Seven original short plays are programmed for the 50th annual One-Act Play Tournament to be held this weekend and next in the Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW.
This golden anniversary will honor the memories of two of the tournament's creators, Sybil Baker, who in 1927 was assistant director of the D.C. Department of Recreation, and Maud Howell Smith, a prominent Washington actress. (Smith boasted, shortly before her death in 1966 at the age of 91, that she had been appearing of stages for 83 years.)
Best production awards, named for Baker, and best performance medals, named for Smith, will be given at the annual awards and costume ball April 1.
The "best production" will participate in the Eastern States Theater Association Play Festival April 29 at Trinity College.
Two originals will be presented Friday night: Harry Neillson's "The Point," by the Woodson Players, and "Hello, Hamlet," by George Greonias, acted by the Montgomery Players. The program also will include the Chevy Chase Players in "Feifer's People" and the Georgetown Ensemble Theater in "Birdbath."
Five plays will be given Saturday: "No Exit," by Lake Braddock Secondary School; "Chinamen," by the Rockville Little Theater; "Where Love Is," by the Gilford Players; "Lou Gehrig Did Not Die of Cancer," by Silver Spring Stage, and "The Sand Castle," by Georgetown University's Mask and Bauble Club.
Ron Parker's "Lib - A Giant Step" and Richard F. Long's "Shenandoah Night Train" are the originals scheduled for Friday March 17, to be presented, respectively, by the Paul Community Players and the Woodley Players. Completing that night bill will be the Georgetown Workshop Theater in "Red Peppers" and the Little Theater of Alexandria in "The Bespoke Overcoat."
Three originals are listed for the final night, Saturday, March 18: the Arts Club Drama Group in director John Thorburn Hall's "Right Flat"; the Experimental Theater of Catholic University in "Goodbye, Mama Jeanie," by Jack Hrkach; and the Chelm Players in "Shep Nachus," adapted by Carolyn Shapiro, Henry Kranstadt and Karen Brooks Hopkins. The Georgetown University Players in "The Real Inspector Hound" and Source in "In the Shadow of the Glen" will complete the final program.
Performances are Fridays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. Director of the tournament is Clifford Smith of the Recreation Department drama office, 1325 S St. NW.