Showtime announced its slate of plays Friday for its upcoming legit one-act festival, with some surprises among the scribblers.Former New York Times film (and current legit) critic Vincent Canby may be the most notable (and targetable) to the film community. His “After All” will be among the 15 shorts to be produced as part of the seven-week fest, running May 20-July 10 at the Met Theatre in Hollywood. Lucas on tap Comic thesp David Rasche (“Sledge Hammer!”) checks in with “Jackie,” while Gotham playwright and screenwriter Craig Lucas (“Longtime Companion”) offers “The Dying Gaul.” Others in the fest include Jane Anderson, “Lynette at 3 a.m.”; Edward Allen Baker, “Rosemary With Ginger”; Wil Calhoun, “Call It Clover”; Rick Cleveland, “Tom & Jerry”; Dana Coen, “Tinkle Time”; Bryan Goluboff, “The Other Five Percent”; Sam Henry Kass, “Dice and Cards”; Lynn Martin, “Waltzing De Niro”; Drew McWeeny and Scott Swan, “Sticks and Stones”; James Ryan, “Iron Tommy”; David Simpatico, “Wish Fulfillment”; and Garry Williams, “A Death in Bethany.” The plays were chosen frommore than 2,100 submissions to the cabler from a wide range of sources, including 118 regional theaters, 165 lit agencies and more than 30 schools. No promises The one-act fest is designed to create programming for Showtime, but none of the plays is guaranteed an airing on the station. Jerry Levine’s production company, Act One, and casting director Risa Bramon Garcia (also a legit helmer) are producers for the fest. Cast lists and helmers for each piece will be announced soon.
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