GEORGETOWN, Ky. – Georgetown College theatre professor George McGee is one of six playwrights to have a script selected for production in this year’s Kentucky New Play Series (KNPS), sponsored by Kentucky Playwrights Workshop, Inc.
His one-act play is entitled “My Father Thinks He’s Irish.” McGee summarizes by saying a young man and his fiancé are waiting at a large airport for the man’s father, detained for being too friendly, to clear customs. The young woman wonders why the father is so friendly and the young man tells her, “My father thinks he’s Irish.”
We soon learn the death of the young man’s mother has taken a toll on the father. Family and friends continue to treat him differently and he has grown tired of the expressions of sympathy and long faces. Having traced his family roots to Ireland, the father’s more and more frequent visits there have begun to cause him to “go native.”
The Kentucky New Play Series selects short plays of fifteen minutes in length or less by Kentucky playwrights for production each year at the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville. The 2014 competition was very stiff, according to Bill McCann, KNPS producer.
Other winners this year are “Reindeer,” by Richard Cavendish of Richmond; “The Curiosity Quilt,” by Nancy-Gail-Clayton, Louisville; “Sunny Side,” by Phil Parido, Ft. Thomas; “When Grandma Davis Hit the Glass,” by Rebecca Ryland of Danville, and “Visitation Privileges,” by Brian Walker, Louisville.
The Kentucky State Fair dates are August 14-24 at Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. The exact date for the premiere of these new plays is to be announced.