Hollins Winter Play Fest Sparkles

Simon Adkins (from left), Janemarie Laucella, Taylor Cobb and Ally Thomas.

The Hollins Winter Festival of New Plays is about half over and I got my first opportunity to catch one of the three plays being presented today. It was a dilly/doozle.

Anna Holland and Taylor Cobb.

The play is Kate Leslie’s “The Love Code,” a high tech dramady that poses ethical questions and raises issues of sexual harassment, cyber bullying and values. This is a modern play with a twist that has the potential to haunt you.

Leslie is a Chicago director, playwright and and teacher who is an MFA candidate at Hollins. Her work is ably directed by Saffron Henke, a core faculty member at Hollins.

The “Love Code” cast is quite good, led by veteran Janemarie Laucella, whose bona fides continue to grow within Roanoke’s acting community. She consistently demonstrates what an actress looks and feels like. She is backed here by Anna Rachel Holland, a Hollins student with a solid resume (including last year’s magical production of “Chicago”), Taylor Cobb, Simon Adkins and Ally Thomas.

Take a bow, boys and girls.

I recommend this work in progress–as are all these plays. You’ll get a chance to talk back after the performance and help the writer continue the development of the plays.

The “Love Code” is scheduled again Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m. and 26th at 2 at the Waldron Stage of Mill Mountain Theatre. The other plays, Ben Jolivet’s “Community Garden” and the adapted “Marvelous Cornelius: The Musical” are also scheduled next weekend (“Garden” Jan. 24 and 26 at 7:30 and “Marvelous” Feb. 2 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.). Tickets are $10.

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