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Breakwater Books Premieres Three One-Act Plays During Chester Arts & Literary Weekend

Three extraordinary authors and playwrights will be taking the stage at the Chester Meeting House on Sunday, February 11, at 5 p.m. when Breakwater Books presents a series of one-act plays in conjunction with Chester Arts & Literary Weekend. Who the audience will meet?


Laura Thoma is a trauma-informed, internationally published playwright, award-winning short film screenwriter, theatremaker, and storyteller originally from Tidewater, Virginia. Laura will read an excerpt from her novel in progress, Grounded: A Story of Flight. Her personal essays have been featured on blogs, podcasts, and in magazines. Laura has developed her theatrical work with many organizations, including GreenStage Guilford Live Arts Festival, Cape May Stage, Drama Works Theatre, Pawling Theatre Exchange (Now CTX), Legacy Theatre, Desert Playwrights, and The Bechdel Group. She is an alumn of the National Playwrights Symposium and the Kennedy Center Playwriting Intensive. Laura co-founded Shoreline Playwrights, a partnership that develops new work. She is currently seeking regional productions for her play Magpie. Laura lives on the Shoreline with her bookish wife, Chris, and their dog, Buddy Fitzwilliam.


Julie Fitzpatrick will be performing a segment of her solo show 77 U-Turnwhich was published by Next Stage Press. Julie is an actress, writer, director, and teacher with Legacy Theatre. Julie teaches Acting for Adults and Creating Your Own Solo Show and co-leads Wheel Life Theatre Troupe with Keely Baisden-Knudsen. Julie is directing High School Musical Jr. at Our Lady of Mercy Prep performing the first weekend in March and her acting credits run the gamut from Off-Broadway to regional theater. Julie's Film/TV work includes Law & Order and The OA. Julie is a member of the Guilford Poets’ Guild, The Playwrights Circle and Ensemble Studio Theatre in NYC. Her book Church on the Screen: A Sunday Series of Pandemic Poetry is available at the wonderful Breakwater Books in Guilford. More info can be found at Special thanks to her loves: her husband, Pete, and her sons, Fitz and Gracen.


When Pat Lore was 23, she took her only business suit, hung it in her Toyota Corolla, and headed west for 1337 miles for a job interview as a TV reporter.  She had a broken gas gauge, no working radio, and a paper map to guide her on her cross-country journey From North Carolina to Wichita Falls, Texas. The trip taught Pat two very big lessons: Never move to a place with more tumbleweeds than people and if you ever need a quick blow dry, the McDonald's bathroom has killer dryers.


Pat is an author and the owner of Headline Productions, a video production agency in Guilford, CT.  She’s currently undergoing another journey through life as a single empty nester, an experience which has brought with it lots of humor. 


The event is free. For more information about the Chester Arts & Literary Weekend, go to Visit Chester CT.

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