NORWAY — Three one-act plays filled with laughs and insight on living and aging will be presented by the Oxford Hills Music and Performing Arts Association on Aug. 5, 6 and 7.

The plays are “The Game’s Afoot” by Ken Ludwig (excerpts); “Why Do We Laugh?” by Stephen Gregg; and “Senior Housing” by Joanne McDonald.

Three directors, all new to OHMPAA, are guiding these presentations at the Norway Grange Hall. The trio of one-act plays is a new venture for OHMPAA.

Corrine Turner directs a cast of four men and four women in excerpts from Ludwig’s comedy, “The Game’s Afoot.” It takes place in 1936 when Broadway star William Gillette, widely-admired for his leading role in the play “Sherlock Holmes,” has invited his fellow cast members to his Connecticut mansion for a weekend of revelry, but mayhem, murder and hilarity ensue. Ludwig’s popular stage comedies include “Lend Me a Tenor” and “Moon Over Buffalo.”

Mallory Martin directs “Why Do We Laugh?”

The eight characters of this play (two people at four different times in their lives) are on stage at the same time. At age 6, Meredith Wilfred loves to tell people that she hates her neighbor, Andrew Powers. At age 16, she tells Andrew the same thing but goes to the dance with him anyway. At 45, Meredith and Andy have a great deal to tell each other. Most married couples do. And, even at 66, Meredith is still learning about, and from, Andrew. The result is a play about love (and hate) and the way people change each other.

Gregg has written numerous plays including “This Is a Test” and “Small Actors.“ He is the recipient of a Jerome Fellowship from The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

“Senior Housing” by Joanne McDonald is directed by her sister, Jackie McDonald, who has been an actor or crew member for many regional productions,

The play explores what happens when a well-meaning son (or daughter) brings his parent to look at a senior citizen community that isn’t quite what anyone would expect.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are available at the door, or in advance at Books ‘N Things or by calling 207-739-6200.

The Norway Grange Hall is located at 15 Whitman St.


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