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The Bellingham Theatre Guild entry was one of 11 shows invited to AACTFest’21 from a nation-wide search.
6/20/2021- Bellingham WA – “The Harry and Sam Dialogues,” the Bellingham Theatre Guild’s entry at the AACTFest’21 Virtual One-Act Play Festival, won the award for Outstanding Achievement in Acting Ensemble and was one of the three productions nominated for Outstanding Production. The virtual theater festival streamed their awards June 20, 2021, after a week-long festival showcasing 12 community theater productions chosen by adjudicators after an open invitational process.
The team of Bellingham theater artists was led by director Les Campbell, who also designed the set, sound, and music. The award-winning actors are Jeffrey Braswell and Kevin Six. Stage Manager Christy Ham designed the lights and the entire company designed the props and costumes. The production of “The Harry & Sam Dialogues” rehearsed under strict COVID guidelines and filmed for the Festival on the Bellingham High School stage, with the help of Russ Nelson, Keefe Healy and Colvin Theatrical.
The three plays nominated for AACTFest’21’s Outstanding Productions, BTG’s “The Harry and Sam Dialogues,” The Studio Theatre’s “Hillary and Clinton” (Little Rock AR), and the Lexington (MA) Players’ “The Mountaintop” were announced during the streamed awards show by “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” actress Rachel Brosnahan. “The Mountaintop” was declared the overall winner.
The Bellingham Theatre Guild production of “The Harry and Sam Dialogues” by Karen Ellison is sponsored in part by the Dramatists Play Service, a division of Broadway Licensing. BTG is arranging live October performances of the award-winning production.
This is the second appearance of BTG at the AACTFest National One-Act Play Festival, previously appearing with “Sons of a Common Mother” in 2005 with Braswell in the cast.
The Bellingham Theatre Guild is a volunteer theater that has been serving the Whatcom County community since 1927. More information about BTG can be found at www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com.