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Liberty Free presents 'Shel's Shorts"

May 31, 2012

LIBERTY, NY – The Liberty Free Theatre will present Shel’s Shorts, a series of one-act comedies by acclaimed playwright, composer, screenwriter, essayist, cartoonist and children’s author Shel Silverstein. Performances are May 31 to June 3, June 7 to 10, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. Admission for the performance is free. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended. The audience is invited to gather after the performance for food, drink, and music. The theatre is located at 109 South Main Street, Liberty. Call 292-3788 for reservations and information. The plays are not suitable for children.

Shel Silverstein’s plays are a sometimes frightening and always funny exploration of the innocent in a world of confused values. The plays vibrate with good humor and tolerance for human folly. Curiosity gets the better of an unsuspecting diner, one tennis shoe causes a surprising crisis between man and wife, a woman receives an unexpected response for trying to feed a mystery animal, another woman finds herself on the other side of the looking glass when she attempts to claim her laundry. The cast includes Cass Collins, Janna Comando, Tom Delfavero, James Heisel, Valeria Henry, Valerie Mansi and Dennis Raymond. The plays were directed by Paul Austin. The lighting was designed by Jon Jon Thomas.

Shel Silverstein began writing when he was 12 years old. He would have preferred to be playing ball with children his age, but he had no athletic ability. Also, girls showed no interest in him, so he began to write. He was a staff cartoonist for Playboy. His books for children include Where the Sidewalk ends and Light in the Attic. He wrote the lyrics for and composed "A Boy Named Sue" in 1969, which became a number one hit for Johnny Cash. He began writing plays in 1981.