Pellissippi State again premieres work of ‘Best American Short Plays’ playwright

When Pellissippi State Community College staged the world premiere of Lisa Soland’s “Meet Cute” in October 2010, audience members had no idea they were seeing the work of a playwright who would go on to be honored with inclusion in “The Best American Short Plays 2010/2011.”

Those who attend the world premiere of Soland’s “The Ladder Plays” at Pellissippi State just might be witness to the staging of another honors-worthy production.

“The Ladder Plays” is a series of one-act presentations that opened at the college on March 23 and runs through April 1. Each of the segments explores the ups and downs of being human. Soland directs Pellissippi State’s students, working alongside other local actors.

It was the Pellissippi State premiere of “Meet Cute” that showcased Soland’s romantic comedy “Thread Count,” the play chosen to be included in “The Best American Short Plays 2010/2011.” For more than 70 years, “The Best American Short Plays” series has showcased the one-act works of the country’s most talented playwrights. The works of Tennessee Williams, David Mamet and Horton Foote have appeared in previous editions.

“The Ladder Plays” is being performed at Pellissippi State’s Clayton Performing Arts Center Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. through March 31, with a Sunday performance at 2 p.m. on April 1. The Clayton Performing Arts Center is located on the Hardin Valley Campus.

Tickets are $12 for general admission and $8 for students and may be purchased at the door. All proceeds go to the Pellissippi State Foundation on behalf of the Theatre program.

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