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2005 - 2006 SEASON:
The 2005-2006 season began with the farce, Jest a Second, about families and the misunderstandings that they create. This wildly funny production was an audience favorite (with some attendees returning multiple times), and continued the momentum of rapidly increasing audience attendance that began in the Spring. The production also added new directing and acting talent to Acme’s band of players.
The 2nd mainstage production was Anton in Show Business, a creative take-off on regional theater woes that required unique staging, costuming, and technical elements. All all-women’s piece, several characters played multiple roles and a variety of specific dialects. Anton... featured some of the strongest and most versatile new acting talent Acme had seen in a while.
In December 2005, Acme again hosted the now-veteran a cappella group, None of the Above, for a special holiday musical performance. Our regular audience appreciated the opportunity to enjoy this unique offering of voice musicians performing jazz, blues, rock, and holiday classics.
January 2006 was our 5th (!) Annual New Works Winter Festival, featuring the best 18 of over 120 short plays submitted. This popular event was produced again during two weekends, with a record-setting more than 100 playwrights, actors, directors, and technicians participating, and every seat was sold out. The coveted audience choice Charlie Awards were presented to Philana Gnatkowski for Cold Feet and Stacey Lane Smith for Rainbow Sprinkles. Shortly afterwards, Jay Hanagan, a prolific playwright and a regular contributor to the NWWF, announced that a collection of his short plays, some of which had debuted at Acme, were being published by a major New York play publishing house.
Acme’s Winter 2006 production was A.R. Gurney’s The Fourth Wall, about a housewife who redecorated her living room, seemingly as a stage set, which compelled everyone who entered the room to act like they were in a play. More than just a light comedy, this combined farce/political commentary, play-within-a-play, questioned our responsibility to the inequalities of the world beyond our own four walls.
Acme's final mainstage production of the 2005-2006 Season was Brilliant Traces. Set in Alaska, the show centers around a young bride running away from her wedding, who encounters a lonely recluse who has hidden away from life. Within the confines of the snowbound cabin the two strangers explore the pain of their past and the forces that brought them together. Brilliant Traces was also Acme's entry in the 2006 EMACT Festival, and was nominated for 6 awards including Best Production and Best Actor.
Acme also brought back the Improv Workshop and Night of Improv to greater audience interest and a larger training group. We considered expanding the program.