[caption id="attachment_20716" align="alignleft" width="400"]<img src="https:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2018\/05\/ENT.-Playfest.jpg" alt="" width="400" height="324" class="size-full wp-image-20716" \/> M. Lou (Rhonda Pritt) and Buddy (Bill W. Mitchell) ponder the future from the roof of their flooded home in \u201cBankin\u2019 on the Grand\u201d Photo courtesy of Eric Fritzius[\/caption]\r\n\r\nBonnie Gifford\r\nContributing Writer\r\n\r\nBankin\u2019 on the Grand explores the aftermath of a weather occurrence familiar to those who live \u00a0in Pocahontas County. This short play depicts Buddy and M. Lou, a man and wife, stranded on the roof of their home during a historic flood, surviving the present and pondering the future.\r\n\r\nPlaywright Chris Shaw Swanson explains, \u201cBankin\u2019 on the Grand was inspired by the 2006 Grand River flood in Lake County, Ohio.\u00a0 My father was living in the area at the time, so I avidly followed the flood\u2019s forced evacuations and dramatic rescue efforts on Internet news.\u00a0 As the Grand River had little history of flooding, some nearby residents saw no need to purchase flood insurance. When I read that a mobile home park was still under water on day two, \u2018Bankin\u2019s\u2019 story began materializing in my mind.\u201d\r\n\r\nAccording to her website www.chrisshawswanson.com Swanson began performing at the age of seven, progressing to community theater in early adulthood.\u00a0 This led to improv comedy at a local radio station where she also wrote promotions and commercials. The writing evol-ved into a job as an advertising copywriter, but her theatre muse eventually enticed her to return to her real love \u2013 play writing.\u00a0 Her work has been performed by more than 90 theatre companies worldwide, and she has received numerous awards, including the Goshen Peace Play Prize. Swanson\u2019s play Legacy was part of the 2016 PlayFest.\r\nRhonda Pritt will portray M. Lou.\u00a0 Pritt is a former Miss Pocahontas, whose previous theatre experience includes A Christmas Carol, at the Princess Playhouse in Mt. Hope, and Pickadilly, a comedic production in the late 1980s in Pocahontas County.\u00a0 She also appeared as Chrissy Steringer in the Drama Workshop\u2019s 2017 production of A.J. DeLauder\u2019s The People at the Edge of Town. When not working at The Southern WV ENT Clinic in Ronceverte, she enjoys gardening. \r\n\r\nBill W. Mitchell, of Alderson, will perform the role of Buddy. Mitchell\u2019s first theater experience was at the Greenbrier Valley Theatre, where he portrayed Mr. Cunningham in To Kill a Mockingbird. \u00a0This was followed by the role of Dandy in GVT\u2019s recent production of Babes in Toyland. \u00a0He also appeared as Richard in the short play \u201cSlammed!\u201d by James T. Kitchens at the New Voices Play Festival at GVT. All performances were in 2017.\r\n\r\nThe Opera House PlayFest 2018 will include five other short plays, including comedy, drama and a mixture of both.\u00a0 The festival will be performed Friday, May 18, and Saturday, May 19, beginning at 8 p.m. each evening at the Pocahontas County Opera House in Marlinton.\u00a0 There will be a free preview performance on May 17 at 7 p.m.\r\n\r\nParents should be aware that some of the plays contain adult themes that may not be suitable for young children.\r\n\r\nThe Pocahontas County Drama Workshop is community theater supported by Dramas, Fairs and Festivals, Parks and Recreation and the Board of Education. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door.