Goring Fest announces a staged reading

Erik Morris of Playwrights’ Round Table tells me that Booth in the Barn, one of the shows in the upcoming John Goring Memorial One-Act Festival, will be performed as a staged reading rather than a full production because of the illness of one of the actors in the cast.

Here’s the full message from Erik:

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Booth in the Barn, part of PRT’s 1st Annual John Goring Memorial One-Act Festival, will now be set as a staged reading instead of a full realized production.

Booth in the Barn will now be presented as a staged reading due to last-minute actor illness. This is not our preference, however in John Goring’s honor, the show will go on and be presented in the best form possible. All tickets on the evenings Booth is in rep are $10 across the board (NOTE: The Sunday Nov. 7 show tickets remain $15).


Playwrights’ Round Table, Orlando’s year round source for original theater since 1997, is proud to announce the shows and dates for its First Annual John Goring Memorial One Act Festival and Awards.  The Goring Festival will take place at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center, at 812 E. Rollins Street, November 4 through November 14. Curtain is at 7:30pm Wednesday through Saturday and 3pm for the Sunday matinee Nov. 7 and audience favorite/awards show on Nov. 14.

Playwrights’ Round Table will present three new original one-act plays alongside a revival of 7 Translations by Stephen Miller, back by demand from PRT’s Summer Shorts 2010 production.  These four plays will be presented in repertory style, with 3 of the 4 shows performed each night.  All four one-acts will be performed on Sunday, November 7.  Sunday, November 14, the audience favorite show and the 1st Annual Goring Awards will be presented starting at 3pm?). Voting for the Goring Festival Awards will be conducted via web survey, powered by SurveyMonkey.

The Goring Festival shows are:

7 Translations – written by Stephen Miller; directed by Charles R. Dent – An emotional re-telling of the final night of two classic Shakespearean teens (John Bateman, Jennifer Guhl).  Scheduled showings: 11/4, 11/5, 11/6, 11/7, 11/11, 11/12.

Best Present Ever – written by Molly Jessup; directed by Erin Manin – A horror mystery writer (David Strauss) takes a stab at writing a children’s book for his soon to be born child despite his wife’s (Kimberly Luffman) concerns (also featuring: Mathew Habib, Charles R. Dent, Xander Strauss and David West).  Scheduled showings: 11/5, 11/6, 11/7, 11/10, 11/11, 11/13.

Booth in the Barn – written by George Loukides; directed by Erik Morris – On the lam after his assassination of President Lincoln (Mathew Habib), John Wilkes Booth (Jeff Wax) flees to Garrett Farm with his rider, Davy Herold (Luke Gerdes), and tries to reconcile his actions and haunted visions (also featuring: Amy Hughes and Michelle Oppedsiano). Scheduled showings: 11/4, 11/6, 11/7, 11/10, 11/12, 11/13.

Good Dog – written by William Roeder; directed by Bob Lipka – It’s the trial of the century at Critter Court where Dog (Rob Cuhna), who bit the farmer, is being tried.  Judge Owl (Gary Norris) presiding with prosecutor Cat (Ava Tunstall) trying to maintain her “open and shut” case (also featuring: Mimi Lipka and Naomi Morris). Scheduled showings: 11/4, 11/5, 11/7, 11/10, 11/11, 11/12, 11/13

Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for PRT members, seniors (65+), students and military; with ID. Performances on Wednesday, November 3 (Final Dress/Preview) and 10 (Industry Night) are $10 for all. Master Pass tickets – tickets for 2 weeknight show dates and the Goring Awards on November 14 and final dress/preview admission November 3 – are available for $25 each. TICKET SALES ARE CASH ONLY at the door. Reservations and Master Pass plans may be made by calling (407) 522-6284.

The Goring Festival honors John Goring, PRT’s former President. A prolific playwright and director, John passed away in 2009 due to complications from a stroke suffered soon after his last PRT production.  At the culmination of this festival on November 14, PRT will award its first ever John Goring Lifetime Achievement Award to a person or entity that has shown a dedication both to the arts in Central Florida and to the development of new plays, playwrights and productions – both of which were important driving forces with John Goring’s involvement and leadership of Playwrights’ Round Table.  PRT Members nominated people and groups through October 1 for consideration for the award. The winner will be announced after the performance of the audience favorite show on November 14.

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