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Old Library Theatre Gears Up For Original One-Act Play Festival

"4x4," an annual theater festival that showcases original works by aspiring local playwrights kicks off this weekend, Feb. 8-10, at the Fair Lawn Community Center.

The Old Library Theatre's original one-act play festival, "4x4," returns to the Fair Lawn Community Center stage this weekend.

The second annual festival, which showcases four original one-act plays by aspiring local playwrights, was produced by Linda Wielkotz and Craig Tiede, with stage management by Al LoMartire.

Modeled on other original one-act festivals in the area, 4x4 was created last year by Wielkotz to diversify the theatre’s offerings and to provide an outlet for emerging creative writing talent.

This year's array of original one-acts are scheduled for Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door.

The production's four pieces include:

"The Stand-In," written by Brett Hursey and directed by Rachel Lichter, explores the experience of a young actress who unexpectedly finds herself auditioning opposite a theatrical legend. Mahwah's Hui-Lian Leo, Rochelle Park's Justin Maurer, and Budd Lake's Will Sandoval are featured in this one-act.

"Fading," written by Philip Kaplan and directed by Marilyn Schilke, tells the story of two brothers dealing with the realities of having a mother with Alzheimer's Disease. Filipe Valente, Scott Tyler and Celeste Fasone star.

"Far North," written by Victoria Z. Daly, directed by Brendan Joel Bartlett and featuring Clifton's Jeannie Rae Kempa, is the story of an urbane woman who records a video message for a friend's newborn granddaughter with some unexpected revelations.

"We're Having a Baby!" written by Irene L. Pynn and directed by Bill Kaufman, deals with a man trying to convince his wife that he is pregnant. It features Paul White, Nell White and Robert Klein.

For reservations, information or directions, contact 201-797-3553.

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