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Festival Of New Plays

Old Ties
April 21 – May 7, 2017

While waiting for the Medical Examiner to arrive, one man, two cops and a distant relative discover how exquisitely complex it is to love, to live, and to leave. Set in a New York City Upper West Side apartment, Old Ties explores how Hank deals with the death of his wife after sixty-two years of marriage.

About the Playwright
Rex Knowles
 is the author of Rosemary Leaves (New York and Chattanooga State Repertory Theatre), The Night Reginald Filbert Called It Quits (winner 2006 Festival of New Plays), and The Nutcracker Christmas Carol (with Sherry Landrum and Allan Ledford). He is Executive Director of the Professional Actor Training Program at Chattanooga State and a proud member of SAG-AFTRA, AEA, the Dramatists Guild, and the Chattanooga Writer's Guild.

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Staged Readings



 EXIT 136

Saturday, April 22 at 4pm;  Saturday, April 29 at 8pm

It's 1998, and a snowstorm has stranded six mismatched characters in a run-down truck stop. A sick young man makes an unlikely friend, a trucker struggles to keep his son, and a truck stop regular bemoans a past action for which he cannot forgive himself. Tensions rise as secrets are revealed and alliances betrayed, keeping audiences guessing until the end.

About the Playwright
Sharon Bandy has been a playwright since 1997, and her plays have been produced in California, Oregon, New York, Virginia, Missouri, and Tennessee. She has attended both playwriting and fiction writing workshops at the Sewanee Writers' Conference for many years, and is currently at work on a novel. Sharon is a weaver and works as a costume designer at Baylor School. She lives on Signal Mountain with her husband, Buzz Sienknecht, and daughter, Mattie. 

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Fiddle of Gold
Saturday, April 29 at 4pm; Saturday, May 6 at 8pm


Jonathan thinks he has won his dance with the devil. But when his old friend comes to visit in his small town in the mountains of North Georgia, everyone’s lives and souls are at risk.

About the Playwright
Rachel Mrotek is a Florist, freelance artist, and photographer. Writing is a guilty pleasure for her, and she has always had a soft spot for a villain. She has a fantastic talented husband, Anthony, and a very smart extroverted monster named Sylvi. They all three live in a garish green house in a small town in North Georgia.

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The White Rose

Saturday, April 22 at 8pm; Saturday, May 6 at 4pm


Based on a true story, a group of University of Munich students who formed a resistance during World War II to speak against Adolf Hitler and National Socialism, are tried for treason after siblings and core members, Hans and Sophie Scholl, are caught on the balcony of the university atrium from where resistance leaflets were thrown. Through a series of flashback and interrogation scenes, the courageous story of The White Rose unfolds.

About the Playwright
Originally from Bridgeport, Connecticut, Jennifer Jones came to Chattanooga from North Georgia in 2013. She currently works full-time as an Ophthalmic Technician while attending the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with hopes of graduating in May with a Master of Arts degree in English: Creative Writing. Besides writing, her interests include reading, history, and theatre.

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