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Community theater group in Estacada will produce 'Be Careful What You Wish For,' a collection of one act plays

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Jean Hiebert Larson, Ellie Larson and Alycia Schieberl rehearse for 'Clarity,' which will be part of the Performing Arts Group of Estacada's upcoming one act play showcase 'Be Careful What You Wish For.'

An encounter with a down-on-his-luck genie, two trips to the Department of Motor Vehicles and a conversation between a writer and the character she created are all events in the Performing Arts Group of Estacada's latest production.

PAGE will present "Be Careful What You Wish For," a series of one act plays, from Thursday, Feb. 20, through Sunday, Feb. 23. The show begins at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Estacada Auditorium, 500 N.E. Main St. Admission is free.

The showcase features "This is My Gun and I Know How to Use It," written and directed by Peter Hamer; "DMV Tyrant," written by Christopher Durang and directed by Jerry Tenbush; "Clarity," written by Emily Lindstrand and directed by Nick Herb and Emily Lindstrand; "The DMV One," written by Nick Zagone and directed by Jerry Tenbush; and "Be Careful What You Wish For," written and directed by Peter Hamer.

PAGE previously produced a collection of one act plays with 2010's "Can We Talk?" and those involved with the group see several benefits in returning to the form.

"A showcase allows for different artistic ideas to be presented in one night," said Peter Hamer. "There are a lot of little plays orbiting around. It's a different process."

"More people can get involved," added Julie Hamer.

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Alycia Schieberl and Jean Hiebert Larson play a protagonist in a novel and the author who created the story in 'Clarity,' part of the Performing Arts Group of Estacada's upcoming showcase of one act plays.

Cast members in this year's showcase include Alycia Schieberl, Debra Bufton, Alleah Schwab, James Tenbush, Kamie Tenbush, Sarah Irelan, Dylan Darity, Ellie Larson, Jean Hiebert Larson, Nick Herb and Peggy Hartwig.

In "This is My Gun and I Know How to Use It," a woman has a memorable incident in a parking lot, while in "DMV Tyrant" and "The DMV One," trips to the DMV aren't as straightforward as one might expect. During "Clarity," a writer has a heart to heart conversation with the protagonist of the novel she's writing. The show, which is just under one hour in run time, comes to a close with "Be Careful What You Wish For," during which someone stumbles across a genie who has seen better days.

Several directors have longstanding attachments to their plays.

Jerry Tenbush first read the script for "DMV Tyrant" during a PAGE cast party six years ago. He found it particularly funny even though he's "not usually a big outward laugher."

"The two people I have in it are the two people I first pictured doing it," he said.

Peter Hamer has been thinking of "Be Careful What You Wish For" for quite some time.

"The germination of that idea goes back years and years," he said, noting that it's "wonderful" to see it come to life.

If you go

What: "Be Careful What You Wish For," a series of one act plays presented by the Performing Arts Group of Estacada

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, through Saturday, Feb. 22, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23

Where: Estacada Auditorium, 500 N.E. Main St.

Cost: Free, with donations accepted


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