Friday March 10th
Elizabeth Orndorff and Tony Haigh will be Rotary’s luncheon speakers on March 11, 2017. Liz Orndorff is President of the Scarlet Cup Theater. She worked in advertising and public relations before turning to fiction and playwriting. She has won the International Mystery Writers Festival in 2007 and the Southern Playwrights Competition in 2008. In 2009, her play Aidan’s Gift won the Kentucky Theatre Association’s playwriting award. Dr. Anthony Haigh is professor of dramatic arts and former Chair of the Division of Arts and Humanities at Centre College, where he has taught since 1991. Dr. Haigh is a Fellow of Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance in London.
Scarlet Cup Theater began as an idea in the fall of 2014 when Linda Granacher and Liz Orndorff had a creative lunch: why not start a site-specific theater that featured contemporary and classic plays, original works, international dramas and comedies–complementing offerings by other local theaters. They immediately got Tony Haigh of Centre on board.
Scarlet Cup is a new kind of theater: no planned out season, no permanent space, no fundraising. Scarlet Cup is an occasional and unexpected theater. When the principals find a play they love, they hand-pick a cast and search for an appropriate venue. They aim for no more than two productions a year. Their actors and crew are paid. They scour central Kentucky for the very best acting and technical talent. With the Community Arts Center of Danville as their fiscal sponsor, the Scarlet Cup Theater enjoys the benefits of non-profit status and online ticket sales.