The Bedford High School Theater Department will present its fourth annual Playwrights Festival on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the high school’s Buckley Auditorium.
BHS students wrote, directed, and designed this eclectic assortment of nine plays, each about 10 minutes long. Admission is free, with a suggested donation
Following the performances, members of the audience will have a chance to ask the writers and directors specific questions about the process of writing and directing the plays.
About 25 students are involved as actors, directors, and designers as well as writers, according to Katrina Faulstich, choral and theater director at the high school. The playwrights are Ben Couvée, Charlie Desjardins, Dylan DeJesus, Kai Etringer, Cate Galante, Connor McClung, John Mitchell, Ethan Washington, and Emily Zhu.
“The students wrote the plays in mid-March, and we have gotten more plays than ever this year,” Faulstich reported. “There are some comedies, some dramas, some sad or nostalgic, some happy, some murder mysteries, and some reflections on life.”
“After the plays were written, everyone who wanted to be involved read through them together,” Faulstich continued. They identified what they wanted to do in the shows — acting, directing, or designing.
“I then assigned directors to each play and we figured out who would act in and who would design each play,” she said. “It’s a giant puzzle to figure out scheduling everyone in rehearsals when we have many plays rehearsing at the same time.”
The students rehearsed for about two-and-a-half weeks, “and now we are in tech week, adding lights, costumes, and set pieces,” she said. “It truly is mostly student-run; I am there to provide guidance, help with tech week, and supervision.”
The playwrights and directors will come out in the auditorium after the show. This talk-back format “is done quite regularly at the college and professional level for new plays and plays that deal with subjects worthy of discussion,” Faulstich said. “It’s something with which I want to give our students experience.”
Mike Rosenberg can be reached at [email protected], or 781-983-1763