CHESTER SPRINGS, PA — SALT Performing Arts has announced its second annual local playwright production, 12 Chairs, by John O’Hara running January 13 – 15, 2023 at SALT’s Black Box Theatre in West Chester.
SALT’s 2023 Season blasts off with its second local playwright production, 12 Chairs, an original one-act play written by Skippack resident, John O’Hara. The drama is about mother-daughter relations throughout the years. In summary, Louise, the daughter, is cleaning out her mother’s house-represented by the ‘twelve chairs’ scattered about the set. As a silent mover moves the chairs off, Louise remembers the moments of their life together–the simple moments of tears, sorrow, and laughter that mark every parent and child. As the years go on (and the chairs disappear), Louise and her mother circle about each other and come back together. The final scene will make you reach for a tissue. We promise.
“We believe it is important to inspire local playwrights to put pen to paper when they have ideas,” expresses Lauren McComas, President and Artistic Director of SALT Performing Arts. “Each year, we will receive script submissions from local playwrights for SALT to produce their show and bring their stories to life. We are thrilled that our second annual Local Playwright Production will feature the play 12 Chairs by John O’Hara.”
John O’hara is a playwright, teacher, and recovering actor. Besides 12 Chairs, some of his plays include Treasure Island (DCP Players), Renewal, Pursued By A Bear, and Vanishing Tess (Playcrafters). His GOLDILOCKS.COM will be part of the Walnut Street Outreach in 2023. John has written over sixty plays and published seven scripts for young audiences with Playscripts Inc and SmithScripts UK. He is also a proud member of the Dramatists Guild.
Cast and Crew
Lauren Rozensky Flanagan: Mom, Hannah Cohen: Louise, Anton Patriarca: Mover & Various parts
Lauren McComas: Director & Producer, John O’Hara: Playwright, Rob Merow: Co Set, Lighting, & Sound Designer, David Craig: Co Set, Lighting & Sound Designer, Anton Patriarca: Stage Manager, Chelsea Barnett: Venue & Production Manager, Judy Elliott: Marketing Director & House Manager, Michael Styer: Photographer
Details for 12 Chairs are as follows:
- Seating is at full capacity.
- All ticket sales are final.
- This production is held at their West Chester Location: 19 Hagerty Blvd, 19382
- SALT is currently mask-optional for audience members. Performers will not be wearing masks.
- For more info check out their FAQ page here
- Tickets can be purchased here
- Friday, January 13, 7 PM Champagne Opening Night
- Saturday, January 14, 7 PM
- Sunday, January 15, 2 PM
Ever since the shutdown in March of 2020, SALT has adapted to the pandemic restrictions and circumstances to keep its community connected and the arts alive. Despite the challenges through it all, SALT has brought the community connected via online Cooped Up Cabarets, Beyond the Walls outside drive-in concerts, an outdoor Good Ol Fashioned Variety Show, an outside production of The Last Five Years, an indoor production of Nunsense with performers in plexiglass boxes, Rise UP, a 6-year anniversary fundraiser made available via live-streaming, and A Christmas Spectacular via a video stream. In January 2021, SALT resumed live show performances with live-stream viewing options.
The mission of SALT Performing Arts is to provide live community theatre productions, Playhouses for Preschoolers at Montgomery School, summer/year-round theatre camps for kids, dinner theatre, and more. With excellence as the standard, SALT, a non-profit organization, believes that the “community” is paramount in community theatre and strives to foster an all-inclusive atmosphere that promotes a positive, uplifting experience for each individual. SALT involves people of all ages from all walks of life. If you are interested in learning more about SALT Performing Arts, making a donation, or being a sponsor, email them at [email protected]
SALT Performing Arts, 1645 Art School Road, Chester Springs, PA 19425 is organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes with a non-profit 501(c)(3) status. For more information visit saltpa.com.
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