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One-act plays benefit Parenting Matters

Two one-act plays by North Olympic Peninsula author Rebecca Redshaw take place on one night to benefit Parenting Matters and the First Teacher program.

On Saturday, May 8, the plays "Four Women" and "A Conversation with Hattie McDaniel" will bring three actresses to the new main stage at Olympic Theatre Arts, 414 N. Sequim Ave.

The evening begins with a reading of "A Conversation..." starring Marie O'Neill and Jessica Claiborne.

Actress Marianne Trowbridge, 86, stars in the one-woman play, "Four Women," portraying four diverse characters ages 55 to 101.

Trowbridge said her characters all knew a man named Robert at different points in his life; the play revolves around their interactions with him.

"None of them knew each other but were all in contact with him at one time," she said.

Honor for actress

This will be her fourth time performing the play.

"Took me about a year to what I call 'nail it,'" Trowbridge said.

"(Redshaw) is a wonderful writer. Her words are so easy to handle, and I love to work with her plays."

Trowbridge has been active in OTA for 20 years and will be honored for her contributions as a director, choreographer and performer.

A ceremony in the Gathering Hall follows the performances.

Refreshments are served

at intermission.

Benefits for NPO

All sales go to Parenting Matters, a nonprofit organization with an aim at educating parents to be better parents.

The First Teacher program, an extension of Parenting Matters, is a resource for parents with children ages birth to 5 years old located in Sequim Community School.

"Our funding continues to be a challenge and we have hopes that this play will raise some much-needed money so we will be able to continue to offer the First Teacher program in our community," Patsene Dashiell, First Teacher events coordinator said.

A giving tree will be up with paper leaves for monetary and volunteer program needs.

"Our hope is that people will be willing to take a hand and help out with supporting the program," Dashiell said.

Tickets for the event cost $20 and are available at Pacific Mist Books, 121 W. Washington St., and the First Teacher facility, 220 W. Alder St., in Room 4W.

For more information, contact Patsene Dashiell, First Teacher events coordinator, at 582-3428 or 681-2250 or visit

At a glance

What: Two 1-act plays: "A Conversation with Hattie McDaniel" and "Four Women"

When: 7 p.m. Saturday, May 8

Where: Olympic Theatre Arts, 414 N. Sequim Ave.

Admission: $20

Proceeds benefit Parenting Matters and First Teacher programs

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