tnt-2016The TNT Playwrights’ Collective

The TNT–Totally New Theater Collective, Marblehead Little Theatre’s in-house new play development  program, will hold its ninth annual festival on Saturday, May 27th at 8:00 pm.

This year’s festival will include comedies and dramas  from six North Shore Playwrights including Judith Black, Lucy Blood, Julianne Driscoll, Anne Marilyn Lucas and Mary Beth Smith.

Marblehead resident Shari D. Frost produces the year-round collective and annual festival, and is also a participating playwright.

Admission to the TNT Festival is free, but there will be a suggested donation at the door which opens at 7:30pm at MLT, 12 School Street, Marblehead.

An in-house group of playwrights who meet monthly at MLT to workshop and collaborate on a variety of plays in development.

Shari FrostShari Frost, (Producer, TNT Collective/Festival)

Shari’s plays include I Just Love That Keith Urban, Bang for the Buck, HUNGRY and TWO LEFT(IST) FEET, ONE LAST DANCE. Her works have been produced at the Boston Theater Marathon, the Warner International Playwrights’ Festival, and the New Works Festival, among others. I Just Love That Keith Urban will be published in Smith & Kraus’ The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2017. Bang for the Buck was a regional finalist for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival and is published in Smith & Kraus’ The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2015. TWO LEFT(IST) FEET, ONE LAST DANCE was a national finalist for the Playwrights’ Center’s Core Apprentice Program. Shari received her MFA in Writing for Stage & Screen from Lesley University, where she is now adjunct faculty.

Fresh Layers
A recently divorced woman wants a new look for her new on-line dating life, but her stylist has a different profile pic in mind for her.

me and Da Queen!1Judith Black

New perspectives on our national history, tickling familial dysfunction, aging, our hurting environment, and human quirks, are all fodder for Judith’s tales.
Featured on stages from the Montreal Comedy Festival to The Smithsonian Institution, to the Art Museum of Cape Town, she has appeared 12 times at the National Storytelling Festival, and is the winner of the Oracle Award, storytelling’s most coveted laurel. Judith teaches two classes annually:

Summer:Telling Stories to Children:
Winter: Making Stories From Life:

A Warm Day in March
Hope wants to save the world, one neighbor at a time.

Anne Lucas head shotAnne Marilyn Lucas

Anne Marilyn Lucas has been directing for over thirty years and has taught in the Theatre Department at Salem State University. An actress, director, singer-song writer, professor and playwright, she holds an MFA from BU and a second MFA in Writing for Stage and Screen from Lesley University. Her drama FROM SILENCE premiered at New York’s Theater for the New City in 2016 and was cited as a must-see play after the election along with HAMILTON. It will be presented at MLT in October 2017 under John Fogle’s direction. Her BROADWAY’S DIVAS musical opens at MLT in July.

My Husband’s Keeper
Ten years after her divorce Gladys is invited to visit her ex and his new wife. But
what do they want?

Lucy Blood is a pastor, playwright, songwriter, and performer. All the World’s a Stage was first read at the Provincetown Library in 2016. Channeling Gene, now a full-length play had a reading at The Dramatist Guild in NYC in 2016. Biblically Speaking, Lucy’s first solo performance piece, was featured at the Midtown International Theatre Festival
in 2015. Going Up? was nominated Best Play at the 2014 Strawberry One-act Festival in NYC. Her plays Terminal Gate, Going Up?, Channeling Gene, The D.A.M.N. Meeting, and Teacher’s Lounge all premiered at the Provincetown Theater’s Playwrights Festival.

All the World’s a Stage
Four hundred years after Shakespeare’s death, he and Thespis share a cup of tea at
the Heavenly Cafe.

Julianne Driscoll studied English at Bowdoin College, where she received departmental recognition for Creative Writing. She has experience working as a creative content developer and editor for educational publishers, and currently works in the field of electronic publishing and information services. Julianne has also studied piano and vocal
performance, and is a voice student of Alison Trick in Marblehead. As one of the newer members of TNT, Julianne looks forward to contributing further to future productions.

Aunt Izzy’s Trunk
Justine opens a Pandora’s box of surprises when visiting her Aunt Izzy.