published Friday, August 17th, 2012

Ensemble plays add a touch of the bizarre

IF YOU GO

What: Ensemble Theatre's Short Attention Span Theater.

When: 7:30 p.m. today, Aug. 24 and Aug. 31; 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25 and Sept. 1; 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26 and Sept. 2.

Where: St. Andrews Center, 1918 Union Ave.

Admission: $10.

Phone: 987-5141.

Website: www.ensembletheatreofchattanooga.com.

The Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga is about to serve up its annual short play stew, and this one has a good many bizarre ingredients.

The theater's fourth Short Attention Span Theater, which offers 10 plays that range from three to 18 minutes, opens tonight at St. Andrews Center and runs for three weekends.

"The whole year we've been doing plays that deal with social norms," said founding producing partner Garry Lee Posey. "In this, we'll take a bizarre look at social norms."

In essence, he said, the plays will examine realistic situations in a bizarre manner.

The short play festival, along with an annual Shakespeare offering, is "kind of our cornerstone," Posey said.

Two of the plays have local authors, he said. Several others were generated by authors within 150 miles.

The plays include a pantomime of a forlorn man set to music; "Cardboard Boxing," which concerns a man who doesn't deal well in the dating world but does relate to a cardboard cutout of a woman; and "Reality Show," written by Posey, which describes a man who believes he is the director of a reality show as his world is falling apart around him.

Casey Keelen is directing the show, which is rated PG-13.

about Clint Cooper...

Clint Cooper is the faith editor and a staff writer for the Times Free Press Life section. He also has been an assistant sports editor and Metro staff writer for the newspaper. Prior to the merger between the Chattanooga Free Press and Chattanooga Times in 1999, he was sports news editor for the Chattanooga Free Press, where he was in charge of the day-to-day content of the section and the section’s design. Before becoming sports ...

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