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October 10, 2013

Political plays

Three short pieces on local issues premiering at festival

The third annual Tragabigzanda Political Theatre Festival, which continues for two more weekends, features the premieres of three short plays written by locals about current topics in the community.

The plays are: “In a Birds Eye,” a 30-minute musical about the rezoning of Gloucester’s marine industrial area for a luxury hotel; “34 Beds,” written in collaboration with The Grace Center, about the local homeless shelter; and “From Bud to Blossom,” created in collaboration with the Council on Aging, about what happens when young teens and senior citizens are invited to speak publicly about bullying.

Each play, which run from 15 to 30 minutes, will be followed by a brief “talk-back” session, in which the audience can discuss the work with the actors, directors and playwrights.

The festival will run Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. both this weekend and the next. The venue is at St. John’s Episcopal Church at 48 Middle St. in Gloucester.

The political theater festival is presented by Henry Allen’s North Shore Folklore Theatre Company. All tickets are suggested donation, pay what you can. Advance tickets are available at www.HenryAllen.org , or call 978-704-1269. The suggested donation is $20, $15 for students and seniors, at the door but no one will be turned away.

If you go What: Tragabigzanda Political Theatre Festival, three short plays on local topics. When: Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. both this weekend and next. Where: St. John's Episcopal Church, 48 Middle St. in Gloucester. How much: $20, $15 for students and seniors, is the suggested donation.

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