East/West Playfest

East/West PlayFest 2017

The Milford Arts Council, Eastbound Theatre and Westport Community Theater congratulate playwright Jenny Mead, whose short play, “But That’s Okay” was voted as audience favorite at East/West PlayFest, the annual festival of one act plays.

Directed by Barry Hatrick of Milford, “But That’s Okay” used its ten minute run time to chronicle a couple’s relationship, from the moment they meet through the rest of their life events. Dena Lagonigro and Joe Maker played the couple, with Dave Sheehan appearing as a Server that touched on their key moments.

The short play received the award over “Romance 101”, by Brianna Keller of Glen Rock, NJ, “All Out of Second Chances,” by Scotto Moore of Seattle, WA, “Grilled”, by LH Grant of Davis, CA, “A Lifetime Ago”, by Drew Davis of Augusta, GA, and “I Don’t Know…, by James McLindon of Northampton, MA.

Thanks to all the playwrights and to those who brought their work to life.


East/West PlayFest is an annual presentation of six original one act plays, selected from hundreds of submissions from playwrights across the country and around the globe.  Five performances are held and audience members vote for their favorite, the winner taking the Summer Audience Award.


The plays presented this year were:


All Out of Second Chances, by Scotto Moore of Seattle, WA features a woman recounting a surprising family history. The play is directed by Rachel Babcock of Branford and stars  Jennifer Ju,  TJ Chila and David Baron of Milford and Linda Gilmore of Norwalk.





But Thats Okay, by Jenny Mead of Charlottesville, VA chronicles a couple’s relationship in a ten minute time frame. The play is directed by Barry Hatrick of Milford and stars Joe Maker of Stamford and Dena Lagonigro of Stratford.





Grilled, by L.H. Grant of Davis, CA shows a battle of wills that plays out over the counter of a luncheonette. The play is directed by Kevin Pelkey of Beacon Falls and stars Marc Hartog of Westport and Betzabeth Castro of Bridgeport.





I Dont Know , by James McLindon of Northampton, MA follows a Drill Instructor whose morning run is set on edge by a group of politically correct cadets. The play is directed by Michael Shavel of Stratford and stars Joe Maker of Stamford, Enrique Rivera of Trumbull, Kate D’Alessandro of Derby, Kevin Sisuthone of Shelton and Seehee Lee of Wallingford.




A Lifetime Ago, by Drew Davis of Augusta, centers on a mysterious package that reunites a feuding family. The play is directed by Tom Rushen of Stratford and stars Patrick Cornelio and CJ Nolan of Milford.





Romance 101, by Brianna Keller of Glen Rock, NJ, finds a quarreling book club further disrupted by an unexpected new member. The play is directed by Ann Baker of Milford and stars Katie Scott and Kevin Fantarella of Milford.




For more information contact the Milford Arts Council at 203-878-6647 or Westport Community Theatre at 203-226-1983.