Fort Mill Times

See local playwright's winning show this week


Lake Wylie artist Carol Butler's 10-minute play will be among the winning entries being presented this week by Lee Street Theatre at the Looking Glass Artist Collective's Black Box Theater, 405 N. Lee St. in Salisbury.

Butler's "In Your Hands" features actors Dick Huffman and Sarah Drinkard.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

Writers who live in North Carolina and neighboring states were invited by LST to submit 10-minute plays, set in a city. The winning six plays were chosen anonymously by Catawba College professors Missy Barnes, the production's director, and Bethany Sinnott.

All six plays feature local actors in familiar settings: restaurants, automobiles, office buildings.

Terry Boueche of Rock Hill also is among the winners with "But I'm French" featuring actors Paolino and Ketti Overcash.This will be the first Lee Street production directed by Barnes, an associate professor of theatre arts at Catawba College where she has served as director of the musical theatre and dance programs for the past seven years.Barnes says all the actors involved in the production work and have such busy lives, she decided the best approach was to leave the initial preparation and staging up to the actors themselves, letting them rehearse at their own convenience..Barnes points out the variety of experience levels among the actors, some of whom are new to the stage, while others have extensive experience, including Drinkard, a former Catawba theater student.Lee Street Theatre plans to hold its second annual 10-minute play festival in June 2010 with a new theme.Admission to the performances costs $10. There are no advance sales; seating is first-come, first-served. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information, e-mail