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Single show offers multiple one-act plays

One overall show, five plays.

Norcross resident James Beck, founder of Onion Man Productions, has assembled a collection of one-act plays for audiences' viewing pleasure, from an account of a book club meeting that erupts into a personal and ideological battleground to the conversation of a pair pondering meaning and hope in a hospital.

Lilburn resident David Fisher wrote the play "Bluethroat," in which an aging recluse living alone in the Texas desert is surprised by a bird biologist in search of a fowl that may not exist.

"They both help each other find what they're looking for," Fisher said. "It's a touching, sensitive redemptive story, I guess you could say."

Fisher will also act in "The Attendant," which was written by Beck.

A Weekend of One-Act Plays will feature additional local talent on stage as Lawrenceville resident Debbie McLaughlin will act in "Bobbie's Book Club" and Bob Smith will appear in "Therapy," alongside fellow Norcross resident and "Bobbie's Book Club" director Tanya Carroll. Also taking to a director's chair is Lawrenceville resident Jason Caldwell, for "Therapy."

"Audiences are very receptive to this kind of format because there is something for everyone in the show - laughs and touching moments," Beck said of including five plays in a single performance.

Audiences will have three opportunities to attend A Weekend of One-Act Plays, at 8 p.m. today, 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Performances will be presented at Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center, 10 Britt Ave. N.W. in Norcross.

"I think people are going to enjoy the whole evening," Fisher said.

For more information on A Weekend of One-Act Plays, visit www.onionmanproductions.com.