I could spend a few minutes writing up my own review of the show but these two reviews already say it better than I could.
Piedmont Triad Theatre
From: Cheryl Ann
To: Lee Street Theatre
Sent: Thu, Apr 24, 2014 1:11 pm
Subject: One-Act Festival
My name is Cheryl Ann and I am interested in participating in your One-Act Festival. Attached, you will find "Patent," which I am interested in directing.
About me: I have acted with the Paramount Acting Company, Open Space Cafe Theatre, Community Theatre of Greensboro, Kernersville Little Theatre, The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem/Twin City Stage, Clemmons Community Theatre, Davie Theatre Company and Hickory Community Theatre. I've also done commercial and voice-over work. I've staged managed plays and musicals for Kernersville Little Theatre, Open Space Cafe, and Elise Jonsell Productions. I also directed 2011's "The Vagina Monologues" for V-Day Greensboro and Bill Cissna's "All About Faith" last year.
Okay, enough about me. Now on to the script....
About the play: "Patent" follows two brothers who are crossing 1858 Iowa, selling a patent medicine created and passed down to them by their father. While the trip begins well, sales begin to falter. In the second town, a couple comes forward to claim that Porter’s Potion in fact killed their children when the brothers sold it to them on a previous visit. Soon, the brothers find that they see this crisis in two different ways – one intends to carry on as before; the other feels strongly that they must stop selling potion and find a different way to live. They reach a parting of the ways as the one brother reaches out for new work and a new home. But the other brother’s refusal to address the issue causes a more critical moral dilemma.
About the playwright: Kernersville-based Bill Cissna has been writing short and full-length plays since 2006. Full-length scripts "Conversations in a Cafe" and "All About Faith" have been produced in 2010 and 2013 respectively. Reading of his full-length play "Reunions" are scheduled for August, 2014. He has also had seven 10-minute plays produced in Greensboro and elsewhere since 2010. Details on his writing are available at www.billcissna.com.
Thank you for your consideration. I very much look forward to bringing "Patent" to life at Lee Street!