St. Luke’s Church Little Theater will present the free ’17 Festival of Little Plays at the 99 Peirce St. church auditorium in East Greenwich on Saturday, December 2 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, December 3 at 3 p.m. Donations benefit RI Loaves and Fishes.
Woody Allen’s “Death Knocks” features Ben Lovejoy as a naïve, first-time Angel of Death and Ron Pelletier as a more-than-middle-aged businessman who is hardly ready to go.
In “Checkout Time,” Rhode Island playwright Tom Maguire tells the story of his mother and her two sisters who grew up mid-20th century on Providence’s Smith Hill. Alice (Dana Borgia) is sure she’s at a summer resort waiting for her husband to take her home: it’s checkout time. Meanwhile, her sisters Madeleine (Jackie Granja) and Lillian (Kathy Russell) have come to a Rhode Island nursing home, staffed by nurse John Migliozzi, to recruit Alice to join their heavenly entertainment committee.
In a scene from Stephen Adly Guirgis’s “The Little Flower of East Orange,” Ed Cure plays Danny who’s come to a hospital to visit his mother (Marie Hennedy). Her attempts to stage-manage his life come to a poignant end.
All three plays are directed by Bob Mignarri, who has appeared in 26 plays in Rhode Island and Connecticut over the past 17 years.