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Life’s a Beach — or is it? This collection of five short one-acts explores the question in a comedic water-side romp from Maine to Myrtle Beach and beyond:

A Bit of Havoc At Hennessey’s – When a bellicose bully meets his match, who just happens to be his ex-wife, expect the unexpected.
Titanic Too – Sometimes it takes a plunge into the deep end to realize the water is fine and that life can change with the cast of a fishing line.
Getting Lucky – Two brothers, one woman and a fleeting chance to win a game of hearts might be a gamble worth taking.
Buried Treasure – Can a 25th anniversary trip to Punta Cana rev up romance and put a Capital “P” in “Paradise Regained”?
Myrtle Beach Sunrise – Just when you think the sun is setting on life, a new dawn alters the horizon.

Sunday, April 19, 2015 @ 3 pm

St. Andrew Presbyterian Church at 1450 E. Dublin-Granville Road in Columbus (43229)

To reserve a seat, please click the link below (there is no charge, but registration is required):

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Note: If you have any difficulty accessing SignUp Genius, please email us at aportabletheatre@gmail.com with your name, complete street address with zip and the number of seats you would like us to reserve.


The Cast & Director


Cath Erney webCatherine Cryan

Cat has happily returned to theater after a lovely hiatus raising children and building a career in research.

A BFA graduate of the Ohio State University, she supported herself as an actor for about five years, working in regional and repertory theatre in the Midwest, eventually landing back in Columbus and at CATCO.

When she & Ken Erney met up again after a 10 year break, well, the rest is history.

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Ken ErneyKen Erney

Ken is a journeyman character actor whose stage credits include productions for CATCO, Available Light Theatre, Evolution Theatre Company and New Players Theatre Festival.

He’s delighted to be a part of the reading of this new work.

He’s delighted to be anywhere, frankly.

Be nice to him.

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Chuck Gillespie for webChuck Gillespie

Chuck is an actor and singer with lead roles in theater productions locally including Three Penny Opera at OperaColumbus and Contemporary American Theater Company’s The Clean House and You’re My Boy.

He has appeared as featured vocalist with the Mark Little All-Stars of San Francisco, The Hauer Big Band of Dayton, and currently with the Rick Brunetto Big Band in Columbus.

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Josie Merkle for webJosie Merkle

Josie is excited to be part of this talented group of actors for a play reading with APT.

She last worked with Geoff Nelson at The Short North Stage, where he directed The Divine Sister.

She is currently working on a couple of short films and will appear in The Black Cyclone at The Martin Luther King Center April 23 – 25.

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Doreen Dunn (Director)

Doreen has written and directed productions from New York to Las Vegas to SRO productions in Paris, France and Edinburgh, Scotland, as well as the world premiere of Surrender at the NY International Fringe Festival. Ohio credits include CATCO, Players Theatre, Gallery Players, Cleveland Public Theatre, Ashland University, Otterbein University and co-founder of the Phoenix Theatre. She is a member of four professional theatrical unions, a winner of two Ohio Arts Council Playwriting Fellowships, and currently directs the Performing Arts Program for the Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools.


The Playwright


Vivian LermondVivian C. Lermond

In addition to her five new works featured in Shorelines, Vivian has penned 13 one-act plays, all recipients of multiple productions across America, including New York, Roanoke, Columbus and Denver.

Her full length drama/comedy, Back to Bethlehem (PA), premiered Off-Broadway in 2006 at the Manhattan Theatre Club. Her new musical, Beep Bop Rocks (book and lyrics), is currently in the collaborative writer/composer stage of development.

Besides her body of theatrical work, Vivian has written two award-winning screenplays – Gillespie’s Son and Passion Power. Both of these comedies captured first place in two highly competitive screenwriting contests.

Aside from writing, Vivian is the former Producing/Artistic Director of the highly successful Irish Theatre Project, a venue that produced one-act, Irish-themed plays by emerging Columbus playwrights. She has taught playwriting at Columbus State Community College and has facilitated playwriting workshops at writing conferences.

Vivian is currently Executive Story Editor for Gallagher Literary, an LA talent management company, where she evaluates screenplay submissions. She also freelances for afilmwriter.com, where she is the lead script analysis specialist for all stage plays.

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