AUGUST 11-15: THE HEARTBREAK HENRY, DIR. DAVID SHEFFIELD
Take a 19-year-old Ole Miss student and sign him up as night manager of the aging Henry Hotel in Oxford and you have the comedy The Heartbreak Henry, which will be presented at the Gertrude C. Ford Theatre August 11-15. The Heartbreak Henry, written and directed by David Sheffield, the former head copy-writer for Saturday Night Live, features many of the cranky, contentious and confused patrons who frequented the run-down hotel during his tenure. The production is presented by Theatre Oxford with co-sponsorship through the University of Mississippi School of Journalism & New Media.
According to Sheffield, “I went to Ole Miss for an education, but the real education took place at the Henry Hotel. I saw things at the Henry I never saw at home.”
2-minute film clip of Sheffield talking about The Heartbreak Henry: https://vimeo.com/547692332
2019 10-Minute Play Festival, Sept 2019
This past weekend, Theatre Oxford and the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council hosted over 300 audience members for its 2019 Ten-Minute Play Festival–a massive surge in audience turnout from the past several years.
All audience members got a chance to vote on their favorite of the eight short plays, and the audience favorite was Emily McClain’s family comedy “Secret Family Recipes,” directed by Dr. Daniell Mattern, winning by one vote over Chuck Smith’s play, “PayDayus Ex Machina,” a whimsical depiction of the existential conundrums plaguing vending machine snacks, directed by Naomi Levin.
Other audience favorites were “Ashes to Dust,” by Oxford native Kate Leslie, directed by Kate Meacham, and “Grief Has Waltzed on my Heart Tonight,” by local writer William Boyle, directed by UM student James Barton. The entire evening’s production was enhanced by the musical performances of singer Damein Wash and accompanist Adam Stringer.
Theatre Oxford board members were overjoyed by the turnout, and past festival audience members and contributors said that 2019 was the best the festival has ever been.
2019 10-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL LINEUP
- “Ashes to Dust,” by Kate Leslie, dir. Kate Meacham
- “Dark Matter,” by Donald Loftus, dir. Davis Jones
- “Grief Has Waltzed on my Heart Tonight,” by William Boyle, dir. James Barton
- “The Interview,” by Patrice Hamilton, dir. Debra Anderson
- “Keep a Little Soul,” by Madison Sedlor, dir. Brian Whisenant
- “The Full Moby Dick Experience,” by Jack Pendarvis, dir. Micaela Kostmayer
- “PayDayus Ex Machina,” by Chuck Smith, dir. Naomi Levin
- “Secret Family Recipes,” by Emily McClain, dir. Daniel Mattern