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One-act play readings

Paschal Winery will be the setting for two evenings of one-act plays by Rogue Valley playwrights. Produced by Ashland Community Theatre, the readings will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, April 27, and Saturday, April 28, at 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent.

The evening's emphasis is on "local" — local winery, local plays, local actors and local directors, organizers say. Playwrights have been drawn from Dave Hill's Ashland Playwrights' Project, Oregon Stage Works' Playwrights Unit, and Ruth Wire's HayWire Writers' Workshop.

Dramatists and plays include Darlene Ensor, "Good Morning, Dr. Nelson's Office"; Elaine Hamlin and Phil Loveless, "Coffee Talk"; Dave Hill, "Why Can't He Be Like You"; Phil Loveless, "The Big Ten" and "The Interview"; Ruth Wire, "The Winner"; Nanci Yoder, "Follow the Leader"; Richard Moeschl, "Paradox"; and Cathy Noah and Mark Freeman, "High Stakes."

Ensor is new to playwriting, but "Good Morning, Dr. Nelson's Office" was performed in Santa Cruz. Hamlin is on the readers' committee of the Ashland New Plays Festival. Hill recently moved to Ashland from Florida, where he produced a series of successful one-act plays and readings. Loveless writes comedies. Doug and Leona Mitchell did a reading of his play, "A Truth of Their Own," two years ago.

Wire's "A Modern Woman" played at Oregon Stage Works. She won the 1980 Bultman Award for a one-act, helped to launch New Playwrights and Studio X Theatres and presently works with Ashland Community Theatre. Yoder, a longtime short story writer, stimulated by the Ashland theater scene, has begun to write plays.

Moeschl, arts and entertainment editor of the Mail Tribune, won the 2006 Oregon Book Award for Drama for his play "Arthur's Dreams." Noah is city editor at the Mail Tribune; Freeman has been an environmental and outdoors writer for the Mail Tribune for 18 years. "High Stakes" is their first play.

Directors for the evening's plays include Michael Meyer, Wendy Spurgeon and Archie Koenig.

Tickets are $10 at the door or may be reserved by calling 840-1527. A glass of wine or a bottle may be purchased at Paschal's tasting room. To reach Paschal's Winery, take the Talent exit off Interstate 5, turn right (away from the City of Talent) and follow the signs.

Call 840-1527.