Richter’s New Play Published

Wheeling native Jeremy F. Richter’s play, “Future, Here,” has been published by Dramatic Publishing.

The play, issued last week, now is available for productions anywhere. Theaters around the country can order performance rights for the play from Dramatic Publishing.

It’s been a big month for the playwright. Richter and his wife and two youngest children just moved from Wheeling to Los Angeles, where he has accepted a new position with his employer, Tag. Previously, he worked for the international marketing agency at its office in the Stone Center in Wheeling.

Director Jason Young of Fairmont commissioned Richter to write “Future, Here” as a competitive one-act play for the Performing Arts Conservatory at Notre Dame High School in Clarksburg. That troupe presented the play’s premiere at the 2016 West Virginia Theater Association conference in Buckhannon.

Richter’s play also was staged at state and regional festivals. A cast from the Performing Arts Conservatory performed the play for the West Virginia Thespian Festival and the the International Thespian Festival.

The drama is set in Future, described as “an unincorporated village being monitored by Society.” A synopsis of the play states: “The village population — five randomly selected children — is driven by a national effort to develop ‘appropriately adapted young citizens.’ Upon arriving, the residents are given a book bag of supplies and a smartphone … Having lived in Future for 12 years, the residents are now 18. It is their last day together, their final meeting under the clock …”

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In addition to a regular slate of performances, Glen Dale native Brad Paisley is getting a lot of “screen time” on television this summer.

The country music superstar will be the first guest judge for the NBC series, “America’s Got Talent.” Paisley will join the judges’ panel on Tuesday.

Making another national appearance, Paisley performed on Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular in New York. The holiday show, featuring a large patriotic pyrotechnic display, was broadcast live on NBC.

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Two entries from Northern Panhandle residents are featured in the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History’s exhibition, Quilts and Wall Hangings 2019, on display now at the Culture Center in Charleston.

Frances Fischer Braden of Wheeling earned honorable mention for a quilt in a pattern named Azulejos, Azulejos. Jim Braden was recognized as the quilter of this piece.

A quilt made by Polly Sargent of New Cumberland also was chosen for the show. Its pattern is called Reminiscent Butterflies.

State officials said 36 quilts and 18 wall hangings are featured in this year’s juried exhibition. The entries will remain on display through Sept. 16.

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