Shh! explores the theme of secrets woven through a tapestry of omissions, half-truths, and deceptions that threaten to unravel the fabric of human relationships. The play is a collaborative work by Trish Ayers, Karen Devere, Lacey Gresham, Kristin Hornsby, Betty Peterson, Donna R. Phillips, Patricia Watkins, and Brenda K. White, members of the Kentucky Women Playwrights Seminar (KWPS). For more information about Shh! or KWPS, contact Trish Ayers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The Intervention” by Trish Ayers
Siblings divulge holiday secrets to their youngest sister and must coerce her to keep up the ruse so they all continue to reap the benefits.
“Heirloom” by Kristin Hornsby
When a genealogy-hobbyist inquires after the whereabouts of the family Bible, a simple garage-cleaning day unearths revelations that threaten the relationship between father and daughter.
“Pieces of String” by Betty Peterson
A mother’s illness opens old wounds and long-kept secrets between two sisters, leading to mounting tensions and an uncompromising moment of truth.
“End Game” by Lacey Gresham
“Trouble the Water, but Gently” by Karen Devere
Two adults, with differing views on abortion, weigh the decisions of a teenage girl and a young mother who find themselves in unwanted pregnancies. Will one abort her pregnancy?
“zigzag” by Brenda K. White
Three old college friends, meeting for an impromptu reunion, find that changes over the years have the power to either threaten or sustain their friendship.
“Unbeautiful” by Donna R. Phillips
A former beauty queen learns from a stranger, the secret of true beauty.
“Sheltered Secrets” by Patricia Watkins
A group of misfit canines find themselves in a high kill “shelter” where they divulge secrets of their checkered pasts while plotting ways to escape euthanization.
NYC Rehearsal Pictures courtesy of Patricia Watkins.
Deborah G. Martin is originally from Eastern Kentucky and is an associate professor of theatre and film at Berea College. Previous productions include Cabaret, The Rocky Horror Show, The Children’s Hour, and, most recently, The Normal Heart. Deborah will be directing the Berea College Theatre’s spring production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Deborah holds a BA in theatre from the University of Kentucky; an MA in Arts Management from The American University; and a Ph.D. in Acting/Directing and Theatre Management from Texas Tech University. Deborah has been at Berea for thirteen years.
A huge thank you to our sponsors:
The Kentucky Foundation for Women
John and Sandy Bolin
Danny F. Peterson
Kevin and Janelle Reese
Glenda Dent White
Berea Arena Theater, Berea, KY
Berea Arena Theater
1835 Big Hill Rd,
Berea, KY 40403
When: Friday, August 29 @ 8pm
Saturday, August 30 @ 8pm
Sunday, August 31 @ 3pm
Friday Night Footlights, New York
Frederick Lowe Room, Dramatists Guild
1501 Broadway, Suite 701
New York, New York
When: Friday, May 23 @ 6pm