Night and Day: Wednesday, August 03, 2005
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The members of SceneShop 2005 point the way home.
SceneShop 2005 runs Aug 5-13 at Arts Fifth Avenue, 1628 5th Av, FW. Tickets are $10. Call 817-923-9500.
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Hanging Your Hat

For this year, the movers and shakers behind Fort Worth’s annual new-works theater festival SceneShop asked playwrights to contribute pieces based on the idea of home. The results can be seen this weekend and next at SceneShop 2005: No Place Like.... Regular actors Charles Baker, Peggy Bott Kirby, and Steven McGaw are joined by returning players Stephen Ellis and Rachel Baker, plus SceneShop debutantes Melanie Mason and David Wilson-Brown, to perform three monologues and three dramatic scenes.

McGaw contributes two pieces that would seem to complement each other perfectly: Clear River is a monologue by a troubled teen who’s about to leave home, while Providence, Oklahoma catches up with a 26-year-old man who thinks he has finally found a place to settle down. SceneShop mainstay Natalie Gaupp chips in with Gangly Star, about a woman’s encounter with a man obsessed with the cosmos. Chris Gepp, who had a piece at the festival last year in Buenos Días Up There, returns with a monologue called The Traveling Set about a woman itching to see the wider world. The prolific Jay Boyer, an Arizona State University professor and sometime Hollywood biographer, depicts a young couple whose marriage takes a surprising turn, in This Is Not My Beautiful Wife. Rounding out the festival is Bob Francis’ It Was at This Party, about which there is scant information. Between the plays and the live music by The Bullnettle Boys and The Calamine Sisters, the festival once again promises to give us relief from the summer heat.



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