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Artists' Exchange presents the 16th annual

One Act play festival OUTDOORS!

June 24th - 27th

Artists’ Exchange has hosted the One Act Play Festival (OAPF) for the entertainment and enjoyment of the Cranston community. Short plays are submitted from local, regional, and national playwrights and then selected for performance by a panel of directors/actors. This year’s festival will feature a delightful blend of local and national playwrights. 

Tickets - GA $10 online | $15 at door
$50 POD Seating available for up to 8 people

Artists' Exchange - Outdoor Lot Next to 50 Rolfe Square
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Thursday - Saturday @ 6pm
Sunday @ 12pm

The One Act Play Festival (OAPF) is an all-inclusive community theater event celebrating creative collaboration of playwrights, actors, and theater artists. First formed in 2006, the festival enriches and entertains the Cranston and Rhode Island communities.

Thousands of short plays are submitted from regional, national, and even international playwrights and then selected for performance by a panel of theater professionals. Casts feature community actors of all abilities ranging in sex, age, and experience levels; amateur and professional actors, writers, and technicians of all ages and abilities work together in creative harmony. Additionally, we are proud to feature Firefly Theatre Company for a special guest performance!

This year, audiences can safely gather at our OUTDOOR stage for the very first time! With General Admission and Group seating available, audiences can enjoy theatre for the whole family once again!

We look forward to seeing you at the festival!


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Be a Key Member

Enjoy benefits including complimentary tickets & press exposure. Sponsorships start

at $250; see all sponsorship

levels and benefits.

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Do Good

Your tax-deductible gift of any size helps set the stage and make the plays possible.

Make your gift online, in

person, or through the mail. 

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Get Involved

Help needed backstage with costumes, props and cues.

Also front-of-house passing out playbills and collecting tickets.

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Featuring:Firefly Theatre Company

Firefly Theatre Company will be producing 'Pink and Green' by Susan Lumenello

Firefly Theatre Company is a new community theatre organization based in Attleboro, MA. Founded in September 2019, Firefly’s mission is to bring quality live theatre to Attleboro and the surrounding communities. It is also important for us to ingrain the spirit of these communities in our organization by giving back whenever possible.

Also Featuring...
AE Youth Theatre Interns

Artists' Exchange is proud to partner with local high schools in offering an Artists' Exchange Youth Theatre Internship

Pawtucket Public Schools JMW students Alexis Sylvestre, Dylana Deignan, Abraphine Ngafaih, Hillary Corporan, as well as North Kingstown High School student, Julia Caldeira, will be acting, producing, and directing two plays for the One Act Play Festival as part of their Youth Theatre Internship, as well as have a hand in setting up the logistics of the overall festival. 

We are thrilled to support our local high schools' theatre programs and are excited to share their passion for theatre with our audiences!


Pink and Green - 
Produced by Firefly Theatre Company

Susan Lumenello


Bob Lively


Matthew Moos

Artistic Director

ROLE                       ACTOR                



Kimberly Paine

Ryan DiOrio

The Rental

Tim Lehnert


Jessica Chace


ROLE                       ACTOR                


Daphne                              Steve                                    Kelly                               




David Kane

Jessica Chace

Bob Macaux

Katia Dyer

Joe Metici

David Ferranti

Kara Courtemanche, Sam Wood


Alaina Messineo


Lauren Matthias


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Blind Man



Emma Goyette

Joe Metici

Bob Macaux

Kerstyn Desjardin

If The Shoe Fits

Molly Wagner


Lauren Matthias


ROLE                       ACTOR                




Mary Paolino

Milo Clary

Every Creeping Thing

David Beardsley


Courtney Cooke


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Tre the Triceratops            

Rat #1

Pat the Pteranadon


Rat #2

Rat #3

Rat #4

Rat #5

Rex the TRex

Val the Velociraptor


David Ferranti

Kirk Whitman

Katia Dyer

Joe Mitici

Catherine Fay

Kara Coutermanche

Jesse Krecidlo

Jaden Krecidlo

Sam Wood

Courtney Cooke

Love In The Time Of COVID-19 - Produced by the AE Youth Theatre Interns

Germaine Shames


Alexis Sylvestre


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Julia Caldeira

Abraphine Ngafaih

There Will Be Oranges - Produced by the AE Youth Theatre Interns

Tim Feeney



Abraphine Ngafaih


ROLE                       ACTOR                



Mr. Pink


Julia Caldeira

Hillary Corporan

Dylana Deignan


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Meg Howe

Festival Coordinator

Meg Howe is proudly serving as the Theatre Programs Manager at Artists’ Exchange. Meg has her M.A. in Theatre Education from Emerson College, as well as a B.A. in Theatre Studies and a Minor in English, concentrating on Dramaturgy from the University of Connecticut. She served as a classroom teacher in the areas of English and Theatre for six years.

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Jessica Chace is an actor, improviser, director, and stage manager. She is the Creative Producer of Marley Bridges Theatre Company and Newport Murder Mystery, specializing in interactive theatrical experiences throughout Rhode Island. Jessica is proud to also work with Artists' Exchange, Manton Avenue Project, and The Gamm Theatre.

Jessica Chace


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Courtney Cooke


Courtney Cooke is a theatre maker and educator with an MFA in Physical and Devised Theatre from the University of the Arts/Pig Iron School. She enjoys a collaborative process and finally being able to create in person again. She is a theatre educator interested in making dynamic theatre that creates space for the inclusion of every voice. Her teaching work focuses on play-based learning, character creation, and improvised world-building. Outside of her

work in the theatre, she enjoys going to the beach, creating collages from old magazines, and spending time with her enormous family.

If you want to find out more about her work, check out

Headshot by The Fox and the Hare Photography. 

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Lauren is thrilled to work with Artists' Exchange in this year's One Act Play Festival! A lifelong theater person, she was elected 'most dramatic' at Narragansett High School, and studied Performance and Directing at Emerson College.  Since then, she's fallen in love with youth theatre work. Lauren is halfway through completing her M.A. in Education with teaching certification from URI. 

She would like to send a big thank you to her family, Artists' Exchange and Meg Howe, these amazing performers and our dear audience, for their support.

Lauren Matthias


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