The ensemble features the Downriver talents of Roxanne Gutmann of Allen Park, Brandi Gouran of Melvindale, Jesse Warren of Riverview and Shannon Moravec of Wyandotte.

Dearborn thespians in the cast include Christian Plonka, Lila Ghaddar and Shardai Davis. Dearborn Heights company members include Ramzai Khzouz, David Pesce and Angie Lai.

Others in the company include Marcy Walsh of Canton, and Detroiters Stephanie Sulis, Christopher Braz and Shevonne Clark.

The college will use the library auditorium for a second year as the campus tries to decrease energy consumption during the summer months.

Two comedies will be performed the first weekend, June 17 to 20, and the three dramas will run June 24 to 27. Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows will have an 8 p.m. curtain, with 2 p.m. Sunday matinees.

“A Spot of Lunch,” a comedy by Neil Grant, centers on Harry, who invites an ingénue to lunch. However, when she adds two of her friends to the luncheon tab, he suddenly finds himself without enough money to pay the bill.

James McClure’s comedy “Pvt. Wars” is set in a Veteran’s Administration psychiatric ward during the Vietnam War era, and focuses on a trio’s attempts to come to terms with their individual demons and their post-traumatic stress syndrome.

The drama “Ex-Miss Copper Queen on a set of Pills” follows three homeless women on the mean streets of New York City, and how their isolation affects them.

“The Informer,” by Bertolt Brecht, is set in 1930s Germany, where two parents fear their Hitler Youth son might inform on their private conversations.

Eugene O’Neill’s, “Reckless” is a story of revenge. When a trophy wife has an affair with the chauffeur, her husband seeks to restore balance with chilling results.

All seats are $7, with open seating. For tickets or more information, call (313) 845-9817 or e-mail The shows contain some adult content; parental discretion is advised.

The Players Guild of Dearborn will present two weekends of the Guildlings’ summer show “Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr.” All shows are at 7:30 p.m. July 16 to 18, and 23 to 25. Tickets are $5 for general admission.

The Emmy Award-winning Saturday morning educational cartoon series takes to the stage as an energetic and fast-paced musical. The informal floor show format allows for a great deal of flexibility in staging, lowering the summer stress level for the adults providing technical support. Familiar songs fill the show and will appeal to families.

For more information, call (313) 561-TKTS, or go to the Web site

The Guild theater is at 21730 Madison in Dearborn, southwest of Monroe and Outer Drive.

The Dearborn Heights Civic Theatre will present the Rogers and Hammerstein musical, “The King and I” as its summer family theater presentation.

The show features adults mentoring teens in a unique double-casting learning experience. The adult leads will perform at the majority of the performances, with the teen leads performing at select matinees. The balance of the chorus will be played by local youth.

The show, set in Siam (now known as Thailand) in 1862, follows an English governess who goes to Bangkok to teach the many children of the King of Siam.

The show will be performed July 30, 31, and Aug. 1, 6, 7, 8, 13 and 14 at the Berwyn Center, 26155 Richardson in Dearborn Heights. For more information, go to the Web site

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