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Playbytes by Playwrights

October 27, 28, 29, 30


Sue Stephenson-Bradford

Natalie Chappus

Zack Conrad

Amy Drenth Hasapis

John P. Foley

Mike Golczynski

Michael Golczynski

Martha Hayden

Evan Jones

Patrick MacLangs

Richard Mulligan

Kelsey Ohle

Charli Ohle

Mark Stoll

Eva Switek

Mandee Thiell

Marian Ward King

Mask Policy

Masks are not required inside LowellArts, though strongly encouraged, especially for events where social distancing is not possible. Masks are available at LowellArts. This policy is subject to change, dependent on current Covid cases in Kent County and Grand Rapids.

Playbytes by Playwrights

Things That Go Bump In the Night

Directed by Mary Beth Quillin & Laurel Conrad

Join us for night of eerie tales, uncanny scenarios, and the mysteries that keep us awake at night. LowellArts’ biennial Playbytes by Playwrights is a 10-minute play festival featuring original works that have been juried and selected to be performed. Plays that have been submitted and selected are the playwright's interpretation of this year's theme: Things That Go Bump in the Night.

The competition was open to any playwright 18 years and older, and plays submitted could be drama or comedy. From over 60 entries that were submitted by playwrights from across the country and internationally, ten were chosen to be performed.

The ten original works performed for an audience will be judged by a panel of experts, and one playwright will be given a $500 cash award. A People’s Choice Award will be voted on by attendees. Awards winners will be notified and announced the week following the final production.

*This play may not be suitable for young audiences due to strong language and adult themes.

Congratulations to the cast and crew of Playbytes by Playwrights: Things That Go Bump In the Night for their work on the plays performed October 27-30.


And, a special congratulations to our award winners: Best In Show Award, Deirdre Girard for Soul Mate & the People’s Choice Award, Sue Stephenson-Bradford for Leftovers.

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Act 1


Midnight Miscreants

by Shanna Allman

(Seattle, WA)

Directed by Mary Beth Quillin

DETECTIVE BEA BIG | Patrick MacLangs
DETECTIVE ANNE STRONG | Sue Stephenson-Bradford
JAMIE | Michael Golczynski



by Sue Stephenson-Bradford

(Grand Rapids, MI)

Directed by Mary Beth Quillin

FAITH | Martha Hayden
PAUL | Richard Mulligan
JADE | Natalie Chappus



by Ron Capps

(Edgecomb, ME)

Directed by Laurel Conrad

ANNIE | Amy Drenth Hasapis
GOD | Marian Ward King


The Wayland Quartet

by Donald Loftus

(New York City, NY)

Directed by Laurel Conrad
JOHNNY CREWS | Zack Conrad
RONNY CREWS | Mandee Thiell
JIMMY McINTYRE | Mike Golczynski
DONNY MAY | Mark Stoll


Light My Fire

by Rich Rubin

(Portland, OR)

Directed by Laurel Conrad

GEORGE | John P. Foley
ETHEL | Sue Stephenson-Bradford

Act 2




by Ada Cheng

(Chicago, IL)

Directed by Mary Beth Quillin

JOE | Mark Stoll
EILEEN | Marian Ward King
NANCY | Kelsey Ohle
LOUISA | Charli Ohle



The Intrusion

by Liz Coley

(Cincinnati, OH)

Directed by Laurel Conrad
JAMES | Patrick MacLangs
THE INTRUDER | Zack Conrad



Barrage From the Garage

by Dan Bossengasser

(Springdale, AR)

Directed by Mary Beth Quillin
WENDELL SAMPSON | Richard Mulligan
OGRE | John P. Foley



Soul Mate

by Deirdre Girard

(Newbury, MA)

Directed by Laurel Conrad
JERRY | Mike Golczynski
LORNA | Mandee Thiell



The Satin Worshippers

by Peter Dakutis

(Tucker, GA)

Directed by Mary Beth Quillin
DAVE | Zack Conrad
BUSTER | Evan Jones
LURLEEN | Sue Stephenson-Bradford